Reading this article from our friends at Fitter Food, I think many of us will be able to relate to Keris's observations about control and pushing ourselves to achieve our goals.

Whether we want to tone up, lose weight or improve our strength we need to create a healthy balance in our lives that will let us achieve these goals without compromising our well-being.

Keris talks about the lessons she has learned from observing her dog Hamish:

Some are simply observations about what he does to look after himself but also I have rediscovered many important values and priorities in life simply by hanging out with him.

Recently he has taught me something cool about control.

He's a total nightmare to walk on the lead. Once I pop the collar around his neck he yanks about left, right and centre. However, if I let him off the lead he just trots alongside me and does everything I could ever ask.

It occurred to me that many of us end up struggling to be truly, consistently healthy because we simply apply too much control when working on our goals. The pressure that comes alongside this often makes us want to rebel and do the opposite.

Apply excessive control to a body composition, nutrition or training goal and it can lead you to very destructive habits. It can also put you in dark place mentally as you end up falling into one extreme or see-sawing between several - including overtraining, binge eating, binge drinking or orthorexia.

Take a moment to ask yourself if you could ‪#bemorehamish‬ and if you may benefit from stepping away from control, relaxing more and striking a better balance.

We hope Hamish will be up for 1-2-1 consultations soon but right now his 'out of office' is switched on so he can spend his days lounging in the sun, chewing sticks and sniffing bums!