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THE BENEFITS OF GROUP EXERCISE

Group exercise classes 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 CAMP for years and it’s super popular and here’s some of the reasons why:

Social Atmosphere

Attending a group fitness class 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. Fitness classes are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs.

Motivation Boost

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

Health Benefits

Group exercise classes come in a variety of workout styles and formats.

In my SMALL GROUP PT CAMP 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 camp because the course 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 class environment especially if you’re a newbie and not sure on good exercise form is that the instructor will spot-check you, correcting your positioning if necessary.

Accountability

A group exercise setting helps keep you accountable to attend the class. When the instructor 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 for a group class, your accountability and commitment to attend also increases. That’s exactly why my SMALL GROUP PT CAMP 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 fitness classes 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 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 classes 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 CAMP 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

BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange (approx 8 oranges)
  • ¾ cup freshly squeeze lime juice (approx 6 limes)
  • 1¾ cups tequila
  • ¾ cups cointreau or triple sec
  • Slices of blood orange to garnish
  • Kosher salt for glass rim

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix orange/lime juice, tequila, cointreau or triple sec in a pitcher
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 mins until chilled
  • Wet the edge of your margarita glasses with a damp paper towel
  • Pour salt over a small plate until it covers the bottom
  • Lightly dip the glass with the wet rim into the salt
  • Rotate glass until you have a salted rim
  • Let salt set for about 5-10 mins
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Pour in margarita mix
  • Enjoy and let the party begin

ROAST VEGETABLE & CHICKPEA STEW

This has to be one of my all-time favourite dinners to make at this time of year. It’s real comfort food and is perfect if you’re looking for a simple, quick nutritious meal. Plus, it makes getting your 5 a day easier as it’s jam packed with courgette, aubergine, tomato, onion and garlic. I think it tastes great with a simple side of quinoa, wholegrain rice or roasted sweet potatoes.

The chickpeas provide a ton of nutritional benefits too. The high fibre content helps us poop regularly and keeps us feeling full. The high iron content gives us energy, and chickpeas are a low GI food so they’re great for stabilising blood sugar levels.

So, pop on your apron, and let’s dive straight into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 courgettes sliced
• 1 aubergine sliced
• 1 red onion sliced
• 3 garlic cloves chopped
• 1 x 400g can chick peas drained
• 2 x 400g can tinned tomatoes
• 2 tablespoon tomato puree
• 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
• Pinch chilli flakes
• Salt & pepper
• Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven 180c fan
• Prepare all your vegetables
• Place in a baking tray with the chick peas
• Add a good drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper
• Give everything a really good mix
• Bake 35-40 mins
• Place tomatoes/puree, maple syrup, chilli flakes, salt/pepper in pan
• Heat over a medium heat
• Bring to the boil and reduce temperature
• Simmer 10-15 mins
• Once veggies cooked, stir through the tomato mixture and enjoy

THE MOTIVATION MYTH

I often get asked how do I get, and stay, motivated to eat well and work out?

Afterall, motivation is mandatory, right? If you want to get fit or transform your body, you need the proper motivation to get your bootie exercising and making good choices in the kitchen.

Let’s bring this to life with a visual for how most people view motivation. What most people think happens is this …

MOTIVATION → ACTION

In otherwards motivation comes first, and that leads to action.

In my experience and from lots of reading and research this is not the reality. This is what really happens …

ACTION → RESULTS → MOTIVATION → MORE ACTION

Often action precedes motivation. Successful people know this, and it’s why they act especially when they’re void of motivation because they know the motivation will kick in once they start.

Still with me?!

Consistent action produces results. That is what leads to even more motivation, which generates more action, which then leads to greater motivation. It’s a powerful force once set into motion.

Regardless of what you want to achieve whether it’s fat loss, getting stronger, or something completely unrelated to health and fitness the solution is always in the DOING.

Do something that will lead you to your goal. Do it today, especially if you don’t feel like it. The results you achieve from taking action will likely evoke the motivation you crave.

Also, Mel Robbins, a top 20 TEDx speaker and New York Times best-selling author reinforces what I’m saying here in this awesome video on WHY MOTIVATION IS GARBAGE. Do take the time to listen over a cuppa, plus I think you’ll love Mel.

Lastly, don’t get me wrong using motivational tactics will help a little, but nothing trumps CONSISTENT ACTION.

