Dec 052011

With summer coming up the focus in the media appears to be on how to develop great looking abs. Every health and fitness magazine you read explains the latest in abdominal exercises that promise to give you abs you can proudly show off at the beach. Unfortunately these types of exercises are among the least effective ways to develop a six pack.

Everyone has a six pack!
All of you (yes all of you) have a six pack. Continue reading »

Nov 182011

The health section of the Sunday paper is something I normally skip as the articles tend to be based on the latest fads rather than anything scientific. Last sunday however I happened to flick through it and was struck by two stories on nutrition which gave completely conflicting advice. I can understand why some people are confused about what they should be eating when magazines and newspapers are churning out a new diet almost every week.

With that in mind I thought I would offer you a few basic principles that if you get these right you’ll be eating a healthy diet by almost anyones definition. Continue reading »

Nov 112011

After getting slowly back into running over the last month I decided it was time to step it up a notch in today’s run by sprinting up a hill a few times. Having done so I wish I had done it earlier. There can’t be a better type of aerobic training to increase fitness, lose fat and tone up. One of the great things about hill sprints is that anybody from an Olympic athlete to a couch potato can do them. Whether you are training for a marathon, a hit of tennis, running around the football field or even just to get fit it’s a great workout that gives fantastic results. If you want to get fit and shift some excess pounds quickly then hill sprints are tailor made for you. Continue reading »

Nov 012011

Welcome to the first Mile 27 blog.(Previous blogs were imported from my personal blogger site).These blogs will be a mix of informative articles, my views on the latest in health and fitness and what’s happening in my own life relative to health and fitness that you might find interesting.

Today’s topic is not something I have had to deal with on a personal basis very often, but after travelling for 6 months my fitness has dropped dramatically. As some of you are aware I am an ultra marathon runner so not running for 6 months was always going to have a big effect on me.

I’ve had many clients who have gone through a similar experience losing their fitness for all kinds of reasons; recovering from surgery, having a baby, a travel break similar to mine or they’ve simply fallen of the fitness wagon and decided it was time to get back on. Continue reading »

Feb 062010

A recent report published in the Journal of Applied Physiology reports that the health benefits of aerobic exercise are determined by our genes. They found that 20% of the people in their study improved their aerobic fitness by less than 5% and that in 30% of people it had no difference on their insulin sensitivity.

The press obviously jumped on this and ran all kinds of headlines saying Aerobic exercise is a waste of time. I thought I’d do a bit of research to find out exactly what this all means. Continue reading »