What motivates me to make the decisions I do?

When I take into account all the different types of lives people have to live in London it overwhelms me with such a feeling of insignificance that it makes it feel like it would be impossible to have the positive effect on my community in the way I would like to make. 

Many of you may think I mean this in the sense of ‘making a name’ for myself or ‘fame’. But actually, what I’m talking about is the desire to help create a change in my community that aligns with the change I would like to see in the world – the change that helps people live a healthier life and helps the world be better place at the same time. 

Sustainability. 

Ecology. 

Environmentalist. 

These words shoot through me up like drug and send me into a cascade of desires and wishes that end up making me feel like I’m not doing enough – reality is, it probably will never be enough. 

These words have been the driving forces behind the majority of my decisions and eventually to what pushed me to my chosen diet just over 2 years ago. “You can’t be an environmentalist and not be plant-based” – that one was like a thunderbolt to the heart and it worked on me immediately. 

Being a well-being ‘preacher’ when it comes to exercise and lifestyle, I’ve been careful not to fall into the trap of ‘activist’, although I have flirted with the boundaries a few times in the past. 

But, the word activist definitely has some, correctly or incorrectly, negative connotations for me. It suggests that I may be an extreme individual that is angry with the world or judgemental of others. 

Someone who you definitely do not want to invite round for dinner and probably not a person who you want to get as your personal trainer! 

After all, people don’t need more stressful conversations about the state of the world and all the things they could be doing to make it a better place – or do they?

People in my community can get confused by whether to eat breakfast or not, have juice or not and where’s ‘healthy’ to go for lunch let alone think about changing the world. But could we be more open minded? 

We – ‘Londoners’ – are always under an imaginary time pressure, often stressed and always loaded with responsibilities. Too many to start thinking about an upheaval of our entire diet, routine and shopping options…right?

It nags at the back of my mind, what more could we be doing? 

The definite truth is, you can’t force people to think like you. 

So, I never try to do that.  

But, if you can explain why you’ve decided to make a big decision, people may relate and that cause cause a healthy conversation to develop. 

This conversation started for me, as I mentioned before, when the question of the effect on our environment was raised. I had never thought eating chicken, beef or lamb as a question of damaging our environment. So I began to dig deeper. When I found out agriculture was responsible for more co2 production than every plane, train, car and motorbike put together (1) I started to really feel the pressure. 

Then the buddhist inside me started to find bigger holes in my approach until now, I realised I had been calling cows, pigs and sheep, “beef, pork and lamb” for 25 years. I had avoided calling the meat on my plate it’s animal name as, unknowingly, I had ignored the thought of it being an animal in the first place. 

I would never have even considered the idea of sitting down to a ‘leg of baby cat’, ‘fillet of horse’ or ‘breast of budgie’. 

But, the amount of times I made ‘cow stew’, ‘fried pig arse’ or ‘baby sheep leg’ in my life made me think more deeply than ever before. 

I simply couldn’t ignore it. You may disagree – I’m not here to tell you that what is a wrong or right thought. I’m just describing my own personal experience. It was an experience that just messed with my head, maybe it might make you open up to a different point of view.

You may feel while reading this that in order to eat the necessary amount of food (more specifically protein) for your body to stay strong, fit and be healthy that it would be near enough impossible to switch to a fully plant based diet – if you are, your are me. 

I wasn’t sure where to begin so I started with a primary consideration, how could I get the recommended amount of protein for someone of my age, weight and activity level? 

On the back of my research i found that any protein intake over 1.6g per kg of bodyweight made a negligible effect on strength and muscle mass gains (2).

I found that plant based protein rich sources like tempeh, hemp & pea protein powder and a choice of cooked beans or legumes would take me very close to the amount I needed. 

The result? 

A new set of habits that took me a few weeks to get used to but soon became a normal day-to-day routine. 

Long-term result?

A new approach to eating that aligns with my view of what a ‘healthy’ diet consists of and helps improve the quality of our environment.

