Category Archives: Debating Fitness

Women’s Health? You serious?

 

 

Women’s Health? You serious?

 

The below picture was sent to me by my Girlfriend. Women’s health magazine top tips for being healthy are How to look sexy without showing any cleavage, 15 hottest doctors of all time and why hasn’t some celebrity married some guy!

 

Womens health mag

 

Wow so Women’s healths top tips on health are an interesting choice and have nothing to do with health what so ever! 

Considering this magazine is written for females and should be about empowering females to do well, succeed in their training, succeed in their career and generally be a strong minded independent woman. Then this is not really getting that point across is it? 

Where is the information on improving health? Like what to eat, how much and when?

Information on training? How often? What to train? Sets and reps guides?

Supplement advice?

Work related or career advice on progressing? How to deal with certain situations? like harassment?

But no none of this! Instead a women’s magazine written for women focusses on sexual related topics!

Surely this should not be the focus? I mean there are plenty of magazines objectifying women in society! That a female oriented magazine should not be following suit right?

Shouldn’t the front cover have examples of women athletes performing well and who are examples of dedication and hard work to their chosen careers/sports? 

Maybe even a Q and A about their lifestyle, how much they train, their diet, how they have overcome any prejudice towards them in trying to succeed in their chosen field?

If you want advice on training, diet, gaining confidence and improving body shape give me a shout james@jmfitnes.co.uk call or text 07961140174 

 

 

Obesity Crisis?

Does the UK have an obesity crisis?

A survey published in 2012 found that just over a quarter of all adults (26%) in England are obese. A further 41% of men and 33% of women are classed as overweight!

A quarter of the UK is obese! That’s 1 in 4 people!

Why?

There are numerous reasons as too why and its not always black and white as some people would portray.

This extract below is from Ed Miliband’s proposal on how to solve this obesity crisis:

The Labour health blueprint includes:

A total ban on the current £300 million sports sponsorship by drinks firms.
Minimum alcohol price to stop ‘pre-loading’ by young drinkers.
Banning supermarkets from selling drinks near the door, or sweets at the tills.
New laws to curb the amount of sugar, fat and salt in food aimed at children – and a 9pm watershed for TV adverts for unhealthy products that might appeal to youngsters.
Lottery cash to build skateboard parks.
Aiming to get half the population to take regular exercise within ten years.
A goal that children born from next year will be the ‘first smoke free generation’.

Its interesting that there main policies are on banning this and banning that.

Now everyone in my opinion should have the right to have a drink now and then, in moderation of course. Having a chocolate bar here and there will not make you fat or obese but of course having 2 a day with no exercise would be a massive contributor to someone gaining weight, same as going out every weekend and getting smashed on the lash!

People are always going to want nice tasty things, its called greed! You want that cake, that pack of crisps, that bar of chocolate because it tastes nice and simply put you want it so your going to have it. Right?

That’s fine, Now Mr Milliband want to ban this and that. This appears his solution to the obesity crisis. Has banning anything ever worked? I mean weeds illegal but anyone can get a hold of it.

Should the emphasis on tackling the obesity crisis not be on educating? Encouraging our youngsters to take part in sport, too be competitive, to want to take and active interest in maintaining and pursuing an active lifestyle that would benefit them when it came to the working environment?

Being competitive and wanting to well as a mindset is very powerful tool to have! So would this not benefit young people later in life?

From what I understand PE in schools is not a main focus. Why? It should be! Being competitive, active, dedicated to a chosen sport would surely help curb the obesity problem?

Being taught from a young age what foods are good, what is bad would be a better route to helping the obesity rise, would it not?

Spending more money on quality pitches, quality courts, improving and expanding local facilities should be a priority.

Be good to get some feedback on this post, so please comment :)

James

Should overweight people be in the gym?

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Should overweight people be in the gym? 
This should not even be a question! Every body in the gym is there for the same reason to get fit, lose weight, improve shape and confidence! You may be an elite athlete, you may be a complete beginner. I don’t care you have a right to be in the gym and not to be JUDGED!

Unfortunately two males decided that they would laugh and make fun of an overweight woman who had just joined today! They sat there laughing and making comments, nothing positive of course!

Now these two males are not in such fantastic condition that they can look down upon her and laugh about her size! If she had seen these two muppets what would she have thought?

I’m pretty sure she would have felt even worse about herself and left! Put off from returning or joining another gym!

The fact she is trying should be encouraged, she should be helped not mocked for trying!

I respect anyone trying to get fit, lose weight and improve. I have no time for idiots who obviously lead such pathetic lives they mock others for trying!

Always encourage and inspire.

James

Stay Focused!

 

 Stay Focussed! 

 

 

 

 

Staying focused and achieving your fitness goals are not always straight forward.

