Happy New Year!

Saturated. Is the word I'd use to describe the Internet in relation to 'what a shitty 2016 it's been' and how 2017 is going to be so much better. I was almost tempted to shut down my social media for a few days as the constant bombardment was making me feel, quite frankly, stressed out. All this pressure to set goals and make this year better than the one before it. Then there is the entire Health & Fitness/Wellness industry jumping on...

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The only Fitness class I ever stuck to

What was this you ask? The 'Group Training' section of my site may give you a clue. I've been doing Orangetheory® workouts since Boxing Day 2013 where I was only 1 of 3 people who showed up to get a head start on burning off the Christmas excess. The Islington studio was local to me and I would walk past every day curious about what this venue had been turned into now! I finally went in a few days before Christmas and booked...

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Flat feet & MAGIC insoles

Here's the thing about flat feet. Chances are that if you have flat feet, or 'duck feet' as I call mine, then you probably don't like running or struggle with it more than the average person. Even if you consider yourself a fit and healthy individual. What I have found flat feet an advantage for however are squats! I do a good squat. As some of you may already know, I have a funny relationship with running. I've never considered myself a...

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Juice Cleanses: What’s all the fuss about?

Food is the highlight of my day. Solid food. Personally, I don't even consider soup or salad a meal on its own. And I've been lucky in the sense that, apart from one crazy occasion in Guatemala back in 2005 when we ran out of cash, I've never had to starve. Fasting has only ever occurred when I've been sick and  physically unable to keep food down. So why on earth would I want to do this?! The researcher in me...

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The Protein shake debate

Note: also contains product reviews. Both protein and protein shakes can be quite a polarising topic. Generally the UK diet, for most meat-eaters at least, consists of over the recommended amounts. According to healthy eating guidelines for the average (non-athlete) adult, protein should only make up 10-15% of your daily energy intake. The majority of us therefore don’t need additional protein supplements if we are only keeping to the ACSM (and NHS) recommended levels of activity below: Cardio: moderate 30min x...

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Product review: FITBIT SURGE ‘Super Watch’

Over the past two years I’ve tried a number of Activity and Fitness trackers – Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband, bought a Fitbit Flex and a basic Polar watch (FT4). I've also worn Polar and Orangetheory branded Heart Rate chest straps during workout sessions. [caption id="attachment_84" align="aligncenter" width="913"] Nike Fuelband[/caption] The early version of Jawbone UP was great for sleep tracking and supported by a great app, but wasn’t that useful from a Fitness perspective and didn’t sit comfortably on my wrist. The Nike...

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