Sunday, 23 July 2017

KEEP FIT THIS SUMMER!

The words sun, sea and sand only mean one thing... Summer has arrived! With it comes holidays, BBQ's, spending most of our free time in beer gardens, oh and not to mention ice cream covered in ALL the toppings!!

The last thing you want to do is ruin all the hard work you've put in getting summer ready, so to help you stay on top of your fitness regime, I'm sharing my top tips on how to keep in shape during the summer months.  

1. TAKE IT OUTDOORS!
I'm sure you'll agree with me that when the sun's shining the last place you want to be stuck, is in a hot, sweaty gym.  So instead of ditching your workout completely, put your shorts on, grab your trainers and take it outdoors! Why not check out a boot camp in the local park, go a run/cycle or create a HIIT session in your garden.  Whatever you choose, you can keep active & soak up some Vitamin D at the same time!  A bonus if you ask me.

2. EAT WELL
Yes we all want to strut around the pool, looking amazing in a bikini, whilst not having a care in the world, but going on the "no carbs before Marbs" diet is not the answer!  In fact, if you're training hard your body will need carbs as fuel and they'll also help you recover from your workouts.  Don't over complicate things; eating well & exercising regularly is what really works.
If you're at a BBQ over the summer then allow yourself a burger with some salad, just don't go and eat a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream afterward  As long as you're burning more calories than you consume you won't gain weight.  Remember balance is key.

3.  CREATE ACHIEVABLE GOALS
Washboard abs is something we all dream of... well at least I do anyway!  I'm sorry if I'm about to burst your bubble, but it's unrealistic that you'll achieve these in two weeks.  Some goals depending on what they are can take months, if not years to achieve and require a lot of hard work & dedication. There's nothing wrong with having a long term goal, but having smaller goals that will help lead to your long term goal is also a good idea.  These will be more achievable in a shorter time frame, you'll see progress and your motivation levels will remain high.

4. GET FIT WITH A FRIEND
Having a training partner can be a great motivator and will encourage you to keep fit.  Not only are you less likely to cancel, because who wants to be known as the friend that bails?  But it will also make your workouts more fun and you'll work harder if someone's pushing you.  Just make sure you don't spend the whole time gossiping about the hot guy in the gym you fancy or checking Instagram/Facebook every 5 minutes.

5. CONSISTENCY IS KEY
I believe you can achieve anything you put your mind to and unfortunately when it comes to fitness and getting in shape, there is no magic pill.  If you're prepared to put the hard work in then you'll reap the rewards, so even when you don't feel like training, drag yourself off the couch and go workout! You'll feel 10 times better after when the endorphins kick in and it will be worth it in the long run! Trust me!

For more motivational tips and workouts, follow me on Instagram @the_luminouslife if you don't already.

A.x

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

MY 5 TOP TIPS TO BOOST YOUR BODY CONFIDENCE

BE WHATEVER SHAPE YOU WANT TO BE

Summer is here which means one thing, everyone is obsessing over their summer body!  It's that time of year again when you've got to get into a bikini for the holiday you booked a year ago and swore to yourself you'd get in shape for. 
I bet you're sitting there wondering how it came round so quickly and I'm sure many of you are feeling anxious about the thought of putting that bikini on because of low self esteem or not being body confident. 
Well that's where the tips I'm about to share with you on how to become more body confident might help, so keep reading...


1. FIND A WORKOUT YOU LOVE!

Exercise is definitely a mood booster and when the endorphins kick in so does the post workout feeling of bliss.  However, staying motivated can be the hard part, so find a workout you love doing! If you enjoy your workout then you'll definitely find it easier to stay focused, become more engaged and maintain consistency, all which will help you get closer to your goal!

2. DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes and it's about time you embraced your uniqueness. Imagine how boring the world would be if everyone looked the same.  Everyone has flaws/weaknesses, even the people you wish you looked like on social media and so you should start loving your imperfections.

