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REACH YOUR WEIGHT GOALS BY FOCUSSING ON PERFORMANCE

REACH YOUR WEIGHT GOALS BY FOCUSSING ON PERFORMANCE

One can become so obsessed with losing weight, that logic and tried and tested principles give way to quick fixes and extreme measures. In desperation we resort to starving ourselves and simultaneously increasing our exercise in pursuit of shedding those unwanted kilo’s. This often only results in muscle breakdown, the slowing of your metabolism, possible fat gain, exhaustion, illness and frustration.   If this is you, it’s time to throw…

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TEN RULES FOR HEALTHY EATING

TEN RULES FOR HEALTHY EATING

I have had some requests to offer my opinion on diet. It is always a controversial topic and a subject about which one could write volumes. Here are 10 points, in no particular order and by no means fully comprehensive that I believe are important to good health. Feel free to comment or add to my list. There is no evil macro nutrient. Quality Carbohydrates, fats and protein are all…

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10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD LIFT WEIGHTS

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD LIFT WEIGHTS

Some time ago I posted about 10 important factors to consider in exercise and said I would elaborate on each point. So, starting with my first point on why you should lift weights, here are 10 good reasons, and there are many more, so please feel free to add to the list. Note, when I refer to weight training, I use the term broadly to include body weight and other…

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HOW TO KEEP MAKING PROGRESS IN THE GYM

HOW TO KEEP MAKING PROGRESS IN THE GYM

Some people have a routine that they’ve been able to maintain for years, that keeps them healthy and fit, and are not necessarily looking for more. There is nothing wrong with that, and I commend you.  If however you have  bigger weight loss or performance goals, this post is for you. Avoid Maintenance Mode When you come off an intense couple of months of training, the tendency is to want…

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STRESSES OF THE ENDURANCE ATHLETE

STRESSES OF THE ENDURANCE ATHLETE

The training stresses on the endurance athlete are considerable. Ian Craig explores the functional consequences of heavy training and what to do about them.  “Not one part of our body will be untouched by the stress of training, to the extent that it probably won’t be a coincidence if you’re a bit depressed or anxious after hitting your highest mileage one particular week” Endurance training demands large quantities of energy;…

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STAY POSITIVE!

STAY POSITIVE!

CELEBRATE THE SMALL VICTORIES! Hey Everyone. Progress is a series of small victories and milestones built on top of one another. I’m struck by how often we tend to dismiss these small victories and focus on the negatives-what we still don’t like about ourselves. We really can be our own worst enemies and harshest critics! I’m not sure why this is; perhaps it’s a fear of success and how that…

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WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

Studies on exercise show that those that stick to an exercise routine are motivated intrinsically.   That is, they find exercise  rewarding in itself, as opposed to being driven by the desire for an external reward (extrinsic motivation). Don’t get me wrong, working hard in a challenge to win a prize or the recognition of your peers is a great incentive and has been shown to be the catalyst of…

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