Mindset Monday

Do you use ‘diet and exercise’ or do you ‘eat and train’? There is a fundamental difference and it has a huge impact on your mental health.

Mindset

I hear a lot of people say that they struggle to stay on this or that diet, they feel hungry and that they’re constantly resenting their nutrition habits. These are the same people that say they exercise to lose weight, or to earn food or because they have to. When we change our mindset from the superficial aspect of fitness (purely what we look like) and shift our focus to what we can do and how we improve that, our attitude shifts to that of an athlete. Making good choices on a regular basis becomes important so your body is fuelled to train, fuelled to sleep well and therefore recover well. No-one would directly choose to feel lethargic, bloated or dehydrated so why do so indirectly?
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Switch your mindset to that of the athlete you are.

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Science Saturday

Saturdays are going to be partnered with our Tasty Tuesdays for the next while. Tuesday will be filled by that weeks challenge and Saturday will have more of the science behind it or around it. This first Saturday is just a brief idea of what we’re going to be going through.

We’re going to focus on tasks that you can achieve, not overfilling things with science. There will be some science but a basic level that anyone can work with. For the most part   we don’t need to know the exact nutritional breakdown of each vegetable but do we know they’re good for us? Probably, but are you eating enough of them?

We’re going to have measurable tasks that are easy to follow and will provide you great long term results.

The most basic definition of good nutrition is food that makes the body function better. Food either improves function or it doesn’t. We’re going to build habits using foods that improve function.

Too many changes at once is a recipe (hehe) for failure, so we take the approach of adding good habits before subtracting suboptimal foods. All we’re going to focus on at the start is what you CAN eat. Establishing a foundation of good nutrition habits is critical for long-term function and performance. Whether the goal is maximizing athletic potential or simply a healthy lifestyle, we’ll strive for excellence

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Science Saturday

Fun Fact Friday

Our workouts are suitable for all levels, each movement is scaled to the individual. They can be made easier or harder depending on who is taking part.

‘Our understanding is that the needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind’ – Greg Glassman

What exactly does that mean? Humans are capable of a few fundamental movement patterns, hinging, squatting, carrying, pulling and pushing. Also Twisting and resisting rotation. While olympic athletes need these movements optimised for performance (different sports will favour specific movement patterns which is partly why injuries and overuse issues creep in as the body becomes imbalanced) these are all daily movements for the average human being.

While most of these might not be a challenge for you now, picture your grandparents or a friends grandparents completing each of these tasks and then tell me they’re not fundamental movements.

Hinging-tieing a shoelace (no velcro or raised platform)
Squatting- going to the toilet (lowering with control without a raised seat or handle)
Carrying- lifting a small child
Pulling – moving furniture
Pushing- also moving furniture
Twisting- wiping your bum (no messy hands :O)
Resisting rotation- carrying a shopping bag on one side

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