Archive | September, 2013

STOPtober

30 Sep

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Tomorrow is the start of October! How quick has September whizzed by?! It seems like the summer is well behind us and we are preparing for the winter already.

What we must be careful of is letting our body think it’s winter and that it can hide under lots of layers and therefore that extra chocolate bar won’t hurt! If you keep yourself fit and healthy over the winter, that bikini body will be FAR easier to get back come spring!

This is why I am joining in with “Stoptober” starting tomorrow. You may have seen this promoted by the NHS to encourage people to stop smoking or drinking. Well we are going to expand that so that you can pic anything to give up over the course of the month. If you don’t feel like giving up smoking or drinking is much of a challenge for you, then try giving up chocolate or coffee or whatever you think will challenge you!

This challenge is YOUR challenge so you set the rules. Here are some examples of what my clients have set themselves….

– no cheese as a snack (only as part of a meal)
– no wine from monday to thursday
– no more than 1 coffee a day
– no eating whilst watching tv

These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling but have a think today. What could you really do with less of in your day to day life? It’s only for a month, and if October goes by as quickly as september did then it really won’t feel long at all but if you can live without something (or less of it) for a month you will really start to notice the difference and may even decide to make it a permanent change.

We can motivate each other so let everyone know what you can get all the encouragement you need. Let me know what your challenge is, I’d love to hear about it and see how you get on!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! 

Keep your body guessing

17 Sep

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I absolutely love how many people I see running and cycling round the streets of London because it makes me happy to see people keeping active. Lots of people run as a part of a mixed exercise program but many people I speak to run or cycle as their only means of exercise.

There are lots of great things about running but there are not many great things about doing just one type of exercise all the time. Below is a quick explanation of why it is not a good idea to stick to the same type of exercise all the time!

– It becomes less and less effective. The body is very clever and quickly realises that you are going to do this activity regularly and it starts finding ways to conserve energy and therefore burns less energy as a result.

As an example, if you decided to run 10K 3 times a week, the first week or so you may find it exhausting and see some great changes in your body. As time goes by, you will start to find it easier due to your muscles becoming conditioned and stronger. Being easier, your body isn’t pushed as hard as it was originally. So where you may have been burning 600kcals, you may now be burning 400kcals.

– The body will be good at doing ONE thing. If your exercise each week is cycling to work everyday then all that will happen is that you get very good at cycling. The problem is that if you decide to do a boxercise class for example you will find that you are not as fit as you thought. Your body becomes conditioned to do things it regularly does, therefore to keep it guessing and working hard we need to mix it up and keep your exercise regime interesting with different activities.

 

Ways to try and spice up your exercise routine…

– Have a look at local exercise classes and sign up for a trial session. These can be dance classes such as zumba, aqua classes, outdoor bootcamps… there are so many to pick from!

– Ask one of the trainers in your gym for a new programme to give you more ideas.

– Have a look online for ideas of exercises

– Sign up to a challenge that you’ve never done whether it is swimming, climbing, running, cycling related… it’s meant to be a challenge so it will force you to train in a different way!

 

The more you keep your body guessing, the harder it will work and the better results you will see!