 Sources:

  1. Steinfeld, H., Gerber, P., Wassenaar, T., Castel, V., Rosales, M. and de Haan, C. (2006) Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome.
  1. Morton RW, Murphy KT, McKellar SR, et alA systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression of the effect of protein supplementation on resistance training-induced gains in muscle mass and strength in healthy adultsBritish Journal of Sports Medicine 2018;52:376-384.

GET MO’ FROM YOUR ROW: How to row correctly, set up a program and get the best out of it!

Hi from France! We touched down for a weeks break at my paps’ place, he has been fighting a battle with multiple myeloma for the best part of 2 years so it is always great to come out here and spend quality time together with him and my step-mother Ariane – who is an absolute legend.

The weather is clear today but we landed in a thunderstorm so I had some time to sit and think about the best forms of HIIT training – as you do. One of the most effective tools in HIIT training is the none other than the concept 2 rower.

For those that don’t use the rower already, this is for you. And for those that already use the rower this is definitely for you too! It is always a positive step to go over the technical points and programming elements that make this type of training such a good option when you hit the gym (or if you have one at home).

Before we begin, you need to have a strong concept of what good rowing is so that you can reap the benefits of this type of exercise without causing yourself some damage in the process.

I was asked the other day about rowing by a friend of mine who wanted tips on how to do it without damaging his back. Instructing on this is a near impossible task without actually being there to coach the person whilst they’re doing it.

To try and remedy this problem I’ve created a little video to give you a clearer idea about what cues to make use of when you’re using this machine.

I feel this still only tells half the story. Rowing requires a very controlled tempo, I describe it as a 2-1 tempo where you take double the amount of time coming in towards the rower as you do pushing away from it.

During the ‘loading phase’ of the movement (when coming in towards the rower) your attention should be focused on keeping your spine straight as you flex your knees. This allows you, in the ‘driving phase’ (when pushing away from the rower) to push through your feet when you move backwards and engage the upper back and brace the core to create maximum torque.

Generate power through good technique rather than trying to just pull as hard as you can through the hands. It won’t help you go faster and it wont help to keep your back safe.

Now, in terms of setting up the rower for HIIT training you can easily set up the screen to set distance, time or calories.

Each of them are good parameters to judge intensity. Here are the tutorial videos to follow to set up a rower for any of those three methods of HIIT training.

Now you know how to set it up, let’s put together some programs.

Easy Intensity

200m/45sec/15kcal ON – 45sec OFF/REST

250m/60sec/25kcal ON – 60sec OFF/REST

Medium Intensity

250m/60sec/25kcal ON – 30sec OFF/REST

3000/75sec/30kcal ON – 45sec OFF/REST

High Intensity

400m/75sec/30kcal ON – 30sec OFF/REST

500m/90sec/40kcal ON – 45sec OFF/REST

Stick to your technique, follow the cues and stay consistent. You will see results.

New APP Launch!

New app for a next level up in support.

So excited to announce that MoJo Wellbeing now has it’s own app! You can find it in the apple or android stores.

If you’re are part of my current online coaching team do not fear! The app you have been using, FITSW, has all your records copied into the Mojo Wellbeing version. You can sign in as usual once you open it and your workouts, videos, exercise history and recordings will all still be there.

I’m working hard on doing all my own video tutorial videos for all the exercises within the app to match the MoJo theme. But you may find some of your exercises are still linked to the FITSW youtube links. If you want to find my tutorials for exercises, HIIT workouts, mobility routines and more on youtube simply write in the search bar ‘with patrick moore jones’ and results of all my videos will appear.

For those interested in trying out how I am training people online through my app please send a message back with this code: TrialWeek

You will then be entered into my list of people waiting for a trial on the online program. It is FREE but I can’t take on more than 1 person per week as it is too much work on top of my already very busy schedule! So please be patient and I will be getting back to you asap to discuss when to put our trial in place.

Thanks so much for being part this, it’s growing quicker than I expected and I’m delighted to see the direction it is heading.

Pat

Daily Mobility Exercises to Relieve Neck and Back Pain

Here are a couple of videos that show exactly how I help my clients become more mobile and reduce painful joints, especially when they are suffering from neck and/or lower back pain.

