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Spring Clean Your Health

March 25th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on Spring Clean Your Health)

Spring Clean Your Health

Spring Clean Your Health


Are you feeling the seeds of winter planning starting to come to fruition?
I swear by the sowing seeds Jan to March and you start to feel the growth of hard work anytime now whether that be by working hard on your body cleaning up the diet and exercise or in the job you are in.
This month has seen a surge of interest and bookings in my fitness holidays and classes are beginning to grow in numbers. Now I’m ready for the next phase of the year’s plans when I upgrade my websites and link them together. Two years ago I launched my on line programs but in the world of web you have to move fast and the next few months are of research and catching up with all new in fitness digital.
I also have three conventions booked so I can share the latest info with my clients and re boot their fitness programs.
Spring clean detox
Spring Clean Your Health

Spring is a great time to clean out your wardrobes,work desks — and your health. As we lift our heads from the winter fog we feel a surge of energy and its a perfect time to clean up your lifestyle. Diet- soups, stews, and casseroles lose their appeal, start taking advantage of seasonal spring food, especially the fruits and vegetables that are so tasty in the earlier part of the year. It’s easy to follow a healthy diet when you incorporate the light delicate spring food.

Seasonal food is a great food choice for several reasons,seasonal fruits and vegetables are at their best flavor and quality. Second, they’re in abundance, so they cost less at the supermarket or farmer’s market. Seasonal foods don’t have to travel as far or as long to our table as those grown in faraway locations.”

Great Seasonal Vegetables

Asparagus.
When visiting a grocery store in the spring, you’ll likely see displays of asparagus. For a delicious treat, fire up your grill: Spray asparagus spears with a little sesame oil and sprinkle with paprika, then grill them over a hot fire for about 5 minutes. Grilled asparagus should be brown in spots, but not charred.

Artichokes.When I lived in Greece I ate lots of these , delicious and. one of the highest antioxidant vegetables around. We are a little new to these and I think struggle to know what to do with them. To prepare an artichoke, tear off the outside leaves. Cut off the stems tips of the leaves and steam them serve drizzled with olive oil garlic and a little red wine vinegar . . A large artichoke can take about 20 minutes, a small one only about 10 minutes.
Broccoli. Broccoli is always a good choice because it’s loaded with antioxidants and is high in fiber. You can serve broccoli steamed or sauteéed, or try it raw in salads or with home made hummus for a crunchy snack.
Chives. Chives are one of the many seasonal herbs that are especially good in the spring and bring dishes alive. People who struggle with natural foods need to think herbs as their palates are changing from high salt and processed foods and herbs help through the taste transition phase to clean and tasty foods.
Fennel. Fennel is available in early spring and also in summer and fall. It has a slight licorice flavor and adds a unique taste and crunch to salads.
Greens. Spring greens include Swiss chard, mustard greens and collard greens.Toss them in a salad for a wonderful springtime treat, Don’t hide their natural flavors under a heavy dressing. Instead, mix a splash of lemon juice with a high-quality olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.
Mango. A tasty treat and a great puree for a fruit salad.
Spinach. Try spinach in place of lettuce in salads, sauteé spinach in omelette . Or add it to a smoothie to make a super fuel drink.

Seasonal Exercise: Get as Much as You Can

Spring weather can make it pleasant to workout out doors if you are not one for winter boot camps. It can make fitness more social and easier to pull those unfit friends into light activity by inviting them around for a trek and a BBQ.

When you were at school did you shy away from the winter sports? If you have young children or grandchildren make a social planner of outdoor activities such as a rounders or cricket family event with all of yours and their friends.

Think back to your school days were you rubbish at a certain event -challenge yourself to find an adult,netball or tennis team.

Spring Clean Your Mind

De-clutter your area,re structure your business,spring awakening , take a look at other business modules that you may be able to apply to your own. Check your time lines on your projects and see if they have moved into your quality time. If you use digital take a look at what’s new, the web moves rapidly. Rev up your motivation.

