Nowadays so many people are addicted to their smartphones. Obsessions such as checking social media and texting are getting in the way of enjoying everyday moments that make up our lives.
There are so many excuses out there, but they don’t help anyone! Ditch the following excuses in order to achieve your fitness goals.
- “I don’t have time.”
Are you sure?! Many people claim that they don’t have time to exercise, but they find time to browse Facebook, check Instagram, watch a TV show/movie. If you have a few minutes here and there during the day, you have time! You can even break up your exercises into increments.
Those that are super busy and addicted to fitness even do squats/calf raises/etc whilst brushing their teeth! Can’t miss the airing of your favourite TV show? Then move your workout in front of the TV.
- “I’m way too tired.”
Fancy that! You know what fixes that weary feeling? Working out! Endorphins will help kick that tiredness to the curb. Of course, if you are genuinely fatigued, you may want to choose a workout that doesn’t result in a heavy weight landing on your foot due to sheer exhaustion.
- “I have children and I can’t get time away from them.”
Google image: Moms working out with kids. Hello! Your little ones are living weights. And if they are too old to want to be held, challenge them to join your work out. Mmm, just imagine the naps they’ll have to have afterwards.
- “Working out is boring/Working out isn’t for me.”
Do you know how many different types of exercises there are in the world? A kajillion. There must be something that excites or motivates you, you just have to keep looking for it and trying different things.
- “I look stupid when I work out.”
Does anyone really look good when they first try something out that contorts their body and makes them huff and puff? Not really. Practice good form and you will get better. You have to start to be good at something.
- “But I’m skinny/I’m fat.”
Exercise isn’t just about weight. In fact, weight shouldn’t even really be a factor. The weight just works itself out. The amazing benefits of exercise help everyone, skinny or plump.
- “I can’t afford to exercise.”
Gym memberships can be a laugh. But who said you have to go to a gym? There are SO many at home work outs that you can do. No weights? Use cans of food. Don’t have that either? How about a water bottle filled with sand? Or a couple books? There is always a way. This ties in with work out clothes are expensive. If you’re reading this I’m pretty sure you have some clothes on (am I right?) use what you have. And if you work out at home, you can even do it in your undies! (For women I do suggest some support for your chest though, but if you can’t afford a work out top at least get a bra without underwire. Big or small, our breasts need protection).
- “I tried working out and it did nothing. So, meh.”
Sounds like you did some serious working out in order to make a statement like that. But I kind of doubt it. As long as you are getting your heart rate up, SWEATING, and pushing yourself in increments – it will eventually pay off. Eat clean, too, because that’s one of the major reasons “working out hasn’t affected my body.”
Say good bye to those silly excuses and get in the best shape of your life. I dare you.
Lots of love xx
Aaaah! Let’s just say that right now things are crazy! It feels like everything was snowballing and BOOM! now it is time to do everything at once. I’m only talking about work stresses..and even then, I do what I love for work. Yeah, you can call me one of those people. 2014 is off to a pretty crazy and amazing start, though there are times I have felt so overwhelmed!
Here are some tips to help manage work stresses: (This is pretty much a note to myself and I hope you guys can benefit from it, too.)
- Work on what you can control
There will be many things that are out of your control, but there is no point in stressing about them. Let the natural flow of things take place and keep focused on what you can do, when you can do it.
- Do something you love
Even though you might feel like there is absolutely no time to spare, you can always take a few minutes and re-connect with yourself. Whether it is some stretching, listening to a song or having a quick walk…whatever you decide to do will recharge you and prepare you for what’s ahead.
- Make notes/lists/whatever works
I’m the kind of person that has to make notes of what needs to be accomplished in a day. And boy, am I glad that that is habit of mine. If you don’t write things down then you can lose yourself in thoughts of “oh god, what was next? and when am I supposed to do that?” It take practice and you’ll find a way that works for you. Even if it means writing it on your palm (*nudge nudge*)
- Don’t let perfectionism get the better of you
Of course we want to do everything right the first time, but as long as you are doing your best, don’t fret! Aiming to be perfect all the time can be incredibly exhausting. You’ll learn the right way to handle things as mistakes happen. And I’m sure you aren’t trying to make mistakes on purpose, so loosen up a bit.
- Take care of your body!
I still have to fit in exercising every day. It is as important to me as brushing my teeth or showering. Plus, hello endorphins! Drink plenty of water, give your eyes a little break from the computer screen, eat an apple…anything that will help fuel you through these times is a must!
Lots of love xx
Work out motivation meme’s, images, etc…they are everywhere nowadays. I enjoy seeing them and find a fair few of them to be motivating. However, people often believe that these images aren’t photoshopped, enhanced or altered - and this isn’t the case for SO many of them! I believe that people should find motivation in ways that work for them; whether it’s quotes or posters, but it is so important to be aware that everyone has different results and no one will look the same..especially if looking the same means looking digitally enhanced!
Let’s take Victoria’s Secret models, for example. I have respect for these girls. They train like athletes (especially before hitting the runway!) and they work HARD for their bodies. But, they are still not “good enough” for print. Their bodies are still altered with photoshop/lighting/makeup. Even Rosie Huntington-Whiteley admits that they use gel padding “I do believe in chicken fillets. I’m not saying you have to use them, but if anyone knows me and sees me in a photoshoot, well, there are friends in there.” and Miranda Kerr admits to even more (in the image at the end of this post).
