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Kettlebell Exercises

There is a huge variety of kettlebell exercises to choose from, whether you are wanting to do a kettlebell workout alone or as part of another one of our workouts. The kettlebell is a great piece of exercise equipment for your fitness as it can work many different parts of your body at the same time, building and toning muscle.

As a workout routine, you can be very flexible with kettlebell exercises, picking and choosing which ones you like and how many repetitions you think are appropriate. They can be included as a pre workout to any other fitness exercises or you can fit them into a busy schedule if you only have 10 minutes to workout.

Kettlebell Exercise Examples

These are a few suggested kettlebell workout exercises that can be done in repetitions (10 each with 30 seconds break) or you can choose one you like to be part of a larger workout:

  • Ketllebell Windmill: holding the kettlebell overhead with one hand, turn your feet at a 45 degrees angle away from the weight, bend over bringing your opposite arm to touch your toes with your head facing the weight
  • Kettlebell Single-Arm Squat: in squat position, bend your arm holding the kettlebell up to your neck with the other arm held out straight, hold for 15 seconds
  • Kettlebell Swing: holding the kettlebell with two hands, bend your knees pushing the kettlebell between your legs behind you and then up until your arms are held out in front of you
  • Kettlebell Lunge Press: holding the kettlebell up to your chest with your hands gripping the side of the handle, lunge whilst raising your hands directly above your head with the kettlebell
  • Kettlebell Floor Press: lying on your back with a kettlebell in each hand, bend one arm towards your chest and raise it for a minimum of 5 seconds then alternate
  • Kettlebell Halo: feet hip distance apart, hold the kettlebell up to your chest with it upside down and gripping the sides of the handle, bring the kettlebell to your right cheek and slowly circle it around your head for 60 seconds, alternating direction

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Fitness Equipment

Choosing fitness equipment is crucial when you are concerned with creating a fitness plan or thinking about which fitness exercises are best for you. The equipment you use should be specific for the reasons you want to workout and for what goals you are trying to achieve with your body.

Your fitness regime needs to be tailored for you, so that you do not end up damaging your body:

  • Cardio: increasing metabolism, burning calories, strengthen heart and body, involves increased heart rate workouts.
  • Strength: support bones and joints, build up muscle and tone, improves muscle control and mobility, involves weights and mobility workouts.
  • Flexibility: improves posture, strengths and tones muscle, reduces risk of muscle damage, involves yoga workouts.

Exercise Equipment

It can be daunting when first thinking about your fitness and what machinery you should be using. This is a brief guide to some of the main pieces of fitness equipment you could use and what type of workout they are preferred for:

  • Treadmill: cardiovascular machine, burns calories, adjustable speed and grade for different fitness levels
  • Elliptic trainers: cardivascular machine, easier for your joints, adjustable speed and grades
  • Rowing machine: cardiovascular machine, good for posture, strengthens heart
  • Boxing equipment: good for cardio and muscle toning, upper body conditioning
  • Weights: strength training, tones/enhances/stimulates muscles and muscle development
  • Exercise mat: strength training and flexibility, pilates/yoga, good for pre-workout stretching, exercises that tone and build body muscle
  • Stability ball: can be used in replacement for exercise benches, good for all workouts, improves balance, strengthens muscle

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Fitness Plan

To be organised is essential for any fitness plan because you need to understand where you are starting and your future goals. You need to incorporate fitness exercises into the plan as well as fitness food and fitness nutrition. For your health and fitness make sure that you are specific with what you want to achieve, for example if that is weight loss, and how you want to do it (are you thinking about diets).

Physical activity and healthy eating are priorities to stay healthy and look after your body. Follow our advice on creating the best fitness plan for yourself. If you have any certain health issues, consult a doctor before you start changing your physical activity or eating routine.

How to Create a Fitness Plan

These steps will help you on your way to having the perfect fitness plan! Remember, everyone’s body is different and your fitness plan should be based around you, not what has worked for someone else.

  • Evaluate your fitness levels: you first need to know what you can already do, asses your waist measurement, how many pushups you can do in 30 seconds, how long it takes you to walk/jog a mile
  • Create a realistic fitness program: think about when and where you will work out, how many days a week you can manage, how long will your fitness activity be for each time, vary the activities, start slowly and build up, write your plan down
  • Choose the correct equipment: whether it is running shoes or weights, get advice from fitness professionals on what is best for you
  • Do a trial run: once you are ready to begin your routine, take a week to trial out the program you created and alter it if necessary, if you have made it too difficult then be honest with yourself so you are less likely to quit
  • Progress is best: keep a record of how you are doing and what you are achieveing, can be weekly or monthly, so you can build on the work you are putting in and see for yourself how you are improving

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Fitness Tips

These fitness tips are going to help you get even better results! Not only is it important to be organised with a fitness plan, and eat well with fitness food, but there are a few small details that should be taken into consideration when thinking about your fitness. The way you eat and the time of day you workout can make a small difference to those end results.

