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.
On a late sunny afternoon October 2nd 2014, I skipped out of my new Doctor's surgery feeling like a teenager. Having just received the news about my present state of health, I had every reason to radiate joyfulness and exhibit my delight and gratitude.
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.
If you want to lose weight and improve your health, you just have to cut the calories you eat, right? Wrong. Research shows that replacing processed food with 'real', locally-sourced options can boost your health, and help you to lose weight!
If you lose weight by crash dieting or drastically restricting yourself to 400 to 800 calories a day, you're more likely to regain weight rapidly, often within 6 months after you stop dieting. However, regular exercise can help prevent this from happening.
Warmly wrapped in a cocoon of bed sheets, the absolute last place most of us want to be is out in the gloomy morning drizzle, plodding along the pavement in Lycra shorts. Is a love of duvet cosiness likely to hamper your fitness levels, or are you justified in putting off your morning jog to a less painful time of day?