'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.
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?
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.
Increasing your muscle size is known as hypertrophy. This basically means the increase in skeletal muscle through the increase in the size of its component cells. There are two factors that help your muscles to grow; sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is all about the glycogen storage within muscles and myofibrillar hypertrophy which is concerned with increased myofibril size.
Tower-running does exactly what it says on the tin: racing up the stairs of daunting sky-scrapers as quickly as possible. The radical running format was first introduced to the UK by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, when it launched the Vertical Rush fundraising challenge back in 2009 at London's iconic Tower 42
The key to achieving results as a beginner is to get right back to basics. These simple (and quick) home workouts do just that. But remember, basic doesn't have to mean easy! Here is a circuit of five exercises that works all areas of the body and doesn't require equipment or a gym membership, it can be also be completed in the comfort of your own home.
You've been going to the gym regularly for at least a year and you love group exercise workouts; they're social and you can tick the exercise box on your list. The instructor is good, you know the moves and most of the time the music is ok. But while it's fun, you just don't seem to be getting results.
Statistics show that 43% of people in the UK break their resolutions within the first month and by the end of March that figure has risen to a whopping 80%. In fact we are so good at giving up, that there is now an official day dedicated to our downfall - 17th January is 'Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day'.