Now, I'm no adonis and my diet is certainly not fit for a king-unless that king was a fan of Yo-yoing like some 90's Blue Peter segment. My eating is...
For myself, I'd been running for well over a decade before I first came across the Golden Secret five years ago. I was training for the Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara, and one of the absolute keys to finishing this extraordinary race is to stay injury-free.
As an ultra runner who has trained with the Royal Marines I reckon I know more about blisters than most (I have sported some humdingers in my time) so here is my take on those ubiquitous pustules of pain that inflict us all - whatever gender, age, race or creed.
The road to fitness can be a long and arduous one. It's rarely without pitfalls, problems and self-doubt, even for the most focussed mind. With any training regime that can soon become all encompassing, there are things that will slow down your progress, especially if you're not aware of them. Here are the top 10 things that may be slowing down your progress.
Why did I sign up? Your life is unrecognisable. Your house resembles a gym changing room. And, that sacrifice STILL doesn't guarantee you'll make it. Anything could happen, and you're convinced 'anything' will happen to you.
As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.
With the vaguest hint of summer on the horizon, with the promise/advent of T-shirts, crop tops, vests and the like. Plus with you all now fully understanding, despite the lunatic fringe suggesting otherwise, there is sadly no such thing as a quick fix, this means starting to train to get into shape, now!
At some point over the last four months, I did something the Jackie of two years ago would never have thought possible. I fell in love with a little thing called running (oh, and compression tights and moulded insoles and basically any form of tight-fitting clothing).
Getting superhero lean isn't easy. It isn't even moderately easy... but that's a good thing. If it was easy, everyone would have a next level six-pack and that would make you just another person in great shape. As the challenge is hard and the results take effort, few people will achieve their dream body.
People follow quick fix diets which are designed for body builders, weight category athletes or physique athletes, but these are not sustainable long term. People do not consider the context for which diets, or pieces of research are intended.
You work hard in the gym, or so you think. You eat right, or so you think. You're pretty strong, at least for your size, or so you've been told. So why are you still stuck looking like someone who doesn't even lift?
As a fitness expert and as a woman I feel I need to set the record straight. When it comes to women and weight training, there seems to be a host of myths spreading confusion and trepidation amongst female gym-goers! I am constantly having clients say to me 'I don't want to lift too many weight because I don't want to bulk up'.
The city provides as much opportunity for exploration and enjoyment as the wilderness; we need only make the effort to look further than the nearest park and the next big city marathon. Here are four things that should be embraced by every urban runner.
To successfully build muscle in the specific areas that you want requires pre-planning. You need to create an environment within the body of a training stimulus and then ensure that your diet contains the correct nutrition, vitamins and supplements to make it a reality.
Eating well and having a healthy lifestyle is important to help protect against both physical and mental ill health. But it's important to remember that there is no quick fix to improving diet or fitness levels - healthy eating and exercise should be part of everyday life.
Alongside my Instagram addiction, I find myself scouring over 'what I ate' blogs, desperate to find someone with my appetite, only to feel gluttonous. All of a sudden I'm sitting at home, wondering why I'm the person who is dependent on everyone else at the table agreeing to seconds, dessert or a midnight snack.