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7 Tips to Cooking the Perfect Steak this Summer

7 Tips to Cooking the Perfect Steak this Summer | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Brits love a barby. It’s in their blood. So it's pretty ironic that the average British summer (or lack of!) means you only get the opportunity for a bit of outdoor cooking, once or twice a year. Even if it's been an absolute scorcher of a day, if you even approach that garden shed, smacking your lips at the prospect of burnt sausages and suspiciously pink chicken, those clouds will gather faster than you can say 'salmonella.' As such, best make that one barbecue a bloody
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Men’s Summer Footwear Round-up

Men’s Summer Footwear Round-up | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Ok, so you’re not a sneaker’s guy. You absolutely hate sandals. And we shouldn’t even get you started on the abhorrence otherwise known as the flip flop. This being the case, what should you wear with a pair of shorts this summer?
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The Only 3 Tennis Rackets You Need This Wimbledon

The Only 3 Tennis Rackets You Need This Wimbledon | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again. Wimbledon is literally around the corner, and with it, one can expect those same people who flocked to the gym back in
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Guest Post by Tim Stevenson: 'Eat Clean, Train Clean' – The Amazing Benefits of Calisthenics

Guest Post by Tim Stevenson: 'Eat Clean, Train Clean' – The Amazing Benefits of Calisthenics | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
‘Eat Clean, Train Dirty!’ This mantra has risen through the ranks of fitness cliché and become famous; it’s featured on gym walls, t-shirts, mugs and motivational posters. But it’s probably best known for its supporting role on many a tweet accompanying a perfectly filtered ‘swolfie’ (the act of taking a selfie while working out!).I’m not knocking it. I get it, but I don't agree with it entirely. Healthy eating is a lifestyle and one that I am fully onboard with. But what if I said to you that I don't want to ‘train dirty?’ I can only imagine the look on the faces of the hardcore gym militia if I ever dared to utter that in public. It's basically blasphemy, right...? But bare with me; I’m not talking about a lack of intensity in a workout. We know what eating 'clean’ means, but what does it look like to ‘train clean?’Humans vs. History
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Guest Post: Dan Wheeler Compares Starting the Gym to...Hairdresser Training

Guest Post: Dan Wheeler Compares Starting the Gym to...Hairdresser Training | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
About two years ago, I attended one of Phil Learney’s Seminars – ‘Advanced Fat Loss Protocols.’ For those who don’t know, Phil is arguably one of the best coaches in the world and amongst the most knowledgeable - he's also one of the Directors of 'Be An Athlete,' too! In that seminar, he told us about one of the best clients,
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Why 'Bone Broth' is Taking the Fitness World by Storm

Why 'Bone Broth' is Taking the Fitness World by Storm | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
This time last year, the new drink on everyone’s lips was cold brew coffee; nutritious, delicious, and timely to prepare, it ticked every box on the hipster’s 'beverage' checklist. But while this caffeinated tipple continued to enjoy it’s moment in the spotlight, a new drink was bubbling away in the background, and it’s just about ready spill out across the UK; dubbed ‘bone broth,’ we find out exactly what it all boils down to....The BackgroundPiggybacking off the recent paleo trend, whereby fitness enthusiasts have championed what is effectively a ‘caveman’s diet,’ due to its simplicity, purity and high nutrient density, bone broth is literally as straightforward as it sounds. The drink began its rise to stardom thanks to New York chef, Marco Canora, who opened a takeaway hatch called 'Brodo,' outside his Manhattan restaurant, last October. Four months on, it was the drink of choice at New York Fashion Week, with fashionistas favouring it as a caffeine-free, vitamin
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3 Recipes for Muscle Building Protein Balls

3 Recipes for Muscle Building Protein Balls | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
You’re at work, it’s mid afternoon, and suddenly you’re feeling peckish. You try to ignore it, and make yourself a cup of tea, in the vain hope that it might satisfy your appetite, but if anything, it only serves as an appetiser. Now you're even
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3 of the Absolute Best Protein Shaker Bottles

