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February 25, 2020

Breaking The Habit

  How do our habits define us? Well, far more than you might think actually. We humans seem to have this notion that we are autonomous, aware beings pretty much in control, if not of our lives, then certainly of our decisions. However, nothing could be further than the truth. If that sounds a little bit doom and gloom, I apologise – I didn’t mean to destroy your self – image in two sentences! The […]
November 21, 2019

Dieting To Be Fat

One of the key aspects to good health and wellbeing is our diet. This isn’t news for most people, after all ‘you are what you eat’ as the old saying goes. I tend to avoid writing too much about diet for several reasons, the main one being avoiding the cliched Personal Trainer writing about diet. However it is not as a PT I write this; as a PT I used to discuss diet with my […]
September 14, 2019

Extraordinary Stress

It’s been a strange time in the business of late. It seems an almost unstoppable virus of extraordinary stress has infected my clients. I’ve spoken a lot about stress in past blogs and how to deal with it. This ‘everyday stress’ in many respects is much worse: it tests our resilience on a daily basis and, if unchecked, can become chronic and cause myriad health issues for people. There are many strategies for managing everyday […]
June 26, 2019

Great Expectations

I’ll be honest, as I sit down to write this, I’m feeling somewhat guilty. I’ve let my habits lapse somewhat in the last two months. Not in terms of health and fitness necessarily but in terms of professional and personal development. I’ve hardly picked up a book, have done little in the way of marketing and this is my first blog since February. In my own eyes, I’m not living upto the standards I set […]
February 14, 2019

Self – Management

As a coach, enabling clients to have better self-management is usually the ultimate goal of any coaching assignment. Whether related to health, work or relationships, at the heart of what all of us are trying to achieve is better self-management. That is: the ability to manage our responses and emotions effectively, even when things aren’t going our way. The mistake most of us make at the start of this process is often twofold: firstly, we […]
December 13, 2018

It’s Christmas!!!

Christmas can be a difficult time of year in terms of health and well – being. People tie themselves up in all sorts of knots worrying about their weight, whether they’ve bought enough food, or too much, fulfilling social obligations etc. And this is just one area people tend to concern themselves with: from the stress of overeating, hangovers, viruses, illnesses and arguments, many people return to work in January feeling worse than they did […]
November 23, 2018

Stress

To misquote TS Elliot ‘November is the cruellest month.’ We are in the midst of winter and still reeling from the shock that it seemed like only yesterday that we were sat in the garden in 25 degree heat, it’s cold and dark when we get up and get home and that Christmas shopping hasn’t even been started yet. Coupled with that is that Christmas itself is still a good few weeks away so respite […]
October 1, 2018

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

  Sit Down, Spark Up… This month’s blog is based heavily on an article I read a few years ago in ‘Runner’s World’ entitled ‘Is Sitting the New Smoking?’ With a certain degree of cynicism, used to scaremongering headlines in mainstream media, I cast a wry eye over its contents – and was horrified. Normally scare stories can be picked apart by the most basic questioning of a 4 year old, but this was different […]
July 10, 2018

Fun in the Sun

  As it’s that time of year, I’m sure many of you are working hard to prepare for your holidays. And doesn’t it always follow the same pattern? You work hard, eat well, train hard and feel great. Then 3 days in, it feels like you’re having a food baby! Firstly, rest assured that you really won’t be any fatter even after the most debauched 3 days of eating and drinking – the body simply […]