Parent workouts: Christmas lights switch on

Last weekend I had begun to fully appreciate just how much a special family moment can be a parent workouts because we were at the MK official christmas lights switch on which was1-2 hours of carrying the wee man. It may not sound much and you may wonder why the carrying is necessary but everyone was standing and had kids on their …

Ageing well requires staying fit

Ageing is many peoples greatest fear because many believe that to age is to wane, that life doesn’t get any better but I for one haven’t seen that to be true. Working in a gym gave me an excellent insight because I saw people from all walks of life and in all stages. What I like to remind myself every …

Being more active improves your ability to prevent damage and recover

The overwhelming feeling I get when reviewing all I’ve learned about the benefits of exercise is that the most important benefit you get is the ability to recover from any risk you take or damage or injury you incur. Take this tweet Kimberly Stein, PhD ‏@kimwhitestein  11 hrs FFA transporters move to the plasma membrane during endurance exercise to bring more fat …

Did Mirka really insult Stan?

If you do not already know the background then apparently Federers wife Mirka kept trying to put Stan Wawrinka off his game during their World tour semifinal at the O2 arena last saturday. Though I am actually not at all convinced that this happened and i will tell you why.

Raise a child: The toughest thing you can ever do!!!

To explain what Fit2Thrive means I need to start by explaining the challenge that I want Fit2Thrive to help me with. That challenge is raising my children. For now it is about raising my son. I’ve always felt that nurturing a human from a dependent baby to a free thinking adult is both the best and the toughest thing you …

Parent workouts

So you are a parent, you have no free time on your hands, probably little money and you are always tired. Yet somehow some bright spark decreed that getting fit can only be done either 1) In a big building that you have to pay lots of money to enter and then do stuff that makes you sweat. You will spend …

Pate sandwich with marmalade and onions

Todays challenge was very simple. Combine shop bought ingredients and finish with a home made twist. My attempt was pork pate and I wanted to make it even more special with no effort or expense. I used orange marmalade because it’s in the fridge and goes with pork and the onions and leeks I made earlier in the week. No …

e=mc2 Einsteins famous equation

knowledge is literally power!!!

I am considering an equation to explain the value of knowledge that is based on Einsteins famous e=mc2 equation. Energy from mass and light The equation e=mc2 basically means: energy (a measure of power) is equal to the mass of an object, multiplied by, the speed of light squared. The whole explanation for this is not my ball park, I understand …

Movement is the platform for power

Last night I applied the concept that Power comes from movement, movement does not come from power. Something I have noticed repeatedly is that power in tennis and all sport comes through good movement but the reverse it not true. Good movement does not come through great power. What do I mean? I’ve been exploring the best way to build …

What can you do with Cabbage?

With delivery of our veg box I now have the challenge of making meals with a vegetable I have never liked. All my memories are of the soggy tasteless variety or that bitter taste that makes you feel like you are being punished.

Margins

How well you play has a lot to do with how well you stay within your own margins and how well you push your opponent beyond theirs. they idea is that with any shot there is a way you can play it reliably. That is your comfortable level. As you increase the difficulty through adding power, aiming to tougher targets, …

Pace yourself through periodisation

Wouldn’t it be incredibly useful if you could ensure that you were at your best when you needed to be. For your exams, a job interview or maybe your wedding. Would it surprise you to know that there are people who prepare for the biggest moments in their lives and know how to plan their schedule so they will be at …

How to make coleslaw in 5 minutes!!!

I’ll confess straight up, I have always wanted to make my own coleslaw but never done it. There are so many things about it I love and it is not just the taste. For example, have you ever considered how much it can contribute to your 5 a day?

What can you make with a vegetable box?

A couple of evenings ago we got a vegetable box from fresh fields farm boxes and almost instantly I had to ask myself What can you make with a veg box? I don’t actually know.

Nutrition: A problem of supply and demand

A core concept to understand in maximising health is that our bodies are constantly managing supply and demand. We have evolved to expect continual change and be ready for both the best and the worst which requires the ability to predict future demand. This is as true for energy as it is for other nutrients like vitamins and minerals. All nutrients are …

The right kind of Tennis

This occurred to me at lunch. I write for tennis but it applies to anything we wish to master. As we face tougher opponents the natural change to occur is from exerting our game with ease to working harder and harder for an opportunity to apply our game. As we face tougher competition we naturally face more complete players willing …

Where are the conversations?

I don’t know about you but one thing I have always struggled with is finding the right conversations on line. I’ve always felt a bit of a misfit so I always seem to feel the conversations I do find don’t fit me. For example I grew up in an academic, arts and engineering family yet I chose to pursue P.E and sports science …

What are your plans for retirement?

Last week I took the day off work and enjoyed a leisurely day in the sun. Okay, I was playing a 5 set tennis match with a good friend that lasted over 3 and a half hours, which is not most peoples idea of leisurely and certainly doesn’t seem like chilling out!! It was physically tiring but, for me, there is …

How can cream tea and fruit crumble for breakfast be healthy!!!

Cream tea to start!! When it’s a blueberry scone with strawberries and creme fraiche with fresh mint for extra zing. It was so appetising my little one seconded it and wolfed down. What I did have was delicious. This continues the experiment I ran before when I asked what is healthier for breakfast cereal or fruit pie?. The results might …

make effortless roast vegetables in advance

The best part of cooking is when one simple ingredient takes a dish in a different and interesting direction. Knowing how to do this right comes from experience but when you do learn, it means you can keep your meals interesting with the bare minimum of effort and expense. Personalise For example last week I was bored with the takeaway …