Category Archives: Exercise

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

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

THE BENEFITS OF GROUP EXERCISE

Small group PT courses are more than loud banging music, fast movements, and shouts of encouragement. These one hour blocks of time offer fun social opportunities, a ton of health benefits, motivation and accountability.

I’ve been running my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE for years and it’s super popular and here’s some of the reasons why:

Social Atmosphere

Attending a small group PT course gets you up off the couch and out to meet local people and make new friends. You’re likely to have more fun exercising in a group than training on your own. Small fitness groups are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs.

Motivation Boost

Participating in a small fitness group challenges you to work out beyond your perceived limitations. It’s psychological because you tend to want to push hard for the trainer and to keep up with your fellow classmates. Also, the trainer observes your body for signs of fatigue and will motivate and push you to your limits.

Health Benefits

Group exercise comes in a variety of workout styles and formats.

In my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE there’s only 6-8 people and we focus on 6 progressive fat burning sessions (1 per week for 6 weeks) to help you lose weight, tone up, improve your health and fitness and feel fabulous.

But …

It’s so much more than just a course because it includes my proven B-Fit 7 step plan, weight loss and lifestyle advice, nutrition tips on how to eat healthily for life without counting calories, and your own programme designed to do at home.

The other benefit of a group environment especially if you’re a newbie and not sure on good exercise form is that the trainer will spot-check you, correcting your positioning if necessary.

Accountability

A group exercise setting helps keep you accountable and disciplined. When the trainer and other participants ask why you were absent, they generally are concerned for your well-being, and you’ll not want to have an answer like “I sat on the couch” LOL

If you’re required to prepay, your accountability and commitment to attend also increases. That’s exactly why my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE is paid in one go to ensure you’ve got skin in the game and remain committed. It’s tough love but I need you to have both feet in and go for it.

Variety

Doing the same old routine over and over can feel dull and mundane after a while. But small fitness groups tend to emphasize variety to keep it fun and fresh whilst getting you fit and in great shape.

Workout Buddies

One thing I love about small group exercise is the community environment. When working out in a group you’ve other people doing the same workout as you. If you continue going to the same group you’ll probably start to become friends with many of these people. They then become your support system, and the people you can lean on when you’re in a fitness rut.

Price

Lastly, there’s no doubt that if you want very specific results and guidance through your fitness journey 1-2-1 PERSONAL TRAINING is the way to go. But for some folks, personal training isn’t an option due to price. That’s exactly why I developed my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE as an affordable alternative yet no compromise on quality and results.

Overall group fitness has many advantages. It can be a great option for someone who needs a support system, someone on a budget, or someone new to fitness.

Gaynor x

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

It’s no surprise at all that one of the top new year resolutions is weight loss. Many people make a commitment to themselves to eat healthier, and move more.

Sadly though many fall off the wagon and revert to their old habits. One of the main reasons for this is many folks go to the extreme and have an all or nothing approach.

Why not swap this approach for these 10 simple, healthy tips that are balanced and moderated? That way your more likely to stay on track for the long haul.

  1. PORTION CONTROL

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size, and often then overeat.

  1. EAT SLOWLY

Slow down eating. Masticate your food properly, and try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This allows your stomach time to signal to your brain that you’re full so you don’t over eat.

  1. KEEP IT LEAN 

Cut back on your overall meat intake and opt for fish instead. When you do choose meat have leaner cuts. Ditch the heavy sauces and replace with lots of hearty vegetables.

  1. AVOID CRASH DIETS

Weight loss isn’t just about squeezing into your jeans or looking good in your bikini it’s also about being healthy for life. There are zero shortcuts to losing weight. As boring as it sounds a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than doing the latest craze.

If you’ve a tendancy to be drawn into faddy diets make sure you check out my blog here on CALORIE RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

  1. BUDDY UP 

Get a mate to lose weight with you. Having a buddy to motivate you will work wonders for you both. Also, remember my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING.   If your interested, I cannot stress enough getting in touch with me on 07748 298728 as soon as possible. It’s very popular and always gets booked up.