The first set focuses on opening up the hip flexors and glutes, both key contributors to lower back pain when they become over tight. Each set can last between 5-10 minutes depending on how long/many you do of each one. Turn the sound up as it has useful cues to follow whilst doing these ones.

I get prepared before most workouts with some form of mobility and depending on what I have planned out. These videos are an easy and quick way to shortcut to the most important joints in the body.

This second video focuses on the shoulder girdle, you need a bar or broom handle to do this one. Keep the arms straight in all 3 exercises and please make sure that you move from the the shoulders. This can be such an easy and quick way to prepare for any upper body work in the gym – even after a day sitting all crunched up at the desk.

Good luck with these and comment below with any questions. Thanks

“NOTHING WORTH HAVING EVER CAME EASY”

By Suzi Moore-Jones

Actually…I disagree. Sure, this is a very generalised statement, but I take a particular objection to this when it comes to food. Eating healthily doesn’t have to be laborious and time-consuming.

There is a very, very lazy person that lives inside of me. There are times when I have a lot of energy and want to put lots of time into creating something in the kitchen, but there are a LOT of other times where all I want is to make the quickest, easiest, least washing-up-heavy meal I can make so that I can get back to my excessive Netflix consumption.

So, with that in mind, here are a few tips to help appease that lazy person that lives inside of you…

USE A NUTRIBULLET (£50) FOR MAKING SAUCES

This is one of my best hacks. Whether you’re knocking together a stir fry, putting some pasta on to boil or wanting something to pour over veggies to roast, using a nutribullet for a quick sauce is the best idea. It means that you can chuck all the ingredients in to blend, without the need to finely chop and stir together on the hob first. Key ways this saves time:

  • Less chopping involved by chucking ingredients in whole (e.g. garlic cloves and ginger)
  • You can add in peas, frozen or fresh greens for a nutritional boost, which doesn’t really affect the flavour and can still be whizzed into a smooth texture
  • Less washing up in using one container to blast everything in before topping the food.

BUY YOURSELF A MINI FOOD PROCESSOR (£17)

Ok, so you may not love the idea of purchasing yet another kitchen appliance, but these babies are very small and inexpensive and honestly save you a load of work when prepping meals. I HATE chopping onions, probably because I have no patience, but it can really add to your cooking time if you need to chop onions and garlic finely by hand. If you have a mini chopper, you can easily just chop onions into quarters, chuck whole garlic cloves in (plus you can do this with other ingredients like ginger for example) and whizz it up. This device will also make really quick dips like guacamole, in an instant. Thumbs up from this lazy cook right here!

RECRUIT SOME KITCHEN CUPBOARD HEROES

There are a few staple ingredients that are my go-to guys for quick, tasty and time-saving recipes. These are:

  • Garlic and onion granules. Just adding a teaspoon of each of these can give your food the flavour it needs without needing to freshly prep garlic and onion, or that can help you out if you don’t have them to hand.
  • Marigold vegetable stock powder. We keep a huge tube of this next to the cooker, it goes in a lot of the dishes I make and can be a good shortcut to adding bit of extra flavour and seasoning to a dish.
  • Tomato paste. Having a tube of tomato paste in the fridge is always a good idea. One of my easiest breakfast recipes is pretty much combining all of these three kitchen cupboard heroes (the garlic and onion granules, veggie stock, tomato paste) with some hot water in a saucepan, optional dashes of chipotle sauce for a sweet and smokey kick, and adding some beans (black, pinto or haricot work well) for a tasty and healthy beans-on-toast brekkie. Proper recipe to follow for those who like a step-by-step…

I hope this has been helpful, stay tuned for more posts, thoughts and recipes! Comment below if you have any of your own time-saving hacks that you’d like to share!


How to stay calmer, for longer.

Let me first make it clear that what I am going to speak about today is just my opinion that has been developed through my own personal experiences.

Between the ages of 12-14 I experienced anxiety attacks. They manifested in the form of terrible stomach pains that lasted hours and often had no trigger or explanation. It was a difficult one to diagnose as there was no physical issue with my digestion that doctors could pinpoint.

