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Getting Better Results From Each Workout

Getting Better Results From Each Workout

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If you’re reading this, then you’re already working out, looking at the best ways to use your body to meet your health goals. However, you might not be getting the progress that you want to see. So, what can you do to kick things up a notch and make sure that you’re actually getting closer to those goals of yours?

Don’t ignore your diet

You’re looking at the fitness side of the coin right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore the other side. First of all, you’re not going to succeed at weight control efforts if you’re eating more calories than you burn, that’s a simple fact. What’s more, a nutritious and balanced diet is essential for giving your body the materials it needs to build muscle, recover from exercise, and maintain energy levels.

Push it a little harder

Everyone reaches plateaus while working out, meaning that you’re going to hit a roof that’s hard to pass. However, you can do it if you would simply stop doing the same thing again and again. Once you feel like you’re not getting the results you want from a certain exercise, that’s your opportunity to look at how you can push it to the next level. For instance, adding high-intensity intervals to cardio workouts or adding more weight to strength training efforts can help.

Supplement your progress

A well-balanced diet based on whole foods and effective nutrition is essential. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give your body the boost it needs with a few extras. This is especially true when it comes to exercise and strength training, most of all. Mass gainer supplements have become a common part of strength-building efforts. There are few better ways to get all the protein that you need to make sure your body is building muscle as effectively as it should.

Add the spice of life

As mentioned, if your body is doing the same thing time and time again, then those exercises are going to lose their effectiveness. However, aside from simply pushing yourself harder and reaching new levels of intensity or weight training, you should also look at increasing the variety of workouts. Adding a cross-training machine to your home gym might be something of an investment, but it can be worth it to increase your overall body’s fitness, rather than just working out the same bits again and again.

Recover better

Simply put, if you don’t help your body recover from each exercise with the care and attention that it needs, you can end up being left off your feet for longer. As a result, your body can start to lose some of the progress that it has been making. To that end, make sure that you’re cooling down and stretching after your exercises.

Simply put, your exercise regimen is only a piece of the puzzle and, what’s more, it’s a piece that needs to change often to remain effective. Hopefully, the tips above can help you start seeing the progress that you want. There’s always a way out of a fitness rut.

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Fun Ways To Get The Whole Family Active

Fun Ways To Get The Whole Family Active
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You work hard to provide for your family. You want them to have the best of everything that you had in childhood, and enjoy opportunities and experiences that you never got as a kid. However, you also want them to get the most out of childhood. Including, perhaps, avoiding temptations and pitfalls that weren’t necessarily applicable in your youth. For instance, while you may have enjoyed movies and video games in childhood, you wouldn’t have had the relentless call of social media, apps and games accessible from the magical plastic and glass rectangle in your pocket. You didn’t have hours of films and TV shows available at a touch of a button. In short, you didn’t have as many reasons to stay on the sofa. And you didn’t face the specific health issues that today’s kids face, with up to 40% of UK children obese in some areas. 

You know you need to get your kids more active. But you don’t want to be a nagging Mum. You want to make taking an interest in health, fitness and wellbeing its own reward. And a great way to do this is by making exercise fun for the whole family. Here are some great ways to get the whole family active before the summer draws to a close…

Invest in your family’s own kit

You want to show that you’re all in this together. So why not make your very own custom Sports Kit just for the family? It’s a great way to compartmentalise your time. When the whole family is in their kit, everyone knows that it’s time to get active!

Create your own back garden Olympics

Needless to say, the 2020 olympics in Tokyo had to be postponed until next year. Still, while the weather’s warm and the back garden’s in bloom, it’s the perfect time to plan your own back garden olympics. With an ostentatious opening ceremony, medals for winners (and maybe even some tasty rewards), and all kinds of events to suit the whole family, it can be the perfect way to spend a sunny weekend in the garden. This blog has some cute idea for events that young kids and adults can enjoy together.  

Balance active time with screen time

You don’t want to be the kind of parent that prohibits screen time. But you want to maintain a good balance of activities. So why not try allowing the kids (and the grown ups) to earn screen time by spending some time doing something more active. Half an hour’s bike ride could be used to earn the same amount of time playing video games, for instance. 

TV night? Mix things up with some ad break exercises

Finally, if you’re serious about getting the whole family fit, any time is an opportunity for a workout. Even the short breaks for ads while the family watches TV together. Bupa has some great ideas for short but intense ad break exercises that will allow the family to burn some calories during TV time and mitigate the health risks of too much sitting. 

