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 Power of One

‘With the power of one everything comes.’

No matter how tough things can be or how uphill a struggle seems, with the power of one anything can be achieved.

Step by step

Moment by moment

Day by day

Every one counts,

Every choice you make

Can help you to create

The vision you see,

The way you want to be;

This is the power of one

~ M.L Adams

Never underestimate the power of one. In one moment many moments and many possibilities exist, and within this all changes. Always keep going ♡

Positive Thinking for Life and Health

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How can positive thinking help you?

The answer is in every way possible, you can without doubt transform your life  by changing your way of thinking.

The difficult part is often recognising the negative thinking cycle in the first place but you can train yourself to recognise this by recognising where you are at with your feelings and responses to situations in your life.

Firstly lets recognise the effect of the opposite, negative thinking.

Negative thinking will cause or contribute to;

  • Stress
  • Self- doubt
  • Worry
  • Half- hearted attempts
  • Poor self- confidence
  • Ill health
  • Pain
  • Relationship problems
  • And More..

One thing positive thinking is not about is being perfect, that as we know is not possible and does not really exist. However it is certain that it will make your life a whole lot better and easier.

How? Well our thoughts affect a lot in our life, some would say everything.  As our thoughts affect how we feel and then the actions we take. They also affect how we choose to view others and the world around us, all of this in turn will affect the outcome of our lives.

The list above of the effects of negative thinking can act as indicators of when we are thinking negatively, they are signs that we are thinking negatively often in repetition and also in reaction to events or circumstance and one thing is for certain thinking negatively will not improve any outcome in anyway. As Zig Ziglar stated;

‘Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.’

Nothing could be more true, negative thinking can become a like a spiral that can lead us in to the depths of despair if we do not become aware of it in time. The best defence against it then is to ensure you stay in charge of your mind and feed it with as much positive thinking as you possibly can, once you begin doing this you can be sure that both your life and health will begin to improve because what you focus on you get more of,because it becomes constantly in your awareness. For example if you suffer with any form of chronic pain and you focus on this continually, the pain will fill much worse than if you choose to take your mind off it and focus on something positive. I know this because I have experienced this myself and realised the power of positive thinking over pain. In addition to this feel good hormones (endorphins) are natural painkillers.

Another major advantage is the results you can achieve in your goals through positive thinking. At the very simple level if a part of you is telling you that you cant achieve what you have set for yourself then the out come is likely to be poor because the efforts you make will be in line with your thinking. This as well as to counteract all the problems associated with negative thinking is the reason positive thinking and coaching is used in all of our health programmes. The results you will achieve whilst using positive thinking in line with a healthy lifestyle will far outreach the results you will achieve if you don’t.

For more info on our health programmes, positive thinking and health coaching please email me at info@miralahealth.com

Wishing you all the best in health and happiness, Miranda. L. Adams.

Keep thinking positive, remember; ‘ You, yourself as much as anyone else in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.’ ~Buddha

Ignite Within

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All real faith and motivation comes from within, situations, people and experiences from the outside can take us to this point but ultimately it is ourselves that drives us to keep going towards any goal, or any important task. This poem is wrote with that purpose, we all have that place within, find it and you’ll be on fire, then nothing will stop you reaching your goal.

Feel the fire come up within you
There is nothing to hold you back
Just believe in yourself and you’ll win

Bring up the force from within you
Believe in yourself, this is true
There is nothing that can hold you back now
Nothing except for you

Feel that force from within you
All is possible from there
There is nothing , or no place stronger
Just believe in yourself and your there

All is possible from here and now,
Listen to that place from within
All you have to do is believe in yourself
There is nothing to stop you from there.

-M.L.Adams

A Health and Fitness Journey

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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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The Paradox of Goal-Setting

journey not destinationDo you ever get frustrated at not achieving your goals as quickly as you would like?

I know I have been guilty of this and then I have to remind myself that its not about the destination but it is about the journey.  The pure act of setting goals can make it easy to forget this and to continually focus on the future of where we want to be, but if we do this for too long we can lose touch with who we are and where we are now. This is important because happiness is in the NOW not in the future.