One day my GP recommended I see a local councillor. After just one session with a lovely woman my stomach pains began to subside and after a while I realised one day that I hadn’t had one for months.

It’s important to note that I had a typically normal childhood, nothing extreme, two loving parents, I wasn’t bullied more than any other kid is and I had a pretty good diet (considering what other kids my age where eating!)

But, I was under quite a bit of stress. Anxiety releases the main stress hormone, which is called cortisol. This hormone causes your stomach to produce excess levels of stomach acid which can be problematic when you eat or drink triggering foods, can cause distress to your stomach lining and change the hunger satiety levels.

Because the concentration of acid in the stomach changes the way you digest food it can be quite destabilising for your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. The cascade of effects add up, and it can effect your body in a fairly powerful way.

Why is this important to know?

Because without this experience I would never have got into the stress reducing habits I did start doing from a very young age. This is the purpose of this post, to help people realise that stress is not something that you can stop from entering your environment. In fact, stress levels need to increase in order of your body to adapt in training exercises, and they help you stimulate your focus in conditions that require a heightened state of alertness.

But, how can we prepare ourselves for dealing with the small stressors that don’t mean so much to us but seem to ‘tip us over the edge’ into rage, fear, anxiety and suffering?

Practice Meditation – this has been rebranded recently as ‘mind-full-ness’. In my opinion what we are actually trying to achieve is a reduced state of mind awareness, so I don’t exactly agree with the term. But, if it gets people sitting still and focusing their minds then I’ll let that one go!

This is a state where we simply slow our minds, remove the constant train of thought flowing without control in our mind and attempt to “rest” our brain. I started off with reciting Tibetan mantra’s, one specifically ‘Om-A-Rap-A-Sana-Di’ (spelt phonetically) for 108 beads on a bead-mala 3 or 4 times every morning. This practice evolved into full-on visualisations of imagery with my eye’s closed, breathing exercises and visual focus exercises.

If you want to find out more about these, I will be happy to talk about it with you so send me a direct message, but on this occasion I can’t delve too deep into it, that needs a whole other post!

All of them are a way of doing the same thing; getting your mind to focus on one thing and one thing only, when it drifts – because it will – you have to gently bring it back, don’t worry if you get sidetracked. Everybody does it. Just be a little more understanding of yourself.

Exercise the cardiovascular system – taking your time to exercise your body without it being overly challenging on your breath is a fantastic way to reduce stress. The physical exertion will far outweigh the emotional stress you’ve built up in your mind and the endorphin release will make you feel contentment and pride for taking the time to do something positive for your mind and body.

Try doing a really low-level run, swim or bike ride when you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’ll immediately feel better prepared for what the world has to throw at you.

Go natural cold water swimming – this has no be proven and backed up by science to boost the immune system and relieve symptoms of depression. Whilst anecdotally improving participants perspective of their problems and environmental stressors.

Many people will have heard about Wim Hof, an eccentric man from Holland who does incredible feats of human resistance to extreme cold. For the past 14 months I’ve been using his breathing exercises, cold water therapy immersion techniques and life advice to help me build up tolerance for stress in my everyday life. Like the first two (mentioned above), this practice has been a huge catalyst in improving my resistance to stress.

What I would like to recommend today is for you to comment below or message me directly if you’re interested about any of these practices and begin doing just one of them every day.

You can rotate the type, change the way you do them and adjust it to suit your lifestyle. But a plan and a simple piece of guidance (from me) might be exactly what you need to kickstart your stress busting healthy habits.

Speak soon, Patrick

How Do I Ensure I Become Better Every Day? Follow this Simple Rule…

Rule: Read or listen to people who have been there and done it for 30 minutes a day.

I’m going to keep this simple. You need to read or listen to the right content every day if you want to become the best version of yourself. You can’t possibly learn without this practice. Continue to read on if your interested in what I’ve read and listened to help me get better on a daily basis.

People often ask me about what can they do to get into a routine that will help them become calmer, happier and/or more productive.

Reading or listening covers all of these bases.

Audible changed the scene, get a free 30 day trial here. It’s worth it.

