When Is A Naturist Not A Naturist?

When Is A Naturist Not A Naturist?

When He's A Single Male Naturist Struggling To Integrate With The Community I've grown up with nudity all of my life and have considered myself to be a naturist for the best part of my cognitive years.  Spending a large part of my youth in mainland Europe, I was...

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I’m Not Fat, It’s My Genetics

I’m Not Fat, It’s My Genetics

Over the years this has been the go to argument for many people for why they are obese or overweight. They maintain that they eat a well balanced diet and don't over indulge, so they conclude they must have a genetic predisposition to gaining weight. And in general,...

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Review: Herbalife 24 and SIXPAD

Review: Herbalife 24 and SIXPAD

Why Use Supplements? I've used supplements for as long as I can remember.  It started off as a simple multivitamin, and as my interest in sports and fitness grew it turned into pre, post, and peri-workout products.  Nobody needs to take supplements, provided their...

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Is It Really That Easy To Choose To Change Your Life?

Is It Really That Easy To Choose To Change Your Life?

How many times have you seen a picture like this on social media?  It makes change sound and seem so easy, doesn’t it?  If there is someone toxic in your life, cut them out.  If you’re not happy in your job, quit it.  If you want to be a tree, go be it.  You are in total control of everything you do, feel, and think, and you only have yourself to blame if you’re not living a wonderfully happy, rich, and fulfilled life.  You want change?  Make it happen. But is it that easy?

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I Just Want To Tone Up A Bit

I Just Want To Tone Up A Bit

In one capacity or another, I’ve been part of the health and fitness community for over 30 years.  I started as a fan of sports men and women, avidly reading about what they did to get where they were and more importantly what they had to do to stay there.  I then began putting what I read into practice and started researching exercise physiology and experimenting with different workout techniques.  I transitioned from student to teacher, trying to pass on that knowledge through mandated physical training sessions in the military, but for years I was simply out-training a terrible diet.  I realised that my nutrition was just as important as what I did in the gym, so I studied clinical and sports nutrition and realised the importance of free thinking, not being a slave to guidelines and outdated principles that are almost certainly corrupted by industry.  Many things have changed over those years, a deeper understanding of some principles, the birth of new concepts, but the one subject that has remained constant throughout, is that women WILL NOT TURN INTO MASSIVE GIANTS SIMPLY BY LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS!! So what does it take to tone up? Well I’ll tell you.

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Going To The Gym In My Active Wear

Going To The Gym In My Active Wear

When I work out, there’s no messing about.  I’m there to get as sweaty and messy as possible, tearing down as many muscle fibres as possible in order to grow bigger and stronger than before.  All I want is clothing that allows me freedom of movement, and doesn’t get too heavy with absorbed sweat.  As a side point, those string vests you see in the gym should only be worn by bodybuilders good enough to compete in Olympia qualifying events, nobody else.  I’ve always just worn cotton tracksuit bottoms with a cotton hoody, or if I’m too hot in that, tracksuit bottoms with a cotton tee.  While they are comfy, after I’ve added about 3 litres of sweat, they become restrictive, and heavy, and can leave quite the mess behind for the next guy. Here I review a range of Reebok sports wear to see if men’s gym kit can look good and be practical.

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Are Supergreens Really A Superfood?

Are Supergreens Really A Superfood?

I’m consistently told that research suggests we have to have 3 meals evenly spread through the day in order to sustain a steady blood sugar level, and we most definitely shouldn’t have carbohydrates after 6pm.  Yet these strategies leave my tired, sluggish, and craving snacks.  I’m told intermittent fasting shouldn’t work for me, but it does.  I’m told that having porridge first thing in the morning will keep me satiated and alert throughout the whole morning, but it doesn’t.  My glycogen levels are full in the morning because of my previous day’s meals, so why would I have a bowl packed full of carbohydrates?  I find that going without breakfast keeps me alert and awake through to when I break my fast.  It shouldn’t, but it does.  So when I hear the concept of “super foods” I’m keen to actually try them for myself.  I don’t believe there is any such thing as a super food, all nutritious food is super and no one food in isolation is better than another, but maybe Indigo Herbs Super Greens Powder will convince me otherwise.

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How To Set Goals And Succeed In Achieving Them

How To Set Goals And Succeed In Achieving Them

Every year we make resolutions to change something about our lives, or to achieve something new; most of these are at the turn of the New Year or following some kind of significant event or incident that makes us rethink the path we are on.  The problem is that we rush into deciding what that resolution looks like and almost certainly fail to achieve them; as little as 8% of resolutions are fulfilled each year.  So what goes wrong, why are we more likely to fail than succeed?  It’s down to the setting of the resolutions themselves.  The things we want to change, or achieve, are either impossible or we place too many restrictions on ourselves in order to achieve them as quickly as possible so it becomes untenable.  The other thing we do wrong is create all or nothing scenarios.  Either we make the change or we give up entirely. So how should we set goals? Read on to find out.

