fitness

Be In Control Of Your Body - It's not just about the calories burnt

Most fitness classes burn a similar amounts of calories as shown later in this blog.  Finding the right combination that meet your lifestyle, goals or personality is the key.  I explore how I found a combination that made me feel like I was in control of my body again and live confidently.

 I woke up this morning sleepy, a bit lonely and fed up.   I forced myself to get in the car and go to horse riding and now I feel great!  The morning is beautiful, I feel really good about myself and more then anything I am proud that all my efforts are paying off as I am improving.  

This is not actually an advert for early morning exercise – whilst I love it I know not everyone does – this is a blog more focused around how sport and fitness is all complimentary and the mixture helps strengthen the body for different activities.

 Just under 5 years ago  I had my daughter, via c-section, which shot my abs.  The most common issues we see from clients in the Studio are weak abs and glutes.  This leads to back pain, weight gain, posture issues and can result in sports injury. So I was the same as most people and needed to re-build strength.  

 

1.    I started with yoga, I would have done reformer pilates too if I could have at the time.  This started to help me with full body strength and flexibility which was great for preventing injury.  

 

2.    I then thought I would do some HIIT as I felt I lacked cardio – instantly I injured myself.  A serious back injury that stopped me doing any sport for fitness for 6 weeks.  This was crazy as before the HIIT I was actually losing weight and my body shape was really changing to become lean and toned so the move was counter productive and put me back several weeks.

 

3.    Over the next 3 months I focused on yoga and reformer pilates, really perfecting my postured and I found my strength built similar to weight training, as in reality yoga is a mix of resistance training and flexibility exercises – just like personal training and many HIIT classes.

 

4.    I then managed to get the courage to start horse riding and running again.  I found that this is where things got really interesting.  I had such a strong core my ability to control my muscles and my stamina was much improved, my posture was amazing and my enjoyment of  the various activities was enhanced.

 

5.    I used to wake most mornings with back pain, tired and varying energy levels.  I now have no pain, I stretch every day to help counter my desk job and find myself doing small exercises around the house too including plank with my daughter and press ups (just to check I still can).

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All fitness and health is interconnected for me. See opposite the similarities in muscles groups for rising and running.

I love the variety, I love that the everytime I go to class I am improving and better still I love life and my figure.  


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So lets review.  Most exercises burn a similar number of calories – see adjacent, therefore the combination that you want are those that compliment your lifestyle, personality or goals.

I have had to change some habits, bit I am in control of my body and that feels GREAT!

Learn To Love Your Workout

If we don't love our workout, we will never achieve fitness goals.  You may start with the best intentions, but you will quickly resent going to the gym/class and stop....how depressing!

Finding classes we love, people we want to workout with and support us, as well as activities that work to our personality, body, emotions is key.  Don't worry we are here to help.

Why Is It Important?

  • We are all different (height, weight, body type, emotionally)
  • We all workout for different reasons (stress, weight, tone, strength, sporting goals)

How Do You Know What Is For You?

 

Balance Magazine has published a few questions to help you know what workout is right for you.

 

What are your main fitness goals?

A. To enjoy using my body and boost some feel good hormones.

B. Improve my muscle mass and change the shape of my body.

C. Put myself to the test while getting fit in the most efficient way possible. 

D. To beat stress and improve my mental outlook..

 

How much money could you spend on monthly fitness? 

A. As little as possible.

B. The cost of 3-5 weekly coffees.

C. The cost of 10 weekly coffees.

D. The cost of 20 weekly coffees.

 

How much time could you devote to exercise each week?

A. No more than 2-3 hours.

B. 3-4 hours.

C. 4-5 hours.

D. I can't tell how much free time I have from one week to the next.

 

What do you think is the biggest factor stopping you exercising?

A. Boredom and lack of motivation.

B. The lack of a definitive end goal.

C. An injury from over-exuberant training.

D. Work or family life not allowing enough 'me-time'. 

 

How well do you accept and want instruction?

A. I prefer to chart my own course.

B. I like to be shown once then go my own way.

C. I prefer to be coached if possible.

D. I want to be given expert instruction detail. 

 

How social are you, on a scale of one to 10 (where 10 is life and soul of the party)?

A. 1-3

B. 4-5

C. 8-10

D. 6-7

 

How important is your sports performance relative to your training? 

A. Not that important.

B. It's a big factor.

C. Occasionally I factor it in.

D. I don't play sports.

 

How competitive are you?

A. I'm not into competition at all.

B. I prefer competing against myself.

C. I need to win at all costs.

D. I try to avoid it because it's bad for my mental wellbeing. 

 

WHICH EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

MOSTLY As: Structured exercise is vital to you but enjoyment needs to be the key factor. Balance magazine recommend exercising outdoors, whether that's running, cycling or power walking in your local park. The magazine recommends writing a list of workouts you'd love to try, sticking it to your fridge and trialling a new one each month.

