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Intelligent training; five tips to help you train more efficiently and effectively

I’ve recently returned from a long weekend at La Manga Club in Spain where I was playing in a tennis academy for three days. The tennis was great, and the coaching even better. One of the key takeaways for me from the coaching was a simple principle: less can often be more. There are a few lessons from this experience which are worth sharing with you: Sometimes less is more I’ve got some big events coming up this year; I’m running the London Marathon, and doing the Man versus Mountain (a 22-mile run up and down Snowdon), taking a few days off then heading up to Scotland for the Coast-to-Coast event which is a 105-mile race on foot, bike and kayak. I’ve been experimenting with different types of training for the marathon, which don’t rely on the relentless pounding of pavements. Lots of road running can often lead to injuries. There are other ways to train to build mental and physical endurance, and if you can run a successful marathon without running five times a week, …

Dulwich Hamlet News

Dulwich Hamlet continue to maintain their position in the top 5 of the Isthmian Premier league heading into February.  Despite several teams below currently having a number of games in-hand, if the team continues its present run of good form we will certainly be challenging for promotion come the end of the season. On the cup front Dulwich are still competing in three cup competitions.  In the FA Trophy, a well-deserved 4 -1 win away to National League South team Whitehawk saw the club through to the next round.  Despite going one nil down in the first minute of the second half, a vociferous 200 plus traveling pink and blue army saw the team through to the last 16 securing a tie away to National League team Braintree on Saturday 4 February. In the London Senior Cup Dulwich are due to play a home tie against Barkingside on Tuesday 24 January.  There is a lot of interest in this tie as a win would see us playing long-time local rivals Tooting and Mitcham United at …

Fitness Tips: Why is vitamin D important?

An overview on the ‘sunshine vitamin’ and how to ensure you’re getting enough What is vitamin D? Firstly, for clarity, I’m talking specifically about vitamin D3 – the ‘sunshine vitamin’, a fat soluble vitamin, which needs to be consumed with fats in order to be absorbed. The body actually converts the vitamin into a hormone. How is it consumed or activated? Vitamin D3 can be consumed in one of three ways: in supplement form; consumed in foods, although it’s almost impossible to consume enough D3 in foods; synthesised by the sun’s rays. We recommend supplementing in the winter months, and then getting what you need from sunlight in the summer months. Why is it important? Vitamin D3 helps to promote calcium absorption in the gut, and is vital for both bone growth and remodelling. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis when used alongside calcium. Vitamin D3 helps with cell modulation and growth, and contributes to good neuromuscular and immune system functioning. How do I know if I’m getting enough? There are several ways to take …

Fitness Tips: Five things to focus on in times of stress

We all have moments where it feels as though the plates we’ve kept spinning are starting to wobble or fall to the floor. It might be a work event, something in your personal life or an accumulation of poor sleep and bad choices, but most of us are affected by stressful times in our lives. It’s how we see it coming, and then what we do when the pressure ratchets up, that matters. Here’s my suggestions for five things to focus on: Emergency card Have a postcard or piece of paper that’s your ‘in case of emergency’ card. Write on here the three to five things that you must keep doing, but keep them simple. It’s about maintaining the basics – too much will just deter you from doing anything at all. It needs to be a handful of simple and easy to implement tips that have a big impact on your overall health. This will help you stay resilient and able to manage the situation you’re facing. As soon as you feel stressed or overwhelmed, pull out the emergency card and …

Fitness Tips: How to successfully hit your goals

What drives a winning mindset, and how can you create an environment where you can avoid relapsing into old behaviours, break away from limiting beliefs and allow success to thrive? A winning mindset There are many factors that make up a winning mindset. The first is general attitude. Presumably you’re reading this article because you wanted to understand how you can improve yourself in the most efficient and time-effective way. In doing so, you’ve just demonstrated to yourself that you have some degree of motivation and desire to change, but here are some other important factors to consider: Environment This is probably the most important of all. In 2015, I went on a 40-week brand accelerator programme. Going on the programme was one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made, but my personal performance levels went through the roof because I was taken into an environment where I was surrounded by entrepreneurs or well-known business leaders talking about how they solve meaningful problems. Never underestimate the power of environment for driving performance. Relationships Look around at …