Has your get up and go, got up and gone??!!

The above statement applies to so many of us when it comes to training! Even me!

There are days when we will have zero motivation and the thought of the gym is just gut wrenching, but have you ever thought you’re not enjoying exercising because you’re doing the wrong type of exercise?

Hear me out …

So when you exercise you release happy endorphins, this happens to all of us, so there is no escaping it. However, getting to these happy endorphins means you have to exercise and I find that a lot of people lack motivation because they don’t enjoy the exercise they do.

The gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, neither is weight lifting or running a marathon, but there are so many different types of exercise that you hopefully will find one that you enjoy.

I bet from the list below you can pick at least one form of exercise that you enjoy that isn’t the gym;

  • Taking the dog for a long walk
  • Playing squash
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Kick Boxing
  • Yoga
  • Dancing
  • Hoola Hooping!

Yes, doing at least one of the above is a good form of exercise and they’re enjoyable. You don’t have to make working out the bain of your life, realistically if you don’t enjoy it then you’re not going to put as much effort in and you won’t get your desired results.

Do what makes you happy!

What type of exercising does everyone enjoy?

Fx

 

It’s Hot Hot Hot!

So guys, if you’re from Britain you will be feeling how I am with the heat right now, if not then let me tell you guys, it is DAM Hot!

Normally a British summer is around 20 degrees, we’ve been hitting 30 degrees for the last month and I’ll be honest it is melting me.

Now everyone is hot, but try being near on 5 months pregnant, it is not nice. And people keep saying to me ” I know how you feel, I was pregnant through summer”, no honey, you don’t know how it feels, like I said a normal British summer is 20 degrees, this is like being abroad, but without the pool and wearing more clothing!

Now due to the heat and wanting to carry on exercising, my water intake has gone up to 4 litres a day, yes 4!!

Now before you question me, I’ve already asked my midwife and she said it is more than fine and in fact it will be helping the baby. At one point I did think, dear lord am I going to end up drowning my little bundle, but I can safely say I won’t.

But pregnancy aside, there are huge benefits from drinking 2+ litres of water a day and why I would encourage you to do so.

Check these out;

  • Increases Brain Power and Provides Energy – No, you may not become Albert Einstein however your brain power will increase.
  • Promotes Healthy Weight Management and Weight Loss – yes water helps you lose weight!
  • Flush Out Toxins –  remember your body is a temple, why not flush out the bad
  • Improves Your Complexion – Your skin will love you for drinking more water and you’ll notice that glow will come back
  • Boosts Immune System – Yep, by drinking more water your immune system will actually improve and prevent as much illness.
  • Prevents Headaches – these pesky little things are awful but by drinking more water you will see the reduction of headaches.

water

You need to ensure you stay hydrated. Your body is made up of 60% water and when you exercise you will need to give your body back the water that it has just sweated out.

Now you may think drinking 2 litres/8 glasses of water a day is impossible, but look at it this way, 8 pints of beer when your out on the lash is easy right? So make it a priority to drink the water your body NEEDS. You chose to drink beer, it is not needed but you do it because you enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy water, as I know it’s not an overly exciting drink, then add some juice into it or lemons. You can add your own twist but it is so essential that you do drink enough.

You will at first notice that you are visiting the loo more than a pregnant lady however this will eventually subside when your body becomes used to the increased amount of water your are inputting. Stick with it.

Your body will thank you for it!

If you have any questions about your water intake then ask away.

Fx

 

Going to the gym but can’t get slim?

Ever wondered why you’re going to the gym but not losing weight?

It’s a common misconception that by going to the gym you can eat whatever you want as you are exercising, the truth of the matter is this is not the case. The other misconception is that if you do lots and lots of cardio you are going to lose weight and tone up, again this isn’t always the case.

The truth is we all have different body types, my partner for example can eat whatever he likes and as long as he is training, won’t gain a pound. Frustrating, I know! Me on the other hand, if I look at a doughnut my ass gets a second ass!

Now when I first started training years ago I made the very mistake of thinking that as long as I am working out then my body will naturally go to the shape I wanted it to be. Then I found out about body types.

So the three main body types are Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph each being totally different from the other.

Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle. This is usually the type of person that may find it hard to gain weight and tone muscle. This body type will burn off fat very easily and so to gain muscle you will need to cut your cardio down and concentrate on compact workouts, you’re also going to have to up your food intake, especially carbs and protein.

Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat. If you fall into this category then I’m sorry to tell you that you’re going to find it easier to store fat than you are to shift it, but not all is lost. If you up your cardio workouts using LISS and HIIT routines such as short, fast hill sprints then the weight will begin to shift along will a lower calorie intake concentrating on ensuring it is high in fibre.

Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells. If this is your body type them you lucky dam sod! You can look like a Greek god/goddess without having to worry too much! This body type is especially lucky with training as you can keep balanced workouts and keep progressing. You can keep your calorie intake to a standard portion of around 1500 for a woman, but be careful not to eat too many fatty treats, your body might be that of an Adonis but you still need to take care of your heart and cholesterol.

So before starting your training, you need to find out what body type you are as you don’t want to be spending all that time in the gym and it does nothing for you. If you’re unsure which body type you are then there are plenty of tests/quizzes you can take online.

Keep active and stay healthy

Until next time folks 🙂

F x

Nobody likes to snuggle a stick!

