New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness – The same Old Story

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New beginnings with Mandarin Fitness – Exercise, diet, protein, carbohydrates, High Intensity Interval Training, Injury….. You’ve heard it all before.

It’s January and all of these topics have probably been bombarding you from morning till night.  You can’t escape it because it’s January and you are ‘expected’ to have a New Year resolution. The expectation is that you will want or need to lose weight and get fit.

Reality Check

The realities are though that the majority of people who take up exercise and a new diet plan in January are doomed to failure.  Why though? Is it because you have been pressured into it by the media, celebrities, friends, families and Personal Trainers?

Perhaps you feel under pressure to conform with what is expected of you?  Here is a question and answer for the ladies:

“How do you get a bikini body?” The answer is simple “put a bikini on!”

Bikini Diet with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

The picture on the left is the real image. The picture on the right has been edited to portray ‘the perfect body’ image

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness – Don’t Be Pressured

The point I’m trying to make here is that whatever happens, you mustn’t feel pressured or bullied into conforming to the ‘skinny body’ picture that you may have in your mind.  The ‘six pack’ may never happen for you.  It’s a fact and I would like you to hold that in your mind.

We are all different and that is a fact too.

Body Type

Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph are three distinctly different body types.  You are what you are and, like it or not, that’s the way it is.  You can search any of those body types on the internet for a full description to save me rambling on here but the reality is that regardless of how many nuts and seeds you eat or litres off water you drink your body type will never change.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can just give up and pretend that any weight issues you may have just don’t matter.  On the contrary, we know that an increased waist circumference is linked to heart disease, stroke and some cancers.  We also know that too little body fat carries health problems too.

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Morphology – you are what you are!


So where does this leave you? Hopefully not confused!

Do you need to exercise? Of course you do!  Your body type may dictate that you will never be lean with a six pack so do you stop considering what you eat? Of course not!  Remember, “Everything in moderation

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness – Your Health Is In Your Hands

If you don’t enjoy exercise and prefer to eat comfort food then consider this:  “Your health is in your hands” – you should love yourself and the body you’re in so don’t try to reach the unreachable goal.

You can change habits though and there is plenty of professional help around from health professionals to fitness professionals. Consider ‘functional fitness’ as a goal.  Many of you may not want to go to the gym or take up running but can you get out of your chair easily? Could you run or jog a short distance if you need to? Can you lie down and get back up again with ease?  If the answer to these questions is ‘no’ then perhaps you need to consider your perception of fitness.

Take your body type (whatever it is) for a walk, swim or cycle. Don’t cut out carbohydrates from your diet but you can drastically cut down by reducing confectionary.  It’s a good start!

If you are new to exercise, self conscious, unable to move as well as you should but would like to make improvements then you might like to contact me for help. I will visit you for a dedicated 1 to 1 consultation but I’m afraid there will be the normal charges for that service.

If you have any questions about starting exercise please don’t hesitate to contact me.


March is my busiest month of the year. Why? Because so many people are too enthusiastic at the start of their fitness/activity journey and trainers often push people to exercise beyond their safe limits.  March is the time when my phone is most active with people asking for help.  Don’t be a statistic. Take your time to ease into exercise. There is no rush, you have the rest of your life to get it right!

Biomechanics Coaching for injury prevention and rehabilitation with Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Biomechanics coaching with Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire for injury prevention and injury rehabilitation

Until Next Time…

That’s it for now. I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any comments or would like any more information please do get in touch.

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You can email or call me on 07966 174878.  You can also visit the website or for a quick response you will find me on twitter @MANDARINLEISURE @MandarinFitness @MandarinMothers of Facebook MandarinFitness

Mandarin Fitness Detox

Mandarin Fitness Detox

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Mandarin Fitness Detox

Mandarin Fitness Detox – Did you over indulge of the Christmas holidays? Are you ready to detox?

When Is The Best Time?

The simple answer is ‘NOW’

Now is the time detox. In fact, you’re already doing it.  You don’t need to buy a special Dring or go on a special ‘detox’ diet so put your credit card away.

Mandarin Fitness Detox – Every Day

Your body is detoxifying itself every single day of your life. It does it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year since the day you born.

If your body stops detoxifying itself, get medical help as a matter of urgency!

What Do You Need To Know About Detox?

Mandarin Fitness Detox by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger


The End

That’s it! There is no more to say about ‘detox’ other than to remind you to save your money by not believing the adverts that telly otherwise.


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Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss

Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss

Happy New Year With Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss

Here is a new series of blogs for you, starting with ‘Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss’ tips for the New Year.

