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Get summer ready

Summer is fast approaching and this means more skin will be exposed, in the park, by the pool or on the beach. Let’s face it we all want to feel comfortable with our shirt off or in our bikini, so we have put together some steps to get you beach body ready.

1. Set goals. Setting goals gives us direction and keeps us focused. Without direction we are lost. We wouldn’t set out on a trip not knowing how to get to there, just driving and hoping for the best. The same applies when embarking on any journey.

How to?
• Be specific. ‘Toning up’ and losing weight are great things to achieve but how do we know when we are there? How do we get there? Be S.M.A.R.T…Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Constraint. I will lose 3 kgs, by going to the gym three times a week, to look and feel better by August 8th. We know, how much we want to lose, by when and what needs to be done to get there in a set timeframe.
• Tell Everybody!! Shout about your goals… Tell family, friends, announce it on social media, the more people that know about it the more you’ll stick to it.
• Before and after pics. Take regular photos of yourself, seeing your progress is great motivation to keep you on track.

2. Resistance training. Research shows we stay younger for longer with more muscle on our body. The quickest, most efficient way to change your body shape is to do some form of resistance training. You don’t have to be in the gym 6 hours a day, 3 full body sessions a week can accelerate results.

How to?
• Come to a STRENGTH WORK class at Work it.
• Find a strength program online to try out at your local gym.
• Bodyweight exercises in the morning are a great start. A circuit of squats, press ups, burpees and plank in the morning can seriously help burn fat.

3. Eat yourself lean. Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. What we eat directly effects how we look and perform. We all want brighter eyes and clearer skin. You are what you eat so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake…

How to?
• Higher quality input equals high quality output. Local, organic, free range, wild caught foods all contain superior nutrients which makes us look better.
• Get all the junk food out of the house! If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.
• Food prep. Cook extra dinner for your lunch tomorrow. Prepare simple snacks to have at hand and on your desk so you make the right food choices when hunger hits.

4. Be consistent. Focus on small positives changes that improve long term health. It’s the small things we do on a consistent basis that really matter. Find what you can easily implement and DO IT! Once done on a regular basis, it will form as a habit and fit into your lifestyle.

How to?
• Eat eggs for breakfast three times a week.
• Do 10 push ups and 10 squats everyday.
• Drink alcohol once or twice a week.

Changing your physique takes time, dedication, focus and motivation. There will be ups and downs, but it’s always worth it when we feel confident in our own skin. Set high standards for the body you want!

Written by Adam Willoughby.

Nutrition made simple

Nutrition can seem complicated, with many different ‘diets’ and conflicting views, it is easy to see why we can get lost and confused with the overwhelming amount of information. Work It see nutrition as a lifestyle, something that is sustainable and easy to implement. Below are a few simple strategies that we believe is the foundation of good nutrition and will positively affect your health and lifestyle.

Water – 70 to 80% of our body is made up of water so we need to stay hydrated. A 5% drop in our body’s fluid levels can instantly lead to a 25-35% drop in energy. Water transfers oxygen through our bloodstream and delivers nutrients though our central nervous system to the brain and every organ in our body. Being hydrated clears these pathways and helps us function optimally. Water can also aid in appetite regulation as thirst can be mistaken as hunger. Drinking 2-3 glasses of water upon rising is a great way to clear your digestive tract and kick start your metabolism.

Food Quality – Not all calories are equal… 100 calories of broccoli will be used and stored differently to 100 calories of cookies. Eliminate processed foods and focus on high quality earth grown nutrients. The use of pesticides, herbicides and other farming chemicals have been linked to cancer and can potentially harm our nervous system, reproductive and digestive system. Organic, free range, grass fed meats and poultry are produced at higher standards and are not exposed to hormones and antibiotics which negatively effect our gut micro biome. Farmers Markets and local farms are great places to source high quality nutrient dense foods at a reasonable cost.

Food Plate – Once hydration and food quality is on point, our food plates can be used as a guide on how much food to eat and what each meal should consist of. If you’re looking to shed some excess body fat, particularly leading up to summer, try eating starchy carbohydrates only after intense exercise. Stick to healthy fats, vegetables and proteins at anytime meals and on days that you’re not working out.

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Hopefully you have found this useful and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

Written by Adam Willoughby.

Week 2- ‘Starve your distractions, feed your focus’.

Now I’ve made it through the first week (the first hurdle), my mind genuinely feels clearer, more focussed, less stressed and more content. Anything I do is far more productive and the only distractions I have are real life events/ situations. I still have a slight urge to look at my phone, but it’s becoming less and less of an issue.

