Foam rolling (or Self Myofascial Release) is a great way to give yourself a ‘mini massage’, thereby looking after your muscles and ironing out any ‘knots’. It can be done daily, before and after exercise, and the more often you do it the quicker you’ll get results. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but if you persevere you should reach the stage where you no longer have sore spots and you’re just maintaining good condition. Here are my top tips for getting it right.
The first meal of the day can be a bit of a minefield, with every item in the supermarket breakfast aisle claiming to have superior health benefits. Getting off on the wrong foot can mean energy spikes and slumps, and feeling starved by mid morning. The key to avoiding this is to lose the sugar and add protein and good fats, so here are my top 5 healthy breakfasts to keep you fighting through till lunch.
Exercising at home can be just as effective and enjoyable as going to the gym (not to mention cheaper!) so here’s a home session using just the stairs.
As a Personal Trainer, I visit clients’ homes and take them through programmes in their kitchen/sitting room/garden/garage. There’s often not much space, and I take all my kit with me, so each piece of equipment I use has to be versatile, easy to store, affordable and transportable. These same principles apply to buying your own kit for personal use, so here are my top 5 home gym toys.
We’ve all been in an exercise class, and glazed over during the bit at the end when the instructor mentions stretching. You stand there and try to copy, but do you really know what you’re supposed to be doing?
We’re constantly being told that in order to eat healthily we have to give up lots of the things we like, but often, just making things from scratch can remove the hidden ‘nasties’ from our favourite foods. If you make things yourself, you’re in control of the amount of salt, sugar and fat that goes into your food, and it can be much more satisfying!
Runners – you see them all the time, making it look easy and enjoyable, but then you give it a go and within 30 seconds you feel like your lungs might pop out of your chest and your legs could fall off! Sound familiar? Then follow my tips for pounding the pavements pain free.
There’s been plenty written about how we should be eating more grains and pulses in the quest for a healthier diet, but often it’s not clear how you can introduce them into your daily meals. Here are my top ten tips for doing just that.
“Oh no, not press ups!” If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard that, I’d be doing my press ups on a beach in the Caribbean! The reason that some people don’t like them is that they’re a difficult exercise, but their benefits far outweigh the hard work required to master them.