Cool & Clothes Free

So I have been a little slack on the blogging and social media front, but can you blame me? It’s summer. Clothes off, run free, enjoy the heat, SUMMER.

There is no better excuse than beautiful weather to embrace clothes free life. My favourite bonus being no tan lines, but it’s so much cooler without layers of fabric wrapping me up. I feel the cold really badly, so it really only this time of year in the UK that I can actually get outside and let my skin really breath.

While I love going clothes free in this weather, its very important to remember to not go factor free. There is nothing cool about sun burn and nothing cool or funny about skin cancer. At Fit Bunny we love our bodies, so make sure you give that lovely body lost of protection with factor 20 or above.

We still have a couple of sessions left in August and two remaining spaces at Lunch Club on 31st August at 1.30pm. So don’t be shy, just get in touch.

Naked Doesn’t Mean Nice

Obviously after the fact that naked fitness is amazing, the other thing that really surprises people is how far I can push them. While sessions are still fun and based around an individual’s ability, new clients are always shocked at how much more they achieve with me than in a gym environment.

I understand it’s a lot harder to argue with a naked trainer, but this surely can’t be the only reason?

Here’s some points to ponder, on why you will get a better workout with me:

  1. Fear of failure. No one else is watching, but me, in a one to one session. You don’t have to worry about the fear of failure in front other people. My private studio creates a lovely safe please. You can push yourself, but it doesn’t matter if you fail and you know what 9 times out of 10 people don’t fail at all.
  1. You cannot hide your motivation. Yes, my studio has mirrors, a lot of mirrors, and no I won’t cover them on request. Mirrors are important to check that your form is correct, but it is also very important to see and know yourself. Anyone who has read the amazing Run, Fat B!tch Run, by Ruth Fields, will know this as channeling your inner B!tch. Face your motivation head on. This doesn’t mean fat shaming yourself! You might use it as motivation to increase range of movement or improve stamina and be less sweaty.
  1. I’m very creative. I use a range of equipment, most of which you could easily have at home, but I’m creative with it. I hit the body (metaphorically speaking) from all sides and angles. Most people wouldn’t train themselves in a gym, how I train them in my studio, so it pushes the body in a new way.

I’d like to think of myself as a nice person, but I’m certainly not a nice trainer. I’ll push you, within your abilities, to reach your goals. So don’t be confused by the naked. It doesn’t mean it going to be softly, softly. Naked doesn’t simply mean nice.

Do you love your naked body?

It’s kind of a little crazy how much time we spend dressing ourselves up. Women in particular, waste a huge amount of time. I guess we just have too many options. Just shapes and styles of tops alone can leave the mind boggling, before you have to deal with earrings and a matching clutch. But I often wonder isn’t all this so call finery detracting from what we should be focusing on? Loving our naked body?

In so many areas of life, we are taught, if there is a problem take it back to the core issue. So if you find yourself never happy with how you look, why are you not stripping bare and learning to love your naked self. I’m telling you now some clothes actually make you look worse. I am a lot happier with my shape out of clothes then in them. The idea of a bikini is still a little worrying. But on the days when I sadly must blend with society and where clothing, I don’t have to worry too much because I know I am happy with my naked self. Physically and mentally. Don’t get me wrong, of course there are things that in an ideal world I would have slightly differently. But we need to get over ourselves and stop thinking that happiness, comes hand in hand with perfection. For one perfect humans done exist. So if happiness only came with perfection, we would all be miserable.

Learning to love your naked self, doesn’t have to mean you happy with how you look. It’s a love and appreciation for all your body does for you. All the times it holds you up, when you knock it down. For keeping going, when all you do is heap stress on it and don’t feed it the right foods. Once you learn t love your naked self you will find it much easy to take better care of it, because in the end we look after those we truly love.

So spend some time with your naked self and start learning to love your naked body.

I Forgot My Gym Kit!

 

There are so many barriers in front of you when you start including health and fitness in your life. Lack of time is one of the key ones and I am sure I will be blogging on that very soon, but once you have found the time, be its before or after work, or maybe on your lunch break, the age old problem we had at school raises it’s ugly head…

“I forgot my gym kit!”

Life is busy and if you’re not particularly excited about your trip to see your trainer, (clearly you’re not seeing me, if this is the case), then its understandable you would forget it more often then you would like. It is like your subconscious is trying to get you out of it. This might even be one of the barriers to you starting it in the first place. The idea of lugging in gym kit to work, can be enough to put anyone off. Especially when it is hard enough to fit yourself into the tube or bus.

Well no such issue with naked fitness. Just rock up as you are, strip bare and you are ready to go. No kit needed, no gym bag to lug about, no sweaty clothes to carry home. You don’t even need a towel or water bottle.

I often have clients who travel to London for work. There commutes can involve planes and thousands of miles. My furthest to date has been the USA. On a busy trip the last thing you want is to be adding gym kit to the packing list.

So save yourself some bother and start doing your fitness naked!

Strip Fitness Bare

A few years ago we were all up in arms against the fashion industry and the practically unachievable image of beauty it was painting. Increasingly lean young girls, with zero curves, were covering our runways. The fashion industry was being held responsible for an increase in eating disorders and lack of body confidence. But the fashion industry is about just that, fashion. It’s not even about practical, functional or even comfortable. So why then are we allow the health and fitness industry get away with so much more?

With help from my friends at Dictionary.com…

Health – Noun – The general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health. Soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one’s health; to lose one’s health.

