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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Around this time of year, I tend to get a lot of questions about food and Christmas.
My answer is usually the same. One day of eating off-track is not going to make any difference in the long run. If you’re going to eat off-track, do it consciously and feel no guilt!
But as we all know, Christmas Day itself isn’t even the half of it. Add in the Advent calendar chocolate, the coffee shop Christmas specials, a few mince pies, several glasses of mulled wine and the leftovers after Christmas – you can easily have put […]
It seems we’re in that time of year again – everyone seems to be coming down with a bug of some sort.
Instead of writing about how to boost your immune system, I thought you might find it useful to know how to boost your recovery when you’re poorly.
Good quality food is the most effective ‘medicine’ available to you when you’re suffering with a bug, or if you think you’ve got one brewing.
The first thing is to listen to your body. If you’re hungry, eat, if not – don’t.
Gut health is always at […]
I like to call him Brian. Brian the brain.
Yes, I’m probably a little bonkers, but if you take a minute to think about the decisions our brain is making for us on autopilot, it seems like there is a separate person inside our heads.
In my last email, we looked at the way the brain makes automatic decisions about whether we need to be paying attention to something, and how difficult it is to make the conscious (slow) part of our brain make the decision rather than the automatic (fast) part of our brain.
Today, I […]
I was very excited to see an Oura ring on Prince Harry’s finger last week, how very exciting! I’ve been wearing an Oura for the last 18 months and it is a fabulous bit of kit!
Primarily, it’s a tool for assessing recovery. It’s a bit of a nerd-gadget and goes way further than the more well known Apple Watch and Fitbit. If you love information and playing around with the actions you take and seeing the response your body has, Oura would be fun for you, and seeing the results of your good efforts […]