Return to YouTube

It has been 4 years, 3 months and 27 days since my last YouTube video.

And boy has a lot happened in that time.

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Three months ago I packed up my life inside a car - stored it at my cottage and took two medium bags filled with essentials like my journal, circle workout bands and favourite gold tray to this far far away land called Australia. 

And now here I am. It's exactly what I expected and nothing at all like I expected. 

The biggest challenges have been deciding what's next?! And after hours of strolling, journalling, meditating I always come back to my love for movement and coaching.

A few weeks ago on my Instagram stories I announced that I was going to start a podcast - the BODcast!! How hard could it be?! 

Well, as it turns out... podcasting is pretty freaking hard! 

I am committed to making this happen but I set the deadline for September 1 and that is not going to happen.

Instead of feeling down about it I took it as a sign from the universe that it was time for me to get back on YouTube. Ahhhhhhh. Being on camera is not my favourite thing ever but I've decided it is time to get over that fear. 

I started the channel 7 years ago when I was living in England at the time. I knew I wanted to start a travel workout blog and decided to just go for it!

OMG the groove pants!! They were big at the time ... I think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPZ4N7w-X0E&t=45s

I am excited to see this re-evolve. As much as talking on camera freaks me out completely I am embracing this challenge and looking forward to getting more comfortable with it.

So here we go!

First question : What is the best (and worst) kind of cardio?

Christie Preston
Interval Workout Hack

When it comes to my own workouts I am really not much of a planner.

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I love to plan in the moment mostly because I like to get moving and then see how I feel. But also after planning workouts for my clients the last thing I want to do at the end of a day is sit down and write my own workout. So I came up with this hack that has served me well as a basic workout template.

Here's how it Goes:

Step One:

Download an interval timer. I like the SIT app - Simple Interval Timer in the app store. 

Step Two:

Get going! Usually I make this part of a loop, so I'll jog to a park 1-2 km away or warm-up for 10 minutes around the block.

Step Three:

Set your interval to 10 seconds rest and 50 second on for 16 minutes
Then create your workout on the spot!

I like to follow this rough format
1. Upper BOD exercise
2. Lower BOD exercise
3. Core stability work
4. Cardio - something to get the heart rate up

Repeat 4x for a 16 minute workout, you can repeat the same exercises four times or mix them up!

For Example, my workout yesterday looked something like this:

Run to exercise park 2 km away (just needed pull-up bar to hang off of!)
Set interval timer 50:10 and did the following 16 minute workout:

1. Hanging pull-up grip
2. Air squats
3. Plank torsion control - here
4. Jumping Jacks

5. Chin-ups
6. Jump squats
7. Toes to bar
8. Burpees

9. Pull-ups
10. Lateral lunges
11. Bicycle abs
12. High knee run

13. Bridge Push-ups (in the video!)
14. Jump lunges
15. Reverse bicycle abs
16. Tuck jump + jump squat

Then jog home! 

Bottom Line

It is not necessary to spend hours planning out a workout. Once you have a basic framework like this one it is easy to drop in new exercises!

Christie Preston
Hot Water Lime in the Morning

Almost every single super healthy person or nutritionist I know recommends starting each day with hot water and lemon.

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Here's the one problem with that for me: the seeds.

It's not the fact that lemon isn't coffee flavoured ... that would probably be gross. It's the seeds and the whole production around removing the seeds first thing in the morning that I just don't want to get into. I've tried lemons before and as much as this makes me sound like a super morning baby I know I'm just not going to bother with them and their seeds in the morning.

So I've hacked this advice slightly. And now drink hot lime water instead. Or if I'm out of lime hot apple cider vinegar water instead - just a teaspoon and hot water. After doing a quick google search the only nutritional difference between lemons and limes is lemons have a slightly higher vitamin C content. But I take a multivitamin, naturally the gummy bear version, so I think I'm good there. 

It has been 14 days ... 3 hours and 43 minutes since I have started this routine. My goal in the beginning was to eliminate coffee entirely too, which I have only had 3 coffees in the last two weeks. Considering I was up to 3 coffees a day I'm calling that a win. 

Here's what I've found:

My skin is a lot brighter and my rosacea has calmed down significantly
I do not miss coffee but weirdly miss tea, I haven't had tea in years
The lime really gets my system going
My hands are a lot more steady
I have more energy all day - especially in the afternoons
My pocket book is a lot heavier, coffee adds up $

Will I Keep Going?

My intention is to make this a permanent habit. It starts my day off nicely and really is not too challenging to incorporate. 

This lemon vs. lime water has been a small reminder to me that it is ok to tweak big ideas or health rules and make them work for me. 

Bottom Lime : 

In a world where everyone tells you to be a lemon, don't be afraid to be a lime instead. 

Christie Preston