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August 8, 2013

childhood obesity

macdonalds v sashimi

samurai pic from @darkazart

Hey team, you know how I like to share a story! I want to tell you about my ironic lunch experience today. I went to my local shopping centre and bought myself a sashimi salad. I sat down to eat and a young Japanese/Australian mum asked if she could share my table with her and her kids (nearly 2 year old daughter and her nearly 3 year old son… I asked how old they were). She then proceeded to produce 3 ‘happy’ meals with Coca Cola drinks for herself and her kids. I was struck at the irony of me eating sashimi and them eating McDonalds. The boy complained that the fries were too salty and so the mum taught him to tap each fry so that some of the salt fell off.

Now, I do not have children, I cannot empathize with having to budget for food for the kids (and we all know how cheap this meal option is) etc, etc but I found it so hard to sit and watch such young kids eating this stuff. I do not know the history behind the meal, it could have been a treat etc. But I know that clean, healthy food is available and can still be ‘fast food’ if we want it to be. I have spoken to parents and I know that it is possible to be on a budget and still buy cheaper and readily available healthy food for families.

I had to leave the table as I could not watch the boy tap any more fries and then pop them in his mouth washed down with his sugary drink.

My thoughts are that parents need to step up and be role models for their kids. In my mind there is no reason for a young child to taste or even know what a McDonalds ‘happy meal’ is. Parents have the responsibility to teach their kids that junk food like this is a once a week treat instead of a daily routine. They also need to educate them as to why this is the case. If this doesn’t happen the childhood obesity epidemic will just continue to grow and grow like the waistlines of our children.

August 8, 2013

patience

Patience is not my strong point, as my friends and family will tell you. I do know that consistency with training; sleep, nutrition and managing stress levels will get you results. Keep up the good work and keep going ๐Ÿ™‚

August 8, 2013

inspiration and motivation

Good morning guys! Gotta say I love my job and the diversity of clients! Wanted to share: Yesterday I trained my 10 year old male client. He had a stroke when he was born. My job with him is to encourage and coach him to use and move his left side (as well as train and have fun….. I try and ‘hide the vegetables’ if you know what i mean). Yesterday, we were able to get him jumping off a high step and landing with confidence and strength. The look on his face when he conquered his fears was priceless. Inspirational and motivational! No excuses guys. Jump off the high step today and kick some ass! ๐Ÿ™‚

August 8, 2013

training with a cold

Is it ok to exercise if I have a cold? General rule of thumb is :exercise is normally ok if your symptoms are above the neck: runny and blocked nose, minor sore throat etc. Just reduce intensity and length of workout. If symptoms below neck: chest congestion, hacking cough, upset stomach prob best to rest. Listen to your body and take a break or time off if needed.

August 8, 2013

alcohol and fat loss

Planning a few drinks this weekend? If you’re trying to burn body fat remember that your body processes alcohol first, leaving carbohydrates and fats to get stored as fat instead of getting used as fuel. Just thought I’d remind you.

August 8, 2013

obsessed with the scales and your weight?

Gentle reminder: Remember that you do not wear a shirt with your KG’s displayed for everyone to see. Please try not to get obsessed with a number on the scales. Go with how you feel in your body. Feel your clothes getting looser. See your body getting firmer. Feel fitter on the stairs at work. Much nicer indicators to losing body fat, developing health, wellness and fitness. Less chance of developing a scales obsession. I had one for many years so speak from the heart on this

August 8, 2013

need another reason to move regularly?

A study by Appalachian State University in 2010 found that regular exercisers experienced 43 percent fewer sick days than people who didn’t exercise. They also reported less severe symptoms during the days they did have colds.

August 8, 2013

what veggie should i eat?

Veggies that should be on your shopping list and in your belly! Broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, green beans, onions, asparagus, cucumber, spinach, all forms of peppers, zucchini, kale.

August 8, 2013

personal trainers are not created equal

True story: an Innervate client won 24 Personal Training sessions at a gym which will remain anonymous. So, she decided to put her sessions with us on hold. She went for her first session and the ‘personal trainer’ popped her on the rower for 5 mins then moved her to the cross trainer. He then told her he would be right back and to work hard while he was gone. He went and bought a coffee, came back and drank the coffee next to her then moved her to the bike. Session over. She starts up with us again next week. Personal trainers are not created equal. Train with us and know you are being looked after by health professionals.

August 8, 2013

your heart

The most important muscle in your body is your heart…. Make sure you look after it this Valentines Day and every day. It likes to be clear of fat blocking it up and surrounding it so it can provide the rest of your body with the stuff it needs to keep moving. If someone breaks your heart you will get over it (eventually) if you don’t look after your heart you will not get over it. Nuff said … Happy Valentines Day. Love yourself and your body it is the most important relationship you will ever have x x x