A certain show on Netflix has been a huge topic of conversation, I'm sure you know the one I'm alluding to...….. Some of you have asked my thoughts on the topic so I will endeavour to give you my opinions in a methodological approach. Now please keep in mind that when writing a blog, it is one persons opinion, not a research article or meta analysis so don't hate me...…..!
You often hear me refer to the term 'holistic health.' I'm a huge believer in encompassing all facets of life in order to promote good health. For me personally, being physically fit, having an active social life, enjoying a stimulating job as well as surrounding myself with positive people forms the foundations of good health. What I don't often refer to however, is the impact of your financial health on your overall wellness. Why might you ask is a fitness instructor talking about financial health?
The art of intermittent fasting… I’m sure you have all heard of someone getting great results with weight loss on an intermittent fast. Even though it may seem like the latest “fad” (which in some respects it is), historically, fasting has been used as both a religious and a medical practice for thousands of years.
Well this could be quite a comedic blog - it comes to you after an afternoon adventure at Mt Towrong winery, tasting their lovely wines and enticing gins. The reason for this stellar afternoon? A catchup of 'girl bosses' to appreciate where we came from and what we have achieved. Not only am I incredibly lucky to share an amazing journey with a truly special friend in Louise, but I am forever amazed to be surrounded by fearless females who continue to make exponential changes in the business world! Lets be honest, being a working mum is exhausting! Scrap that, being a mum in general is exhausting! Lets not sugar coat what is a truly rewarding yet utterly challenging time of our lives! It's rewarding, empowering, exhausting, overwhelming, isolating, but above all else, the best journey you could ever be on!
It's such a common occurrence within the fitness industry to exclude carbohydrates from your diet. Whilst there is always new data showing conflicting findings in relation to what we should consume, the bottom line remains that carbohydrates are a vital macronutrient and form a huge part of our daily nutrition intake. Carbohydrates are the bodies prime fuel source and our brains rely almost exclusively on glucose to function properly! Limiting or excluding carbs can thus lead to feeling tired, lethargic and "foggy headed." So why is that carbs have such a bad name?
Human beings are very adept at making excuses - we're all guilty of procrastination at some point in time. (Cue hitting the snooze button multiple times...……) On other occasions, we can find ourselves struggling to find motivation - especially living in the Macedon Ranges in the winter months! So now that spring is well under way, people are noticeably happier, more energetic and more inclined to leave the confines of our warm and cosy homes.
Did you know: The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons all holding the foot together and allowing it to move in a variety of ways (Source: American Podiatric Association) 25% of all bones are in your feet. When these bones are out of kilter, it is likely that so is the rest of your body (Source: American Podiatric Association)
I can hear the collective groans as you contemplate the pain of foam rolling... Don't worry, I don't miss the eye rolls and the not so subtle protests when we bring them out at the end of a class... :) It's an apparatus we have a love/hate relationship with but deep down, I know you all appreciate how good you feel afterwards....
I have to laugh sometimes when I hear phrases flippantly thrown around regarding fitness. Let me indulge you..... "Lifting weights will make me bulky" or "I 'm doing all this exercise and I'm not seeing results on the scales." Then one of my favourites, "my muscle will turn to fat if I stop lifting weights."
In the fitness industry, we hear multiple acronyms thrown around - HIIT, LISS, EPOC etc etc.... But what do they all mean? With trends coming and going and research proving and disproving the same theories, it can be difficult as a consumer to ascertain fact from fiction. So, in this blog I decided to give you a run down of the basic science behind training and how different formats of exercise impact different body systems accordingly.
It wasn't until I began my nutrition course that I appreciated the plethora of fats in our diet. First and foremost, we NEED fat in our diet. Whilst this macronutrient is often the topic of negative conversation, it is essential for many functions in our body including cell growth, providing energy, hormone production and also helps to keep your body warm.
On the topic of women’s hormones and fitness, the most important thing to grasp is that as women, we are cyclical beings. Each month we experience a fluctuation of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. By understanding how our hormones rise and fall each week of the month, we get a deeper understanding of why our moods also fluctuate, and can learn how to better manage our energy throughout the month.
Last week my beautiful children did their best sharing and I ended up with a lovely strain of the common cold. Now it was nothing major, nowhere in the realms of 'man flu' (lord knows if that struck me down I would be incapacitated, bed ridden and completely unable to cope with life....). Sorry, I had to sneak that one in... :) What it did do though was cause me to be seriously out of breath when teaching my fitness classes! I could feel my heart rate rapidly escalate and I felt like I had just completed a metafit 'finisher' after simply doing the warm up!
Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, fat free -food products are REALLY good at marketing what you want to hear! It's very palatable when these 'fad' words are plastered across our favorite brands, bedazzling us into thinking they are the sh%*. But does this clever marketing ploy really extrapolate into nutritious gains...??? I think not..........
You know that saying "don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today" - yep we've heard it, yes its antiquated (Benjamin Franklin asserted this back in 1882) but it resonates with all of us! (yes I'm talking to YOU - I know somewhere in your subconscious you are validating reasons to NOT do that onerous task that is lingering in the back of your mind......)
As fitness instructors, we see a plethora of body types. We get to check out your booty when you’re squatting like a boss; see your guns when you’re bicep curling and check out those rippling back muscles when you perform an overhead press with the barbells.
Are you recognising and managing your symptoms of stress?? I apologise if this is a little long but I had a lot to say for our first blog! In the coming weeks, I will break down the components of this blog to discuss them individually in more detail. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Change It Up’s first blog on stress and anxiety.