Here’s some tactics you can use:

• Get crystal clear on your goals and your “why”
• Buddy up for support and accountability
• Buy a new gym outfit that helps you feel good
• Try something new e.g. new foods, a dance class, get outdoors
• Reward yourself when you hit a goal
• Listen to your favourite music, this works a treat for me
• Hire a coach to help motivate and keep you accountable
• Have visuals as a reminder of what you want to look like
• Watch videos, listen to podcasts, read books that fire you up

Hope this helps my friend. Have an awesome day.

Love Gaynor x

MANGO & SESAME QUINOA

This is a great recipe for any time as it’s clean, delicious and nutritious. I love the way this recipe combines the sweetness of mango with the savoury flavours of the tamarin and sesame seeds. The avocado makes this dish lovely and creamy whilst the lemon adds a tang, and it only takes 15 minutes to make too!

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Allow to cool
  • Peel and chop the mango
  • Peel, de-seed and chop the avocado
  • Half and squeeze the lemon
  • Mix the mango and avocado together
  • Add the sesame, lemon juice, pomegranates, tamari, salt, pepper
  • Add the quinoa and serve

10 AMAZING WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE coconut oil.

Most people have cooked with it but this Superfood has literally tons of uses. It’s versatile, cost effective plus incredibly healthy. Trust me your body and health will thank you for it.

Read on to find out how many products my one jar of coconut oil has replaced!

Cooking Oil

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat so consuming excessive amounts isn’t advisable for your hearts sake. However, the manufacturing process and chemical properties make it healthier than its counterparts. It isn’t refined, bleached or odorised. But make sure you choose cold pressed and virgin coconut oil to reap these benefits.

Hair Conditioner

Did you know that coconut oil penetrates the hair and prevents protein loss? It sure does. All you do is take a dollop of coconut oil and comb it through your tresses. Not the most glam of looks but I wear a shower cap and sleep with it in. Then the next day I just shampoo and style as usual.

Face & Body Cream

Coconut oil is also a great moisturiser as it’s rich in fatty acids plus it leaves a lovely sheen on the skin. It helps give relief from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and will help soften fine lines and wrinkles.

Highlighter & Contouring

Want the Kim Kardashian highlighting and contouring look? use a small amount of coconut oil to highlight your cheek and eyebrow bones. You can also press a small amount of coconut oil on top of your makeup to give a nice dewy glow.

Mouthwash

It sounds weird I know but let me explain why coconut oil is a great mouthwash. It’s called oil pulling which is an ancient Ayurvedic practice to keep tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease at bay. Remember, coconut oil is antibacterial so it’s brillant for our teeth. So how do you oil pull? It’s simple. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 mins until the oil turns cloudy and murky. This is the bacteria being pulled off. Then spit the oil out.

Makeup Remover

The oil nature of coconut oil means that makeup will wipe off easily because it breaks down water resistant substances. I’ve used it to remove my mascara and I have to say it works a treat! Just take a small amount of oil between your palms to warm it up. Glide it across your skin and use a cotton pad to remove the makeup. Keep repeating until your skin is thoroughly cleansed.

Dairy Alternative

Because of its emulsifying properties it’s a good dairy substitute. Use it on toast as a butter/margarine replacement. Add to coffee instead of milk.

Soap

Again, the anti-bacterial qualities of coconut oil make it a perfect candidate for a soap alternative. And it won’t just kill those nasty germs but it will also leave your hands silky soft.

Shaving Cream

Think about it. Coconut oil is a natural lubricant and so perfect to shave with. Lather it on and you’ll see that your razor will just glide over your skin as you shave.

Cuts & Bruises

Coconut oil just doesn’t have anti-bacterial qualities which makes it perfect for cuts and bruises … it also has anti-fungal properties too. And that means it’s perfect for conditions such as athletes foot.

There are many brands around but one of my favourites is Lucy Bee’s coconut oil. It smells heavenly and 100% pure.

So which use are you going to give a try? Let me know how you get on. Also have you any uses I haven’t mentioned? If you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

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

FREE HEALTH ASSESSMENTS IN JANUARY

Throughout January I am offering completely FREE health assessments.

Places are limited so text/call me on 07748 298728 to secure your place.

What happens in a health assessment?

We can either just have a chat over a cuppa, and I’ll give you some pointers on where you can make immediate improvements.

I’ll tell you about B-Fit and share some really inspiring success stories that will get you fired up.

I’ll also look at your current lifestyle and what you want to achieve, telling you how I would go about it.

The assessment requires no gym gear/trainers and is very informal.

If you are looking for bespoke exercise advice then we can use this session to give you a taster of what I do. Obviously bring some gym kit for this type of session.

Want to book in?

