7 Ways to get Fit Outdoors

Written by: Helen

I don’t know about where you are, but this week the weather here has been glorious.  Granted, now as I write the wind is blowing and the clouds are starting to thicken so perhaps it’s changing.  When it comes to the UK who knows what’s in store with the weather.  However, that’s all the more reason to make the most of it when the sun is out.  If the idea of going to the gym makes you groan aloud then perhaps getting some exercise outdoors will be more up your street.  And if the sun is shining then there’s really no excuse.

There are plenty of ways to get outdoors and exercise.  However, here are a few:

1)Tennis

Tennis is a great workout for your legs, arms and upperbody.  It is also good for your coordination and speed.  Get in touch with your local tennis club and join in.  Or just grab a friend (you should probably ask them first) and a racket, book a court and start practising.

 

2)Bootcamp

Bootcamp fitness is group training outdoors.  It doesn’t have to be sunny as they tend to take place whatever the weather but for your first time you might want the sun to be shining until you’ve toughened up a bit!  The classes are based on military style training and aim to be fun whilst giving you a full body work out.

 

3)Running

Running can seem a little daunting.  It is a good idea to build yourself up gradually.  Go for short runs a few times a week and then aim to increase the length of your run.  You will notice that you are slowly able to go for longer.  If you are struggling then don’t worry about taking short walking breaks.  You will find your stamina and fitness increase the more you run.  The best part is you don’t really need any gear apart from a pair of comfortable running trainers.

 

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4)Cycling

Cycling is good for your heart, it burns calories and is also a form of exercise that doesn’t put pressure on your joints.  The best way to get into cycling is to start using your bike for short journeys and then gradually build on this.  Using your bike for an everyday journey such as the commute to work is great exercise.

 

5)Hiking/walking

Hiking can give you a powerful cardio workout.  If you are going to start hiking then the best thing is to take time choosing a route, wear the right clothing (ie. make sure you are comfortable and warm enough) and have comfortable walking shoes.  If you can’t go on a long hike then a gentler walk still has health benefits.  A good way of getting into this is by joining a local rambling group.

 

6)Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is an aerobic exercise that can help improve your strength.  There are plenty of places in the UK where you can learn canoeing and kayaking and meet other paddlers.

 

7)Outdoor exercise regime

The other way is to simply move your exercises to the outdoors!  Instead of jumping around in front of a fitness DVD in your living room, jump around in the fresh air instead.  There’s nothing stopping you from doing your sit-ups in your garden as opposed to indoors.  Yoga and Pilates are particularly nice to do outside.  Here is a link to a 30 minute outdoor workout

 

Woman in Yellow Sports Bra Stretching Near Green Grass Field

 

If you want more exercise tips check out my post about spring cleaning your exercise regime.

Do you exercise outdoors?  If so what do you enjoy doing?  Thanks for reading.  If you’d like me to notify you of my monthly posts just pop your email in the subscription box.

7 Health Benefits of Rhubarb

Written by: Helen

Welcome to Fit Food Friday.  I thought it would be good to look at a vegetable that is in season now and is delicious.  I will link to some recipes at the end and, yes, one will definitely be a crumble.  Can you beat a rhubarb crumble?  I think not.

Here are 7 reasons why you should be eating rhubarb.

 

1) Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight then this is a useful vegetable.  It is not only low in calories but it is high in fibre.  Foods that are high in fibre help us to feel fuller for longer and can prevent snacking.

 

2) Digestion

The amount of fibre also means that it is good for our digestion.  Fibre encourages healthy bowel movements and keeps our digestive systems in good working order.

 

3) Alzheimer’s Disease

It provides good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is an important nutrient involved with brain health.  It stimulates our cognitive activity and can help to delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimers.  You can find more info about that here

 

4) Antioxidants

To read my article about the role of antioxidants in the body click here.

Rhubarb has high amounts of antioxidants.  The redder colour stems have more vitamin A than greener stems.  Antioxidants are an important part of a healthy diet because they protect our bodies and help to fight off diseases including heart disease and cancer.

 

5) Cancer Prevention

This leads me on to number 5.  As mentioned above the antioxidants make it a good food in the fight against cancer.  Antioxidants battle against free radicals and free radicals cause cells to mutate or die.

 

6) Healthy Skin

As well as containing vitamin A, rhubarb also contains compounds such as carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein.  These convert into vitamin A inside the body.  Vitamin A is important for skin health (It is also an important nutrient for healthy eyesight so rhubarb helps with this too).  Free radicals cause some of the signs of ageing and, as mentioned, the antioxidants in rhubarb help to combat free radicals.

 

7) Bone Health

As well as helping combat Alzheimer’s, vitamin K also plays a role in bone health.  It aids our bones with growth and repair.  This nutrient combined with the calcium in rhubarb means that this vegetable is a great food for our bones and teeth.

And now that you know how good it is for you, here are some recipes.  Just click on the recipe to be taken to the link.  Do you eat rhubarb?  Let me know below.  Thanks for reading 🙂

Rhubarb Cordial

Rhubarb cordial

 

Oaty Rhubarb Crumble

rhubarb crumble

 

Rhubarb Fool

Rhubarb Fool

 

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Organic Facts

Nutrition and you

 

Heath & Heather Organic Super Tea

Written by: Helen

 

I love trying different teas.  My tea shelf (which is gradually expanding into a tea cupboard) is well stocked with a variety of herbal and unusual teas (I’ve written an article before about the health benefits of herbal teas.  You can read it here).  So I was pleased when Heath & Heather sent me their range of organic super teas to try.

The great thing about these teas is that they have been created by herbalists and each is designed with a specific purpose in mind.  Struggling to sleep at night?  Try the Organic Relaxing Night Time tea.  Coming down with a cold?  Try the Organic Supportive Root Remedy tea.  I’ve included the full range of teas along with their descriptions.  There’s one to suit any mood.

I enjoyed these teas.  They are made from natural ingredients, no funny business and the main thing is they taste great.  So far my favourite, I think, is the Night Time tea but it depends how I’m feeling.  These teas are available from Holland & Barrett and independent health food shops.

 

The Company

Heath & Heather was first established in 1920 by Samuel and James Ryder.  They were among the first to study the therapeutic benefits of English botanicals, herbs and plants.  Today the company continues to develop a range of fruit and herbal infusions, designed to help support a natural, healthy lifestyle.

You can contact the company through their social media at-

Instagram: Heathandheathertea
Twitter: @HeathHeatherTea

 

The Full Range

Organic Energising Morning Time tea– It contains ginseng root and Amazonian guarana which are natural energy boosters.

Organic Relaxing Night Time tea– chamomile and spearmint infusion with valerian root and hops, traditional herbal remedies for easing insomnia, anxiety and restlessness.

Organic Supportive Root Remedy– This uses turmeric, ginger, galangal and ginseng roots to support health and help keep colds and flu at bay.

Organic Detoxing Slim Tea– An infusion of green yerba mate, guarana seeds, psyllium and rooibos meant to assist natural bowel movements, aid detoxing the liver and curb food cravings.

Organic Digestive Super Seeds– This combines coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds; herbal aids to ease digestion and bloating.

 

I received these teas for free.  All opinions are honest and my own.