Category: personal training

What is fitness and how do we achieve it? Total fitness – home training.

Some of the most common questions that personal trainers and fitness professionals get asked include ‘What exercise is best?’ and ‘How often should I exercise?’ The answer to both of these questions are highly individual and depend on many factors including your individual goals for training, your current fitness levels and other lifestyle factors such as age and medical conditions. There are, however, a number of ‘components of fitness’ that we should be aiming to include in our training programmes and there are guidelines as to how often adults should be including activities that work on each component. With many of us building our own fitness schedules and routines at home for now, this blog aims to give you some guidelines and ideas for what to include and how often.

Training at Home

With gyms and sporting facilities still being closed, we’re all currently destined to take control of our own training. We may struggle with knowing what to do or find ourselves stuck in a routine of doing the same things over and over. This blog explores a few of the options for at-home/outdoor training at this time which may just help you to shake things up a little and challenge your body and mind in new ways.

Habits vs Willpower

Whenever we try to change something that we do in our everyday life – whether that’s starting something new, stopping something we no longer want to do or simply switching the way we do something, we often refer to and rely on ‘WILLPOWER’. As willpower requires effort and energy, however, as soon as we start to feel tired, stressed, busy and so on (which we inevitably do at some point) we automatically revert back to our old, ingrained patterns because they are easier and more comfortable.

Goal Setting Success

The start of a New Year is a time when many of us naturally reflect on the past 12 months and begin to consider how we can make the year ahead just as good, or (in the case of 2020 for most of us), a heck of a lot better! New Year’s ‘resolutions’ often get a bad reputation, associated with expectations of waking up on January 1st a whole new person, with all obstacles from the past year wiped out. Of course, this doesn’t happen and so our initial optimism can quickly diminish and see us falling back into old patterns and habits within weeks or even days.

Energy – Are you running on empty?

Energy:  ‘The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.’‘Power derived from the utilisation of physical or chemical resources.’ In other words – we need energy for all of our mental and physical processes and we need fuel to provide that energy. From breathing to thinking to working out to simply dragging ourselves […]

Motivation – Top Tips

Whether it’s cleaning the house, doing a workout or prepping your food for the week – do you ever find yourself looking at the to-do list that you wrote with the best of intentions but now it comes to it you just can’t seem to get going?

Progress Not Perfection

If you’ve ever worked closely with a Personal Trainer, teacher or coach of any kind you may well have heard the saying ‘Progress not Perfection’ as a way of encouraging you to stay consistent in the pursuit of your goals. Despite understanding the clear difference between these two words, however, many of us expect perfection […]

Exercise and Coronavirus

2020… What a year so far! I honestly don’t know where to begin with describing this year, so I won’t even try! The one thing I know for sure is that our health and wellbeing – both mental and physical, have really been brought to the forefront of our minds. In a year of constant […]

Exercise and Your Mental Health

‘If exercise could be purchased in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial drug in the nation’ said Dr Robert Butler in the 1980’s. Of course we all know the truth in this statement as it’s long since been known that exercise is great for our bodies – having been linked to benefits such […]

Is it Time to Ditch the Scales?

What does a body weight scale really tell us about what is happening in the body? Well firstly, I think what we are all looking for when we look at the scale is a reduction in weight. But is this even body fat?