I am writing this blog post on December 31st. Tonight my family and I are going celebrate New Year's Eve with some wonderful friends. We'll be in good company, good food will be served and I will enjoy it immensely and have no boring killjoy thoughts of diets and exercise. But next year (that's tomorrow, of course) the diet begins.
Alcohol is ubiquitous at this time of year. Abstinence may make you feel virtuous but can also be dull. If you do drink, I'd advocate men avoiding beer. Beer increases levels of an enzyme called aromatase. This converts testosterone into oestrogen and leads to fat deposition around the pectoral - the dreaded man boobs. Stick to a few glasses of good quality red wine instead.
An extensive report recently published concluded that nearly half (43%) of cancer cases in the UK are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. This amounted to 134,000 new cases of cancer in 2010 that were potentially preventable. So, with our eye firmly on prevention, here are 10 things you can do to slash your cancer risk.
So there we have it, excuses galore and possible ways to overcome them. Let's face it, getting to the gym is all about the mindset, once you're actually through the door and changed into your kit the hardest part is over. Remember, 'the body achieves what the mind believes' so waste no more time thinking, take the wise words of the sports brand Nike and 'Just do it'.
In the past two years I've started exercising quite a lot. I've never been a competing athlete though. As a kid I took my tennis classes and played basketball in the school team and I've always loved to be active, but I've never received any kind of real training so my knowledge of the noble secrets of physical exercising is pretty poor.