I see how people in my life deal with problems- some emotionally eat, some shut down, some just shut off, some drink and some just let it build. Me, I train. Why? Because from this I can get a fresh perspective on everything, I take the time for myself and get a reprieve away from all the madness that goes on and can simply just enjoy the movement, the pain!
Want to wake up on New Year's Day feeling fantastic? Here's my pick of health spas, yoga holidays and wellbeing breaks that will help you start 2015 with a clear head.
Being a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic, I've taken part in hundreds of "combat" classes over the years, so what made Fight Klub different? Well, the movements were performed on free-standing punch bags instead of hitting focus pads or punching thin air.
I have not done this quickly either and the project is very much ongoing. Four months or thereabouts in, the benefits of being more like my former trim self are beginning to become apparent. Along with the jeans a plethora of other favourite garments banished to the nether regions of my wardrobe are now reinstated for everyday wear.
Some people will have us believe that it is all about calories, and we that simply need to eat less if we want to lose weight, while others will explain that it isn't calories that we should be measuring, but rather the quality of our food. So who is right and what is the best way forward for those of us who want to keep our health in check?
Some will have us believe that we need nothing more than bodyweight exercises, others will insist that we should do higher reps with lighter weights while others are convinced that if the weight isn't super-heavy we are not providing the body with enough of a challenge. But who should we listen to and what is the best rep scheme to use if we want to get into shape?
Last year I did a 100 mile bike ride for charity, and it wasn't that hard. (I can type that with some ease, as it's been nearly 5 months since I was at mile 99 and crying because I didn't want to cycle anymore.) So, it made perfect sense to sign up for the London Marathon.
This is probably one of the hardest articles that I've written, simply because stress is highly personable and there are so many different external factors that can influence the stress-state; however with this being said, when in that state there are some quick and easy things that you can do.
I had an enquiry this month about some research that touching paper can make you fat. Now, I know of a lot of things that can make you fat - doughnuts, inadequate sleep, refusing to budge from the sofa....but touching paper? Not something I had heard of - so I thought I would look into this...
The Vegan Society estimates that there are 150,000 full time vegans in the UK, and a meat free diet is firmly on the map in the UK. Mintel recently revealed that 12% of adults in in the UK follow a vegetarian or vegan diet with this figure rising to 20% of 16 to 24s.
People will often talk about the concept of over-training, where they have pushed the boundaries of their training a too far, resulting in negative adaptations. Symptoms of over-training include physical and mental fatigue, prolonged muscle soreness, unquenchable thirst, altered mood, and more.
In truth, personal training can be a bit hit or miss. The industry needs more thorough regulation, and, in my opinion, it needs to demand more of those who work within it, in terms of continued professional development, in order to bring the overall standard up to point where we can genuinely class ourselves as a professional service.
There is a time and place for low carb diets, but if you want to significantly increase your fitness or improve your physique, you will benefit from including carbohydrates in your diet. It is very common for people who exercise regularly and who have followed a low carb diet for a prolonged period of time to report low energy, poor sleep...
Why don't more runners embrace the trails? I suspect many find that a psychological barrier exists between the two, particularly when you are just starting out. Perhaps a seemingly innocuous footpath stile creates a mental barrier as well as a physical one, for runners as well as livestock.
'Throw up your hands if you love a big booty' JLo is singing and Iggy Azalea my fave Ozzie Fauxmerican is joining her. Writhing around in their knickers, they are proudly displaying their butt cheeks to the world. I don't know when we became so obsessed with bums, but I can honestly say, it has changed my life.
We're under no illusion that the majority of women would prefer someone with a "six-pack" as opposed to a "keg". Women aren't plastering 45 year-old men with beer bellies on their Facebook Page, they're posting pics of Channing Tatum with his shirt off shaking his "groove thing" during "Magic Mike"...... And that puts pressure on us.