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Say Bye to Bad Habits

Hello New Year! As many of you might be making resolutions, we thought it was a great time to talk about changing bad habits into good ones. Healthy habits really aren’t that hard to form, and if you tackle one at a time, you’ll be feeling stronger, healthier and more motivated in no time at all.

Research varies, but experts believe it takes between 21 days to 2 months to break and/or form habits. You’ve already started getting into the habit of regular Pilates practice or joining in our other fitness classes on offer (if not, check out our free orientation to get you started)! So, here are a few more habits to work on ditching. We’ve already covered a few on our blog, but a friendly reminder is always handy!

 

Breaking Bad: 7 Unhealthy Habits to Lose

Habit #1: Skipping meals

Missing meals, especially breakfast, makes your body look for its fuel from other places – like bone and muscle. Not eating at all doesn’t help your overall calorie intake but in fact, plays nasty games with your metabolism.

 

Habit #2: Sugar

Studies show that as a society we all eat more sugar than we should, so cutting back on sugar is always helpful. Sugar can act as an artificial pick-me-up and energy booster but it doesn’t last long and instead, you need to reach for low-GI foods that will give you slow-release energy. Cut sugar by staying away from sugary drinks and adding spoonfuls to tea or coffee. Read food labels, or make it a general practice to stay away from any processed foods to avoid all those hidden sugars. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and proteins are always the best choice.

 

Habit #3: Not drinking water

Our bodies are 50-65% water and we need to replenish it constantly to function properly. It’s a lot easier to remember to drink water on a hot day and when you’re working out, but it’s just as important in the middle of winter. Set a reminder on your phone and always have a bottle with you to refill.

So how much water should you be drinking? A general rule to work out your daily intake is 30ml for every kg of body weight (e.g 70kg x 30ml = 2,100ml or 2.1L a day). Read more about keeping hydrated.

Habit #4: Ditching your stretch after a workout

Stretching to warm up before a workout helps prevent injury and gets your body ready to exercise properly. It’s also important to stretch straight after a workout while your muscles are still warm. Stretching helps fatigued muscles, will aid them in recovering faster, limit strains and injury. Plus, sore, tired and painful muscles will just give you an excuse to miss your next workout and that spirals.

Pilates & Co does specialised stretch classes within its timetable each week. You can also do stretching at home, and we recommend using SMR technique to help muscles (the regular practice of SMR is better than a weekly massage)! What is SMR? Find out here.

Habit #5: Taking your phone to bed

A 2014 US survey found that 63% of people aged between 18 and 29 take their smartphone with them to bed at night. And while it might be tempting to play a little game or scroll your Instagram feed before going to sleep, recent studies have shown sleep deprivation to be linked to our constant use of devices. We’re not suggesting you live without your phone, but it’s worth banishing it from your bedroom to help switch off at night – even more so if it’s a phone you use for work calls and emails.

 

Habit #6: Exercising alone

Okay, so it’s not really a bad habit and it’s not always easy to rope in someone to workout with you, but there’s a reason people always get better results while working with a trainer or training buddy. It motivates you, makes you accountable and most of all it’s more fun. Pilates & Co reformer classes are only 10-person classes so they are a great way to feel like you’re exercising in a group but not feeling lost in a BIG fitness class. We also offer small group classes with specialised trainers or one-on-ones. Want to really up the ante? Join our group 6-week Transformation Challenge.

 

Habit #7: Saying sorry

This one is more about mental health and your outlook on life. We’re not saying you should forget the manners your parents taught, but with busy lives and schedules, we all too often jump to apologising for everything when it’s far more helpful and healthy to replace that apology with gratitude. Our founder Roz wrote an article about this earlier in the year and it resonated with a lot of members, so we thought it was important to add to the list,

Breaking a habit isn’t easy, but when you do you will feel on top of the world. Try replacing them with good habits instead and you’ll find it easier to move on. Let us know how you go!

 

Want to kick-start your fitness goals too? Come and see us at Pilates & Co. We offer a number of membership and class payment options, and if you’re new to our studio you can take advantage of our free orientation class and our 4 for $80 Introduction offer. You could get really serious and join our 6-week Transformation Challenge.

Not a Gold Coast resident but planning a trip to the Burleigh Heads or nearby? Purchase our 4 for $80 class visitor pass (valid for two weeks). Contact us if you need to find out more.

