Author: Leanne Spencer

What’s A Good Morning Routine?

In this month’s article I want to talk about what my morning routine isn’t. There’s a lot of talk in the fitness and wellbeing space around morning routines – long, elaborate, very fixed and regimented morning routines. Now I do have certain things I like to get done in the morning, but I think the key thing about a morning routine is adaptability and flexibility. Some of the routines you might have heard or read about are people getting up at 4:30am to meditate. Then they might check emails while their coffee brews, or they might make a green smoothie. Then they’re hitting the gym at 6:00/7:00am, and coming back to do a few emails/work, and then going through a cold shower routine, etc. I think that’s fine and well if you’ve got the bandwidth to do it, or if you get so much value from that in terms of increased energy and better health. But for many of us that’s just not achievable. And what I think is really important about a morning routine …

5 Steps To Help Set Achievable Health Goals And Succeed!

Happy New Year and welcome to January 2020. I hope you’re doing well with your resolutions and your goals. You may have found you’ve already had a little bit of a wobble. However, whatever stage you’re at, I want to talk about how you can make your goals a success. The fact that we’ve entered a new year isn’t going to be enough to get you through the stages of change. You cannot rely on the fact that it’s a new year with a “new year, new you” concept. You really need to be clear on your intent – the calendar change isn’t enough. Ask yourself, what is your intent? What do you really want to get done? I would always try and find out what really sits behind that goal, because very often it is more than just the weight loss (for example). What it really could be about is repressed trauma, or very low self-esteem, or even a deep anxiety about your future health – it could be any number of things. But …

Happiness at work

In this blog I’d like to share with you a Scandinavian word you might or might not have heard of before – Arbejdsglaede. And what does it mean? Happiness at work. It’s a Scandinavian concept and no other country has a word for this, which I find quite interesting. If you’re reading this as the owner of a business, it’s probably a concept you’re going to be quite interested in. How happy are your staff and your employees? And as an individual, how happy are you in the line of work you’re doing? A lot of the content I talk about has been around some of the more underappreciated aspects of well-being, like autonomy, variety, purpose, and work life balance. I think for a lot of us, work has really encroached into personal time, and we find it difficult to find that blend rather than balance – the perfect combination of satisfactory time at work, and having the bandwidth of energy and emotion to come and enjoy yourself when you’re at home as well as …

Fitness Tips: Oxytocin – the love and connection hormone

Welcome to month’s post on Oxytocin – the love and connection hormone. It was World Mental Health Day last month and I thought it would be a good time to continue to talk about this subject and about a hormone inside our body called oxytocin. Oxytocin is a very powerful hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It comes with the nickname “the bonding and connection hormone” or even “the love hormone” because of its effect on us. How can you increase the release of this hormone inside your body? There are three ways you can boost oxytocin: Spending time with animals Studies have shown that spending time with animals, specifically, dogs, releases oxytocin in the body, and makes both you and the dog feel good (as you can see from the picture above of myself and my dog). Maybe that’s why so many welcome pets into their homes and why so many therapy centres use animals to help treat and rehabilitate people. Give people hugs Studies found that this also works …

Fitness Tips: Autonomy

This month’s post has actually been inspired by a podcast I did recently with Sarah Williams of Tough Girl Challenges – a cracking podcast, which you can listen to here: Adventure, Freedom, Autonomy And Inspiration With Sarah Williams Of The Tough Girl Podcast It really got me thinking – Sarah talked about one of the reasons she left her job in wealth management was because one of the biggest things she valued around wellbeing was autonomy, and I completely agree. I will quite often think, while I’m looking at my laptop, “You know what, I’m kind of done for the day, even though it’s 2:30pm in the afternoon.” In my previous life, I would have had to sit there till 5:00pm or 5:30pm tapping away, looking busy or forcing myself to get on with it. But one of the things I can do now is just say, “You know what, I’m going to go home. I’m going to sit in the sun, and I’ll get up early and finish this the next day, or over …