Wednesday, 17 February 2016

FITNESS | EASY STEPS TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE


WEARING:
JUMPER - PINK SODA SPORT // VEST - PINK SODA SPORT // SPORTS BRA - PINK SODA SPORT // LEGGINGS - PINK SODA SPORT // TRAINERS - NIKE

I began my fitness journey exactly a year ago, and although i've had breaks here and there i've learnt a lot along the way. Especially when it comes to what works to keep me motivated and what doesn't. I think its all about keeping things simple and fun. Here are some easy steps to follow to help you along the way to a healthy lifestyle.


1) MAKE A PLAN
I think making a plan is key. Whether its a specific daily workout plan, or just a plan regarding which days you are going to the gym. If you don't plan, exercise is going to be something you will find easy to leave out of your to-do list if you have a busy day. I tend to plan to go to the gym 3 times a week in the morning, after tidying the flat and before beginning my work day. This way i get it out of the way before i get really stuck in to work, but i know i've at least ticked off one thing from my to-do list before i exercise so i don't worry that I'm wasting valuable time. If you can, i'd recommend planning out your workouts to some extent so you're not going in blind. Even if its just writing down which class you are doing which day, or which body part you are going to focus on.


2) LOOK FOR INSPIRATION
So this might seem like a weird one, but i think looking for inspiration in the form of recipes & workouts is really important. Eating healthy plays a big part in staying fit, so having an abundance of healthy recipes to hand will make it easier to stay on track. The same goes with workouts. If you've researched exercises for each body part and made a note of them, you won't enter the gym feeling bewildered which can lead to a rubbish workout instead of a great one! I also think looking for body inspiration can be really motivating, but its so important to realise that you won't ever look like them, but you will look like the best possible version of yourself if you put in the work.


3) GET THE GEAR
Now this doesn't mean you have to go and spend hundreds of pounds on a whole new workout wardrobe, but making sure you have the right clothing and accessories will really help. You want trainers which support your feet well and clothing which will mould around your body without being restricting. My favourite brands are Nike, Lululemon and Sweaty Betty but Pink Soda Sport, BooHoo, Missguided & Gymshark do some more affordable options which are also great. I find that new workout clothes are really motivating for me, as i just want an excuse to wear them! Speaking of workout clothes, the majority of this outfit is from Pink Soda Sport. I thought i'd pick up an outfit from the range to try it out and let you know my thoughts. The Jumper has become my go to, as its just so soft and warm which makes it perfect for walking to and from the gym. The vest is great cut which is perfect for showing off the side of your sports bra and the print is subtle but stops it from being another boring vest. Personally, i'm not a huge fan of the leggings, but i think this is mainly due to the fact i'm so small - they're just a little too big! The sports bra is great if you're wanting something a little longer and more like a top, but beware it is a little thin.


4) MAKE A PLAYLIST
Music can really make or break a workout for me, if i forget my headphones i just know my workout will be a little lacklustre. I always make sure to have a good playlist on my phone, or i log in to spotify and find my favourites. Listening to upbeat music really will make you feel more upbeat about your workout!


5) DO MORE
Now you might not have the time to go to the gym 3-4 times a week and thats ok. Just being more active can really improve your health and get you on track. Walking down the beach or walking to work instead of getting the bus will help. If you can, try and do some home workout videos or do a quick weight-free circuit in the park. Ease yourself into exercise instead of diving in head first.


6) SWITCH IT UP
If you find yourself getting bored or if you feel like you're not making progress anymore, switch it up. Your body can plateau or if you're doing the same workout for too long or you might find yourself putting in less effort due to boredom. Linking in to point two, searching online or asking a personal trainer at the gym for inspiration on new workouts will keep things fresh and interesting. If you've never tried pilates or you want to work with a personal trainer - do it, your body will thank you!


7) LOOK AT YOUR FRIDGE
The food you eat is just as important as exercising, so its time to look at your cupboards and that fridge. Empty out the crap and either bin it or give it to a food bank if unopened. I always keep a couple of treats of the healthier variety (eg. dark chocolate, chocolate covered fruit, popcorn etc) but everything else has to go! Its time to start introducing more fruits, vegetables, lean meats (or meat alternatives), grains etc. Its surprising how much fun you can have finding out recipes and experimenting with all of these new foods!


8) SET GOALS
Setting goals will help you to stay on track with your new healthy lifestyle. Whether its to lose 10lbs, to gain an inch on your butt, to squat your body weight or to see more definition in your abs, these goals will give you something to work towards. Its also good to set short term goals such as running an extra 5 minutes or being able to do an extra 5 lunges so you dont get discouraged! Taking progress shots or writing down your workout progress will really help you to stay on track with your new healthy lifestyle.

So there we have it, some easy steps to a healthier lifestyle and some tips for staying on track. I hope this helped at least one of you, i know i'll be looking back on this post when I'm feeling discouraged!

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