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February 2020 - Fitness Inside Out

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18 February 20200

Ok so you have read our article on Eat Less Meat for Climate Change, so to support the notion of reducing our meat consumption we have found a great recipe for veggie meatballs.

This recipe is similar to falafel balls, and is super simple to put together with canned chickpeas and frozen peas. These are staples in my kitchen and such an easy go to meal. Now they are swallowed fried, not ideal, but if you have a young family and you are trying to introduce more vegetables into your diet it is a great way to start.

Quick vegetarian meatballsview recipe from Taste.com


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18 February 20200

So why are warm up exercises important? You may be tempted to skip the warm-up the next time you workout. Resist that temptation as a good warm up reduces your chances of injury or aggravating an old injury.

Most warm-up sessions will include a combination of cardiovascular exercises, stretching and strength drills. The cardiovascular exercises are designed to increase circulation, increase body temperature and bring the heart rate up, while stretching warms the muscles and prepare them for the movements they will be required to carry out during the activity.

To warm up, gently use all the same muscles you plan to use for the fitness activity. The length of your warm-up will depend on how intensely you plan to exercise. Generally, the more intensely you plan to exercise the longer you will want to warm up. For most people, between 5 and 30 minutes is sufficient.

The most important reason for doing a warm up is to prevent injury; keeping the muscles warm will prevent acute injuries such as hamstring strains and will stave off overuse injuries by allowing the body to prepare steadily and safely.

For tips on how to warm up ask your mobile personal trainer check out the video below for a low impact cardio workout for an all over warm up.

 


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18 February 20200

The concept of eating less meat for climate change is everywhere at the moment. There are more and more headlines about people going vegan and about the negative environmental consequences of animal agriculture.

A Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations report in 2006 advised that animal production contributes on a ‘massive scale’ to global warming as well as land degradation, water and energy use, deforestation and a decline in biodiversity. Animal production requires a massive quantity of water. It is estimated that 8% of the world’s human water consumption is used for livestock production. A kilo of wheat requires about 1,500 litres of water to produce while one kilo of beef requires ten times more water. Much of that water is used in manufacturing animal feed. Vegetable production requires much less water.

So here are some tips from Greenpeace

  • Commit to reducing your meat and dairy consumption by a few meals per week and tell five friends about your choice to eat less meat for climate change
  • Make fresh fruits and vegetables a bigger part of your diet.
  • Buy sustainable or organic fresh produce whenever possible.

So next time you are planning the weeks shopping, choose a couple of veggie meals and ditch the meat for fresh veggie options.

Need some ideas for veggie meals why not try the Veggie BBQ or Veggie Meatballs