A big part of a healthy life is eating nutritious food. Most of us know what to do, it is just the doing part that can be tricky. Right? Sure there are tricky methods to rip up for your next body building competition, but I am guessing that is relevant to exactly none of our followers. Okay, maybe one or two but for the rest of you, you don’t need to make it complicated at all. It is about habits of time saving preparation methods and cooking for more than just one meal for optimal meal prep. Organisation is obviously key for this. I know that most of you reading this are professionals. You know your job really well. You would never think of not being organised for important aspects of your role. Let’s borrow that habit of yours and put it into your diet approach. As you know, I studied Precision Nutrition and I receive simply fantastic tools and strategies from them all the time. I am not into reinventing the wheel, and when I find A-grade information I want you to have it. Check out their infographic on meal prep that you can easily print out and keep in your kitchen. My psychology training tells me that if you see something enough, it will begin to seep into your subconscious – and when you start doing, you start to get into the groove of the behaviour. If you want to be truly healthy, then getting on top of this eating thing will be top of your list. I […]
Where do you wear your carbs? Now this is a question I’m sure many people are very interested in… There is a lot of confusing information out there about diet and eating. Make no mistake – the ‘weight loss’ business has been (and will continue to be) a huge industry. Why though? Why is this the case? If what they are selling is so good, why hasn’t someone come up with the answer yet thereby effectively ending the prolific amount of information written on the subject?? The answer is that it is a self perpetuating business model. What I mean is that what they are collectively suggesting creates short term but unsustainable results, which inevitably leads to snap back. And not only does the weight snap back, it comes back with interest… The reason is that most diets create a metabolic environment that makes long term fat loss (which is what the whole thing should be about) harder and harder. Talk about an ingenious business model… Give quick, short term joy only to take it away (thus creating the need again) and offer the same thing again in a new form that seems appealing all over. We all recognize the need within ourselves for novelty and fresh ideas to keep us interested. What do I suggest then? Stop looking for the easy answer. As a mate of mine once told me when I was learning how to work on my old timber boat, “the shortcut you are looking for will be the long cut you were trying to avoid. Do […]
This is a great post about genetic testing and where things are at right now in terms of what the testing can tell you. We had a gene test available to us a few years back here at Best Practice but the company went out of business. The information we got was still very useful but things have moved forward since then and there are still a ways to go before what we find out is a full on summary of what your code means in completely (& perhaps scary) accurate detail!
The effects of overtraining caused by the sum total of ALL stressors in your life, including work and exercise can have direct adverse effects on your health. It is a great time of year to be talking about this as most of us have worked hard over the last 12 months. Rest and repose is vital! Read this salient article to get a better understanding of how the stimulation of various hormones can either help or hinder your results. Do some fun stuff over the next 2-3 weeks and watch how your body will function so much better. Breathe folks. Enjoy!
This is a recurrent theme in the field of achieving goals. It all starts with awareness of where you are at. If you are training with us you will know what it was that finally triggered you in to action. It may have been a worrying milligrams of mercury reading for your blood pressure result at a work ‘health day’. It may have been high numbers of ‘cholesterol’ at an annual blood test A waist hip ratio that flags concern As personal trainers we deal in numbers and it is our job to get you to understand yours. But first you have to measure them. If fat loss is your goal it might be calories versus calories out or getting your body fat percentage in to a safe range. What I wanted to mention to you today is the multitude of apps and systems available to you to see where you are at. I have used a lot over the years and I want you to check out what works for you. If you have an I phone then check out the following: My net diary, Mapmyfitness, Myfitnesspal, Nike+GPS, Hundred Push ups, wateryourbody….. The list goes on and on but find something that resonates with you. The ease of use and the information it gives you could be a great strategy for getting your numbers in the right direction.