I was recently talking on UK national radio discoursing the benefits of positive living and spoke with some of the UK’s leading radio presenters about health, exercise and modern life; one of the presenters joked that his “Wii-injury” had laid him off from any exercise until his pulled hamstring heals. My initial laughter quickly abated as I suggested that preventative measures from injury can be easily attained by regular stretching and warming up before you slog it out with the Wii board.
OK Guys and Gals, it’s 2012 and most of us have a little dream about being leaner, stronger, healthier, sexier and ‘all round’ better than we were as the last year drew to its credit crunched close. So, let’s get your exercise and food plan on track and have you abdominal crunching like a mad bargain hunter at that Harrods sale.
Growing up in 1980s Australia we sang along to a television commercial” Life.Be in it. You gotta find 30, you gotta find 30 minutes a day”. The protagonist of this cartoon family was Norm the beer-gutted and TV-watching slouch who’s gorgeous wife Libby, the aerobics fanatic, attempts to educate her lazy man to exercise. So, be like an old school health slogan, get yourself up and out into the fresh air, take up that winter sport you’ve been meaning to compete in, roll up your leg warmers, slip into your spandex and set your feet loose on the aerobics gym floor, and take out (at least) 30 minutes a day.
Cross training is a fun and challenging way to make yourself fitter for the coming winter months, so come along and follow some of my personal training tips for strength training, power walking, dieting and making the most of our West London parks.
Exercise is so much more than a gym membership and a body to die for, and while your fitness levels may be improved by creating a structured fat-burning plan, training according to the season that you’re in can be enhanced by eating the fresh produce that’s immediately available. So, let’s train with a clear focus this autumn and reward ourselves with a figgy favourite that tastes great with every meal.
I read long ago ” To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven”. Aged 17 my curiosity got the better of me as I poured through the King James version of the bible, I stumbled through most of it as my atheist upbringing didn’t allow for biblical text or discussion. Now transported to London’s Hyde Park in the spring of 2010, my ears are burning as I jog past Speakers Corner and jostle for some foot space, the gathered crowd are listening to men on boxes espousing their views on their Messiah and Armageddon.
Several summer’s ago I was training a client in London’s Battersea Park (a truly inspirational London green space by the Thames). As my client and I were running at a steady pace, her morning fitness schedule a saturday must, a young boy ran by us excitedly singing “run, run like the wind Daddy”.
Achtung mein liebers, it has become increasingly obvious to this personal-training-massage-therapist that our contemporary workplace and lifestyle is creating back posture that your Grandmother would be disgraced with. So, pull in those abdominals, relax the shoulders into neutral and SIT UP STRAIGHT!!
I’m always inspired at this time of year to clear out the old and welcome the new. Sticking with my established philosophy that divine synchronicity says “there’s no such thing as a coincidence” – I am dusting off my crucifix, charity giving old jeans and booking in a meeting with Lily from The Detox Kitchen.