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My Full Body Workout #1

My Full Body Workout #1

My workload has been crazy for the last few weeks and I’ve also upped my hours.  Kids are also back into the swing of things at school and the usual after school activities.  So it’s all taking it’s toll on what time I can squeeze out for other things.  So annoyingly it’s compromised my fitness, in particular my gym visits and the time I can devote to a decent workout.  Yeah quicker to go out for a run but the Gym is where I really de-stress, switch off, work on achieving some of my fitness goals and concentrate on something that is purely for me.

If time becomes a fitness barrier, take this opportunity to re-think how you train

So I’ve had to re-think how I can train, get a decent routine and still have time for everything else.  Before I’ve been able to focus on one area to train at a time.  Chest and back, legs, arms and shoulders.  HIIT or run sessions when I’m not at the gym.  Now I’m aiming for a full body workout when I go to the gym.  I’ve upped my rep’s so it feels that I’m still getting a proper workout, here are no super sets involved and I’ve set a goal to gradually push my weights up. so still pushing myself, still building up my strength but doing it a little differently.

I’ve got 2 full body workout programmes, this is my first one which I will rotate with my second during the week.  I’ll post that separately as I’ve not had a chance to get a graphic together for it.  I’ve been through this a couple of times at my Gym (when it’s quiet) its been taking me about 40 mins which is perfect for me at the moment.

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How do you maintain your fitness when you are short on time?

 

Disclaimer

I am not a qualified Personal Trainer or Medical Professional.

All the views expressed are my own.  I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the gym.  All my workouts have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but I am happy to share for those looking for inspiration, workout ideas or motivation.

Before embarking on any form of exercise or fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.

At Home HIIT Workout #2

HIIT

At Home HIIT Workout #2

This full body HIIT workout will take only 12 minutes, so great if you are short on time but will still get your heart pumping, metabolism racing and ultimately burn fat.  No equipment apart from a timer on your phone or a stop watch.  If you struggle just think quality over quantity; the more you keep doing HIIT the fitter you will get and the more rep’s you will be able to perform in the time.  Concentrate on good form for each exercise, you and your body will benefit more by doing this than trying to rush and not doing the exercises properly.  I’ve added some links YouTube to the exercises listed to help you if you are not sure what they are.

#HIIT Workouts are an ideal way to burn fat, and raise your metabolism; perfect if you are short on time! Click To Tweet

As always with any form of exercise, please make sure you warm up properly before for a good 5 minutes at least, I usually perform a series of dynamic stretches.  Also don’t attempt any exercise if you have any injury without seeking advice beforehand from a medical professional.

6 exercises. 20 seconds per exercise. 10 seconds rest after each exercise. Repeat 4 times.

HIIT

Exercises in this workout are:

Squat Jumps

Mountain Climbers

Flutter Kicks

Push Ups

Burpees

Crunches

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My daughters first blog post

Imogen Online

My daughters first blog post

Yesterday my 9 year old daughter, Imogen, asked if I could help set up her own blog.  So Imogen Online was created using wordpress.org.

I forget how tech savvy kids are and she quickly picked up how to set up the blog, what name to give it and what her first blog post was going to be about.  I also don’t appreciate how much influence bloggers and vloggers have especially with children and teenagers.  So it was nice to do something that Imogen already had a real interest in and it also showed how much I have learnt from when I published my first blog post.

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So we spent the afternoon, making Mars Bar Crispy Squares, taking photos along the way, writing up the recipe, formatting images and posting online.  It was lovely spending an afternoon with Imogen doing something creative, having fun together and of course eating a lot of chocolate!

So if you fancy making Mars Bar Crispy Squares feel free to use Imogen’s Mars Bar Crispy Squares Recipe!

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My Enforced Digital Detox

Detox

My Enforced Digital Detox

Just back from my holidays.  10 days in Cornwall; ok not very glamourous but I love it there.  Beautiful beaches, incredible surf, a slower pace of life, picturesque fishing harbours, Cornish pasties, cream teas, BBQ’s at the beach; the list goes on!   Did I mention there was virtually NO mobile reception?

