MANGO & SESAME QUINOA SALAD

Summer is nearly here and that means delicious nutritious salads. I think you’ll find that this recipe is the bomb!

Who doesn’t love mangoes huh? The sweetness is delicious and then pair it with the more savoury flavours of quinoa and tamari and I’m in heaven. The avocado which is rich in good fats adds a creaminess to the salad. The lemon which is rich in vitamin C and B complex vitamins adds that lovely tang and the pomegranates add even more sweetness in addition to the mango.

This recipe serves 2 and is super quick to throw together. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

INGREDIENTS

• 120g quinoa
• 1 mango
• 1 avocado
• 4 tbsp sesame seeds
• 100g pomegranates
• 1 squeezed lemon
• 2 tbsp tamari
• Pinch salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

• Cook quinoa, allow to cool
• Peel mango, chop into chunks
• Peel avocado, chop into chunks
• Mix together mango and avocado
• Add sesame seeds, lemon, pomegranates, tamari, salt, pepper
• Add quinoa
• Serve and enjoy

HOW TO SELF-CARE YOURSELF YOUNG [ANTI AGEING SERIES – PART 3]

Hope you enjoyed last week’s part 2 of my anti ageing series. Missed it? No problem. You can catch up here:

>>> HOW TO EAT YOURSELF YOUNG <<<

This week we’re looking at how you can self-care yourself young. I believe there’s lots we can do. As busy women with homes to run, kids to take care of, and work to attend to it’s all too easy not to set aside enough ‘me’ time.

So today we’re looking at your skincare regime, natural oils, vitamin c, hyaluronic and lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol, sleep, and stress.

  1. Sun Exposure

First up is sun exposure which is very timely considering the beautiful sunny weather we’ve been having. We all love the sun and having a healthy tan. It’s ok in moderation, but the truth is that excessive sun exposure is responsible for a lot of skin aging. Make sure you always use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day.

Lastly, remember to keep hydrated with plenty of water and LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL for an extra boost. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water or your water bottle.

  1. Skin Care Regime

Your skin is your largest organ. Keep it bright and unobstructed with a daily skin care regime.

A very important factor to preserve your skin’s collagen is to keep your skin’s natural oils balanced and protected without stripping them out. Many chemicals and alcohol-based skin products do this so avoid them. Whereas natural and organic ingredients will respect your skin’s PH balance and will work in synergy.

Proper cleansing and exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant and healthy looking complexion. By cleansing your skin from all those impurities, you can boost your skin’s collagen, and improve the appearance of fine lines.

  1. Natural Oils

Another way to protect collagen is through the use of natural, organic oils. Natural oils are full of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients that are needed for your skin to be healthy, moisturized, elastic and protected.

Some of my personal favourites are coconut, rose, vitamin e, and argan oil. They all boost collagen, moisturize, and help reduce fine lines and scars. You can use these natural oils not just as a moisturiser but as a cleanser too.

Also, check out SUPER OMEGA 3 EPA a great oil supplement to boost your skin.

  1. Vitamin C

Research has shown that Vitamin C is a key nutrient needed to boost the production of collagen. It also improves the skin’s texture, makes it brighter, smoother and firmer.

I would encourage you to make sure nutritionally you’re getting your daily fix of Vitamin C from food as well as applying it topically. The combo is ideal.

A brillant supplement to support you is ZAMBROZA, which is rich in vitamin c and will revitalise the skin.

  1. Hyaluronic

I am a huge fan of using a good quality concentrated hyaluronic for anti-aging.

Hyaluronic is a natural compound produced by your body that aids in keeping your skin moisturized. As you age, the body’s production of hyaluronic decreases. Your skin becomes drier and fine lines, and wrinkles start popping up. So it makes sense that replacing some of this hyaluronic will slow the aging process down.

Hyaluronic holds in moisture by forming a barrier on the surface of your skin that helps it hold in some of its natural moisture and protects it from the drying effects that environmental factors can cause.

Hyaluronic also stimulates collagen production which as we know is essential for skin elasticity. The other great thing about hyaluronic is that it binds with water and so will plump the skin leaving your complexion more youthful.

  1. Smoking

You may have heard the same old thing again and again, but it is true that smoking together with harming your whole body hugely damages your skin. And alas especially for women because we have finer and more delicate skin.