Prepare For The Clocks Changing

Time changes can sometimes throw out our circadian rhythms and upset routines. Forward plan now what you are going to do with the extra daylight hours. If it is giving you more waking hours then plan fun or relaxing activities that fulfill you this way your body will remain refreshed and rested as opposed to overworked and frustrated.
It is a time to get the children out to play as studies show that children will play easily outside during summer months regardless of the weather it is the dark that makes them insecure and want to huddle in a safe place.

I am in the process of creating a digital recipe book here is a SLAC recipe for you to try.

Clean Beef Stroganoff

Clean Beef Stroganoff


Beef Stroganoff
So Lean Beef Stroganoff

30ml coconut oil
400g braising steak cut into strips
1 large onion
1.5 red pepper seeds removed and sliced
250g button mushrooms sliced
2 tsp paprika
100ml water
250 g Natural Total Greek Yoghurt

Method
1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
2 Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and add meat. Fry for 2-3 minutes turning once or twice until meat is browned, remove pan from heat and set aside/
3 Stir fry the onions until soft,add the peppers and cook for further 3 Min’s Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 Min’s
4 Sprinkle the paprika and stir coating the vegetables, add the water and yoghurt and reduce heat.
5 Stir in the beef and any resting juices. Transfer to ovenproof dishes,cover with aluminum foil and cook in the oven for about one and a half hours or until the meat is tender and the sauce thick.

Serve with brown rice and a greens side salad.

So Lean and Clean recipe’s can be found on the SLAC fat loss plan.
Created by Chef Adam Abbey.

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Mothers Day Fitness

March 25th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on Mothers Day Fitness)

MOTHERING SUNDAY this weekend and are you racking your brains wondering how you can treat your Mum?
There are plenty of courses to choose from, personal training or my dvd. Order and we will get it out to you or sign you onto one of the courses.

Trying to find the work/life balance for most mums is stressful and a mum frets daily about her children whatever their age.

Stress levels build up, I see this often with mum’s and believe it is hugely important to take care of yourself as then you can look after others far easier.
Many mum’s don’t (guilty before you all shout!) take time out for themselves frequently enough. Cortisol, the stress hormone rises and wreaks havoc on the body and shows negative effects such as:

-increased stomach fats
-suppressed thyroid function
-increase of blood pressure
-decreased bone density
-Higher levels of LDL (loads of dirty lard tip to remember)bad Cholesterol
-Lower immunity and inflammatory responses in the body creating slow healing and lingering infections.

If you want to choose an exercise class to bring your mum to, both of you reap rewards and build on your relationship and fitness then treat her to a Yoga class together ( Yes boys I mean you too). This year has started with much more family fitness, mums and daughters coming to groups. Don’t miss out on the chance to try Yoga with your parents or children.

Beautiful Yoga pictures

Lets make it a family affair !

I have seen a huge rise in the need for more holistic exercise programs over the last couple of years and Yoga is right on trend due to higher stress levels.(It has recently been reported that today’s level of anxiety is equivalent to what was considered clinical in the 1950’s.) These exercise prescriptions are hugely beneficial in reducing stress and encouraging mental and physical healing.

Training the small group Yoga programs at my Yoga studio feels like I am wrapping a blanket around clients for an hour. Its a real nurturing, feel good experience and the feedback from participants is ‘the tonic thats needed”.There are some very serious face Yoga classes out there but I can’t say the same for mine!

Its never too late to reap the benefits of Yoga.
I found Yoga in my late thirties and as an avid weight trainer and runner to get my fitness kicks, a niggle in the hip during marathon training led me to seek Yoga.
First session in and I over stretched my knee.Realising that applying an aggressive attitude to Yoga does not work!
I struggled on through the relaxation feeling tempted to say I had to rush off for a meeting. Then after a month of sessions something clicked. The hip improved and I could see I had over the years become imbalanced ( yes I can hear some saying you know that!) and that the Yoga was really starting to help those areas.

