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

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.

 

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.