If you are on any one of the diets out there, or conscious about weight loss, these little details could help you see the results you want.

Fitness Advice

For help in pushing your body further and in making small changes that could give you better results, have a look at our fitness tips:

  • Never skip breakfast, it is an important meal of the day and helps get your metabolism going
  • Where possible, climb stairs instead of taking a lift or get off the bus/train a stop before and walk
  • Try fitting in mini-workouts when you wake up or before you go to sleep, or during a lunch break, only for 5-10 minutes
  • Comparing yourself to other people is not a good idea, work at your own pace with your own goals
  • Sometimes having a workout partner will keep you motivated and is an added pillar of support
  • Be patient! It will take longer than a week, sometimes even months before you see results
  • Before meals, drink a glass of water to help with digestion

Fitness Benefits

For some more motivation, these fitness benefits should want you to keep going:

  • Daily exercise helps relieve stress and anxiety
  • Increases energy
  • Good nutrition and fitness will reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more
  • Helps you sleep better
  • It contributes to your general well-being and happiness

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Fitness Diet

A fitness diet is not about starving yourself or cutting out major food groups for the quickest results. A fitness diet is different to other diets and not only will it help with weight loss but it will help with building muscle and improving fitness.

Fitness diets will encourage you to eat more of the important fitness food in order for your body to do well in fitness exercises and workouts.

What is a Fitness Diet

A fitness diet means thinking about every aspect of eating and consumption that you need to do during a fitness plan.

As well as thinking about what you should be eating for each meal in the day, a fitness diet requires you to think about what to eat for working out, whether it is before, after or during:

  • Whole wheat toast with sliced banana and cinnamon (before)
  • Grilled chicken with roasted mixed vegetables (after)
  • Greek yogurt with granola and fruit (before)
  • Drink water for shorter workouts and sports drinks for longer sessions (during)
  • Salmon with sweet potatoe (after)
  • Oatmeal with fresh fruit (before)
  • Energy bars, only for longer sessions of exercise (during)

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Fitness Nutrition

When considering your health and fitness levels, there are many things to consider. For example, what fitness food to eat and what fitness exercises are the best to stay active. However, your fitness nutrition plays an important role in planning what to eat and how to eat it.

Nutrition involves not only the food you eat but how you digest it as well. As a guidance for those starting off on the fitness journey, your fitness plan should include around 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week of training, and your fitness diet should contain mostly carbohydrates (60%) in addition to fats and protein (10-30%) and a little bit of everything else (10%).

What To Eat

Going through diets can take a lot of time and hard decisions chosing which one is best. If you are simply interested in maintaining a healthy body and want some basic help, then read the following suggestions:

  • A big variety of fruits and vegetables spread throughout the day as part of your main meal or light snacks.
  • Stay consistent in your fibre intake.
  • Make sure the majority of your grains are whole grains!
  • Vary what you eat and the dishes you make between the food groups (e.g. meat/eggs/dairy/seafood/nuts).

How To Eat

It might sound simple at first, but the way you organize your meals plays a role in your fitness; the time you eat, how much you eat, and how often you eat:

  • When cooking, try to use fresh and local products
  • Cooking meals at home rather than eating out is not only cheaper but healthier!
  • Don’t just worry about what you eat, think about the beverages you are drinking too.
  • Include foods from all the food groups, try not to exclude.
  • Eat enough to make you feel satisfied without feeling overly full.

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Fitness Food

Fitness foods need to be included in your organisation process when thining about a fitness plan. Your fitness nutrition plays a huge part and you should be eating foods that are going to benefit you and your workouts – look at our example fitness exercises. Some people decide to go on diets, or worry about weight loss, but your levels of fitness need everything to be in moderation.