  1. Alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, makes it look dull and leads I’m afraid to premature aging. So try to consume in moderation.

  1. Sleep

Sleep is one of the most effective, natural and free anti-ageing remedies around!

We can even see the benefits ourselves in terms of how our skin looks first thing in the morning after a great night’s sleep. When you sleep your body is producing collagen, rebuilding and repairing not just your skin but many aspects of our health.

If you want to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, get your beauty sleep in and take naps whenever you feel the need.

  1. Stress

Effectively dealing with stress can make your skin more glowing and healthy looking.

Excessive stress can age your skin faster because of the hormone cortisol. When you get stressed, cortisol levels rise. It degrades collagen that is so vital for our skin’s elasticity to keep wrinkles at bay.

I know it’s easier said than done, but try to avoid getting stressed or succumb to a stressful attitude. Focus on the positive, the good things in life and be grateful for the blessings you have.

Now it’s over to you! Have you discovered any anti-ageing secrets? Please email me and share your thoughts. I’d love to know.

Lastly, I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini 3 part series on anti ageing. And remember, if you need some one-to-one help on your nutrition/fitness, you can always book in for a FREE B-Fit Session HERE.

Love Gaynor x

HOW TO EAT YOURSELF YOUNG [ANTI AGEING SERIES – PART 2]

Hope you enjoyed last week’s part 1 of my anti ageing series. Missed it? No problem. You can catch up here:

>>> HOW TO EXERCISE YOURSELF YOUNG <<<

This week we’re looking at how you can eat yourself young. Eating a well-balanced diet should be part and parcel of your daily lifestyle. If you’re eating well not only will it make you feel great but it’ll help your skin look healthier too.

Here’s 7 food and drinks that can help you turn back the clock.

AVOCADOS

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats which helps skin to retain it’s moisture. This, in turn, can help skin cells to more readily absorb vital nutrients. Other food sources rich in good fats include nuts, olive oil, and coconut oil.

SALMON

Oily fish such as salmon is an excellent source of omega three essential fatty acids which help to strengthen the skin cell walls. This, in turn, helps your skin retain more moisture and this is key to healthy skin. Oily fish is also known to help with inflammatory skin conditions and to calm them down. Other good food sources include seeds, eggs, and nuts.

POMEGRANATES

Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C which helps stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is so important as it helps plump skin and makes it look firmer and smoother. Vitamins C is also an antioxidant which helps protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV damage. Other good food sources rich in vitamin c include oranges, grapefruits, and tomatoes.

SPINACH

Spinach is packed with phytonutrients that help protect your skin from sun damage. It’s also rich in lutein and vitamin A which have been proven to help boost skin elasticity.

GARLIC

Garlic is an antioxidant that boosts your immune system and also protects your skin from sun damage. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and so will help with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is packed with polyphenols and catechins. Polyphenols are antioxidants that again help to protect your skin from the sun. Catechins also protect the skin from sun damage. Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles and crepey skin. Sun damage also causes hyperpigmentation, and brown skin marks all of which age the skin.

FILTERED WATER

Hydration is so important. The skin is about 70% water, so we need to keep our daily water intake high to maintain healthy skin. We also need water for metabolism, nutrient absorption, elimination and circulation and all these in turn impact on our skin. Drink half your body weight in ounces of filtered water daily. Hydrate your butt off and your skin will thank you for it. You can add lemon, ginger and infused herbs to spice it up. A great supplement I recommend for hydration is LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water or your water bottle.

Lastly, as a backup plan to the above, I’d highly recommend you take a high-quality daily multi-vitamin such SUPER SUPPLEMENTAL VITAMINS & MINERALS to boost your internal health.

Love Gaynor x

HOW TO EXERCISE YOURSELF YOUNG [ANTI AGEING SERIES PART 1]

Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to anti-ageing. To do this effectively, we need to address our health both internally and externally.

Numerically, we’re all ageing at the same rate which we can’t stop. Yet some people appear to defy the digits on their birth certificate. Why do some 50-year-olds look like 30-year-olds? It’s not all down to surgery, expensive potions, or faddy trends. Research is increasingly pointing towards lifestyle factors which can play a pivotal role in dictating the rate we age at namely exercise, nutrition and general self-care. Today I just want to focus on exercise.

