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FitLife – Year 1 in Numbers

As year 1 of Fitlife draws to a close we have put together our year in numbers….

646 people have joined Fitlife as a member

184 have left

462 remain Read More

Your holiday blueprint….

Holiday season

Yep, last week of July and it is holiday season! You have worked hard to get yourself in shape to look good in your beach wear and now’s the time to let all that hard work unwind… OR IS IT!

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The myth of HIIT training

You have probably heard a lot about HIIT training over recent years. It has become the thing to post on social media and to be seen doing in the gym thanks to the likes of the body coach and other social media fitness bloggers. But, what really is HIIT and why are we doing it?!

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Do we really need to detox?!

Do we really need to detox?

Summer is approaching which means most of us want a quick fix diet to help us lose weight fast. This is the perfect time for companies to draw us in with the word ‘detox.’ But do we really need to detox? And does this do any good for us?
If you type in the world ‘detox’ to Google, “7 Day Detox Plan” or “Juice Fast” appear all over your page. Whether its eating cucumber soup for 30 days or sipping on a juice at every meal – a huge audience of people would do anything to lose fat as quickly as possible.

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Big thanks and best wishes – from Meg

Fitlife members!

My final day at Fitlife has soon come around so I would like to take this time to thank you all for making my time here a pleasurable one! You guys very much made my working environment one to which I was pleased to be returning to, always knowing I was gonna get a good laugh! Going to miss that greatly but i shall undoubtably be catching up with you all, G&T in hand down the local (when you know you know), as well as obviously popping down to Fitlife for a session with you guys!

I would also like to thank all of my work colleagues for making my time at work enjoyable (even you with your questionable puns, Chazza), I am very lucky to have entered with both colleagues and members and leave with friends.

Thank you once again guys for all the great chats, laughs, support and well wishes! You’re all absolute legends. Keep training hard, thinking positive and enjoying life to the full.

 

Best wishes,

Meg x

Want to be beach ready?! Put the running trainers away..

Running just isn’t enough

So the sun is out, the birds are singing and it has us all looking at the calendar marking out how many days until we jet off on our summer holiday. In turn, this increases the number of pavement pounders that we see on the roads clocking up the mileage to shed those winter pounds.

Make no bones about it, running is a great exercise. It increases your blood flow, burns calories and is brilliant for your mental state but will it get you what you may call ‘beach ready’. Sadly, the answer is no, and here’s why. Read More

MollyBhealthy gives her tips on how to have a healthy’ish’ Easter

listen up Easter Bunnies

The first thing I think of when I think of Easter is…CHOCOLATE. Easter and Christmas seem to be the two most indulgent holidays of the year, and if you are following a healthy eating plan this can really be a test of will power.

You want to enjoy yourself, but then you don’t want to wake up on Tuesday morning thinking – “Did I really need to eat 4 packets of mini eggs?”

 

Here are a few tips to help you keep on track this Easter weekend, while still enjoying yourself and being part of the festivities.

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Pancake Day!

Shrove Tuesday is fast approaching (28th February) – our favourite day or the year here at Fitlife! Smothered in banana and peanut butter is our favourite! Our nutritionist Molly has given you her healthy pancake recipes to use if you want to stuff your face with pancakes without the guilt of consuming half a bag of sugar! Molly has created two bases for you to try and various toppings – so get flipping guys and don’t forget to tag us in your pancake pics on instagram or Facebook!

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Easy Banana Pancakes

2 Eggs

2 Bananas

½ Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Cinnamon

  1. In a blender or Nutribullet add all the ingredients and blend together to make your pancake batter.
  2. In a frying pan, heat a little coconut oil.
  3. Once the pan is very hot and the oil has melted, dollop the mixture into the pan.
  4. Leave until the pancake batter starts to bubble then flip over to cook the other side.
  5. Stack them up and add one of the toppings below.

Protein Pancakes

150g Egg Whites

25g Protein Powder

½ Tsp Baking Soda

¼ Tsp Salt

  1. In a blender or Nutribullet add all the ingredients and blend together to make your pancake batter.
  2. In a frying pan, heat a little coconut oil.
  3. Once the pan is very hot and the oil has melted, dollop the mixture into the pan.
  4. Leave until the pancake batter starts to bubble then flip over to cook the other side.
  5. Stack them up and add one of the toppings below.

TOPPINGS

Maple Bacon

1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

2 Rashers of Smoked Bacon

  1. In a pan add your bacon then turn on the heat.
  2. Leave to cook into crispy.
  3. Serve on top of your pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Caramelised Banana and Peanut Butter

1 Banana

5g Coconut Oil

½ Salt

1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

  1. In a pan melt the coconut oil, then add the chopped banana.
  2. Sprinkle over some salt and cinnamon, flipping the banana pieces over to caramelize both sides.
  3. Add on top of your pancakes with a dollop of peanut butter.

Cherry Bakewell

60g Frozen Cherries

20g Dark Chocolate

10g Flaked Almonds

  1. In a microwavable bowl, add your cherries and heat till soften for around 1 minute.
  2. Pour on top of your pancakes and add the chocolate. I suggest either grated or chopping the chocolate into small chunks.
  3. Finish off with a sprinkling of flaked almonds.

Blueberry and Yoghurt

80g Blueberries

30g 0% Greek Yoghurt or Coconut Yoghurt

10g or 1 Tbsp. Honey

  1. Heat the blueberries in the microwave or pan till soft and warm.
  2. Pour over your pancakes, topping with a dollop of yoghurt and a squeeze of honey.

Healthy ‘Nutella’ and Strawberries

 80g Fresh Strawberries

1 Tbsp. Hazelnut Butter (any nut butter works)

20g/2 Squares 85% Dark Chocolate

  1. In a microwavable bowl add the hazelnut butter and dark chocolate.
  2. Blast for 30 seconds, then mix, and repeat until your chocolate melts into the hazelnut butter.
  3. Pour your ‘nutella’ on top of your pancakes and top with fresh strawberries.

 

 

 

Karen Griffin – An everyday hero!

In a world where we are exposed to instant media and endless material of the fitness industry, it is easy to forget that progress doesn’t always look like rock hard abs or extreme weight loss. Progress to some can be as simple as walking pain free, it might even be just to walk.

Meet Karen Griffin.

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Why your immune system should be priority number 1!

In 5 years of being a Personal trainer, I have never heard a client say to me that they would like to improve their immune system. I get it is a lot less desirable than “lose weight, tone up” or “run a half marathon” or “get ripped” which the majority of clients are after, but here is why I think it should be priority number 1…

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