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Magazines, uninformed journalists and pseudo fitness gurus are constantly promoting the ‘latest amazing celebrity fitness secret’ or the ‘magic pill’ that will let you eat anything you want and still lose weight, or the new ‘superfood’ that will cure cancer, end world poverty and rejuvenate your liver all in 1 week. And they do this because they are trying to sell products. They want you to continually buy their magazines, supplements or a new ‘health’ food.
There is such a lot of useless, false and misleading information out there that it has become almost impossible to sift the wheat from the chaff. The reality is that there are no magic pills. Becoming your fit and healthy best takes time, commitment and hard work.
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I've just come back from a gorgeous holiday in Greece with Joe and a bunch of friends. As always, on holiday, we all ate too much and moved too little. Which means, now we're home, we're feeling sluggish, tired and out of shape. Which is really the opposite of how we should be feeling after 10 days in the sun!
But it doesn't have to be this way.
There are lots of fun and interesting ways that we can keep active, fit and healthy whilst we're away.
So, today, I want to share with you my step by step guides to 10 simple body weight exercises that you can do, anywhere, anytime, along with my body weight exercise 'top tips'.
These exercises are all compound exercises which means that they use lots of different muscles, for maximum effect and calorie burn.
I've also designed them so that they don't require any special equipment or much space. So there really is no excuse!
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Do you wonder what sort of exercise, if any, you can do in pregnancy?
Are you concerned that you might be hurting your baby if you do any more than take a long walk or go to a prenatal yoga / pilates class?
Well if that sounds like you, you’re not alone!
When I found out that I was pregnant last December I panicked. Not about the baby (this was a much hoped for little one) but about what sort of exercise I could continue doing.
If you’re anything like me then the idea of spending 9 months walking and doing yoga is a little like hell! So I set about researching, speaking to midwives and doctors and getting my qualifications in pre and post natal exercise.
And in today’s article I’m going to share with you what I’ve found – alongside some definite Do's and Don’ts of Exercise in Pregnacy.
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We could all benefit from having someone in our lives who always supports us, guides us and cheers us on, encouraging us with all our personal and professional goals.
But how many of us really do?
Do you have anyone in your life to talk to about your goals and hopes for the future? If so, do you actually talk to them about these things?
Do you feel guilty burdening your friends or family by talking 'too much' about yourself, what you're doing and any problems that you're facing?
And when talking to them, do you hold back information because you're embarrassed to, or don't want to share big goals in case they laugh, or don't believe in you?
This is where a Life Coach comes in, and can make the difference between goal success and failure.
A life coach is someone who will help you to achieve your life goals. They do this, in part, by getting you to focus on what it is that you really want, setting realistic yet inspiring goals and by helping you to create the right mindset to go out there and make it happen.
A mindset is an attitude or set of beliefs that has the power to completely change your life. The right mindset can be the difference between success and failure, and that’s because it’s only with a positive and open mindset that we will actually think the thoughts we need to think, and take the actions that we need to take. Things will go wrong with any plan, however good, clear and well researched it is, obstacles will arise and it’s only with the right mindset that you’ll be able to learn from the experience, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forwards.
So, in today’s article, I want to share with you my 3 top tips for a positive mindset:
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This is the 3rd and final episode in the mini series I put together for Lux Worldwide (www.luxworldwide.com) on how to stay fit and healthy whilst travelling.
In this episode I share my top tips for holiday fitness.
Because, if you're anything like me, holidays and trips abroad can feel like a break from 'real life'. This means an excuse to have 2 ice creams a day, dessert with lunch AND dinner, and the opportunity to avoid the gym at all costs.
But, just because you may not want to spend your precious holiday time in the hotel gym, doesn't mean there aren't other fun and healthy things that you can do to get your heart rate up, your body moving and that allow you to break from your normal routines, enjoy the sun and your new surroundings.
So, for more on these, and my other tips, check out today's episode.
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Welcome to Episode 2 in my Lux Worldwide (www.luxworldwide.com) mini series on How to Stay Fit & Healthy Whilst Travelling.
Plane time can feel like a bit of a waste of time. Hours and hours sitting bolt upright, squashed between 2 metal barriers, knees banging against the seat in front of you, and trying to get the cramp out of your neck. Not the most fun.
Add to this the sound of babies wailing, dehydration and the, often, horrific processed plane 'food'...and we can often try making this time as bearable as possible by constantly eating, drinking alcohol and watching the latest crappy films.
But it doesn't have to be this way...
Check out today's episode for how to make 'plane time', useful and healthy time!
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This month I've been travelling, a lot! And that has inspired me to share this mini series with you....
Amsterdam, Dubai and Berlin. 1 month and 3 different trips!
Do you spend a lot of time travelling?
