New Year resolutions are easy to make and harder to keep. Sometimes it is good to have a helping hand to remind you of what you should be doing, or how hard it is to keep doing the right thing.
This is where fitness blogs come into their own. Whether they are motivational and inspirational accounts of how someone lost ten stone and now runs sub-three-hour marathons; or blogs that give top tips on the best way to build bi-ceps or even an account of how difficult it is to get the runners on and leave the sanctuary of the sofa.
The problem is the vast number of blogs out there. And like anything in life, there are excellent blogs, good blogs and then there are some awful ones. It is often just a case of having a look and making a call.
However, we thought we would give you a helping hand by highlighting five blogs that are readable, entertaining and helpful. They offer different perspectives to the health and fitness angle, but hopefully one or more might strike a chord with you. We are also really happy to hear your own suggestions if you have discovered health and fitness blogs that have helped you in your quest for a fit and healthy lifestyle.
1. Born Fitness (www.bornfitness.com)Adam Bornstein is a no-nonsense blogger, whose site Born Fitness looks at topics ranging from healthy meal plans, great workouts, attitude towards fitness and making fitness fun. His blog is relevant to anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle, whatever their level of fitness.
Here are some words of wisdom from Born Fitness: “If you’re like most guys, you treat stretching like hair conditioner: great in theory, but not worth your time. But if you want sleeve-expanding arms, a good stretch is invaluable.”
2. Lift Like A Girl (www.niashanks.com)Nia Shanks has taken her own life experiences and translated them into this inspiring blog that aims to show women that it is more than okay to lift weights. In Lift Like A Girl she writes in-depth, detailed posts on techniques, training programmes, reaching new levels of performance and adds some honest opinions on topics such as bulimia and binge eating disorders.
Nia says: “Many years ago I experienced a huge transition. I decided that my health and fitness routine would no longer define me, and it wouldn’t control my life. I would no longer be how I ate or my workout schedule. It was time for health and fitness to be a tool that would allow me live a more awesome, fulfilling life.”
3. The American Council on Fitness (acefitness.org)
This is the go-to site for professional tips on every aspect of health and fitness. Some articles are aimed at health and fitness professionals, but every article is written by an expert in their field and covers the latest thinking on everything from workouts to behaviour change.
Words of wisdom: “Whether or not you had resolutions or were able to keep them is not that important. What is important is recognising the growth you have achieved over the past 12 months. Now is a great opportunity to write down those achievements and to reflect on the past year by identifying any barriers that might have gotten in the way of reaching any of your goals.”
This blog is for those people who like to see the lighter side of life. Tess Agnew’s blog is not packed with tips on a better technique or how to train for a marathon, but it is an honest account of the highs and lows of staying active and, as such, it is both readable and a blog many of us can relate to.
4. FitBits (www.thefitbits.com)
Tess’s words of wisdom after running the Brighton marathon: "I started to count the number of people I picked off during the last few miles but lost count at 55 and got distracted by a water station. Does that make me an arsehole?”
This is one for the serious fitness follower. Breaking Muscle is jam-packed with advice, discussion, news and reviews about anything current in the world of health and fitness. It is written by a team of coaches, trainers and fitness junkies and is a go-to site for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge around health and fitness.
5. Breaking Muscle (breakingmuscle.co.uk)
Words of wisdom: “The majority of athletes set numbers or competition results as a measure of progress. There are two sides to this tendency. Numbers are specific and measurable and you can tell instantly if you’ve achieved them. But sometimes they can create a feeling of failure if you haven’t quite hit them. The goals and targets you set can sometimes take you away from what you actually intended to achieve. Let’s put it another way. If you had a deadlift target, a half marathon time, or a number of inches to lose and you didn’t achieve them, was this year a failure? In most circumstances, probably not.”