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Last week I became a dad for the first time, it was one of the happiest days of my life and an experience I will never forget. Our baby decided to arrive a little early so whilst we wanted to ensure all the “t’s” were crossed and “i’s” dotted - our little man had different ideas.

Most parents can empathise here; it’s not a perfect journey, the first weeks are tough, lack of sleep and confusion over “am I doing a good enough job here” appear daily, and I’m sure seasoned parents will tell me it doesn’t end.

I thought about the nervousness of anyone entering a new chapter in their life.

If you have been neglecting your health and fitness for too long now, it’s probably because you’ve been waiting for “that perfect opportunity”.

* “I’ll wait until the kids go back to school”
* “I’ll wait until Monday”
* “I’ll wait until the New Year”

You see the problem here is that this waiting for something to be perfect means you never get started. Perfect is the enemy of good, and perfect is the enemy of progress.

If you haven’t exercised much before it might be a somewhat uncomfortable experience. You might even convince yourself after a week or two that it’s not perfect, and after a month, those perfect results you might have expected didn’t appear. Give it time, they will!

2020 taught us that we can’t predict much. However, the healthier we are, the better prepared we can be for most things life can throw at us. To rid ourselves of "comorbidities" that can predispose us to disease or more severe symptoms of a disease, many of us now want to lose weight and address chronic health conditions. Those who are healthy want to stay that way. Others want to reduce anxiety through activity.

The above issues don’t wait for a perfect day.

The solutions aren’t one size fits all as everyone has their own unique circumstance. The solutions involve needing accountability and individualised options, not just access to equipment and a do-it-yourself fitness plan that’s unlikely to bring results.

With all the stress in our lives, we need someone to tell us the best workouts for our goals, hold us accountable from day to day, and check in regularly to make sure that we are getting results.

I’m here to tell you that your perfect time is today. Find a local coach to invest in and if you have found a good one, they will invest in you.

I know that at Activate we have the solutions to help a wide range of people, and if we don’t, we’re never afraid to help point you towards someone who can.

When you’re ready to ditch “waiting for that perfect day”, visit our website www.activate.ie and book your complimentary consultation and you’ll have taken the first step towards ditching perfect to be replaced with progress.

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Top tips for autumn health and fitness

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness We’ve found Activate clients usually like to refocus on their goals as summer draws to a close, so here are some tips for autumn health and fitness. Something about the season change always motivates people to create a routine that usually lasts from now until the holidays. With all […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

We’ve found Activate clients usually like to refocus on their goals as summer draws to a close, so here are some tips for autumn health and fitness.

Something about the season change always motivates people to create a routine that usually lasts from now until the holidays.

With all the change and flux over the past 18 months, your routine might be a little different this year. However, that’s no reason to avoid revisiting your goals. As always, we’re here to help. At Activate we’re challenging ourselves to do Goal Review Sessions with as many members as possible in the next six weeks.
We’d love to sit down with you to make a plan. If there are any new challenges in your life – working from home, lack of child care, etc – we can help you find ways to prioritise your health and fitness.

Here are a few simple things to keep making progress:

1. Schedule your workouts

Things are going to get busy in September so pull out your calendar and schedule your workouts. Once you have them booked, treat them like important appointments that can’t be moved. This is key to building your routine as kids go back to school and job stress increases.

2. Get fitness out of the way earlier in the day

Most people find that getting a workout in early in the day “sets them up”. This can be true, but having that non-negotiable time is vital regardless of whether its morning or evening. If you tend to get to the afternoon slump and the idea of a workout slips down the list of priorities and sometimes doesn’t happen at all, start working out before work and stop it becoming an issue!

3. Pack your gym bag the night before

This is a small thing, but it’s super effective. If you’re scrambling in the morning, the kids are crazy, and you’re running late, you might say “forget it” to fitness if you have to pack a bag. But if it’s sitting by the door, all you have to do is grab it. Better yet, put it in the car, so there’s no chance you forget it. An emergency measure: Always leave some “backup” clean workout gear and shoes in the car or at the office, so you’re covered if you ever forget the gym bag.

4. Prioritise nutrition and rest

If you’re feeling burned out, you can do wonders for your health just by eating well and getting a little extra sleep. Resist the urge to order the 10pm pizza. Get healthy meals planned and then get to bed on time – or even earlier if you’re feeling run down. If you absolutely can’t find time to work out, sleep and nutrition become even more important.

5. Get some healthy snacks

Many trips through the drive-through are caused by hunger and desperation. You can often avoid them by getting some healthy options in place so you’re prepared when hunger strikes. Maybe keep a box of low-sugar, high-protein bars at the office, or put a few healthy frozen meals on an “emergency shelf” in the freezer. You can always keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand, but a few non-perishable backups will help you double down on healthy eating when time is tight.

6. Tell your coach how you’re doing

We are here for you! If you’re having a great day, let us know. If you’re struggling, we want to know about that too because communication is critical. This will help us tailor our service to give you exactly what you need each day.

Now is the best time of year to set yourself up for solid routine as winter draws closer. If the pandemic has thought us anything, it’s that health and fitness should be an integral part of our lives.

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Universal Contour Body Wrap

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio After the busy warm summer, the kids are now back to school so you might have a little extra time for some constructive pampering. Having a body wrap can be amazing for your skin, and also for inch loss and detoxing. If you’re looking for a […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

After the busy warm summer, the kids are now back to school so you might have a little extra time for some constructive pampering.

Having a body wrap can be amazing for your skin, and also for inch loss and detoxing. If you’re looking for a treat now that you have time as you are back to a routine, this might be the thing for you. With our renowned body wrap, you will be covered in sea clay from head to toe. The clay itself contains bentonite for excellent draining properties, magnesium sulphate for stimulation and exfoliation, magnesium chloride combats stress and fluid retention, zinc oxide which is anti-inflammatory, and sodium chloride for tightening skin.

It’s hypoallergenic, not tested on animals and all natural ingredients. It can be very healing on skin suffering from psoriasis or eczema, with stretch marks or loose sagging skin from losing weight or having a baby. It’s also suitable for both men and women that are looking to kick start a weight loss programme or just a feel-good treatment.

Along with clay, we use a specific wrapping technique with bandages, to lift and tighten the skin and help to contour the body shape. Also, there are electrical straps with a faradic current stimulating blood flow to aid excretion of toxins which helps the anti-cellulite effect and detoxification process. Anyone that has ever tried to lose a few pounds or diet knows that a good detox sets you up to lose weight more efficiently. Finally, you are cocooned in a heated blanket, to help you sweat out any excess toxins. The heat of the blanket helps to open the pores and allows the active sea clay go in and absorb the toxins at a deeper level. Overall it is a very enjoyable and effective treatment.

There is a specific three-day detox to follow directly after having the wrap. For more information or to book an appointment, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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