Fitness & Health, Life

So Your In Your Twenties. What Now?

Hola amigo.

So you’ve entered the dreaded ‘twenties’. People tell you these are the best years of your life, yet you are still waiting for one good thing to happen.

You are fresh out of college, have a job (that you probably hate), and still have no clue how to work the washing machine.

If this sounds like you, you are not alone my love. I am still in the early twenties phase, which means I am no expert on getting my life together, but I do have some advice to give those who are in need of some guidance. So if you are just after entering a ‘mini life crisis’ then sit down and read on sister!

#1 Just breath.

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The good thing about being in your twenties is that for the majority of us, we don’t have very much responsibility. We don’t have any children to mind, no mortgage to pay off and our health is at its peak.

So take the time to relax and unwind. You do not need to have your life in order right now so don’t sweat it. You are young, enjoy it!

#2 Get in shape – while you still can.

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Ok your body will never be as adaptive to change as it is right now. You are in your babe body element. Your body is just fueling with energy and your metabolism is just waiting to burn fat. Although you may not think it, your body is a machine just waiting to be fine tuned while you are in your twenties.

So get in shape while you still can. Work your ass off because believe me you will regret it when your body is slowing down and not as limber as you would like it be.

#3 Learn to be alone.

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Learn to trust yourself and you will be a very happy woman for the rest of your life. You do not need to rely on others anymore. You don’t need to go to the bathroom in groups of 5, do it alone. Who cares? Don’t spend your time worrying that you might look like a loner, nobody cares and it’s a waste of your valuable brain energy (and god knows we don’t need to waste any more of that).

So go to the beach alone, bring a book or your ipod and chill out. Grab a coffee alone, go to dinner, go to the movies. Being independent and confident is a good thing. So learn how to do it before it’s too late!

#4 Learn how to mind yourself.

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Finally learn how to use the washing machine, learn how to make a (healthy) meal, learn how to change a tyre. These are the things that are going to keep you sane during your twenties. Nobody likes calling for help every 2 seconds, so learn how to take care of things for yourself and you will be much happier.

#5 Get rid of negative people.

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Your twenties will be jam packed with new experiences and moments that you won’t want to forget, do not have them compromised by negative people in your life. Cut them off one by one and keep a small circle of close trustworthy friends. It is much better to have a handful of amazing friends than a lot of negative, untrustworthy ones.

Keep your distance from anyone that looks like trouble, you do not need that in your life and it will make it so much easier!

#6 Travel far.

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We have entered an era where travel is at our finger tips. You can make it half way across the world in less than 24 hours so why not make the most of it? What else will you be spending your money on? Save up every last penny and make your way across the globe one place at a time.

Create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime!

So to top it all off, I know that entering your twenties can be more damaging to you than good. I know what it feels like to be still living at home and hating yourself for not having your life together. Just remember that this is the time where you really become the person who you are meant to be. Enjoy it and relax. Everything always works out in the end, and if you work hard enough, the rewards are priceless.

Thanks for reading! x

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@franklynnblog

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Fitness & Health, Life

Running Tips For The Beginner!

Hi there.

Do you ever see those annoying tweets, facebook posts or instagrams,

‘Just back from my run!’

‘About to set off on my daily jog!’

‘I love running!’

and the only reason why you hate them so much is because you want to be running too!

But it’s so hard, right?

WRONG!

Running is simple. If you have 2 legs, then there is no excuse. The problem with most beginners is they think that they will be able to run miles in no time.

That unfortunately, is not the case.

Running takes time, energy and a lot of will power, so get reading these tips to help you become that girl everyone envys on Facebook or twitter!

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  • Accept yourself. Nobody is born with the ability to run 10 miles with ease. You have to accept where you are and how much you can do. If you can only run 1/8 of a mile, so be it! Just accept where you are at, and work on it. Everyone starts somewhere, even Usain Bolt himself couldn’t run 100 metres in under 10 seconds!

