Friday, August 09, 2013
I've not logged onto Sparkpeople for ages, been busy building my social network Fitness Buddy on my Fitness4London site. Got just over 900 members now. All free to join and use. It's mainly for people living in London UK, but the weight loss buddy and quit smoking buddy is worldwide.
Thanks to Asmarterway for making a comment on my previous blog post, or I wouldn't have logged onto Sparkpeople today.
Hope you like it!
ps- random cooking tip: I've just been given a gorgeous solid granite pestle & mortar, so I can grind fresh peppercorns, garlic cloves etc.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I was thinking today about balance in life. It's great to have goals and passions, but not so great if they steer your life off balance in unhealthy ways.
For example, successful business people and professionals may have achieved a lot financially and career-wise, but at what cost to their health and relationships? I'm not saying it's impossible to be a high achiever in your profession AND be fit & healthy (both mentally and physically) AND enjoy great relationships, but it's challenging.
The ultimate guide should be your wellbeing and that of others, and once you put this principle first, then it becomes easier to set your priorities.
One great way to make time and space for important things is to cut down on TV. Not cut it out altogether, because there's a lot of great programmes on TV, but definitely cut down if you find youself habitually sitting in front of the telly on a regular basis for hour after hour in the evening.
And when you do watch TV, you can often be doing other things at the same time, so you're multi-tasking productively. You can exercise in front of the TV, make lists of things to do the next day, and when the adverts come on, make good use of those 3 minutes by tidying a room. It's amazing what you can accomplish in a 3 minute burst!
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Monday, May 30, 2011
What's your biggest ever fitness achievement to date, and how did you do it? That's the question I'd love to hear your answers to.......
For me it was getting up to 185 lbs in weight, more muscular (12% body fat) last year. i'm a 42 year old male, 6'1" (185cm) tall. Right now I'm around 13.5% body fat, and 182lbs . Most people's goal is to lose weight, mine is always to gain weight, as long as it's lean muscular weight (with the proviso that I don't exceed 15% body fat maximum).
I achieved this through 3 times a week weights (1 hour sessions), and tennis once a week (90 mins), and 2 cardio sessions (20 mins each), and a couple of core workouts (20 mins each).
So what's your biggest achievement and how did you get there?
Thursday, May 26, 2011
It struck me as I lost yet another tennis match that I'm really limiting my chances by being 2 dimensional, when I could become 3 dimensional, in my approach to the game.
By over-relying on groundstrokes (forehand/backhand), I'm hardly ever exploiting volleys, smashes (aka overheads), lobs, and drop-shots. All these shots are crucial for a well-rounded player, yet when I attempt them, I often flunk them through lack of mastery and practice of these shots.
I've finally resolved to master these vital shots so I can exploit the very frequent situations they're designed for. Can't wait to see the results!
Are you being 2 dimensional in any aspect of your goals? For instance, if you want to lose weight, exclusive focus on nutrition with little emphasis on exercise is certainly 2 dimensional and will massively limit your chances. And vice versa (all exercise, poor eating).
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Just seen on local news (London, UK) that one borough council (Hammersmith & Fulham) is now charging personal trainers for training clients in public parks.
Shouldn't government be encouraging more physical activity, instead of adding yet more layers of bureaucracy and taxation?
What do you think?
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