Re-finding fitness – why we should cool down and how to get it right

When time is tight the one part of a workout that often gets sacrificed is the cool down.  Most of us know what the cool down is and have some idea of why we do it, but the importance of resetting your body after exercise is frequently overlooked in favour of making a quick dashContinue reading “Re-finding fitness – why we should cool down and how to get it right”

Re-finding fitness – why we should warm up and how to get it right

I have to admit that in the past I didn’t pay enough attention to warm up.  Knowing what I now know, I’m sure that this led to some poor performances and to some injuries.  Warm up doesn’t have to be onerous and it doesn’t have to take too much time, but getting it wrong willContinue reading “Re-finding fitness – why we should warm up and how to get it right”

Weight loss for men: my experiences as a course leader – part 2

In part 1 we saw that men’s participation in weight loss programmes was very low compared to women’s.  This has led to a growth in male-specific courses to try and address that imbalance.  In part 2 of my blog I’m taking a look at how men’s weight loss courses are promoted and what lessons canContinue reading “Weight loss for men: my experiences as a course leader – part 2”

Weight loss for men: my experiences as a course leader – part 1

Introduction For someone who wants (or needs!) to lose body fat there are hundreds of options available.  Some have a strong evidence base, some are yet to be thoroughly tested, and some are outright quackery.  The offers include healthy eating and exercise courses run by local councils, popular commercial programmes like Weight Watchers or SlimmingContinue reading “Weight loss for men: my experiences as a course leader – part 1”