I've been hoping I'll bump into one of my previous P.E teachers in a gym class or in the weights area. I'd love to see their face and prove to them that although I completely suck at rounders, netball and running, pass me a bar and a pile of iron and I'll show you my inner Super Woman!
The key to any successful fitness programme is variety. While all of the 'standard' exercises and lifts, such as the bench press and squat, are key, there are many more little-known exercises that could also help you achieve your goals.
When I woke up on Friday morning to see a plus-size model on Nike Women's Instagram, I breathed a sigh of relief. And when a second one was uploaded over the weekend, I knew I had to thank Nike publicly.
During exercise we sweat and our pores open, which is brilliant for our skin as any dirt or impurities on the surface have a chance to exit. Forgetting to treat our skin right before and after a workout however, can lead to breakouts, clogged pores or sunburn- the last thing we need when we're feeling good for choosing a workout over a few drinks in the sun!
Zátopek's commitment to self-torture encourages us to do anything but spare ourselves the ordeal of going out in the rain or wind. When you next approach a treadmill, think of Zátopek running through deep sand in heavy boots - and consider where it got him.
One can only hope that the British public won't be deterred from making a nutritious green smoothie once in a while due to bad editing and lazy research.
Sometimes the thought of trying to lead a healthier lifestyle just seems too daunting. We spend every week promising ourselves that we will start on Monday and then when we do, it just takes one little hiccup and we've 'ruined' the week and wait until the following Monday to start again...
Running is fantastic cardiovascular exercise that's easy and inexpensive. You might not want to start on a gruelling programme of marathon training du...
On our last night, we ditched the sports bras, dusted off the glad rags and treated ourselves to a farewell meal in the old town. It was the perfect ending to the trip - even the part where we ended up in the nightclub, Toy Room. It was so nice to spend the trip surrounded by such lovely people and leave with new friends.
We're facing into nice long evenings and sunny days to come (well we can dream can't we) so it's as good as time as any to get out there and get moving. Squats, lunges, treadmill - boring! I always find it's easier to start a health kick in the summer, so I've checked out what's on offer if you are looking to get fit but are not a fan of the gym or pounding the pavements at 6am.
As a Hypnotherapist and Coach, I meet a lot of interesting people from all walks of life at my practice. The life stories that my clients share are t...
More of us are trying to get fit than ever before. We've all heard about how we can use technology to track things like our heartbeat and number of steps. But what about beyond that? Now technology gives us more fitness opportunities from ever before. Helping us do everything from workout in our pyjamas to join in with a zumba class in the back garden. Forget workout DVD, these tech hacks take fitness to the next level...
They love the freedom of cycling, feel fit and tell me their electric bikes are the best thing ever, they can now cycle further without pain. It goes without saying that we all wear safety helmets and reflective jackets, you don't get older without getting wiser! So don't delay "on yer bike" and get those wheels turning!
For decades, the dominant diet craze was all about low-fat. People seemed to think that consuming fat just made us fat in turn. In the last few years, the benefits of healthy fat have become generally accepted. People now look to fatty foods such as avocado, oily fish, nuts and coconut oil to reduce risk of disease and lower blood cholesterol levels.
Carb cycling is one of those terms that gets as many articles written promoting it as it does deriding it, although they are usually from people who either don't fully understand it or aren't using it as intended. It's not a new thing by any means. The fact is carb cycling is a method I have utilised with my clients for as long as I can remember. It's been an incredibly useful tool in effective diet planning for decades and I swear by it.
As the reps go down, slightly increase the number of sets you're doing; move them up until you're doing around 5 or 6 sets. By doing less reps, but more sets, you will be improving your technique and volume of the important movements you need to hit your goals next time!