My depression manifests as a large ball of darkness constantly weighing upon my shoulders. It speaks to me; never more than a whisper, and yet somehow always the loudest thing I can hear. All too often, it becomes the only thing.
A big back is the epitome of true strength. Any skinny guy can get a set of washboard abs. Most people can build up their biceps through mindless curls. But a big back? That takes hard work and dedication.
Where the mind goes the body will follow. This for me is my 2015 mantra. Do you ever thing about what makes you truly happy? Often we think its one thing but then it turns out it really is not. I had a happiness tracker ( otherwise known as A notebook) this year and really began to think about the process of being happy.
We all eat to excess at Christmas. Think back to last Christmas... bet you found yourself continuing to eat long after you were full, felt sick, could no longer taste the food etc. When you reach this point, you need to stop.
During the winter months try to cram these in as much as possible! For Christmas dinner, my favourites also include cranberries, parsnips, red cabbage and walnuts with all their array of feel good nutrition.
Weight gain and the inability to lose weight easily happens also for a range of complex reasons. Telling fat women that take regular exercise that they are doing this in vain, is nasty and vindictive and in my opinion dangerous.
Every minute someone in the UK dies, but despite some really welcome progress many of us still don't talk to our loved ones about our end of life wishes.
Schools and society only teach you so much about this perfectly natural monthly event. If you are born with a uterus(including a womb and vagina), unfortunately you will experience periods, not to mention all the interesting side effects. Below I have listed a bunch of them, and many we do not often get the chance to discuss.
Maybe it's the stoic Englishwoman in me that thrives on cold weather. Maybe it's the joy of being in conditions traditionally seen as unfavourable and finding beauty in them. Maybe it's the wonder of seeing the seasons change.
With Christmas and New Year parties coming up over the festive season, I felt it is important to highlight to people of all genders the dangers of having unprotected sex. Numbers attending sexual health clinics are known to increase after the holiday period.
These thoughts are purely my own, however over the past 10 years I've attended a number of different gyms for my own training, some of which were good, some were average and some I didn't even complete the 7-day free trial with!
It doesn't matter if your Christmas is completely over the top, played out in a drunken haze, or spent quietly with minimal fuss. All fine. It may be that you celebrate the religious festival of Christmas and all the commercialization has no meaning. Good for you too.
On the 28th of November this year, I underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of bariatric surgery where 85% of my stomach was removed, leaving what is known as a gastric sleeve.
The prison services in the United Kingdom have over 85,000 inmates. With just under 82,000 of them being men with women making up around 4000 of the prison population.
He finally left rehab this autumn and I moved back home to be closer to him and my family. I had to be learn to be proud of that achievement at least. It's still hard, to muster up the courage to visit. Because, every time you see them, you know it might be the last.
In the past few weeks in my weekly column I have talked about superfoods and all the health benefits and goodness they bring. The critical importance of nutrition within the whole fitness and training cycle. As well as the importance of performing exercises correctly, using the right form and technique.