As we are getting closer and closer to the end of 2020, one thing we all can agree on that this year challenged all of us one way or another. As we are spending more time indoors, it is even more important to look after our health. In the UK, we started the second lockdown. Most of us have to transfer to home office. To bring something positive to this time, why don’t you try something new! Like that morning workout that you “never had time before work.” or some plant-based meals.
I have teamed up with Chloè Hamard, an online entrepreneur and personal trainer. To give some advice on how to stay motivated during this time. She also put together an easy 15 minute morning workout that you can do every day at home without any equipment.
THE POWER OF EVERYDAY EXERCISE
My name is Chloe, I’m French but I’ve been living in the UK for almost 4 years now. Fitness became my passion and a huge part of my life in my early twenties when I got into resistance training. It changed my body but also my mindset boosted my confidence and the benefits carried over into my everyday life. It’s not only about looking a certain way, it’s also and most importantly about feeling good and looking after yourself. It’s a form of self-love and it’s why it’s part of my routine. I wanted to help women experience the same benefits, so I decided to make fitness my career about two years ago. I started by working at a gym and since this year I’ve been focusing on online coaching.
Through my Thrive Strong online coaching program, I help busy women make fitness work around their lifestyle, achieve their fitness goals the right way and learn the foundations of diet and exercise. It includes personalized workouts (home or gym), nutrition coaching, weekly check-ins and on-demand support. I also offer personalized workout programs for people who just want custom workouts.
When is the best time to exercise when you are working from home?
I’d recommend exercising in the morning if possible, especially if you struggle with motivation. The more you wait, the more you increase the risk of skipping your workout. Plus, starting your day with a workout makes you feel accomplished and ready to tackle your workday.
Chloe top 3 tips to stay active & Healthy
Schedule your workouts in your diary. Exercise is as important as meetings and you should set time aside for it too.
Try to average 10,000 steps per day. Walk to the shops when possible, go on a post-lunch stroll, plan a long forest walk on the weekend… You can even challenge yourself to increase your step count every week.
Following a workout program a running plan, or attending online fitness classes can really help you stay consistent and active throughout Winter.
Bodyweight circuit for all levels.
Perform every exercise back to back: that’s one round.
Perform as many rounds as possible for 15 minutes, trying to limit your rest periods between rounds. As you get fitter, you will naturally need less rest. You can even increase the total time to 20 minutes.
- 8 press-ups (incline press-ups for beginners)
- 10 squats
- 20 reverse lunges – 10 each leg
- 20 single leg bridges – 10 each leg
- 20 mountain climbers
- 1 min plank (30 seconds for beginners)
Always ensure to warm up and cool down!
Healthy Immune Booster Recipes
As the weather gets colder outside, we crave comfort; we seek warmth and shelter. Whether we like it or not, these tendencies seep into our nutrition and health. We go for foods that offer that cozy and warm feeling. Often, these foods aren’t exactly the most nutritious or healthy options.
Having a booster shot or a bullet coffee in the morning can do wonder. These foods will help you avoid winter slumps that come with the long and cold winter months. It makes sense, why not choose more uplifting foods that make you feel good rather than settling in with less healthy options?
Ginger Shots for a Quick Immune Boost
- 2 inch ginger piece
- 2 lemons peeled
- 3 orange peeled
- 2 carrots
- 2 tsp turmeric powder (or 2 small roots, peeled)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
This ginger shot is one of my favorite ways to boost the immune system – it has an intense aromatic and refreshing taste, and encapsulates a great deal of nutrients.
Every Day Green Juice
Green juice is not a substitute for a balanced and healthy diet, but it shares many of the benefits that come along with eating more fruits and vegetables.
Green veggies and their juices are excellent sources of several essential vitamins, minerals. Celery Juice heals and activates the gut by restoring hydrochloric acid which helps us digest things faster and more efficiently. Celery juice helps raise stomach acid, which is necessary to help break down food, especially protein. It also contains Polyacetylene which reduces chronic joint pain, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Not only does it soothe the body, but it is also believed to soothe the nerves, with calming and relaxing properties.
Bulletproof Coffee With CBD
Among Bulletproof coffee’s listed benefits: It triggers weight loss by way of ketosis, a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that kicks fat-burning into overdrive; it kills pesky cravings; and it boosts cognitive function, mainlining a shining dose of mental clarity into your foggy morning skull.
- 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
- 1 tbsp of protein powder ( I use a coconut flavor one)
- 1 tsp Coconut oil
- double shot espresso coffee, hot
- 4 drops of TRIP CBD I love the Orange Blossom & Chamomile for this recipe. The orange flavor came through so nicely.
I usually add all the ingredients into my blender and blend it at high speed for 30 sec.
FUEL YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND
I started taking CBD a bit over a year ago. I had a bit of a love-hate relationship in the beginning as with most of the brands I have tried in the past the flavor was a bit too early for my taste. So much as I loved how it made me more focused.
(Usually, I try to work on way too many projects at the same time and find it difficult to focus on finishing up one, then move on to the next one.)
TRIP CBD first got my attention with the beautiful branding (As a designer I have a soft spot for well-designed packaging 🙂 ) Then I tried the soft drinks that contain 15mg CBD. My fave is the Elderflower Mint. If you like healthy alternatives for fizzy drinks definitely check it out. It’s so GOOD! After trying the oils my first thought was….
OH SHI***** ! That Is Delicious!
I have asked the TRIP team to answer a few questions about CBD and why it’s worth it to try 🙂
What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a powerful psychoactive molecule that is found in Hemp plants. CBD works by interacting with networks of cells and receptors to help maintain and regulate our Endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS works to maintain balance in some of the body’s most important functions, this can include reducing and managing stress and anxiety, sleep, pain, inflammation, supporting our immune system and helping you find your calm.
Why should you take CBD?
Many CBD users attest to the wide ranging benefits of it, from helping with anxiety, to reducing pain it has many amazing uses. Along with aiding people with these challenges, CBD can help you to just feel a little more calm, balanced, focused and ready to take on the day.
Any miss conceptions around CBD?
People often find CBD a little intimidating, traditionally in dark, brown, leaf-covered bottles, CBD had a little bit of an intimidating feel. With plenty of confusion around strength, dosing, labelling, price and legality it can seem tricky to know where to start. TRIP aims to make amazing CBD experiences accessible to everyone, with beautiful packaging, clear messaging, delicious flavours and formats that everybody can try. We created TRIP to share a bit of calm in the everyday chaos, through CBD experiences that taste as good as the feeling after.
We wanted to create a range of CBD products that were game-changing – products that looked great, tasted great and were authentically functional.
We came to CBD through personal use, our co-founder Dan trying it first in 2018 to relieve pain and inflammation after undergoing surgery just weeks before his wedding (to our other co-founder Liv!). Liv started using CBD while working as a lawyer in the City, to help relieve the anxieties of the daily grind. Tired of compromising they created TRIP drinks, as a sociable and accessible way of exploring CBDs benefits. We have brought hundreds of thousands of new customers to CBD and love hearing from them about how our products have helped them.
What most sets TRIP apart though, is quality and flavour. We believe that taking CBD should be a moment of calm in your day and so wanted to create a genuinely enjoyable experience. CBD often has a bitter, earthy taste which many find unpalatable, so we wanted to craft delicious drinks and flavoured CBD oils, which are also blended with chamomile for its soothing benefits. The effects of CBD are just as important as the ritual you create around it – taking that moment to yourself can be a real moment of recalibration and so every touchpoint of TRIP is designed to make that as enjoyable as possible.
I hope you get inspired to try some of the tips & recipes! If you do make sure to let me know in the comments below or on Instagram.