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New year resolutions – here’s what you shouldn’t be doing!

It’s the 29th December and I have already seen numerous emails and posts about the best diets for 2017, how to stay motivated and which workouts to do. Our minds are turning towards 2017 and what we want to achieve. But if you’re planning to lose weight and/or get fit in 2017, it’s important that you avoid some very common new year resolution pitfalls.  If you do you stand a much …Read More

Are you abdicating responsibility for your own success?

I’ve written two books about the excuses people use to explain why they haven’t yet achieved what they’d really like to achieve. Whether it’s better health, weight loss, improved fitness or a better relationship with food, excuses are our way of letting ourselves off the hook. “I’m not up to it” “I’m too old” “I’ve never been good with….” “I tried it once before and it didn’t work” If used …Read More

Why discipline doesn’t really exist

I promised to write something about discipline this month. But I’m not going to write about discipline, or at least I am not going to write about how you can increase your discipline, or how you should apply discipline to force yourself to stick to your weight loss or get fit plans. Why? Because I don’t really believe in discipline. This quote from strength coach Charles Poliquin sums it up …Read More

The truth about new year resolutions

Normally I write a positive and supportive blog for the New Year, to encourage readers as they embark on their healthy eating, exercise and/or weight loss regimes. This year I’ve got something a little different – a list of home truths about health-related New Year Resolutions. Not because I want you to doubt your chances of success in 2016 but because there are a number of very common pitfalls, and …Read More

Learn to love the gym

Recently I’ve had a number of conversations with people who say they’d love to get fit but feel intimidated by gyms. I wrote a blog earlier this year about how you can get fit without a gym membership (read it here), but if you’d actually prefer to exercise in a space designed for exercise, here are some tips on making your first few gym visits less daunting: 1. Check out …Read More

Random thoughts on getting fit

After reading some random thoughts on working in the fitness industry by Jeremy Boyd (http://jeremyboyd.co.uk/random-truths/)​, I was inspired to record my own random thoughts on getting fit: 1. You can get really fit in less time than you think – if you know what to do. If you don’t know what to do you can spend all your time in the gym and never see results (speaking as someone who …Read More

What to do if you can’t afford to join a gym

The first thing most people do when they decide to get fit is visit their local gym. Joining a gym is seen as the first step to better health, a commitment to regular exercise. But if you can’t afford the membership fees, what can you do? There are plenty of other routes to fitness which don’t involve membership fees – just stepping outside of your front door for a walk …Read More

Can’t lose weight? Three things you might be doing wrong

If you’re struggling to lose weight, you might think the answer is simply to eat less and move more: the whole calories-in-calories-out method. But in fact weight loss, and particularly lasting weight loss, is far more complicated than that. Moreover, if you make yourself hungry by reducing the amount you eat, and then stimulate your appetite further by exercising, you’ll find yourself in a constant state of semi-starvation – which …Read More

So your new year resolution failed – now what?

January is over.  You’ve had over a month to work on that New Year Resolution.  How’s it been going?  If you’re like over 90% of the population, probably not as well as you’d hoped.  Under one in ten people make a permanent success of their resolutions, so if you’re still on track well done, but if you’re not at least comfort yourself that you’re part of a big majority! But if …Read More

How to make successful resolutions

Planning a fresh start in 2015?  Are you going to eat more healthily, exercise regularly or lose weight? Statistics vary, but most estimates put the success rate for New Year Resolutions at around 10%.  That’s a depressing 9 in 10 chance of failure. So how can you make sure you’re one of the successful 10% this year? Set specific targets If you don’t define exactly what you want, how will …Read More