**Warning Mouth Watering Photos** So part 3 of my Healthy Eating Inspiration will feature some lovely dinnertime ideas. If you missed p...

Healthy Food Inspiration #3 Dinner

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**Warning Mouth Watering Photos**

So part 3 of my Healthy Eating Inspiration will feature some lovely dinnertime ideas. If you missed part 1- Breakfast, you can view it here, or if you missed my lunchtime idea, you can view that here.

Your body needs the essential nutrients to perform all bodily functions and maintain an adequate metabolic rate. Eating dinner gives you the required carbohydrates needed for this, along with other important vitamins, minerals and fibres. Dinner also keeps your blood sugar and insulin levels stable while you are resting. Just make sure you eat atleast 2-3 hours before going to sleep, eat a non greasy light meal, and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

Below, I have found some dinnertime ideas that don't have to be boring or plain. Most of these, by looking at them, can be prepared the quickly and easily, so you have NO excuse not to be having a tasty, delicious dinner!











What are your favourite meals for dinner?


*All Images From Google.

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Today's Fitness February post is just a short little guide to my top 10 essentials that I think are needed for any fitness workout or e...

10 Fitness Workout Essentials

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Today's Fitness February post is just a short little guide to my top 10 essentials that I think are needed for any fitness workout or exercise.


1. Trainers
For me, a good, durable and comfortable pair of trainers is a definite must have for anyone who is looking to get into exercise and beginning any fitness workouts. Investing in quality footwear can help you to prevent injuries, mainly foot and ankle damage, and make your workout a more pleasant, enjoyable and comfortable experience. You can view my current footwear favourites here, if you're looking for some inspiration!

2. A Sports Bra
As a women, having a comfortable, supportive and well fitting sports bra is a must for any physical activity as continuous movements can result in soreness, pain and sagging of the breasts. In general, your sports bra should feel slightly tighter than your regular bra, however, you should still be able to breathe deeply and comfortably.

3. Tracksuit Bottoms/Leggings/Shorts
You want something that is going to be comfortable, practical and suitable for your desired exercise or workout. You don't want something that is too tight and restrictive, as this can stop you from performing well, as well as making you feel uncomfortable and isolated. Tracksuit bottoms are my preference! They are super comfortable and warm, and perfect for day to day wear and perfect for any weather type.
4. Yoga Mat
A yoga mat can probably be the most beneficial for those doing floor exercises or stretching. a  mat provides padding and support. For many people, pressing their bodies onto the bare ground or floor can be painful and sore, especially on the palms, knees, elbows, and vertebrae of the back.

5. Water Bottle
A water bottle is another must have item. Whilst exercising, you are constantly losing water from your body, through breathing and sweating, so it's important that you keep hydrated and keep up your fluid intake.

6. Baggy Tshirts/Vests
Whilst working out, you don't want clothing that feels tight and uncomfortable - this just makes you feel slightly insecure and makes you lack confidence, especially if you are wanting to lose some weight. Choosing loose fitting tops is perfect for exercise, they aren't too tight, breathable and for me, I think they are perfect attire for a workout.
7. Routine/Schedule
Creating a workout schedule or routine is a great way to begin getting fit and healthy. By sticking to your schedule, this gives you something to stick to, be committed to and doesn't allow you to "cheat". Even if you choose to go running once a week, exercise at home everyday or go to the gym twice a week, sticking to this will boost your confidence and give you that encouragement you need to stick to your routine.

8. Music Playlist
Having an upbeat, motivational music playlist helps to your keep focused and keep your mind on your exercise. Music can also help you to enjoy exercise a lot more and also make it fun! You can view some of my favourite tunes in my workout playlist here.

9. A Notepad
Keeping a fitness diary/log is a great way to record your progress and see how far you've come! Its a great way to record your weight loss, your exercise routine or even how far your running/swimming/cycling each week! You'll be able to see how you're improving and progressing, to get to the place you want to be at the end!

10. Hairbands and Clips
A must have essential! Whilst exercising, the last thing you want is your hair flying in your face, getting in the way, getting sweaty and just annoying. Hairbands and clips are just needed to keep your hair back and out of your face.

What are your fitness essentials? Do you use any of these? Will you take any of these on board and included them in your workouts?

