Ceal got to catch up with Karma Houston, personal trainer for mums on the Brekky Boost this morning. If you missed it, you can listen to the full interview here!
ABC’s Sugar Quiz helps us get smart about the amount of sugar that is in some of our common groceries. We know the food pyramid tells us junk food should be absolutely minimal, but with added sugar in many of our food products, suddenly our “healthy” options may not be so healthy.
Do you actually know what quantity you can eat/drink before you hit 6 teaspoons of sugar? I know I didn’t! But I do now thanks to ABC!
Check out their quiz and find out for yourself!
Never tried making a green smoothie before? Check out this recipe!
One lesson I learned in 2016 was to join others in on the journey. We were created for community yet often we forget to do things together with the support, inspiration and encouragement of others. How much more fun and fulfilling is it to do life with others?
This includes our personal health journey. We may have a gym partner, or a walking buddy, but do we stay accountable to each other? Do we share the highs and lows, the struggles and the breakthroughs? We all wrestle with similar if not the same things so why not help each other out more?
It’s amazing when you hear someone share something and you think, you battle with that? Meee too! It starts this momentum of wanting to motivate each other more. My friends are I jumped on a plane a few weeks back and one friend picked up a few health magazines, by the time we all read a few pages we all were inspired and excited to take our health seriously and do it together!
If you’re feeling flat or complacent about it (I have been there too) maybe it’s time to buy a health magazine, watch a documentary on health (did you see That Sugar Film?), learn about illnesses related to poor diet or follow a health expert on social media to get yourself moving.
It’s time to make fitness and health fun! So throw a party all on health! Who doesn’t want to get fit and healthy (physically, emotionally and spiritually) in the new year? Why not help inspire and motivate each other by throwing a health and wellness party.
Ask your guests to all bring a healthy snack, product or a good read that will help inspire or teach other guests (give a small demo) – maybe it’s an aroma diffuser to help with good sleep, a selection of natural oils, a delicious healthy recipe, an upbeat playlist to create a good vibe, a tray of spices and their uses, a selection of teas and their health benefits, a health magazine or a fun fitness DVD, a sermon series on spiritual and mental health or small gift ideas for the guests around the theme of health. Even encourage your friends to come dressed in active wear.
Some food party ideas can include: healthy slices, sandwiches, cheese board, carrots and dip, vegetable smoothies, fruit platters or a fruity punch. If you like have a tray of sweets too, just keep it minimal and with small portions sizes.
Have small note cards available for people to list their health goals or to write down a few health tips they learned from the day. Remember to set short term goals (2-4 weeks) and keep them achievable and realistic.
That way there is no time to procrastinate. Watch you also don’t overwhelm yourself with all your goals either! And of course, talk with your friends and see how you can help them achieve their health goals too. Do life together. 🙂
So get together with friends and brainstorm some ideas – don’t organise the event on your own, it’s about community remember! Then share with us your healthy party ideas, stories or pictures and help inspire Townsville.
4 QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN CREATING YOUR OWN WEEKLY WORKOUT PLAN
One way to ensure your exercise timetable will work with your life schedule and be successful, is to ask yourself questions on what factors prevent you from your plan.
1. You may be full of enthusiasm to start your new exercise plan with best intentions, but your plans may get cancelled because of other competing priorities. If this sounds familiar perhaps there are certain times of the day or days that this happens regularly.
Consider what interruptions have stopped you from exercising in the past? For example do you often work overtime? Are you cooking that night for your whole family or housemates? What time do you need to be home to cook dinner or what time do you need to be home by so your eating with everyone? Some interruptions are regular, others are one off.
To prevent having to cater for competing priorities choose a better time slot or make that day your rest day. If your unsure what interruptions or competing priorities compete with your fitness regime consider writing down each week any time your plans were cancelled because of something else. After 1 month review this list and see if there are any patterns, then adjust your exercise schedule to cater for those other interruptions.
2. Do you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors, or both? If you work indoors all day will you want to do an indoor class or would you prefer to get fresh air and workout outside?
3. What is your fitness level? Keep in mind, others can be more or less fit than you so choose a fitness buddy that is at similiar levels as you. If you haven’t exercised in a while start off easy with achievable regimes.
For example in order over 4 weeks you can start with a walk, then brisk walking, then alternate between a light jog and brisk walking, then continuous jogging, followed by running. With each week increase distance or time.
Add 10-15 minutes each week to your session until you reach 45-60 minutes. Eventually you can progress to interval training (alternating between high & low intensity of exercise in the single session). Seek professional advice before commencing vigorous exercise especially if you have a heath condition. Then perhaps 1-2 times week you might exercise with someone above your fitness level (to challenge you further) and below your level (to help challenge them)!
4. When planning make sure you make it easily accessible – will I want to drive 30 minutes across town to get to the location for my fitness class after a big work day? Have I factored in traffic time? If it’s at a venue do I need to make a booking?
Let us know how you went with discovering what things stop your from exercising and how you worked around it!