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Fitness Buddy

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.


Balance - the elusive goal

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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FITNESS4LONDON 8/9/2013 8:30AM

    hi there Asmarterway - tv in gym great idea - get fit and entertained at the same time!

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ASMARTERWAY 8/9/2013 3:28AM

    I put a TV in my gym so that, sometimes, instead of vegging out in front of the TV, I can be in the gym instead. Doesn't always work out but can make a difference

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What's your biggest fitness achievement to date?

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?

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MARYMO22 5/30/2011 7:36AM

    Well done on increasing your weight Domenic

I managed to do a 5k run yesterday in under 34 minutes - my last 5k was 42 minutes, so a real improvement!
I'm now ready to up the training and get better, faster and work towards a 10k in November - I know it's achievable now
For me, who despised running at school and was always at the back, running is enjoyable and I've realised I can do it and get better. A real confidence booster and I've also discovered I inspire other people (me!?!)


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SCREWIE 5/30/2011 6:16AM

    My big fitness achievement is my agoraphobia being less intrusive in my life. As I started walking everywhere to lose weight, it's now got to the point that I can do more "normal" things as if I ever feel I'm stuck, I know I can always walk away, wherever I am.

Not much for fitness achievements, but I didn't really have goals to start with :)

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Is your strategy only 2 dimensional?

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).


Should personal trainers be charged?

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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MYAKAYAH 5/30/2011 5:21AM

    The nanny state in action again. I expect New York and Seattle to ride that bandwagon :) Seriously though its a horrid idea governments should encourage healthy habits but I guess that's hard when a lot of campaign contributions come from tobacco, oil, and factory farming....

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JBUTTERFLIE 5/26/2011 10:27AM

  Isn't the point of the park to be free for everyone, since it is paid for by everyone's taxes?

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FITNESS4LONDON 4/30/2011 3:00AM

    I've discussed this issue at greater length in my blog - see

Thanks for your comments above!

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KRAV-CHICK 4/29/2011 2:36PM

    Crazy, wait till the US decides to do the same :) I mean how do you determine who is "training" and who isn't??? My friend is a personal trainer, yet we work out together...she gives me tips but that's all. I don't pay her, yet it could be construed as "training"

What's next??? :)

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SCREWIE 4/27/2011 6:26PM

    This has got to be one of the most stupid initiatives around! Of course H&F might be saying it's the professional that pays out of their fees, but in reality those costs would be passed on to clients in the form of higher fees, thereby discouraging them to do any activity at all.

And how are they going to police it? Who's to say that a professional trainer can't happen to be somebody's best friend helping them out? Not that I would suggest cheating, you understand...

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EDWINA172 4/27/2011 6:11AM

    Wow! No, I don't believe trainers should be charged if they're training someone in a public place.
You're right. The government should encourage more physical activity.

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