Even if you know what you should eat, it is still hard to break old habits. It's not what you are eating, but what's eating you. For me, and I suspect it is the same for most people, our attitude to food is as much about emotion as it is about satisfying hunger.
I had been selected by Nike Running to join a team that had carefully been put together from all over the world to run from Mount Hood to the Pacific Ocean. Our team was called 'We run free!' After a delicious dinner to get to know my fellow runners my bubble was burst.
It's not easy to start a routine of getting active as regular exercise requires some form of commitment and motivation. However, here are some ideas to make exercise or an active lifestyle more attainable.
Sadly, about 80% of the dieters, fail in their weight loss and workout goals, because they're losing their motivation against the lure of their 'good-old' habits which are simple and comfy; where they don't have to 'struggle' in workout-sessions and eating tasteless and boring, yet healthy food...
Your core, or power centre, is located two to three inches above the navel and houses your personal power. This region of your body, also known as the solar plexus chakra, represents self-identity and plays a huge role in the choices you make each day, as well as your mental state.
With fitness selfies (aka 'Healthies') becoming increasingly popular, A-List celebs including Pink, Gisele Bundchen, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Beiber are using the craze to show off their toned, muscular physiques; leaving many of us wondering 'How do they do it?' 'Can real people achieve these results too?' Well, luckily for us, the answer is YES!!
Like many people in the UK I enjoy the adrenaline and feel-good effect of exercise, but I had always found the prospect of going to the gym for the first time a little intimidating absolutely, completely terrifying.
Pilates combines resistance training with flexibility, which helps you build leaner, less bulky muscles. Combine long muscles with better posture and you'll naturally start to feel lengthened. The end result: when you feel taller, you look taller!
Most women have experienced the feeling of being bloated at some point in their lives. However, for some it can be a recurring problem, leading to frequent discomfort and embarrassment. To help beat bloating and get the flat stomach you've dreamed of, check out these 10 de-bloating tips.
I've been an active member of the Les Mills tribe for the last 15 years, religiously attending classes from Body Combat to Body Step, always looking for ways to challenge myself and take my fitness onto the next level. So imagine my excitement when I started to hear whispers of a totally new workout concept that was set to revolutionise the studio fitness industry.
We need to acknowledge that being overweight is just one symptom of overeating and lack of exercise. You can tackle the symptom with a quick-fix like a diet, and sure enough get down to your 'goal' weight, yet the problem will remain unless it is tackled directly. The symptoms will return and you will just get fat again.
It seems that supermarkets have a big role to play when it comes to helping people make better choices. Simple strategies, such as removing chocolate and sweets from checkouts and prompting the sale of fruit and veg, is a start. But can we apply similar ideas throughout the whole store?
There's nothing more depressing than seeing that little pot belly poking obstinately over the top of your hip-slung trousers. Whether it's a post-baby belly or a few too many beers, tummy fat can be tough to shift and potentially harmful to your all round health. But panic not. There are tried and tested techniques that can turn a tummy into a triumphant six pack.
For every five minutes spent walking the average person burns 30 calories and for every 5 minutes just standing you burn 5 - 10 calories. This may seem incidental, but as Tesco have been telling us for the better half of a decade - 'Every little helps'.
It is a training method that we have been using for the last 3-4 years to try and demonstrate how to achieve more for pro athletes and also prevent the regularity of injury or illness that normally plagues pro athletes.
You may not be on a beach in Thailand, but being outdoors amongst the grass, the trees, and the pitter patter of laughing children can help improve overall wellbeing and mental health. It sure beats facing a grey wall on the treadmill.