Here are some examples of what we are supposed to think they look like/what women look like (Before & After):
I think the following pictures are much more inspiring than the photoshopped edition. Women who are taking charge of their health and bodies:
Let whatever you want inspire you, but don’t think that you have to reach a specific result. The best you can do for you is simply that, the best.
You may have seen dry brushing on a spa menu or heard people talking about it but never really looked into it. This little gem is one of the best things you can do for your skin in the comfort of your own home.
Dry Brushing Health Benefits:
- exfoliating dead skin
- stimulating your lymphatic system
- reducing cellulite
- unclogging pores
- mildly detoxifying your skin
Steps For Dry Skin Brushing:
- Buy a natural skin brush that has a long handle (mine is detachable, so I use the long handle for my lower body and back and detach it to comfortably brush my upper area)
- Stand naked in your bathroom or shower area. Somewhere that can easily be cleaned since dead skill will fall.
- Brush from your feet and move upwards (towards the heart) in long motions. It is best to go over each area a few times. Be gentle on sensitive areas, such as your breasts and arm pits.
- After you’ve brushed your whole body, get in the shower.
- Once you’re out of the shower, pat your skin dry.
Dry brush your body daily. For optimal results, dry brush twice a day. You will notice and feel skin improvements after a few weeks of dry brushing.
Cleaning Your Brush:
Simply clean your brush using soapy water and rinse it until it is soap-free. Allow it to dry in the open-air, direct sunlight.
Lots of love xx
Do you dread working out?
See it as a chore?
Well, you aren’t alone but believe you me, working out can be fun, not to mention incredibly rewarding! Those that are able to find joy in working out are much more likely to pursue it for the long run, which is where the benefits come in anyway. The following tips will help you enjoy to your work out:
Imagination can have a profound affect on your life. One of my favourite things about exercising is that it takes my mind to an undisturbed place, free of worry and negativity. Many people work out to look better, but exercising makes you feel better as well (hello, endorphins!). Every time you work out, think about how you want to look and feel and how hard you are willing to work to make that change. The fact that you are taking charge is incredibly rewarding.
- Form a Habit
Decide on working out for ___ times a week. Stick to your plan and eventually it will become a habit. Making it a habit makes it easy to continue and, before you know it, you will be looking forward to your scheduled work outs.
- Challenge Yourself/Create Fitness Goals
It’s not supposed to be easy, or everyone would be doing it. It is a mental and physical challenge that you must dedicate yourself to. Set goals, such as reaching 100 sit ups in one setting or moving up in weights in a certain amount of time. Always listen to your body; learn the difference between bone ache and muscle ache, but never stop challenging yourself (even if it’s only in increments).
- Try Different Things
Not everyone is going to enjoy the same work out. Some people prefer running, others despise it, and the same can be said about any exercise routines. There are SO many options for working out that saying “I don’t like working out. Period.” is the worst excuse in the book. Find a work out that excites you. This will help keep it challenging and fun!
Music can change your mood and it is no different with working out. Many people find it easier to run and engage in physical activity with music. Create a soundtrack that motivates you.
- Track Your Progress
You can take pictures at the start of your work out (those “before” shots) and snap along as you advance. This kind of visual cue is incredibly rewarding. Alternatively, write your progress down in a book. Keep track of how long you worked out for, what was easier for you and what you added. All these details will continue to improve and grow as you do, too.
- Have a Blast!
Yes, sometimes you might feel like giving up or that the last rep is absolutely impossible. But that is often just your mind tricking you into submission. Turn challenges into rewarding opportunities. When you do that jab-cross-hook-uppercut sequence, picture yourself as Mike Tyson. When you are dipping low into those plie squats, become a ballerina (see header picture for example :). Calf raises? Super woman stance is the best for these!
There are so many ways to have fun with this. And once you do, as I have found, you will be looking forward to your next work. Now go and ENJOY!
Lots of love xx
Talk about a fuss-free breakfast! This two ingredient pancake is a healthy and delicious alternative to regular pancakes. It is packed with protein and is gluten and flour free. Mmm!
I use 2 eggs + 2 bananas to get the consistency that I like but play around and see what texture you enjoy I also use coconut oil to heat the pan for added health benefits.
- whisk the eggs in a bowl
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas using a fork
(Or cut up the banana and drop it in a blender along with the eggs. Quickly blend it and voila!)
- Turn the heat on low-medium and pour some coconut oil in the pan. The size of the pancake depends on you but I prefer to make a decent sized one (since I’m way too hungry in the morning to wait to make lots of little ones). Watch the cake start to dry around the edges and signs of bubbling in the centre. Then you are ready to flip it.
- Enjoy the pancakes as they are or add cinnamon, flaxseeds, berries, etc…
Have a beautiful day!
Lots of love xx
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day! I love eating substantial food in order to get my body ready for what’s in store. Here are some examples of my breakfast, with more to come :)
Ingredients I used for these:
- Rye bread with muesli
- Ghee (healthy substitute for butter)
- Duck slices
- Air dried beef
- Cheddar Cheese
- Sea salt & Pepper
I prefer to bring my own content to you but this article is so well written and concise that I figured it was worth sharing with you lovely people. I personally have 2 free range eggs almost every morning with breakfast.
Lots of love xx