  1. THE POWER OF MUSIC

Load up your playlist with upbeat music. Listening to your favourite tracks will help you push harder, and because you want to hear your entire playlist, you’ll feel more inclined to workout for longer!

  1. CUPBOARD CLEAROUT

Clear out your cupboards. Once you replace the junk food you’re used to indulging in, you’ll begin to make healthier choices going forwards.

  1. GET YOUR SNOOZIES

Sleep is utter bliss and great for your mind, body, and health.

People who get adequate sleep have been shown to lose more body fat than people who get less – so don’t neglect your Zzzzzz time. It’s key to weight loss as it regulates cortisol levels, which is responsible for fat storage, particularly around our tummies.

To learn a bit more about the importance of sleep for weight loss make sure you check out this great little article I wrote on HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BED.

  1. TAKE BABY STEPS 

Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether. Simple swaps can make a huge difference.

Swap sugary drinks for healthy zero-calorie options and you’ll scarcely notice the difference. Instead of ice cream, have frozen dairy-free yoghurt for dessert instead.

When food tastes good you won’t even feel like you’re dieting. This will make a huge difference as we all want to enjoy our food and not feel deprived.

  1. STAY HYDRATED 

Drink water instead of your usual drink. Not only will this hydrate you adequately, but will make you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.

I hope this blog has given you some useful tips and ideas.

Lastly …   If you need help lift up that phone. Call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat.

Love Gaynor x

7 WAYS TO BREAK THROUGH A FAT LOSS PLATEAU

Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve steadily been losing weight/inches and then it just comes to a stand still?! If this rings a bell then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate. These 7 tactics are a good starting point to help you break through the plateau.

Keep An “Honest” Food Diary

This is a proven technique for weight loss. When an “honest” food diary is kept it forces you to keep an accurate account of what food you eat including portion sizes and all the other little indulgences you have here and there that could very well be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Get More Sleep

There’s clear scientific links between sleep deprivation and weight gain. It messes up your hormones resulting in an increased appetite, cravings, poor workouts and a decrease in overall energy expenditure. So make sure you get your Zzzzz

Eat More Frequently

And no that was not a typo! Though counterintuitive, increasing the frequency of meals can kickstart weight loss. Skipping meals can lower your metabolism and cause your body to hold onto calories by storing them as fat. Whereas, eating small, but frequent healthy meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism firing. Your blood sugar levels will also be more stable and so you’re less likely to raid the pantry cupboards.

Change Your Workout Routine

If long bouts of steady state cardio and/or doing the same old routine aren’t producing the goods then it’s time for a change as your body isn’t responding. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is a form of cardio that involves alternating sets of intense exertion with brief recovery and has been shown to burn more fat in a fraction of the time than traditional cardio. The whole idea is to shock and re-boot your system to get it losing weight again.

Increase Protein Intake

Consuming protein has been shown to lead to more fat loss. Healthy protein sources combined with resistance training significantly improves overall body composition.

De-Stress

Stress increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which has been linked to both weight gain and increased appetite. Other side effects of too much stress include poor sleep and digestive problems, both of which will derail your body’s ability to burn fat.

Timeout

If you’re doing everything correctly, and have been doing it for a long time and you’re not losing any weight despite all your hard efforts there’s a possibility your body has shutdown. If you’ve over dieted/over trained your body will be tired, stressed and will fight back. Timeout could be exactly what’s needed to re-set your system.

THE NO GYM REQUIRED WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym or have fancy kit to get fit.

When it comes to exercise there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Still not convinced?

Well, keep reading because I’m going to show you how.

For me, you’ve the best resource right on your doorstep – your body.

It’s free, with you 24/7 and very versatile.

There’s a gazillion ways you can use your body to trim down and get toned that doesn’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

In today’s world time is precious, and the stressors of work, family, and everyday life often make a workout the last priority.

Sound familiar?

