Wednesday 17th August, 2016
Me and My Wonderful Mum
Start Small and You Have Plenty of Room to Improve!
What’s wrong with slow and steady? The magazines and papers these days want you to do everything in the shortest amount of time possible: Lose 10lbs in 10 days, get that bikini body in 4 weeks...(whatever a bikini body is supposed to be)! Personally I believe this takes all the enjoyment out of eating healthily and exercising. I completely understand people want results - I am one of those people. But why does it need to be so quick? You may find you get the results quickly if you can stick to it (which is hard enough) but the results more often than not don’t last. The cycle then starts again - you feel rubbish, reach for the biscuits and stop exercising.
If you want to feel good and look good all year, then think about the direction you are going in and not how fast you are travelling. Start small by making healthier choices when it comes to snack times - swap your morning biscuit for an apple or some nuts. And start being more active - take the dog, kids, other half for a walk. All the little changes you make will add up and you will start to feel fitter and stronger - and the best thing is that it’s more likely to last!
Get SMART when setting your new year’s resolutions!
Is getting fit or losing weight one of your new year’s resolutions? If so, by turning this into a SMART goal you are more likely to succeed. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. So instead of saying you want to get fit or lose weight for your summer holiday - why not spend a little time thinking about how you could turn your resolution into a SMART goal.
For example, you could turn “I want to get fit” into “I want to run a 5k park run by the end of February”. Try not to make the goals too far in the future as you may lose a little motivation, or you could have goals for every month to keep the challenge going. Also try writing them down and putting it somewhere you will see every day, i.e. fridge, mirror, etc.
If you’re not sure where to start - give me a call/email, always happy to help.
Best of luck with the resolutions x
Tuesday 22nd March, 2016
Wednesday 13th January, 2016
Friday 1st January, 2016
3. Having breakfast can help improve your concentration. It is easy to underestimate the effect hunger has on your productivity, concentration and mood at work. Have a healthy breakfast and get more done! Simple.
4. Eating breakfast could actually save you money! By having a healthy breakfast at home you are less likely to stop on your way into work to buy a muffin and latte. Think how much you’ll save!
So stop hitting that snooze button and get yourself out of bed so you can enjoy a nice healthy breakfast. You will feel better, work smarter and get more done!
Thursday 5th May, 2016
Wednesday 11th May, 2016
5. Always keep a water bottle with you. It will help you keep hydrated in the heat and you will be less likely to reach for those thirst quenching sugary drinks as much.
6. Enjoy your treats. It is a holiday after all so allow yourself to have a few treats now and then. Try swapping ice cream for frozen yogurt or sorbet so you still feel like you are getting a treat.
7. Most of all have fun and don’t stress if you indulge now and then. Just try to be as balanced as you can.
Thursday 30th June, 2016
Have you ever heard of Diastasis Recti?
One for the mums out there...
Have you ever heard of diastasis recti? Don’t worry if you haven’t. Many mums have never heard of this term and speaking from my own experience it was never mentioned to me by doctors or midwives after having my two.
Diastasis Recti is a separation of the abdominal wall muscles and connective tissues usually brought about by your growing baby bump. Some women never know they have it but often wonder why their mummy tummy hasn’t quite gone back to how it was despite lots of exercise.
Diastasis Recti can leave you with a sticky out tummy, a weak core, back pain and poor functioning pelvic floor muscles. All of which aren’t great when you want to get back to feeling like yourself again after having a baby.
The good news is that you can fix it through the right nutrition, hydration and exercise.
Here are a few top tips to get you started:
1. Water, water, water – in order for all the connective tissue in your tummy to heal itself it needs water. Try to increase the amount of water you are currently drinking to help all those cells to regenerate and repair.
2. Ensure you are getting enough healthy protein in your diet. Your muscles and connective tissues desperately need protein to repair so give them a helping hand.
3. Don’t let poor posture impede your recovery. How are you sitting/standing right now whilst reading this? Are you hunched over? Is your back curved? How do you sit when you are breastfeeding? All of this can have a direct impact on your recovery.
If you have any questions on this or your post natal fitness journey then please get in touch.
Tuesday 9th August, 2016
What are you passionate about?
When I first started to think about quitting my old job I kept talking myself out of it. What a silly idea? Why did I spend all those years studying to give it all up now? But the thought just wouldn’t get out of my head. I would wake up in the night (normally with the help of my youngest) and not be able to get back to sleep again because I was thinking about it. Friends and family were a little shocked at first and probably thought it was a passing phase brought on by ‘baby brain’. But the more I talked about it, the more they got behind me and I started to realise it was a real possibility.
So after weeks of thinking, planning, calculating, assessing, analysing, doubting and finally believing, I took the plunge. And I can easily say it was the best decision. I love my job!
The main reason I love my job is because I am passionate about what I do. Yes, it is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be (who knew I had to become a whizz at website design too?!). But I now spend my working day helping people feel better about themselves, watch them get fitter, healthier and stronger. And most rewarding of all is the emotional change I see in people when they start to see and feel the results of their hard work. They start to believe in themselves. All they needed was a little guidance, support and motivation and they made the change they wanted to make.
Who would have thought a year ago that I would be here today with 2 articles published in the national press, that the legend Daley Thompson would have tweeted me his encouragement on my new venture, and that I would have received some fantastic testimonials from my amazing clients? Just goes to show how far you can go when you combine hard work, determination and a real sense of passion for what you do.