It’s no secret that regular exercise delivers an array of benefits, from increasing strength to deterring disease and illness. But it also has another major benefit that’s often overlooked: a regular fitness regime can take years off your age biologically.

Here are six ways in which exercise has been proven to make you look and feel younger:

EXERCISE MAKES YOUR CELLS AGE SLOWER

Scientists have long known that telomeres affect the ageing process. These caps, found at the end of chromosomes, get shorter as we get older. New research has indicated that regular exercise can help to lengthen our telomeres, effectively slowing the ageing process.

EXERCISE IMPROVES YOUR SKIN

That glow you get after completing a workout? Turns out it has lasting benefits. Research has found that regular exercisers over the age of 40 are more likely to have the supple skin of people ten or even 20 years younger. Exercise also boosts collagen and helps reduce stress that can have a huge impact on our skin health. More on this in part 3 when we touch on stress.

EXERCISE BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM

Alas, the female metabolism slows around the age of 35 onwards, making it easier for weight to accumulate. Try my 1-2-1 PERSONAL TRAINING or my SMALL GROUP PT SESSIONS to fight the flab and boost your metabolism.

EXERCISE IMPROVES YOUR CIRCULATION

Sweat your butt off and move your body at least three to five times per week. It gets your circulation going and helps rid your body of accumulated toxins which in turn clears the skin.

EXERCISE IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY

Do you ever get those senior moments when you forgot something?!!! It’s long been known that people who remain mentally alert are less susceptible to the effects of ageing. Well, it turns out that the key to keeping a healthy mind is keeping a healthy body. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus (part of our brain) boosting our memory, focus and cognitive skills.

EXERCISE DETERS BAD HABITS THAT SPEED UP AGEING

Fast food, cigarettes and excess alcohol all wreak havoc on the body. If you’re following a regular exercise regime, you’ll be far less tempted to indulge in these pitfalls that can ruin your health and speed up the ageing process.

We can’t choose our chronological age but we can do something about our biological age. It’s yours for the taking if you decide and take consistent action. The many benefits of exercise are simply too great to ignore.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back next week in your inbox with part 2 of my anti ageing series on how to eat yourself young. The final instalment will be on how to self-care yourself young.

Have a super week my friend.

Gaynor x

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO LOSE FAT FOR SUMMER

Even though it’s mid April there’s still plenty of time to make dramatic changes to your diet and lifestyle for the good of your health and to get you on your way to achieving that summer body.

So, what can you do now to help ensure fat loss in time for Summer?

1. DRINK MORE WATER

With the temperatures rising, it is important to ensure you are well hydrated. You should be drinking a minimum of 2 litres of fresh drinking water per day for optimum health and wellbeing. Drinking water not only helps vital organs carry out their necessary functions but it flushes out toxins too. A lot of the time we have cravings and hunger pangs is actually because we are dehydrated. Drinking enough water each day will also stop you overeating.

2. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP

Yes, that’s right sleep. Sleeping and resting allows our bodies to repair and recover. When women don’t get enough sleep, the hormone cortisol causes us many pesky problems. Not enough sleep, coupled with stress, causes cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol is the ‘stress hormone’ and is secreted during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress. Higher levels of cortisol lead to increased abdominal fat which is associated with a variety of other health problems in the body. So, get the recommended eight hours of sleep, try not to stress and your cortisol levels will reduce.

3. START WEIGHT TRAINING

Don’t just rely on cardio to keep that body fat away. Participating in cardio based exercise burns fat for up to 12 hours afterwards. If you incorporate resistance training into your plan, your body burns fat for up to 72 hours afterwards as it works on repairing the muscles following training.

4. EAT A RAINBOW

All of my clients, whether one to one or part of my group personal training course benefit from my nutritional advice too. I have seven key principles which I get my clients to follow. One of the easiest to remember, which is why I’m sharing it here, is to ‘eat a rainbow’. I’m talking about a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables (organic where possible). We are told to get our ‘five a day’ for essential health but why stop at five? In Japan, the recommended number of fresh fruit and vegetable portions is 17! Make sure you give your body essential vitamins, nutrients and micronutrients with a varied healthy diet.

