Top 3 tips for getting back in to the fitness habit

After Christmas and New year many people find it hard to get back in to their fitness habit. So what can you do to help yourself get back in to the habit of fitness, and make it one that stays throughout 2022 and longer?

Here are my 3 top tips;

  1. Set a weekly schedule and stick to it. We are creatures of habit after all. So once this schedule sticks after a month it will become a habit. Aim for a minimum of 3 days a week to see the full benefit.
  2. Have all your fitness clothes at the ready each day and make it at the forefront of your mind. Fill your cupboards with nutritious food and stick reminders around your home for added motivation. Being surrounded by visual reminders can be very powerful for reinforcing new habits.
  3. Have encouragers, whether this be friends, family, fellow training buddies or a pt. Having people around you who support and encourage your journey can be very helpful and a great boost where needed. If you currently don’t have people who support you in this way. Please drop me a msg to inquire about either Pt or local training groups that may be of help to you.

Most of all as always, enjoy your training. Enjoy the journey 🙂

Miranda

Stay fit for Christmas

Stay fit for Christmas and stay ahead.

Many people wait until January until they decide to get fit for the new year or restart their fitness routine, but why not start now and/or keep your fitness routine going so that you stay ahead.

Here are 3 top reasons why;

  1. Start now and boost you metabolism so that you burn more calories over Christmas overall.
  2. Get ahead of the rush and take advantage of pre-Christmas offers.
  3. Start and/or continue now and new year routines will become much easier as you will already have a habit and more motivation.

If you are not yet at the gym or with a Pt you can find out the latest offers available and beat the rush. Alternatively you can start at home and maintain your routine until you’re ready to do more.

Either way you will feel much better doing so and also be burning more calories and have more energy too.

Therefore why not do something different and give yourself the gift of fitness this year.

For more info and current offers please get in touch via the contact form below.

Wishing you a happy and healthy fitmas 🙂

Fitness Planning

To plan to adapt is to plan to change and progress.

~ M.L Adams

Adapting and changing your training programme is almost as important as the training programme itself. If your training plan stays the same, you will also as you will reach a certain point in your progress and then remain at that point until adaption takes place.

So how, and how often should you change your training plan to ensure you progress?

Here are 5 tips to help you plan for programme adaption and change.

  1. Aim to change every 6wks -3 months, preferably no longer as at this point your body will be used to your current programme.
  2. Get proper guidance from a personal trainer or instructor so you can ensure the programme is right for you.
  3. Make sure you enjoy your programme as well as find it challenging too. It’s important to enjoy yourself as you progress and make exercise a part of your lifestyle.
  4. Try different ways if you haven’t found what works for you. For some people they prefer classes and for others gym, everyone is different so find what works for you. There is something for everyone.
  5. Work on all parts of your fitness to see full and faster progression. Cardio, resistance and flexibility training are all equally important and help you progress easier and quicker when done together.

I hope you find these helpful. Please get in touch with any queries you may have regarding training plans and progress.

5 Top Reasons to get a Personal Trainer

Anyone who has had a personal trainer before can testify to the benefits of having one and the additional progress you make in doing so. For those of you haven’t tried Personal Training or are thinking of doing so again, here are 5 top reasons to get a PT.

  1. Increased Motivation- Having someone there not only guiding you in what to do but also encouraging and supporting you undoubtedly increases your motivation. This is crucial and a huge benefit from PT as lack of motivation is a common reason for people to avoid exercise.
  2. Increased Accountability- Having regular appointments with a personal trainer each week means you are accountable to someone for your exercise plan and this is a huge addition to your motivation and ability to build a positive habit with exercise.
  3. The Correct Training– Personalised to you and your goals. As you and your trainer will have gone through your goals and you training will be set around your needs. Your training will then be suitable and personalised to you, taking all of your needs in to account. This is much better than coming in to the gym and not being sure what to do and you will achieve results much faster and with focus.
  4. Continual Progressions– In addition to the above you will notice that you are always and continually progressing in your sessions and therefore never get bored either :).
  5. Sessions are Adaptable – As you are working with your pt and they get to know you well, they are able to adapt with you and make sure each session is enjoyable and what you need on that day and in that moment.

A lot of people wait until January to get a PT, however now is a great time to consider trying it as you will get ahead of the rush and also build your metabolism up to burn more calories overall in time before Christmas. So why wait..? Discover the benefits of PT and book a session today!

Training Progressions

When setting out on our training journey we often start with a goal. Our overall goal may be something like to lose weight or compete in a race and along the way we can hit many milestones before achieving it.

What can often happen however is that we achieve much more than we set out to achieve and it is these results that make the journey to our goal and the training itself so valuable.