You may get injured, lose hope/motivation, people may try and put you down in order to make themselves feel better about their own health/body shape.

Its easy to give up, it really is but its so much more rewarding to say I did it! I did it! 

I achieved my goals and look at me now! The positivity  and satisfaction you get from being a winner now matter how small the progression is vary rewarding.

So whether your trying to lose weight. Tone or build muscle/train for a specific event………..DO IT !

If you ever want any advice just give me a shout.

 

James

 

Weight Watchers for weight loss? Yeah right!

Its that time of year, Lets get fit, lets do this!
In the words of Eddie Murphy Nutty Professor, ” YES I CAN”.
Where do I start, umm I know diet club, weight watchers or slimming world !! Yes eureka! Ill be slim in no time.
As if! Diet clubs don’t work. If they did we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic would we? 
No we wouldn’t! We would all be slim, confident and a healthy weight, fitting into our size 6 jeans. Wouldn’t we ?
Reason 1 why they don’t work:
They couldn’t care less about you! They just want your money!


Susie Orbach – a provocative British psychoanalyst, onetime therapist of Princess Diana, and current adviser to the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, talks with Arianne Cohen of Marie Claire magazine about how Weight Watchers make their money – from the 97% OF PEOPLE WHO KEEP HAVING TO COME BACK BECAUSE THEY NOW WEIGH MORE THAN WHEN THEY STARTED!Susie writes: “If dieting worked, you’d only have to do it once. Weight Watchers, like most diet companies, depends on repeat customers.” (Source: WebMD)Weight Watchers is just like taking £21.45 on average out of your purse (plus whatever other fees there are weekly) and flushing it down the toilet. True story.Another source states that WW has a 16% success rate over a 5 year period. So for every 100 people attending WW – 84% of those people will end up fatter than they were before. 84% !!!! Will end up fatter!Reason 2: Weight Watchers or slimming world causes compulsive eating

Wait a minute – what’s compulsive eating? Well, there are lots of definitions but for me – compulsive eating is eating in response to a set of rules instead of in response to hunger. Eating to a set of rules which you then BREAK and dive head first into a case of the “fuck it’s” – I’ll start again on Monday (and skip the weigh in this week too…). Binge eating. Rules. Broken. Binge. Weight gain and a complete mental breakdown!

Reason 3: Weight Watchers branded food choices are full of nonsense and do NOT teach you about how to eat for health.

Example: Weight Watchers Ice Cream. Weight Watchers Chocolate Cookie Bars. Weight Watchers BREAD(which by the way is just a smaller loaf with a larger price tag!).

Instead of being taught about real food – you’re subjected to tables full of WW BRANDED SHITE which you then feel you HAVE to buy – because it takes the pain of counting points away – they’ve already done it for you. So you’re paying extra for a loaf of bread, just because you’re too lazy to count the WW points a slice of white processed bread by a cheaper brand already contains? Nice…

Do these foods make you healthier? NO. Do these foods teach you how to eat to lose weight? NO. You should be educated on what to eat, when and why. Not fed lies and more lies regarding weight watchers own branded foods, which by the way I highly doubt will lose you any weight, but isn’t that the reason you are there for in the first place ?

Reason 4: Weight Watchers is HUMILIATING you in front of other women.You turn up to class each week to stand in a queue in front of other women (and men) to stand on a set of scales and let yourself be defined by a NUMBER. Yes, a number. You lose 1lb this week and you think you’re a failure! Do you know what 1 pound of fat looks like??? That’s not a failure homegirl – that’s a success – pat yourself on the back lady! But what if you’ve put a pound on? What happens then? HUMILIATION. Complete confusion as to why you have put weight ON when you followed the plan meticulously. What happens then?1. THIS ISN’T WORKING I’M DONE WITH THIS DIET
2. PUT MORE WEIGHT ON.Reason 5: Weight Watchers is a crutch that wants your money and doesn’t want to see you succeed. Diets don’t work for long term weight loss success. When does the cycle end? When do you stop using them as a crutch to support your NEED for fitting in? Nobody should ever have to lean on someone for long term weight loss success. Diets like Weight Watchers allow you to lose weight – but don’t allow you to change your eating habits for good to SUSTAIN your weight loss. They do not teach you mindset for weight loss or support your emotional needs either. I don’t know about you – but I eat depending on my emotions – now HOW ON EARTH can I do this whilst I count points?

Want to learn step by step about what DOES work and how to eat for health? I want to teach you how NOT to define yourself by the scales. The number on the scales does not tell you how many friends you have, how amazing your family is, how you feel that particular day, how you look, or the person you are. If you want to know more drop me a message, call or text:)

James
07961140174
james@jmfitness.co.uk