Then text/call me on 07748 298728 or email gaynor@b-fit.uk.com.

Love Gaynor x

ZERO MOTIVATION?

At this time of year, a lot of people suffer from the blues and feel unmotivated.

I mean think about it …

It’s dark, wet and cold outside.

You’ve possibly over indulged at Christmas and feel sluggish.

Maybe you’re behind on sleep and out of routine so you’re all over the place.

You probably look at those fit, lean people and think, ‘I wish I was that motivated’ and then this wears you down even more.

Whatever the cause(s) we all know that being in this unmotivated space sucks.

Overcoming inertia and actually getting going is definitely, by far, the hardest part of any transformation journey.

For example …

Starting a training programme when you’ve gotten out of routine, getting going with a healthy eating plan when you’ve got into the habit of riding on sugar waves, doing your food prep when it’s just so easy to grab something at the garage.

It’s not easy.

And the trouble is what most people do is they wait until they’ve got the motivation to do something.  Which means often, they never get going because …

It gets harder, and harder, and harder, the longer you leave it right?!!!

Can you relate? I sure can.

Here’s a great quote by Leonard Cohen, and also it’s my ‘go to’ strategy for getting myself moving when I’ve zero motivation.

ACT the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act”

Breathe that wisdom in.

It applies to everything in life.

It’s pretty scary for some people because it actually means that you can be whatever you want IF you’re prepared to ACT. There’s no room for excuses.

If you want to be fit, lean, and healthy then START ACTING LIKE A FIT, LEAN, HEALTHY PERSON.

Do the things they do.

Take the actions they take.

Make the decisions they make.

Success leaves clues so mirror yourself on them.

For example …

Get a PERSONAL TRAINER to keep you accountable like myself.

Get a proven training and nutrition plan like my 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN.

Get up early and go to the gym.

Get organised and prep your food.

Basically, take the actions like you ARE one of those fit, lean, healthy people who other people look at and think ‘I wish I was that motivated.’

Motivation COMES from getting going and getting results.

Don’t wait for it.

Go get it.

Love Gaynor x

P.S. If you need a programme that’s fun to do, that will have you seeing results within days and will therefore help you maintain your motivation, then try out my 21 DAY WEIGHT LOSS PLAN, which includes training and nutrition to help you lean up, strengthen up, fitten up and generally be a healthier, more wonderful version of you! Get it >>HERE<<

 

HOW TO SURVIVE THE PARTY SEASON

December is the height of the festive season. Our diaries are crammed with late night parties/dinners and early morning starts.

Most of us eat more than usual at Christmas. This, coupled with the fact that we also do little or no exercise, can cause potential weight gain.

An interesting little fact for you … but did you know the average weight gain over the festive period is 5 lbs?! Shocking huh?

Between this and the colder weather, it can leave you feeling a little worse for wear BUT this B-Fit survival guide will help you keep your sparkle and fabulousness!

  • Keep extra active before and during Christmas to burn off the extra eaten calories e.g. nice walks, bike rides, skip, dance, hula hoop, musical chairs etc
  • Never go to a party hungry, ideally eat before you go
  • Practice mindful, slow eating and believe me you’ll eat less
  • Avoid pastry/breaded canapes. Go raw, marinated and/or grilled
  • Drink as much water as alcohol, alternate between them
  • Master the art of making a drink last the evening. Also, you could offer to drive and stay off the alcohol altogether. Remember 1 bottle of wine = 9 donuts
  • Don’t buy unhealthy food to begin with
  • Play active family games like Twister, you’ll burn more kcals than sitting around munching
  • Keep starters healthy e.g. rolled smoked salmon with dill & lemon juice or my signature RYE BREAD CANAPES
  • Eat plenty of skinless turkey, its low in fat and protein rich
  • Fill up on vegetables preferably not drenched in fat
  • Have fewer roasties and replace with new potatoes
  • Opt for my healthy CRANBERRY SAUCE recipe instead of bread sauce
  • Choose brandy custard instead of brandy butter
  • Try my healthy CHRISTMAS GRAVY recipe
  • Lastly, hint to friends and family that you’d like to improve your health and fitness in 2018 and a B-Fit gift voucher would be perfect instead of perfume, slippers or chocolate! Simply put them in touch with me on 07748298728 and I’ll take care of it
  • In case you missed it, and for additional Christmas survival tips make sure you check out my blog BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BULGE

The bottom line is there’s lots you can do. It’s only 3 days after all.

Do not let it ruin a year’s worth of hard work.

Love Gaynor x