For example on the journey to losing weight you can start to feel much better in yourself and also have more energy to complete the daily tasks in life. Difficulties such as joint pain and stiffness can also improve as well as many other improvements.

Often before we see the outer changes the inside changes first. Our blood pressure and blood sugar levels get lower and overall mobility improves and these are in some ways far greater, as being important factors in your daily life and overall wellbeing.

It is important to note these small progressions on the way as these are what can keep you going and maintaining daily exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Focus on the small steps and you are well on your way. Keep going and you’ll achieve more than you ever thought was possible.

‘It’s the small steps that lead to big success and that success is unique to you’

~ M.L Adams

Stay focused on the joys in your training đź’—

Miranda

The many benefits of Chi Gung

A regular chi gung practice can have immeasurable benefits for your health and wellbeing. Helping to balance out any areas of deficiency by encouraging the natural flow of chi throughout the body.

Being a gentle form of exercise it is suitable and helpful for a wide range of health conditions. Benefiting the mind and body by clearing out old stuck emotions and stagnant chi.

With regular practice you will feel more energised and supple and as old emotions clear, people often find a lot of health difficulties also go over time.

With the mind and body being so interconnected, as emotions get stored and energy gets blocked, this can lead to health problems such as fatigue and much more. Chi gung can be a powerful way to begin to clear this energy as it helps to reverse illness and maintain health.

Clearing toxins, keeping the organs healthy as well as joints and tendons in a supple and strong condition. This in turn improves mindfulness, gives natural energy, clarity, creativity and improved focus.

The list could go on but the only way for you to truly know is to find out for yourself. If you would like to try chi gung and discover the many benefits for yourself, please drop me a message below and I’ll get back to you with our dates and times.

Be free with Chi 🙂

Miranda

The pros and cons of framing

Just what is framing and how is it used?

It is essentially having a pre-set idea of how something is, or will be and how this can work either for or against us.

Framing is something we can do often and also have done to us, yet often without realising it.

It is something that marketers often use to sell or to convince us of an idea.

So what can we do about this, and how to make it work for instead of against us?

These are some of the pros and cons of framing;

Pros;

Can be used as a motivational tool to achieve results.

Can be used to focus more specifically and cut out the things that distract you.

Cons;

Can be used against you to form certain beliefs that you would not otherwise have or chosen.

Can cause you to lose sight of true reality and what is in front of you.

I have unfortunately witnessed and experienced the use of this first hand and can say for sure its not a nice thing to have used on you, however unfortunately this happens, so awareness is key. If you notice your thoughts and focus are being directed in a certain way that takes you away from your truth, turn the other direction. 🙂

However once you are aware of its use and if you choose to, using preframing or reframing can certainly help you when its in your hands. For example before you go to the gym if you set the intention of it being an awesome session then you will be far more likely to have one.

Just ensure this skill is in your hands, preferably not the salesmans 🙂

Enjoy trying it out and stay aware always.

Miranda đź’—

3 steps to finding a way that works for you

In a world that offers so much choice in ways of training and keeping fit, how can you truly know what works best for you as an individual.

Follow these 3 steps to finding a way that works for you;

1.) Experiment; try new things even if its one class or one month, you can’t really know without trying for yourself. Once you have tried you can truly say whether it works for you or not.

2.) Trust your inner feeling; do you feel good whilst practising? What does your body, mind and soul tell you, does it really resonate with you and the person you want to be and become.

3.) What are the results; for this you will need to attend for some time to see if you achieve what it is you wish to achieve in the class or exercise. You can also check in with other attendees in the class and see what their results are and if it is what you are looking for.

The above are my top 3 ways in finding a way that works for you and to do so as quickly as possible. Sometimes it can take a little longer, however you will always gain and learn lessons from whatever you do.

Most often, it is trial and error and of course all important is that you have fun in what you are doing, as well as getting the results you wish to achieve.

Enjoy the discovery, enjoy the journey đź’›

Miranda

A training ground for life – ‘How exercise training can help us in everyday life’

Train for Life

Developing a regular training pattern in the gym or with any sport has its challenges. The challenges we face within our training are like teachers (the kind that are cruel to be kind). They teach us discipline to build resilience,  to overcome the struggles and to grow.

Throughout my time in regular fitness training, since I was young, I have always found these lessons I have learnt and the development gained has helped me tremendously in life to overcome any challenges that life brings. Without this as a basis I think I would have found these far more difficult.

