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Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:36 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

If there is one thing everyone loves about Christmas, it’s the food. Most of us are either busy planning the dinner or counting the many friends and relatives whose homes we intend to invade for a taste of the season. From ham to sorrel and...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:45 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

After three months of exciting workouts with some of the best fitness coaches around, Fit 4 Life Season Three: Fit in 5 is at an end. The 12 weeks since September have been a roller-coaster ride that saw us moving from high-intensity training at...

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Smoothies have become a staple of healthy eating – and dieting. They check so many boxes on the healthy-eating list. They are tasty, easy to make, are largely made from natural unprocessed foods...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Muscular endurance is a basic component of fitness. In technical terms, it refers to the ability of muscles to contract repetitively and consistently over a period of time. It is the ability to perform physical activity for a time. The longer we...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Many people conflate dieting with healthy nutrition. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Diets are inherently unsustainable because of the restrictions they put on what you can eat. The many pitfalls of dieting have been trumpeted over and...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

'Fit in 5'. That is the theme for Season 3 of The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life programme. Why Fit in 5? It's about simplicity and ease. The misconception that getting and staying fit is a herculean task still exists in the minds of too many...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

In recent years, planks have become the go-to core exercise. Everyone is recommending them, and the simple form and that weird easy-yet-challenging feel mean that everyone – from beginner to professional – is planking.  Planks are...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:13 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

People make so many excuses when it comes to eating healthy – such as 'Mi nuh like how this taste', or 'Eating healthy is hard'. But a more common one is, 'I can't afford healthy foods'. While we often lump affordability in with the myths and...

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

If you have ever trained, chances are you have had more than a few of those workouts. You know, the ones that make getting out of bed feel like hiking...

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

As the summer heat rises, the risk of heat-related illness grows with it and training in hot weather can be dangerous...

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

These days it feels like the summer sun has been turned up a notch. Whether you are putting the finishing touches on your beach body for the party weekend or trying to squeeze out a little more performance...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

The summer heat won't be leaving any time soon. Since the temperatures will stay the same over the next few months, to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses, you might have to tweak your fitness programme a bit. Besides hydration,...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Fitness is a long-term investment. Our approach to health and wellness, even at a young age, will have a significant impact well into our senior years. In fact, it may well determine just how many senior years one gets...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Pulling and pushing out all the stops    When it comes to foundational movement patterns, it is hard to get more basic than push and pull. These movements are easy to master and can be trained safely without expensive equipment. That is...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Bend and twist like a baby The bend and twist movement patterns truly take one back to the basics. As children, we learned and practised these movements perfectly. As we age, however, changing body composition and inactivity strip us of these...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Training basic movement patterns is a must – even for 'summa body' athletes. The benefits of mastering foundational movement are well documented and so are the pitfalls of ignoring them. Still, it might not be immediately obvious how to...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

It's 'summa' and gyms, trails, and exercise classes are full to the brim. Everyone is looking for that new move or cutting edge tip that will give them the beach body look they desire...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

The 'summa' body treasure hunt is in full swing. Many are searching for a dieting solution to their weight-loss problem. By the time the summer is done, some will have tried four or five different diets. Now, we do not recommend dieting; a...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

With the soca season behind us, landing that beach body is the next major fitness challenge for many. But before we jump on the latest 'six-pack' diet and start skipping from one celebrity workout programme to the next, consider your...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

One of the best things you can do for your joints is to exercise regularly, but training can also be downright dangerous for them. And it is not just runners and heavy lifters who are at risk; every form of training will have some impact on your...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

As we age, joint health is one thing we expect to lose. From back pain to arthritis, it is all considered a part of 'getting old'. Yet joint issues are also common in young people. And while most people learn to live with their joint issues...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

With summer-body goals in mind, many have already started hitting the streets, parks, and gyms in search of the ideal summer look. While realistic goal setting and consistency are important, the habits that one foster can make or break his or her...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Resistance bands might seem like just another 'glute exercise' fad among women but there might be some method to the madness. In fact, adding resistance bands to your training can provide huge benefits for men and women alike. From...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Exercise-related injuries are among those things people tend to forget about until disaster hits. Whether one is planning, training or recovering, injuries aren't usually given much thought. The result is the common cycle: train hard, get...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon/Contributor

Protein supplements are all the rage these days. If you have ever even thought about fitness, chances are you have been inundated with the idea that you need protein powder. Whether it be the guys at the gym or influencers on Instagram, there seems...

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