Everybody's doing it! What? Meal prep!! Preparing your meals in advance is one of the most effective tips I give to my clients who are trying to lose weight, and it can also really help you lead a less stressful life when you get in from work feeling exhausted, but you know that dinner has been taken care of. What luxury! Or if you're a new mum struggling to find the time to cook healthily while looking after a new baby there's also some ideas in here for you too. Read on for my guide on how to get started and some great, easy to-follow tips that every family will use.
Diastasis recti is a very common problem in women post-nataly. It is the widening of the gap between the 2 sections of the Rectus Abdominus ("6 pack") abdominal muscles. It is very natural in pregnancy and and happens in 100% of pregnancies during the third trimester in order to allow the foetus to grow. However problems may start when the gap does not close post-nataly. Here's how to check if you have the condition, what to do about it, and what not to do.
So, the celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been on our TV screens recently with his "Fat Fight" programme. I've watched it and I recommend that you do too, if nothing else to wake yourself up to the food industry and how it employs various underhand tactics to encourage consumers to buy it's products. You may be surprised to learn that most food manufacturers are not interested in keeping you healthy - they're only interested in profit! (even the ones that purport to be healthy!!). Hugh is doing a good job of raising awareness and holding them to account - great news. This is all very well and good, but what do you actually need to know in terms of food labelling when you go and do your weekly shopping? Well, read on to find out...
Hormones! Us women can blame a lot of things on them! I've been meaning to write this blog for a while! In my blogs "hormones" are something that gets mentioned quite regularly but we've not talked about hormones yet in the context of the menstrual cycle and how it can affect fat/weight loss, so I thought it was about time we had a look....
The diet and fitness industry is huge - as the obesity problem grows so does the weight loss industry. It's estimated that by 2040, half the population will be obese. Quite depressing news. And there are plenty of companies making a lot of money on these statistics with the value of the industry in the UK around £23 million. That's a lot of money!! As a fully-qualified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Advisor it is my job to help people get fit and healthy, and yes I do get paid for this of course! But I see so many clients who have tried various well-known diets and failed that I do have issues with the diet industry and the way it makes money.
It's so annoying, you work hard on eating well and working out but there's sill those last few pounds that you just can't get rid of!! Aaargh. You wonder what's going on, why am I not making progress? It's sooo frustrating! Well, here's the answer to that question and a few simple ways to help you get rid of those annoying few pounds.....
It's Sunday morning and here I am sitting writing about pelvic floors.... Not exactly how I imagined my career as a Personal Trainer to be!! However, joking aside this is actually an extremely important subject and one that unfortunately doesn't get enough coverage. I specialise in training women, particularly mums pre and post-natal and since becoming a Personal Trainer I have been shocked at how many women out there are still suffering with post-natal pelvic floor issues. This really shouldn't be the case in this day and age. So, I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog about the pelvic floor, what happens when things go wrong, what you can do to keep yours strong and healthy and why this is so important for all women...
We've all been there, at the start of a new diet or fitness regime - you're all fired up and raring to go with loads of motivation to make amazing changes! You start well, it lasts a week or two, if you're lucky, and then you fall off the wagon and something derails you - work, family, illness.... you fall back into your old habits. What then? It's a major struggle to get back on track and you think why bother? I've undone all my good work so may as well go back to my old ways again... And the cycle repeats itself. You end up fed up, miserable and frustrated with yourself. It's a very common pattern. In the fitness world you will often hear people talking about "motivation", and a very frequent complaint from my clients is they have no motivation. No motivation to exercise, no motivation to eat well. And any motivation they do find is short-lived.
What if I told you that I could teach you about something far more powerful than motivation to help you make changes, that had a much higher chance of success? Would you be in?? If yes, read on for more....
You'll often hear me saying to my clients that "it's not just about the scales", which may sound strange to anyone who is wanting to lose weight! Of course it's about the scales, you may be thinking! However there is so much more to losing weight than just this, so I thought with that in mind I'd write a blog about it. There are many aspects to getting your body into a better shape, some people (like me!) will find they actually will put on weight - but if I told you that I dropped two dress sizes at the same time would you care?
So a couple of my client's have recently announced that they are expecting babies! Which is wonderful news and I'm absolutely delighted for them!! Naturally, they both asked the same question to me - what about exercise during pregnancy? So I thought it would be a good idea to write my blog this week about exercise and pregnancy, the changes your body goes through that affect your ability to exercise, and why you absolutely should keep up exercise when you are pregnant! I should also say that although I'm a pre and post-natal qualified Personal Trainer (which means I am qualified to train women during and after pregnancy) if you're at all unsure about exercise during pregnancy or have any other health conditions then please consult your doctor or midwife before any exercise.
Exercise For Mum's was created by PT mum Susan Flintoff. Susan is a busy working mum of two who specialises in helping other busy mum's fit health and fitness back into their lives, and hopes to inspire them to be the best mum they can be!!