Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Just re-read a great nutrition book Power Eating by Susan Kleiner (published by Human Kinetics, in the USA).
If you want to build muscle, gain energy, lose fat, this book is packed with great tips and lots of detail.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Too much tennis has caused a slight shoulder muscle tear - so I'm icing it 20 mins a day (bag of frozen peas in tea towel), and massaging the area with baby oil (with my other hand!), and focusing on training legs/core while the shoulder area recovers.
Still doing very light chest/back/shoulders/arms workouts, which seems to help, certainly not painful, and stops loss of muscle tone altogether.
If you have an injury - don't stop exercising altogether! Treat the area diligently, and keep on exercising other body parts. And test/rehab the injured area with rotating range of movment, light stretching, and when it's on the mend move to light weights, but stop if any pain.
Too many people use an injury as an excuse to stop all exercise.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I've just started tracking my nutrition using the SparkPeople nutrition tools. I'm blown away by its perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication.
I love the way it calculates your breakdown of carbs/fats/protein, both in numbers and visual pie-charts. And calculates so fast!
Thanks to fellow Spark friends who encouraged me to give it a try.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I swam this week, for the first time in ages.
As a kid I used to cycle to the local pool and swim one mile (65 lengths of a 25m pool) every sunday, then cycle back home. Thing is, I did the whole swim as front crawl (freestyle).
This week I did 30 lengths, but this time I varied the strokes. First length was breast-stroke, 2nd length was freestyle, then leg flips (ie backstroke without using arms), and the 4th length backstroke. I continued this pattern up to 30 lengths.
Fantastic full body workout, and just one other person in the pool. This is one huge advantage of being a self-employed personal trainer. You can avoid the crowds by choosing the quietest time of day to swim (around 2.30pm).
Saturday, September 04, 2010
I'm researching an article for my Fitness4London site about colonic irrigation, also known as colonic hydrotherapy.
Has anyone had one, or know a friend who has? Please get in touch and let me know how it went, how you felt during it, after it, and would you recommend it?
Opinion is divided. Some say it's not necessary because the liver and kidneys do a perfectly good job of detox, and healthy eating over the long term is sufficient to ensure a healthy colon.
Others say that a colon that has suffered years of dietary and lifestyle abuse requires a 'spring clean' to remove years of accumulated plaque and meat gristle and other things that have got lodged in the large intestine.
Get in touch and share your view!
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