Try also our online workouts and even our online PT option

MOSTLY Bs: Anyone who answered mostly Bs prefers working out alone, rather than in a group class. Because you relish alone time, follow a personalised, structured routine. The most important factor? Exercise in short sessions, which can burn more calories.

Try our personal training options

MOSTLY Cs: People who answer mostly Cs are fans of seeing results - and fast. The magazine cites Crossfit as the perfect workout for these types of people because the combination of gymnastics and intense cardio tones your entire body in record time. The magazine recommends trying different versions of exercises and encourages you to revamp the structure of your routine every six weeks.

Try either mixing classes in the studio - or if time short grab a Method class

MOSTLY Ds: People who answered mostly Ds are highly emotional but cannot separate their emotion from their workout, leading to burnout. Balance magazine suggest a yoga class as the perfect form of exercise to improve your mood whilst toning your body.  

We offer a variety of yoga classes every day - try a few to find your perfect class.

Class Review: 360 Mandala Flow Class

We love Mandala as it is a spiritual flow class to awaken serenity within, and further experience moments of equanimity and stillness.

As we introduce more types of yoga to students through guest teachers and FitFridays, we hope that it will help to show you how much yoga has to offer everyone.  

Mandala yoga will feature at our next FitFriday event, so learn a little more about it below.

What is Mandala Yoga?

The word Mandala comes from the Sanskrit word circle. A symbol of community, healing, and connection with the universe. Through centuries Mandala practice has been used as a sacred symbol for meditation.

This colourful practice guides you through the awakening of the body both physical and mental. By creating body awareness, it will rectify the imbalance of life bringing harmony and depth into one’s soul.

Benefits

By awakening the body through movement around the mat with 360 Mandala Flow we aim to deliver you with multiple benefits that once can incorporate into daily life.

Relaxation – Through discovery of the breath you’ll learn to unwind and rest.

Happiness – The key to happiness is when you take time for yourself and learn to love your surroundings.

Space – Will learn how to separate the demanding city life to create balance and space through your everyday journey.

Tickets are selling fast, so reserve your spot on the mat now.

Link below

http://www.studioone.co/fitfriday/

Namaste

 

The Key to a Healthy Lifestyle?

The Key to a Healthy Lifestyle?

The key to a healthy lifestyle?  Loving and accepting yourself.

 

Sound strange?  Expect the answer to be a diet or fitness tip?  The biggest success I have ever had is when I let go of fads, became aware of what I was doing and started to take time for myself.

 

In a life that is becoming more stressful through technology that facilitates a faster paced life, using exercise to heal the mind and body is proven.   There are wonderful spokes people who have put their stories on social media and into the public eye that help the public understand the benefits, but they are not alone with their issues.  That is what motivated Sarah and I to open Studio One.  We are real people who had health issues that we cured by adopting a healthy way of life and obtaining balance. What did we learn? You can not simply change your food or exercise in isolation, it is a combination effect.  You have to address the mind and body together to create healthy long term habits.

Class Review: Booty and Core Barre, Beats

"Choosing a class can be so difficult, so I have taken them all for you and I am writing you a review as to what to expect and why to take the class.  Hopefully this will make your bookings easier and time with us more enjoyable." - Love Ali x

Ok so straight up I have a girl crush on Rosie. Not only is she stunning, funny and intelligent she is also super fit and healthy.  She is a total contradiction, as her energy is infectious (sometimes annoying – how is she always so perky?!? grrr) yet her presence is very calming.  She has an intuitive understanding of her clients and their needs.

 

Rosie has a clear love for health and Kanye West.  This she brings to her classes.   I thought Barre would be graceful and repetitive.  Toning whilst lengthening.  Jeeez was I wrong.  Rosie has created a unique signature style for us at Studio One, cleverly bringing together elements of yoga, pilates and dance to create a very sweaty but fun class.    

 

I felt so uplifted and laughed quite a bit throughout, however this could be me feeling a little self conscious that I am super unco-ordinated and graceful.    The class has a yoga style flow, we transitioned from sequence to sequence seamlessly.  The beat of the music is used to get you familiar with a movement, before BOOM the pace quickens and really start to move.

 

This is a move away from classic Barre.  It is faster paced, extremely efficient in the use of time and working out each muscle.  The elements of yoga result in a really enjoyable flow.  Whilst faster paced it is a fantastic workout for all levels.  No previous knowledge is needed.  You will be missing out if you don’t try it.  Definitely don’t underestimate it!

 

Sweaty – 5

Strength – 3

Mindfulness - 1