#16 – Healthy habits you KNOW are good for you…..but STILL DON’T DO

 

  1. Drink water
  2. Eat your 5-a-day
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Sleep 7-9hrs
  5. Do 1-4 consistently 

I’m not going to lecture you on the benefits of points 1-4.

If you’re vehemently against eating vegetables and exercise I don’t know what to tell you…..best of luck at life.

Focus on point 5 – how to achieve any kind of consistency.

Here are a few basic recommendations that’ll help.

How to consistently drink 2 litres of water daily

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#15 – Stuck in the same old narrative – the curse of Glenn Hoddle

Watching my beloved Arsenal lose 3-2 at Chelsea was unpleasant.

In the heat of the moment, I’m an irrational, hyperbolic, noisy, incoherent mess…..

……I’m a football fan. 

80% of what I rant and rave about during the 90mins should probably be disregarded.

But what about the 20%? 

There’s an observation I made during the game that I’m happy to stand by 48rs later.

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#14 – If weight loss is simple, why don’t people ‘get it’?

I received a great question from Michael Gilmore in the EMLE Facebook forum the other day:

“The harsh reality that whatever your weight you have to eat less to lose it. Why is it so difficult to get this simple message across in your experience?”

It’s a fair point and one I find myself coming back to repeatedly. 

That already gives you a clue the answer to the question is considerably more complex than the energy balance equation itself.

I don’t believe there’s one sole reason people struggle with the concept of ‘calories in vs calories out’, I think it’s it’s multifaceted.

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#13 – Something Henry Rollins and I have in common (FYI it’s Social Anxiety)

If you’ve never heard Henry Rollins speak you’re missing out. A guy with a fascinating backstory and obscene work ethic.

The Rockstar (Black Flag frontman), public speaker, radio presenter, author, adventurer, has led by anyone’s definition of a ‘full life’.

No stranger to the public eye, Henry performs for an expectant crowd on a weekly basis. 

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#12 – Not all calories are created equal

The ‘calories in vs calories out’ rule of thumb is a solid one – especially if you’re trying to lose weight and/or gain muscle.

Eat less than you expend; you lose weight.

Eat more than you expend; you gain weight.

Calories are made up of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat). 

Each constituent macronutrient is digested and processed with differing levels of efficiency.  Continue reading “#12 – Not all calories are created equal”

#11 – 5 Recommendations for the “I’m always injured” individual

Do you suffer from recurring niggles?

If the answer is yes give this a read.

I’m going to group injuries into 3 categories:

  1. Freak accidents 
  2. Poor form
  3. Inadequate recovery

A freak accident you can do very little about e.g. you’re minding your own business when a disgruntled goat decides to smash into your shins. That’s extremely unlucky as well as unlikely.

When it comes to poor form, it’s on you. 

Recommendation #1 – Hire a trainer to go through the basic movement patterns

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#10 – Usain Bolt Dieting Approach

There’s a reason Usain Bolt isn’t entering the marathon anytime soon….but let’s rewind.

I was listening to Seth Godin on a podcast describing sprinting in the workplace. Before your mind conjures up images of a 100yard dash between the IT and Marketing department this reference applies to the work itself.

Your team is up against it on a big project but you pull out all the stops – late nights, working from home, maybe an all-nighter to see it over the line.

You do the work required and get it done.

How do you feel afterwards?

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#8 – 10 Reasons you’re NOT a car

Blog Key:

You = Car
Food = Fuel
Movement = Mileage

There are undoubted parallels between humans and automobiles.

If you’re running a marathon you’ll want to be well fed.

If you’re planning a road trip you’ll want a full tank of petrol.

I get it.

I’ve seen the car analogy used several times in an attempt to simplify weight loss.

Energy (food & fuel) IN vs Energy (movement & miles) OUT.

I don’t disagree with the principle but if you’re struggling with your weight it can seem demoralisingly simplistic.

Here’s a list of how you differ from your car:

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