While we have no choice over our chronological age – the number of candles on our birthday cake, we do indeed have choice of our biological age – how old we feel. By making good lifestyle choices you can be in your 60’s and live like you’re in your 40’s and enjoy a much greater…Read more How to Avoid Ageing.
Background. Shortly before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics a Japanese company launched a pedometer called Manpo-kei, which translated into “10,000 steps metre”. It was based on the research of Dr Yoshiro Hatano, an academic from Kyushu University who was concerned about the effects of the western diet on the Japanese population. Quite simply, he thought that…Read more 10,000 Steps. A good way to fitness?
” I ended up at the gym through a mixture of an injury over twenty years ago that wasn’t rehabbed properly, SPD during pregnancy and turning a blind eye to my diet, which had left me feeling old before my time. I tried to exercise but never felt like I was making progress; pain stopped…Read more Lucy Williams
In my last blog we explored why resolutions fail. If you missed it, find the post here. I summarised by listing the three components a behaviour must have if it’s likely to hold. Here’s a reminder: The behaviour is effective in realising your aspiration You want to do the behaviour You can do the behaviour…Read more Your Guide to Behaviour Change.
Sadly, it’s no surprise as motivation is not to be relied upon. It’s happened to us all. “Motivation is like a party animal friend. Great for a night out, but not someone you would rely on to pick you up from the airport. You must understand it roles and its limitations, then pick behaviours that…Read more Failed Resolutions?
“I’ve been recovering slowly from a serious car crash that I had in June last year. And as a result, have had lots of pins and plates fitted in my hip – it’s quite substantial. I’d come so far with physio but there was a need for something more. I used to play football and…Read more Declan Williams
“I have struggled with my weight and overall fitness for a few years. And with bi-lateral rotator cuff repairs and arthritis in one ankle, I decided the time had come to sort myself out and do something about it. I had heard about the gym through my golf club at Ross and it sounded just…Read more Jan Armstrong
“I’ve spent the majority of my life training and competing; running, cycling and triathlon. I was also fortunate to have coaches from time to time in each of the disciplines. However, as anyone familiar with road racing know, at some point you’ll find yourself upside down in a ditch or under a pile of other…Read more Daryl Szebesta
“I’ve never been madly sporty. And, I have no patience what so ever so would start at gyms, go full tilt for a few months, get bored and then give up. I have a big birthday at the start of next year (30 fyi) and decided last January that it was time I started doing…Read more Moira Davidson
“9 months ago I joined the gym. I really did wonder if I had done the right thing. I thought it would be full of lycra clad, super fit people and I would be the ‘tubby’ one in leggings! How wrong was I! Well I’m still here and feeling so much better, both physically and…Read more Ann Morris
“I have always enjoyed sport and tried to maintain a reasonably good level of fitness. Throughout school, university and beyond I have played rugby and have been a regular gym user. I have never let age be a deterrent, still thinking I am 21(ish). Three years ago however I had a heart attack. An angiogram…Read more Tim Evans
Many traditional ‘habit breaking’ methods leave people despondent and in a cycle of failure. With the Fogg Behaviour Design model, you’re given a clear process to follow to help break your bad habits. The below is a three phase master-plan for behaviour change for habits that are ‘wired in’ which should be followed step by…Read more Breaking Bad Habits
“Having been off work with severe lower back pain in October I had come to realise that the exercise, lots of swimming and hiking, that I was doing was not making me as strong, fit or flexible as I should be. I realised that these were things that were becoming more important to me to…Read more Julie Jennings
“I was diagnosed with long term depression and severe anxiety, which consequently led me to not looking after my body. I would eat junk food and not exercise. Frequently, I would see social media ads for the gym to which my body thought ‘yes let’s go for it’ and my mind saying ‘no’. One day…Read more Steve Reeves
“Two years ago I turned up to the gym desperately looking for help. I had somehow managed to go from a person playing football and golf, enjoying life, to a physical wreck aged 49. Unable to walk up town or stand still for any length of time due to back pain, I had also sustained…Read more Ian Jordan