Clean Eating Tips

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People all over the world are buzzing about the clean eating movement. Whether you open a magazine or are browsing through the Internet, you’ve likely seen endless articles and memes written about clean eating and how we should all be doing it. I completely agree and think that it’s one of the most beneficial trending topics at the moment. However, do all of us really know what it means to eat clean? Eating clean is a way of reshaping your diet and eating more nutritious, healthier options whilst reducing (or eliminating) lesser quality food.

Here are some clean eating tips to get you started.

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Five Ways To Relieve Muscle Soreness

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If you’re an avid fitness enthusiast, then you understand how it feels to have sore muscles. You’ve felt it once and you will feel it again (if you continue to work hard). By now you should know that the “no pain, no gain” motto doesn’t mean enduring pain that is associated with a serious issue, but simply refers to the overall sore feeling after a good session.

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Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work (And What You Can Do Instead)

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It’s a common belief amongst weight watchers and dieters that calories are evil. After all, too many calories make you fat, right? This is the main reason why so many people skimp on daily caloric intake in hopes to losing weight. While this can be the case if you have an excess of daily calories, this article explains how calorie counting can have its downsides.

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Tips For Staying Fit During Your Travels

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In my previous post I discussed ways in which you can get back into the groove of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, there are also some easy things you can do during your travels to minimise your time away from the gym. The following tips won’t necessarily make you fit, but they will keep your body and mind in better shape. 

Walk whenever and wherever you can:

Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that makes it easier to stay at a healthy weight, strengthen bones and improve your mood, coordination and balance. Traveling offers many opportunities to walk around; whether its making laps around the airport departure lounge or walking around a new neighbourhood. 

Workout in your hotel room:

We are creatures of habit and when our regular gym regimen is disrupted, we tend to use this as an excuse to slack off. There are plenty of workouts that can be done in the comfort of a room, without any equipment. Body weight exercises are a great option for traveling. YouTube has a huge selection of no-equipment workouts that can be performed anytime, anywhere.

Choose activities that make you move:

Opt for at least a few holiday activities that keep you moving, whilst allowing you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. The activities can include swimming, hiking, trekking, cycling, you name it. 

Walk/stretch around the airport:

Why do we sit around to wait to sit around on a flight? I don’t know, but I am guilty of doing the same. It is easy to get your blood pumping and muscles moving if you walk around the airport. Stretching is another great habit for airport waiting times and will help prevent your body from cramping and swelling up during long flights. 

Everything in moderation:

There’s no point in beating yourself up during your travels. Everything in moderation is completely fine. In fact, surprising your body with unusual food once in a while is a way of waking up your metabolism. Just try to keep some healthy habits, instead of neglecting everything you’ve been working towards.

Hydrate:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: water is so important! Keep yourself hydrated at all times. Not only is drinking plenty of water essential for your body to perform at its best, but traveling is also known to cause dehydration and water retention. 

Go to the gym (if you can):

Originally, we planned to maintain our regular workout schedule on vacation, but found that to be much too difficult after our first (and last) time at the gym. If you are more motivated (and less hung over), then trying new gyms is a great way of pushing yourself and keeping your fitness level up. Visiting a gym during your travels might also offer some unique experiences, like seeing a horse in the window. 

How To: Get Back On Track After A Holiday

Hi guys! Sorry for the hiatus, but I was busy enjoying an amazing vacation in Australia! Now that I’m back and getting back on track, I thought I’d share some tips for getting back on track after a long break.

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It’s no secret that being on holiday is a time for indulgence and kicking back. Unfortunately, there are consequences to eating, drinking and neglecting exercise since we often aren’t careful during these times. Many of us return home with a few extra pounds, less energy and a looming guilt trip. I say, let it go! Enjoy your holiday to your heart’s content and work your butt off when you get home. Here’s how:

Regain Focus:

Arriving back home should be the beginning of regaining your healthy habits. Stop eating unhealthy food, excess drinking and start thinking about your daily workouts. Don’t beat yourself up over the work outs you missed, just focus your mind on what needs to be done now. 

Get Off The Scale:

By focusing, I wasn’t referring to numbers on the scale. If you can tell that you’ve gained a few pounds, you probably have. Seeing a number isn’t going to change that and I find it to be an unhealthy form of motivation. Just think about how you’re going to improve and develop your best body yet. 

Drink Plenty of Water:

Periods of travel often leave our bodies dehydrated and many of us experience water retention. The key to bringing balance back is to hydrate yourself. Make sure you drink plenty of water! Adding green tea into the mix is a healthy option as well. 

Enjoy Healthy Food and Home-cooked meals:

Restock your fridge with healthy and delicious treats, including fresh vegetables, fruits and whatever choice of protein you fancy. Forget eating those huge holiday breakfasts and switch to oatmeal, yoghurt, high fibre cereals or simple egg dishes instead. Eating the majority of your food at help will also make it easier to prepare and enjoy healthy meals. 

Sweat It Out:

You may be dreading the first day back at the gym or really looking forward to it. Regardless, if you are anything like me and didn’t do much other than walking and dancing during your holiday, you’ll want to ease into your workout. It’s okay if you can’t pick up where you left off. Give your body a few days to gain strength and get reintroduced to exercise. Whatever work out you do for the first few days, remember it’s better than none!

After about a week you should be able to perform the exercises (sets/reps) that you did before your break. 

Sleep:

Sleep is crucial. Surprise, surprise. Enough sleep also helps you make better choices when it comes to diet and exercise. 

Do you have any other tips for getting back on track after a holiday? Let me know your fun ideas in the comments below. 

 

 

How To: Work Out Your Legs (My Favourites!)

Legs are my favourite body part to work out, hands down. I feel that it’s really important to have strong legs to carry you through life as they aid you in so many ways. It also happens that working our your legs is one of the most effective ways of lowering overall body fat and increasing strength.

There are so many amazing leg exercises out there that it can be hard to choose. Even though you can’t really spot reduce, or spot tone, certain exercises do activate and draw more attention to specific areas (such as inner leg raises for the inner thigh). This first series of “My Favourite Leg Work Outs” is a combination of 6 of my most loved leg exercises. 

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Go Green! Why Drinking Green Juice Is Good For You

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Green juice is huge right now. Health nuts, fitness gurus and celebrities are raving about the benefits of green juices and smoothies and rightly so! This wonder drink is full of nutritious health benefits that your body will love and thank you for. 

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How To: Think Positively

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Positivity is a choice. One we can forget to make but is so beneficial to the quality of our lives when we remember to. Positive thoughts have the ability to make you feel happier, make the most of situations and realise what you have. Negative attitudes breed negative results and changing your focus to more positivities, possibilities and solutions is much more fulfilling than giving into worries or doubt. 

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Gratitude & Appreciation

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Life is full of wonderful treats. Whether they come in the form of a person or an event, gifts are everywhere and a part of our lives. Appreciation is so important to the quality of our lives and those around us. Where awareness is lacking, so is appreciation. Appreciating what you already have and what is in front of you is one of the most powerful things you can do in this life. Even if something doesn’t seem like much, it is all that you need and all that serves you at this moment.

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