Make 2018 Your Year!

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At this time every year, we all set fitness and lifestyle goals, that we are keen to realize. The good intentions in January, can often slip away without the right mental attitude and dedication to what you are trying to achieve. If you have goals you are determined to meet this year, make sure you set an achievable yet challenging plan. Whether it is a home-based session before the school run, or a run through Greenwich Park, make sure you have all the components to make your regimen successful. In addition to exercise, swapping the mince pies for low-carb salads will be essential to kick start your year. Keeping it up past January however, is where the real skill is involved.

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Setting Out Your Fitness Plan For Success
Often in January, we can be left feeling lethargic, unhealthy and flabby. If you fell prey to one to many Proseccos during party season, you should be feeling enough motivation to kick start your fitness goals and get that body back into gear. However, after the initial few weeks, motivation can begin to wane and our plans can begin to falter. When this occurs, there is nothing better than seeking the help of others. Sure, your fitness plan is personal to you and it is up to you to achieve those goals. In difficult times though, the inspiration of others can be imperative to getting the job done in as quick a time as possible. Perhaps that extra push, or motivation can come from a personal trainer in the new year?

Remember the story of The Tortoise and The Hare? Well this is also pertinent to your training goals. Do not let your ambition get the better of you. If you over train early in your new fitness regime, this can have a detrimental effect on your overall aims. There is nothing worse than pushing yourself over the limit and being left recovering on the sofa, when all you want to do is be burning off those stubborn calories. Create a realistic, yet challenging fitness plan and stick to it.

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When your body is working harder in the gym or on the road, the temptation to over-compensate with food can be high. Although it is important to fuel your body with the correct foods, ensure you are eating the right foods at the right time. Initially after your workout, fill the body with healthy proteins to help build muscle and keep your energy up. The night before a big run, fill up on complex carbs like pasta, so your body has the right energy to keep your plan on track.

To make sure you achieve your fitness goals this year, set a realistic yet challenging plan, seek inspiration and advice when your motivation is low and fuel your body correctly. If you follow these vital steps, you will achieve your goals in next to no time.


A contribution post by freelance writer, Jane Sandwood

5 Brilliant Ways Mums Can Sneak In Exercise At Home

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A new study has found that 75% of women in the UK want to exercise more. But having a busy schedule, taking care of the family’s needs, or fear of being judged at the gym are holding women back from accomplishing their fitness goals. Fortunately, there are ways to workout while staying at home and you can squeeze exercise into your day in more ways than one. To stay healthy, adults aged 19 to 64 should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week and strength exercises at least two days a week. For you to meet the recommended amount of physical activity per week, here are 5 brilliant ways to sneak in exercise while at home.

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1. Clean your home

Cleaning your home not only gives you a healthier environment to live in but it also allows you to fit in exercise into your day. Mopping, dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming, or cleaning the bathroom can give you a good upper body workout, and it’s even better if you do a couple of lunges or squats while doing any of these activities. However, make sure to avoid using allergy-causing cleaning products as you can end up getting rashes or serious burns and undo all the good that you did to take care of your body. Opt to use natural cleansers whenever you clean your home and move vigorously to make your cleaning workout more intense.

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2. Hand wash a load of dirty clothes

Instead of using the washing machine, try hand washing a load of dirty clothes to exercise your arms and shoulders. Hand washing your clothes correctly has so many advantages, you get to workout while doing your chores, save on water and electricity costs, and prolong the life of your clothing.

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3. Start every morning with a few exercise moves

After you wake up and make the bed, start your day right by doing some gentle stretching, a few crunches, and as many push-ups as you can. Set aside at least 10 minutes every morning to do these exercises which can strengthen your muscles and core. Doing exercises the moment you get out of bed also helps to make you more awake and ready to face the day.

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4. If you’re heading outdoors, speed walk or jog to wherever you’re goin

Instead of walking at a leisurely pace, speed walk or jog to the grocery, the bank, or any other place where you need to go. Doing so counts as your moderate aerobic activity for the day. To motivate you to do this, wear running shoes before heading outdoors and bring a small bottle of water with you to stay hydrated.

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5. Walk the dog a little longer

If you usually do just one circuit of your neighbourhood while walking your dog, try doing another circuit to fit in some extra cardio into your day. You can also take the dog to the park and play with your pet so you get to spend more time being outdoors, which is essential to good health.

There are many ways to fit exercise into your daily routine, all you have to do is to turn daily activities into proper workouts. Follow these tips to sneak in exercise while you’re at home for your health and well-being. 🙂


A contribution post by freelance writer, Jane Sandwood. If you enjoyed reading this post, don’t forget to share it with others below.

Review: My Mother & Baby Pilates class with Bing Pilates Greenwich

I made a vow to myself that I would get fit once I had my baby and I’ve been trying to stay true to my words so when I got an email from the team at Bing Pilates Greenwich to collaborate and try out one of their classes I couldn’t say no. (I’ve also got a exclusive July offer for you below!)

I’ve tried pilates once before when I was at uni and I absolutely loved it! It’s all about strengthening your core muscles, improving posture and stability which are three of the things I really want to achieve from post-pregnancy exercise. I have been looking for local post-natal exercise classes that are affordable and Bing Pilates seemed to fit the bill. Continue reading “Review: My Mother & Baby Pilates class with Bing Pilates Greenwich”

Pregnancy: Exercise or nah?

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Is it really a good idea to start exercising during your pregnancy or not?

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The docs and midwives will tell you it’s not recommended to start exercising during your pregnancy if you were never “active” before. So for me, in my first pregnancy I didn’t bother with exercise. Not even a single prenatal workout DVD or attempting prenatal pilates or yoga. I also suffered from Gestational Diabetes (GD) in my third trimester and exercise would’ve been able to help me keep it under control but as I was told I was not an active person before, it wouldn’t be a good time to start exercising. Looking back, I wish I didn’t listen to that advice.

During this pregnancy I’ve seen photos all over Instagram and Pinterest of mums-to-be doing strength training (lifting weights), doing pilates and yoga, running and sweating and it’s shown me that being ‘strong’ is a good thing, even whilst being pregnant.

When I entered my second trimester I had my midwife appointment and they reminded me of that dreaded Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) that I’d have to do around 28 weeks as I had GD in the past. I don’t want to get it again and will avoid it if I can by changing my ways now. I have been ‘better’ in this pregnancy – cutting down on my sugars, watching the calorie intake and portion control and feel that I’ve done quite well so far. I purchased a workout DVD which I gave up on in the end but decided recently to go for a one-on-one session with a personal trainer that specialises in pre- and post-natal exercise.

(I mentioned my experience in my previous post here)

It was a great 1hr session and Shenda taught me the moves that I could do during pregnancy and gave me a workout plan to use for the duration of my pregnancy. So now that I am equipped with the knowledge, workout plan, all that’s left is to add in a few pregnancy pilates or yoga class here and there and the occasional swimming session should technically help me keep fit and healthy and keep getting GD at bay for now. If it turns out that I am positive for GD it won’t be the end of the world but the exercising and healthy eating should keep it under control.

Here are some lovely photos I came across on Instagram of expecting mums keeping fit during pregnancy 🙂

https://me.sh/udvn9fu

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