Benefits of Yoga
It works for all age groups pregnancy, babies upwards till death.
Each small group class can be structured to enhancing health benefits.
Over the six weeks we have worked at:
Improving thyroid function.
Relieving stress and anxiety,Improving core health internally and externally focusing on moves to ease the digestive organs.
Helping to lift fatigue and improving sleep.
Improving balance and strength.
Meditation to raise confidence.
Improving Posture.
There is massive potential for progression in Yoga, many think its too easy to try. When did you last do a headstand or the crab position!?

Healing Your Back Pain
Eliminate the back pain. Sufferers who did two 90-minute yoga classes a week for about six months eased soreness by 56 percent, a study inSpine shows. Those given treatments like pain meds and physical therapy lessened the hurt by only 16 percent. Posing improves posture and strengthens back muscles to keep aches at bay,

Get Better ZZZzzzz’s
Insomniacs fell asleep 15 minutes faster and slept an hour longer each night after two months of doing a 45-minute series of yoga poses daily before bed. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital speculate that regular practice helped people relax, making it easier to switch off. Doing three weekly sessions at any time of the day

Steamier Sex
A study from the journal of sexual medicine suggests. Yoga helps reduce anxiety and increases body awareness and increases the speed in which the body releases the hormones to raise arousal.
All that equates to a boost in libido. Just two hours a week can make the difference!

Improved Body Confidence
Studies show that women who practiced regularly rated their body satisfaction 20 percent higher than did those who took aerobics, even though both groups were at a healthy weight.

Yoga is one discipline but hits many areas.

I definitely recommend finding a small personal group it is very different than the large group fitness class.
Each session can be bespoke to the groups needs and confidence in positions and breathing techniques can be gained.

IF YOU ARE PLAYING CHEF THIS WEEKEND TRY THIS CLEAN RECIPE ON MUM.

Stuffed Chicken Breast

Stuffed Chicken Breast


Rolled Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms and Rosemary

Rotolo di pollo ripieni ai funghi
Serves 4
4 skinless,boneless chicken breasts about 100g each
2 garlic cloves
1 carrot chopped100g closed cup mushrooms
1 large deseeded tomato
1 tablespoonchopped rosemary leaves
black pepper
salad leaves to serve

1) Preheat oven to 200 degree c/ 400 f/gas 6

Place chicken breast between two sheets of cling film on a board. Use a meat mallet to beat out until 0.5 cm thick

3) Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and season.Blitz until you have finely chopped and combined the mixture.

4) Spread the mushroom mixture evenly on one side of the four chicken breasts. Roll up the breasts to encase the stuffing and secure with cocktail sticks.

5) Cut four squares of baking paper and wrap each chicken piece up carefully.
Place on a tray and cook in the middle of the oven for 30 mins or until thoroughly cooked.
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6) Unwrap and slice into rounds serve with a fresh salad of choice.

I am currently extending my Small Group Yoga timetable due to high demand. New dates will be available by March 11th.

Have a Fantastic Mother’s day. Or maybe you prefer to call it Simnel Sunday.

THE HISTORY OF MOTHERING SUNDAY
is a Christian festival. Each year it always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent and by tradition it was a day when children gave presents, flowers and cards to their mothers. Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK since at least the 16th century
Mothering Sunday was also known as Mid-Lent Sunday or Refreshment, because in the old days Sunday when boys were apprenticed from about ten years old and many girls went into service from about the same age, they were allowed a day off to go home and share a meal with their family. Mothering Sunday falls in the middle of Lent and so the fasting rules were relaxed .(some say in honour of the Feeding of the Five Thousand – a story from the Bible). Besides having a good meal, children also went home to the ‘Mother’ church.

Another name for Mothering Sunday is Simnel Sunday. That comes from the tradition of making a special cake called a Simnel Cake. There are plenty of Simnel Cake recipes but very few that explain why it has 11 marzipan balls decorating the top of the cake. They are supposed to represent 11 apostles (Judas, who betrayed Christ, is already removed).