With 33 years experience as a Personal Trainer I’m here to help you on your journey to health and happiness.

Over Indulged?

Christmas has been and gone already!  Did you buy enough chocolates, alcohol, savoury snacks and treats to last the day…..week?

I’ve heard it said that many people consume around 4000 ‘extra’ Calories per day over the Christmas holidays.  To put this into perspective; in order to burn off 1Lb of body fat you’ll need to burn an ‘extra’ 3500 Calories.  Those ‘extra’ Calories means an awful lot of exercise! Read on for useful tips.

Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss – Don’t Despair

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Don’t despair…

Gaining 5Lb (2-3kg) over the Christmas period isn’t really such a big deal so don’t despair. Body weight naturally fluctuates on a daily basis so resist the temptation to succumb to the advertising hype from the big companies. You ‘will’ be bombarded with the latest eating craze, special diets and prepared meals from all of the media and social media channels. ‘Don’t Despair – Do Resist’ the temptation to follow the crowd. Hold onto your money (at least until you’ve finished reading this blog) because you may find some simple and cheaper alternatives.

The Six Pack

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Your 6 pack is always there but sometimes it needs a bit of work to tone it up. You’ll need to be very lean (very little body fat) to be able to see it, but it is there

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I don’t particularly subscribe to the ‘six pack’ club. My preferred mantra is ‘healthy’ rather than obsessive.  Don’t get me wrong though, the ‘six pack’ is good – but it’s just not a realistic goal for everyone.  So, what can the answer be for those of us who don’t aspire to that type of figure or realistically understand that the ‘lean, mean, fighting machine’ body is never going to be achievable?

Here are some simple rules:

  1. Don’t feel guilty if you think you over indulged over the Christmas period.
  2. Love yourself as you are.
  3. Aspire to be healthy, pain free and able to move freely.
  4. Be prepared to make small changes on a regular basis to make sure you reach your goals.
  5. Be active and stay active.

I can think of many more rules but these five will hold you in good stead for the foreseeable future.

We all know that the consequences of over indulgence and not enough exercise can be fatal. Don’t obsess with your fitness and weight loss programme though. There are some simple changes that you can implement to help make lasting changes.

Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss – Small Changes

If you’re asking yourself “what should I do to help myself?” try starting with these simple tips:

  1. Make small, healthy changes to your diet.
  2. Don’t rush to make big changes all at once. The smaller changes are more likely to become habits that will be long lasting.
  3. Don’t run a marathon! Over exercising is the biggest cause of injury and it happens ‘every’ New Year! Becoming a statistic isn’t part of the game plan.
  4. Invest in appropriate clothing and footwear.
  5. Join a structured club or class that you are likely to enjoy. If you don’t enjoy the exercise you probably won’t stick at it.

Walking Is Free

Our digital age provides technology to help motivate us. In addition we have nice cameras on our phones so we can use them to help give us a reason for walking.

There are many free Apps available to help track our walks and activity. As an iPhone user I utilise the built in fitness App to track my activity and walks for myself and my client sessions. Other Apps available including ‘Map My Walk’ and ‘Strava’. A photo taken during the walk is a lovely way to record your activity too.

If you normally drink a late or cappuccino coffee try swapping it for an Americano coffee. Likewise, if you always eat ready meals, challenge yourself to cook a healthy meal instead. If you have a takeaway meal every week change it to once a month.

If you don’t normally go for a walk try starting off with 1 mile (1.5km) at a time on a daily basis. Your fitness levels ‘will’ improve and your weight ‘will’ reduce. These very simple change ideas can make a world of difference to your life.  Adapting the idea to suite yourself is a perfect way to make permanent changes.

Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss – Superfoods

There is no such thing as a ‘superfood’.  I’ll say that again in case you aren’t sure what you just read: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SUPERFOOD!

Don’t be fooled by the adverts on TV.

Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss – Exercises

Here are a few ideas for exercises that you might find useful. Don’t forget to start off gently to avoid injury.  It’s better to stop while you’re feeling good than to push to fatigue then suffer the consequences later.

Mandarin Fitness exercises by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Mandarin Fitness Weight Loss Challenge

Small changes make all the difference. Challenge yourself to make a few small changes this month.


Mandarin Fitness weight loss by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

If you would like more help or information you can contact Martin on 07966 174878






For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas

#LincsConnectChristmas and #ShopLincs for your Christmas posts in Lin colnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

For Christmas in Lincolnshire use #LincsConnectChristmas and #ShopLincs on your social media posts to reach more local people. Use the hashtags to post our gift ideas and bargains then encourage your followers to search the hashtags to discover more.


