Fitness & Health, Life

Getting Your Head In The Game – Weight Loss

Howdy.

Getting your desired body shape is something we all think about, but not all of us act on it.

It is hard, there is no denying that, but impossible?

Hell to the no, sister.

As soon as someone finds out that I have a personal training background, they want to ask me every question under the sun.

‘Should I eat carbs after 7pm?’

‘How do I use weights?’

‘Will protein make me big?’

Some of the questions make me want to laugh because they are so stupid. But who am I to judge? I was there before too. I didn’t know a carb from a protein to save my life, (and if you don’t know either, don’t sweat it) and I was so afraid of using the weight’s, I couldn’t bare to ask for help, even though I knew they are good for you.

So I am here to give you a few pointers and tips on getting your head in the game for getting that body you always wanted. It is easy to go workout but it is hard to be prepared and mentally ready.

Numero one.

Always ask for help. Always.

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Are you a member of a gym? Have an older brother/boyfriend/gym enthusiast friend? Ask them whatever you need to. Just get help because knowledge is the key to being successful when working out.

I drove my boyfriend nuts before I gained experience. I am naturally curious and I always need to know the way things work. It wasn’t enough for him to tell me to go use the weights because they are good for me, I need to know how and why they are good for me. As soon as I understood the logic and physical reasons behind the weights I was hooked.

It’s that simple. 

The less you know the less you are willing to try. If you don’t know why you are told to drink 8 glasses of water a day, you won’t stick to it too long because you don’t have the benefits motivating to keep you going.

Numero two.

If your not 100% don’t waste your time or anyone else’s.

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The journey of weight loss or toning up is not a walk in the park, it’s a marathon. You can’t walk into the gym or go for a run twice a week and expect to see results in a week.

Results come with hard work and hard work means dedication.

Don’t go asking for help from a friend or gym instructor if you are going to throw it back in their face. You don’t just decide to change your life,

you commit.

Changing your body is changing your life, end of.

Numero three.

80% Diet 20% Exercise

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This is the hardest thing to get through to people, and it was the hardest part for me to accept myself. You cannot out-train a bad diet, the same way you can’t eat well and sit on your bum and expect your body to be amazing.

The two work hand in hand, but diet is the leader.

You need to perfect your diet before you even think of stepping foot in a gym or outside to work out. If you are serious, I would suggest investing in a tailored personal diet from a trainer. These work best and are 100% guaranteed to work if you stick to it right.

Work on perfecting your diet and eating clean first, then slowly introduce the gym. It is a fool-proof method that works great.

Numero four.

Don’t be afraid to commit.

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I know this is a big issue with women in particular. We ladies see ourselves as ‘manly’ or ‘unfeminine’ if we commit to the gym 5 days a week. I know because I fought with it myself. It is very easy to fall in love with working out but you have to let yourself first.

I would suggest becoming comfortable with your gym first. Go in on a quiet day and get to know the machines and equipment. If you don’t know yourself, get a tour, trainers in the gym love to show people around and ask them as much as you want, they don’t mind at all!

When you are comfortable in there just do your thing. Put in your headphones and do what you need to do. Don’t look at other people and certainly don’t feel insecure. Don’t be afraid to talk about your new found love to your friends, they wont see you as manly they will envy you. Believe me, I had this issue with my own friends, and you know what? They have followed me and are now new found gym lovers too!

Numero five.

Invest in a proper work-out.

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Your work-out is your key to your new home. When you go into the gym you need to know what you are doing and how to do it. Don’t take some silly workout you found on pinterest and think it will get you instant results.

Not saying all workouts on pinterest are crap, but the majority are. Just saying.

When you have a regular workout that changes and improves with you every week then your journey feels so much easier. The hour you spend in there will fly by and you will feel accomplished. It always works, without fail.

Numero six.

Once you have committed, it is your responsibility.

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You have to tell yourself when it is getting a bit tough, that this is your life, nobody else’s.

Do you think anyone else cares if you stay overweight or out of shape for the rest of your life?

Of course they don’t.

This is your body, your life and your responsibility. If you decide to pack it in half way through, then that is your issue, don’t blame anyone else, and when you succeed and come out looking amazing, it was you who did it, nobody else.

So I hope if you are looking to embark on a life changing journey (that sounds deep) then I hope I helped! Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions. I have gone through this myself so I would be more than happy to offer advice to you if you need it!

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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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