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A beginners guide: Your own home gym for less than a club membership!

If you’ve ever asked the question, ‘Am I wasting money on my membership?’ then read on…. Even the cost of the cheapest gym memberships mount up over the course of a year; anything between £120 and upwards of £600 annually! Now for some of us that investment is worthwhile; if you visit the gym more … Continue reading A beginners guide: Your own home gym for less than a club membership!

Start your day the right way with these healthy, lower sugar breakfast swaps

You’ve probably heard it said a hundred times before, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, but how many of us actually give our breakfast choices much thought at all? There are a number of experts out there who proclaim that consuming a large breakfast is vital for good health, for better concentration throughout the day and to ‘kick start’ your metabolism. There’s an equal number of experts who would argue the complete opposite; that missing breakfast will not only do you no harm, it may actually be beneficial for your overall health and weight management. I’m not going to go into the varied and contrasting arguments about the issue of breaking fast in the morning. What I am going to do, however, is present to you some healthy alternatives that will keep you fuller for longer and will support a healthier lifestyle. Here are a range of healthier, lower sugar breakfast swaps for anyone looking to make some changes; from the 'cereal muncher' to the 'grab-n-goer'.

How fit are you? Some simple tests to do at home

‘I feel soooo unfit! I've really got to start working out!’ But how fit are you actually? Have you ever thought to find out what your starting point is and monitor your improvements and successes as you motor on with your exercise regime? Well testing and monitoring is a standard and crucial consideration for a Personal Trainer working with clients (well it should be if you’ve got a decent trainer). That’s what got me thinking... Surely everyone should be able to monitor their own fitness levels and at least have an awareness of their own fitness or ‘unfitness’ levels, whenever and wherever they like? It’s a great way to see what's working and what isn’t. Perfect for those who like to compete against and challenge themselves. And if nothing else you could turn it into some friendly competition with your mates.

Clearing the fitness fog: what’s right for me?

The world of fitness can be a confusing and crowded place to explore. As well as the many ‘experts’, with their quick fix tips, we also have an ever-growing number of new and exciting fitness groups, clubs and camps on offer. All of the conflicting fitness advice and the myriad of training options available online can leave you feeling baffled, bewildered and fed up with the whole endeavour. So here’s a breakdown of a few of the training options out there; with the costs, benefits and the drawbacks of each. I hope this sheds some light on the matter!

Common-sense swaps for a healthier summer

As the temperature rises, the days get longer, the weather sunnier, and we slowly attempt to peel off each layer of winter clothing, it generally follows that we become more aware of the benefits of a healthy diet and a new exercise regime. This is great! There’s nothing better than a jog around the park … Continue reading Common-sense swaps for a healthier summer

My top 10 fat-blasting moves to try today

I thought I'd share with you my top 10 hybrid HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) moves to get the heart pumping and those calories burning! But it's not just great for burning fat; interval training can also increase your VO2max (the amount of oxygen your body can use and an indicator of cardio fitness), reduce your lactate accumulation (so you can train harder, for longer) and increase enzyme activity to reduce fatigue. All of these exercises can be done without any equipment, but for some of them you can add dumbbells to add extra resistance if you like. I'll point out an easier and a harder version of each exercise as we go along, so you can adapt them as you like. Enjoy!

‘Small, everyday changes that make a big difference’

As you’ll know from my previous post, I’m a strong believer in common sense fitness and nutrition. So what does that actually mean? It’s simple really; move more, eat well, be happy. As my old Chemistry teacher used to say: ‘Keep it simple, stupid’. I believe that some small lifestyle changes can make a difference. … Continue reading ‘Small, everyday changes that make a big difference’

And so it begins.

I’ve finally got around to doing it! Yes, writing a blog was actually a New Year’s resolution a few years ago, that I obviously didn’t stick to. Life, lethargy and a lack of inspiration got in the way to be honest. But better late than never right? There’s so much ground to cover, so many years of procrastination, that I wasn’t convinced I knew where to start. So I googled it! If in doubt and all that. So by popular opinion, I’m told that the only way to kick this whole thing off is by introducing myself…‘properly’. Right, so I think the best way to cover a lot in a small space is probably with a ‘Hello’ magazine-esque Q&A interview, (just imagine that some journo is asking me these things and it’ll sound much better).