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New Year’s resolutions – how to make them actually work

Up until a few years ago, I used to make New Year's resolutions every January, mainly revolving around doing more exercise, eating more healthily and getting more work done. I would write something like: "eat more veg and less chocolate", or "make a study plan and stick to it", or "do X amount of weights … Continue reading New Year’s resolutions – how to make them actually work

Believe in your ability to change

People often talk about self-belief - they say you have to believe in yourself to succeed. I tend to agree, but what I don't like about that particular statement is that it's very vague. What are we trying to believe in? Are we trying to believe in the certainty of an outcome, or that we're competent … Continue reading Believe in your ability to change

How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #3

This is the third in a series of posts discussing how to go ahead with your exercise plans even when you feel like bailing. My last post was about shrinking the task, or making a small commitment to take the first step, which more often than not gets the ball rolling. The third solution requires a bit of … Continue reading How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #3

Why diets don’t work in the long-run

For many people, losing weight involves going on some sort of diet. The idea behind diets is to consume fewer calories than you expend, which will lead to weight loss over time. But the problem with diets is that they cannot produce long-term results alone, unless you maintain that lower calorie count for good. This is because the … Continue reading Why diets don’t work in the long-run

How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #2

This is the second of a series of posts I am writing about how to get past that common road-block of "I don't feel like it" when it comes to exercising. In my first post I discussed the use of a mindfulness-style approach. If this alone worked for you - fab. If not, keep practising, … Continue reading How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #2

How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #1

We've all been there - some of us more often than others - in that situation where you're meant to be doing some exercise, but when the time comes you're really tempted to just bunk off and do it another day. This might happen if you're tired, stressed, moody, distracted, or maybe you simply just don't feel motivated. … Continue reading How to get moving when you really don’t feel like it – #1

5 habits that make a healthy lifestyle easier

Making changes to your lifestyle in order to improve your health can seem daunting, whether that means trying to move more or overhaul your "diet". This is partly because we often try to do everything at once, which is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. If you've ever tried going "cold turkey" on certain foods or jumping … Continue reading 5 habits that make a healthy lifestyle easier

Are you self-critical? If so, read this.

How often do you find yourself despairing over mistakes you have made? Do you judge yourself in comparison to others? When you fail at something, do you feel like a "failure"? If these seem familiar, you're not alone. The tendency to be excessively self-critical will vary a lot from person to person, but still it remains prevalent. I … Continue reading Are you self-critical? If so, read this.

How do you measure your success? You could be missing something.

How do you measure your success? Pounds, seconds, body fat percentages, before-and-after photos, calories, food swaps and weight lifted are all examples of measures we use to estimate how well we have done, or decide whether we have achieved our goals. If you are prepared to accept occasional fluctuations due to factors outside of your control, … Continue reading How do you measure your success? You could be missing something.

Cardio: Higher or lower intensity?

There is currently a big trend in the fitness industry towards "high-intensity interval training" (HIIT) as the favourite form of cardiovascular exercise. I must say, it makes sense for many people - you can get a lot done in little time, and you can do so many things with it that it's pretty difficult to get … Continue reading Cardio: Higher or lower intensity?