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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.

Pilates & Co. Gold Coast Pilates Reformer & Fitness Studio

Using SMR for tight muscles

Feeling tightness in your muscles? SMR (or Self Myofascial Release) could be the answer to relieving those tensions after a workout.

WHAT IS SMR?

SMR stands for Self Myofascial Release and is a form of self-massage that uses equipment like foam rollers and massage balls to target muscles that need some TLC.

Our muscles get tight for many reasons, from overuse, inactivity or injury and this, in turn, creates a muscle imbalance and limited range in the joints associated with them.

PRE- & POST-WORKOUT BENEFITS

Performing SMR pre-workout will release tension in muscles so that you have a full range of motion, getting the very best from your workout. It’s also an amazing tool post workout, combined with an appropriate stretch.

Current research shows that consistency is key when it comes to stretching. As little as 90 seconds of SMR and stretching on each muscle group is all that’s needed to make a change! This is pretty encouraging news if you experience short and tight muscles. The great thing about SMR is that it not only targets your muscles but your fascia (connective tissue), tendons and helps to increase blood flow.

SMR RESULTS

You may experience some muscle soreness the day after SMR, don’t let this discourage you, keep at it! SMR is hands down the simplest and most effective way to get your body mobile and feeling more aligned. Get out that ball and get rolling today or book into one of our Roll & Release classes during our seasonal challenges.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • All it takes is 2 minutes every day to create more flexibility and better mobility.
  • SMR is great pre- and post-workout.
  • If it feels sore, you’re probably in the right spot. Ease the ball or roller around the area until the intensity decreases.
  • Stretching right after SMR allows the muscle to stay lengthened for longer – like a clear coat of lacquer. This is only for post-workout.
  • Consistent SMR and stretching daily is more effective than getting a weekly massage.
  • Allow your muscle to relax while you release and to get deeper by applying more pressure if needed.
  • If you have a tennis ball lying around, it’s a great tool to get you started. Invest in a good lacrosse ball for longevity and density.

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

Our picks for top 10 best gifts for the active and health conscious

Hands up if you’ve had a total block on what to buy for that certain someone? Ever purchase something because…”that’ll do”? We’ve got some great holiday inspiration to avoid the chances of your gift being regifted. So, in no particular order…

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1. Shameless self promotion warning – a gift voucher at Pilates & Co!

Why not give your loved ones the gift of Pilates? It’ll change their lives for the better, it’s fun, empowering will keep them mentally and physically challenged. We love to see families coming to practice and workout together and you know it’s always more fun with friends so what are you waiting for? Our gift cards are fully customisable to any amount or package you choose! You can purchase your gift card here –
P&C Gift Cards

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2. A beauty package at From Earth and Skin

This lovely lady Louisa offers bio-sculpture nails, facials, threading, Eco Tan and sugaring (a natural waxing method) at her salon. All products and treatments are chemical free ensuring you and the environment are being looked after. Louisa is offering all gift cards at 20% off until 23rd December, what a treat! www.earthandskin.com.au

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3. Praia Yoga Mats

How absolutely stunning is this mat?!? Praia mats are made using the finest natural rubber resulting in a denser sustainable mat that benefits you and the environment. Each mat is 100% hypo allergenic and biodegradable. Find this beautiful mat and other designs here –
www.praia.com.au

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4. Lululemon Align Pant

These pants are amazing! I would wear these every day if I could, they are so extremely comfortable that Lululemon have categorised that as “naked”. Try a pair on for yourself and you’ll be converted too! Find them at Lululemon Robina Town Centre, those lovely ladies and gents will take supreme care of you while you are there. If you don’t have a local Lulu store you can get yours online –
www.lululemon.com.au

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5. The Essentials Pack from Evohe

This range of completely natural skincare is divine, the ingredients smell amazing and feel even better. I have personally been using these products for 6 months and I cannot get enough of them! My recommendation is to pair this pack up with their mineral makeup and blush. They are also neighbours of ours – manufactured in Miami. You can purchase from them personally on Lemana Lane or find them online here –
www.evohe.com.au

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6. Malvern Star Cruisestar from Mikes Bikes

You may have noticed this baby in our awesome competition running through social media. It’s one sweet ride and I know you are picturing yourself cruising down the beach, puppy in tow. The guys over at Mikes Bikes will provide you with wonderful service and your bike will come to you fully assembled and ready to go!
www.mikesbikes.com.au

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7. Eco Tan Essentials

One of our members put me on to the Pink Himalayan scrub a few months ago, it’ll leave your skin not only exfoliated and fresh but also so smooth, soft and moisturised. The moisturiser is chemical free and feels good on the skin (it also comes in tinted). The Eco Tan Invisible tan provides a natural looking tan that fades gently and doesn’t stink to the high heavens. This pack is a sure fire winner!
www.ecotan.com.au

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8. Foam Roller and Spiky Ball

These 2 buddies you may have a love/hate relationship with but ultimately, you will respect the effect that these two tools will have in loosening tight muscles all over your body. Used correctly these high quality devices will have you sighing with relief. Get yours in studio at Pilates & Co.

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9. Gift Hamper from The Source Miami

Our friends over at The Source have whipped up some delicious little packs and wrapped them up pretty so you can pop your feet up and congratulate yourself on a job well done! Check out these lovely gift hampers in store at the Miami One Shopping Centre.

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10. Lifestraw

Ok, so I’ve never personally used one of these amazing gadgets before but how cool is it? This straw shaped water filter lets you turn 1000 litres of contaminated water into safe drinking water! You can drink from rivers and streams with the lifestraw. I think what I love about it most is how this company supports communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water. You can purchase directly from the USA website or from BCF stores online and Australia wide –
BCF LIFESTRAW