Ten years ago I had just started my running journey and was rapidly learning that if I wanted to run for longer then I needed to eat better. My running friend lent me a book, Go Faster Food, written by Kate Percy. I loved it because as well as being packed full of achievable recipes it explained why what I ate really mattered when it came to performance. I’ve used it ever since! This is why it gives me HUGE pleasure to introduce Kate Percy who founded Go Faster Food ten years ago on a principle she’s passionate about: Real Food Fuels You Better. Fast forward a decade and she has authored four cook books – Go Faster Food, Go Faster Food for your Active Family, Fuelsmart for Race Day and Go Eat, Go Active (for Virgin Sport) . She is also in-house chef for 220 Triathlon Magazine, ‘food guru’ for Athletics Weekly and Great Run, and she runs an ‘eat-like-an-athlete’ healthy eating education programme, which is delivered in schools and sports clubs throughout the UK. Most recently, Kate has launched a brand of delicious natural energy balls called Go Bites® to fuel active lifestyles. Read More
It’s been half term holiday for us this week and at the start of it I suddenly decided to set myself and the children a challenge. Shockingly, excluding activities which are done during school lessons, only 22% of children age 5 to 15 meet the recommended guidelines for daily physical activity and the proportion that meet them decreases with age. Boys are more active than girls, particularly in the age 13-15 age group. (Health Survey for England 2015). Despite wanting to give my school-weary kids a break, I set us the target of making sure that we were active and beat the recommended guidelines for physical activity for children every single day.
We’re at the start of half term week in this house. I know for some of you it’s not until next week. It’s February, it’s cold, windy, wet and generally pretty unenticing outside. I’m faced with a week of keeping my children occupied whilst trying to make sure they don’t spend too many hours on the PS4 or watching YouTube. I need to fit in some work. I also need to fit in my own exercise as I’m training for the Manchester Marathon. I don’t want to spend a lot of money. I also want them to have a fun half term!
I know how important exercise is for children. I’m setting us a challenge. We’re going to have an #activehalfterm. We’re going to make sure that we do more exercise than the recommended guidelines every day. Everyone is going to keep track of how many minutes they do and we’ll see how many different activities we can include.
Here are the current Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for children age 5 – 18 years. For this week only I will pretend I’m 17 😉
So, every day we need 60 minutes of activity that makes us feel out of breath and a bit warm. On three days we need muscle and bone strengthening activities and we need to reduce our ‘lounging’.
The children, age 10, 12 and 14 aren’t awake yet and know nothing of this plan! I’m hoping they’ll be up for it!
We’ll make a vlog to share at the end of the week. Thankfully middle son is a whizz at editing! I’ll be posting #activehalfterm photos on Twitter Instagram and Facebook. You can join in too by sending me your photos on social media and commenting on this blog. Don’t forget to use the hashtag. Let’s make this half term an #activehalfterm.
I’m bursting with excitement about this latest Active Women Interview. Jane quite literally turned her life around after she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She was inactive and even light walking made her out of breath. Just look at her now! What an inspiration. Do read her story … Read More
I’m really enjoying my blog this year, I hope you are too. I was planning ahead with a post featuring my book Sorted: The Active Woman’s Guide to Health published by Bloomsbury to tie in with Mother’s Day. Then it occurred to me that maybe you would like to win a copy to give to the mother in your life. Or maybe you are a mother, mother to be, or not a mother at all and want a little present for yourself! Read More
I thought I’d put together some very basic Dos and Don’ts for people who are considering running or for beginners just starting out on their running journey. Read More
I’ve been writing so many blogs on why and how you should all be active so I felt it was time for a little update on my own efforts! As many of you know, I love a spring marathon. I really find that it helps to keep me going out running through the winter when quite frankly, I find it much easier to just run a hot bath. Read More
Even as a doctor, I had no concept of the power that exercise has to improve and maintain mental wellbeing until I experienced it myself. When I started running it was to get fit and lose a bit of weight after having three children. I knew that regular exercise would do the trick. What I didn’t realise was that ten years later, my main reason for running wouldn’t be so I could eat cake or keep up with my kids. My reason to run has changed. I now run more for my mental health than my physical health. This is why I was delighted when England Athletics, asked me to support their #runandtalk campaign in conjunction with the mental health charity Mind.
I’m so excited to introduce Lara Milward to you. Lara is an award-winning fitness coach. She is also the co-founder of a growing fitness community called BlitzFitness which focuses on building confidence and self-esteem, things which are close to my own heart. Through her own experiences as a teenager, Lara truly understands the importance of exercise for both physical and mental wellbeing and is now on a mission to share that with other women. Read More
We’re all so busy. We try to cram as much as we can into every day. Our to-do lists are never ending. Work, children, family. It’s no wonder that one of the biggest reported barriers to exercise is simply, time. There’s a risk that we feel guilt. Guilt that we aren’t looking after ourselves. Guilt that we don’t seem to manage our time as well as our fitness-mad friends. If only we could add an extra hour to every day, then we’d be fine. Well, good news! It IS possible to exercise when you never have time. Here are some simple ways to fit exercise into a busy life: Read More