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The Value of Health

Unfortunately we live in a society where it costs more money to live a “healthy” lifestyle than one of junk food and laziness; a society where the norm is to be stressed out, sedentary, over-caffeinated and miserable; a society where the majority of people believe it is normal to walk around not feeling good or happy most of the time. 
On the other hand, we are fortunate enough to live in a world that people do research and studies on everything and in the health and fitness field which has helped to truly highlight the value of eating healthy and exercising. 
So yes, the monetary cost of vegetables and chicken (that isn’t deep fried at a fast food joint) is higher than chicken nuggets, however the positive effects from those nutrients in the healthy foods have more value to you in the long run than the satisfaction from a big mac ever will. 
Not only do these healthier foods help with weight loss, which let’s face it is a huge seller alone for the majority of the population, but they also help to clear up your skin and will actually make your skin “glow”. “A small study from the University of St Andrews in Scotland showed the groups that consumed just 3 extra serves of carotenoid containing fruits and vegetables showed a small change in their skin tones and colouration in just 6 weeks. The small change was enough to be perceived as more attractive to others. The group that ate more processed junk food became less attractive and paler in the study period.” (From an article By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND)
Furthermore, if you are not interested in how eating right will impact your looks there are multiple other benefits for you health including lower blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, stronger immune system and even decreased bone loss (which is especially important as you age). 
Now onto physical health… I know, gym memberships and hiring a personal trainer is more expensive than a permanent membership to your couch. However, is that where you truly want to spend the rest of your life? Or do you want to be able to live each day to the fullest and truly feel good and enjoy your life? 
I would say that the majority, if not all, of my clients no matter what their goals, have said that they actually felt better, after just a few sessions – sometimes even after the first session, and that alone was a great investment into their future. By adding in regular strength training and cardio not only do you strengthen your body which makes everyday tasks now easier, but it also helps with the aging process in the future. If you have just started following my blog than you may not have heard me say this before, but it’s true – if you don’t use it, you lose it – and when it comes to your muscles and health this statement could not be more true! You don’t have to get fragile and weak as you age, as long as you keep moving and using those muscles they won’t be able to go anywhere! 
Speaking of adding value to your life, nothing is “simpler” than getting a good nights sleep. I won’t go in to too much detail here because I have done a whole post about sleep, but being over-stressed and over-tired is not something we should strive for. Yes, it seems in our society that being tired and stressed equals busy which equals success. However, if you are well rested and less stressed you are going to be able to perform better at whatever task you have going on and be more of a joy to be around as well. So, sleep well and allow time to de-stress! 
You invest money to save for your future, so why wouldn’t you invest in you in order to give yourself the ability to actually enjoy it? Start looking at exercising, cooking healthy meals and getting quality sleep as investing in your future and I guarantee you will start to the value and true meaning of health. 

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Anytime (anywhere) Workout

Usually I am the type of person who has to be in a gym to feel motivated enough to exercise but you (all those who have asked me to do an at home workout video) have inspired me to get moving this Sunday morning! 

So here’s a simple and quick workout you can do practically anywhere. 

*always remember to get your body warmed up, whether it’s with a brisk walk or some dynamic stretches, just make sure your muscles are ready to work.


– Push ups

– Squats 

– Dips 

– Bulgarian split squat 

– Plank 

Bonus: – chin ups ​


Start with 10 reps of each exercis and 30 seconds for the plank. Try and go through the whole circuit with minimal rest, resting at the end for 1-2 minutes before repeating, repeat 2-4 times. 

Of course there are ways to modify each exercise to make them harder or easier, but if you are interested in a personalized program then you should just ask! 

Let me know if you try it out!

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You Don’t Have to be Great To Start

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.” 

One of my favourite quotes of all time. 

Which leads me to my post today; You don’t have to be fit to workout in a gym. 

Every person who steps foot into a gym has a common goal; to better themselves, in one way or another. 

Although this may mean something different to each person, whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain or rehabbing an injury, the whole point of coming into the gym is to change your life. 
Unfortunately people will often say that they are too intimidated or nervous to go to a gym because they “aren’t in good enough shape.” The worst part is that this will lead to their goals continuously being pushed back…and usually, to never being accomplished. 

 

What most people don’t seem to realize is that everyone starts somewhere, and that you cannot expect to ever get into “good enough shape” if you don’t take the risk and just begin. No one ever became a great athlete or lost all that weight by thinking about going to the gym, they made the choice to get started and they stayed dedicated. 

Furthermore, you never want to compare where you are at now (at the beginning of your journey) to where others are because they have probably been working at it for a long time to get there…and would never have got there if they didn’t start off a little uncomfortable. 
Another thing that I have found (which is also ridiculous) is that people are worried to come into a gym because they don’t know what they should be doing… Well, that is why myself and my co-workers went to school and what we are trained for! We are educated and WANT to help you feel confident and safe in the gym. Even if you don’t want to hire a personal trainer forever it can be a great way to learn exercises that will help you reach your goals, proper form and to just get comfortable. 
However, one trend I’ve noticed is more and more people starting to become active, which means more and more beginners, which means you are not alone! 

Gyms and clubs (depending on the facility you go to) are becoming more welcoming to the general population. This means that the environment, equipment and staff are more accessible and less intimidating – especially if you don’t have as much experience. Furthermore they are also a great place to meet people similar to yourself who can support you along the way, and lead to lasting friendships. 
You will never know what you can accomplish or how amazing you can feel if you never take the first step out of your comfort zone. 
Trust me, you won’t regret it!