What’s the easiest way to run faster without training longer or harder?

  What is the easiest way to run a faster 5k without training longer or harder? Lose weight! Reduce body fat – consume fewer processed carbs and more natural fats, whilst eating when hungry. For me personally, addressing this brings a gain of around 50 seconds per kilo over 5k. This is the easiest way… Continue reading What’s the easiest way to run faster without training longer or harder?

Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.

  Science has made massive progress over the last century. But, as we zoom in more and more on the infinite detail of the parts, we tend to forget the global, panoramic view. This is particularly so in looking at the living human being. This reductionist approach means that we don’t see the blindingly obvious… Continue reading Why a pill or a stretch or an exercise to strengthen a muscle never resolves the problem.

Forget willpower, deprivation, struggle – just reset your hormones to lose the fat.

  Do you believe it’s really hard to lose fat and feel better? Do you think it must require enormous willpower, great deprivation, gruelling training sessions etc. etc? Well I’m hearing exactly the opposite from clients. Today again I was told by a client that they thought it was going to be really difficult to… Continue reading Forget willpower, deprivation, struggle – just reset your hormones to lose the fat.

Just because it has been repeated a million times doesn’t make it true!

     If you had asked me about intermittent fasting about 18 months ago I would have told you it was a bad idea, especially for anyone engaged in heavy training. I advised weight management clients especially to always eat a good breakfast. Why? Because this was my deep- rooted belief – it was what… Continue reading Just because it has been repeated a million times doesn’t make it true!

“Take one dose of exercise daily and come back and see me again in fortnight’s time”

  All runners know that running is a massive stress reliever and we know that running is at least as effective at treating depression as anti-depressants, without the side effects. It may also be somewhat addictive (in a generally positive way) in that it hits the brain’s reward centre in a similar way to some… Continue reading “Take one dose of exercise daily and come back and see me again in fortnight’s time”

Exercise – the miracle ‘drug’ for depression.

  If exercise were a drug it would be hailed as a miracle pill. It has been shown to be more effective than medication for a massive range of health problems. An area where it is particularly effective Is the field of mental health. The only reason we have a brain at all is to… Continue reading Exercise – the miracle ‘drug’ for depression.

Your limits are NOT your limits – you just think they are!

If running has taught me anything over the years it is that there are NO limits except those that we put on ourselves to keep us comfortable. Indeed this is true, not only of running but of life itself. Personally I have gone from total physical wreck with no running experience to sub 16 minute… Continue reading Your limits are NOT your limits – you just think they are!