5. TRY THE B-FIT B-FABULOUS 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

Just 21 days! That’s all you would need to give me in order to show you all the secrets to successful fat loss. My B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 Day Weight Loss Plan is a fat busting detox that GUARANTEES a 8-14lb weight loss or you drop a dress size in 21 days. But don’t let me tell you about it, see the results for yourself from my clients here …

Lorraine loses 13b with the B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 day Weight Loss Plan

Lesley drops from a size 16 got a 12 in 90 days!

Kristina keeps two stone off!

Karen rids her household of 35lb of excess weight

Jenny’s B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 Day Plan testimonial

So you see that summer body doesn’t have to feel and be so far away. Want to know more? Simply text or call me on 07748298728 for a free, no obligation, confidential chat about you and your goals.

Love Gaynor x

THIS DRINK WILL DETOX YOUR KIDNEYS & BODY FAST

Over the last few years, I’ve written about the benefits of detoxing quite a few times and highlighting common health challenges that a detox can remedy. To summarise these are:

• Tiredness
• Bloating
• Insomnia
• Stress
• Depression
• Mental fog
• Moodiness
• Cravings
• Fluid retention
• Bad breath
• Gall bladder issues
• Bad skin
• Weight loss resistance
• Indigestion
• Body odour

Some folks are skeptical and question can a detox really solve all these issues? I get it but equally, if you step back it’s not surprising if you take into consideration the number of toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis in food, water, cleaning products, toiletries etc it’s not uncommon for the average human to be exposed to millions of toxins each and every day. All these toxins interfere with our body and hormones. Then people try to medicate and this adds even more toxins and throws the body even more out of sync. Instead, let’s get back to nature as medicine.

Here’s a simple, fast and delicious detox drink to try. Make sure you use organic ingredients to minimise adding more toxins and chemicals into the body.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 lemons
• ¼ cucumber
• 1 ½ apples
• 2 kale leaves
• 2 celery stalks
• 2 spinach leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

• Place ingredients in juicer/food processor
• Blend until smooth

Let’s do a quick rundown of each of the ingredients and their detoxifying benefits.

LEMONS

Lemons contain citric acid, which aids in the production of digestive juices. It can encourage daily bowel movements, which work to cleanse the colon of any toxins acquired through food. Lemon juice has also been shown to help prevent kidney stones and ensure kidney health due to the high content of natural citrate.

CUCUMBER

Cucumbers work to prevent water retention, which is the excessive build-up of fluid in the circulatory system. This is due to a few compounds cucumbers are rich in including potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid.

APPLES

Apples have been a major part of detox diets for years. Apples contain pectin, a fiber that prevents the build-up of plaque in blood vessels. The cellulose in apples helps the digestive system move waste quickly through the intestinal tract. Apples are also rich in calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, all of which add to its detoxifying abilities.

KALE

Kale contains over 45 different flavonoids that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

CELERY

Celery alkalises the body and balance its pH. It also hydrates and replaces electrolytes. Celery encourages bowel movements and reduces the risk of harmful calcification in the kidneys.

SPINACH

Glutathione is one of my fav antioxidants. In fact, it’s referred to as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’ due to its potent health benefits. Toxins, poor diet, pollution, and stress can all reduce your body’s natural supply of glutathione. But spinach is loaded with the stuff!
If there’s one take away from all this, its that there’s so much in nature that can significantly improve our health.

In my B-FIT B-FABULOUS 21 DAY PLAN, this is exactly the sort of stuff I help you with. And you don’t just lose nasty toxins but fat too. Make sure you check it out!

Gaynor x

10 TIPS TO SPRING CLEANING YOUR BODY

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean it’s time to clean the house. After a winter full of hearty foods and being stuck indoors, we can all use a little detox to prep our bodies for the Spring.

As you know I’m a massive advocator of detoxing. In fact, I recommend to all my clients to detox 3-4 times per year for many health reasons.

According to Ayurveda, a Spring detox is the perfect time of year for cleansing. Once it gets a little warmer, the human body is wired to shed off extra winter pounds that kept us warm during the winter and flush out toxins that were accumulated from heavy wintery foods.

So here’s 10 tips to help you get started.

TIP 1 – DRINK WARM WATER WITH LEMON

Start your morning with a glass of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. This will cleanse your digestive tract, release unwanted toxins and hydrate you.