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So, welcome to Part 2 of how to "Get Fit and Healthy At Home"!  You're all probably thinking what on earth I am going to ...

Get Fit and Healthy at Home #2

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So, welcome to Part 2 of how to "Get Fit and Healthy At Home"! 

You're all probably thinking what on earth I am going to be talking about, but in today's post, I am going to be sharing 5 simple tips, that you can incorporate into your everyday life, that can get you on your journey to leading a healthier and fitter lifestyle! I am no way an expert in this field, but what I have learnt in the past, is what I shall be sharing with you!


1. Walk, Jog, Run, Cycle (if you have a bike), Its Free!
A great way to keep fit and healthy, is to do exercises such as walking, jogging, running and cycling, which can all cost nothing and can be done any time and anywhere. This is perfect for those who don't have time to use the gym, have a small living area or have lots of commitments, which means they just don't simply have the time. Even taking the stairs instead of the lift/escalator, getting off the bus a stop early or walking to the shops etc, can all add up to your daily exercise and help you to become that little bit fitter and healthier.

2. Plan Your Food Shop and Weekly Meals
I'm sure we all know how stressful and time consuming weekly shop can be sometimes, but writing a list and making a plan is an easy way to make this chore more enjoyable. Planning a weekly menu can help reduce food waste in your home, as well as keep you on a diet plan/healthy eating schedule, as well as helping you to avoid distractions and purchasing anything that you don't actually need. You may even save yourself a little bit of money by planning your shop!

3. Use Youtube/Blogs For Inspiration
If you aren't feeling motivated or inspired by doing the same workouts each time or using the gym all the day, taking time to browse through Youtube videos or fitness blogs can help you gain some new ideas and new inspiration of things to add into your everyday life. I recently posted about using Youtube as a workout inspiration guide, and shared some exercise videos that can be done in the comfort of your own home. You can view this post here.

4. Boost Your Metabolism
There are many different ways to boost your metabolism, which helps to burn calories and help with weight loss. Eating more protein is the simplest way of increasing your metabolic rate. Food such as eggs are a great source of protein and beneficial saturated fats, as well as salmon which is highly enriched with Omega 3. Another idea is to replace your snacks with small handfuls of nuts, which makes your digestive system work harder throughout the day and therefore use more calories. By spicing our food, with spices such as chilli, ginger and tumeric, these are great metabolism boosters, that aid to burning calories and aids weight loss. Also, eating little-and-often is a beneficial in the role of helping to maintain a healthy weight and keeping hunger/snacking at bay.

5. Use Home Furniture For Workout Equipment
Working out at home doesn't have to cost a fortune, and neither does your equipment. If you're on a tight budget, don't have time to hit the gym or just find exercising hard to fit into your schedule, using home furniture/interiors/objects can help you with your workouts. You could use tins and cans as weights, use your stairs as a step up, use chairs or tables for exercising, as well as spacious floor space.

So there we have it, this is second part  of my "Get Fit and Healthy At Home" series. Hopefully you have learnt something new or have taken some advice on board, in which you can incorporate into your everyday life!

If you missed part one, you can view that post here.

How do you get fit and healthy at home? What tips and tricks do you have? Is there any of these tips you would like to start including in your day to day life?

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**Warning Mouth Watering Photos** I'm pretty sure every one of us has been the culprit of snacking between meals! But snacking does...

Super Smart Snack Suggestions

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**Warning Mouth Watering Photos**

I'm pretty sure every one of us has been the culprit of snacking between meals! But snacking doesn't always have to be unhealthy, as long as you put down those crisps, chocolate bars, sweets and other junk food, as choose a tastier, healthier alternative!

Sometimes we all need that little energy boost either between breakfast and lunch or between lunch and dinner, and choosing the right snacks can definitely help boost our moods, keep our concentration and take away those hunger pains!

Below I have found some simple snacks that I feel are the perfect alternatives to those chocolates bars and crisps, and will be so much better for you!










Are you a snacker? What are your favourite snacks between meals? Do you need to start choosing more healthier snack suggestions? Which of the snacks featured do you think you would like the best?


*All Images From Google.

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Leading a fit and healthy lifestyle is something that can make you feel a lot happier, positive and confident in yourself and your every...

