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Belly Dancing Fitness Exercise

Belly Dancing Fitness Exercise

Belly Dancing and Fitness Exercise. Photo credit Telegraph.co.uk.

Belly dancing has a long history associated with The Middle East, India, and parts of the Mediterranean. It has rapidly become popular in the West as a form of exercise. Belly dancing is the name given to this type of movement in the West. One description is belly dancing is improvised dancing of a solo artist using the torso as a form of expression.

It appears belly dancing was seen as representing life in a harem of the Ottoman Empire during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Perhaps this was a romantic view of the Middle East at that time.

Some forms of dance tend to push the body into unnatural shapes and positions, however belly dancing works with the body’s natural inclinations. The figure of eight shaping, rolls, hip drops, and pivots use the muscle groups in the pelvis, thighs, abdomen, spine, and up into the neck. The gentle repetitive low impact movements improves flexibility and suppleness. The techniques involved in belly dancing is to look at the body in separate parts. The rib cage and the waist should be isolated from each other. The shoulders become independent of the hands, wrists, and elbows, forming a fluid movement. The abdomen and hips need to be controlled to form the shapes and perform the movements.

Any form of dance makes an excellent form of exercise, but belly dancing can be started at any age. It is fun, creative, and a real confidence builder. With the increase in popularity in the West comes an increase in available tuition. Tuition is available in some areas in the sports centre or even the local village hall.

Weight Loss Retreat Testimonial by Gina

Gina give her story on the holistic weight loss boot camp that she attended in Derbyshire.

She states that she struggled with her weight since she has been quite young. Once Gina lost 8st and she’s trying to continue with her weight loss.

She chose FitFarms because of the exercise and the sensible eating plan which is easy to follow. You will notice that she says she likes the support you get from the fitness camp team.

Gina lost 18lbs which is quite an achievement.

Half Through Another Week At The FitFarms Fat Camp (Report)

Half Through Another Week At The FitFarms Fat Camp (Report)

Never Give Up. Photo credit Victor Stuff.

We’re over half way through the week now and the group are still doing well, there is a notable difference in their energy levels and some are starting to struggle with fatigue both mental and physical but none the less, the effort is still there and that’s all that we ask for.

As instructors we feed of the determination, the effort and enthusiasm and we appreciate how it feels and how hard it is, so when we have a group of people like this weeks, we never get tired..

They may not be able to do as much as they did at the start of the week but they are trying! They are working with every last ounce of energy and giving their all to see each class through to completion and that’s all we need to see, for them we will give every hour of the day to listen, explain, demonstrate and discuss anything they want our input with.

By Friday we will all be emotionally drained mentally exhausted and physically DONE IN!! But it will always be worth it when we have a group of clients willing to give their all and try no matter how hard it is or how tired they get.

Once again and possibly now more than ever, let’s have some support on Facebook. Send in your messages or post your thoughts so that the girls can see that we are walking the path with them and that they are not alone, feeling very humbled at this point in the week to see so many trying hard and pushing their way to complete every class and stay positive.

A big well done from all of us at FitFarms, trainers, cooks, experts and coaches, we are all amazed at your efforts so far.

A Warm and Healthy Soup for Autumn

A Warm and Healthy Soup for Autumn

Healthy Autumn Soup Recipe. Photo credit Special Fork.

The nights are drawing in and we start to think about those warming meals which may not be as healthy as we would like. But here is a very tasty and warm soup that you can mix and match the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Red Lentil, Chickpea and Chilli Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • large pinch chilli (flakes if possible)
  • 1 tbsp oil, olive oil is best
  • 1 red onion (seasonal vegetable), chopped
  • 140g red lentils, split
  • 850ml water or vegetable stock
  • 400g can tomatoes, can be chopped or whole
  • 200g of chickpeas, a carton or ½ a can, drain and rinse (leftovers can be frozen)
  • small bunch of roughly chopped coriander (save a few leaves to garnish)
  • 4 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt, to serve

Technique

  • Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry the chilli flakes and cumin seeds for approximately 1 minute, or until they start to bounce around the pan and release the aroma.
  • Add the olive oil and red onion, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, lentils, and stock, then bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for approximately 15 minutes until the lentils have softened.
  • Mix the soup with a food processor or a stick blender until it is a rough purée, pour back into the pan and add the chickpeas.
  • Heat gently, season and stir in the coriander.
  • Finish with a measure of yoghurt and sprinkle with coriander leaves.

This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook. There are sufficient ingredients to serve 4 people.
Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients and consider why those are in a healthy recipe as opposed to others.

Olive oil is considered a healthy fat as it is a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA). MUFAs have be credited with helping to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol. Research is now starting to show that MUFAs help with maintaining blood sugar control, and therefore insulin levels. This blood sugar control is helpful if you suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. However, all fats should be used in moderation as they are high in calories.

Red and yellow onions are an excellent source of quercetin. This is a bioflavonoid that will scavenge cell damaging free radicals. Onions are rich in antioxidants that are anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Eating onions can help in suppressing rhinoviruses, the underlying cause of the common cold. Red onions contain allicin and this has been credited with promoting cardiovascular health, and preventing some cancers. Onions can be eaten cooked or raw, and counts towards our five-a-day.

