Tips to Stay on Track this Festive Season

The weather is getting warm, the days are longer and the festive season is just around the corner.

A huge part of my healthy living philosophy is balance.  You should eat healthy whenever possible but never feel like you are missing out.  Have dessert and the cider but the most important aspect is to get right back into routine and healthy living where possible.  If you enjoy the exercise you do and the healthy food you are eating, then you won’t be on a diet or a fitness craze.  It will just become your life.  The life you love to live and share with family and friends.

So in addition to the above the 3 tips I would recommend heading into the festive season are –

  1. Drink lots of water.

Water is key.  I ask my clients at nearly every session how is your water intake going.  I’m sure they are sick of the question.  However water assists your digestion to work more effectively.  Also dehydration can disguise itself as huger so making sure you are well hydrated can help to avoid over eating at events.

  1. Stay Active.

It’s easy to full out of routine with Christmas events and being on holidays.  However you need to ensure you still make time to be active.  Exercise has many benefits, improved sleep, improve concentration, better metabolism, just to name a few.  You probably have also heard the old line that Exercise is the most underused anti-depressant.  This is especially important if you’re feeling slight stressed.  Get out in the sun and go for a walk.  Chances are you will feel better for it.  However if your still struggling best to go see a doctor.

Sleep can really impact you metabolism but also your motivation levels.  If your tired you’re less likely to make the effort to food prep and eat healthy or fit a workout into your day. So make sure if you’re having late nights to enjoy the occasional sleep in.

 

I’m look forward to healthy active summer.  Keep this tips in mind when the craziness of Christmas hits x

Be an Inspiration to Others

Let’s be honest, starting to live a healthy lifestyle can have its challenges.  The biggest one is mindset.  Unless you have decided this is what you want to do and are 100 percent committed it may only last a month or just a few weeks.

Once you start within the first few weeks you have more energy, you’re sleeping better, and you’re more passionate and organized with food.  You are glowing with the excitement of changing for the better and best of all you see results in measurements and clothes starting to feel more comfortable which gives you an additional boost in confidence.

So what happens next . . . there are two ways this usually goes.  1. People around you don’t support or take an interest in your new healthy lifestyle and mindset and/or are even negative about it.  It gets you down and you start to feel unmotivated which generally ends up with you stopping and although for a while you feel bad life goes back to the way things were before, lacking energy, feeling slightly down and just a tad blahhh. Or 2. Your friends and family see the amazing changes and hop on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon.  They want more energy and to feel and look healthy as well.

At Sweat and Inspire we have created a community where we praise and encourage each other to be the healthiest versions of ourselves.  Now let’s be clear here …. We are about making healthier choices, reducing salt and sugar but we do not count macros or focus completely on clean eating.  We talk about food that’s good for your soul and how moving will help through those tough days whether it’s that bully at work or illness.  If you only do one thing in your day MOVE!  I can’t stress this enough . . . it can be a mass gym session or a stroll around the block . . . just move!

I am a blessed personal trainer who can say all my clients are motivated and committed. They rock up and go hard.  They also engage with each other in our private TEAM SWEAT Facebook page, sharing ideas, encouraging words, sharing results and being the best support team to each other.  They all inspire and motivate me as well as each other.

Their healthy lifestyle mindset doesn’t end at the private Facebook page as often friends and family join as clients or I hear stories of partners/friends/family losing weight and joining in during home workouts.  As a personal trainer when I hear that family and friends are being encouraging or even stepping up and joining in the sense of relief that this person is now set up to succeed and excitement that this client has been such an inspiration that others now want the same feelings and results.

I encourage buddy sessions however there are negatives and positives to these. The negatives are you lose more workout time during weigh in days, the sessions aren’t all focused on you and sometimes compromises due to ability need to be made.  However the positives outweigh the negatives and these are you have a friend, a buddy who is going to inspire you, who will encourage you to go to each session and go your hardest, who will help you get back on track when you fall off and will quieten the sound of the haters.

I have many buddy sessions each week and there are some pictures below of family’s, couples, mothers and daughters, friends who work hard together to be the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves.  So if you want to do one thing this week for yourself.  Grab a friend and go for a walk, maybe lock it in for a weekly catch up.  You never know who you will inspire x

X Shelly

Mindfulness – Deep Breathing Relaxation

I bet everyone has heard of mindfulness lately and there is a good reason.  By being mindful we can strengthen our inner resources to improve our resilience in our day to day lives.

We live in an increasingly stressful society filled with work, training, friends, family, study, healthy eating all competing for our attention on a daily biases.  We have all seen those memes of facebook as below.  I’m sure we can all relate.  Everyday life can be extremely stressful and that is even before we throw in a major life event like illness, death, redundancy, divorce, etc.