10 Ways To A Healthier Lifestyle

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Leading a fit and healthy lifestyle is something that can make you feel a lot happier, positive and confident in yourself and your everyday life. There are many ways to achieve this but today I have shortened this down to just 10, which I think are important and things that everybody should try to include in their day to day life.

1. Get A Good Nights Sleep
Getting a good nights sleep is such an important aspect of everyday life. Sleep is vital and having restful sleep helps your body to re-energise and heal itself, ready for the day ahead. On average, us adults need around 7 to 9 hours, to be fully rested and re-energised.
The key to a good sleep is to make sure your bed comfy! Get a good, comfortable mattress and pillows and a warm duvet, and you're good to go!

2. Keep Hydrated With Plenty Of Fluids
Water makes up a large percentage of the human body, and without enough of the stuff, dehydration can set in, as well as a dry mouth, tiredness, and headaches. Not good! Drinking plenty of fluids is essential to replace the water our body is losing by breathing, perspiring and going to the toilet.These fluids help to flush toxins, carry nutrients around the body, and protect sensitive tissue. Everything from milk to fruit juice to coffee to tea, and fizzy drinks can help to contribute to our daily intake, but water is considered the best for avoiding those extra calories!

3. Stay Stress Free
Having stress that we build up can cause some serious issues such as acne and high blood pressure. A way to deal with this is to look at all the stressful things occurring in your life and come up with a good, and positive solution for each one, which may lead you to being and feeling more happy and positive. However, do remember no one can be totally without stress, that is impossible. The trick is controlling stress and dealing with these, sooner the better.

4. Get A Good Breakfast
This is one everybody should be including, with no exceptions! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration and keeps your body alert and ready for the day ahead. Having a good breakfast is also important in maintaining a healthy body weight. If you want some breakfast inspiration, you can view a post here, that features some tasty meals!

5. Avoid Harmful Pollutants
To lead a healthier lifestyle, we should avoid temptation of any pollutants which could be harmful to our bodies, or atleast reduce the amounts- alcohol in moderation, cut down on tobacco. Doing this is good for the body, where there are less toxins circulating our systems.

6. Have Healthy Meals
Having a good, healthy meal is the key to feeling great, having more energy, stabilising your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. Incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet, as well as choosing healthy carbohydrates and fibre sources, especially whole grains, for long lasting energy. Combining these with a variety of good sources of fats are needed to keep your heart and brain active, as well as your hair, skin, and nails. Make sure to take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes, as they are what keeps your going!

7. Follow A Regular Exercise Routine
Creating a workout schedule or routine is a great way to begin getting fit and healthy
sticking to this will boost your confidence and give you that encouragement you need to stick to your routine. Just make sure you are flexible and realistic!

8. Get Your 5-A-Day
Getting your 5-a-day is something we should all strive for, to maintain a healthy diet. Fruit and vegetables can help keep your body fitter, healthier and happier, as well as they also usually low in fat and calories. The benefits of getting plenty of fruit and veg means a lower risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity.


9. Eat And Cook Healthily
Don't always rely on the takeaway, as these are usually quite bad for you and full of added products that aren't too good for you. But that doesn't mean you should get them, just have them in moderation!Use the internet as a source for recipes, this will allow you to try new ideas, new foods and new cuisines, as well as help to develop your cookery skills!


10. Enjoy Life
Having small changes to your life soon add up to greater enjoyment in life and just a ore positive outlook on life. Starting the day with a smile is a great mood booster, and starts your day in the most positive and happiest way. It means setting some time aside and making it special, maybe doing something new, meeting with some old friends or just treating yourself, this will make you feel better and reduce any stress in your life. Remember life only comes once so enjoy it for the better!


What things do you do to lead a healthy lifestyle? Do you follow any of these? Is there anything you would like to improve about your lifestyle?

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**Warning Mouth Watering Photos** So part 2 of my Healthy Eating Inspiration will feature some lovely lunchtime ideas. If you missed pa...

Healthy Eating Inspiration #2 Lunch

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**Warning Mouth Watering Photos**

So part 2 of my Healthy Eating Inspiration will feature some lovely lunchtime ideas. If you missed part 1- Breakfast, you can view it here.

