It seemed only a few weeks previous that I had been skating my way around the icy streets of Leamington and battling knee deep snow in the Alps, and now here I was standing on the banks of the Thames in a sun kissed Richmond about to embark on my…
Sanskrit Name: Trikonasana The Yoga pose of the month is triangle Pose which is a standing pose often incorporated into classes of all levels. The sanskrit name Trikonasana comes from the root of the words 'tri' meaning three and 'kona' meaning angles. It is a strong and active pose, but…
Do you feel like you begin the week with such good intentions to exercise and keep fit and then as the week goes by, things just don’t work out how you want them to? Do you feel like your lifestyle is incompatible with your health and fitness goals? Here are some top tips on how to turn your intentions into action and your frustrations into SUCCESS:
In the gym nearly EVERY morning, doing classes back to back, training well over 8 hours a week – this was me five years ago.
Did my weight ever change? No.
Did my measurements ever go down? No.
Did my clothes size ever change? No.
Did it make me strong? Inevitably, over time I grew muscle.
Was I exhausted? Yes.
Did I feel good? No.
Was I happy? Not really. The irony being that because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, I wanted to do more and always made plans to do more. Never did occur to me that actually doing less would serve my happiness and goals better.
For 8 years, I bounced from diet to diet- either steering the wagon or very much being dragged along behind by my ankle! I was always waiting for the moment I would feel elation like the feeling at the top of the mountain when you think “I’ve made it!” But I never got this feeling, because you can always think of ways in which you could be better and you can fantasise about how much happier you would be if you were skinnier, more toned, more this, less that etc. But actually I came to realise that the time to love yourself -and enjoy being you- is actually now.
On a mission of weight loss, the majority of us have tried a diet of some sort at one point or another – we may have lasted hours, days or maybe a couple of weeks at best. Predictably, we can’t maintain the diet and we fall off the wagon with limbs flailing – probably into a large vat of gin or melted chocolate for those more that way inclined! We then hate and slate ourselves for being weak or alternatively concoct a multitude of made up stories as to why it didn’t work… (more…)
In January this year, I realised that I needed help to get “my old self back” – I’d well and truly fallen off the “wellbeing wagon” – the usual suspects – takeaways, convenience meals, snacks, way too much wine and with excessive working to top it off – I felt as though I had lost control of me!!
Over the years, I’ve been pretty self motivated to eat well and exercise – I’ve never been into fad diets, but more so healthy living based on the 80/20 rule. But this time, I’d gained way too much weight, felt unhealthy, groggy and needed help to get back on track! (more…)
You get up in the morning and have seven internal conversations about the best breakfast combination before you reach your kitchen. Then spend a good five minutes debating what you think you should have and what you actually want. You get hungry again at 10am and eat an apple (good choice), but are then STARVING five minutes later so you look in your bag for something else to eat…
The majority of people that work out will, at one time or another, have said that they want to “tone up” but what does this actually mean? Toning up requires two things: gaining muscle and losing body fat.
In order to have a toned physique, you must create an environment that will support muscle building. This is not as simple as just lifting big heavy weights and drinking protein shakes with some raw eggs on the side.