3 of the Absolute Best Protein Shaker Bottles | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
For many, going to the gym is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life. The process has to be perfect, from the trainers, to the holdall, to the bottle, to the sportswear. And whilst Be An Athlete only has one of these mastered (so far!), there’s no way you can place your perfectly folded Premium Hoodie, alongside some old, overused, faded coke bottle – it’s just not right.
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The Samsung Gear S Smart Watch Review

The Samsung Gear S Smart Watch Review | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
With the highly anticipated Apple Watch finally being released at the end of this month, we thought we’d check out the competition, the Samsung S-Gear, and discover whether there’s any point waiting yet another three weeks for wrist based technology...The Samsung Gear S is not only already out, but is also almost half the price of the Apple Watch, and yet works very similarly. Using a Bluetooth connection, it connects with your phone and through it you can answer your calls, reply to text messages, and even skip a track on your playlist. But is it all really worth it, just to save the time it takes to get your phone out of your pocket? Well, the short answer is ‘yes,’ and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re completely converted to this new level of accessibility – it’s one of those increasingly
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How 'Shopa' will revolutionise your Online Shopping Experience

How 'Shopa' will revolutionise your Online Shopping Experience | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Last week, Be An Athlete became the first official sportswear brand on new online retailer, Shopa. Naturally, we’re excited whenever our range of luxury sportswear reaches out to a new demographic, but in this particular instance, we’ve even more cause to shout out about, as Shopa promises to do things a little differently...Imagine if ASOS and Pinterest joined forces; you’d have all the latest fashion pieces at your finger tips, with the ability to share (and show off!) your individual style with your friends, family and followers. Well, Shopa does exactly that, and more! Not only is it where ‘shopping get’s social,’ as the tagline states, but you can even make yourself a tidy profit every time someone purchases an item that you’ve personally promoted!We interview Shopa CEO, Peter Janes, just to prove that it doesn’t all sound too good to be true...1. In what way is Shopa different from other online retail platforms?Shopa flips the traditional online shopping experien
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5 Healthy Snacks to get you through the London Marathon

It’s exactly one month until the London Marathon. If you haven’t already started training, you might be better off checking out our ‘top ten running tips’ first. For the rest of you, we’ve compiled a selection of healthy snacks to help fuel your body during this gruelling event!Kicking off in Greenwich Park during the early hours of the 26th April, the course takes in some of London’s most beautiful sights, including the Cutty Sark, the Tower of London, Nelson’s Column, and the London Eye, before finishing in front of Buck’ Palace. But a run of this length requires some hearty on-the-go sustenance, to bolster your energy levels. Obviously, you could just grab a handful of choccie bars from the corner shop that morning, but then again, the following five treats have been formulated with success in mind!Pre-marathon NutritionChirps Egg White CrispsChirps are a new product on the market, which, for all intents and purposes, are basically a packet of crisps, but with one m
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Are you a Spornosexual?

Twenty years ago, a new breed of man began to crop up in the metropolis; he sported a perfectly tailored suit, nails manicured within an inch of their life, and a hairdo so coiffed it merited its own flammability warning; he was the metrosexual, a term originated by Mark Simpson in an article published by The Independent on the 15th November 1994, and he glistened with ambition, success, and overpriced moisturiser.
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5 Foods to Remove from your Fridge...Immediately!

Are you ‘fridge happy?’ Chances are you’ve never come across the term...because we made it up. Nevertheless, the syndrome it refers to is very much real – it’s as real as it gets, and it's putting your life in danger. Sort of.‘Fridge happy’ refers to a particular breed of individual that throws literally anything into the fridge. We all know that certain someone who is absolutely anal about storing their ketchup in the fridge, for precisely no reason at all, but things get a whole lot darker than that. In fact, the following five foods not only needn’t be stored in refrigerated conditions, but you are actually affecting their nutritional values by doing so. We thought that would get your attention...PotatoesWhether you boil ‘em, mash ‘em or stick ‘em in a stew, po-ta-toes are a great source of vitamin C, but should not be kept in the fridge. This is because the cold conditions actually turn the starch into sugar. As if potatoes weren’t already the very ‘krypt
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Guest Post - 'HIIT, LISS or MISS?' By Dan Osman

