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No need to diet this January just do this

I’m writing this while the Zest Bootcamp van is getting an MOT – let’s hope it passes otherwise the Zesties are going to have to do their press ups and squats without me!

It’s likely that this time of year is one of the only times many people think about how they look after their bodies, and whether they’d like to do it better in the future.

Funny though how we don’t neglect looking after our cars …

  • we wash them
  • we give them the right fuel
  • we service them regularly to make sure they keep working properly
  • we insure them so that we can replace them should something go wrong

Oh how I’d love to see more people do exactly these things with their bodies – the only place we have to live is our body so why wouldn’t we look after it properly?

So now is  good time to think about what you’d like to achieve this coming year by looking at what worked well for you in 2017.

Here are some ideas of things that might work that you may not have tried or you may not have stuck to previously so it’s always good to have a reminder:
1. Tracking your food whether via an app or pen and paper
2. Keeping an exercise log – which can help you check the frequency, intensity and time you exercise for
3. Have an accountability buddy to go out running/ walking with or to go to the gym with
4. Being part of a supportive group, such as Zest Bootcamp (next trial week starts Jan 8th)
5. Bulk cooking healthy food at the weekend when you have more time – if you’d like any food ideas then check out my Instagram page here
6. Getting a vegetable box delivery set up, such as Riverford, to help you #eatmoreveg
7. Getting your workouts done in the morning so you can’t make any excuses later in the day
8. Going to see a physiotherapist/osteopath/chiropractor to help you sort out any painful knees, back etc so you can function better and do more exercise
9. Buying a nice water bottle to encourage you to drink more water
10. Deciding that it’s ok for you to spend time looking after yourself and prioritising your health more than everything else you prioritise
And if you do all of the above that you need to why not treat yourself to some new workout kit such as what I’m wearing in the star Jump photo which is from Boudavida. It’s really nice good quality kit and they have a sale on at the moment – check it out here.
So you see January isn’t about dieting, it’s about more than that.
I’d love to know which ones you are going to try or that have worked for you in the past?
My passion is to help more people feel great so if you leave me a comment it helps me know if I am achieving that, and of course feel free to share this blog post with anyone you think might interested.
If you’d like to join the other zesties next week for a trial week at Zest Bootcamp it’s the best way to see if our 45 minute friendly, fresh-air, fitness classes would suit you. During the taster week, that only runs once a month, for just £10 you get to come on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at your choice of time – either 6.30am, 9.30am or 6.15pm. Click here to find out more and sign up ready for next week… spaces are limited so don’t hang around otherwise you will have to wait until February.
Finally – why not let 2018 be the year you follow your heart more as it normally tells us what we should be doing to be happy 🙂
Remember … a summer body is made in the winter so if you are starting to think of your summer holiday then now is also the time to be thinking of your health and fitness and not waiting until the warmer weather arrives. Wrap up warm and get that body moving now as you will FEEL so much better for it, rather than loafing around on the sofa whilst your clothes get tighter due to lack of movement. No more excuses – book your trial week at bootcamp today here

Birth of Bath Bootcamp

Time flies when you are having fitness fun!

It’s 9 years this month since I started putting everything in place to begin Bath’s original outdoor bootcamp back in January 2009.

When I look back at the very basic video I made of me on a freezing cold windy day in a park it makes me smile 🙂

Plank rotations … vintage style 🙂

Back then my mobile phone just made phone calls and texts – now I pretty much run my business from my phone.

Technology and life moves on which is why I changed the name to Zest Bootcamp several years ago when we were also running classes in other villages outside of Bath.

For a variety of reasons I kept the Zest Bootcamp brand even though we are now just based in Bath and today I’m excited to share our brand new video which not only shows you what we do at our friendly, fresh-air fitness classes but also showcases beautiful Bath from the sky.

Despite several changes over the years at Zest Bootcamp, one thing that hasn’t changed is my passion to help more people to feel great through regular exercise, healthy eating and other lifestyle changes.

I’m pretty sure most of you know that I was an overweight, asthmatic, unhealthy, non-exerciser who changed career 19 years ago to become a health and fitness coach.

With this in mind I’d love to offer you the chance to come to a trial week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at our 45 minute classes – either 6.30am, 9.30am or 6.15pm for just £10. This is exactly what most of our lovely “zesties” did and they loved it so much they stayed (some for 7 years so far!).

