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Exercise – the minimum effective dose for health

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Recently on the Slim Birdy – One Ten Toned – Eating Peaty private Facebook group, I told the story of the visit with my parents who live two states away. My father was finding the whole ‘taking your temperature thing’ revelatory in terms of helping with his eating habits. (He wants to put on weight, where as our group mostly discusses weight loss, however request to join if you would like to see how it was helping him.)

During that visit too, there is another story about exercise I wanted to tell and a running joke with my father – “Dad have you been lifting your weights a little?” He always replies, “I’ll start tomorrow.” He has said this for the last 30 years!

Now I haven’t seen my parents for about a year and a half – bad daughter I know – but we do speak every week. In that time though, I have written and been following my own One Ten Toned exercise program. This involves just a little amount of weight bearing exercises every day, or skipping a day here and there when life gets a little crazy at times.

When I was writing it, I told them all about it and even sent my father a little seven-day sampler to try out as part of my research. While he did it to help me, he was convinced that I wasn’t quite on the right path and I needed to do at least 30 minutes of all different exercises. He switched to what he thought he should be doing and then after a while he stopped.

So when they saw me, they couldn’t quite believe the muscle tone! The fact that I could do my push ups without effort, squats, throwing the weights around like they were nothing and for the first time in my life, looked rock solid and fit, with muscles shaping my legs, arms and back. Where as when I lost weight before, I would just look skinny and weak.

So it comes down to a few factors:

  • the minimum effective dose
  • prioritising weight bearing exercise over cardio (even walking)
  • doing a little something each day
  • doing the things you don’t hate
  • having it home-based and readily at your disposal
  • understanding that exercise for health is not the same as sports performance

So my father is really active in terms of walking, shopping, practicing golf etc but prioritising this was actually contributing to his health issues. So we set up three compound exercises with weights for a minimum of 3 reps x 3 sets a day and that’s it!   He can do one exercise, he can do all three, he can add more of other things and he can even skip a day. He has placed his weights in a spot in the house that he walks past often and says that it reminds him to do another set. Three weeks on and he is still going strong.

Realistically the biggest challenge is keeping it up. If it’s too difficult, goes for too long, costs too much, requires you to drive a while to get there, requires childcare, special equipment, you hate it, you already have a busy life or if the stars have to align before you can do it, then it won’t work. And I should know, as I avoided weight-bearing exercise for about 20 years, until now!

Health is about creating a relaxed, easy-to-do lifestyle. To find out how to do that with exercise, grab a copy of my book One Ten Toned and just start today.

To your health and muscles!

 

Kristy x

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Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)

So far so good.

However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….

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Making slim your lifestyle

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So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’

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Go metabolism go!

metabolism, bmr, slimbirdy, loose skin, weight loss, losing weightSo just an update on how this ‘Go Metabolism Go’ trial was working for me and what if anything, has tripped me up so far. The original story here.

So I’m about 2 months in and yes I have noticed some changes.

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The Ultimate Australian Wellness Bundle – so awesome!

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When news of this ‘Australian first’ wellness offer popped in my inbox, I was a little unsure of what it was about and skeptical as to whether I, or you guys, would be interested.

But then I saw who was involved and my eyes nearly popped out of my head!

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Something is wrong with your diet plan…

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So I was perusing instagram as I like to read other people’s stories about how they live healthy lives or tackle weight loss and there was one profile that caught my eye for all the wrong reasons.

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The Golden Arches make me feel sick now…

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My husband and I were on a road trip to find a field of sunflowers. He is a photographer, so these fun adventures lead us to all kinds of stunning places where I can just sit, enjoy and bask in the beauty of the planet. As we passed a McDonald’s sign he said, “The Golden Arches sign makes me feel sick these days…”

This was an interesting statement as he was once a junk food king, devouring Maccas on the way home from work, pizza for dinner, Hungry Jacks as a legitimate lunch option and downing all matter of soft drinks as part of his normal diet. It didn’t make him overweight but there seemed to be an internal protest going on and slowly over time, it seemed his body couldn’t handle it any more. Call it age, call it just being overloaded with crap for too long, call it whatever you like but the stomach pains, gut pains, feeling nauseous, just generally feeling bad after this type of food led him to eat it less and less often to the point where now he doesn’t eat it at all.

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Caffeine… the final showdown…

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So it’s final… I am so ready now…

About three months have past since the actual time frame of my goodbye caffeine story. Read it here.

After my initial few weeks of swearing off it for a while and reaping the benefits of feeling calm, hydrated and clear in the head, I left it with a possible option to continue having my beloved black and chai tea albeit with some restrictions because caffeine is one of my psycho addictive foods and I know this.

As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, it so is and the result of the last three months has proven it to me yet again. Not that I needed proof but it’s more like that it’s hard to shake or stop something that you love and so you try and try every different possible way to enable it to stay. Or I’m a slow learner!

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My day on a plate…

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Fellow blogger Julie from Me my Best and I invited me to describe what I eat on a typical day as part of her My Day on a Plate series. I thought it was a great idea because in any kind of conversation around food and all the things I don’t eat, people always ask me, “so what do you eat?!” So here is a snapshot.

And as a double treat, we are giving away a copy of my book – Lite as a Feather! So if you don’t have one yet, by all means enter to win.

See the My Day on a Plate post and competition entry here.

Thanks Julie!

Blossoms,

 

Kristy xxx