How are your New Year resolutions going?

“I want to go to your BOOTCAMP but I am not fit enough”

If I had a dollar for every time someone said this to me I would be a rich woman.This statement is so far off base but it reveals the fears that people have about their own fitness and group fitness.

The truth is you go to a Bootcamp to get fit.  Bootcamp isn’t the end goal, it is the means to the end goal (fitness).  Any decent bootcamp instructor can work with all fitness levels and scale bootcamp challenges to suit every fitness level.  Bootcamp is fun.  Go along and see for yourself.

Many people are surprised that Bootcamps are far from what you imagine they would be.  Yes, you get challenged, yes, some bootcamp sessions you will hate.  Some you will love.  Bootcamp is about challenging yourself, not being better than everyone else.   Bootcamps are about trying something different every time.  You learn a range of functional fitness skills.  Someone plans it all for you.  You just have to turn up.

If you really don’t think you are fit enough start walking every day.  It’s free.  Walk a little further each day, walk a little longer each day.  Set yourself a walking goal.   Start committing time to your health, fitness and well-being.  Start being consistent.  Get into a routine.  Walk with your family.  Start something.

If you are one of those people who thinks they can’t join a group fitness class until they are fit enough, think again.  Prove yourself wrong.  Just start.  Ask your friends and family who they recommend.  Go with a friend so you have someone to share the experience with. 

The trick is just start something.  Don’t wait until Monday, or next month, or after your holiday.  Just start.  You are investing in your future self.  Go!

How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo
Unplug 
🌟Did you know that 80% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up!?
 
Checking for missed calls/important texts is one thing, but scrolling social media first thing is another. It can set your tone for the whole day!
 
📲Set yourself a challenge, try waiting at least ONE hour before you scroll through your social media in the morning! Instead, use that time to read, journal, or talk with your family members and take control over how you start your day. 🙂
How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo

🎉🙌This recipe sounds weird but it is so delicious – you would never guess that it is made from chickpeas!

🍪😋 This cookie dough is safe to eat raw because it doesn’t contain eggs.

🥣🥄 You can eat this straight from the bowl with a spoon, or make cookie dough balls from it, and store in the fridge.

👩‍🍳🥜One of the things that’s awesome about this recipe (besides the fact it’s healthier and delicious) is that you can experiment with it to make it your own.

Try swapping out the nut butter, adding some oats or flaxseed (start with ⅛ cup (12 g) and add more until you get the desired consistency) and using honey or coconut sugar instead of maple syrup. It’s so good!

🍪Chocolate Chip-Chickpea Cookie Dough
(makes 4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz. (400 g) can of low sodium chickpeas, rinsed well and patted very dry
  • ⅓ cup (80 g) natural almond or peanut butter (smooth, not crunchy)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) organic maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup (60 g) vegan chocolate chips

Place the first 5 ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until well-mixed. Scrape into a bowl, and stir in the chocolate chips (option: melt the chips and stir in).

This will keep 3-4 days in the refrigerator, if it lasts that long!

How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo

Introduction To Boxing

How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo🏼 Bit scared to give a boxing class a go? How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo🥊 Not sure how to use all the boxing gear but want to give boxing a go?  🥊 This Introduction to Boxing PT session will show you the basics on how to use gloves, use pads with confidence and learn some boxing basics. ✅ I get you ready to join a boxing class with confidence. ✔️

How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo I can refer you to a reputable local boxing club to take your dreams of boxing and boxing fitness to the next level. 

This is an entry level boxing PT session to help you prepare for a boxing class. No judgement, no pressure. Just the basics so you can start your boxing confidently. Suitable for individuals, families and couples. I can come to you in the privacy of your own yard or work with you at PCYC Mount Isa if you are a current financial gym member. No boxing equipment needed.

$50 for an individual Introduction to Boxing PT session. Ask me about pairs and small group discounts. How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo

How are your New Year resolutions going?, Fit Average Jo

🔥📢CHALLENGE TIME! 🔥📢

💜 For decades, we’ve heard about the importance of taking care of our heart by exercising and eating a healthy and balanced diet.

💚 But now, we also know that our gut health is just as important … and that the health of our digestive system plays a HUGE role in our cardiovascular and brain health!

👩‍🔬 The amount of research coming out in this area is pretty amazing, with new findings practically every week.

💪Your challenge this week is to focus on your gut health and show it a little extra love!

💡Try incorporating as many of these steps as possible into your routine and see how much better you feel!

📓Pro tip: Keep a journal to track your results with bloating, how you sleep, and how you feel in general.

Here are some suggestions:

😷 Slow down your eating! This will help your digestive system do its job better. Plus, it’ll help you stop eating before you’re too full, and you’ll also swallow less air (which cuts back on gas).

🍽 Eat smaller meals. Too much food in your stomach = reflux. Yuck!

⏰ Get on a meal schedule. Try to eat at the same times each day. Your body performs best with a regular routine.

😴 Stop eating a couple hours (at least) before bed. For many people, the GI system is most active during the day.
🥦🥑🍆 Get 20-30 grams of fiber a day. If this is more than you normally eat, slowly increase fiber so you don’t end up feeling bloated, uncomfortable and gassy.

🧘 Reduce stress. Your body has a much harder time digesting food when you’re feeling tense and stressed out.

🧘 Do deep breathing exercises. Think about breathing down deep into your belly!

🍲 Probiotics. Consider eating low-sugar, probiotic yogurt to boost the healthy bacteria in your gut. If you want to take a supplement, be sure to ask your doc first because some strains can be harmful if you have digestive or immune system issues.

⛹🏼 Exercise. Working out helps your body move food through your digestive tract!

So… are you in?

Your gut (and your heart!) will thank you for it.

References:
www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/healthy-gut-healthy-heart
www.healthline.com/health/gut-health

Published by Fit Average Jo

I am a Personal Trainer working in the Outback. I love fitness and travel so I have combined both loves on social media. I am an Average Jo. I am fit, but I am not a fitness bunny. I am real. I eat nice food, I drink tasty beverages and I train it off with boxing, bootcamps and running. I travel any chance I can. Join me on my fitness and travel journey.

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