5 reasons why you should run or cycle in the morning

5 reasons why you should run or cycle in the morning
If you're looking for a simple way of improving your fitness levels and burning calories, then the obvious choice is to go for a run or cycle. You don't need a sports club membership nor do you really need any expensive equipment (you can pick up a free bicycle on Freecycle!). Here are 5 reasons ...

Spending all day sitting at your desk? The perfect cure for limited shoulder mobility

Spending all day sitting at your desk? The perfect cure for limited shoulder mobility
If you spend all day sitting at your desk, you probably suffer from a pretty poor posture – a tight chest, rounded shoulders, limited shoulder flexibility and a sore back. In this article, I will look at a couple of solutions that will help you to achieve a better posture, make you feel more supple ...

Are we addicted to junk food?

There is a lot of blaming of food companies at the moment for adding sugar, salt, fat etc and the result being our spreading waistlines. Generally speaking, I don’t think there’s an addiction as such. Our mouths get used to a flavour and then it has to be more intense. Take spicy food for instance. ...

Great products for portion control

Great products for portion control
It can be tough to serve the right portion sizes when it comes to mealtimes and when you are new to managing your portion sizes, you can often end up overestimating how much to put on your plate. Some people recommend using smaller plates and while this can work, you often do end up piling more ...

Why tai chi is a great, practical mindfulness tool

Why tai chi is a great, practical mindfulness tool
Mindfulness is becoming very popular now, the art of being in the moment. One of the problems with mindfulness is that many people find it difficult to just sit still with their eyes closed and concentrate on themselves. One way of getting round this and still applying mindfulness techniques is by learning tai chi. The simple ...

How stress affects your body

How stress affects your body
Here is a great video on the physical way stress affects your body and how it makes you ill. Tips on reducing stress Try to avoid situations which create unnecessary stress eg avoid interacting with “friends” who stress you out. For on-going stress eg work, try to take time out through the day. Manage stress ...

Why anyone can learn tai chi

Why anyone can learn tai chi
From a recent Lumosity newsletter: How the brain learns: 2 key research insights Can brain research help us become better learners? Here are 2 key research insights to keep in mind next time you learn something new. 1. Learning means new connections in the brain Your brain works like an electrical circuit. Every time you learn ...

Should I cut out carbs to lose weight?

No.

Why everyone should do tai chi – and it’s not just for the reasons you think!

Why everyone should do tai chi - and it's not just for the reasons you think!
Intrigued? Well, let’s just cover the reasons that you think you should do tai chi: helps you to relax and de-stress improves your health improves your balance keeps you moving, particularly if you’re in your senior years improves your sense of wellbeing There are loads of other reasons why people do tai chi but these are ...

Obesity to OMG: one woman’s journey

Obesity to OMG: one woman's journey
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many inspiring and successful people. One such person is fitness coach, Roberta Saum, who has honoured me by allowing me to interview her. Thank you, Roberta! Darren: Tell me a little about your background. Roberta: I currently work as an online ...