Best Fitness Food

The following suggested fitness foods each have their own benefits and you should try to include them within meals or between meals as healthy snacks:

  • Olive oil: rich in monounsaturated fat, good for your heart
  • Eggs: contain muscle-building amino acids
  • Milk: packed with multiple benefits such as calcium, protein and and natural sugar
  • Sweet potatoe: rich in iron, fibre and vitamins
  • Nuts: particularly Brazil nuts and almonds, full of fibre, protein and vitamins
  • Broccoli: bursting with antioxidants and nutrients
  • Blueberries: rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins, also low in calories
  • Salmon: great source of protein and full of omega-3

Foods to Avoid

Here are some things that could damage your fitness routine:

  • Drinks high in sugar (coke, flavoured water, some juices)
  • Salt: less is better
  • Solid fats: use vegetable or extra virgin olive oil as replacement for butter
  • High alcohol consumption

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Fitness Exercises

If you want to improve your health and strengthen your fitness then you are in the right place! Not only does fitness include eating well, but you have to pay attention to your body and take on fitness exercises too. Going on diets might be one way, or persuing weight loss another, as long as you keep thinking about your fitness and do it all in the appropriate way.

Good Fitness Activities

In order for your body to be in its best shape, you need to be giving it as much fitness nutrition as possible. Once you accomplish a healthy diet then you can move on to strengthening your body physically. Here are some good fitness activities that you might want to include in your fitness plan:

  • Running/Jogging: cardio workout, strengthens a range of muscles
  • Swimming: strengthens range of muscles, good for arms
  • Cycling: good for legs and abs, strengthens range of muscles
  • Yoga: stretches and strengthens muscle tissue, relaxing and calm

Good Fitness Workouts

The following fitness suggestions are more appropriate for you to do in a gym or the comfort of your own home. They are easy and simple to follow and you can do them whilst juggling between different activities if you are busy:

  • Single-leg stand: balance on one leg for 30 seconds and then switch, strengthens hamstrings and balance, can be done when brushing your teeth or on the phone
  • Jumping jacks/star jumps: 5-10 minutes of these are a proven calorie burner and good exercise for heart rate, can be done whilst watching tv or after waking up
  • Standing push-ups: lean against a bed/sofa or any object that gives you a slope according to your height, imitate the push-up movements for about 10-30 reps, can be done whilst cooking or watching tv
  • Dumbbell exercises: whichever you prefer, can be done before bed or at work waiting for a meeting

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Tomato and Lentil Soup Recipe

This tomato and lentil soup recipe would be an appropriate dish for any meal, especially for those on a soup diet, vegan diet or liquid diet. Any of our healthy recipes are also appropriate for people looking to have a healthy diet or balanced diet.

Have a look at our other diets if you are interested in staying healthy, looking after your body or weight loss and fitness.

Ingredients

For your tomato and lentil soup (serving 2), the recipe is quite flexible in what you can add for your personal preference:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped celery stick
  • 1/2 chopped carrot
  • Cumin, coriander, bay leaf (and any other herbs or spices)
  • 100g split red lentils
  • 200g tomatoes
  • Tomato puree

Method

The method to make your tomato and lentil soup should take around 20 minutes:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions and let them cook for about 5 minutes before adding the rest of the vegetables, let them cook for about 3 minutes and finally add in your herbs and spices. Constantly stir.
  • Add the lentils, tomatoes and tomato puree to the mixture and bring to the boil. Reduce the lid, half cover the pan, let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables/lentils are soft.
  • Use a blender or food processor to create the correct consistency for you; if you need to thin the soup add water/vegetable stock.

 

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1200 Calorie Diet

A low calorie diet such as this 1200 calorie diet should be taken according to your gender, age and weight as this is how calorie intake is judged for an individual person.

With any of our diets we recommend a healthy lifetyle that includes regular exercise and health checks to make sure you are not putting your body in danger. Calorie related diets even more-so need to be monitored, especially according to your weight. Thinking about weight loss during a low calorie diet can be dangerous if not done properly.

Always do your research and speak to a medical professional before deciding on taking a diet.

Low Calorie Diet Risks

The figure of 1,200 calories is something more recommendable for women as they have a lower minimum calorie intake, for men it is usually 1,800. A 1200 calorie diet is not applicable to anyone and is extremely dependable on other factors like your BMI. If you try a low calorie diet on your own you could be putting your health at risk. This diet plan also means you might be decreasing amounts of important nutrients your body needs which can lead to side affects such as fatigue and diarrhea.

1200 Calorie Diet Plan

There will be varieties in diet plans for a low calorie diet, but mathematically speaking it makes most sense to spread your 1,200 calories. Each main meal should try to equal 300 calories with an added 300 left for snack (whole and unprocessed!) and drinks throughout the day.

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs on wholewheat toast with avocado, bran flakes with fruit and fat-free milk
  • Lunch: roast beef and salad on a wholemeal wrap, vegetable soup and crackers, chicken salad
  • Dinner: baked crumbed fish with sweet potato wedges, basil and walnut pesto spaghetti with cherry tomatoes
  • Snacks: yogurt with berries, veggie sticks with hummus, crackers and cottage cheese