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Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

I can do this!

Ok hands up who has been on a diet and given up on it? I am not happy to admit this but I have.

A few years back following my car accident I decided that it was about time I looked into trying to lose a few stone. My Aunt at the time had been a member of Slimming World and she was doing amazing so I thought why not join up and give it a try.

My journey began

I looked up to see where the local group was to me and contacted the Slimming World Consultant who welcomed me to come along. My journey then began. To cut a long story short I went on to lose 3 stone in weight. I felt amazing and also shocked that I had managed it. I felt so much healthier and happier in myself.

But sadly Christmas came along and so did the mince pies, cheese and wine. I then fastly learnt at how quickly and easily the weight goes back on at next weigh-in day. This left me feeling so ashamed with myself and embarrassed that I let this happen to the point I didn’t return back.

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

But since then I have been left kicking myself – if only I had continued going and just drew a line under my Christmas gain and carried on. I am sure I would have lost it all again and probably more. And I am sure I am not the only person to have a Christmas weight gain.

Back to square one

2018 see me back to square one with my weight and I haven’t liked it. I have not felt confident or happy with myself and the only one who can change that is me. So 2019 has seen me take control of my lifestyle and start the new year as I mean to go on – healthier and happier!

We are now just over two weeks into a new year. Week one saw me joining up at Slimming World again and getting used to everything again. It also saw me going through everything in our cupboards, fridge and freezer, all of which are now filled with healthier food options.

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I am determined

Ian has seen my determination in my health kick that he has also said he wants to join me. Ian isn’t going to be joining Slimming World to weigh but will be eating more healthily and exercising more.

Week two see us both out walking with Coco and Hunter our two dogs. We spent most of our weekend walking, which we both enjoyed and loved being out in the fresh air, it made a lovely change. We walked along the river and round a local park, we walked to a dog agility course and done some training with our dogs.

We also walked around a lovely lake. When we got back home we realised then that we had walked a good few miles and been out a good few hours. With Coco being a Husky she helps to keep me active as she could just walk and walk.

I am focused

As I now head into week three I am finding myself meal planning more. I plan meals for the week ahead and then do a food shop online, only getting food that is needed for thoes meals. I find this helps me to stay in control of my food intake and helps me to stay on plan. I have also been drinking more water.

Stepping Into 2019 Healthier

Making small changes every week

I have also been online and ordered myself some exercise equipment. I plan to start week 4 doing some light exercise. I suffer with Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia so I have to be careful what I do.

With these conditions I never know how I am going to wake up feeling, whether today is going to be a good day or a bad day pain wise.

Take each day as it comes

So all I can do is take each day as it comes and do what I can when I can. This is why I have opted to set up a home gym as I couldn’t gaurantee getting enough use out of a gym membership.

So here I am, 17 days into 2019 and I have already lost 10.5 lbs. I am so pleased and absolutely loving a healthier new lifestyle.

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How has your 2019 been so far?

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Ozeri pedometer

 Pedometer

We was recently asked if we would review  this Ozeri pedometer, this is a great exercise tool that tracks the total number of steps you take and also the total time you spend walking, along with the distance you walk and calories you burn, it is a handy size and you can fit it in your pocket, bag or even use the strap provided and wear round your neck, I like to use the strap provided so I can keep track easier.
This pedometers motion sensor is optimized to detect steps while walking, the data is tracked daily and the daily memory is automatically reset at midnight, even though daily memory is reset at midnight the pedometer will still add each day’s data to the total memory, accumulating data for up to seven days, it counts up to 1 million steps, it has 3 recording modes, today, split and total, it has a blue back light for night viewing and also has a sports timer, clock and calendar.
This pedometer uses a lithium battery which comes with the pedometer, the pedometer has auto sleep mode to preserve the battery life, I am terrible for remembering to turn things off, for me this is an added bonus.

We have been using the pedometer and we are really enjoying using it, this is a great way to keep track on your exercise, we have been setting ourselves goals each day, and we can see how we are getting on with the pedometer on hand to help, having this pedometer has made us more determined to start exercising and to keep track on our daily exercise.

The pedometer is of a nice size, excellent quality, it looks good and has made us more motivated, we are enjoying seeing how far we have walked and calories burned on a daily basis.

The RRP is £39.99 you have a choice of colour, yellow or black, can find the digital pedometer here

Disclaimer: We was sent a pedometer for review purpose, all thoughts and opinions are our own.