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New You Detox Workshop (January 2018)

In 2018, Pilates & Co will be bringing you a series of health, fitness and nutrition workshops with guest speakers and helpful information to get you feeling your best. We start the year with this New You Detox Workshop with guest speaker, naturopath Chae from Burleigh’s The Wellness Emporium.

For better gut health, understanding toxicity, knowing the signs of a toxic body and more lessons on how to reduce the toxins in your body, come join us for this 2.5-hour workshop at the studio.

New You Dextox Workshop

Date: Saturday, 13th January 2018

Time: 11.00am – 1.30pm

Cost: $55

Guest Speaker: Chae from The Wellness Emporium

Bookings: through the bookings website or by going to the “Enrollments” tab on your app or the Pilates & Co class booking page. You need to sign up to Pilates & Co booking system via the app or online. Find our app at Google Play for Andriod or on the Apple Store.

 

What Will You Learn

  • The fundamentals of gut health and its role in detoxification and how it influences overall health 
  • Factors that affect your gut health and contribute to toxicity within your body
  • The types of toxins we are exposed to every day and how they affect your health
  • Find out what the signs and symptoms of toxicity are and uncover if you’re in need of a detox
  • How to reduce your toxic exposure to enhance your body’s own natural detoxification capabilities and begin to heal the gut
  • What toxicity testings are available 
  • Take home resource on 8 steps to reducing toxicity and an overview of the tips discussed in the workshop to get you started straight away!

About our guest speaker: Chae (B.Ed, Adv. Dip Naturopathy) 

Chae is a Naturopath, registered teacher, and owner of The Wellness Emporium located at Burleigh Heads. Chae has a passion for educating, inspiring and empowering others in the areas of women’s wellness and digestive health. Through her own health journey with Irritable Bowel Disease and a number of other health conditions including PCOS and anxiety, she understands the crucial link between good gut health and the rest of the body. In her practice, Chae understands that each person is unique and therefore formulates individual treatment programs that integrate a holistic approach to health. This includes using medicines derived from nature, food as medicine and integrating healthy lifestyle practices to nurture the body’s own self-healing capabilities.

 

Follow Chae

Website www.thewellnessemporium.com.au 

Facebook:  @thewellnessemporiumau 

Instagram: @the.wellness.emporium

Good Sleep

Sweet Dreams: How to Get Good Sleep

So, how’s your sleep, are you getting enough? Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning, preparing your brain for the next day and forming new neural pathways to allow you to learn new stuff and remember it!

GETTING GOOD SLEEP

I for one am a huge lover of sleep and have no issues popping right off, but I know a staggering amount of people who suffer from insomnia or who have kids that wake them continuously through the night.

We’ve all had a crappy nights sleep before and we all know that foggy brain next day feeling. The effects of sleep deprivation are pretty startling and affect us both mentally and physically.

 

Mental effects of sleep deficiency

  • you may have trouble making decisions
  • you may have trouble solving problems
  • you may have issues controlling your emotions and behaviour
  • you may have trouble coping with change

Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

 

Physical effects of sleep deficiency

  • ongoing sleep deprivation is linked to heart disease. Your blood vessels and heart undergo healing and repair during sleep!
  • increased risk of obesity
  • lack of sleep causes hormonal imbalance. The hormone in charge of making you feel full (leptin) drops with lack of sleep and the hormone in charge of making you feel hungry (ghrelin) goes up!
  • changes how your body reacts to insulin
  • deep sleep supports healthy and normal growth and development in children and teens
  • deep sleep also helps to repair cells and tissues and build muscle mass
  • our immune system is compromised by lack of sleep

How much sleep should you be getting?

Generally, for adults, 7 – 9 hours is recommended. For teens, 8 – 10 hours and children age 6 – 13, 9 – 11 hours is recommended.

Here are some achievable tips on how to get (you and your kids) to sleep and stay there –

  1. Keep to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and rise at the same time, every day of the week
  2. Put down those laptops, phones and iPads a good hour (at least!) before your bedtime and make sure they are at least 2-metres away from your bed while you sleep
  3. Don’t have any caffeine after lunchtime
  4. Take part in regular exercise. Pilates anyone?
  5. Use essential oils to help create a peaceful and relaxed state of mind. Lavender, ylang-ylang, and chamomile activate the alpha wave activity in the brain. Try a roller with some diluted essential oil in carrier oil on your temples, the back of the neck or diffuse it in your bedroom.
  6. Make sure your bed and pillow are top notch. You spend a lot of time in your life in bed (hopefully) so get the best you can afford.

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation for new members.