Or buy the hard copy (links below) and begin your journey as soon as it arrives. I personally found that the 20 min drive to work was the perfect time of day to start my learning – so I listen through audible or podcasts.

Rather than listening to the general garbage on the radio you can fill your ears with insight, inspiration and knowledge. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.

Book 1: The End to Upside Down Thinking

This is a bit of a ‘far out’ read but gave me the understanding that our limitations and understanding of whats possible is not restricted to the boundaries we’ve been led to believe. We can create the right environment around us if we harness the power of our minds with the positive intention to do something good.

Book 2: The Chimp Paradox

This is a bit more ‘normal’ but a powerful self-help book that had a great effect on me. Understand the two parts (or three depending on how you look at it) of your brain. How to control the ‘monkey’ part of it and give you a powerful sense of control in our mad world.

Book 3: Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

This book is about understanding what fear is, why we experience it and how fear holds us back from making good decisions for ourselves.

Book 4: The Power of Now

This book is a must-read. For anyone. In any situation. Ekhart Tolle is a genius.

Book 5: Get Things Done

This is what it says on the tin. Want to be more productive? Read this.

There is plenty there to get stuck into, if you want more information or advice on podcasts and music to help your brain please ask and ill find out in what context you mean and can advice accordingly.

Have a great day

#mooresimple

 

Do You Have A Nutritional Deficiency?

How do we find out if we have a nutritional deficiency?

A complete blood profile test can be done by your doctor. It will asses your overall blood and cellular health as well as your risk of disease. But, as most of you roll your eyes at the thought of having another thing to add to the list of things to do, I do have an alternative suggestion…

(You’re welcome to get in touch if you do want to get blood tests, I have a comprehensive list that you can ask your doctor to do for you – if your interested)

The reality is; dietary deficiencies are very common so the chances are…yes, you’ve got one! (No matter how good you think your diet is)

This is a problem because when you’re deficient in key nutrients, your physiology doesn’t work properly. And when your physiology doesn’t work as it should, you feel low on energy. How can you expect to smash a workout, go for a run or complete a great day at work if you don’t feel energized?

Here’s some stats…

deficiencies

I’d like to point out that I believe that RDA is a particularly underwhelming estimation for what’s needed to maintain a “healthy individual”. Nevertheless, it’s a start….

What are the common nutritional ‘red flags’ to look out for?

  • water (low-level dehydration)
  • vitamins and minerals (much lower levels in non-organic fruits and veg)
  • protein (particularly in women/men with low appetites)
  • essential fatty acids (95% of the population is deficient!)

That’s the power of removing nutrient deficiencies. When our bodies don’t have the nutrients they need to carry out their daily functions, we all suffer. But as soon as we get these nutrients, we begin to thrive.

GOOD NEWS IS…You can practically remove the chances of having a nutritional deficiency in an easy, natural way; super green powders.

plantforcegreens

I use Third Wave Nutrition’s ‘Plantforce Greens’ blend, it has no artificial ingredients or additives and it is 100% organic. Packed full of green leafy vegetables, plants, grasses and algae’s it provides you with a wide spectrum of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals essential for all you’re daily bodily functions.

I don’t gain anything by referring people to this company other than the knowledge you’re getting a perfect product for its use.

Furthermore, you can use code ‘Mojo’ at checkout for 20% off your basket!

Of course, many of you may ignore this advice (to buy a short-cut to nutritional efficiency) as it wasn’t even in your paradigm for a health conscious decision to make, and will continue to hope that your covering your bases through your diet – especially as the ‘short-cut’ costs yet more money. I totally understand and I’ve had the same conversation in my own head many times before.

The most frequent truth I encounter as a personal trainer is that the basics are often the hardest things to put into place. This is why I recommend this, it’s a short-cut, it’s natural, it’s real-food based and there are absolutely no side-effects, issues with production or chemicals.

We can all improve areas of our diet. If you feel like this would be a good addition to a smoothie or juice in the morning..great! Do it! If this sounds a bit outlandish and impossible to introduce, I get it.

The idea of this post is to share, learn, understand, apply new ideas how you see fit and get on with your life. I’m just grateful your even taking an interest in your health.

