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Training Like a Pro

Work hard, play hard!

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Places Pointer: Napping

It plays an important role in keeping our brain healthy!

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Build muscle fast - 7 exercises to build muscle in the gym

A workout plan for each body area

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Getting started with children’s swimming lessons

How do swim lessons work and why are they essential?

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Is cardio good for weight loss?

We highlight the benefits of cardio exercise

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Prosper with your PT

How to get the most out of your personal training sessions

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Places Pointer: How to improve posture

It's time to get things straight!

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The Mental Benefits of Staying Active

Taking care of your body and mind

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What are the benefits of aqua aerobics?

Find out why we love aqua aerobics

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How can stretching help recovery?

Here's why it's a must for your fitness routine

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Places Pointer: Marathon Recovery

How to recover after the big race

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Swimming safely when you have cancer

There’s power in the pool - during and after cancer!

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Our Healthy Communities Director shares his family’s experience

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Places Pointer: Sunday Scaries

How to ease Sunday evening anxieties

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Current trends: How they're making gyms fit for the future

Here’s what to expect in the fitness world of the future if the current trends seen in the health and wellbeing spaces and within our gyms continue.

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Exercise during Ramadan

Supporting your fitness journey

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International Women's Day 2024

#InvestInWomen

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Places Pointer: Self Care

Take time for you

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Why exercise is better with a buddy

Fitness can be more fun with a friend!

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Places Pointer: Setting Goals

…and how to keep them going!

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Must-haves for your workout bag

Stuck on what to bring for your visit?

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Sea dipping

What to know before taking the plunge!

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Places Pointer: Post-Natal Exercise

How to exercise safely after pregnancy

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Places Pointer: Staying active in winter

Don’t leave your health in the cold

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Supplements: what do they offer?

…and what to do before you reach for them

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Tracy's Story

Our fitness instructor shares her experience

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Cardio vs. strength training

Which is better?

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Places Pointer: Reasons to do a digital detox

Set limits on your screen time

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Places Pointer: DOMS

A guide to Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

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Nutrition and recovery: what to consider

Some important advice

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Reasons to start exercising now

…and how to get going!

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Places Pointer: Exercising in the Heat

The dos and don’ts of exercising

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Personal Training Should Be Personal!

Whatever your goals, achieve them one-on-one.

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Zoggs’ Learn to Swim kit bag essentials

Top swimming aids to develop water confidence this summer!

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Places Pointer: The Benefits of Team Sports

The more the merrier!

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Exercise and Inclusivity

National Inclusion Week 2023

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Essential Tips and Techniques for the Gym

We share advice on how to get the most out of your workout

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The benefits of swimming for older adults

Reasons on why you should take the plunge!

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Places Pointer: Relaxation

Relax, refresh and refocus!

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What is Zumba?

Have you tried – Zumba?

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Ultimate 5 day workout plan

Move your body! Try our free workout plan

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Gym newbie guide

What to expect first time

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AquaFit

High energy, low impact, great fun!  That’s how we would describe a typical Aqua Aerobics class.

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Fitness: fact or fiction

Dispelling the myths of exercise

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Places Pointer: Recovery

Rest, recuperate, recover

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Staying Active with Age

It just gets better!

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Swimming for Mental Wellbeing

Let your worries wash away

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Pointer: Hydration

Hydration = elevation!

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Female Fitness

Embrace your energy

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Rookie Lifeguard

Our most crucial swimming course

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Places Pointer: Habits
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What is Physical Literacy?

What is it and why is it so crucial

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Try Trampolining

Defy gravity!

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Swimming for Fitness

The power of the pool

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Places Pointer: Stretching

Discover the far-reaching benefits...

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Adult swimming lessons

It's never too late to learn

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Lifesaving Swimming Lessons

A mother recalls her son's close call in the water

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Beating the Winter Blues

Tips for taking some you time

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12 Days of Workouts

Some fitness inspiration this December for you

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Zoggs’ Stocking fillers

Guaranteed to improve water confidence

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Benefits to learning a new sport

Challenge yourself!

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Fear no more!

Enjoy being active in the water

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Benefits of swimming

Reasons to dive in this Men’s Health Awareness Month and beyond!

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Celebrating Swimathon 2023

Meet one of our Swimathon superstars, Johnny!

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Clip 'n Climb at Places Leisure

Discover the adventurer in you...

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Diabetes and exercise

Get active, your way!

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Everyone should learn to swim!

Why you say?

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Exercise is the best medicine!

Get active to protect your mental and physical health

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Fitness fun with FunkFit!

Our new partnership

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Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs

What is actually good for you!?

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Have you ever tried an indoor group cycling class?

Here are 10 reasons why we think you should!

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Gymnastics

A springboard into so many activities

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How to: Stay on Track

Avoid the February drop-off club

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Immune system boosting foods

Superfoods = super you!

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The importance of standing

Why is standing so crucial?

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Is 30 mins enough?

Find time for the perfect workout!

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Just Swim with Places Leisure

Swim with us!

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What is lane swimming?

Who can do it? And, why you should give it a go!

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Let's Do This Together

A survival guide to the New Year

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Make us your staycation destination!

Have a brilliant summer with Places Leisure

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Meet our resident swimming guru

An introduction to Tara

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Managing Stress

Offering you advice and coping mechanisms

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Meet the Lido Ladies

Two ladies embracing outdoor swimming

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Modern Day Exercise

How much should you do weekly?

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More than gymnastics

The many benefits of learning gymnastics

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Nutrition and recovery: what to consider

Some important advice

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Obesity and Exercise

We're here to help!

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Perfect afterschool activities

for the little people in your life

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Personal Training 101

Smash your goals with a personal trainer

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Benefits of breathing exercises

Take a deep breath!

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Reducing Friction

What's slowing you down?

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Places Pointer: Walking vs Running

The big debate

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Pre-school Activities

What exactly do we have to offer and why is it beneficial?

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Pre-school swimming lessons

Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and under 5's

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How to get better at running

5 top tips for more enjoyable runs

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Kick-start your September

A change in season to give you a reason!

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Setting Smart New Year's Resolutions

Make your New Year’s resolutions stick by setting SMART goals!

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Stuck in a swim stage?

Swim practice with Zoggs!

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The biggest swimming myths

Have you been misinformed all these years?

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Swimming for Physical Health

The physical benefits of swimming

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Swimming Lessons Saves Lives

A mother recalls her son's close call in the water

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Swimming pool water inactivates Covid-19 in 30 seconds

Places Leisure takes part in major study

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Synergy Dance: Inclusive workouts

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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The more, the merrier!

Stay active with a friend this winter and you'll both benefit

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Thinking about swimming lessons?

Here's what you need to know

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Training for a Marathon

We share our advice on how to help you cross the finish line!

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Try Tennis

Embrace the benefits

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Why the Scales Can Lie

Get out of the numbers game!

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Women in Sport

Inspiring the next generation

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Make a splash this Easter

Our top pool picks from Zoggs

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Gut Health

Getting to grips with the gut

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Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene and how to improve it!

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Increasing your NEAT

Small lifestyle changes, big results

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Places Pointer: Journaling

Make sure you take notes!

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Get your Goggles

Our top picks

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Cardio vs Weights

Which type of training do you prefer?

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Family fitness

Why staying active with your loved ones is vital

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Rise Gymnastics at Places Leisure

Discover, explore, excel

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What is lane swimming?

Who can do it? And, why you should give it a go!

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