Teaching you the essentials of fitness and weight loss
Welcome to the Fitnessentials blog. Every week we'll be updating you with fitness and nutrition tips, healthy recipes and motivational posts. We'll also be reviewing the latest fitness research and what it means for you and your workouts.
We all know that bodybuilders need to eat more protein than the average person in order to be at the top of their game, but what about the average person. Could we all benefit from adding a little bit more protein into our diets?
The lovely People at Craig Manor Hotel have put together this featured blog post for us highlighting some great fitness challenges that are taking place across the country. Are you tough enough?
We all know that exercise is good for us but do we actually know what happens to our bodies when we do an endurance event such as a long swim or a long run for example? When we’re dehydrated, when we’re overtraining, when we severely limit our calories etc. If you’ve ever wanted to know the answer to the question, “what happens to my body when…?” then take a look at the following blog…
Scientists funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have identified strategies that might help young adults (aged 18 to 35 years) avoid weight gain. The study could help prevent obesity during this period, when individuals typically gain the most excess weight of their lifetimes.
I’ll admit it. Until recently, I hadn’t been for a proper swim in years! Like most women, I had swimsuit anxiety, I was so self conscious about being seen in a swimming costume that I avoided it completely. That was until I read a blog post about a woman who, due to swimsuit anxiety missed out on years of playing with her children at the pool and seaside. I did not want to be that woman. So I bit the bullet and went to a fantastic outdoor heated pool, in an area where I was unlikely to see anyone I knew and just went for it. 50 lengths and 1.8km later, I was feeling utterly fantastic. Taking that one leap of faith has now completely given me the swimming bug. If you’re still not convinced, check out my top ten benefits of swimming below:
Many of my clients work really hard during their personal training sessions and those who have been with me a while have really started to enjoy exercising. However, many of them struggle when it comes to getting their diet right. Most of them know that in order to lose weight, they need to eat less calories than they are burning but what they may not know is that not all calories are created equal. In this blog post, I de-mystify food labels and those calories!
In the next few days, I will be launching my exclusive, yet completely free 14 day ab programme on Instagram @fitnessentialspt. It’s not going to be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!
In this post, I’ll be focusing on getting rid of our “what if” mentalities so that we can start to really enjoy living life. I’ll explain the reasons why taking calculated risks can help to make your life better and give you practical tips for how you can change your thought process from “what if” to “sod it, let’s see!”.
If your social media feeds are anything like mine, now it’s January, you’ll be bombarded with adverts for products promising the perfect body (don’t get me started on Herbalife, Forever Living, Juice Plus etc!). Pinterest accounts will suddenly be full of “fitspo” or “fitspiration” boards, full of photos of washboard stomachs, thigh gaps and perfectly perky boobs and instagram will be full of before and after pictures and weight loss transformations. People will be declaring their new years’ resolutions on Facebook, the majority of which will be along the lines of “lose weight and tone up”, or “get skinny”, which is incidentally a word that you will never normally hear me use. The world will be declaring war on their bodies, at least for the first two weeks of January, by which point we’ll all be so disheartened with the lack of progress, grumpy through lack of food and wondering why on earth we make the bloody resolutions in the first place!
This week, you may have noticed that the Fitnessentials blog is talking about self confidence – it seems that Britain is in the midst of a confidence crisis. In a report in 2012 by the All Party Parlimentary Group on Body Image, it is estimated that roughly two thirds of adults have negative body image… In this article, we take a look into some of the reasons for this, and give practical suggestions for what we can all do to end this madness!