Is A Shorter Workout Actually Better For You?  

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Most of us think that the more time we spend exercising and working out, the fitter we will get. There are a few different individuals out there that seem to like spending hours doing cardio or in the gym doing repetitions and ab work but the rest of us do it to see results! We do it to keep fit and healthy and looking good!

While exercising for longer periods of time isn’t necessarily bad for us, the more time = more result myth has been busted! Recent studies have actually shown that shorter, but more intense workouts may actually be more affective and help you meet your goals faster. Whether that’s to lose the 5 pounds you gained over Christmas or to improve your 5km running time. Short bursts of high intensity interval training (HIIT) is great news for us as it means we can spend less time in the gym and more time enjoying life.

Ok so what exactly is a HIIT workout and why does it work?

Most of us very rarely reach our body’s maximum performance, as we don’t give ourselves the opportunity. But there are benefits of reaching your body’s maximum performance such as improved endurance and speed.

So what exactly does your body’s maximum performance mean? Basically it means to be pushing yourself as hard as you can for short periods of time. Most of us can work out for a long period of time at only half our maximum performance, but if we always did this then our bodies would never stimulated the same way as if we were at our maximum performance level. Even if we are at this maximum performance level for a much shorter period of time. HIIT workouts involve pushing your body to do a specific exercise as hard as you possible can but for a defined short period of time such as 1 or 2 minutes.

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How going gluten-free has changed my life and what it can do for you

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Experts, among them dr. Daniel Leffler, the Director of Research at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, claim that a gluten-free diet is “a gigantic burden for those who have to follow it,” and that people with gluten intolerance “get frustrated when they hear how wonderful this diet is.”

Chapter 0: Going against the experts

So, in this article, as I will talk about how going gluten-free has changed my life and what it can do for you, I will go against expert recommendations. With all respect I have for people suffering from various stages of gluten intolerance, I believe this diet can be as much of a burden as it can be of an adventure. With this approach, I invite you on a short journey with me, where I reveal how my life changed since my partner and I waved gluten goodbye.

It is fair to say that our gluten-free diet happened by accident. We were barbecuing with a bunch of friends when they said they don’t eat grains. In the course of the discussion, out of curiosity and by no means expecting we can be gluten intolerant, my partner decided to go gluten-free. For a week, as a test. Especially that our friends couldn’t step telling us how great no grains is for them.

Chapter 1: Panic forded into adventure

Wait what? I am the chef in our home and from now on I am cooking with no grains? No flour? No pizza, no hamburgers, no pasta, no sandwiches, no cookies? WTF? I was – let’s call it a bit – panicky. What do we eat? It seemed not to be possible and the moment I made this realization, I was IN. I saw it as an adventure. As a challenge for my culinary skills. If the health benefits follow, so be it, but the challenge! I was over the moon all the sudden. And so I am several months in.

Chapter 2: How hard can it get?

The beginnings were so much easier than I thought. We just cut the bread, yet kept veggies (that we eat a lot of), meat, fish and fruit. I had a lot of fun cooking and we could say we felt better. Lighter. And, we also have noticed, that we celebrate our meals much more. Which came as a surprise as we love both, cooking and eating, and at that time didn’t expect any level ups coming soon.

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5 Steps To Finding Exercise That Is Fulfilling and FUN!

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When it comes to moving your butt, I hear a variety of limiting beliefs.

“I can’t lose weight walking”.

“I don’t have time”

“I’ve tried everything and I hate it all.”

Does this sound familiar?

We get stuck in ruts and tend to just do what everyone doing. We forget why we do anything in our lives. Life gets busy. We become zombies. It no longer is about how good it can feel to exercise, it changes into a chore. That one chore that you despise. And it never gets done.

In today’s post, I am going to share my top 5 tips for finding exercise that is fulfilling and fun.

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3 ways to turn your desk into a yoga prop (with video!)

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As soon as the clock struck 11:50 every Monday or Wednesday afternoon, I shoved my leggings into my purse, left the office, and headed across the street to practice yoga. It was a totally new world, but I decided to try it out as an act of desperation. At 22, I felt like I had the body of a 90-year-old. And not one of the badass grandmothers in the mall walking around with dumbbells.

I loved my job, but experienced poor circulation, lack of mobility in my shoulders and hips, and fatigue. Yoga did what that extra cup of coffee couldn’t. I immediately saw the benefits it had on my job performance, health and outlook. I was hooked, and yoga became an integral part of my life and health.

Every busy young professional knows that sitting for hours at a desk can cause a host of issues. It’s important to get out of the desk hunch, move the hips, lubricate the joints and, most importantly, BREATH throughout the day. In addition to walking more, eating a great lunch or taking a mid-day class, here are several ways to use your desk for a posture pick-me-up.

Upper body stretch:

This stretch is fantastic for stretching the pecs, forearms and wrists while strengthening the muscles of the upper back. Only take this posture as far as it’s comfortable for the wrists. Hold for 3 breaths, repeat 2-4 times.

Desk Twist:

Twisting is wonderful for overall spin health and for restoring/improving mobility, and you can do this one right at your desk. Be sure to stand tall before twisting. Use each inhale to find space and length in the spine, and use the exhale to deepen the twist. Only go as far as your body wants–don’t force anything. Hold each side for 3-5 breaths.

Desk Pigeon:

Try this version of pigeon pose to open up the outer hips! Take it one really slow and only go into the pose if your hips feel ready. Make sure the foot is flexed, the shin is parallel with the edge of your desk and the torso is between the knee and heel. Hold for 10 deep breaths.

For more tips on improving posture and focus at the office, search #DeskBodyRX on Instagram or visit YogaWithTess.com