Lucy Miller has been Health and Fitness Magazines Fitness Editor for 18 months now, after spending three years doing a similar role at Men’s Fitness Magazine. Lucy has also worked on Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport and MBR Magazine, where she started her career at IPC Media.
Lucy has been involved in sport and fitness from a young age. She started training to be a gymnast at eight years old and took three national titles during her career. After quitting the sport to focus on her exams, she then became a part time gymnastics coach and studied nutrition at Premier Training International, obtaining a certificate in Nutrition For Health and Fitness. Since then she has become a level 3 personal trainer with NASM and also has qualifications in circuit training, kettlebell training and Instructing Exercise & Physical Activity for Children. As well as writing for fitness enthusiasts, about the latest fitness news, trends, and training methods, she can be found in the gym in her spare time or running with her running club. Lucy has also commentated on fitness related subjects for The Independent, The Sunday Times and in-house business-to-business publications.
This time of year we can often find it hard to get our fitness mojo back. It’s cold and often winter can make us simply want to hibernate! So here are some incentives and ideas that will make you and your kids want to jump up and put your trainers back on! Xmas may be just around the corner, but this time of year is as good as any to get started.
Get walking – one of the best exercises we can do is walk! Walking for me is the ultimate exercise because it engages nearly every muscle. Persuade your kids to walk to the shops, get off the bus a few stops early or walk to your friends and families house – by doing so you’ll burn off calories, increase your fitness, tone your legs, bum and tum all while enjoying the great outdoors.
Get Motivated With FaceBook – Everyone loves Facebook, so why not use it to your advantage and use it to create your own Fitness Challenge. This is a great way of getting you and your kids motivated and it’s totally free. Simply set up a group and set a weekly challenge for you and your kids and their friends – like walk to school four times a week. Once you have done your set challenge, let everyone know and ask them to record there’s too. The more in your group the more creative you can get. Why not set a challenge to walk from London to Paris? The total mileage is 218 Miles, so walk with your kids as many miles as you can each week and see how quickly as a group you can walk to Paris by accumulating your weekly walks. The miles will soon add up. You can plan your routes on nifty websites like www.walkingrouteplanner.co.uk or www.walkjogrun.net
Make a Date; Give your kids that extra push to get you going and book a one-off personal training (with me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) session? ask for a programme you can do at home together or in the park as well as a fitness test, then agree to book another session at the end of the month to re-do the results. This should give them enough motivation to do their weekly fitness sessions so they can be the teacher’s pet at the end of the month. You could also agree a wee shopping trip if their results improve or an extra hour on their playstation as a reward?!
Sign Up; Put your names down for a race or a challenge for a great cause. You can do Race for Life (raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org) or just a local 5k like Park Run – a free weekly 5k in you local park. You could also give your child a fitness journal and ask them to write and draw about how they felt during each training session. They will soon pick up some great tips along the way, which they can share with their friends or use it for motivation when they need an extra push. Reading back at how good they felt when exercising could give them a little push when they have lost their way a little.
Christmas needn’t be about spending loads of money and sitting down watching christmas movies all day. It can be about fun, fitness games too – for all the family!
Why not buy a fitness gift for under £10 – you will be suprised at how much fun you can have and how much better you feel about eating all those mince pies!
Here’s some cool ideas for you;
Nike basketball £9.99. shoot some hoops or make a team and see who can keep hold of the ball for the longest.
Skipping rope £9.99 from Sweaty Betty – put on some music and each take a turn to skip to the whole song. You can also count who does the most jumps without getting their feet caught.
Pedometer – wrap up warm and go for a walk after dinner – a pedometer will count exactly how many steps you take – compare with the rest of your family when you get home.
Speedo goggles – ok so you may not go for a swim on xmas day – but how about on Boxing day?
Londsdale boxing gloves – great fun! Pair up and get someone to hold the pads – punch for two minutes, then run on the spot for 1 minute. Repeat five times to work your arms and heart – lovely!
I couldn’t believe it when I saw this……according to researchers just one minute of exercise a day could prevent diabetes!
Scientists at the University of Bath asked volunteers to perform two 20-second cycle sprints on exercise bikes, three times per weeks and after six weeks, researchers in the university’s Department of Health saw a 28% improvement in their insulin function!
It couldn’t be easier – why not play catch and get your child to run as fast as he or she can to get the ball or set out some cones so you sprint to one cone, then walk to the other and visa versa. Exercise can be fun and creative and as the study suggests, you don’t need to spend hours doing it to reap the benefits.
If you would like some more ideas – drop me an email or send me a message – my brain is bursting with them!
Houston, we have a problem – it seems that we could all be falling short on vitamin D, which can make us more likely to be obese!
Also know as the sunshine vitamin, it’s clear that we aren’t getting enough which causes higher degrees of insulin resistance, when the hormone becomes less effective at lowering blood sugar. This can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes!
News has also stated that children who sit in front of the television for most of the day, snacking on fatty foods, are therefore likely to have lower vitamin D levels and be overweight as well. The two factors might not be biologically related !
To get more Vitamin D – you need sunshine -which means taking your children’s playtime outside in the winter sun and chomping on foods, such as oily fish, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals.
– yet another reason for you and your children to get up and get active. Why not take the dog for a walk, fly a kite or ride your bikes around the park. The brisk fresh air will not only make you feel ALIVE but also reduce you and your child’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes!