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Back to Fitness Basics

Back to Fitness Basics

Do you think you deserve to enjoy good health? Of course you do! But be honest, do you do the things each and every day that will result in good health and well being? Something to think about maybe.

Whether you are starting out on your new health journey or if you are continuing along that path, getting back to basics is key to success. Last blog we looked at the benefits of low fat meat free products, such as Quorn.

This time I want to look at getting back to basics. I get a lot of messages from people telling me they don’t know where to start on their health or weight loss journeys. Or they have hit a plateau, which is very common. Here are just three basic principles to think about. 

Hydration
Food is our fuel and eating a balance nutritional diet is key, but so is hydration. Are you taking on enough water? Make sure that you are filling and fueling your body with the elixir of life – water. This will help you think more clearly, move more fluidly and generally feel more healthy. Water gets overlooked but it’s an essential part to living a healthy life.

Rest
Are you resting enough? This may not seem like an achievement as such, but it is really important for an active, healthy lifestyle. Make sure you are getting up enough downtime and sleep. You will wake up, feel ready and be ready for the day ahead.

Movement
Many people make a chore out of exercise. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, I like to call exercise ‘movement’. Our body craves usage. It wants to move. And each time we give it what it craves it thanks us in many ways. Chemicals are released which make us feel happier and healthier. Our muscles and organs work harder and so get stronger. And obviously, we burn calories.

I love to push weights around in the gym. But not everyone is the same. In fact, a lot of the people I work with are terrified of the gym for all sorts of reasons. The good news is that by just devoting 10-15 minutes a day and working on some basic progressive movements, you can turn your fitness levels around and most importantly, start to fall in love with the feeling of exercise.

Working with Quorn Foods*, I have put together some simple but effective movements that you can do just about anywhere. I would suggest first thing in the morning is a great time as it starts the body moving in preparation for the day ahead. The moves are progressive. So you can adapt them as your strength, agility and general fitness improves. Remember to think of this a ‘me time’. An opportunity to gift yourself something good at the start of the day.

Squats are a great way to shape a strong lower body and they help create balance in the physique. Using just body weight resistance you can shape the lower body such as the quadriceps and glutes. And by adding progressions, like squat jumps, you can increase your cardio vascular health and burn more calories.

Push ups are another simple but effective body weight exercise. You can tone and shape the upper body by incorporating these into your routine. Adding progressions like a T-twist will allow you to target other muscles whilst still targeting the major muscles involved in the push up.

Lastly, by adding a cardio move to the above two exercise movements, you’ll not only be able to shape the body but you’ll also be able to strengthen your cardio vascular health, burn more calories and increase your feel good factor.

So give it a try. Don’t forget to include a low fat, high protein food to help build lean muscle mass. The Quorn* range of products can add variety to your diet and you can see a whole range of recipes on the website to chose from.

So to recap – Rest, hydrate, move and eat right. It’s a basic system but I know it works. Good luck!

* Quorn Meat Free Mince, Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and Quorn Meat Free Standard Sausages are a nutritionally healthy protein source. Protein contributes to a growth in and maintenance of muscle mass.

Disclosure: This is an advertorial piece of content and was written in Jessie’s role as a Quorn ambassador. For more information, please visit www.quorn.co.uk