The festive season is upon us and we’re all ready to wave the white flag and surrender any fitness & health gains we’ve made. But hold on, all needn’t be lost and without sounding all ‘bah humbug’ there’s some great work we can do without spoiling the celebrations.Read more Festive Season Fitness
Mobility. What it is and why we need it. One of the biggest requests we get is to help people increase mobility. And rightly so. Mobility is an essential quality for us all to have so that we can stay physically active and therefore maintain health. But what is it and why should many of…Read more Mobility. What it is and why we need it.
Strength Training Last month we looked at how making just a few lifestyle changes can make a significant difference to our quality of life. This month, we’re going to dial into the first of those lifestyle factors which is exercise and in particular strength or resistance training. For years, strength training has previously been the…Read more Strength Training
After years of focussing on your career and family, it’s easy to arrive at a stage of life feeling a bit worse for wear and as if it’s ‘too late’ to make significant changes to your lifestyle.
However, by making just a couple of changes we can significantly improve our quality of life moving forwards.
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. One of the main…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?
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
With so much change in most peoples day to day life it’s easy not to be mindful of your exercise and nutrition habits. I’ve noticed a couple of distinct trends over the last few weeks which are worth taking note of. Take action to stay healthy and hopefully avoid injury! Your activity levels have plummeted!…Read more Looking after Yourself in Lockdown
Are you struggling to recover from an injury? If so, here’s a great new model to hopefully help you progress. For a long time now I’ve advocated a more active approach to injury rehabilitation – ‘rest is rust.’ The traditional model using Rest Ice Compression Elevation has also been questioned by the latest research.…Read more Manage your Injuries with Peace & Love
Times are changing in the world of rehabilitation and especially in the regard to managing back pain. What we once thought was good practice simply isn’t backed up now with the best evidence (that’s the next blog). So, with this being the case, what steps can you take to manage your own back pain? From my…Read more Five Steps to a Pain FREE Back
Those of you who train or have trained with us know we take a ‘different’ approach to training the core. We don’t do sit-ups, we very rarely hold planks for a long period of time, we like loaded carries and we always emphasise movement quality. Now, it’s not that we do or don’t do these…Read more Stiffen up. The Latest on Back Training.
Goals have long been thought as the best way to achieve & reach your holy grail! Whether it be weight loss, a sporting event or our career we can all probably remember sitting down & setting those Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-bound (SMART) short, long & medium term badgers only to get (pick one…Read more Don’t focus on a goal, focus on the process.
We hear a lot about the risk of this disease and that disease but rarely do we get the message that we should prioritise physical activity. Over the past twenty years real inroads have been made into smoking cessation programmes that have made a real difference. However what’s been implemented with regards to increasing physical…Read more Low Levels of Physical Activity are Second Highest Risk Factor.
Trying to shift from an “all or nothing” approach to a “habit forming” mindset has been my underpinning strategy in my recent gains. I’ve felt far less pressure on myself and haven’t stopped doing a thing. This great blog summarises the approach really well. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/18-ways-to-lose-the-first-10-poundsRead more Changing your Environment to Change your Body.
As the Strength & Conditioning coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Buddy Morris put it; “a coaches primary role is as a stress manager”. We’re in control of loading stress on the body and the tools & methods we use all have an aspect of ‘risk v reward’. Morris states; “Olympic lifting? Jumping? Medicine ball work?…Read more Coach or Stress Manager?