Having a good, nutritious lunch is very important! After a few hours since breakfast, your body needs a little pick-me-up to keep it going until dinner time, having lunch helps to re-energise your body and can help raise blood sugar levels to keep you focused and alert, as well as keeping your metabolism rate active! If we skip lunch, our blood sugar level drops and we become irritable, sluggish and lose concentration, which can lead to use feeling tired or sick, which we don't want!

Below, I have found some lunchtime ideas that don't have to be boring or plain. Most of these, by looking at them, can be prepared the night before, so you have NO excuse not to be having a tasty, delicious lunch!









What are your favourite lunch ideas?

*All images are from Google.

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For today's Fitness February post, I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite workout tracks, to share with you all today! Music ...

Workout Playlist

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For today's Fitness February post, I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite workout tracks, to share with you all today! Music is something that helps you keep on track and puts you "in the zone" to workout and exercise, as long as it is upbeat, something you enjoy and something that you feel will keep you motivated and focused on the task in hand!

So how does music help?
- Music acts as a good distraction
- Keeps your focused and motivated
- Keeps your spirits high and ups your effort levels
- Helps you keep up with a pace
- Elevates your mood
- Makes exercise fun

Here are some of my favourites...












What are your favourite workout songs? Do you like any of the songs I have featured in today's workout playlist?

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So, welcome to Part 1 of how to "Get Fit and Healthy At Home"!  You're all probably thinking what on earth I am going to ...

Get Fit and Healthy at Home #1

13:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments

So, welcome to Part 1 of how to "Get Fit and Healthy At Home"! 

You're all probably thinking what on earth I am going to be talking about, but in today's post, I am going to be sharing 5 simple tips, that you can incorporate into your everyday life, that can get you on your journey to leading a healthier and fitter lifestyle! I am no way an expert in this field, but what I have learnt in the past, is what I shall be sharing with you!

Home Workouts

1.Healthy Eating and Balanced Diet
One of the most important, influential and easiest ways to have good health is through having a healthy, balanced diet. Eating well and drinking plenty of water also prevents any future disease/illness and helps to remove any toxins/waste from the body, as well as maintaining a healthy body weight.

Making sure you have a balanced diet allows you to get all the nutrients your body needs to functions, and there are 5 main groups that you should focus on; Carbohydrates, Vitamins and Minerals, Fats, Fibre and Proteins. These are all essential for providing energy, growth, repair, bodily functions and keeping your cholesterol levels controlled.

Tips for a healthy, balanced diet...

- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables

- Cut down on saturated fats, salt and sugars

- Don't skip breakfast

- Eat the correct amount of calories your body needs to function
- Eat a wide range of foods to make sure you are getting all nutrients 


2. Follow A Routine or Schedule 
I spoke a little about this in a previous post, so I wont go heavily into detail here, but sticking to a routine/schedule is a great way to start a fitness/health plan, that you can follow and modify as you progress. By sticking to your schedule, this gives you something to stick to, be committed to and doesn't allow you to "cheat".  

3. Avoid Any Distractions
Distractions - this is what would stop us from achieving our goals, reaching our targets and following our schedules. 

Technology can be one of the biggest distractions, whether its your mobile phone, your laptop, your favourite TV show etc. These make us lose our concentration and will make us feel less motivated to workout, as something else you would prefer to do/watch is there. Even your friends and family can be a distraction to you, if the pop over your house without you know, invite you out for a meal/night out etc, this can put you off your routine and stop your progress.

Its always important to stay focused, stay motivated, stay determined and forget those distractions!

4. Have A Comfortable and Spacious Workout Environment
If the gym is a no-go place for you, whether it be dues to lack of confidence or just lack of funds, working out at home can be free and easy - as long as you have the environment for it. Having a large, spacious room, gives you a lot of room to workout in, where you have the space to do various exercises and activities.

5. Make It Fun!
I think its definitely important to make exercise and healthy eating fun, we don't all want to feel stressed and depressed, and just generally lazy and lethargic! 

Exercise can be fun right? Maybe get a group of your friends round and do a workout aerobic or dance DVD, go running with your partner or go over the park with your family for a game of football or whatever sport you like to play, just make sure its something you like and you know you will enjoy!

Having a healthy diet doesn't always have to be unappealing or boring, in fact it can be delicious and tasty! Now having a healthy diet doesn't mean you just have to eat vegetables and fruit everyday, you can make near enough any of your favourite meals, but with healthier ingredients, that taste amazing are are better for you!