Due to social media and ‘celebrities’ (I say this in quotation marks as my view of a celebrity is far different from that of the media), most women are under a false illusion that for you to have ‘the perfect’ body you need to be a size 2! WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

This is an absolutely horrific message to send out to the nation. Firstly, I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying ‘nobody likes to snuggle a stick’ well seriously go outside and grab a stick, cuddle it and see how it feels! Not great hey?

As women we come in all shapes and sizes, being a size 14 doesn’t mean you are unfit, crikey not at all. Some women are born curvy, some are born slight but we were not born to starve ourselves to fit in with a completely blinkered nation of barbies. It’s not natural!

My blog and my aim going forward is to empower women, yes I talk about fitness and weight loss, does that mean I am saying you are unfit if you aren’t a certain size? No. My workout advice, fitness posts and insights are to help you understand that you can be so fit and healthy without tormenting yourself to become the average Kardashian.

Being fit is about the strength your body has, the wellbeing of your insides and your mental state of mind. People exercise and get into fitness for all types of reasons. You can get into fitness because it releases them happy endorphins, because you feel slightly out of shape and would like to feel fitter, to enhance how much activity you can do with your children or because your workout is time for YOU. Whatever the reason it’s a good one, but please don’t start working out ridiculously because you want to look like a celebrity, you are beautiful as you, people love you for you and as long as you love your body in the right way then it WILL love you back!

Everybody has a certain goal they want to achieve and that is perfectly fine, the overall aim is to achieve this goal in a healthy way. Don’t go into starvation mode if you haven’t lost the weight you expected to in the first week, it’s not the end of the world. If you want to achieve your goal and sustain your goal then make fitness part of your lifestyle. Do not think to be beautiful and sexy you have got to be skinny because you don’t. Your bone structure may mean you are broader than that of another woman.

I remember when I went down to a size 8, I thought I looked brilliant, my partner tells me otherwise! Seriously, he doesn’t like it and now neither do I. Before becoming pregnant I was a healthy size 10 and I looked in proportion. Unlike before, I have learnt that I love my body and when I take care of myself I seem to shine even more. I don’t have to be a size 8 to look good, I have to feel good from the inside.

Be fit for your mind, be fit for your heart, be fit for you, not for a social image.

In a world of Kardashians, be a Diana.

F x

Walk of the weight!

You don’t have to be an olympic gold medalist to be fit, you don’t need to run 5 miles a day, heck you don’t even need to be part of a gym.

Recently I’ve taken to walking a lot more. I was probably in the region of 30 miles a week and that’s without exerting myself. This could be walking to the supermarket rather than driving, walking to work or going on a countryside walk with your four legged friends.

I love it, being in the fresh air and taking in nature is amazing and the fact that I’m burning calories at the same time makes me that little bit happier. Now depending on the pace of your walk and the incline you can usually burn around 100 calories per mile. So if you walk 3 miles then you’ve probably burnt off the majority of your breakfast.

You see the point I want to make to all of my readers is that you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic like me to be fit. you’ll be amazed that if you start walking a couple of times a week the pounds will start to drop off.

I mean really why would you want to sit on the sofa when you could be in the outdoors? Like I said you don’t have to exert yourself but jumping on your feet and walking will help.

Always remember during any form of exercise keep hydrated and make sure you are eating a balanced diet 🙂

F x

 

14 weeks pregnant more like 14 weeks fit

So guys I’ve just reached 14 weeks and I feel fitter than ever!

I am probably doing more exercise now than ever before for a few reasons really:

  1. I want my baby to have a strong heartbeat
  2. I want to feel good throughout my pregnancy
  3. I want to be able to get back into my size 10 jeans once I have had the baby
  4. Fitness a huge part of mine and my partners life

My exercise regime however has changed. Once upon a time I would be in the gym 5 times a week for 2 hours a time but now I spend more time working out at home, walking and swimming and this is working for me.

Not everyone will be able to exercise this much when pregnant, everyone is different but everyone can do some form of exercise and you will probably feel better for it. Take this morning, I took my dogs for a half hour stroll, nothing strenuous but I still burnt off 115 calories, that’s 115 more than being sat on my bum at home!

If you’re feeling a little bit more energetic like me then you can push yourself a little more. So this afternoon I’m doing a 7 mile hike and I’ll probably burn about 700 calories.

The choice is yours, make the right choice for you but remember if you are exercising outside in the heat then stay hydrated! It’s so IMPORTANT. 💦

Keep fit, keep strong, keep going 😘

F x

Chose to cheat!

Now I have your attention this title does not mean cheat on your partner that’s just wrong, but when I say chose to cheat I mean have a cheat day! That’s right you can eat your favourite chocolate or crisps or have a take away. It’s not illegal.

People think that by being into fitness it means you can never eat chocolate again, guys you’re not training to become the next pure elite bikini championships!

It is possible to be fit and still have a treat, now I’m not saying go and grab a trolley, stuff it with doughnuts, 4 large pizzas, a fudge cake and 8 litres of coke but I am saying it’s ok to eat certain things in moderation.

Treat yourself 1 day a week, break off from the health kick your on and enjoy something naughty.

If you forever say no then you will crave things more and eventually eat more of that food.

Feel free to share what your chest food is!

F x