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  • Practice, practice, practice. Set a goal and stick to it. 5k is a good place to start. Either map it out on your phone or do it on a treadmill, and run. Run as far as you can for as long as you can and when you have to stop walk the rest. The next day, do it again and try and beat where you stopped the last day. Keep going until you can do a full 5k, and then start timing yourself and try to beat it!

Always try and better yourself, you are your biggest competitor. 

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  • Change up the terrain. So when you have mastered your distance goal, change up the running route. Running on a treadmill can be a massive change to running outside in the open air. Try doing your 5k on a hiking trail or up a hillside. The ups and downs will really challenge you, and don’t worry if you can do 5k on a treadmill and not outside, just work on it!

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  • Fuel yourself. Fuel is the power to all runners. Make sure you eat 2 hours before running and no less. Let your food absorb and let your body take in the nutrients and energy. Stay away from fatty foods before running and stick to healthy carbs, like brown pasta, breads and rice.

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  • Hydrate! Water is essential to keep the muscles moving well. Drink plenty of water all day before and after the run to flush out the toxins you built up from exercising.

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  • Take care of your body! Injuries are not fun at all for runners, especially when they keep you from training because that is when you have to start all over again! Always wear proper running shoes.

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  • NEVER run in flat shoes, such as converse or Vans! Nikes are a great investment and will really help with your stride and keep your feet healthy and happy!

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  • Always stretch after and go for a hot bath that night if you feel a bit stiff.

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  • Do not run out  in sub 0 temperatures, or on super hot days! The heat or cold will damage your body more than help and you could end up with hypothermia or heat stroke! Use the gym instead!

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  • Refuel after you run. Take a quick and easy snack like a banana or a protein shake straight after your run to refuel the muscles and help them heal, and always eat a meal one hour after.

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  • Spice it up by running on the beach to really feel the burn!

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  • Music is the key to staying tough and mentally stable! Make a playlist on your ipod that you only listen to while running!

 

Well there ya go! I hope this does help if you are starting off or even a regular runner! I used these when I was starting and they really make a difference. Get out there and get moving sister!

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Life

5 Simple Ways To Stay Healthy & Happy

Howdy.

Ever just have those days when you think,

‘ I cannot feel like this for the rest of my life’ or ‘I never have any energy!’

I felt like that a lot, pretty much for the last 21 years out of my 22 years on this earth. It’s tough to maintain a healthy and positive attitude, I am the first person to admit that I struggle with this, but over the last year I have really hit rock bottom. I found my diet was awful, I had no energy, I was breaking out all the time and I never felt really good about myself.

Through that time I learned, through trial and error, of what things work for me and what doesn’t. The following are 5 things that I changed or did in my life to make me the happier and more positive person I am now.

Number 1.

Drink green tea. Enough said. Just drink it, even if you dislike it, you can buy green tea with a range of different flavours. I get green tea with lemon and I drink 3 – 5 cups a day. Honestly this alone has changed my energy levels so much! After a cup of tea I can instantly feel the boost. Also there are numerous health benefits to drinking green tea other than an energy boost, so it’s a win win situation all around!

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Number 2.

If you don’t work out already, it would be a good idea to start. Exercising releases happy endorphins, making you more alert, energised and motivated. Even if you don’t live near a gym, just pop on a youtube workout video and go crazy!

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Number 3.

Sleep with the curtains open! This seems silly but nothing gets me up in the morning like the sun shining in. The minute I see the sun I cannot lie in bed any longer. Again, like the exercising, sunshine releases happy hormones that reduces depression and relaxes the mind. I live in a country where we get little sun, so whatever sun I do see I take full advantage!

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Number 4.

Take ALL bad fats and carbohydrates out of your diet. Fats and bad carbs make us sluggish and slow, which is not good! Keep all fried foods, junk food and sugary drinks out aswell as white bread, pastas and white rice. These foods have a massive effect on your mood and body, and it is only when you take them out, is when you really notice the change!

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Number 5.

Keep a journal. This one is the most recent change I have made in my life and it is by far the best! I keep a journal by my bed and I write in it whenever I have a lot on my mind before I go to sleep. Just write whatever you want and feel, when it is all out on paper it is out of your head!

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