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10 Healthy Habits for Autumn

Healthy Habits

10 Healthy Habits for Autumn

I’ll admit it Autumn isn’t up there as one of my favourite times of the year.  Summer can seem more of a relaxed affair and with more daylight and sunshine my mood is generally in a happy place.  Then its BAAM! Back in to the routine of school and once past Halloween it’s that build up to Christmas.  Saying that I do like those first initial chilly mornings, the beauty of Autumn and having the kids back at school has it’s advantages, so ok maybe it’s not so bad?  For me when the nights start to draw in, the central heating goes on and my wardrobe switches to boots and sweaters it can be an excuse to start hibernating a little, switch to a stodgy diet and perhaps ease off on the running front.

Developing healthy habits will help to see you through the chillier weather, help to maintain a positive attitude and, fingers crossed, stave off potential weight gain.

Here are my 10 Healthy Habits for Autumn

  • If you must comfort eat make it healthy
  • Commit to a weekly Workout Schedule and log your progress
  • Revamp your running or training gear if you exercise outdoors
  • Stay hydrated; the colder weather is no excuse not to drink plenty of water
  • No Hibernating!  Stay Sociable!
  • Make one day a week a Family Day
  • Declutter
  • Unplug/Go Offline; even if it’s an hour before bedtime
  • Eat seasonal produce
  • Get outdoors more and take time to enjoy the beauty of Autumn
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Let’s see how many I can stick so!  What are your health habits for Autumn?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardio and Full Body Workout

Cardio and Full Body Workout

I’ve recently changed the way I train.  In the week it’s mainly free weights and the odd 5km run and at the weekend I now lay off the weights, do some cardio and some form of HIIT.  I put this workout together a little while ago and tend to do this on a Saturday morning.  This takes about 30 mins.  So work hard, work up a sweat then the rest of the day is yours to do with what you want!

Try this Cardio and Full Body Workout, interval cardio followed by HIIT style bodyweight exercises. #HIIT Click To Tweet

 

Full Body Workout

 

If you do use the above workout, let me know what you think.  For more workouts visit My Training page.

 

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 fitness programmes and training have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but happy to share if you are looking for inspiration and motivation.

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

My Spring 15 Minute Full Body Workout

full body workout

My Spring 15 Minute Full Body Workout

I’ve lost a bit of motivation lately, hit a wall and not been as motivated to push myself.  I’m still enjoying my free weight sessions but want to get the heart pumping a little bit more.  So for the last month I have added a new full body workout to my fitness routine.

So firstly, I’ve been hitting the Cross-Trainer.  Ok so this is not part of the Full Body Workout I’m posting but for me 15 minutes interval training on the cross trainer is just the ticket to get the heart pumping.  Read my post 5 Cross Trainer Workouts To Try if you would like to have a go at HIIT style intervals on the Cross Trainer.

Then I’m then doing the following 15 Minute Full body Workout.  3 rounds of 5 different exercises.  All exercises in each round are performed back to back with a rest after each round; I generally rest for 30 to 60 seconds but it is entirely up to you.  The goal is to preform 3 rounds of this workout within 15 minutes.  Don’t worry if you struggle to do this but the fitter you get the easier it will become to complete all 3 rounds.  It’s quality over quantity!  Please make sure you warm up properly before the workout and try and find time for a 5 minute cool down and stretch after.

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Full body workout

I’ve added links if you are unsure of some of the exercises.

Enjoy!

Goblet Squats

Press-Ups

Hip-Thrusts

DB Bent Over Row

Plank

Disclaimer

I am not a personal trainer or medical professional.

All the views expressed are my own.  I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym.  All of 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 fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.

Spring Running Music Playlist

Spring Running Music

Spring Running Music Playlist

 

It’s Spring! Time to get outdoors, no more treadmill for me (yes I am a fairweather runner)!  So I’ve put a new running music playlist together.  Some tunes are upbeat, some are on this list just because I like them!

I’m trying to increase my speed so I’m busy looking for inspiration and ideas on Pinterest at the moment; hopefully I’ll be posting something soon!

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All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon and Spotify.

Running Music

Spring Running Music Playlist

Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai

Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran

Heavydirtysoul – 21 Pilots

By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue

Place (ft. Ina Wroldsen) – Martin Solveig

Cloudbusting – Just Us

Don’t You Worry Child (ft. John Martin) – Swedish House Mafia

Rich Boy – Galantis

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

No Lie (ft. Dua Lipa) – Sean Paul

Just Hold On – Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson

Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) – Starley

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Symphony (ft. Zara Larsson) – Clean Bandit

Green Light – Lorde

 

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I Love the 80’s Workout Music Playlist

Workout Music Playlist

Why not try this I Love the 80s Workout Music Playlist

 

My workout music playlist needs a bit of an update but this time I’ve had a bit of a throw back to my youth; the 1980s!  So it’s all school disco’s, questionable fashion sense, all things neon, Athena posters, Sony Walkman, Miami Vice, MTV, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and new romantics (well for me anyway).

