It’s said that, at any one time, one in five women in the UK is on a diet. These diets obviously aren’t working otherwise we wouldn’t be in a situation where 57 per cent of women in the UK are overweight or obese. We still follow them, hoping that each new fad will be the diet that finally makes us happy. Spoiler alert: losing weight will not guarantee happiness. Being content with what you have and treating your body with kindness and gratitude will. So let’s take a look at exercise instead. If we were to believe all we saw in magazines and on social media, then we might think the number of women exercising is on the up. The reality is that only 10 per cent of adults in the UK play sport regularly and that 44 per cent do no moderate physical activity at all. Despite knowing more than we’ve ever known about the importance of eating well and exercising, we are simply not managing to do so. This needs to change!
Hollie Grant (author of The Model Method: Recipes, HIIT and Pilates exercises for lifelong wellness) is an ex-chef and believes that a strong, functional, flexible body is the key to lifelong wellness and you can get one if you do three simple things: Nourish, Strengthen and Sweat! The book is full of exercises you can do and straightforward exercise plans to get your body moving plus some gorgeous, healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND snacks which will do your body the world of good.
One really simple way to improve the nutrients you’re getting from food is to eat seasonally. But who can remember what is in season each month? Well now you don’t have to, just use Hollie’s simple guide. Pin it on your fridge for inspiration!
by Hollie Grant
'The Model Method's effective combination of recipes and workouts will leave you feeling stronger, healthier and happier. Hollie is one of the best task-masters on the fitness scene, with a refreshing, balanced approach' Sweaty Betty
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Nourish, sweat and strengthen your way to lifelong wellness with award-winning Pilates instructor and chef Hollie Grant's balanced recipes and workouts.
Hollie started The Model Method online plan after years of teaching her private clients so anyone can carry out the plan, anywhere. This beautiful book will follow on from the plan, showing the reader how to Nourish, Sweat and Strengthen for a healthier, stronger lifestyle.
Nourish will provide readers with delicious and balanced recipes with easy-to-source ingredients to encourage readers to eat from all the food groups unless medically advised not to. As a former chef Hollie is strongly against 'diets' and feels that we should eat to nourish our bodies, not starve them. The Sweat part of the plan will be split into three key areas of the body so that the workout can be personalised to the readers' goals or weaknesses. All the workouts will include elements of both Pilates and HIIT. Pilates is amazing at toning and fixing postural issues but does not address the incredible health benefits you tend to only get from HIIT (including reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity). Strengthen provides Pilates exercises and descriptions of technique, progressions and regressions, muscles activated and why you would carry out that exercise. The book is designed to be personalised so will also teach the reader about their body, posture types and muscle imbalances, and which Pilates technique would be best for them.
Above all, The Model Method is about how our bodies function and perform, rather than how they look, in order to encourage a healthy relationship with food and exercise.