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Healthy Habits: the "Change One Thing Challenge"

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22 May 2013


Here at Moose X-Training, we’ve been thinking about our daily routines, our habits, all those pieces of our day that make up the way we live our lives.  You know… how we get to work, when we exercise, the food we eat, whether we push a trolley or carry a basket, and the snacks we subconsciously grab.  We realized a lot of these actions we do out of habit; we run on auto-pilot.


Now it might seem pretty unimportant: taking the stairs or the lift tomorrow isn’t exactly going to be a life changing decision! But, when you see all the parts as a whole it becomes clear that the micro-decisions we make could have a big impact on the way we feel and the way we live.  Going on a health kick doesn’t need to mean tripling your workouts or throwing out everything but lettuce in the fridge. It could be as simple as replacing one thing and committing to it.   


We listed all of our daily actions and tried to work out how many we do because we actively want to and which ones we do simply out of habit.  We invite you to do the same. 


Here’s a list of actions we’re going to be more proactive about… and hopefully a little inspiration for you as well. 


  • Take a multi-vitamin once a day
  • Go Veggie/Caffeine free/Alcohol free one day a week
  • Take the stairs instead of the escalators/lift (a serious challenge on the tube commute….and my personal favorite!)
  • Exercise in the morning
  • Walk to work (or maybe just through a park on the way)
  • Use a basket instead of a trolley
  • Snack on raisins and nuts instead of chocolate
  • Don’t add salt
  • Try something new
  • Smile more
  • Sit up straight
  • Wake up to music
  • Try to get one more hour sleep per night


Furthermore studies have shown that increasing your exercise is proven to enhance your ability to form positive habits.  So, go for a run, take a walk, or go for a bike ride.  At the very least, get yourself to the gym.  And, if you just can’t commit to any of those, call on the MOOSE who will bring personal training to you…where you want it, when you want.  No more excuses!





HULA HOOPING...fun and effective?!?


8 May 2013


So we already spoke a little bit about the benefits of kickboxing for Ladies, and how it is definitely not an exercise that us girls should feel excluded from.  Aside from the stress busting and tension relieving aspect of literally punching away your daily problems, a main reason that kickboxing is such an incredible form of exercise for your body is because it forces you to use it differently. It brings a spiced up variety of moves into your exercise regime and ignites strength in places in your body that you didn’t even know existed!


Well the MOOSE has been doing a little digging and has found a number of other ways to mix up your workouts and reach those niggling target areas that keep stubbornly evading even your best efforts to tighten them up! Often it isn’t lack of effort or workouts that are holding you back from the body you want, it is just the lack of variety that allows your muscles to become lazy.  We are going to be talking about a few of these in the weeks to come: so watch this space. But for today, we are going to focus on a new craze that is sweeping the nation and rightly so because it is a fun, calming, energizing, therapeutic and toning masterpiece of a sport that some of the MOOSE family just cannot get enough of -HULA HOOPING!


Just like kickboxing is most certainly not only for boys, hooping is definitely not to be overlooked as just ‘for kids’. Hooping tones nearly every bit of your body and really cinches your waist. Not only does it work nearly every muscle in you’ve got, as it spins round your body the contact of the hoop is great for boosting circulation and actually increases your metabolism.


As if that wasn’t enough here are 6 reasons to get hooping now.


  1. Increases flexibility, especially in the back.  Due to the constant pivoting and small adjustment of the spine and surrounding muscles it hugely boosts the movement of your spine and reduces the chances of back pain and injury.
  2. Burns fat.  As hooping engages some of the biggest muscles in your body it activates the burning of large fat stores.
  3. It is fun. Really…it is seriously fun.  It doesn’t feel like exercise and definitely doesn’t feel like a chore, so it relieves stress and transforms your body in turn enhancing your mood and seriously boosting your energy levels without it feeling like an effort!!
  4. Increase your fitness level.  As it is easy for people of all fitness levels to do hooping is an amazing way to increase fitness. Studies have shown that an hour of hooping can burn just as many calories as a more intense aerobic exercise such as the treadmill.
  5. Total body workout.  Not only does it strengthen your core muscles but it also tones up your arms, thighs, glutes, hips and abdomen.
  6. It is individual.  Unlike other exercises where you follow strict patterns or routines, hooping becomes an individual and expressive activity. Not to mention that adding new moves to your repertoire is excellent for you mind as well as your body.