So there we have it, this is part 1 of my "Get Fit and Healthy At Home" series, where the second part to this will be posted shortly! Hopefully you have learnt something new or have taken some advice on board, in which you can incorporate into your everyday life!

How do you get fit and healthy at home? What tips and tricks do you have? Is there any of these tips you would like to start including in your day to day life?

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Whatever exercise or workout you are indulging in, having the right footwear is probably one of the most important things to bear in mind! ...

Fitness Footwear

13:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments

Whatever exercise or workout you are indulging in, having the right footwear is probably one of the most important things to bear in mind!  Investing in quality footwear can help you to prevent injuries, mainly foot and ankle damage, and make your workout a more pleasant, enjoyable and comfortable experience. You need to have footwear that are comfortable, supportive and well fitted, with soft, well-cushioned sole is also important to absorb any shocks and protect your joints while you’re exercising.

Buying a new pair/your first pair of trainers can give you that little confidence boost and the extra motivation to get fit and get active, and with so many different brands and designs, it can definitely be a hard task picking your favourites! 

It may also be hard to splash out for a brand new pair of trainers, especially if you are on a budget or low income, so I have chosen some of my favourite footwear which features all sorts of colours/designs, brands and varying prices, so I'm sure you will find something that suits you!

So let's have a look at my current favourites!

Sports Footwear


The trainers that I currently own are the Avia Roadside Ladies Running Shoes. They are super comfortable and they fit really well, helping to stop my feet sliding about whilst exercising. These trainers are very lightweight, durable and breathable, which makes them a perfect pair of trainers for any type of exercise! They usually retail at £44.99, but are currently in the Sports Direct sale for a mere £11! A huge saving of £33.99! Bargain or what?!? If the Blue/Black/Pink design isn't for you, these trainers also come in Grey/Pink, for a more girly touch!

What are your current pair of trainers? Which of my favourites would suit you best? Has this post motivated you to purchase a new pair?

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So I'm back with a little special something a lot of you might find very helpful! I know many people have 9-5 jobs, work everydays a we...

No Gym Necessary - Youtube Workouts

13:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments

So I'm back with a little special something a lot of you might find very helpful! I know many people have 9-5 jobs, work everydays a week, have children to look after or have other commitments that stop them attending the local gym for a quick workout! Fear no more, YouTube has you covered!

Finding workouts and exercises has been made so much easier now that Youtube has so many workout routine videos, weight loss exercises and activities you can do without hitting the gym!So whether you're looking to lose some weight, improve your fitness levels or tone up, you'll want to keep reading/watching!

Below I have found a few quick, simple workouts that you can do in your own home, with little or no equipment and all for free - no gym membership is necessary!








So hopefully this post has given you a little insight into what sort of exercise routines and workouts you can find on Youtube, and that you can do in the comfort of your own home, in your own time, without spending a penny!

Have you ever done a Youtube workout before? After reading this post, would you consider it?

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** Warning Mouth Watering Photos** As we all know, breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day, having a good br...

Healthy Eating Inspiration #1 Breakfast

13:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments

** Warning Mouth Watering Photos**

As we all know, breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day, having a good breakfast fuels you for the day ahead, gives you lots of vitamins and nutrients,makes you more alert and helps give you that much needed boost in the morning! Skipping your breakfast can make you more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks, which isn't ideal for those wanting to lose weight or lead a healthier lifestyle. 

But don't fear, breakfast doesn't always have to be boring or tasteless, below are some images that will give you some much needed inspiration for some tasty, delicious breakfast ideas that can give you that healthy meal ready to start your day!









What are your favourite breakfasts?

*All images are from Google.

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Getting motivated is the best way to start/continue with your fitness/diet routine or just leading a better lifestyle, but finding that m...

5 Ways To Get Motivated

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Getting motivated is the best way to start/continue with your fitness/diet routine or just leading a better lifestyle, but finding that motivation can definitely be hard sometimes, especially if you don't have the support, knowledge or guidance that you really need.

In today's post, I'm going to be sharing with you my top 5 tips to getting motivated, and tips that I have started using myself, in order to get fit and healthy! As I said, I'm definitely no expert, but I'm hoping what I do, with motivate, inspire and help you with where you want to be/what you want to do!

