The Power of Monday

Everybody uses excuses, its summer, what’s the point now, I’ll start in winter…. but then still moan about the fact they aren’t happy with their body… everyday is a reason to make yourself feel better about you and work towards how you want to feel within yourself, whether that is a performance related goal, fitness related or body related. But there is no better day than Monday and the beginning of a new week to really kickstart your fitness habit… But Why?

3 Reasons to Start Your Fitness Habit on a Monday:

  1. New Week, New Start, New Me approach:
    Monday is a new week with a fresh mindset and a fresh approach to your attitude towards it all… you may of over indulged on the weekend too and its a great way to make you feel better about yourself. A study conducted by psychological science, (Dai, H., Milkman, K. L., & Riis, J. (2015). Put Your Imperfections Behind You Temporal Landmarks Spur Goal Initiation When They Signal New Beginnings. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797615605818), backed up that that this approach has been proven to be more effective because of the initiation of positivity and affiliation of feeling good.
  2. Monday motivation to keep going – happy factor :
    From working as a personal trainer for years and from evidence of friendship groups, when you start on a Monday, you spend the rest of that day, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday not wanting to mess up what you achieved on Monday, therefore you eat better, stay more focused and feel accomplished. This feeling of accomplishment will spur you on to  get yourself back in there the next day. The feeling and release of endorphins from your gym session will make you feel amazing after. Study after study confirms the direct relationship between exercise and increased feel-good hormones, including a study that suggests high-intensity exercise modulates the brain in a very similar way to cocaine use . (That’s gotta feel good.) Another recent study confirmed that serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine levels in the hippocampus were significantly increased by exercise, suggesting physical activity can help manage depression . Think if you start today by next week, you will be another step closer to feeling happier about you. 
  3. Exercising can help you win at life:
    Setting and achieving goals inside the gym, fitness, health about you helps you set and achieve goals outside this area aswell. The goal-setting/goal-accomplishing cycle is a learned trait. From a very early age, winners start to reinforce this idea that if they set their mind to something and tirelessly work towards its accomplishment, the outcome will be positive. Start setting goals in your fitness and health TODAY and see an improvement in every area of your life.

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Power of Beetroot: Superjuice

Beetroot is the new superfood on the market, with unlimited benefits to how it can aid your performance, your health and your wellness.

shutterstock_254523205Who would of thought a vegetable grown in the ground could have so many beneficial pros for it for your general wellness and life! The little beet contains Vitamins A, B and C; antioxidants beta-carotene and beta-cyanine; folic acid, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and fiber! “The pigments in beetroot are known as betalains and there are two color types. Betacyanins, which are vibrant red/violet in color, and betaxanthins, which are yellow in color. Both forms of betalains contain nitrogen and they work as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories” (Bradley Sly) This is an incredible benefit to this product, as a natural anti oxident that is also gentle on your stomach lining.

Beetroot Health Benefits:

  • An excellent source of iron and folate, both of which are needed by pregnant women.
  • Helps lower high blood pressure and elevates low blood pressure.
  • Contains betaine, which studies have shown has significant anti-cancer properties and is  effective in inhibiting the formation of cancer-causing cells in the body and can also protect against colon and stomach cancer.
  • Fiber content helps with bowel movements. Juicing beetroot and drinking it on a regular basis can also relieve chronic constipation.
  • Helps detoxify the liver.
  • Contains tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate
  • Helps faster recovery from gym sessions and hard endurance sessions
  • Has been proven to improve endurance performance due to its nitric oxide content

Beetroot juice may not taste the best but mix it in with some protein and you will notice a drastic improvement to your health! Why not try my favourite mix:

Vanilla Beetroot Arbonne Smoothie:
Blend up the following ingredients for an incredibly healthy and powerful start to your day
2 handful frozen Raspberries
1 handful frozen strawberries
1 sachet Live Wheatgrass 100% pure Beetroot Juice
1 Sachet Vida Glow
2 Scoops Arbonne Vanilla Shake or 1/2 READY made shake