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Reduce energy consumption for your day – A trick I use

Often people count calories of meals however they forget about drinks and snacks.

Here is one of my favourite little tricks, I will cut my favourite protein bar into pieces. I take a cube at a time, that way I don’t eat it all in one hit, later in the day if I need something I can have another piece giving me a little pick me up with out the sugar overload. It amazed me how this helps reduced my over eating. I’ve never done the calorie counting thing, however I do like to consider how active my day will be and eat accordingly.

Where did those calories come from???

Where did those calories come from???

The best thing is to do what works for you.

Using this trick, I find a bar that I used to munch down in one hit or at least one day, the same bar may last 3-4 days as snacks – “Love it”

It doesn’t have to be hard work. You can choose to make it easy. Every little adjustment can help you to achieve your over all Body and Mindset Wellness.

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Organic Choice

These days it’s hard to know what’s healthy. It seems every other day the blogs or info being circulated through social media and the news is saying the opposite to the week before. Advertising throws around the terms “Low Fat” (often high in sugar) or Zero sugar which may be filled with another genetically modified alternative that is not so great for your body. It’s time to learn what it is you are eating, this means you ultimately will be empowered to maintain your health and through wiser decisions hopefully prevent disease.This blog is just to get you thinking as there are all sorts of articles for you to read listed studies etc.

organic-food

I”m a fan of organic produce so I decided to throw a few points in for you

Some simple things to consider

Is it organic? More supermarkets are increasing their organic ranges as well as an increase in speciality stores are becoming available. Another thing to note that sometime non-certified organic may be organic however they may not have gone through the demanding certification process.

Why choose organic when generally it costs more? The food grown is exposed to less pesticides, this means that you will consume less pesticides. I still suggest you wash your food.

Why does organic cost more? The farmer, labour, loss of crops, and attaining certification lead to higher costs.

Certified organic means the grower has to meet very high standards for this certification and there is more lost crop due to not using pesticides and herbicides. Studies involving food scans of organically grown vs conventionally grown fruit and vegetables shows a significant difference in the energy in the food being in favour of the organically grown. This is a good reason why to buy an organically grown apple for your morning tea rather than muslei  bar or conventionally grown fruit. There are studies that suggest there is no benefit to going organic, it is always important to explore any bias potential with any study that you are reading.

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Speed up your recovery from exercise!

Training changes such as but certainly not limited to: frequency, distance, new or old shoes, intensity, change of exercise type and variation of surface, all need to be considered in calculating your recovery time. Changes that lead to an increase of stress on the body, may mean you need to adjust training schedule and nutritional intake, to allow the body enough time to recover and repair between workouts.

Other life stressors can also influence your recovery such as: a new job, less sleep, new baby etc.

This Blog is not to replace you seeking specific personal professional advice, it is a guide only. These tips are by no means everything you need to know about exercise. For a beginner commencing an exercise regime please seek personalised professional advise for your situation. My aim is to share some tips I have picked up along the way. I’m hoping to help educate people that there is much more to consider, when going for a run, than just throwing on a pair of sneakers and hitting the pavement. Many people go on their Health Kicks or New Years Resolution’s without any preparation. As the saying goes “Failing to plan, is planning to FAIL”. Once you sustain an injury the damage is done, let’s try to prevent them, as well as help you feel better post work out and keeping you on track to achieving your goals. If you are unsure of how to do any of the listed points, feel free to get in touch with me, within my capacity I can assist or point you in the appropriate direction. Click here

Speed up your workout recovery

Speed up your workout recovery

Here are some easy things you can do so you are not so stiff and sore post work out.

  1. Warm up – I’m sure you have been told “don’t forget to warm up” but I find most people still don’t do it. If you understand a little of why then you might actually do it! Here’s why – Stiff or cold muscles suddenly thrust into vigorous exercise will suffer more microscopic muscle tears than they would if eased into a gradual build up of intensity. For the competitive reader, better blood flow will enhance performance, sound good? Then you know what to do.
  2. Stretch – You can do some gentle stretching before your activity, avoid intense or deep stretches as you don’t want to weaken the muscles or cause micro tears just prior to exerting full effort. For specific stretching guides explore this blog as I have posted and will be posting more descriptions on certain stretches and how to do them safely.
  3. Workout – Enjoy your activity and ensure that you are playing or training at the appropriate level for you.
  4. Cool down – Let’s get straight to the why?- it allows your body, particularly your heart time to adjust to your slower pace. This will give the heart and muscles time to realise the blood needs to flow slower, helping to avoid that light headed feeling or worse fainting.
  5. Stretch – To undo the tension build up from the workout ensure you always stretch as the final part of the cool down process. Focus firstly on the main muscles used the activity.
  6. Massage – Will help to passively release tension at a deeper level than stretching. It will enhance blood flow circulating nutrients to your muscles quicker hence speeding up the recovery. For enquiries on Body and Mindset Wellness Mobile and Corporate Massage service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Click here.

