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!

Mother’s Day fitness bootcamp Leatherhead

Mother's day boot camp Leatherhead Fortyfoot

Fit Mummy Personal Training presents: Mother’s Day outdoor boot camp special.

Join us for a fantastic workout in the park to celebrate Mother’s Day 2017!

New mums must be six-months plus postnatal. All abilities catered for. Buggies and children friendly. Feel free to bring family members and friends along.

Bring a bottle of water and an old towel or picnic mat for floor work.

£8 per person.
Spaces are very limited to ensure quality teaching. Email info@WinnieFitness.com to book your space.

Looking forward to seeing you at the boot camp!

Mums and deadlifts

This is a frequently asked question from my clients: ‘What’s the best exercise for mums after squat and push-up?’

I’d say, ‘Deadlift.’

deadlift

Mummies, how many times a day do you pick your child off the floor, lift your child and put in car seat, bend down to tidy toys? 10? 15? Probably more than that. Well, having a strong back will certainly make these movements easier. Deadlift is an awesome exercise to achieve this. Picking things up with proper form will become second nature.

If you’re new to this exercise, always ask your trainer for a demo and check if it is suitable for you.

 

Outdoor fitness sun safety tips

Outdoor fitness sun safety tips

 

Outdoor fitness training in the sun can be really fun, uplifting and motivating. (Read more on the benefits of outdoor exercise / fitness training here). We want to enjoy the sun, get some vitamin D, while protecting our skin from sun damage. Here are our top tips on staying safe in the sun this summer:

 

  1. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that offers UVA and UVB protection.
  2. Apply sunscreen generously to bareskin, 20 minutes before going outdoors.
  3. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, immediately after swimming, and after sweating.
  4. Wear a hat or cap to protect the scalp.
  5. Avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible, especially between 11am and 3pm when the sun is the strongest.
  6. Don’t forget to use sunscreen on cloudy days, as 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds.
  7. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Hope you find this article helpful. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

See you at one of our outdoor training sessions!

Get fit: no gym, no problem

You can get fit in the park or at home with small portable equipment. Here are some pictures of our client practising combo exercises at ‪#‎FitMummyPT‬ session. We bring equipment to the training session and provide you with a progressive fitness programme.  All you need is commitment, dedication and hard work.

We will be holding a bodyweight strength training workshop for beginners. For more information, visit: winniefitness.com/bodyweight-strength-training-workshop.

Want to try a Fit Mummy PT session? Email info@WinnieFitness.com to book  your place.  Click here for more information on our training session.

When is the best time of the day to exercise?

Best time workoutFrequently asked question: When is the best time of the day to workout?

Winnie at Buggy Bootcamp Leatherhead says: That depends on the best time for YOU. Pick a time that you will stick to on a regular basis, as consistency is key to getting results when it comes to fitness. It’s okay to change the ‘best time’ from time to time because of changes in schedule.

For example, my personal ‘best time’ is between 10-11 am during school term time, after training my morning clients; between 8-9 am during school holiday due to a different childcare schedule.

So, schedule a date with your workout at a time that is right for you.

8 Benefits of strength training

Strenkettlebellgth training is essential for anyone who wants to be fitter, stronger and healthier.

Many people are spending most of their workout time on cardiovascular exercise (treadmill, cross-trainer, jogging) and less time on strength training (also known as resistance training), with a common belief that the best way to lose weight is to count the calories that was burnt, and the longer the session the better.  The truth is, strength training may just be the missing piece of puzzle to take your fitness to another level. Moreoever, there are many health benefits associated with strength training.

Here are 8 reasons why you should include strength training in your workouts:

1. You will be be physically fitter and stronger

2. Feel mentally stronger and more focused

3. Lose body fat and become leaner, which also means your body will be toned and looke sculpted

4. Raise your metabolic rate with ‘after burn’ effect

5. You will feel more energized

6. You will develop stronger bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis

7. Help manage a variety of health conditions, e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, back pain, arthritis and obesity

8. Enhance performance which makes everyday tasks easier

There are many ways to do strength training, which can be done at home or in the gym.  My favourite choices are body weight exercises and using free weights (dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells).

When it comes to strength training, it is essential to exercise with good form. If you are new to strength training, always ask your trainer for a demonstration.

If you are based in Leatherhead, Surrey, why not book a free taster session to experience the benefits yourself?