Raise your hand if you've been here before: your workout clothes are neatly folded in your gym bag, you've remembered to pack your sneakers, socks and a hair tie, and you've blocked off your schedule for a session at the gym - but you don't actually make it there. Yeah, I've been there too from time to time.
The number of health conscious people in the UK is on the up and commercial gyms can be incredibly busy at peak times. With costly memberships and families trying to juggle the demands of modern life, more and more are creating their own workout space at home.
The preacher in the town square exists in all areas of life. You can find them in religion, in atheism, in politics, sport or anywhere else where passions run high. Often you'll find them in animal rights circles. Many a meat-eater has told me of a time they were verbally attacked or belittled by a vegetarian or vegan.
I read a phrase recently, 'gourmet nostalgia' and whilst it may appear sound bitey it encapsulate so much of what was generating the gush over slices of pink and yellow sponge glued together with a cloying, overly sweet slick of synthetic cream.
When you drink a fresh juice, your body is able to assimilate the nutrients within 15 minutes, compared to a solid meal that may take over two hours to get to your cells. This gives your body an abundance of clean, green and nutrient-dense building blocks to build a healthier version of you.
If we can encourage less active people to become more active we could prevent one in ten cases of stroke and heart disease in the UK, and one in six deaths from any cause. Furthermore, regular physical activity can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, many of which are on the rise and affecting people at an earlier age.
Despite the brilliant "inclusive" nature of parkruns for some, particularly those new to running it may still seem a step too far. So, by way of reassurance, here are my nine reasons why you should parkrun this weekend.
As the miserable weather draws in and Christmas is round the corner, you hear more and more people giving excuses on why they can't incorporate exercise into their lives. It's time to stop! You are better than that. Next time you excuse your lack of exercise, remember the following reasons to pick up your gym kit:
There's more to a good 'pump' than just vanity, though. A pump shows that your body is in a state of readiness to train, and that your muscles are being filled with nutrient rich blood ready to kickstart the recovery process. Chasing a 'pump' at the end of a workout may actually fast track your gains.
In Part 1 of my blog on Vitamin D, I explained that there aren't many great dietary sources of vitamin D and it's really difficult to get all you need from food. In part 2 I'm laying down how to guarantee you get enough D and clearing up why it's so important that you get the right amount.
There's only so much disappointment mere mortals can take, so if you've been eating natural wholefoods for weeks and still hate every single mouthful, no-one would blame you for throwing in the towel and finding comfort in a double cheeseburger with fries.
Of course wearables can be really helpful when we are flagging, but they are there to serve, not replace what you want to achieve. And when we do something with the technology, it can make a huge difference. Think of the pleasure people get from vinyl records again, and lifting the arm onto the record, compared with a streamed playlist on your phone; it becomes an event.
I have had a love of running for as long as I can remember. I was the child who had an incredible amount of energy and wanted to race my friends all the time. The problem was, most of my friends had no care for running up and down the street and I had no care for playing with dolls.
A calorie burned at 9am is the same as a calorie burned at 9pm, but there are benefits of working out past your bedtime. Consider becoming a night owl and making the most of the gains that can be had exercising after dark.
When I started running, it was something I did alone and, dare I say it, in 'secret' for a while. Because I wasn't talking about it with anyone, and wasn't aware that any of my friends were into running, predictably I resorted to the Internet to tell me what I needed to know.
The clocks have gone back and the evenings are darker, but the pace of fresh new research into health and fitness hasn't slowed down at all. Here are five things we learned last month that may well be useful for your own training! Especially if you suffer from DOMS or a stitch...