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24
April
2020

The Corona Effect

I’ve been trying to think about how this lockdown is going to be lifted and how it will affect gyms, when they are able to reopen?   I think it’s fair to say it’ll be a long time before we get back to “normal”. 

14
February
2020

Me, Myself & Ice Cream – Why Do We Comfort Eat

Comfort eating is when we eat not to satisfy hunger but to deal with stress or use food as a reward. I think it’s fair to say that everyone comfort eats to some degree, it’s human nature.  There are rare occasional times when comfort eating is helpful and necessary.  For example, try telling someone...

16
November
2019

The Sugar Tax

Has the introduction of this sugar tax, made any effect on people’s habits?  I’m not so sure, miniscule at best in my opinion?  It has raised €32 million for the government in the first year, however none of it has been spent on tackling obesity, see Irish Times article here. 

18
September
2019

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

ARE YOU STUCK IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE? CAN YOU GET OUT AND FACE YOUR FEARS? It’s so easy to wish for things to happen and to get caught up in the fear of the “what if’s?”  “What if I look silly”, “what if I fail”, “what if I’m not good enough”, “what if I’m not able to do it”. Weeks turn into months an...

30
July
2019

How to reduce emotional eating

Here’s everything I’ve learned about how to reduce emotional eating.  An emotional eater generally loves food and can feel full, unlike over eaters who may never feel full.   If an emotional eater is overweight, portion size isn’t usually the reason they’re overweight. They use food as their reward,...

08
February
2019

Intermittent Fasting Explained

Intermittent fasting is a way of eating that cycles between eating and fasting.  It’s not a diet as such, more a pattern of eating.  It essentially restricts calories while in the fasting phase, then boosts metabolism (potentially) when you resume eating.  Can then make it difficult to over co...

15
October
2017

Benefits of Protein

By Mark Kiernan What is protein? Protein is a nutrient found in food which is made up of numerous amino acids that are joined together. Read on to learn more about the benefits of protein.  What does it do? Protein builds, maintains, and replaces the tissues in your body It’s easy to understan...

09
September
2017

September Is The New January

As the summer draws to a close leaving us with hazy memories of sun tan and barbeques it’s time to refocus the mind and the routine. We all fall off the wagon, so to speak, over the summer but with party season round the corner there is plenty to motivate us to get going again.

26
July
2017

The power of a precedent

The Power of a Precedent  Don’t underestimate the effect of setting a precedent in your life.  Doing something for the first time whether it be a good or bad thing, can justify the action in your mind and remove any hesitation to do it again. In health & fitness terms, precedents can be both hug...

19
April
2017

Andy’s Top 10 Cycling Tips For Commuters

We all know cyclists should obey the rules of the road, wear high viz, lights etc.  Some choose not to and take their chances with their health and Garda fines, but these tips are more about things I’ve learned over the years, that aren’t so obvious to cycle commuters.

04
November
2016

Top 10 Tips To Get In Great Shape For Christmas

With Halloween over, we’ve now got a good 4/5 weeks until the Christmas party season kicks off in earnest and all the excesses it entails. Now is one of the best times of the year to get in great shape, without being distracted by summer holidays, bank holidays, BBQ’s or drinking in the sun etc. Her...

06
October
2016

Feeders & Enablers

Have You A Feeder or Enabler Hindering Your Weight Loss Efforts? Do you have an enabler or feeder in your life? If you struggle with your weight they can be detrimental to any weight loss efforts. Enablers An enabler is a partner, family member or friend who subconsciously encourages or enables a pe...

10
August
2016

Understanding Cravings

Our minds might be intelligent but our bodies are still cavemen/women.  Your body is amazing but it doesn’t speak English, if it needs something it can only tell you what it needs by making you crave it. Low in water and your body will tell you it needs it by making you thirsty.  Pregnant women low...

06
July
2016

How Often Should We Weigh Ourselves?

  Weighing yourself can be both hugely motivating and also incredibly demoralising.  Most of us at some stage in our lives, have experienced the joy of reaching a weight loss goal, fitting new clothes, losing a lb or 10lbs etc, it can instantly put you in good mood and really motivate you.  Con...

29
June
2016

Weight Loss Need V’s Want

Do you just want to lose weight or do you need to? Anyone can want to get in shape and lose weight but I think you must really have a NEED to lose weight to be successful. Just looking in the mirror and wanting to lose weight isn’t going to do anything for you, you have to have reached a point in yo...