Whatever it means to you, have a happy fit week all.

Daily Motivation.

March 16th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Daily Motivation.)

Seize the day guys – put yourself out there, walk PROUD , SMILE big , LAUGH Lots,DANCE yourself around the kitchen , SING your favorite tune . Be HAPPY – y’all have a great day

Daily Motivation

Daily Motivation

Why I support The Rugeley Mass Breastfeed .

March 13th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in So Lean And Clean - (Comments Off on Why I support The Rugeley Mass Breastfeed .)

Two boys breastfed and three contented people

Two boys breastfed and three contented people


Why I support the Rugeley Mass Feed

The best days of a mum’s life …….
Its appalling that there is this sort of ante breastfeeding culture here in the UK. Are we not a nation who loves our children and wants the best for them ?
A lass who was seen breast feeding in public has thankfully stamped her mark on the abuse she received. We so often hear that children are being fed poor diets and some people are failing to see the importance of the RIGHT nutrition for children.
What we feed our children and the habits we create from an early age are the blueprint for their future health.

Apart from breastfeeding my babies myself , the fantastic natural nutritional qualities of breast milk are second to none other for any child. One of my four children were bottle fed and clearly suffered far more digestive issues and appetite regulation issues than the others.

The World Health Organisation recomends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with solids gradually being introduced around this age when signs of readiness are shown.
Supplemented breastfeeding is recommended until at least age two and then for as long as the mother and child wish

Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby are:

Increased Intelligence.
Cold and flu resistance
Decreased risk of obesity n later life
Lower risk of childhood obesity problems
Decreased risk of asthma and eczema
Decreased dental problems
Decreased middle ear infections
Decreased risk of autism
Decreased risk of psychological disorders

Right from the first suck the benefits begin as the initial milk called colostrum is high in immogubulin IgA which coats the gastrointestinal tract. This helps to protect the babe until its own immune system is functioning properly. It also creates a mild laxative effect expelling the passing of meconium , the first stool that a baby produces which contains products of what the infant has ingested during its time in the womb.This helps to prevent the build up of bilirubin ( a contributory factor to jaundice)

This human milk is amazing it feeds and waters the infant, providing all the proteins, sugars,minerals and antibodies that the baby needs.

Human milk contains two types of proteins: whey and casein. Approximately 60% is whey, while 40% is casein. This balance of the proteins allows for quick and easy digestion. Approximately 60-80% of all protein in human milk is whey protein. These proteins have great infection-protection properties.

Mums united!

Mums united!

Below are a list of the proteins in breast milk and their benefits.

Lactoferrin inhibits the growth of iron-dependent bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. This inhibits certain organisms, such as coliforms and yeast, that require iron.
Secretory IgA also works to protect the infant from viruses and bacteria, specifically those that the baby, mom, and family are exposed to. It also helps to protect against E. Coli and possibly allergies. Other immunoglobulins, including IgG and IgM, in breast milk also help protect against bacterial and viral infections. Eating fish can help increase the amount of these proteins in your breast milk.
Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects the infant against E. Coli and Salmonella. It also promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora and has anti-inflammatory functions.
Bifidus factor supports the growth of lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria that protects the baby against harmful bacteria by creating an acidic environment where it cannot survive

fats
Human milk also contains fats that are essential for the health of your baby. It is necessary for brain development, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and is a primary calorie source. Long chain fatty acids are needed for brain, retina, and nervous system development.

vitamins
The amount and types of vitamins in breast milk is directly related to the mother’s vitamin intake. This is why it is really important for the mum to get the best nutrition too as hopefully she has through and pre pregnancy in preparation for conception.

. Fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, are all essential for baby’s growth. Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, and panthothenic acid are also essential.

Carbohydrates

Lactose is the primary carbohydrate found in human milk. It accounts for approximately 40% of the total calories provided by breast milk. Lactose helps to decrease the amount of unhealthy bacteria in the stomach, which improves the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It helps to fight disease and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.

