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Last year we were fit... 2018 we will be fitter!

A new year and a new you!

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Well, it’s that time of year again!

“New year..new you”, “This diet has to work”, “2018 exercise challenge”, “I’ll try the new shake or no carb fad to lose 3 stone”. You get the gist!

Ditch the short term motivation and learn to “Love Your Lifestyle” long-term.

I often think that although the new year is great as a fresh start and new found motivation, people often make the mistake of going one extreme to the other. This results in giving up to quickly because it’s too hard, losing motivation because it’s taking too long, and losing faith all together because it seems impossible to keep it up. Sound familiar??

My advice, no quick fix, no short term goal which needs an extreme change. Simply, a gradual change of lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If you’re a complete beginner you can’t expect to hit the gym for a gruelling workout 7 days a week and cut out all sugar and expect to sustain that. I recommend to my new clients to gradually introduce exercise into your daily routine, perhaps a gym session once or twice a week initially to get you going. The thought of a gym and being surrounded by those perfectly already toned and fit gym go-ers may make you feel sick to the stomach??! It’s not actually all like that…trust me! Everyone has to start somewhere. Alternatively, I also train some clients out in the great outdoors on the beach or in the parks. Away from other people, with the use of steps, benches and zigzags to get the heart rate up, tone up that body and burn some serious calories!!

The most important thing is to be active by doing things you enjoy. The list is endless, go for a walk, even better go for a long hike. Go for a swim or to a dance class. Anything you find fun, you are more likely to stick at it and look forward to doing it! Another great idea is to find an event that you can attend with friends, incorporating your exercise with your social group means the best of both worlds! You can sweat together, complain together.. and eventually, feel amazing afterwards together!!

Hike N’ Beach 2018

A must do in 2018 if you really do want something new is the “Hike N’ Beach” Workout Weekend with HayleyPT!!  A 3 day event based in Bournemouth, consisting of beach Cardio workouts to increase your FITNESS and BURN CALORIES, a full day HIKING over the Jurassic Coast along stunning coastline views, a Strength Conditioning circuit designed to SHAPE your body and a Stretch and Relax session by the ocean.  Combine this with some beautiful restaurants for your evening meals with your friends…it’s a weekend not to be missed!

May 11th-13th – SOLD OUT | June 1st-3rd – LIMITED SPACES

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The same goes for nutrition. Ever heard that phrase “you are what you eat”? It’s cliche, but true. Eat sugar, sure you’ll get that boost, but you’ll come crashing down after. That’ll cause you to want more sugar. It doesn’t mean to say cut it out completely. Ever tried it and ended up binging less than a week later? Thought so. It’s too extreme and the body can’t cope due to your current eating habits. Again, gradual changes. Perhaps cut down on sugar 5 days a week and allow yourself a treat at the weekend. This way you aren’t denying yourself of everything, and you will still see a difference. Hydration is also a huge contributing factor. Water aids digestion and bodily functions, it clears your skin, it prevents you mistaking thirst for hunger. The list goes on. Carrying a water bottle with me everywhere is a must, it keeps my energy levels up high and helps prevent sugar cravings from dehydration. Next time you get a sugar craving down a glass of water and see how you feel. You’ll be surprised! Thank you Acquablend for my amazing fruit filter bottles, I use them all the time especially when on the go and when I’m hiking.

Whatever your goal for 2018, add your exercise and healthy eating gradually into your daily life, remember it’s not a quick fix…it’s a long term positive change. It’s a lifestyle thang!

HayleyPT – “Love Your Lifestyle”

Hayley and team with Acquablend bottles

“Hike N’ Beach” Workout Weekend with HayleyPT

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Burn over 2,900 calories. Walk more than 37,800 steps. Hike further than 24km over some of the most stunning coastline the UK has to offer, all in one day.

Increase your fitness, burn body fat and enjoy the fresh air during a Cardio Workout on one of England’s stunning sandy beaches. Change your body shape, tone up and get lean during a Strength Conditioning Exercise Circuit by the ocean. Release your muscles and your mind, increase flexibility and mobility completing a full body Stretch & Relax in the heat of the sun. Read More

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New Years Resolution… put simply… is to “Love Your Lifestyle”

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Let me guess, it’s a new year so yet another promise to yourself that this truly will be the year that you lose that weight you’ve been talking about for who knows how many years?! Perhaps it’s the year you’ll take out a new gym membership and actually go for longer than just January and February until you get bored or give up because you’re not noticing any changes. Another classic, you are going on a diet this year and you will actually stick to it as well as drinking only on special occasions and keeping well hydrated with water instead?! Did I guess fairly close for your new year resolutions?! Read More

Raw Chocolate Mouse

Raw chocolate mousse

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At this time of the year with festive treats all around us probably the last thing on our mind is to stay healthy, so this raw chocolate mousse recipe will help you indulge and remain healthy.

On the other hand, it is also the time when viruses such as the flu are most easily transmitted. Fortunately giving our immune system a boost doesn’t have to be daunting task, and it doesn’t mean giving up on some favourites like chocolate mousse either. In fact, it can easily be done in the kitchen with a few healthy ingredients. This vegan friendly recipe is a healthy alternative to chocolate mousse, and has three key ingredients that make it the perfect treat: avocado, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

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HayleyPT with Acquablend bottle in the Alps

Hike ‘N Alps with HayleyPT

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One of my favourite hobbies is hiking various mountains around the world. They don’t have to be high, (although I personally love a challenge!) but just getting active and outdoors, being surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery it’s easy for you to see why. Hiking certainly burns a lot of calories, after a 4 hour hike for example, I have been known to burn 2000 calories. The constant climb up a mountain, and the mixed terrains whether it be grass, rocks, soil or sand, will certainly help strengthen your legs and give them great shape!
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Team 'Blended Effort' - Cancer Reasearch UK

Buy a bottle and help beat Cancer!

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Acquablend are proud to support Georgina, Karen and Nicole of team ‘Blended Effort’ in their efforts to raise money for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the Pretty Muddy Run, part of the Race for Life campaign, which takes place in Clapham, London on 15 October.

Acquablend are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle through their fruit infusion water bottles, promoting fruit infusion as a sensible and healthy alternative to sugary drinks that will keep you hydrated and help you recover from illness and stay fitter for longer.

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Healthy goji energy bars

Healthy goji energy bars

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I want to share a great recipe from the Acquablend website for healthy Goji berry energy bars!

I just love this recipe, but I have to double up on the ingredients here, because I always seem to run out quickly, as they are ultra scrumptious. I think the main benefit for me is that I am making them and that I know what has gone into them. I don’t have to worry about travelling to a shop, or the ‘over-packaging’.

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Lentil thins lined up in a tin after being baked

Lentil thins recipe

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This is a recipe that I have put together from a variety of recipes, trial and error and general tinkering.

Lentil thins are great treats – much healthier than crisps and other snacks – and the flavour, if you season well, is just as nice. Depending on how thinly you roll the pastry they can be crispy or just crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. Either way – they are a great replacement for my usual tortilla crisps and nuts, whilst still getting me the necessary pulses and fibre I need in my diet. Read More