#LincsConnectChristmas is a seasonal hashtag which ‘trends’ globally each year so use it to reach out to your new customers. The #LincsConnect hashtag along with #ShopLincs are here for you every single day of the year so I recommend using them all.

The #LincsConnect hashtag trends most weeks during the #LincsConnect Hour so make sure you use it to your advantage. You’ll find more information later in this blog.

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas – It’s Free Advertising 

Competition at this time of year is fierce so ‘NOW’ is the time to advertise websites and online shops.

Social media may not be the place to sell at Christmas but it is an ideal platform to guide readers to shops and websites. Include links on your posts to make life easier for readers to find your shop. Use social media to highlight offers and promote what you have to offer and make time to follow up any enquiries.

You can’t expect everyone to find you and buy your products so make sure you use your social media platforms to guide customers to your shop. I am repeating myself but I’m happy to do that if it helps you to understand the usefulness of social media as a tool to reach out to new customers.

#LincsConnect Hour

LincsConnect Hour on twitter every Monday at 8.00pm by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

The #LincsConnect Hour takes place on Twitter every Monday evening from 8.00pm. You can use it to reach out to local people with your adverts, chat and general support.  The hashtag trends most weeks too which makes it the perfect platform for advertising yourself or organisation.

Hosting the #LincsConnect Hour on Twitter is FREE and an ideal way to reach out to locals. Get in touch today to arrange a date to host your Hour. I’ll say it again “For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas“.

WhatsOnLincs is the new web page for sharing What's on in Lincolnshire posts by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas & Advertise On WhatsOnLincs

WhatsOnLincs is the new community web page on the LincsConnect website. You can use it to post free adverts from markets and car boot sales to charity events and entertainment, jobs, volunteering plus much more. You can even include pictures as well as links to websites.  It’s all FREE so be sure to use it to find out What’s on in Lincolnshire.

New categories are being added as demand increases. As a result, there are new categories including ‘ShopLincs’ and ‘Christmas Events’.  You can use this categories to advertise yourself, your Ofers and Christmas events.  Advertising is FREE on the site too so please to make the most of it.

Once you have posted your advert you can copy the link to post on any social media platform. This will save you from having to type new adverts each time.

Here To Help

LincsConnect has been working hard to help local traders, organisations and charities but we do need to help each other.  By posting links from the website to your social media platforms you will be helping to promote the free website. That’s all I ask of you!

 Be A Sponsor

You can pay to advertise on the website of course.  Each sponsor will have their logo and website/socials link on each page of the website.  Anyone who views the site or posts a free advert will see you.  If you would like to become a sponsor and would like more information please get in touch.


Mandarin Therapies & Mandarin Mothers provide bespoke complementary therapies from the comfort of your own home. Treatments include Antenatal & Postnatal therapies and Aromatherapy massage as well as injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. Ask about the bespoke Biomechanics assessments too.  Call 07966 174878 to book your session or to order a personalised gift voucher in time for Christmas.

Merry Christmas Everyone

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to chatting to you all sometime soon.


Emergency What3Words

Emergency What3Words

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Emergency – What3Words

Emergency – What3Words

Suppose you’re out walking or have gone for a drive when you come across an accident.  You dial 999 to contact the emergency services don’t know exactly where you are.

You’re in the middle of the countryside but you don’t know exactly where. This is when What3Words is useful.

How Does What3Words Work?

Simply download the App to your smartphone and leave it there until you need it.

When you need to give the emergency services an exact location open the App and quote the 3 words displayed. That’s it!  It really is that easy.

All you have to do is open the App and you’re immediately given 3 unique words that identify your exact location. It’s not complicated at all.

What3Words For Social Events

When opening the App you’re given the option to share the 3 words via social media, email or directly to one of your contacts. It’s a great way to pass on your location to friends if you are meeting in town.

Typing the three words into the search bar your friends are able to navigate directly to you using the App. As well as being the all important navigation tool in emergencies it’s also a brilliant tool for finding your friends.

Be Creative With What3Words

You can use What3Words wherever you are so it’s not just limited to Lincolnshire. If you are trading in a busy market and want to help people find your stall silly log in and post your What3Words.  It’s so accurate that it’ll bring your customers straight to you.  Just think how handy that would be in somewhere as busy as the Lincolnshire Show or Great Yorkshire Show.


Mandarin Therapies provides bespoke complementary therapies from the comfort of your own home. Call 07966 174878 to book.  treatments range from 1 – 2 hours

I hope you found this useful.