How Exercise Can Support Your Healthy Lifestyle

I have to say, despite having quite bad sleep right now compared to pre-Isaac, the one thing I know that massively helps is exercising. It gives me energy (weirdly) and improves my mood no end. While beforehand I might not really fancy doing it, I know afterwards I’ll feel a lot better! The below article is great on how exercise can really help keep you healthy 🙂

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We all know that leading a healthy lifestyle is important for our overall well-being. Eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise are both key components of a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that exercise can actually help support your healthy lifestyle in general? In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at some of the key benefits of exercise and why you need to make it a consistent habit in your daily life.

Why is Exercise a Key Component to a Healthy Lifestyle

Most people know that exercise is important for maintaining a healthy weight, but it does so much more than that. Exercise has been shown to improve mental health, increase lifespan and protect against conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. It also helps to reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality and increase energy levels. In short, there are few things that exercise can’t do for the human body. And yet, despite all of the evidence, nearly 80% of adults don’t get the recommended amount of exercise each week. If you’re looking to make a change in your life, there’s no better place to start than joining a gym like Fitness 19 and creating a regular exercise routine. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but the benefits are more than worth it.

1. Exercise Boosts Metabolism

One of the main benefits of exercise is that it helps boost your metabolism. A higher metabolism means that your body is better able to burn calories, which can help you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise also helps build muscle, and muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, even when you’re at rest. So, if you’re looking to boost your metabolism and support your healthy diet, regular exercise is key.

2. Exercise Helps Control Appetite

Another way that exercise can support your healthy diet is by helping to control your appetite. When you exercise regularly, your body releases endorphins, which have been shown to suppress appetite. So, if you find yourself struggling with cravings or overeating, regular exercise may be just what you need to get back on track.

3. Exercise Reduces Stress Levels

We all know that stress can lead to unhealthy habits like overeating or eating junk food. But did you know that exercise can actually help reduce stress levels? Regular exercise has been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. So, if you’re looking to reduce stress and support your healthy diet, exercise is a great option.

4. Exercise Helps You to Sleep Better

Studies have shown that people who are physically active tend to sleep more soundly and for longer periods of time than those who are sedentary. Furthermore, exercise can help to alleviate some of the common causes of insomnia, such as stress and anxiety. And while it’s important to get some exercise during the day, moderate activity in the evening can also be beneficial. So if you’re struggling to sleep well, try going for a brisk walk or taking a yoga class before bedtime. You just might find that you sleep like a baby.

Postpartum nutrition – all the good stuff

Finding the time to blog is becoming somewhat tricky (as you can imagine with a brand new baby), but I want to continue to write as I find it very cathartic and I also want to document memories of this crazy time.

Isaac is now 4.5 weeks old and honestly I can’t imagine life without him right now… and I also can’t imagine what over 6 hours of sleep feels like either! I always knew that having a baby would mean sleepless nights and an abundance of chaos… but actually living through it is something else I tell you.

That said, maternity leave is lovely. Amongst the crazy tiredness and constantly being on my toes looking after the little man, I do get to spend lots of time with family and friends doing fun things like going for walks, coffee and lunch.

It really is quite fabulous. My mum has two days off a week and Kyle’s mum doesn’t work Fridays so I get to see them a lot, which of course they love because they adore being grandmas.

My mum and I went to the Parade Tearooms and I had my favourite Jayne Salad followed by cake

Spending time with Isaac as a grandma must be amazing – you get all the fun without the hard sleepless night, eh!

So my week is very different to before, obviously. No work emails, no meetings – which is wonderful. But confusion, anxiety, stress and tiredness in abundance. Not exactly a holiday but not exactly like being in a proper job either. Very odd.

One of our many cake and coffee trips

The two weeks that Kyle was able to have as paternity leave was really lovely. Obviously it was hard and we were like deer in the headlights, Googling everything, ringing parents every hour asking questions and just wondering what the hell we’d gotten ourselves into it. But we also got to spend quality time as a threesome (well foursome with Alfie).

Kyle and I managed to get to 7Bone with Isaac which was fabulous

And I won’t lie, I’ve been having some fantastic meals and food lately, which honestly is quite surprising. I was told I wouldn’t have any time for myself to make sure there were lots of meals in the freezer.  I mean, I did prepare well and we do have a lot of food ready to go in the freezer but with all the meals out and people coming over bringing food and wanting to cook for us, we haven’t been starving!

Recent trip to Breezes for brunch

But amongst all the cake, doughnuts and lunches out I have been watching my nutrition carefully as I’m breastfeeding. While I know I need to be upping my calories to keep my supply decent, I also want to make sure the calories I’m eating are of a good quality as well. I mean cake IS good but it’s not the most nutritiously dense!

One of my favourites: Bakewell atrt

Handily I was recently sent some protein powder and collagen powder to try out from Naked Nutrition. And I’ve been making some mean smoothies to get some fast and tasty nutrition in me fast. It’s not always possible to grab the healthiest snacks on the go but having a smoothie is perfect.

