Mint ‘chocolate chip’ smoothie / protein shake

New creation at WinnieFitness HQ – mint ‘chocolate chip’ (cacao nibs) protein shake. I have a thing for mint choc chip treats and drinks (chocolate, ice-cream).  This is a very good alternative to satisfy my sweet tooth!

Try the recipe below and let me know what you think

Ingredients for 1 serving:

100ml unsweentened almond milk

100 ml water

4 ice cubes (for frappe effect)

1 cup baby spinach

10 mint leaves

1/4 avocado

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Directions:

Add almond milk and water into a blender. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend until mixture is smooth.

Then top with 1 tsp cacao nibs and enjoy!

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Benefits of outdoor exercise / fitness training

Outdoor fitness photoSummer is just around the corner. If you have spent the winter exercising in the gym, or working out at home with fitness DVD, now is a good time to head outdoors and refresh your fitness routine.  So why is outdoor fitness good for you?

Top 5 benefits of exercising and training outdoors:

1. Boost your endurance, stamina and tone your whole body for FREE

So there are lots of fancy machines, equipment and classes at the gym. But let’s face it, not everyone has a gym membership, or has the time to travel to a gym. The good news is, you can get an AWESOME outdoor workout using your own body weight, and it’s free! There are so many exercises you can do outdoors.  Different variations of squats and hill sprints are just two of my favourite exercises that you can do without any equipment. I also love to work my upper body with push-up using a park bench and mix in some step ups too. Interval training is also fantastic to improve endurance and stamina.

2 Psychological benefits – the feel good factor

Exercising outdoor not only keeps you healthy and fit physically, it also works wonder for your mood. The green environment and fresh air helps delivering oxygen to our body, combat stress, declutter our mind, feel positive, motivated and energized!  It also helps focus on our workout and reconnect with our mind and body. For mummies with buggies, fresh air and change of scenary are fantastic for your babies too!

3. Burn more energy

Certain weather conditions are known to boost your energy burn during a workout. Resistance from the wind, for example, makes you work harder while running and cycling as your body needs to counter-balance the added resistance. Your body also burns more energy while exercising in the cold compared with working out in a warm environment. The varied terrain and slopes also makes the workout more challenging, keeping your core hard at work!

4 Sunshine

Not only sunshine cheers you up and gives you an instant lift in the mood, our body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin. Vitamin D helps strengthen the immune system and makes bones stronger. Sunlight also boosts the levels of endorphins, aka the feel good hormones, and helps prevent depression. The best time of the year to get vitamin D from sunlight is from March to October.  20 minutes in the sun is enough exposure for an adult to see the benefits. To protect your skin from sunburn, don’t forget to apply suitable sunscreen before a workout.

5 Get your family involved

Keep your family fit and active by heading outdoors! Let the kids run around, play a ball game with the kids, there are so much activities to choose from.  It really helps motivating each other in staying active, and creates a foundation of healthy living in the family.  Why not make it a regular weekend activity and spend some quality active time together?

Related article: Outdoor fitness sun safety tips

Outdoor 1:1 personal training Leatherhead

Pleased to announce that Winnie Fitness has availability for TWO female clients who would like to work with an experienced personal trainer to kick start their fitness journey.

Winnie Fitness specializes in the following areas:

-fitness training for complete beginners

-pre and postnatal fitness, including abdominal separation recovery

-nutrition and fitness coaching for weight management

-fitness for over 60s

-fitness in various medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma

Find out what clients say: https://winniefitness.com/testimonials/

To book a free consultation, email info@WinnieFitness.com or fill in the contact form: https://winniefitness.com/contact/

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate women from all over the world!

Here’s to strong women.  May we know them.  May we be them.  May we raise them.

As a self-confessed achiever myself, it is extremely rewarding to see my clients to put their hand up for a challenge, work hard, persevere, and ultimately achieve their goals.

Achievements come in many forms. May be you discovered, created or learnt a new idea, skill, knowledge or a new system that helps facilitate your life.  Perhaps you overcome an obstacle on your journey to success. Have you experienced anything lately that makes you feel confident, empowered and fulfilled?  Let me know what you are celebrating.

Here’s a short, intense interval training workout for you today.

7 exercises, 30 second work, 15 second rest, 3 rounds

Total time: approx. 15 minutes

March / Run on spot

Plank / Mountain climbers

Half jack / Jumping jack

Body weight squats / Jump squats

Forward lunges (R leg)

Forward lunges (L leg)

Total body extension / Kettlebell swings

 

Never stop learning and keep pushing.