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This is where mindfulness can come into play.  The definition of mindfulness is simply a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Easy right?! Not always.  When you are caught up on the phone with the IT department (#areyoufingserious #wheresthewine) or stuck at ANOTHER lot of roadworks mindfulness can be a hard mental state to achieve.  Lets be honest in those moments we are usually more focused on not losing it.

However there are some quick and easy mindfulness meditation techniques which you could try to help relive stress and tension in your body.  Below is just on technique which can be used anywhere.

DEEP BREATHING RELAXATION

How to use and when:

This exercise can be used at any time, either by yourself or in the company of others.

It may be done standing with your eyes open, or if you are alone, sitting with your eyes closed for a longer amount of time.

It can be used:

  • Feeling tense
  • Feeling Anxious
  • Finding it difficult to relax
  • In a challenging situation

Instructions:

  1. Start by breathing in slowly and deeply, so the breath fills the lower abdomen (rather than the chest).  The abdomen should expand out.
  2. Then breathe out slowly, expelling all the air first from the lower abdomen and then the lungs.
  3. Continue breathing in and out slowly and deeply, right to the bottom of the abdomen, about ten times.
  4. Allow your breathing to return to normal.
  5. This can be repeated as often as required until you feel calm and relaxed.

Exercise plays a huge role in minimizing stress but we cant always go for a run or smash a gym session.  So next time try the deep breathing relaxation technique and see if it makes a difference.

 

 

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MINDSET

How many times have you decided to overhaul your lifestyle in order to lose weight and get fit, only to abandon your efforts in a few weeks or after only a few days? How many times have you lost weight on a quick fad diet, only to find that once you started eating normally you put the weight and probably more back on?

There are many reasons this may have happened.  Talking to friends, family and TEAM SWEAT members what I have identified as being a major contributing factor is not developing a “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MINDSET”.

A healthy lifestyle mindset will keep you moving forward and making progress in your efforts to lose weight and get fit even when you hit hurdles in your journey.

So what does a healthy lifestyle mindset look like?

  1. Accept Yourself for Who You Are

One of the unfortunate parts of society these days is the ease in which social media allows you to compare yourself to other.  How they look, what they have, etc. Everybody is unique and you need to focus on yourself and who you are that makes you unique and not to compare yourself to others. Appreciate your life and let others worry about their own.

  1. Eating Healthy = Feeling Healthy

To achieve a healthier mindset and outlook on life as well as generally feeling great you need to eat healthy nutritious food.  Food is fuel.  It helps with general health and wellbeing, concentrate better, sleep better and get the most out of your training. Respect yourself by eating what your body deserves – FRESH NUTRITIOUS FOOD.

  1. MOVE. MOVE

This is so important!  As much as I dislike the Pokemon GO phase (please let it be a phase) It has got people moving.  You don’t need to run 10kms a day or smash out huge sessions in the gym.  Just aim for 30mins of movement 5 days a week.  Walk in your lunch break, take your dog for a walk, ride your bike or skateboard.  JUST MOVE!

  1. Rest

Just as much as eating nutritious healthy food and moving is important don’t forget to rest.  Having a regular bedtime and sleeping for the required amount of time for you to rise the next morning feeling well rested and ready to go is essential. (Ok side note here – I have a toddler who doesn’t sleep well so all the mums out there try your best, compensate with coffee and dreaming of a day where regular sleep will be part of your life again).

  1. Surround Yourself with Positive People

This is one of the most important elements.  Ever worked in a job where there was that one person who always complained and was negative.  Ever noticed how it spread and for every negative comment that person made it took five to rectify it.  Negativity can have a harmful impact on your life.  It can drain you of energy quickly.  Steer clear of the drama and socialise with friends, family and work mates who are up-beat, positive and supportive of you.  You will find quickly this will have a positive impact on your outlook on life and reinforce the healthy decisions you are making.

  1. SELF TALK

As much as surrounding yourself with positive people will have a healthy impact on your life remember the most important positive person in your life is YOU! We are conditioned not to compliment ourselves.  As aussies we are always taking the piss and laughing at our faults.  Well from now on complement yourself.  If you beat a personal best on the treadmill or eat only healthy nutritious food for the entire day pat yourself on the back.  Be proud of those achievements and tell your friends. As all the people surrounding you are positive they will celebrate your achievements with you (probably take the piss a bit but mostly celebrate).

  1. Appreciate the Small Things

Always appreciate the small things.  Acknowledge your good days, accept and appreciate compliments you receive, enjoy the sunshine coming through the clouds.  Be thankful for your health and your loved ones. We take the small things for granted when they are really the most important.  Life is not about the destination it’s about the journey. Had to at least have one annoying saying in here, but its true.

Having a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MINDSET is all about creating a life you love. So don’t compare yourself to others, respect your body and eat nutritious food, move more in your day, listen to your body and rest when you need to, be positive and surround yourself with positive peeps, and most importantly take the time to appreciate the small things x

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