Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Small changes to a healthy lifestyle - Exercise



Now, I know when people hear exercise, they think they need to go to the gym for an hour or go on a 5 mile run to make a difference. This isn't the case at all. It all depends on what you want to do, if you just want to get a bit fitter, lose weight, increase flexibility, or just start doing something to make you feel good about yourself. This can be as simple as starting yoga. You can start doing it once a week, every few days or every day, it's such an easy thing to get into. I highly highly recommend Tara Stiles. Her video's are amazing, you can find her on YouTube and she has a great beginners playlist, to help you increase flexibility, balance and strength. The videos average about 5-10 minutes long so it is super easy to fit into your daily routine, I find it's great to do before bed, help you wind down, but that's just me. You might prefer to do it first thing and get yourself ready for the day ahead.

Yoga is light exercise as well as walking. Walking is great and with buses, car's, jobs where you sit down all day, then vegging out on the sofa in front of the TV we don't walk much anymore. It is great exercise for anyone and it's free. You can take your dog (or your friends if you don't have one) for a walk. You can go for a little stroll on your lunch at work. Get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. Park the furthest away from your destination in the car park so you can get a bit more walking into your day. It's great to help you get into jogging and running as well. I will be added jogging into my daily activities shortly as I am dedicated that I want to try to do the colour run next year, it looks so much fun and it promotes health, happiness and individuality. It being 5k as well can make it more of a manageable goal. You can try walking for one minute, then jogging for one minute, alternate between the two.


If you want to lose weight or get strong then you would be looking at doing strength and cardio, which is my current main focus at the moment along side some yoga when I can fit it in. I love doing strength, I have been able to increase my strength and I can notice I'm a lot stronger, it can make you feel empowered and that you can look after yourself. Especially when you are lifting heavier weights than some of the guys in the gym. You always want to mix a bit of cardio in as well to make your insides healthier and get fitter. I have noticed mixing between the two, I don't reach for my inhaler as much as I used to, which an entirely different type of health advantage. A lot of girls will just do cardio, but it is important to do strength as well, you can lose weight a lot lot faster if you do that, a lot of research has told me. Keeping motivated is the hard part, you can do weekly weigh-ins, have progress pictures or a fitblr. Fitblr's are like motivational pages on tumblr, I find it helps a lot, if I feel I have slipped a bit, I go on my fitness tumblr and it helps me. You can find mine at http://dbliveclean.tumblr.com/

Any fitness tips that work for you? Please share your ideas and experiences :) 

Emily xo
*Disclaimer - I am not a fitness expert or a personal trainer, this is just stuff I have picked up while being on a fitness journey of my own and learnt from my personal trainer and friends.
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  1. There's an iPhone app called 7 minute work out which I swear by! Would definitely recommend it and it's free as well :-)

    LUCYGABS

    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I will deffo check it out :) xxx

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  2. I've literally just signed up for the gym again today and crazily both looking forward to starting again but dreading it, I know once I'm there I enjoy it but it's the getting there that's the trouble. I'm also on a mission to eat healthier as I really want to tone up, I'm loving exercise/get fit posts atm so have enjoyed this one :)

    Belle x Part of Belle's world

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