Yoga and balancing move

Yoga exercise

This is a great move to practice your core strength and stability! Initially set yourself up in front of a wall, about 30cm away so you have space to move your legs and back in position. Once you are confident - you can move away further from the wall and try it in open space. It's very doable once you have the knack down. The trick for those of you brave enough to try, is to make sure you swivel your ... Read More


MOOV – latest in fitness gadgets

We have seen and used the Nike Fuel Band, the Jawbone UP and the Fitbit Flex or Force...and now it is time for a new competitor: MOOV

I love my Fitbit by the way, out of the three listed above I think it is the best I have seen. But it is still lacking a few things - UP, Fuelband and Flex/Force all list your sleep patterns, allow you to track steps and food/water consumption and calorie output. Fitbit also is capable of adding activities like swim sessions (which for some mysterious ... Read More


Spira shoes – saving runners’ knees

Just recently, I met Andy Krafsur, the founder, CEO and inventor of Spira and it's Wavespring technologoy. Of course it didn't take very long for us to start jabbering away about running not in the least because it never takes long for Andy to show his colours. Literally. He came to a meeting about Job Creation we both were invited to participate in (with White House representatives) with a boatload of his running shoes in all colours and sizes. Andy is passionate - which is probably the ... Read More

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Treadmill running

So last week I wrote about the need to run on treadmills and my general dislike of it. Well, it's like I immediately got a big slap on the wrist the next day! I discovered a completely different kind of treadmill that actually has me really excited!

A lot of my favourite runs are through the woods near my home, lovely mixes of trails and paths strewn with pine needles. That feeling of stillness and softness underfoot when your foot strikes the needles. The needles glide a little it ... Read More


Funky Playlist May 2012

Do you like working out to music? I do - at least, I do when I am inside. When I am running on a treadmill or trying to get myself motivated on a spinning bicycle in the corner of one of those horrible hotel fitness centres - I do love a good beat!

So here is a 35 minute playlist that I would highly recommend you try. The beat starts slow and builds up and then eases of towards the end of the playlist. My absolutely favourite? "I won't grow up" by Audra Mae...it doesn't just strike a ... Read More


Fuel Band Nike+…. the holy grail?

So Nike is at it again - combining existing technologies and software into a new application for sports minded people. The Fuel Band is not even out yet - but it will be soon! And it promises some fun new things.

None of what the Fuel Band promises is actually new - it uses the iPhone apps to set your goals, it has the ability to track your heart rate, monitor calories burned, steps taken, all existings items of course. But I have to say - they have managed to make it look amazingly ... Read More


5 Principles of Healthy Living Assessment

Courtesy of Dr Brad Jacobs (bradlyjacobs@gmail.com), I am able to present you here with a great questionnaire that will give you an insight into your HEALTH! Take 5 minutes out of your busy busy life and score the questions below - then you can devote a little time over the busy holidays coming up on YOU and improving that score :-)... Read More


Corporate Athletes

Last week at the EFactor attend in SF, Dr. Brad Jacobs made a great point. He compared the effort and strains of being a business man or woman with those of an athlete calling the latter "Corporate Athletes". How very true that is!!

Both have a ton of determination, are singularly focused on results and achievements, visualise the finish line and aim to get there first and both force their bodies and minds to heights that "mere mortals" don't think possible.

However, athletes ... Read More


Fit to be an Entrepreneur

I have to tell you about this great event I have coming up in San Francisco on the 6th December. I am bringing together a number of my favourite people to share thoughts and ideas with you about your fitness, best nutrition and general well-being. As Entrepreneurship is my OTHER passion - we are combining these two that evening although you don't have to be a business owner to care about achieving your very best personal health of course 😉

If you want more energy, improve your ... Read More


Correcting your behaviour – NOW

As I share in my introduction and many of my blogs - I am one of those nuts that has always exercised, for as long as I can remember. Which memory btw, unfortunately gets shorter every day as conversely the time I have been exercising gets longer (maybe that is a good think) ;-(

This week I had a great run with Chris Dovale - my personal trainer - along one of my favourite routes. We run along and then go up the steps to the Coit Tower in SF and back down the streets to our starting ... Read More



I wish all of you a happy, energetic, healthy 2011.....
From next week, this blog will pick up where it left off last month. The reason I didn't write? Around me, people got sick, had to take time off, were unable to work so more and more of my time was spent working (they are better now...thank goodness).