If we approach our goals in a way of being purely focused on getting there, then we lose all the joy of the journey and often make it harder for ourselves to get there as well. Relating this to exercise I always think of the famous Bruce Lee saying of ‘Dont think Feel.’ When you go in to the feeling place you become in the moment and one with that journey you are on. You are still growing and moving forward but you are enjoying it much more than if you are constantly thinking about what you are doing and where you are going. Perhaps why it is so much easier when we have an instructor there telling us what to do;)Dtf 1

But ultimately when you are only focused on the end result of your exercise effort or of any other goal you will not enjoy the journey.  The reason that happiness and success are about the journey and not the destination is because this is where the growth happens and where we learn the most, if we do not focus on the moment we are in, we miss out on all of this.

Be happy in the now but seek to grow as a person.’

Accept yourself as and where you are with love, but seek to grow out of self- love also as a desire to grow and give more. Self- love is an important factor, if you are rejecting who and where you are now, you are ultimately rejecting yourself, this is not good of course and not the idea of goal setting. Also we all need to love ourselves, in the healthy sense of course:)

Enjoy being who you are and the PROCESS of becoming who you want to be.

You will get there and you wont even notice because you’ll be too busy being yourself and enjoying the moment you are in and as a result of your journey of being and becoming, you can go far beyond the results of what you originally imagined.

Exercise Motivation

Exercise Motivation

Lack of motivation often keeps people from maintaining an exercise routine so I wanted to offer a few basic starting tips to help those who need that little bit more motivation to maintain their all important exercise routine. We all have a need to exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind and can all benefit from it.

‘Where there is a will there is always a way. ‘

First 3 very important steps

  1. Identify your important health/fitness goal and Write it down
  2. Next to your goal write three important reasons why you have to achieve this goal. Keep this somewhere you will see it every day.
  3. Visualise in your mind the end result of how you will be when you have achieved this goal. Do this also every day.

Important principles to follow;

1.Set a routine – i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. This is vital because our bodies work in rhythms and we are also creatures of habit. Therefore when we perform regular activities on a daily to weekly basis these can become part of this rhythm and therefore routine leading to a fixed habit. It is necessary that the routine fits in with your current commitments such as around your work schedule and childcare commitments; however you must make it a priority.

2. Use a Fitness Programme – This is vital for several reasons; firstly an exercise programme is designed and instructed to you by an exercise professional, someone who has trained in the mechanics of the body and how to help you achieve your desired results. Therefore the programme designed for you will not only be effective but also safe. Your exercise programme does not always have to be a gym programme so don’t limit yourself to this, it can be a sports club, an exercise class or a personal training session. All of these are designed to meet specific fitness needs and instructed by a professional, just be sure that these are suited to your goals.

3. Set Specific Goals – All goals need to begin with your end result in mind- From there we can break it down so they are not too overwhelming and they are more manageable. This is called the SMART goals approach, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. Applying all this principles makes your goal more focused and manageable.

4. Prioritise – Prioritising your fitness routine is absolutely essential and something you can train yourself to do. The best way to do this is to plan it in advance either by the week or month and physically write it down in your diary or calendar at the specific times and days that you will be doing your workouts. If you have set training appointments or classes it really helps with this, because they are already set at specific times, so it is harder to back out:).

In addition to writing your exercise times down ensure that you make the space and time for it so that nothing else can possibly get in the way, at first this problem can often come up if we are not aware of it. Things may come up and seem more important, your mind may find excuses, such as you are too tired or busy but you must choose to ignore these excuses and continue with your plan that you have committed yourself to and remind yourself of the importance of your end result and keep doing this until it becomes so strong in you that nothing can get in the way.

These kind of excuses from the mind are very common, as our minds do often resist change. However all habits and patterns can be changed with conscious effort and action and the results are 1000’000 times better than any immediate rewards you may get from following your minds’ excuses of being too busy or tired.

In the initial stages you need to remind yourself of the benefits you will receive consistently to the point where this will also become a habit to you and therefore your drive/motivation. It will also before long become more powerful and important than any excuse that your mind can come up with. Then you will be naturally motivated all the time to exercise because you will not feel anywhere near as good without it.

‘Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.’ ~ Jim Rohn

For information on Health & fitness programmes with Mirala Health please contact me directly at mirala.health@gmail.com or on 0843 289 9327