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Exercise and nutrition tips for exercisers

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Due to popular request (or more correctly, continual hinting by my mate Rhys in Sydney) here is the first in the series of detailed posts on exercise and nutrition.  This post is written for what I call the middle group, people who exercise a bit already, but want better results, people who kinda are aware of what they eat, but know deep down they probably need to do better.

While this post is NOT intended for someone who doesn’t exercise, some of the tips still apply.  I will do separate posts for the great unwashed (ie non exercisers) later.  It’s also not written for those after elite hyper performance, and for who cutting 0.03 seconds of their 100m time matters, or who need to train for 4 hours+ a day to get the performance they need. 

This IS written for most people that currently go to a gym, or do some other form of structured exercise for the purpose of health/looking good and feeling better.

I need to start with a brief disclaimer: Although I work in the exercise industry (and have done for for 20+ years), and owned gyms for most of that time, I am NOT an exercise professional.  I am fortunate in that I regular present at and attend fitness/exercise conferences around the world each year and get to hang out with the worlds best exercise gurus, and pick their brains for the very best ideas.   I also work out myself and have done for 20+ years,  and I am simply sharing my experience from this about what works (for me, and others I have observed), what doesn’t, and how to get the best bang for your buck in terms of effort in and results out.

If you are in NZ, the best way to get great exercise advice for you is to use the services of a Registered exercise professional (the link takes you to a search engine so you can find one!), so go on, do that now.

OK .. so … on with the show.  This turned into one BIG post, with LOTS of stuff, so read on …. (more…)

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Exercise, food and weight loss – the low down

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OK, this post is something I have been meaning to write for quite some time.  Consistent with the idea behind this site (i.e. black and white), it’s gonna get straight to the point, make a bunch of assumptions, and say “how it is” in very simple language. You should therefore read the disclaimer at the end :-)   Oh, and PLEASE PLEASE ignore any ads from pages I link to, I like the content on the pages, but seldom the ads!

I have come to the views on this page thought my experience in the fitness industry (20 years plus as of 2010), talking to some of the worlds leading experts on exercise when I travel the world at attend exercise conferences and generally my own research, experience, and collected views on things.

The VERY short version:

  1. Do any exercise
  2. Worry less about calories and more about WHAT you eat
  3. If you already exercise do MORE of Resistance Training, do MORE of High Intensity Interval Training, do LESS of Steady State Cardio (especially long runs) and do ANYTHING you enjoy
  4. It’s OK to ask for help – get a Personal Trainer, or even a friend to exercise with

That’s it.  End of post.  Well almost, let me explain it a little more, actually, let me explain A LOT:

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