TIP 2 – STAY HYDRATED

Drink at least 2 to 3 liters of fresh water per day, including herbal teas. Some people think this will make them more bloated, but the opposite is true – it helps the body flush out toxins and reduce bloat.

TIP 3 – USE HERBS & SPICES

Using herbs and spices improves digestion and metabolism. Cinnamon, ginger, fennel, and mint are all great options for teas. Also, cook your food with liberal doses of herbs and spices. Use culinary herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mint, sage, and parsley in generous amounts.

TIP 4 – ELIMINATE ALCOHOL & PROCESSED FOODS

Cutting out alcohol and processed foods during a detox works wonders for fat loss. Alcohol and processed foods are full of additives and toxins. Believe me, you’ll be glad you ditched them. Give it a go, and see the difference to the belly bloat.

TIP 5 – CUT COFFEE

Cutting out caffeine will enable your hormones to get back to normal and for your body to work effectively. We are not supposed to run off coffee and if you need it to get up in the morning, something is wrong. Giving up coffee can be hard for the first couple of days, but the benefits are well worth it plus you’ll find that you sleep better.

TIP 6 – GO ORGANIC

Pesticides and other nasties feature so heavily in our food chain that it’s no wonder our bodies are fighting against toxins. Reduce your exposure to toxins in food by eating whole, fresh organic foods. This will massively benefit your health, reduce toxins in your body and so help fat loss. Also make sure you consume plenty of fibrous green vegetables every day to ensure you get enough vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients into your diet and also to support the detoxification process.

TIP 7 – DRY SKIN BRUSHING

Your skin is an organ of elimination, just like your kidneys, liver, and colon. Dry skin brushing helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process. It also helps to increase blood circulation. Dry brushing exfoliates the skins outer layer and stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture for the skin.

TIP 8 – MASSAGE

Massage is a great way to help improve circulation, activate the lymphatic system and aid in the detoxification process.

TIP 9 – SAUNAS & STEAMS

To increase the detoxifying effect try a sauna, steam room, hot bath and cardio for induced sweating. Most gyms have sauna and steam rooms that you can use after a workout. If you don’t have access to one, take a hot bath with epsom salts, ginger powder, and baking soda every night before going to sleep. Also, run, do yoga, jump, dance, whatever gets your heart pumping and brings a sweat on.

TIP 10 – BREATH

Seems pretty obvious right?! But in a rushed stressed out society our breath tends to be rushed and shallow. Our lungs rarely get a chance to open up and fill up with fresh air to completely cleanse from all the stale gases. Take a few minutes in the morning to just breathe deeply. Two-to-one breathing is a practice of exhaling twice as long as every inhalation. It’s a great technique for cleansing the lungs and calming the nervous system.

So are you going to jump on board and do a Spring detox with me? I hope so. If you do have any questions don’t be shy, reach out and ask me! Simply email GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM or text/call to 07748 298728.

Love Gaynor x

SICILIAN CHICKEN WITH BLOOD ORANGES

I’m so in love with blood oranges that I set out to find a dish that highlighted their deep citrus flavour and absolutely beautiful colouring.

Blood oranges are in season right now, and I’m a huge advocate of ideally using produce when it’s in season. If for any reason blood oranges are not available then this dish can be made with navel oranges.

This dish is perfect for a dinner party with friends and pairs really well with fresh steamed vegetables, rice and quinoa.

This recipe serves 3-4 people, is gluten and wheat free and only takes 20 mins to prep.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 blood oranges
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1-2 whole cloves
  • 2 red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Seeds from 3 cardamom pods
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig dried thyme
  • 40g green olives pitted
  • Pinch Himalayan salt
  • Ground black peppercorns to season
  • 300ml chicken stock for quick cook or 750ml chicken stock if slow cooking

