Archive for December, 2011

Rosetta Stone® offers some startling research results!

December 19, 2011

Rosetta Stone® reveals the key to self-improvement resolutions

 – £852.6m wasted on unwanted gifts last Christmas –

Keeping New Year resolutions is easier for those that set mental goals rather than physical goals, according to new research commissioned by Rosetta Stone.

With Christmas gifts buying season in full flow, Rosetta Stone, the premium language learning company, conducted research into Christmas gifts and New Year resolutions to see if respondents wish for gifts with the potential to last a lifetime by promoting self-improvement.

9% of respondents received more than £50 in unwanted gifts last Christmas (2010). The average amount wasted (£17.40) means that when applied to the UK adult population aged 18+ (49m), a staggering total of £852.6m was wasted on unwanted gifts last Christmas.

Resolutions themselves seem to be waning in popularity, with a total of 63% claiming not to have set any resolutions in 2011. Resolutions get less popular with age, with 41% of 16-24 year olds not making them, rising to 73% of the 55+ bracket.

Added to that, many that did set resolutions failed to achieve them, with 18% unable to lose weight and 12% failing at reaching their ambitions to get fitter.

Self-improvement from a mental perspective seemed to fare better, with just 4% failing to keep their resolution of learning a language, 4% failing to find a new hobby and 4% unable to travel and see the world.

Top reasons to break a new year resolution were lost motivation, or the respondent found it too difficult (29%) or did not have enough time (18%). 14% merely got bored, and 10% forgot.

Gustaf Nordbäck, Country Manager, Rosetta Stone UK commented: “It seems that some people are finding it difficult to keep to certain resolutions, and are therefore not even bothering to set them as they get older. Those that set mental goals rather than physical goals have a far better success rate, so we believe that mental self-improvement is the way to go for 2012 – and what better form of self-improvement than learning a new language!”

This is backed up by statistics revealing that of those people who would like to receive self improvement gifts this Christmas, one third (32%) would like language learning tools. Other high ranked choices for gifts included travel guides (30%) and health and wellbeing books or software (25%). Compared to other age profiles, the 25-34 age group recorded the highest votes for these preferences.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas – with a difference!

December 6, 2011

Here are some Festive Fitness Tips from Nottingham’s premier Fitness Guru, Jiten Nandha, owner of Manage Muscle Personal Training & Boot Camp:

Red and green decorations are out, nostalgic tunes fill the airways and the kids are hard at work on their letters for Santa.

I know what’s on your list this year and it isn’t found at your local department store. You’re wishing for washboard abs—so I’ve put together “The Twelve Days of Christmas –Washboard Abs Edition” just for you.

The 12 Days of Christmas –Washboard Abs Edition

On the First Day…Give yourself the gift of Burpees.

Created in the 1930’s by psychologist Royal H. Burpee, the burpee is an intense full body exercise that helps burn fat and tone muscles. A burpee is done in the following 5 steps: 1) Stand with feet shoulder width apart. 2) Drop to a squat with your hands on the ground. 3) Kick feet back while lowering into a push-up. 4) Return to squat position. 5) Jump up with arms overhead.

On the Second Day…Give yourself the gift of Fibre.

Stocking up on fibre will do wonders for your abs. High fibre foods are nutrient dense and low in calories. Try these high fibre favourites: raspberries, pear (with skin), artichoke, peas, apples (with skin), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.

On the Third Day…Give yourself the gift of a Medicine Ball.

The first medicine balls were created in Persia over 3,000 years ago, made with sand filled bladders and used by wrestlers as part of their conditioning. Today you can get the same rippling abs by incorporating medicine balls into your exercise routine. Do a sit-up holding a medicine ball at your chest then throw it to a partner as you raise your chest toward your knees; or hold a medicine ball with arms straight up in the air as you do crunches.

On the Fourth Day…Give yourself the gift of Reduced Salt.

Too much salt leads to water retention—and that spells disaster for your six pack. Pay attention to the sodium content of your food. Limit salt intake by not eating packaged foods and by putting down the salt shaker.


On the Fifth Day…Give yourself the gift of Oblique V-Sits.

Who really wants a muffin top? You don’t, so incorporate Oblique V-Sits into your routine in 3 simple steps. 1) Lie on your side with legs straight and hands behind your head. 2) Raise your arms and legs simultaneously, while exhaling and squeezing your obliques. 3) Repeat on the other side.

On the Sixth Day…Give yourself the gift of Lean Protein.

Along with fiber, your meals should be packed with lean protein. This will help support muscle growth while controlling blood sugar – all important factors when it come to washboard abs.

On the Seventh Day…Give yourself the gift of Sprints.

The days of long slow cardio sessions are long gone. We now know that short intense bursts of cardio is the ideal way to melt fat. Run 60-90 second sprints in between resistance training sets to really kick your fat burning mechanism into high gear.

On the Eighth Day…Give yourself the gift of No Sugar.

Sure, sugar tastes good, but indulging in it causes your body to store layers of fat. Enjoy fresh fruit, rather than refined sugar. If you really want washboard abs, then say no to sugar.

On the Ninth Day…Give yourself the gift of Hanging Leg Raises.

This is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your abdominals. 1) Hang from pull-up bar with legs fully extended. 2) Exhale and drive your knees up toward your chest. 3) Inhale as you slowly lower your legs back down.


On the Tenth Day…Give yourself the gift of No Grain.

If you’re serious about that six pack then put down the bread basket. Grains are full of insulin-spiking carbohydrates—the perfect combination for fattening you up. Learn to love grain-free meals that center around lean meats and vegetables.

On the Eleventh Day…Give yourself the gift of Mountain Climbers.

Here’s another intense exercise that really targets your abs while also burning fat. 1) Get into push-up position. 2) Exhale as you alternately drive your knees in toward your chest, keeping your back flat.


On the Twelfth Day…Give yourself the gift of Washboard Abs.

Contact me about my tummy flattening programs that will get you those washboard abs that you’re wishing for.

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