I really like these products because they’re not full of any unnecessary nasties. I tried the Naked Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder and add it to my porridge in a morning and my smoothie in the afternoon. It’s made from whey source from grass-fed cows raised without growth hormones like rBGH or rBST. Each serving contains 25 grams of protein and 5.9 grams of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). There are no additives or artificial sweeteners. Perfect!

The Naked Collagan Powder also has a similar “clean” profile, with no added nasties. It’s also flavourless so easy to add to anything like porridge or even soup. And each serving has 9 grams of protein and only 35 calories.

My smoothie recipe:

  1. One scoop of Naked chocolate protein powder
  2. One sachet of collagen powder
  3. A handful of spinach
  4. One frozen banana
  5. Handful of frozen blueberries
  6. Soya milk (or any milk you fancy)
While breastfeeding, smoothies are so easy to drink!

It’s delicious, filling and packed full of good stuff! Protein is so important in general to keep your muscles strong and your body healthy, and while I’m not training per se I am breastfeeding and it’s still super important to keep my protein solid. And collagen powder is SO good for you in terms of your hair, nails and bones. I’m giving so much physically and mentally to Isaac that it’s so handy to throw a smoothie together with all this good stuff to keep me healthy so I can keep Isaac healthy.

So in terms of food and nutrition I’ve been doing evry well. Just got to get my sleep as good eh? 😉

Do you like smoothies?

Have you ever had collagen?

**Full Disclaimer: I was sent the products for free in return for a blog review. All opinions are my own honest ones.**

Healthy Living 101: 8 Important Body Parts that Need More Care

Keeping yourself healthy – so important in all satges of life. As I’m currently breastfeeding I’m trying my best to keep right on top of my health. I mean this is a bit of a continuation of my pregnancy too – it’s no longer just me I’m looking after! Here is a great post to remind you to look after yourself.

Every part of your body needs special care and attention. Therefore, there are many routines that you should follow to ensure every body part is in top shape to improve your overall health. So, here are important body parts that need more care.

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Skin

Skin is the largest organ in your body and is the first layer of defence against any harmful and foreign substances. Every time you walk out of the door, you expose your skin to a barrage of potential hazards, such as germs and bacteria. The good news is that your skin has a mechanism to protect itself against most of these substances and prevent you from getting sick. This is an excellent reason to give special care to your skin. Failure to do so will expose your first line of defence to harm. Skincare is a good way to get started.

Eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the outside world. Like most parts of the body, your eyes are constantly exposed to harm. Additionally, you have to deal with light emitting from various sources, such as your computer and phones and ultraviolet rays. This may result in irritation and, ultimately, infections.

Ears

It is advisable to listen to ears also. The human ears take a lot of sensory overload from the environment. And like other special body parts, your ears need care. The chances are that you expose yourself to high decibel sounds that can be perilous to your hearing ability.

The most basic ear care is ensuring you do not get exposed to too much noise by avoiding using earphones with high volumes or standing next to speakers in a concert. Additionally, you can take care of your ears by using earbuds when working in noisy environments. Lastly, keeping your ears clean and dry helps you prevent infections and irritation.

Teeth

Your teeth are the reasons behind your fantastic smile. Additionally, they allow you to enjoy the pleasure of various foods. Failure to take proper care of your teeth can be detrimental to your dental health and facial beauty. The good news is taking proper care of your teeth is easy. It is a matter of avoiding too much sugary food, flossing, and brushing at least twice a day. However, reports indicate that a majority of people do not take proper care of their teeth.

Apart from brushing and flossing, regular visits to a dentist help you prevent and manage dental problems. There are many health benefits of taking good care of your teeth, and you should not miss any of them.

Lower abdomen

Your lower abdomen comprises your belly and belly button. This part is another that requires special care because it contributes to your physical appearance. For starters, planks and sit-ups can help you get a 6 pack and make your lower abdomen more attractive.

When it comes to your belly button, you must have realized that it stays dirty even after hours in the bathroom. This may be scary because there are many types of bacteria in the human belly button. Proper care includes cleaning and consulting your physician if you have issues around this region.

Back

Your back makes up your core, an important body part that helps you do so many things. So, you have to ensure that you give special attention to your back. Chronic back pains can be debilitating and prevent you from going about your daily routines in peace. If you want to avoid this, make sure you sit in the right posture and avoid exerting too much pressure on your back. Physical exercise can also be an excellent way of taking care of your back.

Genitals

Do you find it challenging to spare a thought for the well-being of your genitals until there is an infection? You are not alone. Many people ignore their genitals until it’s late. Your genital area is always covered most of the time, making it prone to infections and irritation. Without enough air circulation, your genitals tend to be damp, and this is perfect for bacteria to thrive. Ensure you wear clean underwear and change them as frequently as possible.

Hair

This may be a surprise inclusion, but vital. Your hair may not contribute much to your health, but they are crucial to your physical appearance and personality. Additionally, your hair can be an indicator of your overall health. Taking proper care of your hair includes frequent washing using shampoo and cutting, if necessary. Avoiding too much heat treatment can also be an excellent way of taking care of your hair.

The bottom line

There you go; these are the most important body parts that require special care. Follow a healthy lifestyle and these tips to protect your body against diseases and improve your overall health today and every day.

