When it comes to improving your health, you simply cannot ignore your habits. Dieting fails for many reasons, but none more so than the fact that people fail to develop the necessary habits to maintain their health once their initial motivation to change is lost.
Obviously, the content of our food doesn’t change at the strike of 6pm, but our habits do, and it’s this understanding of people’s behaviours, as well as how the body works which has led me to believe that there’s some truth in the fact that eating carbohydrates after 6pm does increase the likelihood of weight-gain.
If you’ve attended one of my movement workshops or follow me on social media, you’ll know how passionate I am about foot health and the barefoot lifestyle! I first learnt about the importance of maintaining good foot health back in 2011 when I was qualifying to become a Personal Trainer, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I came to fully appreciate the impact feet have on the rest of our bodies – especially our posture!
My ‘How to’ blogs offer you practical advice that you can easily apply to improve your health and fitness.
Here’s what you’ll find in this post;
Sitting for long periods throughout the day can wreak havoc on your posture and respiratory muscles[i] as well as alter your natural positioning – rounding of the shoulders, curvature in the upper back and tightness in your hip flexors and hamstrings.
Standing throughout the day or at least for brief periods is a great way to combat these problems. Here are two ways to perfectly incorporate it into your day.
Humans haven’t always been monophasic sleepers - we used to divide our sleep into two-phases over a 24-hour period (biphasic sleeping). History describes periods of wakefulness during the late night or twilight, where people would wake for a few hours to study the bible, socialise or make love, before returning to sleep for the second phase.
I didn’t really focus on my first ever client’s sleep to be honest, well not outside of telling to “try to get enough sleep” so they’d have more energy to train with me.
I had the perfect training and nutritional plan all lined up for them but NOTHING on sleep, other lifestyle factors or general habits – even though I was training them between 6-7 am 3 days a week.
You all know how much I love coffee! So much so, I’ve partnered with the coffee specialists, Melitta (who offer an array of premium ‘at home’ coffee products including: Bean to Cup & Filter Machines, Pour-Over Manual Brewers, Filters and Accessories), to help spread the message on how beneficial coffee can be in supporting a healthy lifestyle.
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We’ve all known for a while now that NY resolutions (NYR) don’t work, yet we still come up with a few wishes every year in the hope that they finally stick. The history of NYR is pretty shady but it’s believed to have started with the Babylonians who reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they'd earn good favour in the coming year. Nowadays it’s usually about favouring ourselves – lose weight, make more money, be happier etc.
By now you should know that I’ve adopted a more minimalist lifestyle over the past year or so, but minimalism actually slipped into my workout programmes long before that.
A few months ago, I started working with a new client and as always, ran him through my assessment. If a new client has a current training programme they’re using then I always like to take a look - as it as this adds another layer to getting to know them. What I found inspired this blog.
Minimalism is very popular at the moment and for great reason if you ask me. I’ve been living a more minimal and essential lifestyle for the past year and I can’t explain how much it’s helped me. Living with less decreases the amount of decisions you have to make and frees up time and energy – something we all crave. Essentialism is a form of minimalism, but instead of focusing on how to live with less, you learn to identify what’s necessary – regardless of quantity.
This might sound counter-intuitive, but drinking a decaf coffee, instead of a caffeinated one could be better for your long-term health.
Coffee is probably the more consumed beverage after water, and for good reason too. I LOVE COFFEE, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, but what has change is the type of coffee I choose during my first few hours awake.
JC and The Nutri-Team