Training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be an all-encompassing way to live. Going to the gym regularly and eating well could be a full-time job in itself. If you're doing it to lose weight, it can be demotivating to put all the effort in and not seeing it paying dividends.
In the days of big brand supplements, it's easy to drop all your hard-earned cash on your body goals. But it's not always necessary, if you know where to look in your spice cupboard.
Balancing training with a hectic lifestyle isn't easy, but it's a reality that most of us have to face. We're not professional athletes, so we can't be in the gym for multiple sessions every day. So, as a result, we have to make the best of what little time we've got.
Planks are a great recovery exercise. It helps you building strength in your core, upper and lower body. It works almost every main muscle, making it good full body work out. There are many variations of the plank, focusing on working different parts of body, from hamstrings to forearms - depending on which one you try.
You find yourself in a situation which is, at best, undermining your efforts and at worst, absolutely soul destroying and likely to have you reaching for the comfort of cake as you slip back in to the perpetual vicious circle.
I think I might enjoy these same lessons now, on my own terms. But for a very long time I had an aversion to the whole idea of 'dance' in particular because I associated it with feelings of self-consciousness and unwanted attention, the legacy of being humiliated in many a PE lesson.
We've all done it. Mindlessly wolfed down a triple by-pass burger and chips in front of the computer as we try to meet a work deadline. Or polished off a tub of cookie dough ice cream after hearing bad news. Finding comfort in food is very human. And the trouble is, the more indulgently sweet, salty or fatty it is, the more rewarding we find it - and the more we crave it.
The fear that someone will laugh at you in the gym may sound trivial, but it's a huge part of why people, especially women, are scared of working out. So when I heard that some utter bozo had filmed a woman exercising in the gym on Snapchat and titled it 'Tf is she doing', I wanted to ask him Tf he thought he was doing.
The Swiss ball squat is something I did a lot at the beginning of my weight loss; carrying 23 stone it was hard for me to perform and hold a squat, but using the Swiss ball helped me build strength quickly.
It's a growing trend. Minutes in the office are carefully accounted for and it seems the risk of someone tripping over their mat and suing someone, outweighs the benefit of them staying pain free and happier because they are getting in some regular exercise.
The word 'diet' sends a shiver of misery down most spines. I know this because I spent many years locked in a cycle of diet, binge, diet, binge, which in turn led to feelings of guilt and made a serious dent in my self-esteem.
I knew I wanted to make a change, but this time it had to be permanent, I was well and truly fed up with losing weight just to gain it back a few weeks later. Of course, I wanted to have more confidence and enjoy playing with my children, plus I knew that being miserable about the way I looked meant that I wasn't that much fun to be around.
Here are five exercises you can rely on to get in shape that are easy to do at home. These exercises can help you tone up and burn calories. They will also help you feel and look fitter, as well as stronger, balanced and more energetic. Ten minutes is a good starting point, but if that is difficult, try just one exercise. You can increase the length of the routine as you get fitter.
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.