Breastfeeding and Hormones
There are several hormones released during breastfeeding but my favourites are Prolactin and Oxytocin

Oxytocin is the warm belly feeling that we all feel when we see something we love an offspring, pet, lover etc it is secreted along with Prolactin

Prolactin is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain and is responsible for the alveoli making milk. Prolactin rises when the baby suckles.
Oxytocin that causes tiny muscles around the alveoli to squeeze the milk via small tubes called milk ducts. These milk ducts progressively enlarge to end in the nipple and eject the milk from the nipple.
Oxytocin is AMAZING a woman can actually feel the muscles contracting as the baby suckles and this helps the uterus return to its normal size and health, reducing bleeding post birth.
Both prolactin and oxytocin help the mother form an emotional bond with her baby.
So can you see why this amazing gift of breast milk SHOULD be allowed to be enjoyed by our babies.

I’m afraid if not then its YOU who should be ashamed.

Please see the link if you would like to support the mums .

SoSpa Fitness and Fun Hen Weeks

March 12th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in SoSpa Fitness and Fun Holidays - (Comments Off on SoSpa Fitness and Fun Hen Weeks)
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Bespoke Hen Party Fun Fitness Weeks

Bespoke Hen Party Fun Fitness Weeks

I will be getting ready soon for my June Fitness SoSpa Holidays a small group will be going to Lindos Rhodes to have some fun, relax and return feeling fitter, slimmer and without missing out on the play in Lindos . Suitable for ALL levels of fitness, so don’t be shy there are still some spaces available if you wish to join us.

I LOVE it! Its a fantastic way of shaping up FAST!

Intense, GREAT FOOD lots of FUN!

Brilliant mid year way to FEEL AMAZING!

Brides please take a look at the Fitness and Fun for your hen party weeks, get you in shape BUT still allow you to PARTY until the small hours in the best places in Lindos.

Maybe you are going to be married in Rhodes or wish to wrap everything into the visit of planning and preparing for your big day. Visit, plan and physically prepare for your big day with a SoSpa BESPOKE FITNESS AND FUN HOLIDAY

Take a look at how our ladies got on in October 2013. They have already booked a repeat in 2014!

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30 Steps To A Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

March 12th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on 30 Steps To A Balanced Healthy Lifestyle)

Every Day I will post new Vlog steps to help you achieved the ULTIMATE baLance.

) Day 1

) Day 2

) Day 3

) Day 4

12 Challenges in 12 Months

March 11th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 12 Challenges in 12 Months)

Well its been a busy start to the year for myself and challenges. I have decided as I am fit,healthy and able. I am going to do a personal challenge every month. Lined up I have 10k’s , a half marathon and some x country extreme events one of which I and Jo McLardy participated in during February at Catton Hall. 49 Obstacles over under or through consisting of electric fences, a lake to cross, mudslides, and x country horse eventing jumps, not forgetting scramble nets over a 10k distance. It was an absolute hoot ! I howled laughing all the way around. I will definitely be looking for another and considering the Tough Mudder in July. Let me know if you have had a go at that one . tweet me @GailAbbeySoSpa

In March I participated in the Fradley 10k as part of my challenge and I am still considering April . May is the Lichfield Half Marathon and June will be the Sutton Fun Run 12k. The list will go on until next feb and I will be offering some ‘free tuition’ to assist with my training. If you wish to receive a newsletter about my training please add your self to my contacts and I will notify you.

During the 12 Challenges I will be fundraising for Headway in memory of a colleague and friend of mine. Please see the Just Giving link for more info.

 

Geraldine.

Geraldine.

Catton Hall 10k Extreme Challenge with Jo

Catton Hall 10k Extreme Challenge with Jo

Fradley 10k March 9th 2014 with my niece Lauren

Fradley 10k March 9th 2014 with my niece Lauren

Fradley 10k Road race

Fradley 10k 9th March 2014

Catton Hall Tunnel Manoeuvre!