My notifications are now switched off so I am unaware if I receive a text, whatsapp, email or any other prompt. For me, this has been a game changer. We are increasingly finding it more of a challenge to focus due to our internal distractions and the ever-increasing external distractions. Each time you change your focus (for e.g. You’re carrying out an important piece of work and check your phone), you use a measureable amount of glucose and other metabolic resources. Studies show that each task you do tends to make you less effective at the next task, and this is especially true for high-energy tasks like self control or decision making. So distractions really take their toll. Make sure you think twice before looking at Facebook or whatsapp whilst working on an important presentation or any other high priority task that requires 100% focus.

As i’m starting to get used to and enjoy the detox I am reminded that in February it’s coming to end. However, I plan on making some serious lifestyle changes in order to apply my new findings and revelations throughout the year. I am going to be more structured in the way I use my devices and allocate time slots for usage throughout the day. Notifications will remain off, meaning I will only check my phone when I am ready to and have completed my important tasks. My phone will continue to be switched off until 07:30/8am, I will only check my email 2-3 times a day as well as allocating 10 minute time slots to social media and the news.

I will also be switching off all digital devices 90 minutes before bed as this has had profound effects on my sleep and thus my mental and physical health. It’s not just about getting 8 hours of sleep, it’s about going to bed as close to 9pm as you possibly can. This is when melatonin (sleep hormone) is released and the longer you stay up exposing yourself to blue light, the more this hormone is suppressed, having a direct effect on your sleep. You will also be missing out on a great hit of growth hormone secretion at 10pm, which is responsible for cell reproduction and cell regeneration. This hormone aids recovery, repair, helps with anti aging and gives you more of a favourable cholesterol profile. This is only one of the many hormonal processes that take place whilst you sleep so make sure you don’t miss out on any Z’s between 10pm-2am, anything else is a bonus.

I look forward to sharing some more insights into my digital detox on my next blog, but hopefully this has helped you in getting some off time.

Written by Charlie Watts

What is Desk Yoga?

Work can be stressful. Heavy workload, deadlines, your boss, clients, not to mention sitting for prolonged periods of the day. This all has a negative effect on your health and well being.

Studies show people with sedentary lifestyles sit for an average of 13 hours a day. Which leads to poor posture, joint issues and an array of other health problems.  No wonder we feel stiff and stressed out.

Desk Yoga is designed for you to take a few minutes out of your working day to stretch, clear your mind and come back feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and more productive.

We start each sequence with a simple meditation. Closing your eyes and focusing on your breath has huge mental benefits by improving circulation of blood and carrying nutrients to the brain.  We move through gentle postures to open the hips, hamstrings and upper back which are constantly shortening while sitting.

Whether you’re a seasoned Yogi or can’t even touch your toes, desk yoga is for you. Dedicating time for yourself throughout the day will give you more clarity and creativity, with ability to solve problems quicker and reduce stress levels.

Want a complimentary session? Get in touch…

Written by the creator of Desk Yoga, Adam Willoughby.

Healthy Hangouts – Cook Daily and Home

Cooked Daily and Home are opening up our taste buds up to the beautiful world of Asian – Carribean inspired vegan food. These guys are located in Boxpark, Shoreditch sitting in a shipping container splayed with graffiti – an old school arcade décor.

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We went down for a post-workout munch and tried the Coco Ginger bowl with vegan prawns…that taste better than the real thing – no animals harmed in the process. Paired with some fresh coconut water this combination was the perfect feel good food on a Friday afternoon.

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Their veggies are hearty and infused in sweet soy, ginger & coconut nectar. The okra literally melts in your mouth and the rice is fluffy and satisfying.

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No blood no bones – the atmosphere is genuine, inviting and our best London experience of ethical eating.

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@cookdailylondon

 

Healthy Hangouts – Ethos

The Ethos vision is one that resonates with our own, we too are passionate about bringing creative solutions to the health and fitness industry. Everyday you make conscious decisions that have a negative or positive impact on your wellbeing so you should make health a habit…

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Tucked away behind Oxford Street, is this wonderful contemporary earthy restaurant serving up a buffet-style variety of meat-free deliciousness.

 

If you are a fan of big healthy servings of guacamole, rich veggie bakes and fresh crispy greenness – this is the spot for you.Everything is priced on weight, a small dish costing around £9 and a large just under £20.

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We came here to get an all-natural plant based post-workout munch after an intense HIIT session. We had the guacamole and beetroot dip, chickpea curry, roasted chili aubergine, cauliflower walnut cranberry salad with a side of crispy kale and orange zest (heaven).

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It tasted amazing and left us feeling energized for the rest of the day. The interior is stunning and cosy – this will definitely be one of our regular hangouts.