The tips I’m about to share for working out with or without a gym can easily help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals and they’re so achievable!

Many of my B-Fit clients have done these and so can you my friend.

Give these exercises a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?

Bodyweight Training

The benefits of strength training are well known. If you don’t have access to free weights or machines, you can use the best machine of all – yourself.

Using your own body weight for strength and conditioning offers plenty of versatile exercise options, and can be done anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

Here’s some of my personal favourites:

  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Pushups
  • Planks
  • Burpees
  • Mountain Climbers

Very often bodyweight exercises are put into a circuit by doing a set of each exercise without stopping until you’ve completed one set of every exercise, which equals one circuit.

In fact, a few weeks ago I shared a great Fat Blasting Bodyweight Circuit Workout HERE. Make sure you check it out 😊

STORE CUPBOARD EXERCISES

I know it sounds a bit weird but you can turn household items into calorie-torching, body-sculpting tools.

Those large water bottles, cans of beans, and bags of rice in your store cupboard aren’t just for cooking. If you don’t have access to dumbbells or machines, these will do the job.

You can do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and tricep kick backs with them as well as many more fantastic exercises.

Other ideas include a gallon jug of water. You can even grab a couple bags of sand from a local DIY store. These are all great to squat, lunge and do step ups with.

Chairs and towels and other household items can help shake up your routine by supporting your body weight and adding movements that engage your core, and improve your balance.

Other Opportunities To Move

Take the stairs, park furthest away from the door, and take a walk around the block during your lunch hour are all very easy ways to squeeze in more exercise.

We all know that exercise is a key factor in weight loss so let’s make it happen.

If you need help getting motivated and/or don’t know where to start give me a call on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential chat.

I’m here to help.

Love Gaynor x

UNDEREATING & TOO MUCH CARDIO SLOWS DOWN FAT LOSS

Have you ever been guilty of under eating, and doing excessive cardio to lose weight? Be honest!

If I had a pound for every time I hear these scenarios I would be one rich Gaynor.

I can see the temptation BUT in the long term it will slow down your fat loss and have a negative impact on your overall body composition.

Here’s why…

Slower Metabolism 

Your metabolism is affected by the amount of calories you consume each day, it adapts to this and responds accordingly.

If you drastically drop your calories for too long you will lose weight, but you will be causing your metabolism to slow down too quickly.

You will eventually hit a plateau and struggle to progress. You see by this point there are fewer calories left in your diet to remove and let’s face it there’s only so much cardio you can do. In other words, you’ve maxed out your options too soon.

The best way to lose fat is slow and steady by gradually feeding and allowing your body to utilise fat stores whilst feeding it correctly to protect your metabolic rate. Believe me, you do not want to mess up your metabolism from doing things extreme. Not only is it unhealthy but it also messes up your hormones which can be very tricky to correct.

Less Lean Muscle  

Another common knock on effect of under eating is a loss of lean muscle. Muscle will be catabolised very quickly if you’re not consuming enough calories and amino acids from quality food sources.

A loss of muscle stalls your metabolism and affects the look of your physique. Nice lean muscle gives tone, definition and curves ladies so do not be afraid of it.

Also, muscle is metabolically active tissue, therefore, the less you have the fewer calories you burn. The more you have the more calories you burn.

Poor Performance 

The less muscle you have the poorer your performance will be when exercising. You’ll be weaker as you’re trying to run your body on a low tank of fuel.

The knock-on effect of poor performance is you’ll struggle to stimulate the muscle properly to burn off calories and every workout will become harder. It’s a vicious circle.

All of these negatives can be avoided and managed, just by eating sensibly, ensuring you’re not under eating and allowing gradual positive changes to take place.

Like with many things patience is key. You will get there I promise.

Love Gaynor x

LEARN HOW AMELIA REDUCED HER TUMMY FAT

Another amazing success story has just landed into B-Fit HQ.

Amelia is nothing short of inspirational, and I have to say I shed a tear or two reading her story. It reminded me why I do what I do.

