Aristotle is credited with the quote " We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit" .
We all have them - some good and some bad. Quite often though we tend to focus on our bad habits rather than the ones that are positive for us. Cleaning our teeth daily morning and evening is a habit but not one we would think of immediately as a healthy habit.
When we advise clients at Transform we like to start with the simplest and most effective habits to impact their health in a positive way. Then it's a case of a tracking them and scoring yourself out of 10 on each habit.
We recommend no more than six new habits to start or stop/reduce on our Daily Healthy Habits Sheet. There's an explanation on how to use the sheet too....
After testing the diary with our own food for the last two weeks in January we've made some tweaks to improve it. Now you have a time section for when you've eaten your meal and option to rate your mood during the day. We love feedback so do drop us a email@example.com if you have any suggestions to further improve the template
Simply put, drinking water regularly and before meals is the first piece of nutritional advice I offer to clients. It's a no brainer.
Why? Drinking water before your main meals helps reduce the chances of dehydration, helps reduce hunger and meal consumption, and allows your digestive enzymes to work better. It is advisable not to drink water with your main meals - waiting as long as you can will help your digestion.
Later in this blog , I will give you 3 How to tips on increasing your water consumption
Before I get to them here are 8 other reason to drink water:
Being dehydrated can also positively affect our mood, mental well-being and mental performance, with studies suggesting that energy levels, cognition and emotions may all be affected. Research suggests that losing as little as 1% of your body weight in fluid may reduce mental performance, as well as potentially inducing fatigue and headache.
It helps create saliva- Water is a main component of saliva. Saliva also includes small amounts of electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes. It’s essential for breaking down solid food and keeping your mouth healthy.
It helps excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and defecation. Your body uses water to sweat, urinate, and have bowel movements.
It helps prevent constipation Eating fibre isn’t the only way to prevent constipation. It’s also important to maintain your water intake so your bowel movements contain enough water.
It aids in digestion Contrary to what some believe, experts confirm drinking water before, during, and after a meal will help your body break down the food you eat more easily. This will help you digest food more effectively and get the most out of your meals
It helps with nutrient absorption In addition to helping with food breakdown, water also helps dissolve vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from your food. It then delivers these vitamin components to the rest of your body for use.
It improves blood oxygen circulation. Water carries helpful nutrients and oxygen to your entire body. Reaching your daily water intake will improve your circulation and have a positive impact on your overall health.
It helps fight off illness Drinking enough water can help prevent certain medical conditions. These include:
urinary tract infection
3 simple tips to drink more water:
Use the same receptacle to track your water - this can be a chillo (metal chilled water bottle that are very popular nowadays), the same glass, a plastic water bottle (generally not advised to reuse same one due to plastic degradation). Much depends on where you are and what you are doing so sometimes a bit of flexibility is required to keep track.
Note down daily how much you are drinking. Guessing doesn't work very well!
Keep an eye on the colour of your wee when you go to the toilet - almost clear is what you are aiming for. It will mean quite a few more trips to the toilet 🙂
The Most Popular Places to Get Fit in Brighton & Hove!
As a fitness business based in Hove (TRANSFORM Personal Training) we decided to do our little research to see which are the most popular places where to get fit among the public, within the Brighton and Hove area. Here is a list of some of the most popular ones selected by you - with no particular reference of popularity. They are just all too lovable for prioritising!
The Most Popular Places to Get Fit in Brighton & Hove:
+ It is the longest serving gym in Brighton with 4 floors. There is a separate cardio and ladies only gym, plus combat and stretching rooms. Friendly staff and very knowledgeable personal trainers, and a juice bar providing a full range of protein and carbohydrate drinks. - Paid parking from 8AM till 8PM
+ The biggest free weight and machines section in Sussex, group classes, combat area, boxing ring and free parking. Friendly staff and very knowledgeable personal trainers. - Aim to avoid peak times and book your classes quickly as they tend to fill up in NO time
+ Based on Hove seafront offers a vast array of private training programmes and group classes every week. Their main focus is functional fitness, natural movements and healthy nutrition. - No machines, no mirrors
+ Offers 100 group exercise classes each week, cardio machines, free weights, resistance machines, sauna, powerplate, parking, friendly staff and very knowledgeable personal trainers as one of our own - Rob Callow (book a FREE consultation now!) - You must bring a padlock to use the lockers at this site. Padlocks are also available to buy from reception.
+ Swimming pool , sauna and steam room. Offering a number of group classes and a good range of cardio and strength equipment. Free parking - Expensive if only using the strength and cardio equipment
You can chose the best one according to your personal preference such as location, cost, parking, environment, facilities or even classes availability. We advice you to go and try out a few to see what suits you the best before signing up. The great news is that most gym offer from a day up to 1 week free trial!