How to make your body more resilient in one sentence

The higher your fitness level, the more resistant your body is to injuries. Okay, a few more sentences. A higher fitness level means less hypoxia (decreased oxygen available to the tissues) and less acidosis (excessive body fluids acidity). When those two go up, the tissue resiliency goes down. -J

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Alcohol and menopause

A common theme I see with new clients is a daily glass or two of wine at the end of the day. To wind down after a day’s work. Although there’s nothing inherently “bad” about this, when you look at the science, alcohol has zero physical upsides. There’s no way […]

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Love your mistakes

Each one of them is a sign of you putting in the effort. Mistakes and failures are the breadcrumbs of your commitment to showing up. We don’t care about perfection. But about the commitment to the unavoidably imperfect process. Because that’s what counts. -J

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Why so serious?

Most of us naturally emphasise our daily mistakes and misfortunes while barely acknowledging our wins. Especially the small wins. And as we’re more likely to remember our mistakes and poorer choices, it can distort how we see ourselves. We become less confident in our skills and abilities to achieve our […]

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Take that, Father Time, and stuff it up your hourglass

Sarcopenia: ever heard of it? No, it’s not a new brand of gluten-free pasta or a remote Greek island. Unfortunately. Sarcopenia is the age-related loss of muscle mass and function and has long been considered an inevitable part of aging. By age 50, we start to lose about 1-2% of […]

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Focus!

Let me guess: you probably don’t need any more stress right now. Right. Neither do I. A prolonged lack of focus leads to a pile of undone work and a mountain of stress. We can’t control everything, but we can do a lot to improve our focus and reduce a […]

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Why do you train so hard?

The goal of the workout is not to get you exhausted and sore. The goal is to get you closer to where you want to go. Sometimes, that involves exhaustion, even soreness as a by-product. But 99.9% of the time, it doesn’t. Especially when you’re training for your health and […]

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An odd place to look for workout motivation

It can be tough to stick with your workouts when the only motivation is the health benefits. Look at the non-physical activities that surround the things you do with impeccable consistency. Whether that’s writing, reading, theatre practice or Saturday arvo get-together with your friends. What are the benefits you get […]

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Difficult is better than easy

When a workout, a run or a dinner with three vegetables seems about as manageable as attempting a nuclear fusion in your bathtub, it’s easy to feel disheartened and frustrated. During those daily struggles, most of us wish things would be easier and effortless. But when was the last time […]

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The most pervasive explanation for back pain

Just today, I had two conversations with people who put their back pain down to age. One was in the mid-60s, and the other in the early 40s. It’s easy to think of our bodies as machines that wear down over time. And if there’s one thing we humans love […]

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Is pre-pregnancy body the right body?

The fitness industry (and the society) treats the pre-pregnancy body as the right body. But pregnancy is almost as significant a transformation for a woman’s body as puberty or menopause. So isn’t it strange to think it shouldn’t change one’s physique? -J ps. This excellent insight is ripped off from […]

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What happens when you reach your fitness goals?

I had this conversation with an online client last week. She’s reached the fitness goals she set when we first started. So naturally, the “What’s the next goal?” came up. And her response was so insightful that I wanted to share it with you. Here’s what she had to say: […]

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A simple design principle to guide us to better choices

Ever find yourself scarfing down a pack of Oreos simply because it was within arm’s reach? Skipping a workout because your gym clothes were buried under a mountain of laundry? Who hasn’t, right? We’re creatures of habit, and our environment dictates our habits more than we feel comfortable admitting. The […]

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The best way to workout with kids

I am all for being a healthy role model for my kids and finding ways to stay active as a family. I’ve written about how my Dad’s example is the biggest reason I became interested in fitness. But I am also a realist. A realist who knows that a focused […]

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