When is the Best Time to Exercise

Different people like to exercise at different times of the day, and there are benefits for both! The main thing is that we are doing some exercise at all, as this is always going to be better than none.  The main reasons people like to exercise in the morning are:

  • increase metabolism
  • burn more fat
  • wake up quickly
  • get it DONE

The benefits of exercising during the evening are:

  • can spend longer
  • wind down before bed
  • better sleep
  • no need to rush

As you can see, there will be different reasons to choose either morning or evening.  Personally, we like to get it done in the morning, as this means we can say we have done it before we start work.  No making excuses and chickening out when we are tired after work!

What Can I Eat? The Paleo Diet

When you follow a new diet plan, it is important that you understand the nutritional needs of the diet.  Here is a guide as to what you can expect to eat on the Paleo diet

Meat, Fish and Eggs

These are a great source of protein which is needed for healthy muscles, immune function and bone health.  Grass fed meat is better, however if you can only find grain fed, this is also acceptable!

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

The bulk of your meals will be filled out with vegetables and fruit.  These provide a high level of vitamins, minerals and essential fibre which helps the digestive system.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy fats which can be good for the skin, hair and nails!

Healthy Fats and Oils

Olive oil, nut oils, avocado oils and coconut oil are all great sources of healthy fat, which provide omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the heart and brain.

 

On the Paleo plan, you should avoid eating:

  1. Cereal grains
  2. Legumes
  3. Dairy
  4. Sugar
  5. Potatoes
  6. Processed junk food
  7. Refined vegetable oils
  8. Salt

Spinning as a Great Fat Burner

You’ve probably heard of spinning.  It is an exciting and high energy indoor cycling class, featuring loud booming music and often flashing lights (a bit like a sweaty disco!).  Spin classes usually last between 45 minutes and 1 hour, although some gyms offer shorter 30 minute classes for when people are in a hurry.

You begin by setting up the bike to fit your body.  It is important that the bike seat is at the right height, and the handlebars are the right distance away, as if you have these incorrectly set up, you can easily injure yourself.

The first part of the workout class is often a warm up, where you get to know the controls of the bike.  There is often a handle which adjusts the resistance.  You normally start on a low resistance, and build up the resistance as you work through the class.

There is often a section for squats where you work your legs hard, and sometimes an upper body section.  Spinning is a whole body workout which burns a huge number of calories!

How to Build the Best Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way of increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, with very little fuss or difficulty.  In fact, they are a fab option for people who struggle to eat the recommended 5 portions of vegetables a day, as each smoothie can easily include 2-3 servings in one go!

Here’s my foolproof way to build the best, and most health boosting smoothies possible, using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.  Let’s begin!

VEGETABLES

always begin a smoothie with a dose of green veg.  Spinach or kale a good options, as they are fantastic for fighting illnesses and are known to have high levels of vitamin C and iron.  You’ll be suprised that you can’t really taste them at the end.

FRUIT

try to include 2-3 different colours of other fruits and vegetables.  I like berries like blueberries and strawberries, and I try to add the occasional carrot or half cucumber for a change.  A great way to up your vitamins and minerals, by using different colours, you’ll get lots of different nutrients.

PROTEIN

adding some protein like nuts into your smoothie is a good way to make your drink fill you up for longer.  If you like, you can use natural greek yoghurt.

FATS

another way to up the satiety value, healthy fats from avocado, coconut oil or seeds can be a nice boost to your smoothie

LIQUID

choose any liquid you like such as filtered water, coconut water, nut milk or whole cows milk to give your smoothie a nice texture

Enjoy your smoothie for breakfast or as a nice post-workout snack.  You can even add a scoop of protein powder if you want to really boost your post workout!

Healthier Living Regime Reduces Annual Holiday Weigh-In Shock

One of the ways we know our waistline might have increased a tad more than expected, and the figure registered on the bathroom scales is higher than we ever expected and certainly a lot more than last  year, is when we come to weigh our holiday suitcase.  Last year, having hopped on the scales and then again but with the suitcase in hand, that figure tends to imprint itselft in our brains and stays there when the same process takes place the following year.   That cry of  “wait a minute, I’ve packed the same stuff as last year but the case is heavier . . . .”  as it takes a few seconds to register that the  cause of this imbalance is the case holder has gained the weight more than the case.

Now is the time to browse fitness and wellbeing consulants for a kick start to a healthier and happier lead up to the next suitcase weigh-in session!

Wellbeing And Healthy Life Style Changes Call For Disciplined Eating

Diets and the thought of trying to lose weight can bring joy or abject misery, depending on how much your resolve can be tested in one go.  The only true way to improve your health and size is to be absolutely ruthless in the pursuit of ligthness and seriously refuse to be tempted.  Whereas it might be the norm to suck boiled sweets whenever you ae driving a distance, or working on a project, if you make sure they’re not available and not therefore within the vision then that is one good start to the new regime.

Eating a variety of salads and vegetables of course will ensure a healthier mode continues.  Until you ladle on the salad cream or mayo and of course, the sweet pickle can rather undo all the good work that the salad has started.  The ony way to succeed for every is to sign on with a professional well being and health course.