Time for Health?
Time waits for no man (or Woman!) and this is especially true now in the 21st Century. With family, career and social pressures the main reason (excuse?) for not taking care of our Health & Fitness is lack of time. Bear with me and I’ll help to debunk this theory and show you not only how to fit a healthy training and nutrition plan into your busy lifestyle, but show you how this will actually create more time for you. Did you know that you can make a real difference to your health & wellbeing with only 3 twenty minute training sessions per week? That’s one hour per week (keep in mind that there are 168 hours in a week). See below for an example of a simple but effective 20 minute routine you can do at home with no equipment. Please check with your doctor before beginning an exercise programme. If you are out of condition, you can do a modified version of this. Conversely, if you are fit, you may need to progress this. Here at lifegym, we can suggest a programme to suit all levels, with little or no equipment. Plesae make contact with us for details. Please get a qualified professional to show you the exercises if you are unsure.
Preparing food should not take a huge chunk of your day either. You can prepare a perfectly healthy meal in under 20 minutes. See below for an example of a healthy meal that is both tasty and quick to prepare. And if you’re in a real hurry you can simply throw a steak in the oven and some veg in a steamer, preparation time zero. And you can spend the 20 minutes cooking time doing anything you wish? Contact us if you’d like a more detailed Personal Nutrition Programme to help you gain optimum health & energy.
Prawn & coconut curry
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1-2 fresh red chillies
- 3cm piece of ginger
- ½ stalk of lemongrass
- groundnut oil
- 2 lime leaves , optional
- 400 g raw, peeled king prawns, from sustainable sources
- 200 g sugarsnap peas, mangetout or green beans
- 100 g peas
- 50 g coconut cream
- 100 ml organic vegetable stock , optional
- Thai fish sauce or other Asian fish sauce
- 1 lime
- Peel the onion and finely slice along with the chillies. Peel and finely chop the garlic and ginger. Discard the outer layer of the lemongrass and finely chop.
- Heat 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan and sauté the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, lemongrass and lime leaves (if using) over a medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, until soft but not coloured.
- Add the prawns, vegetables, coconut cream and stock (or 100ml of water) to the pan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
- Take the pan off the heat and add a splash of fish sauce and a squeeze of lime juice to taste.
- Serve on a bed of rice (I like to garnish with sliced red chilli and coriander leaves) and lime wedges for squeezing over.
20 minute Body weight workout
Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds each, take a 1 minute break and then repeat for a total of 4 rounds:
- press ups
- triceps dips
- jumping lunge
- v-sit up