Those of us who follow any kind of fitness blog / instagrammer / twitter feed will hear daily the benefits mindfulness meditation can have on our lives; there is no arguing with the fact that 10 mins a day of meditation can provide an array of benefits to our health and wellbeing. However, what is not so often discussed is the idea of bringing mindfulness into our everyday thoughts and actions, not just thinking about it for 10mins in the morning. Although not advertised as such, ‘The Chimp Paradox’ by Prof. Steve Peters is a great advocate for the idea of bringing mindfulness into your thoughts and behaviours. It is a fantastic book that encourages pause before reacting to thoughts and feelings and managing your ‘chimp’ (and yes, everybody has one!). This book is a game-changer!
Lifting weights can be time-consuming, especially if you’re trying to squeeze them in after work and before dinner - time never moved so slowly. So why not add some supersets to your workout? A superset is when you do 2 different exercises back to back with little or no rest between them. Not only do they allow you to squeeze in more exercises into a short amount of time, but they also allow your body to create the right biological environment necessary to promote building muscle. Using your rest periods between exercises to do more work allows each exercise to act as active recovery period for the other encouraging muscle growth. - Now you’ve earnt that extra half an hour for Netflix!
This very tasty drink not only provides a welcome change from water, but also provides a myriad of health benefits including: preventing disease, keeping your gut healthy and maintaining a healthy liver. It has high levels of probiotics and is an antioxidant which supports a healthy digestive system.
Soul: Give yourself a break
We know that sometimes life can be a bit overwhelming, trying to keep your job / health / bank account / friendships in balance and we often have to put off things that we love doing (ie reading, drawing or making birthday cards) - ‘for a rainy day’. Well, has that rainy day ever come around? Didn’t think so. Our lives are inherently busy so don’t put things off until you have time - squeeze them in and around your current schedule. Even just spending 5 minutes doing something you love will give you that much need boost and be a welcome distraction from your usual hectic schedule.