Do you find it really hard to keep up with your healthy habits and routines whilst you are away?
Well, if you’re anything like me and my clients – we spend a lot of time travelling and it can be really tough to keep up our healthy eating, and fitness routines when we’re away.
We’re jet-lagged, busy and surrounded by temptation – all of which are a recipe for indulging in sugary treats, high saturated fat meals and a lot of sitting around!
In moderation, all these things are OK…but, if you’re travelling every month, or more, it’s time to make some changes and get yourself some new healthy habits.
Because, although difficult, it’s not impossible to keep fit and healthy even when you are away.
So, in today’s post I want to share with you Episode 1 of the mini series I put together in my capacity as Health & Fitness editor for Lux Worldwide (www.luxworldwide.com) the world’s largest (and best!) luxury concierge company.
In the following 3 episodes I share with you my top tips for how to stay fit and healthy whilst preparing to go away, whilst on the plane, and whilst you are actually away.
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‘Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right’
Our thoughts become our actions. If we think something, we’re likely to make that thought a reality. It becomes a ‘self fulfilling prophecy’. Thoughts turn into actions because our subconscious mind understands the thought and works to make that thought the reality. ‘I can’t get that job’, ‘I’ll never find a boyfriend’, ‘I’ll never get fit’ etc etc
This happens across all areas of life, and, your fitness is no exception. If you think you can’t do it, you’re right, you can’t. If you think you’re going to fail, you probably will. Because your subconscious will work to make it happen, not realizing that it’s the opposite of what you really want.
So, if our own thoughts can become our personal saboteurs, what can we do to keep these negative thoughts in check?
Well, see my top 3 tips below:
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If you’re anything like me, you start each year full of grand plans and lofty goals. Many of which are exactly the same as last year (no I really really am going to give up chocolate this year…) So this year I’m going to do something different – as Einstein said Insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’, and, I don’t know about you, but I want to make this year even better than last year!
So, in today’s article I want to share with you the simple 3 step plan I’ve put in place for myself, and my clients, to ensure that we make 2015 the best year yet. And, whether your goals are to get into your best shape physically, start that new business or even travel the world, follow this framework and you’ll be well on your way.
1) Set Yourself Targets
Obvious. Yes. But I’m not talking about goals here, I’m talking about targets. Targets are more focused than goals and they’re easier to manage and realize.
The trick, when creating your targets is to focus on the specific results that you want and then set a target around those specific results. As part of this, determine exactly what you want, the minimum you are willing to accept and that results that would exceed even your wildest expectations.
Create just 3 targets for the year, because each of them will have a list of objectives, and you don't want to create a totally overwhelming situation that terrifies you to such an extent you never even get started.
Then, with each target specified for the year ahead, look at the target for the quarter and then for the month. Then create and follow a plan of action for each target, breaking it down from the year plan into the quarter plans into this month’s and then this week’s plan.
Because once you have determined the key results you want to achieve you can list all the actions that must take place in order to achieve that result, take responsibility or delegate the tasks and assign resources accordingly.
Now you have a concrete plan of action, you know what you need to do, and you know how to achieve it.
I’ve included a simple template of my Target Plan for you, but feel free to create your own.
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Christmas can be a really difficult time to lose weight, or even maintain your current weight. Big boxes of chocolate, alcohol, high fat snacks and alcohol can break even the strongest will power.
But there are things that you can do to prevent the inevitable and stay in control when faced with even your greatest temptation.
So here are 5 top tips to help stop you from piling on the pounds this Christmas:
1) Plan What You’re Going to Eat
Problems arise when we haven’t planned what we’re going to eat. When faced with hundreds of delicious options it’s often just too much of an ask to keep on track so, plan.
If you’re going to a restaurant download the menu from their website before you get there and decide what you’re going to eat from the comfort of your own home. Then, when you’re there, don’t even look at the menu, and just order what you planned. We can so easily get side-tracked when we’re with our friends and in the ‘festive spirit’, but by planning in advance, you’re much more likely to stick to your goals.
If you’re going to the house of some friends or family, give them a call in advance and ask what they’ll be serving. If it’s all unhealthy, high sugar, high simple carbohydrate foods, plan to eat before you go and then just nibble on the food on offer. If there is a healthy option – be sure to stick to that throughout the night.
2) Eat Beforehand
This is one of my favourite tips, because it’s so easy to do and so effective. A common mistake is to arrive at Christmas events and meals, absolutely starving.
When we’re really hungry we are driven more by our instincts for high fat, high energy foods and will find it much harder to resist those sausage roll and salt and vinegar crisps.
So, before attending any festive event this year, be sure to have had a healthy meal or snack in advance. Think a handful of raw nuts, a boiled egg, an avocado or even a protein shake just to take the edge off your hunger and help you stay in control.
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