After dinner walk? Whatever happened to those? The simple act of walking seems to be disappearing. Even with the increase in health monitors and pedometers, the increase in walking is as short lived as the novelty of the latest fitness gadget. Eventually it just becomes an expensive watch or heart rate monitor. So how do you make sure your healthy habits stick? They can't just be something you do because you have a new gadget. You need to integrate a new attitude towards health, movement and productivity. Should I Just Walk More? Walking more is a great place to start, it definitely gets you moving more, will increase your heart rate and do wonders for your mental health. But there's only so much of it you [...]
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 10 years ago, found that between 70-80% of people are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. This Vitamin is rarely found in our food supply, so supplementation is key. What is Vitamin D? Our bodies synthesise this vitamin/steroid when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Studies show during summer months our bodies produce 6IUs of vitamin D per CM2 of exposed skin. Given the fact that most of us are in the office during the summer, or slathered with SPF50 when we're not, means that we rarely produce sufficient amounts for optimal health. In the winter we get even less. We’re covered from [...]
5 Reasons Boxing Is A Good Workout Boxing is definitely one of the most intense sports in the world. Not only does it involve a lot of ass-kicking but being a good boxer is more than just knowing how to throw a good punch. In fact, punching makes up just a fraction of what boxing is really all about. It requires plenty of footwork, fast reflexes, and split-second thinking and under all that is plenty of hardcore training. Boxing for sport is definitely popular but boxing to get fit is looking to take the spotlight and the trend is rising as we speak. The exclusivity of boxing is long gone and the time is ripe to get fit and strong all while learning to float like a butterfly and [...]
Many of you don't know, that I used to be a smoker. I started not long after college and quit smoking in 2007. I used to smoke anywhere near 5-10 cigarettes a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. For me, the main motivator for quitting smoking was money. When I tallied up all the money I had spend on cigarettes over the year and saw the final number, it blew my mind. I started to think about all the things I could have bought and done with that money that had gone up in smoke. Money is never going to be a motivator for everyone, but it certainly was for me. With the New Year just days away, a lot of people will have the new [...]
Most people come to a personal trainer with one of two goals, they either want to be stronger and put on muscle, or they want to lose weight and get leaner. And although they’re eager to get into the weights room and start working towards their goal, it’s usually not where they should start. Most people that come to me for some sort of dietary intervention or advice usually have leaks in their diet and nutrition that need to be plugged before we can start doing the fancy stuff. You see your digestion is the most important aspect of overall health; it controls which nutrients are absorbed into your body and more importantly what toxins are blocked from entering. Yet the ability to digest efficiently [...]
Now is the time to set some goals and get cracking… The Christmas period is behind us, so it’s time to pack away the professional eating utensils and get yourself back to the gym and set yourself some 2015 goals. No doubt many of you have set yourself goals which involve some sort of body transformation, entering a race, or just undoing some of the damage done at the latter part of 2014, but do you know how to set out about achieving these goals effectively? In the first ever Own Your Fitness newsletter, I will be looking at a few of common mistakes people make when trying to lose a bit of weight and get leaner. These are the most common I’ve seen amongst gym [...]
If you're having trouble hacking your sleep, here's a product that's been working really well for my clients, as well as a few PTs I've recommended it to. It's Sleep Easy tea by Clipper. Clipper Tea is an adventurous brand, with great flavours and combinations with high quality ingredients. If you're looking to add something to your sleep regime, this is a great start. With calming ingredients like valerian root, you are guaranteed a nice calming unwinding evening all from a cup of tea. Give it a go and see how it works for you. If you're looking for other ways to sort out your sleep, check out my article on sleep.