    Massage aids in recovery and enhance relaxation

    Massage aids in recovery and enhance relaxation

  7. Nutrients – Adequate nutrients with a well balanced diet will assist in the recovery from exercise as well as aid in optimal performance.
  8. Hydration – Staying well hydrated is essential as we are made up of 50-65% water, when you start to feel thirsty that is a sign you are already dehydrated. Ensure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, more when exercising or sweating large amounts.
  9. Electrolytes – Sweat will cause you to lose electrolytes, it is especially important when there has been sustained sweating for quite a long period of time to consume extra electrolytes.  We can get some from our food, depending on the food choice. It’s not always necessary to add extra to your diet however for distance events, especially in sun exposure, you require water replacement as well as electrolytes. Be mindful of the electrolyte replacements that you select as some may have quite a lot of sugar in them. Here is a link to an article on coconut water and it’s ability to act as a natural sports drink. I’m not saying its the only option but it’s a great option
    Natural electrolyte replacement

    Natural electrolyte replacement

    http://huffinesinstitute.org/resources/articles/articletype/articleview/articleid/446/natures-gatorade-effectiveness-of-coconut-water-on-electrolyte-and-carbohydrate-replacement

  10. Active recovery – Being active on the days after your workout, even if it’s a walk or some simple stretches, will help promote blood flow and speed up the recovery process.

I hope this has given you something to think about and may help you on the road to your success, happy training.

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Office Physical Stress Relief – Forearm Stretches

Todays stretches are for the forearms.

Long hours sitting at a computer can cause these muscles to get very tight leading to wrist, hand and elbow problems or pain. It is a great idea for anyone who spends time using a computer to implement stretches regularly, rather than suffering from the discomfort of the overuse injury that often can occur.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a injury, particularly shoulder, wrist or elbow, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Forearm Flexors

  • Sit up right, feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a bent elbow and palm forward (see picture).

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, including fingers and thumb.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position or moving into the stretch.
  • Gently pulling back on the fingers while straightening the arm to feel a nice comfortable stretch. You may find simply straightening the arm gives all the stretch you need, with out pulling the back much on the fingers.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.

* People will have the varied ranges of movement, please do not attempt to get your hand beyond a comfortable stretch, the photos are to guide you only.

The end position for the forearm flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The end position for the Forearm Flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The other side of the forearms are our extensor muscles, below is how to stretch them.

Forearm Extensors

  • Sit up right, place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a straight elbow and palm backward (see picture)
  • Tuck your thumb in and curl your fingers around to make a fist .
Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, securing fingers and thumb in the fist.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position and while stretching.
  • Gently pulling back on the fist to feel a nice comfortable stretch, the stretch may be around the wrist or further up the arm. You may only require a small movement to feel the stretch, without pulling the back very far on the fist.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.
Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Enjoy your stretching

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10 Minutes On The Road To Regain Your Health

My clients often say to me how busy they are, sharing their stories about a backlog of emails, piles of paperwork with a To-do list a mile long. I have experienced this stress and I recall the trap of an endless work load. It began with skipping breaks, less time for me and healthy habits such as exercise, often eating poorly whilst reading emails, I’m sure you get the picture. Over this period of time I gained weight, I felt stressed and exhausted, experienced low motivation and ill-health. I could see what was happening, all of it; the overload, the stress and personal neglect. In accepting a management role, it meant my days were focused on looking after a beautiful team of people, I just forgot to look after myself. Training for the role may have assisted but I did my best in the situation.

Overload leads to stress and disease

Overload leads to stress and disease

I am certainly not special or different in this case as there are so many people who sadly do the same. As previously mentioned once aware of what was happening, I made a conscious decision to do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. Sometimes it would be broken into 2 short 5 minute walks outside and then straight back in again. Like most people I know, you are probably thinking what a waste of time, 10 mins isn’t a lot but it got me away from the desk, it was an achievable goal and it was for me. When taking this time out, the aim was to leave the work load behind and focus on breathing and enjoying my walk, stairs, squats, lunges or what ever it may be.