Without the discipline built in the gym I may likely not have learnt to do the same in other areas of life, it is certain that it has helped in many ways. Regular Training in whichever form you choose also builds your self-confidence and self-belief, I have seen people’s confidence transform from exercising regularly and it also happened to me. Self-confidence and self-belief are two things that without which we will struggle very much in many areas of life. Regular training is in no way a magic pill for this because there are many elements to it, but it certainly helps a lot.

The Energy and Focus you also gain from your training will also help in all other areas of life, whether you are working or studying , you will be able to think much clearer and feel much better due to the increase in energy and concentration. As a result you will be able to get far more done in a shorter space of time, who wouldn’t want this?:)

Because exercise training is initially quiet difficult and to form a regular training pattern takes discipline this builds a strength of mind, we have to learn to persist and be disciplined with our training to reach the results we want to achieve. Persistence is important in training to achieve our goals, without it we would not get there or keep going at all. This is the same with any goal in life, if we do not have persistence we will not get there. The good thing is persistence can be built and exercise training is the perfect training ground to do this.

We always start off small and build up, therefore we learn to adapt and progress  from there you get stronger and stronger. You can apply this principle to any goal and it will then develop your persistence muscle because this way you have broken your large goal down and you then build up from there. Each step has a reward and self belief gets stronger, you will keep going to get to the next step (as long as you want it enough) and so build persistence from within. From there you can then use this strength when you need to, for any goal or task that requires it. You will always keep going because in training you have to.

‘As you train your body, you train your mind and your mind is the master your life.’ ~ M.L.Adams

Mirala Health offers Exercise Programmes and Health Coaching beneficial for those who struggle to form a good exercise routine. To arrange a free consultation or if you have any questions at all please email  info@miralahealth.com

A Health and Fitness Journey

journey

Beginning on the path of improving your health and fitness is rarely if ever straight forward and easy. To expect it to be so would be setting yourself up for dissapointment.

You have to expect some hard work and effort if you are to get the results that you want to achieve. In the beginning most days you may not feel like exercising or following your healthy eating plan but do it anyway and keep doing it because it will become easier and you will eventually feel like doing it.

Achieving a good state of health and fitness is the same as any success goal, you have to push yourself, really focus and give it all you’ve got and the rewards will come. The beginning is often the toughest part and we all have to start at the beginning at some point. This is where you need the most support and encouragment so surround yourself with people who do that for you and don’t forget to do this for yourself also. Associate each exercise session with a reward of feeling good from it or a chance to meet new people, (but not a chocolate bar afterwards:)

The reason I wanted to identify the struggle in the beginning is because, when we are aware of something we can deal with it much better, as with any challenge in life. Do whatever helps you to overcome it and you will eventually feel like doing it. (Please refer to my post on exercise motivation for more on this.)

Remember though that almost everyone goes through this phase when they begin exercising so you are not alone. The super fit people you see and the instructors all had to start somewhere.

A little bit about my health and fitness journey; I wasnt one of those kids who did loads of sport at school, in fact I did little P.E at all. I began my fitness journey 13 years ago at the age of 17 when I was introduced to martial arts and started going to the gym regularly. My goals back then were fairly small, just to improve my fitness and feel good, but these gradually changed and became more defined.

I specifically remember to this day, the feelings of really having to push myself to go to a session, at this time my mind and body where not accustomed to the benefits and this took a few months to kick in. This would also happen if I were to have a break at any point. Our bodies become accustomed to that which we habitually do, so it is very important to maintain the habit as much as possible, Particuarly in the beginning.

What began to happen was that I noticed after a while I was becoming naturally more motivated and excited before my exercise sessions, getting my kit ready in advance (the day before) and planning everything around my exercise sessions.

It had become a habit and one that I loved, no two people will have exactly the same experience with health and fitness, but the process of motivation is always the same. It is tough in the beginning but if you keep at it and stick to your plan and goals you will soon become more motivated. Your goals and plans will adapt but make sure the habit sticks.

Things do come up such as holidays, illness or injury and when they do , do your best to maintain what you can and perservere through any setback. Don’t let it stop your progress to achieving your goals. As soon as you can get straight back on to your plan and then push yourself to get back in to the habit.

It is a journey to optimum health and fitness and there can be some tough points, but each and every bit is worth the effort and the more effort you put in, the more you will gain from it.

Ultimately in the beginning it is you that has to push yourself but do what you can to gather support from friends, family, a coach or trainer. Most importantly from the very beginning believe you can do it, because you can.

‘Use everything you’ve got to get to the top.’

You can have a teacher, coach or trainer and this helps a lot with motivation and guidance, but it is you that does the work and gets yourself there and you that will have the victory in the end.

I hope you find this guidance helpful, particuarly if you are new to exercise. Please contact us for further guidance, motivation and information on our exercise plans.

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