Are you “on it” with your health?

Three Secrets Of People Who Actually Love To Work Out

I’m currently away and loving the baby moon in Newquay but have a great little post for you today.

There are always two types of people at the gym – those who love life (and exercise,) and those who most definitely don’t. While the former group will usually leave with just a light sheen of sweat and a satisfied endorphin-inspired grin, the latter will usually be so exhausted by the end of their session that they collapse in a sweat-covered heap. 

It’s an undeniable injustice in life and, if you’re on the floor after a gym session, you might wish you could crush those smug faces under the weights you aren’t even close to lifting. We get it; when you’re struggling to breathe on the treadmill, enjoyment can feel so far away that you’d laugh if you could. But, the reality is that there’s no scientific reason why those people love to exercise and you don’t. Rather, the difference comes in a few surprisingly simple secrets that those avid gym bunnies keep up their sleeves. Here, we’re going to consider a few such secrets to, hopefully, turn you into an exercise convert at long last. 

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Secret 1 – Testing the field

No one would turn around and say that they hate all films after one bad experience, yet it’s amazing how many of us do the same after one exercise attempt. In reality, though, there are as many different types of exercise as there are film genres, and enjoyment across each varies just as much. Often, then, the difference between those who love exercise and those who don’t is as simple as the fact that the former group has tested the workout field and found the exercise 100% suited to their lifestyle, capabilities, and requirements. 

Secret 2 – Looking after their bodies

You’re never going to love exercise if it leaves you sore for days, but that’s exactly what will happen if you don’t take the proper care. Naturally, then, those who embrace exercise with open arms also typically take pains to look after their bodies and recognise their cut-off points. These individuals especially make room for recovery and always take pains to buy protein powder online or in-store before a big session to avoid that post-workout sting. This can keep them higher on post-workout endorphins for longer, as well as ensuring that they’re fresh and raring to go when they do get back to it.

Secret 3 – Setting bold goals

Anyone looking to get more from their workouts needs to set clear goals, ensuring that they feel the satisfaction of their progress, and giving them increased motivation. For exercise-lovers, it’s especially important to set bold goals that threaten comfort zones and set up a fun challenge. By comparison, hitting the gym with no goal, or goals that fail to push you, is really an inevitable path towards lacklustre exercise efforts that most definitely won’t bring the same buzz.

So, there you have it – there’s no untenable secret as to why some people love working out. It seems that, truly, overcoming the exercise hump is all about knowledge, motivation, and a little sprinkle of post-workout endorphins.

Do you enjoy exercising?

Do you like to have goals?

How to Get More From Your Workouts

As you know I’m a huge fan of working out and found that over the years I’ve really found a love for the gym and strength training (rather than it being an utter chore) . Though now that’s it’s changed a bit with COVID and I’m fully embracing and loving home workouts – something I never thought I’d ever be into. But whether it’s home workouts or the gym you’re into it or wanting to get started on, I thought this post might be helpful for anyone needing some good tips for working out, enjoy!

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If you are new to working out, hitting the gym can seem a little daunting. Seeing all the equipment can feel overwhelming, and you may be wondering how even to get started and if you can remember anything from your induction. Well, the good news is that the fact that you are ready to get started and work on your fitness means you have conquered half the battle. Deciding to start working out can have so many benefits throughout your life, even outside the gym. So, if you are ready to get started, here are some of the ways you can get more from your workouts and begin to see the benefits of your hard work sooner:

Know What You Want to Achieve

Everyone has different goals for their fitness. Knowing what you want to achieve from your workouts will make it much easier for you to measure your results and keep your motivation levels high.

For some people, the reason they workout is purely aesthetic; they want to achieve their perfect body image and create a muscular, toned physique by focusing on bulking up certain areas of the body. For other people, the desire to be at an optimum level of fitness and make their bodies as strong as possible drives them. Whether you work out to make your body look a certain way, make it stronger, or improve your mental well-being, knowing why you want to do it will help you see the results and stay on track.

Nourish Your Body

Trying to work out when you have been feasting on junk food all day will make you feel pretty yucky. No matter how much you work out, it cannot completely counteract an unhealthy diet. But, nourishing your body with the correct fuel is sure to make you feel great and to see more benefits from your workout. Eating the correct amount of protein and following a balanced diet will help you to feel at your best while working out and afterwards. Don’t forget that staying hydrated is super important too, so ensure that you replace the fluids you lose.

Supplementing your diet can also help make your workouts easier and your results better by providing the body with the correct fuel it needs to perform at its best. Many people find that creatine powder is beneficial for their workouts as it helps the muscles to produce energy while you are training. 

Stay Motivated

Some days, you may look out of the window, see that it is raining, and decide to stay in bed rather than visit the gym. Everyone has days where their motivation starts to fade, but finding ways to keep yourself as motivated as possible will ensure that you don’t give up on your fitness goals. To stay motivated, it is helpful to find a workout routine that fits easily around your schedule. Having set days when you work out should help keep your motivation levels high and make it easier to visit the gym.

How do you stay motivated to workout?

Do you use any supplements?