It’s Sunday and the doctor has ordered some relaxation. Steer clear of the housework and disable your alarm clock- today you have scheduled absolutely nothing.
My plan for Sunday is as follows:
I have intentionally disabled all alarms in the house- my body clock will naturally wake me up early anyway- but I want to give my body the best possible chance to catch up on some well needed ZzZzZz When your feeling a little overworked it is important to let your body sleep as long as it has to in order to recover.
It’s time to get my stretch on! I am going to give myself 20 minutes of exercises to give my body a good start to the day. I’ve subscribed to a couple of youtubers with excellent yoga for beginners techniques and I’m going to give them a try today. I’ve already bought myself a yoga mat and some yoga pants to give it a go.
Prepare your Sunday roast the night before, and all you will need to do is reheat it and steam some vegetables. Make a luscious gravy and hey presto- sorted! It’s not quite a Sunday without a roast.
Sunday is a good day to relax by the television with a cup of hot chocolate and the whole family.
I’d say today will make for a pretty productive day!
Congratulations. You’ve made it to Friday people! It’s been a long and very cold week. It has been snowing all over the UK and you can really feel the chill. Now, with the freeze comes a few unwanted things, such as feeling cold and chapped lips! We’ve got the perfect winter warmers to get you in fighting shape this winter!
1. A hot cuppa
Drink plenty of warm liquids to keep yourself hydrated and warm. Now stick the kettle on and have yourself a hot cuppa. Or if tea and coffee aren’t to your taste, it’s never too late for a glass of mulled wine!
2. Hot broth
It’s the season of soup. Keep your energies up with some nutritious soups to keep you going. They are simple and cheap to make and a healthy lunch option.
3. Keep moisturized
Make sure you are using a product that lubricates and hydrates for the best effect. A good preventative measure for dry skin and chapped lips.
4. Take supplements to ward of colds and flus
The top supplements to take during the winter are Vitamin C and Zinc to ensure your immune system has a boost- this will be your shield from catching any illnesses. Echinacea and Garlic are also known for helping ward of the common cold- so if you’re feeling a little off color these may just do the trick!
5. Dress appropriately.
Make sure you have at least 2 pairs of the following:
– Boots that can withstand rain and frost
– Good pair of thick socks
The cold is not an excuse to stop exercising. If I can give you one piece of good advice this winter it is to keep up an exercise routine. Exercise can prevent you from getting unwell. Staying active will ensure your body is working at its optimal strength and you will be healthier in general due to sustaining a healthier lifestyle. Join the gym or go to a class. If that’s not an option you can always exercise at home watching youtube videos or by downloading an app!
It’s 6.30am and the alarm clock you set with the sounds of the ocean to ease you out of your sleep, now sounds like something out of an apocalypse movie. Your plan to slip quietly out of bed so as not to wake your husband and kids has now been unintentionally abandoned as your alarm clock is knocked off the dresser, sending yesterdays half drunk cup of tea smashing onto the wooden floor. Your husband declares sleepily ‘What was that?’ as your 8 year old begins a repetitive rendition of ‘Mum! Mum! Mum!’
It’s at this moment that it hits you, you are never, ever going to use that early morning gym membership you so desperately hoped you would. Your get fit fast plan is in jeopardy and you’re feeling pretty darn angry about it.
No fear girls. Here is a 20 minute workout that can slot into anytime of your day. Starting off with just 20 minute exercises daily will boost your health significantly, and before you know it your energy levels will soar and you will find that somehow you have more time to do these quick and simple exercises.
Begin by stretching and focusing on each individual part of your body working your way down from your head, neck and shoulders, arms and fingers, midsection, waist and legs and even your toes! Once this is done do a warm up exercise such as running on the spot for 2 minutes, or try stepping up and down the stairs.
The Push Up
Face the ground horizontally prepping yourself up with your palms and your arms shoulder width apart. Bend your arms so that your body reaches the ground, hold, and return to the upright position. Attempt 3 sets of 10.
The Side Plank
From the Push Up position, turn your body to the side so that you are balancing on one side of your body, lift your hip and hold. Return to push up position and do the other side. Attempt 3 sets of 10.
Lie Flat on the ground with your knees bent and arms cross your arms so that the tips of your fingers are touching your shoulders. Lift your body from this position, hold, and return back down. Attempt 3 sets of 10.
Side Sit Ups
Lie Flat on the ground with your knees bent and cross your arms behind your head. This time lift your body but turn it, attempting to reach opposing knees with your elbows. Attempt 3 sets of 10.
Keep feet shoulder-width apart, shoulders back and your arms stretched out in front of you. Stand up straight concentrating you’re your stomach muscles and breathe in deeply. Move into a squatting position as low as you can and hold your core muscles. Return to upright position and exhale. Attempt 3 sets of 10.
Finish up by winding down, stretching your body once more.
And there you have it, a quick 20-minute exercise you can do anytime and anywhere, and once your confidence grows and you are able to do it quicker- you can always do more than 3 sets of 10!
If you have any more hints and tips why not post them?