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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Monday, 1 May 2017

#SWEATITOUT WITH PRIMAL PERFORMANCE




Maybe it's seeing people achieving their dreams or how it inspires me to follow my own, but there's something I love about supporting local businesses.  With that in mind and the fact I need to get my motivation back, I thought what better way than to hit up a workout with Primal Performance.

So on a sunny, spring evening (they don't happen often in Edinburgh) I strolled along to Lululemon, George Street ready to get my sweat on!  As I walked into the bright, fresh looking store I was instantly distracted by Lululemon's amazing, stylish collection of activewear; I mean I want it ALL. But no I wasn't there to shop I was there for a workout with Matt; the owner of Primal Performance.

As I wandered downstairs to the studio it's safe to say I was a little apprehensive, as although I train 5 times a week my fitness levels aren't the greatest due to my lack of cardio.  As I reached the bottom of the stairs I was instantly greeted by Matt and after a friendly chat my apprehension soon disappeared as he assured me I'd survive.

The 25 minute short and sharp tabata workout, made up of 20 seconds on/10 seconds rest circuits was sure to get my heart rate up and definitely proved my point of how bad my fitness levels were.  By the end of the workout I was a sweaty mess with extremely bad cramp in my calf.... perfect!
Following the workout whilst trying to compose myself, it was time to get my geek on as Matt delivered a seminar on the Principles of Nutrition.  The seminar provided strategies on building better nutrition plans, how to efficiently track your macros, but most importantly how to enjoy food even when dieting/living a healthy lifestyle.  Matt did well to deliver these in a clear and concise manner which made it easy for attendees to understand and apply to their own regimes.

Although I was personally put to the test, this time efficient, high intensity workout definitely left me feeling amazing afterwards!

Training in the same way day in, day out can often get boring, so if like me you're looking to mix up your workouts and have a little fun at the same time, then I 100% recommend you head along to one of Matt's classes at Lululemon George Street, Edinburgh.  They're running from 6pm on 4th May & 6th May and as Lululemon run a "first come, first sweat" service there is no need to sign up.  All experience/ability levels are welcome and the classes are free.... so if that's not a reason to get yourself along, I don't know what is.

Plus if you love a bit of fitness motivation and you don't already, then I suggest you follow Primal Perfomance on Instagram @primal.perfomance & Facebook @primalperformancept

A.x
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