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start by grating the zest from half an orange and set aside
  • Juice two oranges (one that you’ve taken the zest from) and set aside
  • Slice the remaining orange (skin on) and set aside
  • If slow cooking, preheat the oven to 150C, 300F, gas mark 2
  • Melt the coconut oil in a deep pan, on a high heat
  • Add the cloves and chicken thighs and brown each side
  • Turn down the heat
  • Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 mins until golden
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute
  • Add the cumin, chilli flakes, cardamom, orange (juice, zest and slices), nutmeg, bay leaves, thyme, olives, seasoning and stock
  • For a quick cook, place the lid on and cook for 15 mins on a medium heat then remove the lid and cook for a further 5-8 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the stock has reduced and thickened
  • For a slow cook, bring to the boil, cover and slow cook in a preheated oven for 2 ½ hrs
  • Serve with steamed veggies, brown rice or quinoa

HOW TO AVOID THE MID AFTERNOON SUGAR CRASH

Does this sound familiar? It’s 3 p.m. Lunch seems like forever ago and your stomach starts to rumble and grumble. You start to lose focus and dinner seems so far away.

Well, you’re not alone – this afternoon dilemma happens to me too. It can be caused by a number of factors and can often be solved by simply having a glass of water.

If you try this and you still feel hungry, then yes, you could probably use a little snack. However, when you reach for that snack, you want to make sure you’re making a choice that will sustain your energy. The best options combine nutrient-rich fruits or veggies that give quick energy and hydration combined with a lean protein or fat for staying power. Do your best to avoid sugary or starchy foods that give you a quick boost, but cause a crash quickly after.

To give you a better idea of what I mean, I’ve listed below some of the best and worst things to reach for if you’re craving a snack.

Avoid these …

  • Granola bars
  • Yogurt with added sugars
  • Diet drinks
  • Vending machine options (mostly packed with added sugars)

All of these include ingredients that will actually make you more tired over time. They’re tricky because whilst they give you a boost of energy straight away, they also cause you to crash.

Indulge in these …

  • Nuts and veggies with 1-2 tbsp hummus, plain yoghurt or guacamole
  • Green smoothie (3:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit)
  • Dry roasted chickpeas or edamame

These options combine protein and good fats, which give you the energy boost you need. Plus, they keep you sustained for longer periods of time, which prevents you from having an energy crash before dinner.

Keep it clean and simple and always listen to your body.

Love Gaynor x

MY TOP 3 BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES THAT BURN FAT FAST

As you know I’m a big fan of bodyweight (BW) training. It’s been around longer than anything else! Training without equipment, or with limited availability of it, has been used as a way of building the bodies of soldiers for decades. And for ladies like us who lead busy lives running homes, working and managing kids it’s a perfect solution.

I like bodyweight training for a multitude of reasons:

  • Inexpensive
  • No equipment needed
  • Done anywhere at anytime
  • You can set yourself clear, simple and self-motivating challenges
  • Builds muscle, burns fat, and improves overall fitness

With that in mind, here’s my top 3 favourite bodyweight exercises:

Bulgarian Split Squats

Please don’t ask me why it’s called this. I really don’t know. All I know is everytime I get my clients to do a bulgarian split squat they say something along the lines of ‘oh no not that one-legged squat’. It’s a great exercise and after doing this enough times you’ll have ‘glutes that salute’ that resemble a peach!

So why else does the good old bulgarian split squat make my list? Well, it requires more balance which means it engages more muscles. If you engage more muscles you burn more calories. And because you’ve worked 2 legs you’ve increased your overall workload. Which means again more calories burned not to mention the knock-on effects on improved endurance.

Push-Up

Push-ups are a classic exercise that has been around a long time. They’re easy to learn, easy to do, and easy to incorporate. They don’t necessarily need to be just standard push-ups but with a little creation and forward planning, there’s a ton of variations. As well as primarily working your chest, they also fire up and tax your core and triceps. So goodbye bingo wings!

Jump Lunge

Lunges are one of my favourite lower body exercises. Although the legs are the prime movers this exercise is a dynamic movement and so involves your entire body and particularly your core.

When you then introduce the ‘jump’ element to the lunge the core is even more engaged due to the explosive nature. Also, you expend more energy, raise your heart rate and so your metabolism — a great recipe for fat loss. It’s a good bang for your buck as the saying goes. There’s also a plyometric nature to a jump lunge. Although this feels horrendous at the time (been there!) it improves the speed and efficiency of muscular contractions.

So what’s your top 3 bodyweight exercises? Do let me know.

Gaynor x

Personal trainer in Crosby, Waterloo, Formby and Merseyside