Sugar awareness week 2020

This week is Sugar Awareness Week. Sugar is found is a variety of foods. Free sugars are sugars added to food or drinks (biscuits, cakes, sweets, chocolates, cereals, ice-creams, fizzy drinks, flavoured yoghurts). Sugars in honey, syrups and fruits juices also count as free sugars. Eating too much sugar can cause weight gain, tooth decay and diabetes. The World Health Organization recommends that added sugar intake is no more than 24g (6 teaspoons) per day.

 

Action plan:

🍎Understand the health impacts of consuming too much sugar
🍎 Create an environment so that there is less temptation to consume sugar
🍎 Replace sugary snacks with fruits, low-GI carbohydrates, unprocessed nuts, protein rich food (balanced diet)
🍎 Encourage healthy eating habits
🍰 Enjoy a slice of cake at celebrations without feeling guilty

Are you trying to cut back on sugar? Let me know how you are getting on.

Achieve your goals in seven steps

Perhaps you have heard of setting SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Goal setting is the first step in achieving any goal. Have you ever wondered what comes after goal setting?  In this article, I share with you seven steps to achieving your goals.

1. Goal setting

Goals give you DIRECTION and PURPOSE. Think about WHAT is it that you want. Is it better health, fitness level, relationship? Then think about WHY you want to achieve it. What does achieving the goal mean to you? What value will it add to your life? Is it going to take you where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years?

Make sure your goal is SMART

Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Realistic – Timely

You can set goals to achieve anything in life, not just fitness and health.

2. Write it down

Did you know that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them?

Write down your SMART goal somewhere you can see every single day.

Tell someone you trust, someone who will encourage and support you on the journey.

3.  Have a plan

A goal without a plan is just a dream. You can wish and pray that your dream will come true. That this year, things will be different. I wish that for you too. However, without a plan, it is unlikely that your thoughts, actions and habits will change consistently. For example, you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness. The guideline for this is to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week.  To achieve this, you could brisk walk 30 minutes, 5 days a week; or run 25 minutes, 3 days a week. Make time to make it happen.

4. Solve problems

Anticipate obstacles along the way. I would like you to write down three potential obstacles that might prevent you from achieving your goal. Now, write down three solutions to each obstacle. The more creative you are in problem solving, the more likely you are able to overcome them. During this process, you develop a very important and valuable skill – resilience.

5. Build winning habits

Achievement is the result of taking little steps, in the right direction, day in and day out.  Winning habits can be developed through deliberate practice, whether it’s changing your mindset or taking actions. It takes time. It takes discipline. The good news is that habits will make the change more sustainable and consistent.

6. Celebrate victories

Take time to celebrate what you have achieved!

Reward yourself for your hard work, discipline and commitment.

7. Review and reflect

Think about what you have accomplished, how far you have come. Now that you have overcome various obstacles and achieved your goal, how do you feel? What is the next step? Is it time to move on to setting another goal, or would you like to keep practising what you learnt to make the change more permanent?

Remember, goals change in life, and that is ok. What serves you now may not serve you in the future. Life is constantly changing and we evolve to become a better self.

What are you working on right now? Please share.

 

Personal training sessions in Leatherhead Surrey – giveaway

To celebrate my birthday in December and staying fit at 39, I am offering 4 x 30 min personal training sessions to one follower. If you want to get fitter and healthier in 2020, simply email info@WinnieFitness.com with your name, email address, health goals to enter.

I’m specialised in the following areas:
🌟Kickstart fitness
🌟Pre/postnatal fitness
🌟Nutrition and fitness for weight loss
🌟Fitness for over 60s
🌟Fitness prescription for the management of certain medical conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes)

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!

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