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 bud... Read more
Balance - the elusive goal
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 fi... Read more
What's your biggest fitness achievement to date?
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 ol... Read more
Is your strategy only 2 dimensional?
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... Read more
Should personal trainers be charged?
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 ... Read more
I've had a busy few weeks with my clients, and found that I'm only getting to the gym a couple of times a week. This works out at £7.50 per visit!
The rest of the week I work out at home, easier to squeeze in time-wise, as it takes me 20-3... Read more
Check out this great book: Turbo Charge Your Life in 14 Days, by Jason Vale.
For those who don't know Jason Vale, he's The Juice Master, a vegetable-juicing guru, who packs a punch with his no-nonsense, no-excuses approach to weight-loss an... Read more
A useful motivational trick...
It's been several weeks since I've been on this Sparkpeople website, I've been so busy with new clients. Some days I've not even had time to get to the gym, so I've been doing more home workouts.
However, if you've had a long day and get ba... Read more
My 2011 Fitness Resolutions
Everyone's talking about new year resolutions, so I don't want to be the odd one out!
1. Improve my tennis to the point that I'm beating more people than are beating me. My arch-rival in tennis is my cousin, who is better than me, and it wo... Read more
When I ask my overweight clients what their favourite foods are, very often comes the reply cheese.
In small amounts cheese is ok, a source of protein and calcium, and a source of intense taste pleasure.
But it doesn't take much for i... Read more
Just re-read a great nutrition book Power Eating by Susan Kleiner (published by Human Kinetics, in the USA).
If you want to build muscle, gain energy, lose fat, this book is packed with great tips and lots of detail.... Read more
Slight shoulder muscle tear
Too much tennis has caused a slight shoulder muscle tear - so I'm icing it 20 mins a day (bag of frozen peas in tea towel), and massaging the area with baby oil (with my other hand!), and focusing on training legs/core while the shoulder area re... Read more
Nutrition Tools - Impressive!
I've just started tracking my nutrition using the SparkPeople nutrition tools. I'm blown away by its perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication.
I love the way it calculates your breakdown of carbs/fats/protein, both in numbers an... Read more
I swam this week, for the first time in ages.
As a kid I used to cycle to the local pool and swim one mile (65 lengths of a 25m pool) every sunday, then cycle back home. Thing is, I did the whole swim as front crawl (freestyle).
This ... Read more
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Colonic Irrigation ( ie - colonic hydrotherapy)
I'm researching an article for my Fitness4London site about colonic irrigation, also known as colonic hydrotherapy.
Has anyone had one, or know a friend who has? Please get in touch and let me know how it went, how you felt during it, afte... Read more