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There is one exercise class I’ve never tried and that’s spin. For someone who doesn’t consider cardio as their best gym activity (I get bored easily, with each minute seeming like an hour), spin didn’t seem like a good fit.

For some reason, I found myself wanting to give it a go, and without a second thought, decided to try virtual spin and willingly ventured into the studio armed with a towel and bottle of water.

So did I survive? Yes, I did. Very much so. I arrived at the class 10 minutes before to acquaint myself with the bike and turned my legs over to warm up. The class started, and after a short while I was up and down hills in various countries, pushing myself and most importantly: enjoying it! The virtual instructor tells you when to raise out of the saddle and increase your resistance. My fitness tracker seemed equally impressed too.

As you’ve probably guessed from my earlier comment about getting bored, one of my main fears of spin wasn’t my physical ability, it was my ability to concentrate and push myself for a long period of time. The nature of spin means your mind is occupied as much as your legs so time just seems to fly. One of my other fears was fitting in, however this really didn’t even enter my head in the class; it’s built around working at your own level. My only competition was me.

Would I do it again? I can already answer that question, I enjoyed it so much, I did another a couple of days later. So if you’re like me and have spent years not doing spin, I’d encourage you to give it a go, the beauty of having virtual and live instructor classes is you can find an option that suits you.

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Sports drinks 

We know we’re meant to consume at least 2 litres of water a day; but why is hydration so important to maximise performance?

Hydration forms a key part of a balanced diet, although its impact upon performance is often overlooked. Water is a vital component of the diet as the body is made up of around 70% water. With 85% of the brain made up of water; blood at 90% and muscles at 72%; water is essential to maintain hydration and bodily functions.

When exercising we lose fluid in the form of sweat to keep our body temperature at a desired 37oC, this is what we call thermo-regulation. Water is usually sufficient to use during exercise, however, for intense exercise or that that lasts longer than an hour you may need to use sports drinks to replenish hydration levels, carbohydrates, salts and minerals. Hypotonic drinks are great for rapid hydration as they are a thinner density than blood and are great for quick rehydration. According to Cohen, hypotonic drinks don’t usually contain electrolytes and therefore aren’t optimum for exclusive use during long bouts of exercise of over 30 minutes. Isotonic drinks, however, do contain electrolytes and carbohydrates which allow them to work well for longer periods of exercise. They can be absorbed relatively quickly as they have a similar density to blood.

Hypertonic drinks, however, are best used either after or several hours prior to exercise as they are absorbed more slowly than isotonic and hypotonic sports drinks. They have a high concentration of carbohydrates so can either be used to replenish glycogen stores after an endurance event or as part of ‘carbo-loading’ prior to sport.


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The Erewash Triathlon is one of the biggest and most popular events on the sport and health calendar in Erewash.  This year's event takes place on Sunday 21 August 2016 at West Park in Long Eaton with competitors from across the country and beyond.

Now in its ninth year, the triathlon continues to grow in popularity and is open to athletes aged 15 and above and of all abilities. The triathlon will start with a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure Centre pool, followed by a 10-mile bike ride before competitors complete the event with a 5km run within West Park.  The Council is working in conjunction with StuWeb to bring you this year's triathlon.  You can enter online here.


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July will see the launch of our virtual group exercise classes. We're really excited about what these can offer and can't wait to see people trying out our new range of classes.

Virtual classes are great for all levels, from group exercise pros to someone just wanting to try something new.

Here are just a few of the classes you can take part in:

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