Many of my clients are busy individuals – from the time-poor new parent to the full-time worker looking after their family – which means I MUST make sure that EVERY healthy habit I have them put in place, produces the biggest bang for their buck.
Do you warm-up before your workout? Do you stretch or hop on the elliptical before hitting the weights? The warm-up has definitely changed over the years, but what really surprises me is the fact that most still don’t have one.
Here’s how I structure a warm-up.
By now you should know that I’ve adopted a more minimalist lifestyle over the past year or so, but minimalism actually slipped into my workout programmes long before that.
A few months ago, I started working with a new client and as always, ran him through my assessment. If a new client has a current training programme they’re using then I always like to take a look - as it as this adds another layer to getting to know them. What I found inspired this blog.
Decision fatigue is the deterioration of our ability to make decisions - decisions which ultimately determine our success.
Minimalism is very popular at the moment and for great reason if you ask me. I’ve been living a more minimal and essential lifestyle for the past year and I can’t explain how much it’s helped me. Living with less decreases the amount of decisions you have to make and frees up time and energy – something we all crave. Essentialism is a form of minimalism, but instead of focusing on how to live with less, you learn to identify what’s necessary – regardless of quantity.
I’m not going to lie, but I desperately wanted to be the ‘Diet Coke guy’ in the TV ads growing up. I love the occasional Coke Zero – but I doubt it’s great for us in large quantities, and as someone who tries to eat mostly minimally or unprocessed foods, I try to avoid having sweeteners regularly.
Our environment is geared to stimulate excess energy consumption and decrease our incidental exercise. Both of which promote unhealthy weight-gain, which is associated with poorer health-related quality of life, shorter life-span and chronic disease.
I recently watched a BBC documentary called ‘Big in The Valleys’, which documented the struggles of obese individuals living in the Welsh Valleys, who were trying to lose weight and improve their physical and mental health markers (like cholesterol, blood pressure and anxiety levels).
Aiming for a “New Year, New You”? Remember: change doesn’t need to be fast, it just needs to be consistent.”
I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, at least not in the way that most people approach them. The “New Year, New Me” mentality is a sure-fire way to give yourself whiplash, set yourself up for failure, and end-up feeling worse than you did before.
JC and The Nutri-Team