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Do you want to be fit, or do you want to be fit?

Do you want to be fit, or do you want to be fit?

When I used to work in a gym, people would ask for advice on exercise, I would ask the questions “why do you want to work out, and what are you hoping to achieve?”  More often than not, the answer would be “I just want to tone up a bit, you know, get healthier.”  Well which is it, do you want to tone up or get healthier, and what do you mean by healthier anyway?  Believe it or not, they are not always achieved in the same way, depending on how fast you want to achieve the results.  If you want to burn as much fat, in as fast a time as possible, you can pretty much throw health out of the window.  If you want to be healthier, you are unlikely to get to single digit fat percentages.

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Push Up Challenge 2018

Push Up Challenge 2018

Whether you’ve never done a push up, or are a seasoned presser, I invite you to take part in the Getting Dad Fit Push Up Challenge 2018. Do them wherever you want, whenever you want, just do them. Read more for details.

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A Father’s Mission

A Father’s Mission

The western world is currently going through a reality check.  Behaviour that was once seen as acceptable, is now rightly being called into question, and those who perpetrated it being called to account.  It surprises me how many people are genuinely shocked by the...

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How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?

How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?

How much water should you be drinking? This is a question that I’ve asked over and over again, but I get very few comprehensive answers.  Hopefully, by the time you’ve finished reading this you’ll have a better understanding of how much water you should be drinking over the course of a day.  It may confirm what you already know, but it might also throw up a few surprises you had never thought of.

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The Crisis In Masculinity

The Crisis In Masculinity

There’s a crisis in masculinity apparently, well, according to Emma Thompson in her Newsnight interview regarding the accusations against Harvey Weinstein at least.  Women have been the subject of this kind of behaviour since time immemorial, and Harvey Weinstein is the tip of a very big iceberg.  This is all true.  Women have been the subject of harassment, discrimination, degradation, and foul play throughout the ages, but what does it have to do with masculinity?

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Do You Have An Unsupportive Partner?

Do You Have An Unsupportive Partner?

I don’t feel that my wife supports me to achieve my dieting goals. Her past has tainted her opinion of food and diets, and refuses to empathise with the me, constantly criticising me for the choices I’m making. I hope your partner is much more supportive, but if not, read on.

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Bare Feet, A Way Of Life

Bare Feet, A Way Of Life

There’s a big difference between fitness and wellness.  For me, fitness is simply a physiological capability to perform and recover from exercise in an efficient manner.  Wellness incorporates fitness and psychological health, ensuring a balance between improving the body and mind.  That’s why this blog looks at lifestyle as well as fitness and nutrition.  Get the lifestyle part wrong and it will directly affect the ability to change the body.  If your mind is not in the right place, it will impact in your ability to perform in the gym.

I’m a big fan of observing what works for others, finding out why it works for them and trying to incorporate those positive aspects that I feel will work for me, into my own way of life.  Here I’m happy to feature Stewart Bint, and take a look at why being barefoot is a way of life for him.

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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

We are all unique. Our hormonal reactions, our biochemical make up, even our external influences, all add up to make a universal recommendation impossible. What works for me to reach my goals may never work for you, even if our goals are exactly the same. Sure you can make general sweeping statements that may have an increased likelihood of similar reactions amongst a percentage of the general population, but no two people will have exactly the same response in all aspects of their physiology from the same stimulus. So regardless of what studies say, regardless of what people recommend, I like to try things out for myself and if they work I try to keep doing them. When they don’t work, I’ll adjust and try something new until I find a variation that does. And this is where my version of intermittent fasting comes in.

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How To Stop Emotional Eating

How To Stop Emotional Eating

Today has been one of those days. Everything seems more dramatic than it should be; I’m seeing problems rather than solutions; everyone is simply pissing me off for no reason whatsoever. To top it all off, my daughter’s birthday is in 2 days and I’m stuck thousands of miles away with work, and I’ve just watched the last member of my team fly home. But I’m considering today to be a success, here’s why.

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Are You A Lazy Dad?  I Am

Are You A Lazy Dad? I Am

In addition to my goals for the year, I have also undertaken the concept of the #fitdadchallenge [now #GetDadsFit]. It’s not a fad diet plan, or fitness regime, it’s just getting up and doing more in order that I’ve got more energy to spend on my kids. Too many times I’ve got home from work, slumped on the sofa and whilst the kids are excited to see me, I come out with the inevitable, “Not now kids, Daddy just wants to rest a little.” The problem is that this began to become the norm and even at weekends I’d struggle to find the energy to invest in fun time with them. I’d half heartedly indulge in play time fantasy, but I began to notice that the amount of time I could play chase or be a horse or dance along to the Spice Girls got less and less, whilst the time spent on the sofa watching TV got more and more. Enough was enough and I decided to try and make more time for them. Are you a lazy parent too?

