When I first started running I used to stop and walk if I saw anyone I knew, or had to pass busy places. I would also stop and walk up hills through fear of having to stop half way anyway.
As far as some people believe, when students are not studying they are reclining back watching Netflix with a large sharing bag of crisps, which they definitely aren't sharing. You are most probably right, in some cases.
Diets do not lead to long term weight loss in the vast majority of individuals. In fact, compensatory reductions in metabolic rate, increased hunger signals and lost lean muscle mass very often lead to dieters gaining back more body fat than they lost in the first place!
These days it seems everyone is a budding Mo Farah undertaking 12 week training plans, quaffing down lean protein shakes and booking sessions in a cryotherapy chamber. Is running becoming elitist or just more of a social pastime?
The memories of your first holiday in a catered ski chalet might be from back in the days when you would be served either spaghetti bolognaise, coq au vin or boeuf bourguignon in strict rotation, by a girl called either Arabella, Pandora or Lucinda.
I've hated the water for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is going to a toddler's swimming class and being absolutely petrified. They made us jump is, I cried a lot and refused, point blank, to ever go back.
When I'm old and lonely I don't want my life to read: He was born and then he died and not much happened in between! I want to make my son and family proud, I want to sit in my old chair and tell tales of triumph!
I have a lot of friends doing it this year, and they're all diligently posting on social media how far they've run, what gels and shakes they're using and showing off sparkly new trainers. There's been a number of things I've had on my 'to do list', and getting better trainers has been one of them.
Ah but time and education is a great thing, when we all began to think and saw past the multimillion dollar advertising and marketing campaigns that helped us to choose low fat and literally cut the fat, it was not good to finally learn what we were putting into our bodies.
Who wants to be fat and proud and likely to die early from health complications? Shame is a strong motivator and is in my view something, when used constructively, that will motivate those who are unhappy and fat to lose weight fast.
To discriminate against anyone based on a physical attribute alone I don't agree with, however knowing how much of my physical appearance I attribute to my attitude and determination I would have to question whether or not I would want to employ someone without this underlying determination.
Elle Macpherson has genetics on her side but the Queen of pop, Madonna is a yoga-loving, disco dancing, karate kicking, gym hound and it shows. It's fair to say at the age of 56, she has never been fitter. She is proof that it isn't too late to get into exercise, improve your fitness and look hot.
Additional sweating, the bacteria transferred from the gym equipment to your face by your hands, working out while wearing make up and exposure to the elements from exercising outside can lead to spots or weather damaged skin. It's a strong look, and one I'm sure you're keen to avoid.
Your time is measured in weeks counting down to race day, and your life squeezed in around your training. I get it, because I'm this person too. Over the past couple of years of regular running I've perfected the following five offensive office habits that only marathon runners will understand.
Sport, thankfully, is a wealth of diverse pursuits. Walk in the woods, climb up a cliff, fence with a foe: find something that suits your personality and you'll never suffer sport again. If you're not enjoying the exercise you're doing, you're not doing the right exercise.
Of course I felt a little nervous submitting my application, but when I read the words "only the fittest, strongest, bravest and toughest need apply" on the website, I felt inspired and thought, go for it!! I read the terms and conditions and all the information on the website more than once. No-where did it stipulate that women aren't eligible to apply.