 

Winnie

Personal Trainer

WinnieFitness.com

Active body – healthy mind – happy life

 

Snow day HIIT – home fitness

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I’m going to share with you a HIIT workout that I did yesterday. As it was snowing outside, I feel like I was working out in a snow globe! It was rather fun and special.  If you are at home reading this, give this workout a go.

 

You will feel warmer, healthier and more energized. Get ready to set your metabolism on fire.

For my regular clients, I trust that you are confident in picking the right level and intensity for you.

For those who have just started their fitness journey, start with the beginners/intermediate level. Focus on correct exercise form, and take longer rest if needed.

Always start with a warm up – dynamic stretches, and gradually increase heart rate. Finish with cool down and stretches.

Beginners/Intermediate (Total 21 minutes)

30 seconds work, 15 seconds rest.

Rest 1 minute before moving on to the next interval.

Interval 1 (4 rounds)

  1. Run on spot
  2. Squat walk (squat position, 4 steps to the right, 4 steps to the left, stay LOW!)

Interval 2 (4 rounds)

  1. Jumping jacks
  2. Alternating reverse lunges (add light weight for more challenge)

Interval 3 (4 rounds)

  1. Mountain climbers (high plank, knee to elbow)
  2. Push up (incline – kitchen top, or ¾ – knees on floor)

Intermediate/Advanced (Total 15 minutes)

20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest.

Rest 1 minute before moving on to the next interval.

Interval 1 (4 rounds)

  1. Jump squat (switch to regular squats if needed)
  2. High knees

Interval 2 (4 rounds)

  1. Alternating jump lunges (switch to regular alternating lunges if needed)
  2. Plank jacks

Interval 3 (4 rounds)

  1. Shadow boxing with light dumbbells (1-2 kg)
  2. 1 push up followed by 4 mountain climbers

Have fun! Let me know how you get on.

Your coach and friend,

Winnie

10 Tips for staying fit and healthy this Christmas

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Christmas is just around the corner.  If you have been working very hard this year to build healthy eating habits, make effort to train consistently, you may wish to keep up the good work. The truth is that lots of people put on up to 5lbs between Christmas and new year. The reasons are very simple:

Energy intake is more than energy expenditure

i.e. over-eating and not moving enough

With a STRATEGY in place, you CAN keep up with your fit and healthy lifestyle, and still have fun, enjoy food with family and friends.

Here are my top 10 tips:

 1. Set a goal to maintain your current fitness, weight and eating habits. Believe it or not, having this goal in mind will motivate you to make better food choices and move more. Without this goal, it is much easier to let your habits go.

2. Plan your holiday schedule. Write down the dates and time for your planned Christmas parties. How many days in the week and how many times a day. What will you be doing when you are not celebrating? Use a planner so you can see clearly when the big meals are going to be. Then plan healthier meals the rest of the time. You can use the same planner to figure out the best time to fit in a quick workout or active time like taking a long walk.

3. Do not turn up to a party feeling hungry. Load up on protein, fibrous vegetables, or healthy snacks before attending. If the biggest meal is in the evening, make sure you have a good portion, balanced meal in the morning and afternoon.

4. At the party: fill your plate with lean protein, fibrous vegetables first. These food will fill you up. Then choose a sensible amount of starchy carbohydrate, fatty food and / or dessert that you enjoy.

5. Watch the portion size. Eat until you are 80% full.

6. Watch your alcohol intake. Set a limit on how much you allow yourself to drink and stick to it. Alcohol provides 7 kcal / g (carb and protein = 4 kcal / g; fat = 9 kcal / g).

7. Make sure you drink enough water. Thirst is sometimes mistaken as hunger. Also, watch out for liquid calories, e.g. fruit juice, smoothies, soft drinks.

8. Keep up with fitness. Aim to do three 20-30 min HIIT sessions per week. If you can, do this before big meals.

9. Keep on moving. Make an effort to go out for a 30-60 min walk every day.

10.Be a fit and healthy leader. Inspire your friends and family to make healthy, balanced food choices and stay active. 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

See you in 2018!

Winnie x

Healthy habits to suit your lifestyle

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Achieving health and fitness goals is about developing consistent habits. Good habits are more dependable and sustainable than motivation and inspiration.

To find out how you can build fit and healthy habits that work FOR YOU, drop me an email at info@WinnieFitness.com

Winnie

Health and fitness coach