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What Is Your Gym Personality?

What Is Your Gym Personality?

I was at my mistress gym doing an extremely half hearted workout, so I took two minutes to scan who else was in the gym with me. It didn’t take me long to identify almost every stereotype of gym goer that I know, so I thought I would I would share them with you. Bear in mind that all of these people were actually in the gym with me, can you see yourself in this list?

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How To Get “Muscles” Like Justin Bieber

How To Get “Muscles” Like Justin Bieber

According to news publications, there has been an increase in young men taking steroids citing that they wanted to get muscles like Justin Bieber. Yes you read that right. But how do you look after your muscle mass when you have no control over what food is put in front of you? This has been my dilemma, and I most definitely did not want to look like Bieber.

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My Terrible Relationship With Food

My Terrible Relationship With Food

For as long as I can remember I’ve had an utterly terrible relationship with food. Like the girl who constantly runs back to the bad boy despite knowing he’s no good for her, I am the bloke who keeps going back to processed, unhealthy, rubbish. I know it’s bad for me, I know it doesn’t love me back and I damn well know it will not help me achieve my goals, so why do I keep succumbing to it’s trans-fatty, sugary sweetness?

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Do You Want To Lose Weight Or To Lose Fat?

Do You Want To Lose Weight Or To Lose Fat?

So many people I know use their weight as a definition of health, but it is merely a figure that represents your mass in relation to the gravitational pull of earth, nothing more, nothing less. Your weight measured against your height is used to measure your BMI, but this is such a flawed way to measure health as it does not take body composition into consideration at all; it should be ignored at all costs, especially when schools send children home with a note saying that they are obese based on their BMI. So what is in a number? Why do so many people place such emphasis on this otherwise meaningless number. So ask yourself, do you want to lose weight, or do you really want to just lose fat?

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Male Pelvic Floor Training

Male Pelvic Floor Training

Being a blogger I am often exposed to the motherly anecdotes of unfortunate leakages. A misplaced cough here, an ill timed sneeze there, and don’t even mention the trampolining! I even sat through a BritMums key note speech by Carol Smillie filled with an evolving tale of how her expanding business in protective pants grew from period spillage to urinary ‘leakages’. But what of the male pelvic floor?

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The Gherkin Challenge

The Gherkin Challenge

A long distant memory ago, while bored after a long day’s work, I was surfing the net looking for some inspiration. I wanted something to physically challenge me and give me an opportunity to give something back; support a charity that’s close to my heart; or help out the community in some way. I stumbled upon the Gherkin Challenge, an annual event organised by the NSPCC that sees hundreds of runners race up the 1037 stairs to the top of the 180m high Gherkin at 30 St Mary’s Axe. No problem I thought, I’ll give that a go.

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Using Fitness Supplements

Using Fitness Supplements

When you are considering taking a supplement to improve workouts, there are generally three areas that you want to be addressed. Here, I discuss all of them.

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Why Am I So Fat

Why Am I So Fat

I’ve had some devastating news. I’m so fat that I now pose a risk management problem for my employers! I need to be regularly weighed and measured in order to monitor my fat levels, and potentially be placed on a monitored diet and fitness regime. But am I really THAT fat, and how did I get this way?

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Stay Fit Whilst Watching TV

Stay Fit Whilst Watching TV

When you’re a father to a couple of young children, expect to be participating in a lot of activities that they like and not necessarily things that you enjoy, including watching a bunch of kid friendly shows and movies that the kids love to play over and over again. Spending this much time in front of the television gets in the way of completing daily tasks and routines like exercise, but when your daughter insists that you watch her favourite cartoon with her, you can’t exactly say no. The only way to avoid your transformation into a couch potato is by incorporating a workout into TV time.

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Is An Electronic Grill As Good As A Barbecue?

Is An Electronic Grill As Good As A Barbecue?

I’m a big fan of grilling and I love eating meat, but what I’m not a fan of is the British weather and cleaning the barbecue after using it; especially as I much prefer the taste of meat cooked on charcoal rather than gas.  Usually, if I’m lucky, the weather will hold out just long enough for me to cook the food before the heavens open and we are resigned to eating indoors anyway.  Of course, by this time I’ve forgotten about the barbecue and resultant ashes, meaning that I always have an unpleasant surprise waiting for me the next time I open the drum.  The truth is though, I’m terrible at barbecuing.  No matter how much the flames and the meat and the tools get my masculine juices flowing, I have no idea what I’m doing.  Creating different heights of coal for temperature control, ensuring the bricks are white hot not flaming, spread of meat to guarantee perfect cooking, and that’s not even considering the different types of meat: chicken needs to be cooked all the way through, as do sausages, steak can be medium rare, but some awkward sod likes his well done!  So as much as I love the idea of barbecuing, I much prefer the simpler option of grilling indoors, and that’s where the Tefal OptiGrill comes in.

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