Fitness Boxing at Zest Bootcamp

After your trial week you are free to go if you don’t think it’s for you but if you can see that it is a way for you to incorporate regular exercise into your life then I’d love to offer you a special anniversary gift.

Join our December and January bootcamp for just £179* in total plus get a complimentary Zest Bootcamp water bottle and mini rucksack package worth £16. This offers you a huge saving but more importantly it offers you peace of mind knowing that after the Christmas and New Year festivities are over you have a plan in place and you can’t make excuses! …. excuses don’t get results.

There are only a few  special offer spaces in each of our classes so I’d sign up for a trial week asap if you don’t want to miss out – complete your name and email at www.zestbootcamp.co.uk

Once you are registered drop me a message with the word “9thoffer” so I know to give you this special gift as it’s open first for my email followers and blog readers and spaces will fill up fast.

Have a great weekend and if you missed any of our pumpkin fun at bootcamp check out my Instagram page here which also has some food and healthy eating ideas. Click here 

Zita x

ps Keep up to date with Zest Bootcamp on our Facebook page here

OFFER available only to new members after the trial week that starts on Nov 20th. *£179 plus £10 for trial week. If you’d like to find out more about this offer then feel free to email me at fitnesszita@gmail.com

December Bootcamp runs Nov 20th to Dec 15th

January Bootcamp runs Jan 8th to Feb 2nd

Love your freezer

I’ve so busy with lots of new Zest Bootcamp members (aka “zesties”) over the last few months, as well as planning some exciting things for 2018 including my first retreat, I just realised that I hadn’t blogged here for ages!

If you are following me on Instagram or Facebook then I’m sure you will have seen what we have been up to in Bath 🙂

The Zest Water bottle has travelled far and wide, including a trip to the Grand Canyon  which you can see by clicking  HERE

And not quite as impressive but equally beautiful it went up Glastonbury Tor 🙂

This week one of our lovely members turned 70 so as she is officially our most senior Zestie  she deserved some beautiful flowers.

Angelika is a great role model of how important it is to look after your own health and fitness because no-one is going to do it for you. Also she has such a positive mental attitude that is very admirable and lesson to us all.

So yesterday I was in conversation with a Zest Bootcamp member about her struggles to eat healthily and I recorded this video to share my suggestion to her that hopefully will also help you.

I hope that helps and if you need another reason to start a regular exercise programme then click here to read an article about how it is the ultimate way to not only beat disease but also depression. This is quite relevant given that it was International Mental Health Awareness day this week.

Sleep is a vital part of helping depression and anxiety so incase you missed my blog post please click here for my top tips on how to get better sleep and why it is so vital for different aspects of our health. SLEEP BLOG POST

Have a great day and if you’d like to join us a Zest Bootcamp for a trial week the next one starts October 23rd. Register your interest by completing your name and email here or drop me a message if you have any questions.

I’m hoping that now you have seen Angelika at 70, you won’t think you are too old!

Finally, if you haven’t yet downloaded your f.ree copy of my 10 minute CORE WORKOUT then click here to grab a copy – it really will tone and tighten that midriff!

Until next time

Zita x

ps Don’t forget to Like our Facebook Page and follow me on Instagram where I love to share pretty pictures 🙂

 

Bath Carnival

So on a wet Tuesday evening there I was surrounded by dancing girls with huge headdresses, glitter facepainting and lots of lovely people interested in supporting the 2017 Bath Carnival which is happening on 15 July.

Hunter and Sons in Milsom Street offered their place for us all to meet and find out more about we could help as local business people and also individuals. House of Bendy did the fab Facepainting and the team from Super Pirates are working very closely to support the carnival as well as many other Bath based businesses as the event is a huge undertaking.

The carnival is a non-profit organisation and can only happen with the help of local people by volunteers, venues and especially just spreading the word.

Local businesses can sponsor the event so if you know anyone who might be interested let them know.

Zest Bootcamp is going to help by doing a special charity bootcamp class that is open to anyone over the age of 18 and all proceeds will go to the Bath Carnival.

They also need “in kind” support as well people to marshall the procession and loads more.

If you’d like to find out more or register for our special charity bootcamp in  Bath on 10 June please click here.