So read for yourself below and take strength and encouragement that you can achieve this too.

If you’re in a similar space to where Amelia was at the beginning get in touch with me on 07748298728 or email me here …

GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Love Gaynor x

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Evening Gaynor

I know it’s late but I’ve just sat down and read this week’s blog.

They are always really inspirational and I’m not saying this note will be but what I do know is that if I didn’t start the SMALL GROUP PT and do the 21 DAY FAT LOSS PLAN I wouldn’t be feeling as positive as I am today.

14 months ago I looked at some photos of me that family members had taken and I felt totally deflated. I didn’t recognise myself. I looked bloated and unhealthy and I knew that I needed to make a change.

After taking the plunge I started the SMALL GROUP PT and loved it. All the ladies were friendly and I enjoyed the sessions even though they were tough. The nutritional advice was great and after the initial shock to the system, I found it fairly easy to follow. Although I made the most changes to my diet my family also reaped the benefits. I feel fitter and lost pounds and inches and even entered into a 5k. I loved it.

I then went on to do the 21 FAT LOSS PLAN which gave me the extra boost I needed. The reduction in my tummy fat was the biggest difference after doing this. Family and friends all commented and some even signed up. I felt great in a dress I bought for my brother’s wedding which was a nice change.

I have continued with the principles and next Saturday I am doing Total Warrior in Leeds, a 12k 30 obstacles race. I am doing it for charity which is a great feeling. I have to say I feel fitter and stronger than I have in years and whilst I still can’t say I love the way I look I feel much happier than I did when I started and I will be wearing bikinis rather than costumes on this year’s holiday!

I know I see you fairly regularly but wanted to say had it not been for you I doubt I would have felt capable of any of this. I hope that this gives anyone of a “certain age” the push they need to make that change and start your sessions.

Amelia

TRY THIS FREE FAT BLASTING BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to go to the gym to get fit.

There’s a gazillion ways to trim down and get toned that don’t involve sweaty intimidating gyms. Not to mention the time you waste getting there/back, and the expensive membership fees.

I don’t normally share free workouts in my blogs simply because I don’t know everyone’s specific goals, health, injuries, imbalances, and mechanics … which is why at B-Fit we do an in-depth assessment of each client before we start.

But on this occasion, I’m going to break the rules and share one of my most popular B-Fit fat blaster bodyweight workouts, and just in time for Summer too.

The great thing about this workout is you can do it anywhere – home, hotel room, garage, beach, and at the park.

In a nutshell – anywhere.

So give this thigh shrinking, fat burning workout a go and be sure to let me know how you get on ok?!

It’s suitable for anyone but especially if you’re looking to lose weight, drop inches and get toned whilst also strengthening your heart/lungs and giving yourself a nice dose of happy endorphins 😊

Let’s jump straight in.

WORKOUT GUIDELINES

  • Warm up before you start
  • Complete circuit 4-5 times per week, a minimum 3
  • Complete with or without weights
  • Go straight from one exercise onto the next
  • Rest 30-60 secs after entire circuit
  • Reduce/increase rest according to fitness levels
  • Repeat entire circuit 3-4 times

WORKOUT

Click the links below to see a video demo of each exercise.

As I said be sure to let me know how you get on, and if you’ve any questions ping me an email to GAYNOR@B-FIT.UK.COM

Also …

If you need extra help or something tailored specifically for you then book a FREE B-FIT SESSION. Simply give me a tinkle on 07748298728 for a confidential no obligation chat.

Another option is a FREE trial of my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE this Thursday 22nd June at 7pm in St Stephen’s church hall, Hightown.

If you’re up for some fat burning fun and games with yours truly + some lovely women then come along.

Exercise should be fun, time efficient and get results. Combined with the right food, and a good night’s sleep you’ll be well on your way to feeling fit and fabulous.

Thank you, as always, for reading and allowing me to be a part of your world.

Until next time, have a super week.

Love Gaynor x