How does HIIT Step differentiate to other HIIT classes?
The USP is the music, all the workout is engineered to the music. Also, as I have mentioned before, the workout has been developed by Gb 🇬🇧 Olympians.
What are the benefits to doing the class?
The main benefit is weight loss. The high intense workout is great at burning fat. The other benefits are improving your power, flexibility, endurance and it keeps heart health. Another benefit is how quick the class is, it’s only half an hour long so it doesn’t take much of your time up.
Where did HIITSTEP come from?
The workout was developed by various people. We had athletes from Team GB 🇬🇧 who had their input as well. The music we chose for the workout comes from the music we listened to ask we grew up, it’s a bit different but I believe that’s what gives the workout the extra edge. The workout lasts 30 minutes
HIITSTEP is a NEW and innovative 30 minute HIIT exercise class using only bodyweight and a STEP. It has been developed using the expertise and experience from those that have competed for and worked with Team GB🇬🇧 The instructor really pushes you to work hard, the workout is challenging but also fun at the same time!”
It’s Okay to Need Some Disconnect!
Healthy tip #5 is to just tap out! Sometimes it’s okay to say, “No” to an invitation. Not every event needs to be attended, especially if you are reaching your overstimulation limit. If you feel you can’t be absent from anything, then make sure you choose some time to disconnect and de-compress, however that looks like for you. Maybe you choose to shut off your phone and computer, take a walk under a star filled night, do a yoga class, soak in a hot lavender induced bubble bath with a book, or just lie down on the floor and breathe. Everyone has their personal limit, so listen to your body (including your mind) and learn what yours is!
So there you are! Five tips to help keep you and your family healthy over the Christmas holiday. On behalf of LiV Personal Training Studio and Nutrition By Shirley, we extend you and your loved ones a very safe, fun filled and Merry Christmas, and that the year ahead rings in with joy, love and lots of blessings!
Move, Move, Move!
Healthy tip #4 is to get up and MOVE! Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we have to sit on our butts the whole time! Maybe plan a walk every morning, or a workout at the gym. Gather your family together and go cut down your Christmas tree. Go for a hike, have a bonfire out back, co-ordinate a dance challenge after dinner….or just pull out Twister and do some stepping, reaching and twisting. The holidays need to include more movement, so find a way to bring it in, and have fun with it!
Never Show up EMPTY HANDED!
Healthy tip #3 is all about your next social gathering. You might still be feeling a bit full and bloated from the last 3 you attended this week already! You are really trying to keep your eating clean, but it’s just so darn hard! The food is so rich, and there’s so much of it! An easy solution for this is to insist on bringing a contribution to the meal. I always strive to bring a non-starchy vegetable dish or fruit platter. This way it insures there is something to eat that won’t leave you feeling like you just downed another load of heavy seasonal treats. And the amazing thing was, I wasn’t the only one who appreciated it!
Know the power of PROTEIN!
Healthy tip #2 is regarding the stuff that’s main job is to repair your body…..delicious protein! At this time of year there tends to be a lot of visiting and eating going on, and it frequently include a LOT of carbohydrates, especially starchy ones like delicious baked goods, potato and squash dishes…..and the beloved stuffing! Let’s not forget the desserts, chocolate and hot apple cider! All of these festive treats break down to sugar quite quickly. I can see how easy it is to consume a lot of these though, they are all quite delicious! By adding protein you are bringing a bit of balance to your meals, and repair to your insides. Protein also helps slow down the digestion process, which will help you feel full longer. Your options are endless….turkey, beef, eggs, yogurt and tofu to just list a few. Make sure your meals are complete by adding one of these.
We have been told over and over that exercise is good for us.
Here are 10 VERY good reasons why..
- You will improve memory: feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better
- You will improve your posture: one of the best ways to fix your posture is to exercise the muscles holding you back
- You will boost self confidence: exercise can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and social. Even if you don’t see immediate results in your body, that effort will make you feel better
- You WILL dE-StReSs: studies have shown that exercise is a great way to combat it. Not only are those endorphins natural stress-fighters, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out
- You will sleep better: have trouble falling asleep at night? The National Sleep Foundation says at regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon.
- You will have MORE energy: regular exercise can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon
- You will have better SEX: Yes, studies have indeed shown that regular exercise can increase arousal and decrease men’s risk for erectile dysfunction, likely because exercise improves circulation
- You will get sick less often: A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were half as likely to get a cold than people who didn’t
- You will LiVe longer: It’s no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking. It really is true that sitting all day is killing you
- You will simply be HAPPIER: the University of Bristol found that people’s mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is also a powerful antioxidant. It is involved in reducing inflammation by fighting against free radical damage in our bodies. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological functions and healthy skin. It is also responsible for building strong bones and supporting immune function.
Vitamin A is found in two forms, active Vitamin A and beta carotene. Active Vitamin A comes from animal-based foods and is referred to as retinol. This form of Vitamin A can be used immediately by the body, so it does not need to first be converted. Beta carotene is the other form of Vitamin A. We can obtain this from colourful fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene needs to first be converted into active Vitamin A in order for the body to be able to utilize it.
It is recommend that we try to obtain our Vitamin A primarily by a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods whenever possible, rather than from supplements. Some of the best sources of Vitamin A include eggs, milk, liver, yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and squash. It is also found in spinach, and other leafy greens.
High doses of vitamin A may actually do more harm than good. Consuming too much Vitamin A from supplementation alone, or in combination with other antioxidants, has been associated with birth defects, lower bone density, and liver problems. If you are planning on supplementing with this, first consult your doctor or pharmacist to insure that it is a safe supplement for you to consume and that it won’t conflict with any current medications you may be taking. Be sure to take lower doses and use supplements from food based sources.