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How to Break the TRAINING RUT

How to Break the TRAINING RUT

How to Break the TRAINING RUT

 

 

Are you finishing your workouts unfulfilled?

 

Are you struggling to get up in the morning?

 

Do you find yourself making excuses to not workout?

 

Does working out feel more like a chore than fun?

 

There could be many reasons why you are currently in this position;

 

Work commitments
Family
Sickness
The cold
Over trained
No Goals set

 

Does the above sound familiar? It does, doesn’t it… So, how do you BREAK THE RUT?????

 

1. Take the rest of the week off.

Start a new week on Monday. Rest, eat food you have been craving and catch up on things that have been stressing you out. For example, spend more time at work, complete a task taking up your time and energy or see more of the family.

 

2. Set new goals and / or challenges.

Whether the goal is to lose weight, increase fitness, eat healthier or all of the above. The goal doesn’t have to be huge, set the goal realistic and achievable. Accomplishing a small and relatively easy goal will do a lot for your inner motivation. For example, eat no fast food this week, or have a healthy breakfast every day this week.

 

3. Try something new

Exercise outdoors, go to a different gym, try something you haven’t done before like a new class at the gym or workout routine. A change is as good as a holiday and change can also bring a new-found enthusiasm – you might also find something else you like doing.

 

4. Track what you eat and Including the amount of water you drink

Accountability is an amazing thing. We often get caught up in habit, and we may think we are doing more than what we are doing, or doing too much of in regard to eating the wrong things too often. By writing everything down we get a true and accurate idea of where we can improve and usually the changes are able to be made easily. Be aware of how much water you drink by being as little as 5% dehydrated will impact energy and motivation levels during the day.

 

5. Find a training partner

Everything is better with a friend. Drag your friend to the gym and make it something you do together. It doesn’t have to be your BFF it can be a work colleague as you have the same finishing times, a brother or sister even your partner. As well as having someone to exercise with you both can motivate each other and have someone to hold you accountable to exercising. No more excuses.

  

Written By Guest Writer: James Sadek Australian Bodybuilding champion and Personal Trainer 

Inflammation - The cause of silent misery

Inflammation -  The cause of silent misery

Inflammation – What is it and what can we do about it.

Inflammation according to Wikipedia is a part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants, and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and initiate tissue repair. 

However, what we need to distinguish is the difference between Acute and Chronic inflammation and the effects that it has on the body.

Acute Inflammation is usually when there is an injury or infection where chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissue to protect your body from foreign substances. The body’s way of activating its own protective mechanism.

Chronic Inflammation on the other hand has a fair host of painful symptoms which are on-going until fixed. This can be tested with a blood test called C-Reactive Protein which is a marker of inflammation. When this is elevated it gives your practitioner a clue that there is some internal inflammation in the body.

The signs and symptoms of inflammation in the body are:

  • Elevated blood sugar levels
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Aches and pains that are similar to that of fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Constant fatigue
  • Rashes and skin problems
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, distention, nausea
  • Fat concentration around the mid section
  • Heart issues

 

Causes of chronic inflammation can be:

  • Leaky Gut
  • Parasites
  • SIBO
  • Dysbiosis
  • Chronic Stress
  • Enviromental toxins
  • Metal Toxicity
  • Processed diet
  • High Sugar and consumption of unhealthy Oils

 

What to do:

The most important thing to do that is pivotal in controlling and eliminating high inflammation Is narrowing down the root cause and addressing lifestyle factors.

Testing for heavy metals, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, SIBO , bacteria and so on will reveal if these are attributing to your inflammation state. Once these are eradicated and you change your diet to one that decreases or eliminates processed food, sugar, unhealthy soy , gluten, GMO oils, your body will then be able to slowly start to heal.

Eating an abundance of Fibrous vegetables, Protein and good fats will help you on your journey.

Supplements such as Collagen can also assist in this process due to the amino acid profile contained and can help you to not only reach your daily protein needs but is a convenient way to take in your collagen on your wellness journey. Look for a collagen supplement that does not have any Thickeners, Fillers or additives. Collagen’s anti-inflammatory benefits come from its role that it plays on our gut health as it can restore balance to our delicate digestive system and is one product you would want in your Anti-inflammatory arsenal.

Enjoy it daily in a variety of ways and head to our recipe section for ideas.

" LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD"  Hippocrates

 

 

FIBROMYALGIA

FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia – What is it and what can we do about it?

 

How do you explain to someone what it feels like to have Fibromyalgia? How can an outsider have true compassion when they are unable to comprehend what you mean when you say, " My body hurts so bad ".

Do you see the blank stares? It’s understandable really, because how can someone really know what it feels like if they don’t suffer this condition.

The best way to describe how Fibromyalgia really feels day in and day out needs to be explained in very simple terms.

“You know that feeling when your body aches, your muscles are sore, alongside side the heavy groggy and congested head and like you have been hit by a bus, or when you have a really bad case of the flu and cannot get out of bed?? Well imagine that feeling is 24/7 nonstop with varying intensity without the runny nose!

Welcome to Fibromyalgia.

Let see what the experts say though about Fibromyalgia below :

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects your bones, muscles and CNS (central nervous system) causing widespread muscle, joint pain and fatigue. It’s a sneaky and often misunderstood disease and is also misdiagnosed.

There is no cure at this stage and no definitive blood test to diagnose Fibromyalgia, and doctors are  unsure of what actually causes it. However, the medical community think the problem lies with how the brain and spinal cord process pain signals from the nerves.

 

Do you suffer any of the following symptoms documented by Webmd.com

  • Muscle pain, burning, twitching, or tightness
  • Tender points
  • Chronic debilitating fatigue
  • Fibro Fog or Brain Fog
  • Insomnia
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Numbness or tingling in your face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Needing to urinate more often
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to cold, heat, light or sound

If this post resonates with you and you feel you identify with the above symptoms,  please visit your doctor so they can rule out any other conditions which may also have similar symptoms.

When faced with this condition is we have to be proactive and research. Learn effective ways to manage this condition and improve your quality of life and once again lead an active lifestyle.

The following treatment plan may improve your life significantly.

  • Engaging in progressive exercise
  • Weekly massages to loosen up the muscles especially as the cold weather causes muscles to contract
  • Addressing and testing for any vitamin or mineral deficiencies that can exacerbate your symptoms and an integrative Gp, nutritionist, or functional practitioner
  • Eating a nutritious and varied diet and limiting sugar as much as possible

I personally found for myself that a paleo diet has helped me considerably, but this is a personal choice after much personal research.

 Trying complementary therapies, seeking a counsellor or therapist if you are struggling emotionally and joining a support group in your area or on facebook is a great way to connect with others on the same journey.

 Lastly as few studies have been done and references are below that show that people with Fibromyalgia saw moderate to significant improvement with daily collagen supplement intake and results were measured after 90 days. Collagen in our body decreases as we age and needs to be replenished to fight the signs of aging, aches and pains.

 

Our collagen booster shots contain no fillers, thickeners, or additives and may help you in the fight against fibromyalgia. 

 

This information contained in this blog is not intended to diagnose or cure so please see your doctor for further testing.

 References

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11202824

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