Christmas Survival - Volume 3

The final post in my Christmas Survival series is all about the big day and getting prepared for it. This step-by-step guide to Christmas Day will make sure you don’t falter at the final hurdle and keep fit and healthy through Christmas. Be a giver Make sure you give more presents than you receive. A study by the University of Buffalo showed that those who give more are less likely to suffer an early death. So you may not have as much stuff on the day, but in the long term you win. Make a socks appeal Pre-empt your well-meaning sock-buying relatives and put Sensoria Fitness socks (sensoriafitness.com) on your wish list. Sensors in the fabric can monitor your running gait in real time so you

Don't Take Time For Granted

We waste so much of life’s fleeting moments by doing things like complaining. We complain about our parents and then miss the precious years we have left with them. We complain about our kids, and in the blink of an eye, they’re grown and gone. We complain about getting old and taint the years we still have to enjoy life. We can complain our way through an entire life. And then it’s gone—never to return. Maybe you feel stuck in a dead-end job. Maybe you’ve let your relationship fizzle out. Maybe you feel your dreams have faded or your sense of joy has disappeared. Many of us are walking this earth physically alive but dead of spirit, operating at the level of our NI number - existing but not

Christmas Survival - Volume 2

The second blog post in my Christmas Survival series is all about surviving the dreaded hangover which can interrupt your fitness training! Follow these tips to help you avoid a hangover at Christmas and still enjoy the party season. Stock up on eggs There are two toxic by-products of alcohol: shame and acetaldehyde. There’s nothing we can do about the embarrassment but a breakfast of eggs will help with the other stuff. Eggs contain cysteine, which counteracts the toxins and helps make glutathione, an antioxidant which also neutralises acetaldehyde. Avoid the sports drinks Sports drinks have rehydrating electrolytes but they’re often packed with sugar. Better to eat bananas, which are high

Do It Now!

Never take time for granted-life can change in the blink of an eye as we all know and we all know of others (maybe even ourselves) who find themselves situations they hadn’t anticipated be that health related or otherwise. Life can be like going shopping. If you don’t have a list before you go, you end up leaving without the stuff you want and with a load of stuff you don’t want. We all have our hopes and dreams. Maybe it’s a holiday you want to take, a book you want to write, a song you want to sing, a skill you want to learn, a relationship you want to heal, and the health and fitness dreams we have; lbs to lose, feel more confident, feel fitter, be more energised, be able to run with the

Christmas Survival - Volume 1

Over the next couple of weeks I will be giving you tips and advice on how to survive over the festive season and keep on top of your fitness and health. Today I'm sharing with you Volume 1 of my Christmas Survival Series and it's all about preparation! Prepare Do a little preparation and even the worst hangover won’t make you lose sight of your fitness goals! Make sure your cupboards are properly stocked Food such as eggs, fish and avocado are high in B vitamins which will provide energy that’s been depleted by alcohol and caffeine. Strengthen your immune system with zinc found in turkey, lamb and sesame seeds. Cruciferous vegetables such as sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower all contain nutr

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