Make a date with exercise

Making an 'appointment with exercise' could be an effective way to ensure you get your physical activity done. Planning an actual time during the day that provides a realistic time gap to fit in a run / cycle / walk / trip upstairs to your gym equipment, and writing this 'appointment' in your diary or calendar, makes the likelihood of a successful bout of activity much higher than just saying ...
Read More

Staying mentally strong….

After some devastating news this week that my father has also been afflicted with the same awful syndrome as my mum, my focus turns to mental health awareness, and what can be done to improve your own mental health status. One of my main personal goals over the year was to further increase wellness, part of which was mental health. Knowing this news as I do now, it has definitely escalat...
Read More

Skipping rope variations

To inject some interest and complexity into skipping rope exercise, try these moves by American Council on Exercise.  I've had a little go at them tonight, and found some of them quite difficult, but then I'm not exactly a Double Dutch girl. If you fancy a few minutes of vintage astounding skipping skills, take a peek at this Malcolm Mclaren video.  - mighty impressive fitness levels as ...
Read More

“What’s so great about bluebells?”

"What's so great about bluebells?" my son said grumpily, on our impromptu walk after school this week. What a question! Everyone loves bluebells I told him (who doesn't?). He was a reluctant companion as I'd given him no choice - it was imperative; I had to get on a walk to see the bluebells. I'd had a busy day and I really wanted to experience the peace and beauty of the short walk up our loc...
Read More

Self responsibility

I just had a conversation with another personal trainers client whilst he was waiting for her. Just idle chit chat, but we were discussing older relatives and family and the lack of exercise or movement, and the implications that this holds. Funnily enough we both agreed that you can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink! What is the answer to individuals understandin...
Read More

Banting and Fitbit update…..

I thought I'd better fill you in on the ketogenic/banting plan that I've been following since February, as part of the longer term research. Since having my Fitbit I have moved even more than normal - especially walking. I must say that walking is very underrated and I definitely feel much better for increasing overall movement. In my opinion I feel it's accelerated fat loss further...
Read More

Age is just a number ….

When I rang my Mum and Dad yesterday evening it took longer than usual for an answer, and I was about to put the phone down when my Mum answered, panting. I felt guilty for getting her out of her chair, as she is ninety now, but she said it was okay as she's just been doing her weight training and hence was out of breath. The day before she had cycled on the turbo trainer in the garage, on her...
Read More

Master your metabolism!

I've been helping a number of clients this week with establishing a longer term approach to improved overall health and a better body composition. It's an antithesis to boom and bust, quick fix, and other such common ways of change. Of course the former can work, but what about the results over time? Are they sustainable? There is something very motivational about rapid improvements/...
Read More

Keep on moving……

Well, Easter is upon us with predictably a change in the good weather! Let's hope for a bit of sunshine with the increased leisure time! I've no doubt we will all be 'out and about' a little bit more than normal, and this increased movement is a fantastic tonic for increasing overall wellness. In fact, just walking, not even power walking or Nordic walking, has great health benefits, s...
Read More

and the beet goes on

  I am really happy with my new recipe book called Leon, Happy Salads by Jane Baxter and John Vincent. The picture shows my attempt at 'and the beet goes on' salad, which I had for my lunch today (with some prawns) and it was really fantastic. It is thinly sliced beetroot, carrots, red onion and radishes with a gorgeous dressing of pistachios, zest and juice of orange, garlic, chill...
Read More