Monday 30 March 2015

3 things I learned from the #DWFitnessRevolution

A few weeks ago I wrote about beginning the DW Fitness #FitnessRevolution - a programme for people like us interested in health and fitness to help keep us all motivated and on track for 40 days of food and fitness challenges.

Although I wasn't able to participate as much as I'd have liked to with the campaign because of an illness and a week skiing (tough life), it taught me some valuable, maintainable fitness lessons that I wanted to share with you.

Number 1:

Always make time to get out on your lunch break!
If you remember, in my first DW Fitness Revolution post, I swapped their run workout for a walk at work that day, and since doing that, I've made a conscious effort daily to get up and get out on my lunch break. I found this really hard, especially being someone who brings their lunch in, as it can be difficult to find an excuse to leave the office (even more so when it's peeing it down..) But it really does set you up for the afternoon ahead, getting the blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and clearing your head - it works wonders for me!

Number 2:

Set yourself small, achievable goals.

I touched on this in a post recently - I think having smaller, attainable goals can keep you really focused and motivated.
For example, during the challenge, I made it a goal to increase my protein intake. So, I invested in some pea protein and have tried to have a shake most days, as my protein was always lagging behind my carb and fat intake.

Number 3.

If you encounter a set back, don't let it demotivate you. Focus on the positives and be grateful for what you do have.

Like I mentioned before, I was a little bit ill during the challenge which meant I couldn't workout as much as I usually would. Cue initial panic and fear about losing all my strength and stamina...
Being told to rest in our hectic society is really hard, especially for someone who works out a lot, and so this was pretty difficult I'll admit. But after a few days I really understood the phrase 'listen to your body', and allowed myself time to get better before incorporating things like yoga back into my routine.. and working back up to going skiing!

The team behind the campaign really kindly sent me a 'survival hamper' which came loaded with things like;

  • Bounce Energy Protein Balls (gotta be up there as one of my all time fave snacks)
  • Arnicare cooling gel to help tired muscles
  • Biltong - never tried this before, I'm intrigued!
  • UFit and Bio Synergy protein shakes
  • Gold Collagen drink
  • Immulina supplements - to help preserve the body's natural resistance 
  • Guest passes to DW Fitness gyms (can't wait to try these out)
  • Bio care electrolyte post-workout food supplement
  • Book: The Science of Fitness by Greg LeMond & Mark Hom (cannot waiit to read this!)
  • Book: New You Bootcamp guide by Sunny Moran and Jacqui Cleaver

I can't wait to read the books, I'm really into reading nutrition / wellness themed books at the moment.

I'm thinking of reviewing some of the products - maybe the Adigym cream, the protein shakes and the Immulina tablets (I've never taken supplements before). Anything else you'd particularly want reviewing?!

Huge thanks to DW Fitness for backing this campaign, the ethos behind it that even just a little bit of fitness everyday can benefit us massively is something I'm a huge advocate of, and I've really enjoyed being part of the #FitnessRevolution community.


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