And to find out more about the Bath Carnival click here 

Diabetes and Easter

I recently heard a radio feature talking about renaming Type 2 diabetes and the “fatal build up of cake & biscuits” was an option offered by the presenter.

Whilst it is humorous, having the condition really isn’t so I’m hoping no-one reading this already has it because you are obviously interested in your health otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog post right?
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing Type 2, aka Adult onset diabetes, is to avoid eating too much sugar so given we have just had Easter I’m not sure if you are feeling like me and a bit sugared out!
Or maybe you gave up sweets and chocolate for Lent so actually you had a sugar fast – well done you if that was the case and I imagine that after the first few “withdrawal” days you would have felt much better after those 40 sugar free days?
It was the delicious Lindt Easter bunnies that got me – so kind of my parents to treat their daughter (and son in law… hence plural bunnies) but I’m glad to get back off the sugar after a few days of alcohol and other treats over the Easter break.
Nowadays I’m pretty in touch with my body and what it wants and on bank holiday Monday I felt it really needed something green, packed with enzymes, so I made a big bowl of sprouted seed salad – you can see a photo below – it was packed with alfalfa, broccoli, radish, mung bean and other sprouted seeds that are bursting with good nutrition. I added some chopped watercress and fresh parsley for added health bonus and taste. I then mixed some hummus with lime juice for the dressing – what a taste sensation that was perfect to alkalise the acidic foods of Easter such as bread, wine, chocolate, cheese and I guess the big roast lamb dinner – all of which was lovely but it made my digestion and body feel heavy and sluggish.
A diet that mostly consists of “dead beige” food not only doesn’t give the body all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that it needs to carry out all the millions of chemical reactions and processes that happen every day, but going back to the subject of this blog post, it a sure fire way to head towards Type 2 diabetes. Please note that Type 1 diabetes which people are born with and will need insulin injections or treatment for is different to the type that we are seeing more and more people with, including younger people in our society now and that’s what I’m talking about in this blog post.
Here are a few facts about Diabetes that you may or may not know…
Risks of developing Type 2 diabetes are increased :
  • If you are over the age of 40
  • If you have a family member who has it
  • If you have (or have ever had) high blood pressure
  • If you are overweight and if your belly button measures over 31 inches for women, 37 inches for men
  • If you have ever had a stroke or heart attack
  • If you chizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression
  • If you are a woman who’s had polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes, or a baby weighing over 10 pounds.
Wow it’s worrying isn’t it and clear why so many more people are diagnosed with this more “lifestyle” than genetic condition every year.
BUT
The great news is that there is so much we can do to help ourselves avoid it – in summary move more and eat more healthily as both those actions can affect everything on that list apart from being over 40! Yes even mental illness can be improved by moving more, especially getting outdoors in nature and greenery, it’s a proven fact.
Genetics and ethnic background can affect the chances of getting Type 2 diabetes but that’s not a reason to get it if you live a healthy lifestyle. Pastries, pizza, cakes, biscuits, deep fried food, crackers, bread and many other foods – are all beige in colour and hardly contain any fibre, let alone any important nutrients such as Iron and vitamin C. One great way to ensure you are getting more greens in your diet is to add Lean Greens to a smoothie or just mix with water and have a serving each day. It’s packed with antioxidants which are effectively our best way to fight disease – free radicals are the threats and antioxidants are our little fighters. Click here to find out more or order a tub of the “little fighters”.
If you love cooking and haven’t seen any of my cookbooks including my latest 90 recipe vegetarian cookbook which is gluten free click here to find out more.
 You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here if you’d like to see more photos (and some videos)  including some of what we get up to at Zest Bootcamp. We had great fun on Easter Monday with a few fitness games – our next camp starts Monday 24th April so if you’d like to join us for a trial week then now is the time to register, otherwise you will have to wait another 4 weeks. It will soon be summer holiday time and NOW is when your summer body is made so don’t leave it until the last minute.
Click here to find out how we have helped hundreds of men and women just like you since 2009.
Please feel free to share this blog post if you think it will help anyone you know who isn’t looking after their health as I’m sure no-one wants to worry about the effects of getting Type 2 diabetes as untreated it can affect major organs and limbs in a very serious way.
Stay healthy!
Zita x