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How to prepare a healthy Thanksgiving dinner

How to prepare a healthy Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a holiday held in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It begins as a day on which each person in the household gives thanks and sacrifice for all the blessed harvest and for the following year. This holiday is celebrated on...

Best back exercise

Best back exercise

Today, most people choose to live a sedentary lifestyle. We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is quite stressful for our bodies. Have you ever wondered what your lifestyle does for your back muscles? If you sit constantly, your muscles could atrophy. Back muscle...

When to work out?

When to work out?

Working out should be a must for each and every one of us. It is extremely easy to live a sedentary life today, with everything being deliverable right to your doorstep. Entertainment technology is better than ever, making it even harder to step away from it. However,...

Meditation Breathing Techniques

Meditation Breathing Techniques

The idea of meditation has always been appealing, especially to people who experience greater amounts of stress at work and around it on a daily basis. Many believe that meditation can help in finding balance in life, to relax and achieving some goals. But often...

How to warm up and stretch to prevent injuries

How to warm up and stretch to prevent injuries

With every workout, we risk muscle inflammation. Muscle Inflammation is the smallest form of injury that occurs during exercise. What about more serious injuries then? Certainly, any injury can be prevented, and the cure for injury prevention is warming up. Warming up...

How often should I practice Yoga weekly?

How often should I practice Yoga weekly?

 First of all, what are the benefits of yoga? Yoga is one of those activities that are spread all over the world. Like football, basketball, or handball, yoga has its place. The positive things that happen when we start practicing yoga are fantastic, and as much as it...

History of Yoga

History of Yoga

 Yoga is one of the most practiced disciplines in the world. We’ve all heard of yoga, we’ve all practiced it at least once. It marks mental, physical, and spiritual practice. A wide range of schools uses yoga; Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islamic orders. The story...

How to get your 5-a-day

How to get your 5-a-day

We must first become familiar with the term 5-a-day. 5-a-day is a national campaign of all major states, such as Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. This "process" was also approved by the WHO (World Health Organization). A 5-a-day is a program...

Comfortable outfits for Yoga

Comfortable outfits for Yoga

By now, we all know what a yoga session looks like. Your clothes should be light and elastic as you are going to be doing a lot of stretching from all kinds of different angles. They also need to be made from breathable materials so you don’t get hot and sweaty...

How to do the splits and be more flexible

How to do the splits and be more flexible

As the years go by and our body ages, we want to introduce more exercises that will make us more flexible. It’s never too late to develop flexibility, so you’ve probably seen an 80-year-old gymnast at least once do gymnastics like it’s a joke. Exporting splits can be...

Get into the routine!

Get into the routine!

We would all love to look like a model. Autumn is passing, winter too, you need to go back to shorts and T-shirts, and you don’t like what you see in the mirror? Yes, you are not the only one. Gaining weight over the winter comes unnoticed, and we don’t do anything...

Protein Balls

Protein Balls

Energy or protein balls are a combination of protein, good carbohydrates, healthy fats, and a lot of fiber. Depending on the ingredients, each protein ball will have about 100 to 200 calories, but, of course, it can also have only 15 calories. It all depends on the...

How can I build some muscle and stay lean?

How can I build some muscle and stay lean?

We’ve all been at a point where we weren’t satisfied with our physique. Either we don’t have enough weight, we have too much, or just want to improve something minor. Regardless of the motive, building muscles and staying lean is something we should all aspire...

All about Bikram Yoga

All about Bikram Yoga

What is Bikram yoga? Well, it’s a variation of traditional yoga. The difference between regular yoga and Bikram yoga is that you have 26 specific postures and two breathing exercises that you do over and over again. The entire exercise lasts about 90 minutes per...

How to start weight training

How to start weight training

Introducing weights into training can often be quite confusing, When, how much, how, why. These are all questions that go through our heads when we first introduce weights into training. Here you will be able to read some information that will make this transition a...

Gluten-free and Protein Pizza

Gluten-free and Protein Pizza

Ahhh… Pizza is one of the older dishes, first made in Italy. Did you know that pizza was originally for poor people? It is quite logical, you can make pizza dough yourself in a few steps, and cheese (for a margarita) was made from goats or cows. All in all, Pizza was...

What is a Protein shake? Should I take it?

What is a Protein shake? Should I take it?

What is a Protein shake? A protein shake is a drink that is often consumed today and is associated with training, muscle, and weight loss. A protein shake is most often consumed by athletes, often after exercise. There are a number of definitions about a protein...

Best Legs Exercises

Best Legs Exercises

Do not skip legs day! Probably one of the most famous expressions in the fitness industry. One of the reasons that people don’t like working on their legs is that it makes day-to-day life very difficult for the next few days. But, there is another famous expression -...

Best Yoga Poses for Morning Energy

Best Yoga Poses for Morning Energy

Everyone has their morning rituals. We don’t all love the morning, of course, but he who loves knows how magical mornings can be. We wake up, the rays of the sun penetrating through the windows, and with a slight smile, we rise to our feet. The first ritual is to go...

Exercises to reduce period cramps

Exercises to reduce period cramps

Ah .. those days of the month. Being a woman really isn’t easy sometimes. The main culprit of this is menstruation and what comes with it - menstrual cramps. How many times have you preferred to stay home, covered with a blanket, in unusual poses? We too. We know what...

Best Arms and Shoulders Exercise

Best Arms and Shoulders Exercise

When we talk about small muscles groups arms and shoulders, such as arms and shoulders, less weight and more reps is the way to go. You will have better muscle activation. Bigger muscle groups like legs and back will have better responses to fewer reps and more...

Smoothbook will be free again!

Smoothbook will be free again!

Well it is in the nature of small startups to make dramatic changes of course (to be 'agile' and 'pivot' in startup speak) and so that is what is happening at Smoothbook. From Thursday 16th July Smoothbook will be free without limit (fair use applies: if you plan on...

Smoothbook will no longer be completely free and a hopeful Covid update

In the early days of the Covid lockdown it was genuinely shocking (but not altogether surprising) to see the number of appointments made on Smoothbook drop off about 90% in a matter of days - mainly the result of closed gyms, yoga and pilates studios. We all know the...

Manage your Zoom online classes with smoothbook

Zoom for online classes I'm delighted to announce that Smoothbook has been approved for addition to the Zoom app marketplace: https://marketplace.zoom.us/apps/Dy6umQk-T6-Z9iv3M-7ZbA Zoom is now integrated into Smoothbook meaning that your classes ('meetings' in Zoom...

Updates to the dashboard with better support for online classes

Updates to the dashboard with better support for online classes

Smoothbook is here to help schedule and manage all of your classes, and that includes classes that many users are now offering online - in particular yoga, pilates and fitness instructors. From the feedback that I've received from Smoothbook users, the process of...

The booking calendar is now customisable and other updates

Hi Smoothbook users: I hope you're enjoying the summer and business is going well for you, this is just a quick update on the latest developments at Smoothbook after another busy month. Booking Calendar General Updates Your booking calendar is an extension of your...

Updates and news for Smoothbook, July 2019

Updates and news for Smoothbook, July 2019

Dear Smoothbook user: Thanks so much for reading this blog post, I just wanted to quickly share some of the updates that are in the pipeline for Smoothbook. You may know me via email and phone: my name is James and I'm the founder of Smoothbook. The short message is...