- Studio News
- Easy Healthy Recipes: Infused Water
- Article of the Month: Multitasking, A Good use of Time?
- Recommended Reading: It’s all in your Genes
Having worked over 500 hours on Leith Festival over the last five months, I’m super happy it’s summer. It’s time to get back to fitness full-time, and summer is the time for running, getting down the allotment, exploratory walks with Coco and lots of cooking veg from the plot.
Coco was the recent cover star of last Sunday’s Herald newspaper – she is an excellent ambassadog for the studio, and welcomes all to the studio. Also check out the Leither and Trinity Spotlight magazines for our new ad campaign.
Easy Recipe: M.Y.O. Infusions
An infusion is simply water that has had something infused, or soaked in it. Super easy to make, there’s no need to spend lots of money on a fancy bottle and pre-packaged Tetley’s stuff, just Make Your Own (M.Y.O.). Water that has been slightly flavoured is absorbed by the body better than plain water, so may be able to hydrate you better. This is because your stomach lining ‘thinks’ it’s food, so absorbs it more greedily than if it were pure aqua. Here’s three of my favourites:
Cucumber: So summery, and so simple. Chop a two inch chunk of cucumber in half lengthwise then into wedges. Choose a bottle (or jug) with a wide opening to fit wedges in. Leave in the fridge overnight and enjoy. I usually top it up with water once, then compost (or eat, if you so wish) the soggy cucumber.
Mint: A sprig of fresh mint soaked in water overnight is well refreshing. I use mint from the allotment, or buy from an Indian or Mediterranean supermarket as bunches are bigger and fresher (with less plastic) than supermarket herbs. Use warm water if you want a mintier taste, then refrigerate.
Citrus: Fresh lemon, lime or orange in wedges. You can do a citrus combo, or add some mint. Experiment with your favourite.
Be sure to wash all water bottles very well to avoid any nasty bugs. I put mine through the dishwasher regularly.
Article of the Month: Multitasking, A Good use of Time?
Multitasking was trendy for awhile. There used to be the way of thinking, if you can do two things at once, surely that’s got to be better than only one thing at a time. Or is it? If you were doing both things well, then perhaps yes. However, doing more than one thing at a time means your attention is not fully on the job at hand.
Exercisewise, I generally prefer teaching isolation (single joint) exercises to compound (numerous joints and muscles, sometime upper and lower body at same time). Especially when you’re learning, it’s more beneficial to do a simple squat, then a squat and shoulder press at the same time. If you focus on the muscle group, it has been scientifically proven that the particular muscle group will engage more (i.e. more blood flows to the muscle group). Compound exercises do have their place (i.e HIIT workouts), but for simple strength, one thing at a time is most effective.
Think mindfulness. Think of what you’re trying to achieve from your workout and it will be more effective.
Recommended Reading: It’s all in your Genes
I’ve been PT-ing since 2005 and it’s amazing how quickly research and technology changes the scientific landscape of fitness and well-being. I’m currently reading ‘Gene Eating‘ by Dr Giles Yeo who talks about our genetic blueprint, homeostasis and “the science of obesity”. He’s a brilliant researcher and his book is worth a gander…
Have a happy and healthy July,