Enjoy some fresh air each day for healthy living

Enjoy some fresh air each day for healthy living

Some days I got a little more time, but that never transferred to the next day, it was counted as a bonus. Gradually the daily exercise increased, so after a month I increased it to a daily minimum of 15 minutes and I stuck to that too. The benefits I saw were, I felt better in myself with more energy and clarity. These small steps helped me improve my health, lower stress and get control of the work load. Gradually I built up my exercise intervals to 30-40 minutes each day.

Anytime I feel that I’m time poor, I remember to go back to 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing and I start the process again from there.

 

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Chest stretching for the corporate environment

As promised here is your next tip for corporate health.

Chest and front of shoulder stretch

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

position: arm to your side with both the elbow and shoulder at 90 deg angles

position: arm to your side with both the elbow and shoulder at 90 deg angles

place the forearm against the wall or door jamb, gently lean forward

place the forearm against the wall or door jamb, gently lunge forward

You can stretch you chest many different ways. Above pictured is a quick and easy technique using a door jamb or wall as your resistance points. Simply place your arm up, forearm flat and pressing against the wall/door jamb, keeping the shoulders at a normal height. Ideally with a 90 deg angle at both the elbow and shoulder joints.  Once in position take a deep breath and gently step forward, putting most of your weight onto the forward leg, slightly lunge into the stretch. Stopping when a comfortable but effective stretch, across the chest, is being felt. Hold the stretch for a minimum of 10 seconds, keep taking full breaths throughout the stretch. Repeat as required always moving into and out of stretches slowly and safely – push out of the stretch with your lunging leg. The pictures provided are single arm however a door jamb is great for doing both arms at the same time. It is important to remember to lunge into and out of the stretch rather than leaning, as leaning can lead to injury.

Start position for postural reset

Start position for postural reset

Another option for chest and shoulder stretching is whilst still sitting in your chair check your posture and sit up tall. put both arms by your sides with the elbows bent at 90 deg. Inhale a deep breath and slowly rotate your arms outward while keeping the upper arms by your side. you should feel the shoulder blades squeeze together at the back and a gentle stretch across the chest.

*please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

slowly rotate arms, gently squeeze shoulders back and together

slowly rotate arms, gently squeeze shoulders back and together

You may be pleasantly surprised how much tension relief you can get from applying these stretches. Happy stretching and enjoy.

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or click here.

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Easy Tips To Reduce Shoulder & Neck Pain

The human body was not designed to sit for long periods of time let alone 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week. The nature of many corporate roles unfortunately do require this sedentary position for such long periods of time. I meet many people who resign themselves to accepting these painful aspects of their life because other people experience them too, I hear comments such as “Oh well it goes with the job”. Life can be better! you don’t have to accept the pain, if you work in a sedentary role you can make alterations to minimise the impact of the sitting for long hours day after day.

Understanding corporate lifestyle is go go go, I’m going to share with you some simple little adjustments that barely take any time, but can make a massive impact on your quality of life, reducing pain and improving posture just to name a few. We are going to start with a wonderful easy stretch that you can do while sitting at your desk.

Stretching – Do you know what stretches to do? and do you know how to do them safely? For more stretches and advice on this area please click here.

Upper Trapezius – This is one of the best stretches to do when working at a desk, especially as you feel stress building up and that burning pain across the back of your neck and shoulders. Sit on one hand, anchoring that shoulder down. Place the other hand on top of your head, take a deep breath, then pull the head slowly and gently away form the anchored side until a stretch is felt, or you can not go any further. Repeat the stretch on the second side.

*please avoid these stretches if you have had a neck injury, particularly affecting stability such as subluxations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

sit on one hand, place the other hand on the top of your head

sit on one hand, place the other hand on the top of your head

Inhale, as you exhale slowly and gently pull your head to the opposite side to the anchored shoulder

Inhale, as you exhale slowly and gently, pull your head to the opposite side to the anchored shoulder

You can do this stretch as often as required. Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds. *Don’t forget to anchor the shoulder down before stretching this is important to prevent over stretching and breathe.

I have been working with people in the health industry, specifically: massage personal training, life coaching and teaching, for over 8 years. I have learnt to be realistic and not to bombard you with what’s good for you, this means I’m going to show you one change at a time.

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or click here.

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