3. IDENTIFY PARTS OF YOUR BODY YOU LOVE

Next time you're standing in front of the mirror naked, look at yourself and instead of thinking about the things you dislike, think about the things you like.  We're all so bad for not looking at our strengths, but it's about time we did.  Being confident and having a high self esteem is often associated with being arrogant but remember there is nothing wrong with loving yourself!

4. STOP STEPPING ON THE SCALES

This is a number one must!! Standing on the scales every morning is only going to create a negative mindset.  Don't get me wrong, if you've lost 3lbs then I'm sure you'll walk to work with a spring in your step, however if you've put weight on you'll stand off the scales feeling rubbish and it just sets you up for a bad day.  What you need to know is that your body weight can alter for a number of reasons with the main culprit being water, so if you need to weigh yourself do so once a week and in the meantime hide the scales.... You're much more than a number.

5. MIND OVER MATTER

Cast your mind forward twenty years and think about the body you're likely to have then. Unfortunately gravity is not our friend and our metabolisms will most likely slow down.  So embrace the body you have now and own your curves!  Be whatever shape and size you want to be as the only person you need to impress is yourself, you shouldn't care what anyone else thinks.  So if you want to wear that tight dress then wear it!
The problem isn't with your body, it's with the way you look at it and what you think of it, so change the perspective on how you look at yourself.

Lastly I want to remind you that everyone has down days, days when they don't feel great, days when they cry or aren't happy with the way they look... you're not alone!

As demonstrated by the Women's Health #InShapeMyShape campaign, accepting your body's shape and size and loving yourself is the healthiest place to be, and don't forget to remind yourself everyday that you're awesome!!

A.x

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Monday, 5 June 2017

HOW TO GET THE GLOW

Who doesn't want glowing, youthful skin right?  With summer here we all want to look like we've just come back from that sunkissed holiday where Vitamin D was our best friend.

Being in my late twenties (OMG I can't believe I just said that), I definitely take skincare a lot more seriously than I did in my late teens/early twenties.  Long gone are the days when I'd come in from a night out and use a face wipe to remove my make up.... or worse fall asleep with my face still in tact.

Working out and living a pretty healthy, balanced lifestyle helps me to achieve that "glowy" look, but there are also some products that help when the tiredness and stress kicks in and so I thought I'd share my favourite products with you.

When it comes to removing my make up after a long day I swear by L'Oreal Extraordinary Cleansing Oil. A few pumps of this product will instantly dissolve your make-up, including stubborn mascara to leave your skin feeling smooth and radiant.

Every other night I like to apply Alpha H Liquid Gold.  This product is a little more expensive at £33.50 but it's amazing!  With a formula of silk protein and licorice, it helps revitalise your skin whilst improving the appearance of your complexion.  However, I would definitely not suggest using it everyday as it's quite an intense product.
Another cleanser which I also love is Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser. Not only does this smell lovely, it gently removes impurities and make up without leaving your skin feeling too tight.  The Marshmallow and Allantoin help to soothe and restore the skin's natural ph balance which makes this product great for sensitive skin.

If you're looking for that luminous glow, then this product is a must have!  The Rodial X-Treme Acid Rush Peel works a little like a face mask.  Once applied, leave the product on for 10-15 mins whilst the active azelaic acid, glycolic lactic and fruit acids take effect by gently exfoliating and re-texturing to reveal brighter, more youthful skin.
My go to moisturiser each morning and night has to be another Super Facialist product, this time in the shape of the Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser.  Not only does this moisturiser have UV filters to help protect your skin from the sun, the combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C leaves your skin hydrated, smooth and glowing.

The last product on my list which I absolutely LOVE and not only because it smells amazing, is Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse.  I couldn't live without this multi-purpose oil which leaves your skin feeling unbelievably soft and glowy and it's my number one go-to product for my legs.  They're Shimmering Dry Oil is a fantastic touch to give your skin that luminous holiday glow.

There you have it, these are my go-to products to give you that youthful, summer glow.

A.x
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