Thanks for reading and if you think it was a helpful piece, please give it a share with someone who you know might gain some benefit from reading it too.

Merry Chritsmas and Happy New Year, Patrick

 

 

The Highlights – ‘The 5 Ways of Wellbeing’

I’ve been on a journey since I was a skinny teenager at 17 years old working on a gym floor cleaning machines, giving inductions and helping to sell products (an old-fashioned gym instructor).

It’s 2019, I’m a Personal Trainer in North London with over 12 years industry experience and 9 years running my own PT business, MoJo Wellbeing Ltd.

The longer I’ve been in the job the less motivated I’ve been in being a glorified exercise babysitter. My motivation has been to become the best ‘functional health coach’ I can be. This is someone who helps people change their lives for the long-term. That person should spend their later years thriving, free of disease and chronic inflammation. Looking good while you’re doing it is just the bonus you get while you’re at it.

In order for this to happen, you need to have 5 key ‘ways’ in place in your daily routine. I’ve outlined these for you below. This is level 1, so if you’re already a level up I can set you up with the next steps you need to take. Let’s open a discussion about it..

WAY 1

Exercise

You need to have a basic level of activity for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

The combination of increases in a sedentary lifestyle (for most) and constant food availability has had a huge effect on ancient metabolic processes that govern our bodies. This has led to a huge outbreak of type 2 diabetes and obesity led by excessive storage of energy as fat and increasing insulin resistance. Being active for 30 minutes a day, even if broken up into six 5 minutes intervals can help slow the negative effects of that.

For most of you that will mean walking up the escalators in the tube station rather than standing still, or taking the stairs instead of the lift at work…what I’m getting at is; you have to find every opportunity to move possible throughout the day. Just the stairs and escalator tips won’t be even close enough.

You must find ways of getting on your feet regularly around the office or work space, arrange special meetings and/or set a recurring alarm on your phone. You can monitor this on your phone easily with health apps. Take pictures and send them to your accountability partner (way 5).

Way 2

Nutrition

A vegan/plant-based diet that’s got adequate plant protein and keeps you healthy is not as hard as some people think. I’ve managed it for over 19 months. I keep a low body fat percentage, I’m stronger and I’ve not yet been sick or injured.

In a randomized trial by the journal of Nutrition & diabetes this year they found that, ‘plant protein intake significantly decreased fat mass, improved insulin resistance markers and improved body composition in overweight individuals in comparison to the control diet group’ (1). Furthemore, there are countless studies not only showing the benefits on fat mass but also of a vegan/plant-based diet in reducing the chances of almost every chronic health problem.

Yet, people care more about what they need to eat to help them stay fit, healthy and lean. That’s why I’ve built a plant protein list and what foods are best to combine them with for my clients.

Way 3

Hydration

The importance of hydration has been a big topic in helping my clients achieve results for years. In 2015, a study by researchers at Loughborough University found that, ‘that mild hypohydration, produced a significant increase in minor driving errors…the magnitude of decrement reported, was similar to that observed following the ingestion of an alcoholic beverage’ (2).

To put it simply – mild dehydration can have a big effect on your ability to exercise, on the functionality of your brain, on your ability to remember, on your pain threshold and on your basic motor skill function. Getting the right amount for you is vital for wellbeing and there are considerations to take into account like body size, activity level and gender.

Here’s a calculation to get a rough idea of how much you should be drinking.

Drink half an ounce for every one pound of bodyweight.

If you need help doing this please get in touch and I’ll help you calculate yours.

Way 4

Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep has become ‘the hack’ for successful, wealthy individuals who are concerned with their optimum health in the fast-paced western working world. Yet, this rule applies more importantly to the unemployed, mentally unwell, public sector worker’s and children. The research is flooding out stating it could have a significant effect on health issues ranging from age related diseases (dementia and Parkinson’s) to mental health (anxiety, depression and ADHD.

