There was a really interested study published about the remarkable effects of strength training which showed that just three seconds of resistance work a day was enough to cause measurable strength gains. Isn’t that incredible!
Now, before you start thinking you’ve found your new exercise routine, remember that this probably isn’t how you should exercise and this 3 second workout probably wouldn’t continue to provide improvements forever – but, this study does highlight the amazing effects of strength work.
It reassures you that if you were to create a routine of 45 minutes strength training even twice […]
When I suggest you improve your fitness, what image flashes through your mind?
I imagine it’s a hard and fast workout which leaves you gasping for breath and dripping with sweat on the floor.
It seems that these types of workouts have become what it means to be fit.
And if this is how you think you have to exercise if you want to lose weight and get fit, then I have excellent news for you – these kinds of workouts are not essential!
Often I find myself conveying the importance of resistance exercise, and this is because resistance exercise […]
All the information you need in order to achieve all your goals in life – health and fitness or otherwise – is already available, for free.
The difficult bit is sifting through the huge amounts of information and deciding which bits apply to you, and how to apply them.
I’ve worked with so many people who feel like they know what they need to do, but haven’t managed to make it stick until we’ve sat together and put everything into a logical order.
This, I feel, is where working with a personal trainer is invaluable. I don’t think […]
When we’re aiming to lose weight and improve our health and fitness, there are few absolutes – but below, I’m going to share some good general targets to put in place to get yourself started.
You might find that you’re only falling short on a couple, or you might find that most of the areas could do with some work. Either way, brush up on the places which need attention and I think you’ll notice everything gets easier from there.
The reason we look at all these areas is because they all link together. For example, it […]
While it’s true that you’ll burn more calories during a cardio workout than during a resistance training workout, there are several reasons that the resistance work is still far more important.
You see, the calories that you’re using for your cardio workout stop being used as soon as you finish your workout, just like you’d expect. But, when you’re doing a resistance workout, that doesn’t happen and instead our resistance workout gives our metabolism a boost which lasts for up to 72 hours after the workout!
The other issue with using cardio workouts to […]
In last weeks email I explained that you must be in a calorie deficit if you’re to lose weight, and I discussed several factors which influence both the energy we consume, and the energy our bodies use. These factors can explain why one person might lose weight on a certain diet, whereas someone else might not.
I said at the end of that email that you could make many of the factors work in your favour, so today, I wanted to give you some proper action points. If we can increase the energy our body needs to just stand […]
There’s an indisputable truth about weight loss:
If you’re to lose weight, you must use more energy (calories) than you eat.
This is one of those statements which sound beautifully simple, but when you look deeper, becomes a little more complex because there are a huge amount of factors which influence the energy we eat, and the energy our bodies use.
What you’re eating plays a part in your appetite. While it is certainly true that you can lose weight by only eating Mars bars, as long as you’re eating less calories than you […]
Happy New Year!
January is the time of new beginnings – many of us are starting the year with a diet.
But, did you know that only 20% of people will be successful this year?
That means 80% of people will fail at reaching their diet related goal, most of them within the first two months of the year.
I’m going to do a free video talk to help you be part of the 20% of people who will achieve their health and fitness goals this year. It’ll be on Tuesday 18th January at 10am, and it’ll […]
Next in our series of things to do now you’re not in your 20’s, let’s look at exercise.
Exercise is important throughout our lives, but the way we approach it should change as we get older.
The first thing is to dedicate more than a minute to warming up before your workouts. Things take a little longer to get going than they used to, so do mobility drills and get the blood moving before you start to do the main part of your workout. You might be surprised at how well you can move after a proper […]
Strap yourselves in for this one. It’s a bit of a long one, all about your feet – but I hope you find it interesting and helpful!
Unless we’re in pain, most of us rarely think about our feet, but the mobility and ‘posture’ of our feet is a huge factor in the way we move.
In fact, a growing percentage of us wear orthotics daily, hoping to reduce pain or correct foot movement or posture.
And orthotics can work. Supporting the arch of your foot does provide pain relief – but, they should only be a short term solution […]