Chickpeas have a nutty taste, and are high in protein and fibre. They also have a low glycemic index, an ideal combination to aid weight control. Chickpeas in your diet will help towards reducing heart disease through lower levels of cholesterol. Chickpeas are very versatile, and can be used in soups, as above, curries, salads, stews, and chilli’s. Chickpea flour is naturally gluten free, and can be used to make pakoras and pancakes. Chickpeas can even be used in baked goods as an egg substitute.

The 5 Minute Weight Loss Retreat Exercise By Andy And Ian (Video)

Today Andy and Ian from the weight loss camp team in Derbyshire are showing us a complex sequence of fitness moves.

It consist of 6 to 8 reps of controlled movements.

The first exercise move will be the reverse plank, then the V sit up which is extremely demanding, then into the side crunch with a short range of movement making sure to train both sides.

The last fitness exercise is the squat thrust which is explosive and great for abs and hip flexors.

Could Peppermint Tea be the Key to Trimming your Waist?

Could Peppermint Tea be the Key to Trimming your Waist?

Many wonder health benefits of Peppermint Tea. Photo credit WhatBenefit.com.

There are many wonderfoods that help people lose weight that have been tried and tested such as apples, steaks (yes, surprisingly!), lentils, olive oil, avocado and chillies. Lately, however, experts are talking about how people who want to lose weight should start drinking more tea –the winter-appropriate peppermint tea, to be more exact. But “how could something as simple as peppermint tea help me lose weight?” you may ask.

Suppress Appetite for Eating More
According to experts, peppermint tea helps suppress one’s appetite. The strong scent in this herb helps keep cravings in check so it’s been suggested that sipping a hot cup of the minty tea after meals can keep your hankering for a slice of chocolate cake at bay.

Digestive Aid for Weight Loss
That peppermint tea is a digestive aid helps boost the idea that the tea can assist in weight loss. Rudolph Ballentine, author of “Diet and Nutrition” suggests that having problems in the digestive system leads to poor nutrient absorption. Poor nutrient assimilation wakes up your body’s food cravings while, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a healed digestive system won’t want to eat more than it should. Additionally, peppermint tea can get rid of constipation thereby improving digestion, allowing nutrients to get in your body, and keeping you from succumbing to your food cravings.

Lower Anxiety and Fatigue
It’s also worth knowing that peppermint tea can help you relax. NASA studies have found that the scent of peppermint helps lower anxiety and fatigue levels. It stands to reason, then, that people who tend to eat when they are stressed can be calmed and soothed by some peppermint tea, helping them forget about their frustrations and staving off their desires to “eat their feelings”.

Lower the Cortisol Level
Also, peppermint tea helps lower the cortisol levels which become heightened when a person is stressed out. High cortisol levels can wreak havoc on your metabolism, making it harder to lose the extra weight  you want to get rid of so it may be in your best interest to sip some calming peppermint tea.

Of course, despite all the benefits that peppermint or peppermint tea brings to people who wish to lose weight, nutrition and fitness experts are quick to add that one might only truly reap the weight loss benefits of peppermint by modifying your diet and developing a good fitness regimen.
Peppermint tea cannot spur fat loss on its own but paired up with an improved, healthier lifestyle which includes a nutritious diet and regular physical activity, peppermint tea can support weight loss.

 

About the Author
Health and Fitness Tips by FitFarms, the award winning Weight Loss Camp in the United Kingdom. Awarded Britain’s Best Weight Loss Camp by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Great Day At The Holistic Weight Loss Boot Camp

Great Day At The Holistic Weight Loss Boot Camp

Well we survived yesterday! By we I mean the instructors, and by survived I mean we weren’t beaten with our own equipment!

The group worked really hard yesterday and pushed through some major mental barriers of exercise and motivation, so it’s only fair that we give them something they can get excited and be positive about in order to keep the moral as high as possible, so we are going to let them kick us!..

It’s that time of the week again where myself and Ian step up to the challenge of becoming human kick bags for around 3 hours of the morning, in our double trouble session we use kicking techniques as part of our very own take on a legs bums and tums work out. Now I’m not silly! I know that if the ladies went into this session with too much energy in reserve, they would be the only ones walking out of it! So it’s my turn for the wake up workout, and I chooooooooooose……. High intensity interval training!!!! Great way to wear ou…… Er I mean warm up! Those legs ;-)…

After the wake up workout is breakfast and after breakfast is our double trouble session… Perfect timing if you ask me. Whilst the idea of kicking people holding kick pads, or boxing using the focus pads does not appeal to some, because of the aggressive nature of the sport or discipline, we try our very best to relate the techniques to a toning routine that is fantastic for core balance, thighs, bums and tummy muscles some girls really take to it infact I would go so far as to say its one of the most popular sessions we run, with the right coaching and someone to make it relative to your likes and needs it is a fantastic form of exercise and does tick an awful lot of the goals people come to us with.

