Friday, 13 March 2015

Starting a Fit & Healthy Lifestyle

Heyy :-)

So are you thinking you want to start a fit and healthy lifestyle but not sure where to start? 
Photo above: Left pic is 1st of Feb and the right pic is recent, taken on 12th March.

There is a lot to think about when changing your lifestyle and I thought it might be helpful to share some of my tips and advice helping you get started...

First let's think about the food side of things...

1. Preparing your kitchen cupboards

You firstly need to remove any tempting foods out of the house. If you are anything like me and have little or no will power then you need to get the bad foods out of sight completely otherwise this will never work,lol

2. Kitchen utensils 

So to be more prepared you could buy yourself some important essentials for the kitchen. Certain cutlery, cooking pans, smoothie makers, scales..etc

3. Using an app

For a better idea of what you are eating through the day then I recommend trying the app 'My Fitness Pal' 
It is great at adding up macros and counting your calories. I use it at the moment as I am competing in a fitness competition but after that is over I will still continue to use it so I keep an idea how much I'm eating daily, I just won't rely on it AS much.

4. Planning your weekly meals

You will want to plan what you are going to eat through the week. This way you can also figure out what you are going to buy food shopping. The worst thing is buying too much that you don't actually need. A lot of healthy food like salad and veg usually needs to be eaten within a certain time so it's such a waste of money when you don't end up using foods in time and then they go off!

5. Never shop on an empty stomach

When you do go food shopping 'NEVER' go on an empty stomach. If you do, you will crave so much more unhealthy foods and more likely to buy something on offer!! I sometimes just avoid eye contact with the chocolate all together!

Let's now move onto some exercise tips...

1. Too much too fast 

When you first start exercising and if you haven't done any for a while, don't rush back into it by over doing it. You might be excited or eager to see results but you could end up injuring yourself. You want to ease back into it and slowly progress to heavier weights, more sessions a week..etc 

2. Stretch

One of the most important things after exercising is to stretch. A lot of people tend to skip this part. Mainly because they can't be bothered and they don't usually realise how important it is. I know I have skipped it plenty of times in the past. Latley tho I have tried to include a stretch for at least 15 minutes after my workouts. If I don't have time i makesure I fit it in later that day. I noticed the difference if I skipped it completely. I would ache so much more and my muscles were more sore than when I put in the extra time. I sometimes stretch when I wake up now. The more you stretch the more it helps muscle growth and flexibility. 

3. Workout Gear

A great motivation to workout is the outfits you get to wear. For me this is really exciting and when you have the right outfit or accessory it also gives you better results. A few things to makesure you have, water bottle, protein powder (if you are toning/building muscle) the right fitted sports bra, the right trainers. I know that Sweatshop actually help to find the right trainers by letting you walk on a treadmill in store to measure what type you would need. Take a look when you next go into one of their stores :-)

4. Planning your workouts 

Again like the food, you need to plan your workouts in for the week. If not you will miss out and never gain the results you are looking for. The key is consistency so even if you are busy you need to workout  when you are going to workout! ;-)

...So they were a few tips to help get you started. I hope it has helped in some way and now you can get started on that bikini body ready for the summer :-)

NOTE:: I have just made a YouTube channel based on Health & Fitness which I would love you to check out. Currently there is only my intro video on there but check it out and subscribe to see more from me :-) I will be filming my first video on getting great abs tomorrow so subscribe to see when I upload new videos. I have so many ideas for my channel and really excited to share it all with you. 


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