The Best Exercise for Beginners

It is January and the gyms are full of people whose New Year Resolution is to get healthy, fit and strong. I am talking about beginners here, people who are new to exercise. Who last time they participated in sports where in high school. Or university. People whose lifestyle does not include regular exercise or…

No Excuses – The Workout You Can Do Anywhere During the Holidays

So the Christmas holidays are coming up. And I will be traveling! I'm super excited as we're going on safari and then to Zanzibar to chill for one week. This means I will be without a gym for two weeks. Maybe you are traveling too? Maybe you are visiting family and friends and will not…

The Problem With Using the Heart Rate to Measure Exercise Intensity

If you have read my blog on my latest fitness gadget, the Fitbit Charge 2, you know that it is measuring your heart rate. The heart rate is an important indicator of how intensively you exercise. And for a Personal Trainer, exercise intensity is one of the most important elements of an exercise program. Using…

25 Tips on How to Start Losing Weight

1. Assess Your Goal Why do you want to start losing weight? The why is the single most important motivational factor. If you don't know why you are doing it, it is highly unlikely you will get there! Maybe you have several reasons, or maybe you just have a vague idea. Maybe your doctor told…

Why Exercising Does Not Help You to Lose Weight

How is this for a controversial heading?! 90% of you are probably shaking their heads and thinking, is this woman out of her mind? Hasn't she read anything about weight loss strategies? After all, there are thousands of magazine articles, online health advice pages, blog posts, tv shows and government (!) agencies that say that…

Pomegranates

I was very lucky this morning as pomegranates were on special at the supermarket, less than half the price! Of course I took advantage and bought a bagful, pomegranates are fantastic! These red jewels taste absolutely delicious! Sweet and tart and juicy, they go with almost anything. I sprinkle them on my muesli, my salad,…

How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve

We all have been there – we set a new goal and work towards it for a week, a month or, rarely, even longer, but eventually we give up because we do not see results. The SMART way of setting a goal may help you. In this case, SMART is an acronym and stands for…