Fitness – Noun – The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition. State of general mental and physical well-being.

So basically the health and fitness industry should know better, when it come to health and fitness, yet we seem much happy slating the justly ignorant fashion industry. Odd isn’t it! While my clients and I literally strip bare for exercise, I also believe in stripping the whole heath and fitness industry. Its become increasingly confusing, leaving any normal (non-fitness background) person, more than a little confused. For me this is partly to blame for the lack of active people in the modern world.

Thanks to the health and fitness industry, health and fitness now seems unattainable to most people. Confusing, hardcore, extreme and just never going to happen. It’s really simple why this has happened. It’s to make money. And that’s fair enough, as no industry survives without money. You need to keep people spending, for an industry to grow. Don’t get me wrong there has been some amazing things born of this growth. Funky coloured trainers, innovative equipment and exciting new classes to name a few. But it does make getting in shape seem a lot more complicated than it needs to.

I am here to tell you, do not be afraid! It is a lot simpler than many would have you believe. As I have stated in a previous blog I like fitness for health. In the book I’m currently working on I will go into a lot more specific detail on stripping fitness bare, but for now… its simply about getting moving, cutting the junk out, increasing the good stuff and my favourite ingredient, be happy.

Food, Glorious Food

 

I love food, and can easily talk on food for hours on end. But the more I learn about food, the scarier I find what some people will eat. From time to time, we all need a quick fix of energy, but so many people will grab for what’s considered the obvious and what it actually does is ends them up in a bigger slump. Things like crisps, chocolate bars or a can of “dum dum dum” coke! Way too many people spend their days with really no idea, how bad the food they eat really is. The idea of check labels might seem crazy, but we need to stop trusting the multi coloured packaging and having faith in government regulations to protect our bodies. The are suckering us in.  It’s time to really know what you are using to fuel your body.

Food, like exercise isn’t just about fat and thin. Food is the fuel that supports everything in your body; energy, growth, repair, fighting the bad guys, etc. If you just eat to feel full, you will never feel satisfied, because your body will never be getting everything it wants and needs.

Making changes to the way we eat can be scary, so here at Fit Bunny HQ, we have come up with the Fit Bunny Four Week Four Challenge. Deigned to change the way you look at food, it gives your body a balanced set of nutrition, in a simple and easily manageable way. Fresh and real food. No chemicals or processed junk. If you’re ready for an amazing difference in your approach to food, this is the perfect place to start. Simple and easy to follow, it will set you on the right track for change. Even better is its available world wide, sent via email. Just visit the website’s bookings page, to order yours now. www.fitbunny.uk.

Take back control of what you put in your body and remember:

70% Food and 30% Exercise,

You can’t out exercise a bad diet,

Food isn’t just how you look, its how you feel,

And abs are made in the kitchen,

Fitness for Health

Many trainers have an area of expertise. Some focus on injury rehabilitation, some fitness competitors, marathon runners and the current favourite is Body Transformation Coach. My personal focus, and my reason for getting into the industry, is fitness for health. This means I work with a huge range of people and ages from 18 to 70. While I do see clients for one off sessions, for the benefit of this article I will be referencing my regular clients. These are the people I see mainly weekly, or occasionally bi-weekly. These clients range from the over active (they do specialist training elsewhere, runners, lifters etc.) to the hugely underactive (no other exercise and very static lifestyles, such as office workers). The one thing they have in common is wanting better health.

You reach a point in fitness and exercise, where it by passes healthy. This level of exercise, is more about pushing the body to its limits. This may mean cycling the fastest, lifting the heaviest, or looking a certain way. I am not in any way saying this is bad, it’s a personal choice. I personally choice to push my body past the healthy point exercise wise, but I combat this with very careful nutrition and lifestyle choice. Without this balance my training could and most likely would damage my health. If your work life is very stressful, you must balance this by having a very relaxing home life. Maybe your home life mean dinner times are a manic child freed frenzy, then you need to make sure you get a balanced and calm lunch. I’m realistic that we all have different different priorities and demands in life, but you need to asses the the situation, change what you can and balance the rest.

For the under active, I recommend starting with a stretch session, and moving onto exercise sessions in the second or third week. Stretch sessions are a perfect way to wake up your body to the idea of exercise. Finding muscles and even joints you never knew you had. They will start to improve flexibility and mobility, which is important to get a grip on before you start pushing your body too much. You want to gain an understanding of your body. How does it feel? What areas are causing you problems? Many general aches and pains that people just put up with could be eased with regular stretching. You then move on to exercise sessions. These get the heart pumping and muscles burning (in a good way). With a mixture of cardio and resistance exercises to suit your ability and goals.

For the over active, I recommend stretch sessions. Unless your over active in yoga or Pilates, chances are you are not stretching enough. Flexibility and mobility, are very important parts of fitness and health. They also aid good form and posture, something which should be used at all times in life and exercise, to reduce the risk of injury. Regular stretch also aids recovery from exercise, allowing you to push further, hard and faster next time you train.

For those in the middle, I recommend exercise sessions. Those in the middle tend to do some form of exercise or at least used to. Those in the middle, really need to find something fun to keep them engaged. On the whole fitness needs to be fun, otherwise why do it. You have to have a special kind of programing in your head to be able to stay consistent with fitness you don’t find fun. This kind of programming is usual found within competitors or those with an extremely high drive to look a similar way.

 

I am a big believer in the importance of health. We all need to take better care of ourselves. Start today by booking your first session with Fit Bunny, for a healthier and happier you.

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