It’s weird.  There was I  looking forward to 10 days of chilling, family time and just getting away from the hum drum of life when I suddenly got cold sweats as I watched the last bar of my mobile signal disappear as I was greeted by the ‘Welcome to Cornwall’ sign.

No mobile reception, no Wi-Fi, no emails, no social media.  Surely this should have been liberating?  The kids were not better either.  The minute we got to the campsite, my eldest asked what the Wi-Fi password was.

So how did we cope?

Ok, admittedly, I was able to get a signal when we drove 15 miles to the nearest town where I did manage to get a digital binge, but we only did that a couple of times.  We did coped.  We did manage to suppress our irrational FOMO panics.  Without our heads buried in a screen we were all able to enjoy what was going on around us, enjoyed being silly together, slowed down, chilled out.  What I did notice is that the kids adapted to being off-grid quicker than I did.  Even without the distractions of surfing and  body-boarding, they were out playing, kicking a football around, playing tag, making new friends on the camp-site.  I took to reading more and just enjoying my surroundings, focusing on the now and not fretting on what I was missing out on at home.  I enjoyed the conversations I had with my kids, enjoyed listening to their slant on things, enjoyed their sense of humour.  My eldest son took to reading the newspaper and all 3 kids got the hang of Sudoku.

Setting a good example

Back home, we have digitally ‘re-toxed’ but maybe I am now more aware of what a pointless distraction and drain on my time being constantly glued to my phone or tablet can at times be.  I’m also aware that I am just as much to blame when it comes to influencing my children’s digital habits as are their peers.  In the past I’ve joked that my iPad is my virtual Childminder; it’s faithfully kept the kids occupied so that I can get on with things or allow me to have a cuppa without interruption.

Yes I do have a ban all digital devices at mealtimes, a bedside ban and that they are switched off an hour before bed (including me).  But I think as a parent I should be more aware of my actions; if I’m constantly looking at a screen my kids will think that is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

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Should we switch off and do something more worthwhile instead?

I know I am not the only one that is guilty of becoming addicted and obsessive with technology and our mobile devices.  Now it seems that more and more people are making a conscious effort to disconnect.  A recent report published by Ofcom claim that 15 million internet users have voluntarily undertaken a ‘digital detox’ from technology in order to ‘strike a healthier balance between technology and life beyond the screen’

Yes of course there is great value in using digital technology, mobile devices and being able to connect digitally; they help us do our jobs, simplify our lives and help us connect with others that we perhaps wouldn’t be able to so it’s not all bad.  But perhaps maybe we should enjoy focusing on the now; live in that moment and appreciate what is going on around us?  Enjoy that walk through the park on a Sunday morning without having the need to check work emails?

Step away from that Smart Phone!

So don’t you think we all need to switch off sometimes?  Step away from the Smart Phone, put down the tablet or maybe try and resist the nagging urge to check social media for the squillionth time just in case we have a friend request or the comment about what you had for lunch has received anymore likes?  Maybe maintain our friendship’s face-to-face as opposed to status-to-status?  Shouldn’t we all just try and get over this fear of missing out and maybe just enjoying focusing on the now and enriching our own lives rather than coveting the edited lifestyle of others via Social Media?

I bumped into a really good mate today at the Gym; I was leaving as she was on her way to a metafit class.  I hadn’t seen her properly for ages.  Let’s meet up?  What have you been up to?  Nowadays we all seem to know what’s been going on in our friends lives without us actually seeing them in the flesh.  After being off-grid I honestly didn’t know what my friend had been up to for the last few weeks.  So we arranged to catch up over drinks next week, now isn’t that novel?

Have you ever forced yourself to take a digital detox?  If you have kids do you set boundaries when it comes to digital devices in the home?

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