8th December

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.
Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me (mollie@ptmollie.com).

Today's workout is brought to you by PT Mollie. Let her know how you did by tweeting @PTMollie and using #0Calendar and #FatFreeXmas.

Tabata is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise technique that lasts 4 minutes. Within that 4 minutes you perform 8 intervals that each last 20 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between. For those 20 seconds you should go all out to almost your maximum effort.

Warm up: By walking or running for 2-5 minutes until you break into a light sweat.

First 4 minutes: Squats 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of rest 8X.

One minute of rest.

Next 4 minutes: Push/press ups 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of rest 8X.

One minute of rest.

Next 4 minutes: Mountain climbers 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of rest 8X.

One minute of rest.

Final 4 minutes: Reverse curls (lift hips up in air) 20 seconds on, 10 seconds of rest 8X.

Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential.

Two more brilliant offers for you today!

The first offer comes to you from Diet Matters, a Surrey based diet consultancy lead by Isabelle Fry, a registered dietitian.

Are you worried about the festive season splurge?  Do you have New Year's resolutions that you would like support with?  Or do you maybe have IBS issues that you feel nutrition might help with?

Isabelle at Diet Matters would love to be able to help you reach your health goals and provide you with the necessary support to maintain them.  

Diet Matters aims to help you to achieve your nutritional and health goals through achievable and sustainable changes.

Diet Matters is offering a 10% discount on an initial consultation and two follow ups (if follow ups are necessary). Please call Isabelle at Diet Matters on 07789778990 or email Diet Matters on dietmatters@ymail.com.  Please quote: advent12 when redeeming this offer.

This offer applies to PTMollie's 0 cal Advent calendar only.  This offer can not redeemed in conjunction with the package deal offered by Diet Matters or any other promotion offered by Diet Matters. Expires 24/12/12 and appointments can be booked until the end of Feb 2013.

What a great pre-Christmas offer! Thank you PTMollie for this great idea and opportunity!

We are also delighted to bring our readers in the USA and Canada our second giveaway from My Vega.

Vega is a clean, plant-based nutrition company founded and formulated by professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling health author Brendan Brazier. Vega is leading a revolution to inspire, educate and  incorporate plant-based into any lifestyle with a personalized online guide, Thrive Forward launching in 2013.

Over the coming month we have two more prizes to giveaway - a weekly prize of one tub of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer and a Grand Prize at the end of the month.

Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer  is a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of 13 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and physical recovery

Take Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before your workout to help you get in the zone with energy to burn! 

To be in with a chance of winning a free tub of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer, please send an e-mail stating your name, postal address and phone number (for tracking) to giveaway@ptmollie.com with 'Vega' in the subject line.

USA and Canada residents only. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Christine has chosen to raise money for The Katie Piper Foundation, a charity that aims to make it easier to live with burns and scars, by helping people reconnect with their lives and their communities. They also aim to progress extended rehabilitation and scar management for burns survivors; to provide information on and access to non-medical treatments for burns and scars; to campaign for consistent clinical care and to develop a support network for people living with burns and disfigurement. To donate please visit our Virgin Money Giving site at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/zerocalorieadvent   


Today’s recipe comes to you from Priya Tew at Dietitian UK.

Blueberry and Banana Smoothie (Great for breakfast)
1 banana
2 tbsp blueberries
100 mL natural yogurt
50 mL milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp porridge oats

Place all ingredients in a jug and use a handheld blender to blend.  Alternatively use a blender or smoothie maker.

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