Another week is passing us by and GHN hopes that you are managing to remain fit, healthy, and well, and that your friends and family are also well.
Our latest blog comes with information on the importance of eating certain food sources to help maintain and improve our moods in times of isolation, including some exclusive lower body exercises you can do at home, courtesy of GHN sponsored athlete and personal trainer John Tamas.
We also suggest you revisit "Why Protein Is Needed For Good Nutrition" during these unfamiliar times. We have also put together a delicious & nutritious Protein Bar snack to help beat those cravings.
There’s an old saying, “you are what you eat”, and whilst we all love looking like a snack, none of us want to emerge from our homes after lockdown looking and feeling like we ate all the snacks!
Feeling comfortable in our own skin, losing fat, maintaining muscle and maintaining a healthy immune system are only half of the reasons why it’s important to eat a healthy diet as we’re all forced to spend more time in our homes:
You will have probably heard of the “happy hormone” serotonin, which is proven to counteract depression and keeps us feeling happy. Many common antidepressant medications work by boosting the body’s production of serotonin.
The chemical name for serotonin is 5-hydroxytryptamine and foods rich in 5-hydroxytryptamine include bananas, pineapples, walnuts, aubergine, kiwis, avocados, plums and tomatoes. Eating these foods has been proven to increase our bodies natural production of the happy hormone, even to the extent that elevated levels of a serotonin metabolite, 5-HIAA, can be measured in our urine when we eat serotonin rich foods.
When we eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and take part in regular exercise, so many beneficial changes occur within our bodies! Now, even more than ever, it’s time for us all to take good care of our bodies and minds, since we often forget that the two go hand in hand.
Home Workout - Lower Body
10 - 15 Reps Per Exercise
3 - 6 Sets Per Exercise
1. Body Weight Squats
1.1. Weighted Squats with clothes packed barrel bag - Instead of using a core/sandbag
2. Reverse Lunges With Knee Lifts
3. Plié Squat Calf Raises
4. Squat Jumps
4.1. Weighted Squat Jumps with clothes packed barrel bag - Instead of using a core/sandbag
5. Chair High Knee Toe Taps - Instead of using a step box
6. Body Weight Curtsy Lunges
6.1. Weighted Curtsy Lunges with clothes packed barrel bag - Instead of using a core/sandbag
7. Single-Leg Glute Bridges
8. Body Weight Wall Sits
9. Weighted Wall Sits with clothes packed barrel bag - Instead of using a core/sandbag
10. Body Weight/Weighted Stair/Bench Jumps - Instead of using a plyo box.