Like the proverbial poo, I’m going to squeeze you from the bowels of social convention, and perhaps change how you view the world forever.
If more people understood the psychology behind decision making, including why we so often make poor decisions around exercise and nutrition, we’d be better prepared for life’s challenges, and kinder to ourselves in the process. It can be easy and empowering to start making better decisions, which form into good habits over time.
The incredible positive effects of meditation on mental health are recognised by hundreds of millions of people the world over, well-documented in Eastern culture, and increasingly well-researched by Western science. It’s clear that meditation impacts each of our lives positively… even if you don’t meditate, someone you know probably does, or someone you know has been impacted by someone they know. When one person meditates, we all share the benefits!
Most of us have a desire to look good, but it can feel almost impossible to get in shape when you spend all day sitting at work. If you spend long hours sitting down most days for a long time, your body will adapt to suit what you ask of it. Your body is an incredible machine that adapts to the activities you repeatedly ask of it. It responds to what you eat, how you think, and how you spend your time. Genetics play a part of course – you can’t really change your height or base shape, but you’d be surprised at all the possible forms you could take on.
“Mel explained that my goals did not need to be in purely fitness terms. After a lengthy and in depth discussion we established my goals and attitude to exercise. Essentially my aim, after more than 40 years (I am 62) in sedentary and stressful jobs, is to enjoy a healthy retirement when the time comes.”
We need sleep to survive and thrive as much as we need food and water. Humans spend around a third of their lives sleeping, but not all of us are getting enough quality sleep, and that’s a problem I’d like to help solve.
Today I’m going to run you through what actually goes on inside of our bodies as we sleep, provide some recommendations on how much sleep you need, plus a bunch of tips on how you can improve the quality of your sleep and boost your mental, physical, and emotional health.
During training, we cause stress and microscopic damage on a cellular level in our bodies, fatiguing us and actually decreasing our performance for a short period. This stress and damage acts as a catalyst for change, forcing us to adapt. As we recover, we improve, which means we’re able to perform at a higher level next time we work out.
That means gains are made during recovery, not training.
I have a cleaner who comes to my house every week. For some reason I almost feel ashamed to say that.
Technically, I’m an adult. I have a mortgage and a job and a dog to look after. Actual responsibilities. Surely I should be able to keep my own flat clean and tidy?
My cleaner’s name is Nadia, and I’m sitting here telling you about her now because I noticed myself doing something SUPER weird just now.
I totally get that cleaning up your diet and getting in shape can feel overwhelming. Whilst it makes sense to follow a prescribed diet for direction and to keep things simple, the drawbacks massively outweigh these initial benefits. Unfortunately, diets are generally ineffective in helping people make better food choices and live healthier lifestyles long term. Here’s why:
A cold is an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by a viral infection. They’re pretty common – most of us experience them from time to time, but what does this mean for our training?
I get a lot of questions from clients this time of year around the topic of colds, flu and other illness:
“Can I still exercise? Should I take a break? How much? What can I do? How can I get well quicker?”
It’s important to remember that I am NOT a medical professional, but as an exercise professional and wellness coach, I can give you the following recommendations…
The world of health and fitness can feel like a minefield of conflicting advice on how to work out, which products to buy, and what’s best for your body. If you’re a woman who follows health and fitness influencers on social media, you won’t have to look far to find advice on how best to train, eat, and live in your female body.
I want to help you determine fact from fiction and empower you with a clearer understanding of what it really means to be a fit, strong, and healthy woman.
Aches and pains in the back, neck, shoulders, and knees are a common effect of being sedentary throughout the day, as are symptoms such as feelings of lethargy, lack of focus, and digestive discomfort.
Long term, the potential consequences are even more worrying. A 13 year study on over 120,000 individuals published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that inactive people who sat for more than 6 hours per day were up to 94% more likely to die during the study period than active people who sat for less than 3 hours per day. Shocking, right!?