So let's get started!

1. Exercise with a friend/family member or your partner
We all know that exercising on your own, or improving you diet can be very hard if you don't have the support and help from others around you, but starting your fitness/diet journey with someone else can make it 10 times easier for you! Having someone you know, who are close with and feel comfortable around, is a great way to feel motivated and encouraged. It's also a way to build a closer friendship/relationship, to get to know someone better, or even just to have some fun and let your hair down, whilst getting sit and healthy!

There may be those times where you feel like you just cant do something or you're struggling with something, but having that someone there with you can give you that extra boost and guidance you need, as well as that moral support, that can spur you on to achieve your goals and aspirations!

2. Set goals and keep a fitness diary
Setting yourself goals, and by goals I mean realistic and achievable ones, whether you want to loose 5lbs in 5 weeks, or 1 stone in 2 months, dropping 1 or 2 dress sizes or even entering a running event, just make sure they are realistic and reasonable! Setting goals helps you to keep focused, motivated and determined to get to that place you want to be, whether you choose a few weeks, few months or even a year.

Keeping a fitness diary/log is a great way to record your progress and see how far you've come! Its a great way to record your weight loss, your exercise routine or even how far your running/swimming/cycling each week! You'll be able to see how you're improving and progressing, to get to the place you want to be at the end!

Setting goals and keeping a fitness diary, can also be a way or treating and rewarding yourself. By reaching your goals by certain dates/months, you can treat yourself to something as a way to feel proud and pleased of how far you've come and what you have achieved!

3. Purchase workout clothing/accessories
This might sound like a bit of an obvious one, but ACTUALLY buying your workout clothing and accessories gets you motivated to start using it and begin your fitness/diet routine. There are so many different clothing items out there, whether you want proper fitness gear or even a plain top/vest and trackies/leggings, there's always something for very body shape and budget, you just pick what you feel comfortable and confident in!

Important things that I feel you should really have are...
- A good, supportive pair of trainers
- A comfortable sports bra
- Comfortable clothing/swimwear
- A water bottle
- Yoga/exercise mat

I feel that these are the very basics that you need to begin getting in shape and leading a healthier and fitter lifestyle. You can pick most of these up anywhere, in your local high street, supermarkets or even online. If you're on a tighter budget, there are still places for you, check out the sales in your local shops and online! You'll be sure to find something you'll love!

4. Create a workout schedule
Creating a workout schedule or routine is a great way to begin getting fit and healthy. By sticking to your schedule, this gives you something to stick to, be committed to and doesn't allow you to "cheat". Even if you choose to go running once a week, exercise at home everyday or go to the gym twice a week, sticking to this will boost your confidence and give you that encouragement you need to stick to your routine.

I think that creating one of these is a great idea, you can build up your schedule slowly, making sure you're not doing too much to exhaust yourself, just make sure you are flexible and realistic, and when you feel the time is right, you can slowly and steadily, build up your routine gradually.

5. Feel inspired and be determined
To get motivated, feeling inspired and being determined plays a huge role in this. There are many ways to do this, and here's just a few.
- Having photographs of yourself, or areas of your body that you aren't happy with dotted around in your exercise area, is a great way for you to feel motivated and determined to improve this.
- If you're looking to lose weight, buying something you love in a small dress size, will give you that boost and determination, to be able to fit into it and look great!
- This is probably a controversial one, but having images of celebs/role models that you think have a great body or just look great, will help you get inspiration!
- Printing out motivational quotes and putting them around your house, will help give you that encouragement you need to continue and stick to your routines!

So hopefully, If you're someone who is lacking that little bit of motivation, have no idea where to start or need some more help, this post has helped you that little bit! Getting that motivation you need to be successful and achieving your goals can be hard at first, but once you're there, you can do anything!

How do you get motivated? Do you include any of these tips? What other tips do you have?

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So for 2014, as part of my New Years Resolutions, I wanted to get fit, get healthy and just generally lead a better lifestyle! In terms...

My Simple 30 Minute Home Workout

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So for 2014, as part of my New Years Resolutions, I wanted to get fit, get healthy and just generally lead a better lifestyle! In terms of fitness and exercise, I wanted to improve my general fitness, lose a bit of weight and just feel happier in myself. As I studied PE previously, I have a good idea of what sort of exercise you need to be doing and what exercise work for each area/muscles. 

