The main issue is that most people don't know what they're trying to achieve let alone how to eat. Eating for fat loss is different to eating for health. You may think getting ripped and lean is healthy but I can assure you when taken to extreme levels it is anything but.
'Oh god, have you been at the gym again?' I arrive to dinner with friends carrying a tell-tale sports bag, and inwardly wince at their reactions. The joking 'you're obsessed' comments, the well-meaning but misplaced concern that I'm doing too much, and even worse, the implication hanging in the air that somehow my attendance at a spinning class makes them feel bad, or a bit lazy.
EMS sessions are carried out by a personal trainer. The session involves wearing an EMS bodysuit (a bit like a wet suit) that delivers currents to different body parts to reach deep muscle layers hard to activate through conventional training.
There's so much choice that there is literally no point in committing anymore. And that leaves classes full of people who really want to be there. I mean, you're unlikely to pay £20 for an hour class to then mess around or not push yourself.
Getting or even staying fit is hard, there's no doubt about it. It's that difficulty that makes it all worthwhile. Achieving your own fitness battle is as much a physical tussle, as it is a mental one. We live and die by our beliefs. If you believe you can do it, you're right. If you believe you can't, you're also right. Which would you rather be?
Clean eating has once again hit the headlines. Last year's "wellness" trend has received a lot of backlash, with doctors, health writers and chefs claiming that the social media sensation has turned toxic and causing a new type of eating disorder, 'Orthorexia'.
I don't want to get into a long rant on the efficacy of the multitude of supplements out there so, here is the low down on my top three supplements that I do think have positive effects and scientific backing.
It's possible to eat healthy foods, even with a jam-packed schedule and through the holidays. It just requires a little bit of pre-planning to ensure success. You'll feel better, have more energy, and your waistline will thank you too.
As an increasingly unapologetic vegan, I am becoming used to being challenged for my beliefs. Don't get me wrong; it still gets my metaphorical hackles up. But, I understand that because I am not just doing 'what we do' I am in the minority and therefore in the firing line.
The traditional push-up is generally considered to be a chest exercise, and not one that you would normally focus on to increase your arm muscles. However, push-ups do target the triceps brachia muscles, which are located on the back of the arm.
Now that January is over I'm sure many of us have fallen back into our less saintly habits, not quite eating as healthily as we were in that first glorious week of the year, where we are our best selves and exercised three times a week and ate our five a day.
How well have you been looking after your 657 muscles? Take the #657challenge to find out, post it on social media to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and if you struggle, use this five-move workout to upgrade your muscle health.
We forget this, or sometimes don't take it into account at all - for instance we can be often so focused on losing weight as quickly as possible using calorie restrictive crash course diets that we forget as soon as we stop and try to eat normally again we'll gain all, if not more, of the weight back.
Statistically, 97% of dieters are as big or bigger one year after starting a diet. When the majority fail, there must be more to it than simply lack of willpower. So what is it that happens in our bodies when we drastically restrict food intake?
How many of you were the proud recipients of wearable devices for Christmas? And so, armed with a new found ability to monitor energy expended, calories burned and steps climbed, did you vow to 'get fit' in 2017?
One thing I learnt this month is that being vegan doesn't mean being perfect. Just because you gave into temptation and ordered a hungover Dominos, or had a bit of your friend's chocolate birthday cake, doesn't mean you aren't a vegan. And in terms of caring for the planet and the animals that live on it, being vegan most of the time - even just some of the time - is far better than not doing it at all.