Most people I meet these days have some kind of wearable fitness tracker.
Their popularity has EXPLODED over the last few years.
Personally, I use an Oura ring, which I find pretty good. It’s more a sleep and recovery tracker which also tracks activity too.
The other day, I caught myself looking at the data from the previous nights sleep and thinking “oh, that’s nice”. I then proceeded to forget all about it and just move on with my day.
Which got me thinking about how many of us must do this.
Wearing these things is only useful […]
Sleep is so important, yet, do you really know what makes a good nights sleep?
A great gauge is to think about whether you feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning.
You could also consider your energy levels throughout the day. Although sleep might not be the full story, if you’re feeling tired it could well be a sign that you’ve not slept enough, or that your sleep quality needs a bit of work.
If you’re restless, wake frequently in the night, or just feel like you don’t sleep well, these are more signs […]
I had an interesting conversation with a client this morning about squat depth and knee health, and I thought it might be of interest to some of you.
There’s a bit more information about this on the Facebook group – if you’d like to read more, please do join at www.facebook.com/groups/fitbiztraining
So, a deep squat is defined as going below parallel. Parallel is the point of a squat at which your hips are in line with your knees. Below parallel is the point at which your hips are below your knees.
Clearly, a lot of […]
When you’re looking to lose weight, really, you have two options:
Cut your intake drastically, increase your activity and hold on tight.
Make sustainable changes to your diet and exercise habits.
Now, no one is going to tell you that option A won’t work. It will work, and it’ll work quickly. You will see quick changes with this option BUT, what you’ll find is that you also reach a long lasting, hard plateau fairly quickly.
And, once you’ve reached this plateau, it will be hard to break through it without […]
Knees are funny little things.
You could argue that they’re not very well designed; they’re fairly complicated, plus they have to take a lot of weight despite the lack of support they have compared to, say, your hips.
And so, knees are easily and frequently injured.
So, how can we make our knees less likely to get injured?
By making sure the joints above and below are working in the way they’re designed… That’s your hips and your feet / ankles!
If your hips are tight and the muscles around them are weak, then every time you […]
Are you struggling to lose fat from your middle?
It’s the most common area for people to want to lose weight from, yet it is also the most stubborn area to see progress.
So, here are some ideas for where to focus your attention:
If your diet isn’t right, you’re going to struggle to get your belly fat to shift.
So, make sure you’re mostly eating whole, real foods with plenty of protein and veggies, and are keeping super processed food to a minimum. Make sure you’re doing this at least 80 […]
Most of us would benefit from strength training, although one could argue that the importance becomes greater with age.
As we age, the amount of muscle we have on our bodies naturally reduces, and this means that our strength reduces too.
Of course, that means changes to your figure, but more importantly a reduction in muscle mass and strength also means decreased motor control and balance – which then means higher chances of falling.
I believe that with strength training, we can reduce your risk of injury in general by maintaining and improving your strength and coordination.
Then we can think […]
First up, if you haven’t already, please come and join my new Facebook Group – it’s full of practical advice and ideas to think about when working on your health and fitness.
There are so many benefits to using resistance training. If you keep generally active as much as you can, and have time to fit in one kind of structured workout, then resistance training has to be it – it has the most broad spectrum benefits… In fact, when we lay out the benefits of resistance work, it really shows how true this is.
I’m often talking about the importance of resistance training for fitness, health and weight loss, and that is absolutely the best place to focus your exercise efforts.
Resistance training should be your priority.
But there is some benefit to adding in aerobic exercise too.
Make sure you choose something you enjoy though – don’t look only at the calorie burn and instead also consider what you’ll be able to maintain long term.
If you love a nice long walk on the flat, that’s great. If you prefer to do something that feels a bit more like exercise […]
You have to love the Easter come down.
We’ve all enjoyed some chocolate this weekend, or at least, I hope you have.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of chocolate here and there – it’s not going to affect anything in the long term, and actually, it’s hard to gain actual fat over a day or two because our bodies have some wonderful ways of dealing with the extra calories for a short while. You’ll probably see some extra weight on the scales, but only a very small amount of it will be fat, and it […]