Wellness

Steroids, Personal Trainers and double standards

I work in a health and fitness industry, where many within the industry and out of it place a lot of importance on the appearance of the trainers (or, should we say coaches, as is now a popular term to use). Is the appearance of the trainer so important? Would you want to train with an out of shape PT? Maybe not. A PT in terrible shape does say one of two things: either they’re not following their own advice or they are and it’s wrong! Is either of these acceptable? That [read more....]

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Junk Food Kids: Who’s to blame?

Channel 4 (UK) documentary series, first episode broadcast on 18th February 2015. The programme featured several overweight children, detailing their story of obesity and poor health. There were scenes of consultations with paediatric specialists and multiple teeth being surgically removed due to decay. This is on the background of reportedly one-third of children in the UK being overweight or obese and that proportion is even higher in the North. The programme identifies various issues and [read more....]

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

New Year or not, it’s time to be healthy….(tips for success)

Whether you’re making new year’s resolutions or not, if you want to improve your health and wellbeing, here are some quick tips to help you succeed.   Start as you mean to go on. What I mean by this is, don’t attempt something you know will be temporary. Don’t embark on a rapid weight loss diet that you know you will only continue for a short period of time or until you achieve your desired weight/look. You need to start something that is permanent and realistic. Eat healthily [read more....]

December 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Victoria’s Secret comes under fire, but what is the ‘perfect body’?

Image: Victoria’s Secret. Recently, Victoria’s Secret has received some heat following their latest ‘perfect body’ marketing campaign. A petition has been set up with over 18,000 signatures, requesting an apology from Victoria’s Secret, with the problem being that it sends an “unhealthy and damaging message”. Several questions arise from an issue such as this. Is there a perfect body? Is it achievable? I see (and doubtless other health and fitness colleagues do also) a constant [read more....]

November 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Make time for health now or illness later

Why has the diet industry grown so much? There are many reasons why someone would want to take on a diet, ranging from temporary weight loss goals to battles with complex food issues. The food and diet industry is massive with numerous huge companies in the business of providing ‘diet’ foods and meal replacement products. The trouble is, you cannot replace food, in my opinion. How has the diet industry got so financially successful when most diets fail and do not produce long term results? [read more....]

October 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Don’t get stressed about stress

I make a lot of fuss about the importance of nutrition and movement in achieving and maintaining good health. The importance of sleep is also well documented. There’s another huge issue that pretty much affects all of us at some point: stress. Stress can derail all our best efforts to be healthy despite good nutrition. We all have different ways of coping with stress and stressful situations, but how does this affect our health in the short and long term? You could look at stress as two [read more....]

July 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

Vintage soda ads: Can you spot the fake?

Originally posted on Grist:
We ran across one of these old ads pushing pop for tots on Facebook and shook our heads disbelievingly, before learning it was a fake. But the sweetened beverage industry has stooped equally low in the past, all the way down to toddler eye level. Can you guess which one [read more....]

June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sleep When You’re Dead?

As Trainers, we often advise clients on exercise and nutrition. I particularly concentrate on sound nutrition and build from there. If you eat garbage, how can you expect to be anything else? However, one rather large and often overlooked aspect of health is our sleep and sleep quality. Not enough sleep or poor quality sleep can curtail your best efforts for health despite good nutrition and exercise. The processes that take place and the hormonal symphony at play while we sleep is dramatic. If [read more....]

March 16, 2014 // 3 Comments