What are the key areas we need to focus on in order to maintain health and fitness?
I believe there are six key areas that, if focused on, will enable effective health and fitness maintenance.
Consistency: Whatever your health and fitness goals, you need to create a good set of habits in order to create long lasting change. In my experience, habits are built around consistently performing an action over and over again. Repetition is the mother of all skills and sooner or later your body will adapt to what it habitually does. Whether it’s eating better or exercising a certain way, it all comes down to how consistently you perform this action over a period of time.
It use to be exciting. Getting a lift to the airport use to mean you were going on a holiday. Where? It didnt matter, it was just nice to excape the monotonous 9-5 job, clear your head and do anything but think about the mounting papers that eagerly await your attention; sitting on your desk. These days everyone’s doing it; the red eye, black eye, a one day trip or day one of a bunch of exhausting days interstate, you shuffle along with your little carry bag and away you go.
So what does all this travel mean to our bodies? Will it make the western world a sicker place than it already is?
For those Australian’s; I don’t know if you’ve been outside recently but I’ve noticed something…. It’s bloody cold.
How are you feeling? Are your toes, one by one, starting to turn blue? The early signs of a sniffle have just emerged from your nose? There’s a sore and dry throat making its presence felt? Are you thinking what I’m thinking? I thought so…the winter cold is on the way!
Out comes the tissues, or in my best mate case, a favorite handkerchief (disgusting? Yes, I’ve already told him) and into bed you get. What about work? Surely if you miss a few days it’s going to be chaos when you get back? If you’re like most of us, you can’t afford to miss a day’s work! So what’s one to do? Let me tell you my story about how I beat the oncoming cold! Read more…
For those of you health nuts that have your finger on the pulse with the latest trends in the health and fitness industry you would know the new fad is coconut water. ‘Brilliant’ most of you are saying. ‘I bet it’s as good for me as the vitamin waters (which contain as much sugar as coke) or the ab circle pro (my girlfriends mum has one but I’m not quite comfortable enough yet to tell her it’s a silly investment, my best mate also has one…. I’m a little more honest with him)’.
I’ve got some good news for you! This is worth investing in and I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I’ve agreed with a health ‘fad’! I can tell you that this one will stay around!
Why are people so stressed out and busy these days? And is there anything we can do to gain control of time?
People are so stressed! So many of us don’t feel that we have time to eat properly, sleep, exercise, take holidays, spend time with family or even have healthy sex lives with our partners. One thing I’ve noticed we do have plenty of time for though is talking about how stressed we are!
For me managing stress is multifaceted- here are a few tips I offer my clients to help them get on top of it:
A delicious salad from Tuscany that traditionally makes use of up to 3-day old bread by soaking in water, squeezing dry and adding to the salad but I prefer to use garlic rubbed slices of bruschetta.
- 3 x ½” slices Italian olive oil bread, such as ciabatta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, 2 peeled and finely chopped
- 2 anchovy fillets
By now you’ll be coming to the end of week 2 on the detox and should be starting to bounce of the walls with energy, which I’m sure is slightly different to the first few days when your energy might have been a little low! You’re now ready to start thinking about what comes next and what you can do to make the detox even more effective. There are a range of supplements that you can get from your health store that will help you with the detoxification process and allow you to re build the body inside out while getting your results faster!
Below are some supplements that should interest you!
What are your top tips for boosting energy levels
- Dont eat too much in one sitting? – Avoid the food coma. When you eat a large meal your body puts all the energy into digesting it. The result is that sluggish feeling and a lack of energy. Think about any large Christmas lunch you’ve had- halfway through the pudding your ready for a nap.
- Exercise for energy – Time and again I hear people saying they can’t exercise before and after work because they’ll be too tired. This is completely untrue. Sleep and exercising more when you get up will actually give you more energy for the day. It will also help you think more clearly and sharply. A fitter person always has more energy as well as a more efficient metabolism which improves all facets of your health.
Each fortnight we will bring you a recipe from AWT’S award winning cookbook ‘The Essential diabetes cookbook’. This book won the award for the ‘best health and nutrition book’ at the recent Le Cordon Bleu Awards in Australia.
ORIENTAL CHICKEN SALAD
A crunchy oriental salad that is light to eat and easy to prepare.
1 medium chicken breast, cooked and finely shredded
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
100g beansprouts, rinsed
150g Chinese cabbage, finely shredded
1 large carrot, very thinly sliced
1⁄2 cucumber, halved lengthways, Read more…
What does winter mean for you? Less time on the beach? The mysterious disappearance of that 6 pack? Less ‘toning’ of the inner thigh and arms? For a lot of people winter can also mean less alcohol! A good thing right? Yep, I’m not going to disagree with you on that one, but if you really want to look after your body and avoid the winter ‘coat’ that builds around your stomach it might be a perfect chance detox!
This week myself and my lovely girlfriend kicked off our three week detox. No cayenne peppers, maple syrups, no chilli powders or cockroach legs, just a good wholesome, healthy quarterly (to be done four times a year) detox.