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HOW TO BE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE IN EXERCISE

Confession… I have done zero yoga for months?!?!? So seeing the oh so casuale walking along the street with my yoga mat pic is a great reminder I need to do that right? Yes. Yes and yes. Yoga aside though I have been changing up my training a fair bit in the past month which is important to keep not only variety in your training but also in the way you think – about your training and about new challenges.
The changes have looked like this:
+ Stair sprints became  : pop 5 kg (you can use bags of rice if you want!) in a backpack and move up and down those stairs to get both your heart rate up and a super wobble in those pegs. The delayed onset muscle soreness – DOMS – is lovely. ; )
+ Power walks became weekend nature walks whenever possible. We are training for a 100km Oxfam Walk in August so trying to build longer walks into exercise is key, but sometimes tricky to find time during the week, weekends are allowing for that.
+ Yoga, which I don’t admittedly do enough of as it is, has become dog walking and let me tell you when the dog is 4 months old and still deciding if walking is worth it (?!?!?) that is slooooooowwwww therefore there is plenty of time to be really present and to breeeeeeeathe.
+ Fitness apps at home which can be life (cabin fever) saving when puppy is young and actually not allowed in the big bad world have become HIIT sessions at parks using whatever equipment on hand and my body weight.
 
Oh and simply when my body was tired, rest and stretch, rather than push, which is something that we often perservere with. “Just gotta push through it, you got this!” – Sure, but sometimes just putting your feet up is EXACTLY what your body needs in order to recover fully and so you can train EFFICIENTLY and EFFECTIVELY the next session.
 
I hope this has given you a tiny bit of inspiration (insight too maybe!) into some tweaks you can make today to keep your rig moving and thriving.
Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline Alwill is a qualified, practicing nutritionist, personal trainer, whole foods cook and most importantly mother to Jet. She is committed to improving the health, wellbeing and happiness of all individuals.

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