Catton Hall Tunnel Manoeuvre!

What does Gail Abbey have to offer in Personal Training and Classes?

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on What does Gail Abbey have to offer in Personal Training and Classes?)

IMG_0168Hello there Thanks for looking me up! I have created this video to tell you a little bit about me and what I have to offer.
My passions are . getting people to a wicked fitness level and bringing the very best out of them.
Coaching from the head and heart out to assist in lifestyle changes that will help you realise that every single day counts on this planet and how you can achieve your own personal best very single day.
I work in the corporate and private world. Create bespoke fitness events, fitness parties,speaking. Are you feeling a trend ? Basically FUN fitness. Come play with me
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Temperatures dropping ? Time for a tasty filling stew.

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in Recipes | So Lean and Clean Fat Loss Plan - (Comments Off on Temperatures dropping ? Time for a tasty filling stew.)
Tasty Moroccan Stew

Tasty Moroccan Stew

Moroccan Stew

  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coconut  oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1 3/4 cups lentils
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

PREPARATION

  1. Combine onions, carrots, garlic, oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combined.
  2. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low.
  3. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Stir in spinach (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Stir in cilantro and lemon juice just before serving. Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

Shave 30,000 extra calories and lose 8LB of fat by making one change to your working day

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by Gail in PT - (Comments Off on Shave 30,000 extra calories and lose 8LB of fat by making one change to your working day)

There are endless fitness tips that I can give you on motivation,new classes, finding great support to assist your health goals etc. Instead I will give you my two top tips for smashing both your health goals and assisting in your work productivity.

In the last four years my work has incorporated a lot more desk based time with the social media marketing and advances in IT we have to keep up with changes. This I noted was affecting my health. Steadily adding a pound or two on more sedentary weeks even though working out with many clients and eating the clean diet and giving me lower back pain . So I made a major change towards the end of 2013 and bought a standing desk, apart from having more strength in my legs, better digestion, increased calorie burn (so a flatter tum). I am energetic and alert for longer. I have regained an upright posture and productivity level has soared. I no longer feel I have to leave my desk for a break, which for some often leads to an unnecessary snack.

Studies have claimed major health benefits for standing for much of the day as opposed to sitting.

How many hours a day you spend sitting? Fewer than eight? More than 10? A recent survey found that many of us spend up to 12 hours a day sitting on our bottoms looking at computers or watching television. If you throw in the seven hours we spend sleeping then that adds up to 19 hours a day being sedentary.

Sitting changes the way our bodies deal with sugar. When you eat, your body breaks down the food into glucose, which is then transported in the blood to other cells.

Glucose is an essential fuel but persistently high levels increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin to help get your glucose levels back down to normal, but how efficiently your body does that is affected by how physically active you are.

Standing while you are working at the desk isn’t something new. Winston Churchill wrote while working at a special standing desk, as did Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Franklin.

Prolonged sitting has not only been linked to problems with blood glucose control, but also a sharp reduction in the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which breaks down blood fats and makes them available as a fuel to the muscles. This reduction in enzyme activity leads to raised levels of triglycerides and fats in the blood, increasing the risk of heart disease.

Heart rates on average around 10 beats per minute higher working whilst standing and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute

Now that doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up to about 50 calories an hour. If you stand for three hours a day for five days that’s around 750 calories burnt. Over the course of a year it would add up to about 30,000 extra calories, or around 8lb of fat.

 Put that into activity levels  that is the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year. Just by standing up three or four hours in your day at work

 

My other tip is check your water supply

Make sure you have plenty on tap!
Read the benefits below to see why I keep coming back to this simple diet improvement.

We spend much of our lives at work so make these changes for yourself and or your workforce in 2014.

For any information regarding your corporate, personal health, or standing desks. Contact me  gail@sospa.co.uk or visit www.sospacorporate.co.uk

Have a very  Happy and Healthy 2014

Gail x