I used to be a proper food and health snob. Everything had to be cooked from scratch and just the thought of using curry paste from a jar would bring me out in hives. I once unknowingly added basil that wasn't organic to my bolognese sauce, which resulted in me driving to A&E to demand an ECG because I having palpitations. I seriously thought I was a goner.
Thankfully I have chilled out a bit since then, and whilst i still firmly believe that the less processed food you eat the healthier you will be, I also accept that a tablespoon of curry paste probably isn't going to kill me.
This new found freedom has led me to the absolute delicacy that is Tesco's Rendang Curry Paste (other supermarkets and curry pastes are available).
3 tbsp Rendang Curry Paste
1 can coconut milk
400g rump steak, thinly sliced
250g Baby Corn
1 Red Pepper, diced
Fish sauce, splash
Juice of 1 lime
Handful of Corriander
You could serve with rice or if you are wanting to reduce your calories/carbs try cauliflower rice or just extra veg.
Resistance bands and broom handles are great tools to improve your shoulder health.
The thoracic spine or t-spine describes the area of your spine from the bottom of your neck to just above the natural curve on your lower back (lumbar spine) and is designed to be mobile with the ability to flex, extend and rotate. Modern day lifestyle (too much sitting and poor posture) means that many people lack sufficient movement in this are which can result in excessive movement from the lumbar spine, increasing the risk of injury to your lower back. The Thoracic spine also plays a big part in any upper body movements, so tightness will not only limit your movement, but again increase your chance of rotator cuff injury.
INSUFFICIENT T-SPINE MOBILITY =
POOR POSTURE + REDUCED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE + INCREASED RISK OF INJURY
This article gives you a step by step plan in increase your t-spine extension and rotation, but please note that the information given is no substitute for being seen by a professional in person..
Step 1: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Breathing plays an incredibly important part when it comes to your posture and mobility. Many people flare their chest and ribcage when they breathe making it very difficult for the diaphragm to work correctly. This not only limits the amount of air you can inhale with each breathe, but also means that other muscles particularly in the neck will work harder to compensate, resulting in poor mobility around the neck and shoulder. Watch the video below for a drill to improve your breathing.
Step 2: Self-Myofascial Release (Foam Rolling)
Self-Myofascial Release is a fancy term for self-massage which is used to help release tension and trigger points or knots in the muscles. As with most things consistency trumps intensity so aim to spend 2 minutes every day rolling your thoracic spine.
Step 3: Passive Stretch
A passive stretch means you are using some sort of assistance to keep you in position rather than your own strength. In the video below, we use a foam roller to assist in extending the thoracic spine.
Step 4: Strengthen
Now we have improved our range of motion by relaxing and stretching, we want to strengthen the extra range of motion using the drills below.
My sister-in-law sent me this recipe the other day and it's great. It really does taste like a chicken kebab.
600g chicken mini fillets
500g Fat Free Yoghurt
2tbsp Garam Masala
2tbsp Smoked Paprika
2tsp Cumin, Cinnamon
Salt & Pepper
Large Baking Potato
We are lighter with the swing in this weeks workout. You will be doing roundabout for a full minute followed by thirty seconds rest. Try to keep this going for 10 rounds, but never sacrifice form.
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