Guest Post - 'HIIT, LISS or MISS?' By Dan Osman | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
The controversy and the discussion surrounding the concepts of HIIT, LISS and MISS, in terms of health, body composition and performance, is eternal! So at risk of starting a mass debate, I’ll begin by stating that the benefits of each very much DEPENDS on the individual’s goals, and, as with any other aspects of the human body, no one size fits all - vague…I know!What are HIIT, MISS and LISS?First off, let’s categorize these different modes of cardiovascular activity:LISS - Low Intensity Steady StateMISS - Medium Intensity Steady StateHIIT - High Intensity Interval TrainingIn my opinion, confusion often lies in the terms LISS and MISS (sometimes HIIT also), with individuals using the acronyms interchangeably within written articles. Personally, LISS is simply ‘energy burning’ (I don’t even refer to this as ‘cardio’) and in terms of competition preparation, an effective tool for burning additional energy to further a caloric deficit towards fat loss, and a good subst
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Guest Post: 'Get Strong Pilates' By Lottie Murphy

Guest Post: 'Get Strong Pilates' By Lottie Murphy | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Did you know, Pilates isn’t just about breathing, stretching and relaxing? Although these are all important principles, it can actually be pretty hardcore and help make you incredibly strong. Now, I know there’s a lot of hype at the moment about weight training, which is a fabulous form of exercise, but if you’re like me and don’t particularly like lifting weights, then Pilates can still be extremely effective at getting you strong, especially in your core.
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Why you need to start drinking ‘Lean Greens’ Superpowder!

Why you need to start drinking ‘Lean Greens’ Superpowder! | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Up until now, the term ‘lean green’ would usually be followed up with ‘fat reducing grilling machine,’ and conjure
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So, does Slendertone actually work?

So, does Slendertone actually work? | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
It’s an age old question. And when we say age old, we mean approximately fifty years, as that’s when the first Slendertone belt became available. Nevertheless, it’s certainly a valid question, and one we hope to answer today....The short answer is ‘yes, it does,’ but perhaps not in the way people initially think. Although a twenty minute Slendertone ‘sesh’ is approximately equivalent to 120 abdominal crunches, it will not help you lose weight, and is not a replacement for normal exercise. Instead, it helps to ‘tone, firm and build’ your muscles, and, with variety of devices available, each designed to target a different part of your body, it can help to do just that, whether it’s your abs, glutes, biceps, or face. Yes, your face.As they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
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3 Amazing Earphones You Probably Haven't Heard Of...

3 Amazing Earphones You Probably Haven't Heard Of... | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
When it comes to earphones, most people these days think of ‘Beats’ immediately. Impulsively even, which is testament to either a great product, or an even better marketing strategy, but who do you go to if you’re not a Beats kinda’ guy? Today, we've decided to shed the limelight on those other brands, which, for whatever reason or other, have been somewhat overshadowed...until now!We’re big fans of the ol' earphones here at Be An Athlete - music is a great motivator when it comes to exercise; it adds a rhythm to your movements, can distract your mind from any discomforts, and can provide a much needed adrenaline boost when you need it most – which is why we’ve included an integrated mp3 player compartment and hidden headphone eyelet in all our hoodies. But if you’re going to wear premium sportswear, then really, you need a pair of premium earphones to match, which is where the next three models come into play...Creative ‘Aurvana’ In-Ear 2 PlusThe latest release fr
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Can New Technique Really Get You to Sleep in 60 seconds?

Can New Technique Really Get You to Sleep in 60 seconds? | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Whether it’s having a warm bath, enjoying a hot drink, or participating in some bedroom-based exercise regimes (and we don’t mean press-ups and crunches!), people are always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help them fall asleep. But unlike fad diets or ‘get rich quick’ schemes, neither of which actually ever works, one man might have finally found a way to cure common insomnia....What?Harvard-trained medical doctor, Dr Andrew Weil, promises his new technique ‘is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere,' so there’s a very strong chance that you’ll never need to think about sheep post-10pm again!How?1. Inhale deeply through your nose for four seconds2. Hold your breath for a count of seven seconds3. Exhale through your mouth for eight seconds4. Repeat stages 1, 2, 35. Repeat once moreWhy?Referred to as the 4-7-8 breathing technique, Dr Weil suggests that his method, which takes 57 seconds in total, acts as a 'natural tranq
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7 Top Marathon Tips for a Running Start

