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Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

Impressions: Bikram Yoga

This is the first in what will hopefully be a long running ‘Impressions’ series, where I take a look at current fitness trends. I love to dive into new activities and see what all the fuss is about. Having new experiences is the spice of life, and finding new ways to keep fit is my passion. For today’s installment, I’m going to talk about yoga, which is not something you’ll have seen me write much about before. Being somewhat of a newbie to yoga, you’d have forgiven me for taking it slow and learning some basics. However, that isn’t really in keeping with the spirit of this new column. I have a friend who goes regularly to Bikram Yoga, and she convinced me to give it a try. She found it through a Groupon-style deal, but now she goes for normal price because she enjoys it so much. What is Bikram Yoga? Each Bikram Yoga class lasts 90 minutes, and you perform the moves in a room artificially heated...

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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

Detox and Toxins – Truths and Myths

This week’s post arrives slightly later than usual, as I’ve been traveling to see my family in Edinburgh. I find I do a lot of walking in a city as nice as Edinburgh, and there are plenty of hills to climb too. Taking time off and seeing the family also means I tend to let go of my diet a little bit – I allow myself some treats that I normally wouldn’t accept being part of my diet. We have big meals together and I then over-eat. You just tell yourself, “It’s ok, just for these few days.” It is ok, of course. If we never treated ourselves then we’d be living a pretty stingy existence, if you ask me. After over-indulging though, you want to atone for that somehow – which got me thinking yet again to detox diets. I have a number of friends who staunchly believe in the power of the detox. If it makes you feel better about yourself, then that’s no bad thing of...

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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

What Diet Should I Follow?

I confess I’m a big low-carb fan. I love the “Slow Carb” diet by Timothy Ferriss in his book the 4-Hour Body. It works for me and thousands of other people. If you’ve never tried it though, don’t just assume it’s right for you, or any other diet for that matter. I get many people asking me about dietary requirements, but it will be different for every person. Just because someone else has tried a nutrition plan and raves about it, it does not mean it will be suitable for you or anyone else. Self Experimentation This is today’s ‘sermon’. You can do all the theorizing and planning you want, but there must come a time when you test things out on yourself. Too long did I stall, waiting until I had gathered enough ‘facts’ and ‘data’ about the right things to eat, and the right way to exercise. There came a point when I just started to put it all into action, and that’s when things changed for...

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

What is Ketosis? Part Two

This article is part two of two, focusing on teaching you about ketosis if you are new to this subject. You can find part one here: What is Ketosis? Recap In part one, I covered the definition of ketosis, how it’s a metabolic state in which the liver produces ketone bodies at sufficient levels to provide energy for the body when glucose is low. I then went over the Krebs cycle, and how our bodies have evolved to be able to convert fats into ketones to help us survive for weeks without food. Is Ketosis Beneficial? So now we’ve established that there is an evolutionary advantage to going into nutritional ketosis. Our brains can only survive on either glucose or ketones, and our body can only store enough glucose for approximately 24 hours. The liver plays a crucial role in converting fats into ketones, providing us with a method of fueling the brain and other organs. Dr Peter Attia has studied whether nutritional ketosis could offer an advantage in...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

What is Ketosis? Part One

Most people I speak to are unaware of ketosis and its benefits, but it’s a topic I’ve been following for a while. This post will be somewhat scientific, but I hope that doesn’t turn some of you off. I aim to help anybody reading this to understand what ketosis is and why it’s important. Usually I write about workouts but I aim to provide more nutrition based content (e.g. my detox diet post), and this will be a two-part article. Ketosis Defined Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver produces molecules known as ‘ketone bodies’ at certain levels. I’m not advising that everyone will desire to be in ketosis, as you’ll soon see. Each person is different and should adjust their goals accordingly. The 3 ketone bodies in question are acetone, acetoacetic acid, and beta-hydroxybutyric acid. Now, our bodies require energy to function. You may recall from biology class that ATP is the energy currency of our cells. If we cannot produce sufficient ATP to supply our cells,...

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Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

How to Get Back In Shape After Easter

Our Easter holiday has finally finished… back to work as if nothing ever happened. It’s glorious to have so many days off to spend with friends and family, but these holidays usually take their toll on one’s fitness. I know I’ve let myself go a little bit in the last 5 days. Which is fine – you should not be ashamed of giving yourself some “me” time and enjoying this time of year (and other major holidays). No matter how you celebrate Easter, if you have over-indulged and want to get right back on track with your fitness goals, then now is the time to get started. Write Down Your Fitness Goals and Stick to Them It’s time to make a clean break. You’ve treated yourself, and wasn’t it nice! The best part is just not having to think about what you ‘should’ be eating and how you should be exercising all the time. Freeing your mind to be spontaneous and have unplanned fun is necessary every now and...

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