So. Boris wants us all to join him on his quest to lose weight. Excellent! We have massive problems in this country with obesity and related health issues.
At last the attention of the country is on improving our health and fitness with the intention of improving our health and resilience rather than simply focussing on getting slimmer.
I’m hopeful that this may pave the way for more programs designed with health, resilience and longevity in mind, and less fad-type diet and exercise programs.
Boris has also been talking about how you don’t need a gym to […]
I’ve recorded this email as a video as well. You can find it on Facebook or Instagram.
There is a general feeling that the harder the workout, the better it is. But this is not true.
There is a time for intense workouts – but the tough, complex workouts so often touted by the fitness industry as ‘the answer’ are beyond the capability of most of the people who sign up for them.
Time after time, I speak to clients who are fed up with the short term fixes which leave them burnt out and often injured. It doesn’t […]
We managed the Online Personal Training Demonstration video call on Saturday without a hitch – thank you to those of you who listened live, I really appreciate your support.
I did record the call, so if you missed the live call but would still like to see what Online Personal Training looks like, please let me know and I will gladly send you the recording.
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I really want to keep providing useful information to you via this mailing list.
Would you reply to this message and tell me […]
Achey knees. They can be a real pain and the issue can hang around for years with no particular diagnosis.
It is likely that the pain you’re feeling in your knee is actually not really anything to do with a problem in your knee at all. Fixing knee pain often involves locating and correcting a muscle imbalance or tightness in your hips or your ankles – or both.
There are plenty of postural issues or injuries which could affect your knees, but usually the first thing to consider is whether your hips and/or ankles are able to move through […]
I pretty much never send specific exercise suggestions on this mailing list.
There is so much variation between what each of you as individuals should be doing. What your mobility is like, your fitness and whether you have much experience with exercise all has an impact on the exercises I’d suggest for you. And that’s before we start to think about how much time you have available, what types of exercise you enjoy and how much stress we ought to be adding on to you.
This all said, after my email about not gaining weight over Christmas, quite […]
Of course, you can pick anyone who pops into your mind as being an avid exerciser, and be pretty certain that they have days when they just can’t be bothered and where they’re only going through the motions.
Whatever you’re doing and however much you love it; some days you’re just not very good at it and everything feels too difficult.
But there’s a huge difference between these situations and only ever doing a particular exercise because you feel like you should, or because you’re only thinking about the calories you’re burning etc […]
Exercise. The magical thing which earns us calorie free cakes and ice creams.
And the harder we work, the more calories we burn and the more cakes we can eat with no consequence.
If only. Oh goodness me, IF ONLY!!
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Low intensity exercise, like going for a slow walk on the flat, burns about 4 calories a minute – so about 250 calories in an hour.
Moderate intensity exercise, which probably covers most intentional exercise like going for a constant paced swim or a cycle, or perhaps even your average gym session, burns […]
As we get older, our bodies change. It’s probably not purely a side effect of ageing, instead it’s indicative of changing priorities and focus.
We have less time to focus on ourselves and so we need to re-focus our exercise routines on maintaining strength and mobility as much as possible. If we do them well, these movements will also have the added bonus of helping keep our weight in check.
In my mind, there are three key movements anyone over 40 needs to be doing regularly. These are:
Your shoulders are your most mobile joint […]
Sleep is a hugely important part of the health jigsaw. In fact, it is the basis upon which everything else you do is built. If you are low on sleep, or your sleep is poor quality, the effects of the effort you make to improve your health won’t be as good as they could be.
Sleep is becoming more talked about and the true importance is becoming more recognised as we start to understand the true need for sleep.
Did you know, for example, that if you are low on sleep (averaging 6 hours or less a night) and […]
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.