Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Burpees...everyone's doing them

Elite military forces,  football teams and extreme athletes regularly include them in their workout routines. What is the one exercise the fittest of the fit along with the average get fit chick like me are all embracing….?

Burpees! And lots of them.

Last night burpees were my butt whipping exercise of choice (the PT’s), and I only had to do 60! They made the 140 feet (42.5 meters) of weighted overhead lunges also included in my workout feel breezy… yep I’m just a pup, and I can only imagine how hard things are going to get as I make progress.


Just what is a burpee… and why should you be doing them?

Burpees… are a simple take anywhere do anytime, awesome , strength-building, calorie-burning, full body exercise.
Not only will they help turn you into an athlete, they’ll also help burn fat, get your metabolism going and get you conditioned like no other exercise can do. Or so I'm told!

Yes they’re for everyone.

This is how I have been shown to do them. If you have never tried them, follow these simple steps to give them a go:
  • Get yourself  into a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you.
  • Kick your feet back into a push up position.
  • Bring your feet back to the squat position as fast as possible.
  • Immediately jump up into the air as high as you can.
  • Add a little clap so you know that you mean it!
  • Now go for it
* always get checked out medically before attempting any new fitness routines :)

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Help....I want to Crave less Sugar

Yes I believe I am a sugar addict, I crave it daily and give in to that craving constantly. I believe I can kick this habit, because we can do anything when we put our minds to it, the trick for me will be making myself believe that I want to. Over the last few years, I have to say that I have worked hard at moderation, this has made a huge difference and giving up daily fizzy drinks (Soda), especially coke, has helped greatly… But I do love a sweet treat; lollies, cakes and biscuits are my weakness and unfortunately for me my daughter is turning into quite the little baker! Her chocolate brownies are to die for. I guess I’m just going to have to work a little harder….one way or the other!


Here are 7 tips I have found, that help me to crave less sugar. I use them to help me stop sabotaging my best training efforts and killing my results. It's a work in progress!
  1. Eat More Protein
  2. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
  3. Steer Clear Of Saboteurs
  4. Try Dark Chocolate
  5. Stick With Fruit
  6. Change Your Palate
  7. Workout like You Mean It
Why is sugar so bad?
Along with promoting rapid fat storage, sugar’s other dirty little secrets are:
  • Sugar Weakens Your Immune System
  • Sugar Causes Insulin Resistance
  • Sugar is As Addictive As Hard Drugs
  • Sugar Speeds Up the Aging Process
  • Sugar Raises Your Risk of Disease
  • Sugar Is Empty Calories
You will find more info on each of the seven tips above at http://www.mikeohearn.com/newsletters/7-ways-to-crave-less-sugar/

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Don't Just go through the Motions



It's true; we get out of life what we put into it...
we are what we make of ourselves.
Don't go through the motions...give 100%
and be the best version of yourself that you can be....

In a clich├ęd nutshell....That's living fit!









Motivation..

  1. Start simple. Keep inspiration in clear sight to remind you of your goals
  2. Keep good company. Surround yourself with like minded, supportive people.
  3. Keep learning. Keep yourself in the loop.
  4. Stay Positive. You've got this
  5. Stop thinking. And just do it.
  6. Know yourself. Work to your strengths and start with achievable goals. 
  7. Track your progress. It helps to see how far you've come. 
  8. Help others. Sharing your story to help motivate others... will keep you motivated.