Moving on thou, whilst half the group is giving myself and Ian a good dose of payback the other half are in their final nutrition workshop, asking questions and learning about the practical application of a healthy approach to eating.

Carsington Lake View

Carsington Lake View

After lunch it is time to go for a walk, it’s one of my favourites, Carsington reservoir, it’s an 8 mile walk around the reservoir with some beautiful views and an easily modifiable route so that it can be equally manageable yet challenging to any level of fitness or ability.

The weather is great the mood is even better and everyone is on a high, in one way or another, either they feel more energised and awake than before, or they are finally starting to de-stress and enjoy life a little or they’re simply feeling more confident and stronger for what they have achieved so far.

Today is a great day and just goes to show how the best training partner you will ever have, lives in your own head!

Enjoying Exercise and Workout at the Retreat | Weight Loss Boot Camp Report

Enjoying Exercise and Workout at the Retreat | Weight Loss Boot Camp Report

Today we have the pleasure of my high intensity interval training for the wake up workout, it’s a good session, very tough but ideal for this point in the week, more intensive means shorter bursts and rest periods more often so it is tough on the body but it doesn’t defeat the mind.

A lot of what stands in the way of our clients when it comes to exercise is the psychology, how they approach this new routine or lifestyle change will have humongous significance to whether they are able to maintain it or whether it gets pushed to one side the next time something gets in the way.

Exercise is not a chore! It is an enjoyable hobby or activity that primarily serves to improve mood, positively balance mental state of mind and increase confidence and inner strength. The reason people think of exercise as a chore is that they are doing it for the wrong reasons or they are doing the wrong type of exercise!

If you don’t believe that it’s possible, ask anyone of our thousands of previous clients who have left one of our intensive week realising that not only can they do extreme amounts of exercise but that with the right focus and approach they can enjoy themselves while doing it!

Today is proof of that, you take a group of people who up until this week haven’t done much if any exercise, especially not regularly and by the 5th day full of exercise they are not beaten and miserable, they are not incapable of moving (although stairs do prove to be a challenge!) in fact they are laughing, joking, still getting up at 6 in the morning to exercise and they have just absolutely owned a high intensity workout before breakfast and are still game for more!

To Anyone who doesn’t enjoy exercise.. Don’t give up! Just find the right group of people, the right instructor or the right reason and remember to focus more on what you achieve than what you fall short of.

Bonding with New Friends – Weight Loss Boot Camp Report – 1 Aug 2014

Bonding with New Friends – Weight Loss Boot Camp Report – 1 Aug 2014

Today has been a day of mixed emotions and a strange atmosphere, we usually have a group full of people who are exhausted and elated and absolutely ready to go home tomorrow, that is no different with this weeks group of lovely ladies, however there is a group of 9 of our lovely ladies who won’t be going home tomorrow and I think that is quite a daunting thought for them.

None the less the group have given it their all in everything today and by the end of presentations this evening it was quite the emotional day they have bonded really well this week and I think today it has hit home for the ladies leaving tomorrow that the support they have experienced on this week will not be all that surrounds them when they go home, but the group has been strong for each other this week and there is no reason that can’t continue.

One of the greatest things to come of these weeks is the continued support and the strong relationships built, if there is one tool that will help you succeed through to your goals it’s the support of your piers, on a final note from today, we the instructors have another 2 weeks straight through and thanks to the girls of this course we are in great shape for it, it’s been a real pleasure working with you and I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing about how well your doing.

Good luck girls :-)

Report from the Matlock Holistic Boot Camp – 24 July 2014

Report from the Matlock Holistic Boot Camp – 24 July 2014

Workout and Exercise. Photo Credit MouthsofMums.com.au

Today we have the pleasure of my high intensity interval training for the wake up workout, it’s a good session, very tough but ideal for this point in the week, more intensive means shorter bursts and rest periods more often so it is tough on the body but it doesn’t defeat the mind.

A lot of what stands in the way of our clients when it comes to exercise is the psychology, how they approach this new routine or lifestyle change will have humongous significance to whether they are able to maintain it or whether it gets pushed to one side the next time something gets in the way.

Exercise is not a chore! It is an enjoyable hobby or activity that primarily serves to improve mood, positively balance mental state of mind and increase confidence and inner strength. The reason people think of exercise as a chore is that they are doing it for the wrong reasons or they are doing the wrong type of exercise! If you don’t believe that it’s possible, ask anyone of our thousands of previous clients who have left one of our intensive week realising that not only can they do extreme amounts of exercise but that with the right focus and approach they can enjoy themselves while doing it!

Today is proof of that, you take a group of people who up until this week haven’t done much if any exercise, especially not regularly and by the 5th day full of exercise they are not beaten and miserable, they are not incapable of moving (although stairs do prove to be a challenge!) in fact they are laughing, joking, still getting up at 6 in the morning to exercise and they have just absolutely owned a high intensity workout before breakfast and are still game for more!

To Anyone who doesn’t enjoy exercise.. Don’t give up! Just find the right group of people, the right instructor or the right reason and remember to focus more on what you achieve than what you fall short of.