Integrating Yoga Into Your Fitness Routine

Now that we’ve touched on the beneficial whys of incorporating yoga into your workout regime, it’s time to talk about how. Please note that I am not a fitness expert and you should still do your own research (especially if something doesn’t feel right). This is simply a combination of what I find works, and what I’ve researched myself.

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Why You Should Incorporate Yoga Into Your Fitness Routine (Or Vice Versa)

I believe in balance. Without balance, stress takes over and you’re pulled in one direction. If you’re pulled too much, well, you might just snap. Working out is great and I love the benefits that I’ve experienced from exercising, but sometimes the strain is a lot.

The idea with working out is that you’re always pushing yourself towards ‘more’ – more reps, lift heavier – more, more, more. And that’s fine, but finding a way to counteract that and reintroduce harmony and appreciation for where you’re already at is a beautiful thing.

That’s where yoga comes in.

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5 Ways To Use Your Smartphone To Stay Motivated

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Many of us don’t go far without taking our smartphones with us. Instead of complaining about the way things have developed, let’s find a way to use our smartphones as a tool to enhance our efforts and increase motivation. Since you don’t leave home without it, learn to use to stay healthy and on track.

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How To: Wash Your Smelly Gym Clothes

Anyone who exercises knows that gym clothes aren’t the best smelling things, especially post workout. The stench tends to become even worse the longer that we leave the item, either on our bodies or in a laundry bag. You may find that, despite washing them several times, your workout gear doesn’t smell as good as it should. The following tips can help you restore your clothes back to their neutral state.

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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. 

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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:

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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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Fitness Motivation. Watch Out Where You Get It From!

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): 

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I think the following pictures are much more inspiring than the photoshopped edition. Women who are taking charge of their health and bodies:

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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. 

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