Finding Balance

Diet plans and exercise routines don’t always go to plan. We all experience hectic schedules from time to time. The best thing you can do is to be organised with your diet. Food shopping should be a priority in your life so you always have enough healthy food to see you through the busiest periods. This should be the foundation for everyone’s health and wellbeing.

If your lifestyle is upside-down the last thing you want to be thinking about is exercising especially at the end of a stressful day. It would be counterproductive and eventually grind you down.

Strive for balance throughout your week. If you are too busy to exercise don’t!! Instead use the end of the day to meditate and to relax and help bring your body back into balance. Only train when you have enough time and when you feel like your body is strong enough to handle a challenging workout. Let food be your medicine. Try and avoid dogmatic exercise routines you can find in magazines and online that are designed to sell something rather than consider the needs of the individual.

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Where Do You Want To Go?

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Do you have an exercise and diet plan? If so, where are you now? Is it working?

If you don’t plan you will be guaranteed not to get there. It will be another failed attempt.

If you’re a serial dieter what’s worked for you before and what worked not so well? Take the best bits and avoid the worse bits.

The key is to avoid and remove anything that makes you feel unhappy in the pursuit of your goal.

To get the most out of an exercise programme you NEED to ensure you are exercising correctly. Nowadays a lot of people get their exercise programmes out of magazines or off the Internet. Unbeknown to them many are performing the exercises ineffectively and sometimes dangerously. When I get new clients that fall into this category they are surprised to learn that it’s not how much you do that matters but how you do it.

If you’re a gym goer who has exercised for a long time without achieving results then maybe an introduction to Personal Training is what you need.

I offer three 1-on-1 exercise sessions and eating guidelines as part of a package. The exercise sessions focus on exercises that will serve your goal rather than a generic approach. This involves teaching the correct exercise technique to guarantee that you get the most out of your exercises.

Contact me for more details about the introduction to Personal Training Package.

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How’s That New Year’s Resolution Going?

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February 7th is the dreaded Fitness Cliff. At least according to Gold’s Gym: They mined through three years of gym member check-ins at locations across America, and found that 38 days after the ball drops is when people start to give up on their New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are tough to keep. Habits are hard to break, whether you’re trying to cut sugar out of your diet or do some regular exercise every week.

Make exercise work for you. Don’t waste your time doing long duration workouts that aren’t necessary. If you find yourself spending over an hour in the gym so you feel like you’re getting somewhere chances are you aren’t training at an optimal level. By dropping the traditional cardio workouts and opting for high intensity workouts using weights you’ll be amazed how quick it can take to reduce body fat. Always practice strict form with at least 40 seconds of time under tension for each exercise. Experiment with different rest intervals. Make sure intensity stays within an ideal threshold by keeping workout time short.

It’s all about finding a solution. Where diet and exercise are concerned, don’t just assume that you’ll fall into new patterns without encountering roadblocks. Experiment and test different exercise programmes, adjust and modify meals if your body gives you the wrong feedback. If you keep fine-tuning your diet and exercise you will achieve your resolution and not be in the same position this time next year.

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Don’t Overwhelm Yourself!

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Have you started a health kick this year? Is it going well or are you beginning to lose enthusiasm?

The whole experience of joining a gym overwhelms many people. The general population largely misunderstands the whole concept of effective exercise and nutrition. Following ineffective exercise programmes and fad diets will set you up for frustration and failure.

Make sure you don’t get caught up in doing too much exercise or eating too little. Focus on the things you want most out of your health kick and base your efforts on progression. Change is the most important aspect of getting the results you want. It’s no use continuing doing the same thing over and over and expect to get a different outcome.

Use a Personal Trainer to help you focus on 1-2 of the most important things you want to change. Let them inspire you and follow a plan that is relevant for YOU. Don’t become statistics for next months drop offs – FOCUS and make sure you have all your bases covered!

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8th Anniversary Offer

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Pro Active is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month with a SPECIAL OFFER

Buy a block booking of 10 sessions and get a month worth of Photo Diet coaching for FREE

What is Photo Diet?
Ten easy-to-follow steps introduce you to your new eating plan. There’s no calorie counting, no weighing food, no shakes – this plan is all about eating real food and losing weight healthily. You’ll also find loads of useful tips, time saving meal ideas, help to make the right choices when shopping and much more.

Emailing me photos of your meals isn’t just about keeping track of your food intake. They are used to continuously adapt your Personalised Diet Plan. You’ll change your eating habits little by little, until you have the perfect diet for meeting your goal.

FREE ONE-TO-ONE DIET HELP FOR A MONTH
You’ll receive daily support in a way that’s convenient and practical for you, so you can achieve your goal faster.

To qualify for this offer you must agree to use all 10 sessions of your block booking within 5 weeks of your first session.

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Mad Friday Hangover Cures

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Hangovers are a sign that your body is extremely dehydrated. Staying hydrated will alleviate the headaches, dizziness, and light-headedness that result from a hangover. It is especially important to load up on fluids if you are vomiting.

✔︎ Drink plenty of water

✔︎ Drink coconut water, it’s rich in electrolytes
Most headaches secondary to alcohol consumption are caused by both dehydration and an imbalance of electrolytes.

Avoid coffee or caffeinated teas
Many people drink coffee in order to “wake up” from a hangover, but the caffeine will only make matters worse by further dehydrating you.

✔︎ Try ginger herbal tea
If you’re feeling nauseated, the ginger helps calm your stomach.

Rumour: Sweat it out with exercise
If you exercise and aren’t properly hydrated, your symptoms could worsen. The endorphin rush that typically comes along with a workout could temporarily make you feel better but the gym is not the answer for hangover cures.

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Why Exercising At Christmas Is Key!

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Plan a week’s exercise and nutrition ahead. That includes organising your training and nutrition around ‘red flag’ disruptions – all the kind of things that disrupt you from training or eating well.

Studies have shown that an intense exercise session using resistance can elevate your metabolism so you continue to burn calories for up to 72 hours after the workout has finished. If you can’t exercise on the day of your event then you can also benefit from a good training session the day after. You may prefer to get it out-of-the-way so you can have a good sleep in the morning after!

So be prepared, have a game plan, get your metabolism firing pre-party or the day after and you should be all set to enjoy yourself.

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