7 Top Marathon Tips for a Running Start | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
The London Marathon is THIS Sunday, and though at this stage, there’s no way of making twenty-six miles any easier, the following tips can definitely make it a more comfortable experience. Failing that, just remember Paul Freedman’s cheeky advice – follow a nice bum!1) Take a small bag and fill it with the following items:Plasters – can you imagine having to bail out of the race due to a blister? While they can be incredibly painful, a plaster will almost certainly make it more bearable.Snacks – check out our previous post
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5 Healthy Ingredients to Pimp your Smoothie

5 Healthy Ingredients to Pimp your Smoothie | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
With the warmer summer months closing in, it’s safe to say that smoothie season is officially upon us. As people race against the clock to achieve that dream beach body in time for their holiday, don’t be surprised to see morning commuters replace their trademark coffee shop-branded cardboard cup, for a container altogether more transparent in appearance, so as to show off the gloopy, green, pond-like health slop inside.
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The Samsung S Gear Smart Watch Review

The Samsung S Gear Smart Watch Review | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
With the highly anticipated Apple Watch finally being released at the end of this month, we thought we’d check out the competition, the Samsung S-Gear, and discover whether there’s any point waiting yet another three weeks for wrist based technology...The Samsung S Gear is not only already out, but is also almost half the price of the Apple Watch, and yet works very similarly. Using a Bluetooth connection, it connects with your phone and through it you can answer your calls, reply to text messages, and even skip a track on your playlist. But is it all really worth it, just to save the time it takes to get your phone out of your pocket? Well, the short answer is ‘yes,’ and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re completely converted to this new level of accessibility – it’s one of those increasingly
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Upgrade your Easter with these 5 ‘Food Synergy’ Combinations

Upgrade your Easter with these 5 ‘Food Synergy’ Combinations | Fitness, Health, Active Lifestyle and self developement | Scoop.it
Ever wondered why Gammon goes so well with pineapple? If you stop and think about it, it’s quite an unusual combination of foods, but there is in fact a scientific reasoning behind it. The process is referred to as ‘food synergy’ and in this particular example the enzymes found in pineapple help to tenderise and break down the pork. But this isn’t the only combination your body can benefit from...Food synergy is the process by which certain foods complement each other on a chemical level. In doing so, they catalyse the digestion process, which in turn allows your body to absorb a greater amount of the nutritional value of each item. Here are another five dream collaborations to consider this Easter to ensure you’re feeling positively reborn!Lamb and RosemaryYes, it has the added benefit of making your roast lamb taste delicious, but rosemary, a powerful antioxidant, is also thought to help fight the free radicals which form when red meat is cooked at high temperatures.
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3 Amazing Portable Speakers for your Summer Sounds

Though you might not believe it, summer’s fast approaching, and with it, the prospect of barbeques, trips to the beach, and a fond farewell to vitamin D deficiency. Whatever you’ve got planned, music undoubtedly makes everything better, and this is particularly true where exercise is
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Your New Post-Workout Hair Washing Routine

Whether you’re travelling to the gym, a weekend away, or even abroad, there’s nothing more annoying than arriving only to discover your shampoo has leaked all over your clothes....although, forgetting your bag altogether is pretty frustrating, too. Luckily, there’s a new product on the market which not only offers a practical solution, but a luxurious one, too.Popping the bubble....Before we move on, it’s time to wash away an old myth – a lathery shampoo is not a sign of quality. In fact, it’s quite the reverse, and is basically a marketing ploy to disguise the use of a chemical called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a fantastic cleaning product, don’t get us wrong, which is why you’ll find the ingredient in all sorts of detergents from carwash to floor cleaner. But do you really want to be using the same thing that removes dead flies from your bonnet, on your hair?Basically, when it comes to cleaning, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is too good, and as such, can
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