Discover the secrets of training through Christmas (without sacrificing social time!)

Secrets of training through Christmas

Hands up if you've ever let your training slip over Christmas and New Year. It doesn't have to be that way. I'm going to let you into a few secrets so you can keep training without disrupting social plans. Read on to discover why 2013 is the year you train through the festivities.

Tip 1: Schedule training sessions. Before the Christmas build-up begins, sit down with your online or paper planner and schedule in your training sessions. Perhaps you already do this? Don't let the habit slip over Christmas and New Year. Make a formal commitment to training, just as you would with other non-negotiable events. Schedule in club training sessions, time with your coach or Personal Trainer, and even those solo runs, rides and sessions which would otherwise be easy to forget.

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The Truth About Sugar: Part 2

The Truth About Sugar

After posting Part 1 of The Truth About Sugar, there has been a huge interest in what Caren Richards had to say in Part 2, so here it is:

Over the past few months I have been making a concerted effort to try to get not only my patients but also my family and friends to cut down on the total sugar they eat. Most have been surprised about both the quantity of sugar that is ‘hidden’ in processed items and the amount of sugar that they sub consciously add to their foods.

A few people that have tried to give up completely have experienced headaches, mood swings and lethargy, all of which are typical symptoms of addiction withdrawal.

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Do you Fartlek???

Most of the WhittleFit runners and triathletes will do a Fartlek session at some point in their training, however a new client asked me the other day what fartlek training was, so here goes. The word fartlek means “speed play” in Swedish and it essentially means running and playing around with the speed and duration of running during your training session.
Fartlek training basically means you run in an unstructured manner with the intention of stressing both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems; this means you are training for both speed and endurance in the same session. So you have to run faster efforts (speed and distance of your choice) interspersed with slower recovery efforts (again, speed and distance of your choice). 
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The WhittleFit Healthy Holiday Xmas Challenge

So who's up for the WhittleFit Healthy Holiday Xmas Challenge? It can be pretty hard to stay healthy and active during the festive season, with all the Xmas parties, endless hours of shopping, overeating the delicious Xmas food, overindulging on the drinking…....did I mention the Xmas parties??? 

To help to inspire you to maintain healthy habits during the festive season and begin 2014 looking and feeling great, why not join in with the WhittleFit Healthy Holiday Xmas Challenge?

It’s easy; all you have to do is log 30 minutes of activity for 20 days during the month of December. That doesn’t sound too hard, does it? You can log it yourself personally (on your fridge if you like) or even post it on here so everyone can see have far you’ve progressed during the challenge.

So who's going to take up the WhittleFit Healthy Holiday Xmas Challenge?


Product Review: Sufferfest Indoor Cycling Videos

Sufferfest Indoor Cycling Videos

Are you time-crunched due to family, work, sports and social commitments? If so, the following product review could be for you! As a time-crunched "athlete" we need to find methods of fitness training that are effective and that we can actually fit into everyday life. Well, as far as cycling training is concerned, this could be the answer to your prayers!

The Sufferfest group of training videos are intended for cyclists, triathletes and fitness enthusiasts who want to get seriously fit, but are limited for time. However, I warn you now - they are not easy! In fact they are designed to seriously kick your butt; they are evil! But they work! 

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