So for myself, I devised a workout plan for legs, bums and tums, as these are the areas of my body that I want to improve the most, however other exercise will be more focused on a full body workout/other areas. I try and complete these sets of exercises 3-5 times a week, whether it be in the morning, afternoon or evening, as well as other forms of exercise.

 So to begin my workout, I generally like to warm up, as this is a very vital part of starting exercise. It allows all your muscles and joints to loosen up and get ready for exercise, whilst getting your blood pumping and circulating. Warming up is important as this helps to prevent any injury as well as getting any aches and pains through exercise. Without a good warm up, your body is more susceptible to injury.

Just simply jogging on the spot, a few star jumps and loosening up joints (neck, arms, hips, ankles etc), to make sure I prevent the risk of injury. Also, stretching all your muscles out (arms and legs), to make sure you are ready for exercise. I generally like to warm up for 5-10 minutes, depending on what exercise/routine I am doing, to make sure my body is ready for that activity.

After I feel that I have warmed up enough, I then move on to the main part of my home workout, where I do 8 exercises that help and focus on my problem areas; legs, bums and tums. You can do these exercises in any order, but the order I do the in, is what I think best works for me. I simply go through the exercises 1 by 1 doing the reps for each one, then if they require another set, I do the afterwards. 

The amount of reps depends on your fitness and how strong your muscles are. For me, I would start off with a small amount maybe 10 of each exercise, and gradually build my way up and increasing the amount of reps in each position. Although I'm no expert, I feel that these exercises are working the parts of the body I am least happy with and help to improve them for me.

Squats - 2 sets of 20 reps
- helps to tone/firm bum and thighs
- keep your feet a shoulder width apart
- make sure to keep your back straight
- hold for 5 seconds

Calf Raises - 2 sets of 15 reps
- helps to create shapely toned legs and calves, as well as good for posture and mobility
- stand with your feet apart
- tense your stomach muscles
- raise your heels (so your on tiptoes)
- hold for 5 seconds and slowly lower heels

Lunges - 1 set of 15-25 reps with each leg
- helps to tone/firm bum and thighs
- stand up straight, feet hip width apart
- step forward and bend both knees together
- hold for 5 seconds 
- repeat with other leg

Bridges - 2 sets of 15-20 reps
- helps to create a firm bum
- lie on your back, knees bent and heels towards your bum
- feet flat and shoulder width apart
- tighten hips and bum
- raise hips to create a line from knees to shoulders
- hold for 5 seconds

Stomach Crunches - 2 sets of 15 reps
- to firm abdominal muscles
- lie flat on your back, with your knees bent and flat on the ground
- keep your hands by your ears and raise your body slowly (a few inches on the ground)

Back Raises -2 sets of 15 reps
- helps to improve your posture
- lie on your stomach, with your arms straight out infront
- lift arms and legs together off the ground
- hold for 5 seconds each rep

Side Planks - 1 set of 10 reps
- strengthening oblique muscles and core muscles
- lie on your side, with your legs straight
- prop yourself up with your forearm and other arm on your hips
- tighten your stomach muscles
- hold for 5 to 10 seconds
- release back to the ground slowly

 Then to conclude a workout session, I like to have a 5-10 minute gradual cool down to help return my body to its normal, resting heart rate. It also prevents you from fainting, feeling weak or feeling sick after exercise, making sure you are getting sufficient supply of blood and oxygen to the brain. 

To get my breathing back under control after an intense work out, I like to walk around for 3-5 minutes to reduce my heart rate, and then begin to stretch out my muscles to help recovery and prevent soreness and injury. Cooling down also allows your body time to repair after exercising all your muscles and joints. It's also important to do some deep breathing exercise after a workout to make sure you're getting enough oxygen around your body.

So this is my simple home workout plan that I devised to try and get myself fit and in shape. I'm no way a fitness expert, so you may know of exercises or other ways to tone up these parts of your body, but these exercises are ones that I feel confident in doing and will gradually help me to get my body in shape.

Do you have your own workout routine? Is getting fit and healthy one of your New Years resolutions? Do you think you may try some of the exercises from my routine?

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