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All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon and Spotify.

Workout Music

I Love the 80s Workout Music Playlist

Van Halen – Jump
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The wolf
Salt ‘n’ Pepa – Push It
Cameo – Word Up
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Prince and The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Erasure – Sometimes
The Human League – Love Action
Depeche mode -Personal Jesus
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy – Kiss Me
Tears for Fears – Shout

Do you have a throwback decade when it comes to you workout music?

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!

motivational quote

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!

Motivational Quote

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For more fitness and weightloss motivation, visit my motivational quotes page.

 

Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?

fitness challenge

Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?

Have you ever tried doing a fitness challenge for 30 days?  This year I decided to make a new list of goals to achieve each month; one of these was to set a monthly fitness challenge.  I’ve become a little obsessed with monthly challenges recently, why?

  • 30 days is not a great deal of time to invest in a project if it doesn’t work out
  • Doing something for 30 days  can help to cement a good habit
  • A new challenge each month can keep up your motivation and results can be seen in a short space of time
  • It can help you develop a more open mind set to embrace change
  • You can get a lot done it 30 days; think of doing one each month then that’s a lot of goals you’ve achieved!

So apply this to fitness and you’ve got a great fitness plan for the whole year!

Try a new fitness challenge each month, smaller goals are easier to achieve and you will see results quicker! Click To Tweet

Stuck for inspiration?  Then check out my 5 favourite fitness challenges that I have taken from Pinterest.

30 Day Abs and Squats Challenge – this is actually my fitness challenge for February

30 Day Core Strength Challenge

30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge

30 Day Full Killer Body Workout

30 Day Burpee Challenge

Finally you needn’t just have to limit it to a monthly fitness challenge; it can be absolutely anything!

 

 

 

 

 

Beginners Full Body Workout

Full Body Workout

Beginners Full Body Workout

I like to think I know my way around a gym, particularly when it comes to the free weights.  It has taken time though and as we are into a new year a lot of people have made the decision to get fit tone up and lose weight. Joining a gym is normally the first step to achieving these goals for most people. However, it can all seem a little bit daunting especially when you are a few weeks in and memories of your Gym Induction are now rather fuzzy!  That’s when the motivation starts to wane and the gym visits can be in danger of becoming a thing of the past.

My Beginners Full Body Workout if you are in need of some workout inspiration #fitness #motivation Click To Tweet

So I had a dig through my old workouts and happened upon my very first gym programme that got me properly back into exercise.  At the time I did  book some sessions with a Personal Trainer.  Not only did he help me with my technique but helped me gain the confidence to use the Gym Equipment and what to use in order to reach my own fitness goals.  OK Personal Trainers don’t come cheap but what I learnt was worth every penny!  So this is my very first programme, a full body workout that is not too complicated but still gives you a decent workout.  I occasionally use it now just add weights to some of the exercises and maybe add an extra set; it does the job!

So if you need some inspiration here’s my very first beginner’s full body workout:

full body workout

 

I’ve added links if you are unsure of some of the exercises.

Bodyweight Squats

Assisted Pull-Ups

Press-Ups

Walking Lunges

Seated Row

 

Disclaimer

I am not a personal trainer or medical professional.

All the views expressed are my own.  I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym.  All of 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 fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.

 

 

5 Cross Trainer Workouts To Try

Cross Trainer Workouts

5 Cross Trainer Workouts to Try

Normally I’m not big on cardio at the gym, generally doing a HIIT or a 5km is enough for me.  However recently when the weather hasn’t been great or it’s been mega busy around the free weights area of the gym I have started to do the odd cardio workout and have enjoyed doing them as they are different to my normal free weight sessions.  Normally I do something HIIT Style on the treadmill but I’ve also started to use the Cross Trainer (or Elliptical as it’s also known as) a little more.  I find that having a specifc workout gives me something to focus on and helps me up my effort levels when it comes to the sprint or higher intensity elements.  So if you are stuck for inspiration here are 5 Cross Trainer Workouts that I have found on Pinterest that you can try next time you are at the Gym.

The 20 Minute Elliptical Interval Workout found on Greatist.com (article by Alison Feller)

Elliptical Brazilian Butt Workout from superskinnyme.com (found on Pinterest)

Elliptical Ladder Workout from afitjunkie.com (found on Pinterest)

Elliptical HIIT Workout from herhappybalance.com

Super Sweaty Elliptical Workout from getinmyhealthyon.com

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I hope that has given you some inspiration when looking for a workout to try on the Cross Trainer.  I will put together my own but in the meantime if you are looking for a HIIT style treadmill workout take a look at my Quick HIIT 20 Minute Treadmill Workout.

In my own experience it’s good to mix up your fitness routine such as trying different types of cardio, fitness classes or types of exercises.  It helps to keep you motivated to continue on your fitness journey and ultimately achieve your fitness goals.

Do you have a favourite cardio workout?

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