A response to Sergio Garcia – ‘I can’t win a major’

Tip of the week - Monday 20th August It is Sunday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia. The US Masters has just come to a thrilling conclusion. Louis Oosthuizen is reflecting on what might have been. Bubba Watson, having hooked a wedge 80 yards left to right to set up victory, is enjoying the fit of his new green jacket. Sergio Garcia won’t even give his measurements. … [Read more...]

Work Hard, Rest Hard

Tip of the Day - Wednesday 11th July Not only does a lack of sleep impact on how you feel the next day, evidence suggests it could be more serious when it comes to long-term health. Research shows that American adults sleep 1-1.5 hours less today than their forebears in the 1960s and those sleeping less than 7-hours has increased from 16 to 37%.  Lack of sleep is not conducive to weight maintenance, stress tolerance or immune system strength. With the availability of the internet, 24-hour TV, … [Read more...]

Have Dinner for Breakfast!

Tip of the Day - Monday 9th July Why do we eat the biggest meal of the day in the evening? For that matter, who decided that having dehydrated bits of wheat or corn with milk is the ideal breakfast? At the Beijing Olympics swimmer Michael Phelps caused a stir when it was revealed his breakfast comprised a massive 4000 calories, twice the adult requirement for a full day! That’s what it takes to fuel up for eight gold medals. In fact no athlete would dream of facing their morning training … [Read more...]

Top Five Super Snacks to Boost Health and Performance

Tip of the Day - Wednesday 4th July A mid morning snack is a great way to keep you focused and energised through until lunch. So dump the cakes, biscuits and muffins and try some of these health-boosting alternatives: 1. Berries: Full of antioxidants compounds that support your immune system and protect you from the ravages of free radicals – unstable molecules produced by environmental pollution, radiation from the sun and computer screens, smoking and burnt food – which damage cells. … [Read more...]

How to Know When You’re Working Too Hard

Tip of the Day - Monday 2nd July In the build up to a huge event like an Olympics on home soil, there is a temptation for athletes to train that bit harder than normal, because more is better, right? Fortunately athletes and their coaches are all to aware of the risks of over-training syndrome; a collection of symptoms that signal the body is struggling to cope and instead of getting stronger in training is actually going in the opposite direction. Lack of motivation, impaired performance, … [Read more...]

Olympic Nutrition: Five Tips to Boost YOUR Performance

Tip of the Day - Thursday 28th June With less than 30 days to go until the London 2012 opening ceremony, here's a run down of the top five nutrition tips you can learn from Olympic athletes to improve your performance - whatever it is you do. 1. Eat breakfast: Athletes know that this is the most important meal of the day. It's difficult to give everything in training if you are not fueled up properly. Athletes can't just survive on a bit of toast or some cereal either. Try eggs or beans on … [Read more...]

Are Energy Drinks Making You Tired?

Tip of the Day - Wednesday 20th June The other day I was standing in the queue at the supermarket. In front of me was a teenager grasping a bag of donuts and TWO 1.5 litre bottles of energy drink. Apart from the general lack of nutrition in what I think might have been his lunch, it also got me thinking about another popular misconception, namely that energy drinks are somehow 'healthy' and provide, well, energy! … [Read more...]

Nutrition in Business: Think Like an Athlete

Tip of the Day - Wednesday 13th June If you want to be an elite performer in business, the performing arts, or any other walk of life, you need a nutrition strategy. According to the dictionary strategy is 'a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim'. Elite athletes in any sport have a nutrition strategy that takes into account fueling up prior to training/competition, fuel and hydration strategies for during training/competition, and recovery meals that make sure they are … [Read more...]

Psycho-economic recovery

Tip of the day - Tuesday 12th June Talk of economic recovery gets tepid enthusiasm at best. Questions of when, how or if dominate and the prognosis tends to be seen as grim. Regardless of how bad things may be, they can only get worse with cynicism. Confidence will be eroded by talk of threat and not opportunity. The more we tell ourselves things are bad, the more the papers tell us things are bad, the worse it will get. I think this is a bigger issue than many realise. Those hoping for … [Read more...]

Exercise is NOT Optional

Tip of the Day - Wednesday 30th May There is evidence that cardio-respiratory fitness is a better predictor of mortality than obesity. In other words, a fit but overweight person will probably live longer than an unfit person who is an ideal weight. Exercise improves just about every physiological marker you can think of. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, lowers heart disease risk and reduces the risk of developing diabetes. Then there's the numerous positive effects on your mental … [Read more...]