In those kind of stressful times - it is sports that keep me going. Literally. If I can sleep, and I can at least ... Read More


Wheel of Energy

I have to share this with you all - another great example of how sports is a way of uniting strangers, of building new relationships, of helping each other and do things that you never dreamt were possible.

[caption id="attachment_487" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="the Wheel of Energy at Schiphol Airport"]... Read More


Simple and very effective

I like these new tools that you find now and again. Particularly if they are very simple and can work for anyone.

Here's one I just discovered - a combination between a Bosu ball (one of those half balls on a platform) and a Step (you should all know what that is, even you only know the one your mother uses to grab something from the top shelf).

[caption id="attachment_472" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Step 360 Pro"]... Read More


Safe Riding?

Yesterday I experienced once again how you never know what will happen when riding. As I was happily out mountainbiking and enjoying the great weather, a "normal person" came the other way, tried to move to the side of the path as my buddy and I came towards her, and slid off the mossy side of the path, she fell and her bike skidded across the path blocking it. Trying to avoid it I thought I had managed to pass, but unfortunately the sliding bike hit my rear tyre and blocked it...launching me ... Read More


How to freeze an athlete…

It's a simple ingredient to any training - ICE. We have all been there, you train hard, you go for it as much as you can and then you have to hurry up, get changed and go to work (or something). The next day, you wonder why your body is in agony and remember in misery that you didn't cool down sufficiently after your training, and therefore all the waste produce of the hard training is still rumbling around your body and stiffening up those muscles. As you robotically try and descend the ... Read More


New Bikes

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I love the way the fitness industry is never static. Changes in knowledge, scientific breakthroughs and simply ever fasting changing ... Read More


The Travelling Warrior

Apart from the tips on how to eat when you are totally busy travelling around, be it for holiday or pleasure - it is obviously harder for us weak-willed individuals to work out whilst we are on the road. So here's some ideas of things you CAN easily do, just send spouse and kids off to the buffet, whilst you buff your body!

In a hotel:

You really can do a ton of different exercises in a hotel, here's a favourite selection of mine...find a radiostation you like if you did not ... Read More


Swim Equipment

Swimming is a great activity and obviously for us on the Western Hemisphere, a very attractive one, now that summer has more or less arrived! For serious swimming, i.e. doing laps or swimming in open water at a reasonable pace, you can use a number of things that will be useful in your training.

Funnily enough I was reading a blog on another site recently about swimming where they started out with reminding people that you needed a swimsuit... that is going one too far I think, I would ... Read More


ALS – the rest of your life

I write about health, fitness and sports - that is my passion and an intrinsical part of my life. I write about things you can do to train, to get the most out of your life, to stay healthy and most of all, to LIVE your life with passion and joy.

But occasionally I have to veer to another topic and look at the other side of health, fitness and feeling great - one of my sporting buddies, the fittest guy of the troop on the bike - just got diagnosed with ALS. ALS - Amyotrophic lateral ... Read More


Fuel your body

What I have noticed, and definitely like to see, is that there is a growing awareness of the need to feed your body the fuel it needs to perform. I know, it's been around forever - sportsnutrition is definitely not a new phenomenon and no, I am not so old that I have forgotten that! But even though I have been around in the sports world for 25 years (and a bit more), it strikes me that now, finally, even the average person is starting to understand that food does make a huge difference. The ... Read More

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