A Day in the Life of… 21 Host, Amy Cooper

How I’m staying safe and keeping motivated at home during lockdown…

 

A Day in the Life of... 21 Host, Amy Cooper

 

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR… My two house rabbits, who by 7.30am are usually stomping to be out and play.

 

BREAKFAST IS… During the week, usually porridge (boring, I know)! On a weekend we have been making an array of breakfasts using whatever we have left in the fridge. A personal favourite so far is poached egg on toast with chorizo, mushroom, red pepper and tomatoes.

 

TO STAY ACTIVE, I… Have been making the most of the nice weather and running through Jesmond Dene. My Nike Run Club app has helped to keep me on track.

 

TO UNWIND, I… Like to cook with a glass of wine on an evening. It has been such a tonic over the last few weeks. My allotment is also a great way to switch off for a few hours, particularly when the weather is as great as it has been.

 

I’M WATCHING… Normal People. For the second time!

 

I’M READING… Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

 

I’M LISTENING TO… The ‘Summer Acoustic’ playlist on Apple Music has been a favourite in our house. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Jamie XX, Beck and Groove Armada. A very random selection, I know!

 

SOMEWHERE I’D RATHER BE… We had plans this summer to visit some cities in Europe and whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be doing any exploring for a little while, I’m enjoying riding the slow train here in Newcastle. So right now, I’m happy exactly where I am.

 

THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

Get outside – I don’t have a garden at my flat, but my allotment has been a brilliant place to spend some time in the sun. I’ve been running outside most days – getting some exercise and fresh air makes a huge difference to your mood.
Pick up some hobbies or try something new – We’ve been making our own kombucha and currently have some tepache brewing on the kitchen bench. It’s exciting trying something you’ve never done before and keeps things interesting when you’re spending so much time at home.
Make use of podcasts and audiobooks – They’re perfect for some background noise whilst out on your daily walk or making housework a little more exciting.

 

DURING LOCKDOWN, I HAVE LEARNT… That sometimes you just have to slow down and that that’s completely okay.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY… “Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” – Napoleon

Stay Motivated At Home With Storm Fitness

Ted Winter – PT and co-owner of Storm Fitness – is back with his third instalment of how to stay motivated at home during lockdown. This time, it’s all about reflecting and reviewing.

Over to you, Ted… 

 

 

I hope everyone is well and keeping active. 

Last time I wrote about building some new positive habits into your daily routine. Since then, we’ve seen some small changes in our situation. This has been great for allowing us to get out and about more. A great excuse to get out of the house for exercise and leisure activities.

Maybe it’s time to pump up the wheels of an old bike, dust off the golf clubs, or just lace up those trainers for a day in the great outdoors. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time!

How did you get on with creating new habits? Now is a good time to review the goals you’ve set and look at how far you’ve come. Quite often we get caught up in the rush of day-to-day life and we forget about monitoring our progress. 

Take some time to REFLECT and regularly REVIEW what is working for you and what isn’t.  Reflective practise is vital; and a big part of it is to consider what went well and what didn’t go to plan.

What was it that made you fall off the wagon? Was there a specific trigger activity that made you reach for the pack of biscuits or have a lie in rather than getting up for your daily walk? 

Make a note – and be aware of the things that cause you to derail. It can be as easy as getting to bed earlier or removing the treats from that easy-to-reach cupboard. Or better yet, don’t buy them when you’re out shopping this week!

Plan, measure, reflect, review.

Ted’s taking on new clients online at the moment, if anyone needs help on how to get started, drop him a line at: ted@storm-fitness.com.

Stay Positive at Home with Storm Fitness

Ted Winter – PT and co-owner of Storm Fitness – is back with a second instalment of how to stay well and remain positive during lockdown. 

Go ahead, Ted… 

 

 

If you’re like me, lockdown fatigue kicked in big time last weekend. Speaking to people about their experiences, a lot of good intentions to use the time wisely have come and gone and it’s all getting a bit ‘Groundhog Day’.

Many of us have found the days slipping by, wondering where the time went. We’re all missing the structure of work, our social life and all of the things we plan around our time off.

To counter the lack of daily structure, it’s essential we make a plan and try our best to stick to it. My advice would be to pick ‘ 3 positive daily habits’ that will help you stay energised and spread positive vibes.

Make sure you write the habits down, and that you have 10/10 confidence you can complete them starting tomorrow. Consider the barriers, and if they are likely to stop you from achieving the habit, then scale it back until you’re 100% confident you can achieve it.

 

An example of three positive daily habits could be:

 

– Take a daily walk 

– Turn off the TV/phone 60 minutes before bed, this will improve your sleep quality

– Read one chapter of that book you’ve been ‘getting around’ to reading for years

 

Write these down, tell a friend or family member and tick them off EVERY DAY for a week. Then look back on Sunday, and re-evaluate the habits.

Did you achieve what you planned? How did it feel to get stuff done? Could you add something next week whilst maintaining 100% the three positive steps you’ve already taken? If you didn’t manage to get them done every day, try simplifying the habit and go again next week.

Focus on things that will pick you up, get you energised, and give you structure.

 

Ted’s taking on new clients online at the moment, if anyone needs help on how to get started, drop him a line at: ted@storm-fitness.com.

Stay Well at Home with Storm Fitness

Keeping moving and staying active is key for physical and mental wellbeing during these tough times. Our work is physically demanding, so it’s my job to make sure you’re all match fit and ready to take up the challenge when we return to work. 

I’ve called on Ted Winter – PT and co-owner of Storm Fitness – to offer his top tips on how to stay well from the home. 

Ted’s the guy behind Chris Eagle’s 50kg+ weight loss transformation – so he knows a thing or two when it comes to shedding pounds, lifting spirits or just releasing endorphins to keep our bodies going.

Over to you, Ted… 

 

 

Ted’s Tips

I’ve worked with quite a few hospitality workers over the past five years and understand the lifestyle challenges and the punishment daily deadlines have on your bodies. Now is the perfect chance to make a change and set aside some time to focus on ‘you’.

Here’s a few pointers, tips, and tricks to help you guys feel better and stay motivated during this period.

I’ve promised to keep this brief, so here’s three tips to help get you started:

 

  • BREAK IT UP
    We’re spending a lot more time sitting down looking at a screen, so it’s important to get up and take a break! Get up every 30-45 minutes – move around, make a cup of tea and do a couple of stretches: click here for a few to get you started.

 

  • BUILD ON IT
    Start with a small change. Go for a walk, lift some weight, stretch, tweak your diet. Experiment and find something that suits you best – whether it’s yoga, the Couch to 5k programme, circuit training or simply a daily walk. Start small and build slowly.

 

  • ROUTINE MATTERS
    Routine is key – for both exercise and food! If you’re struggling, plan out your week; shop based on your plan, and try to build meals around protein and plenty of fresh veg.

 

Ted’s taking on new clients online at the moment, if anyone needs help on how to get started, drop him a line at: ted@storm-fitness.com.