Using Ready Made Fitness Plans to Reach Your Goals

There are a whole range of ready made fitness plans available, especially online these days.  It is possible to find a fitness plan to suit most ages, lifestyles and genders.  Some of the more popular and trendy plans these days include the Body Boss Method and the Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines.  There are huge online followings of these plans, and they claim to offer quick workouts which will really change your shape.

These plans work by getting the user to exercise 5-7 days per week, using a range of methods such as HIIT workouts, plyomettic exercises, resistance training and cardio.  A blend of different exercses are done in a short circuit which is often repeated at least twice, making a challenging workout which only takes around 30 minutes to complete.  There are large social media groups which show the progress made on these plans, which is highly inspiring for a lot of people.

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

Is It Possible to Overdo New Year’s Resolutions for Health?

As we welcome a new year, we often make resolutions to be in better health, to lose weight or to exercise more.  Is it possible for us to overdo these resolutions?  The answer is actually quite scary!

A popular activity during January is to detox our bodies, especially if we feel we overdid the goodies at Christmas!  A detox can be anything from eating more fruit and veg, to drinking more water, or even abstaining from solid foods!  There are several forms of detox which are perfectly safe, but did you know it is possible to put your life at risk when you think you are doing it good?

One popular trend for detoxing is to flush out toxins by drinking lots of water.  We all know that we should aim to consume around 1.5-2 litres per day, and slightly more if we are exercising hard.  Some detox diets however, aim to get you to drink as much as 4 litres of water in any given day.  This can be disastrous for your health, and can even end with a spell in hospital!  If we increase the amount we are drinking by that much in a short time, our bodies will soon end up running low on salts and other minerals which are essential to our health.  If you are planning to drink more water as a new year’s health kick, please remember to do so gradually and build up the amount you drink, especially if you do not currently drink as much as 2 litres per day.  Suddenly taking on much more water will put your body into a shock and it won’t be able to manage the new volume without causing some harm.