Let’s understand one thing first, getting below 7 hours or above 8 hours for the majority of the population is going to hinder you rather than help you. Research conducted in Korea found that too much or too little sleep increases the risk of depressive symptoms in people who suffer hypertension/high blood pressure (3). Furthermore, a Harvard Medical Health letter published it analysis of multiple studies which found that poor ‘sleep-hygiene’ could increase the likelihood of triggering a bi-polar episode, contribute to anxiety, disrupt the routines of people with ADHD and cause a development of depressive feelings (4).

I have a huge list tips to help maximise your sleep and a blog post for my 5 essentials for a better nights sleep. But the best first practice you can implement today is this…make your bedroom a place that is your sanctuary, you should only be doing two or three things in there; sleep, make love and maybe light reading of an actual book. No TV’s, no working or catching up with e-mail’s and definitely no eating!

Way 5

Mindset

This ‘way’ is what I’ve experienced to be the most important of them all. It’s the goal setting practices and adherence aspect to the four other ‘way’s’. How you manage your time, how you plan your day and how you prioritize your daily activities will determine whether your life with become the happier and healthier life you deserve. In essence, that is all we are striving for; happiness and health. Earning money is all about having “time” to do the things that make you happy.

That’s why I have a 3 stage process to help program your day so you can adhere to the tasks you need to achieve your goals.

  1. Accountability
  2. Sharing your goals
  3. Giving your goals a deadline.

These are the keys to your success – and by success I mean wellbeing!

Let’s Get It

#mymojomatters

References:

(1) Kahleova.H et al, Nutrition & Diabetes, A plant-based diet in overweight individuals in a 16-week randomized clinical trial: metabolic benefits of plant protein, 2018 Nov 2;8(1):58.

(2) Watson P, Whale A, Mears SA, Reyner LA, Maughan RJ. Mild hypohydration increases the frequency of driver errors during a prolonged, monotonous driving task, Physiology & Behaviour, Volume 147, 1 Aug.15, Pages 313-318

(3) Son YJ, Park C, Won MH. Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep Duration on Depressive Symptoms in Hypertensive Patients: Results from a Nationally Representative Korean Sample, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2018 Nov 22;15(12)

(4) Harvard Mental Health Letter, Sleep and Mental Health. July 2009. Accessed April 29, 2018.

 

What’s The Big Deal About Staying Hydrated?

What is it about hydration that has got personal trainers, yogis, health coaches and sports team managers questioning, ‘how much water do I need to drink?’

clear drinking glass filled with clear liquid and sliced of kiwi

How important is it?

Firstly, DEHYDRATIONWhat is it?

Defined as; “a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body.”

Harmful being the key word to listen to here. As dehydration gets worse, so does the harmful effect it has on the body.

One of the first facts I learnt about dehydration was about sports performance in my A-level Physical Education (PE) studies – yes, I did PE for A-level…

A review of research conducted into dehydration in sports performance found that losing just 2% of your body weight in fluids could significantly reduce measurable aspects of performance such as endurance and mental focus.

This is because roughly 65-70% of your body is water, and the majority of that is in your blood. If your blood thickens, as it does when you get dehydrated, oxygen will be transported around the body more slowly. Therefore, the delivery of oxygen needed to contract muscles and help the brain to make decisions is delayed. Given that athletes can sweat out 6% to 10% of their body weight during competition, you can begin to understand why the importance of rehydrating/hydrating cannot be overemphasised.

Furthermore, when you are dehydrated, the body is forced to draw water from the intestines and bowels, this causes constipation. It also forces the liver to help the kidneys remove waste as they will not have enough water to do this job themseves. Normally the liver’s function is to metabolize stored fat. However, when the liver has to help the kidneys function, fat metabolism will not be completed and this contributes to fat storage.

Finally, water is a natural appetite suppressant. Cravings are often misinterpreted as food cravings, when they are really thirst cravings. If you are not drinking enough water over an extended period of time your thirst mechanism shuts down, especially as you grow older. As you increase your regular water intake this thirst signal reactivates and lets you know the difference between a water and a food craving.

Drinking more water will prove to be the simplest, least expensive, most powerful and longest lasting key to long-term fat reduction, better sports performance and optimum functioning of your organs.

GOOD LUCK!