Spring has always been a popular time to take up new exercise routines to ward off the post-Christmas barrel belly. But many of these routines are stale and mundane, and people tend to give them up after a few weeks...
Many people say they want to lose weight, meaning they want to weigh less. But as far as losing weight is concerned they mean they want to lose fat. No one wants to lose muscle tissue and end up with loose, saggy skin but most people who diet incorrectly do so.
I'm at a loss these days as to where exactly my industry is going. In twenty years I have seen many fads come and go, many 'eat this' and 'do that' miracle cures pass me by. What we have now is a saturated market of personal trainers looking to gain an edge and stand out from the crowd.
I keeping seeing other runners, running with their precious perfectly functioning knees and I hate them all. Yes, I'm bitter. Can't even begin to imagine how gutted real athletes must be training for 4 years for one day/event only to be injured.
Instead of focussing on just the abs, focus more on the core which surrounds the whole of the waist and like a belt keeping everything pulled in. Here is my guide to working all angles of the core.
Yesterday, the arrogant but brilliant Pound for Pound Number One fighter in the World, Floyd Mayweather announced that if Britain's Amir Khan wants to...
Too much coffee can give the bad side effects-which is where the negative connotations come from but the right amount regularly and at the right times can help you to lose weight. How does it do this?
People can be happy (and healthy) while having large amounts of fat on their bodies. Of course they can. But, I can't say I've ever met anyone who got fitter and shed excess fat who said it made them less happy with their body.
Even though I work for a charity, I am rubbish at asking for money. Sometimes I feel more apprehensive about the fundraising than the actual training. Like most Brits, I have a deeply ingrained irrational fear of 'bothering' anyone. Yes it is a challenge and yes it can be hard work but I have to keep reminding myself that it's so worth it in the end.
Running with music can be a glorious experience. When the perfect song kicks in it can take you to a place where tired legs, heavy breathing and copious amounts of sweat don't exist (or they don't bother you anymore).
I won't detail every.single.day. for you but I will try an capture what exactly the bootcamp did do for me. Let it be known, that I didn't go to lose weight (although that was a happy side benefit), I went for the following reasons:
I cannot emphasise enough just how far removed I am from those annoying people who are seemingly born with a 6-pack and effortlessly cruise through runs without breaking a sweat. It's all about hard graft for me. Like many 'growing lads', I was a victim of chronic puppy fat/grow baggage at school and running was the last thing I wanted to do.
For all those who are now contemplating spending every night this week curled up in front of Orange Is The New Breaking Bad after 'not going to the gym', I can only suggest that you're missing a trick by not to exercising your right to exercise.
It's the muddiest, wettest, most gruelling, sapping physical challenge you could imagine. Facing the murky waters of the Terror Trench, swimming under water through the Sheep Dip and clambering through knee-deep mud to face a 10-foot high, sheer wall...
The truth is the huge void in the understanding of nutrition and health is an economic problem. This means fundamentally that the financially advantaged tend to be better educated on healthy eating and have more access to personal trainers and nutritionists to help them. However that does not mean that the resolve to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan can be bought and paid for-that's down to you and it always has been.
Motivation is starting to ebb away, and many parents of schoolchildren probably share the latest obstacle to my ambition. With half term creeping up, we are due to go away on a family holiday, and all I can foresee is a week where my desire to stay in shape goes all wobbly.