Lower back pain is one of the most common physical complaints. Sometimes it just starts aching, other times it seems you injure yourself and are left dealing with the aftermath for much longer than you would like.
In an overwhelming majority of cases, low back pain is caused by some variation of poor posture and the solution lies in locating and correcting the problem area; which, surprisingly, is not usually your actual back.
Of course, there are exceptions to this, and pain should really be assessed by someone who knows what they’re talking about. Then you can be confident […]
A flatter middle is one of the most desired outcomes from starting a weight loss quest. Our middle is something of a focal point on our bodies and can tell us (and others!) a lot about whether we are fit and healthy – fat seems to store in the area annoyingly easily.
It is true to say that the absolute number one thing which you must do in order to improve the look of your middle is get your nutrition right.
This said, using the muscles your stomach is also important, both for looks and for function of your body.
Before 1972 no one even knew what it was.
A lady called Nicole Ronsard wrote a book and sold products to help us lose the lumpy fat on our legs and bottom – she opened a huge new industry for cellulite creams and products; and a whole new way for us to feel bad about ourselves!
Even though over 90% of us have cellulite, this is a good example of how products are advertised to us in a way which makes us feel theres something wrong with us and which we need to fix.
Have you ever used any of […]
Despite there being 365 perfectly good days a year to start your quest to improved health and weight loss, for some reason, a Monday feels like the best time. I can see that; it’s a fresh week, and it always feels good to start at the beginning of something. It’s a fresh start – a chance to start as you wish to carry on.
Have you ever considered, though, that this cuts your available days to make a change quite significantly. You now only have 52 days of the year you could make a start.
Then, you add in […]
In my last newsletter, we discussed the changes to make when you stop losing fat despite doing everything right.
For some people, they have cut their calories so low and increased their exercise so much, that the idea of going any further would leave them existing virtually on air alone, and with no time to do anything other than exercise.
This is where reverse dieting can be transformative.
If your diet is overall very good, but you are eating very few calories and seem to gain weight by going over on your intake just once, it is worth taking a […]
You’ve been doing a great job of sticking to your workout routine and nutrition plan, the scales have been steadily going down and your jeans have been getting looser.
Then, suddenly, things grind to a halt and you find the things which were working have ceased to do so!
Instead of declaring yourself ‘beyond help’ and settling down to an afternoon of eating junk (I’ve never worked out why this feels so logical in the heat of the moment!), let’s take a second to look at what is likely going on and work out how to get […]
Today is apparently ‘Blue Monday’ – the third Monday of the new year is apparently the peak day for us to experience a low mood.
After all the busy-ness and excitement of Christmas, many of us feel tired, drained and overwhelmed; and not really in the mood to be bombarded with constant messages of New Years Resolutions and the idea that we need to somehow better ourselves by adding more commitments to our already packed lives.
Christmas is usually a period of over indulgence – more sugar, more alcohol, more everything; except perhaps, exercise!
Then, January rolls around and we have […]
Personally, I hate getting out of breath. Unless you unleash a hungry lion behind me, you’re highly unlikely to make me run.
Which makes the fact that resistance training is still the king of exercise a wonderful bonus for me.
I believe the times are starting to change for exercise. More and more people are starting to learn of the benefits of resistance training for all round health and fitness.
But this doesnt mean that you suddenly have the time, or inclination, to go to the gym, so if you want to give resistance training a go, how can […]
So, the kids are back at school, the Christmas tree is down, a remarkable amount of glitter has been hoovered up and there’s that nice feeling of being able to make a fresh start with the new year.
Sadly, we can’t bottle that lovely feeling, so here are five things you can do today to take advantage of it and get 2019 off to a great start.
When the fresh-start feeling strikes, it’s too easy to think this time will be different and you’ll be able to get up […]
High intensity exercise classes. They’re pretty fun, the atmosphere is good, you get to have a chat with your friends while you’re there… And it feels almost safe, like you can stay somewhat hidden amongst the other people there, you’re not going to be put on the spot.
You burn plenty of calories during the class, you get a good sweat on, and it feels like you must have achieved loads.
Honestly though, this style of exercise is really not optimal. You do indeed burn lots of calories, but you’re stressing your system with such frequent […]