Fitness, Lifestyle

Five Healthy Habits To Include In Your Week.

I’d like to think that I’m *quite* a healthy person.

I work out 5/6 times a week, eat pretty well, drink water and ya know, do all the stuff they tell you to do to stay “healthy”.

That doesn’t mean though, that I’m good all the time.

I find it really hard to say no to chocolate, love going out for food and am a real carb Queen.

For me, it’s all about trying to find a balance. Making small additions to my daily and weekly routines in order to keep as healthy as I can.

If, like me, you’re trying to stay on the wagon without only ever eating kale, here are five healthy habits to include in your week:

1. Move Every Day (Even Just a Bit!)

If like me your job involves a whole lot of sitting around (and then you do a whole lot more sitting around in the evenings!), you’ll probably have noticed how easy it is for those pounds to creep on.

I try and do *some* form of exercise everyday. I actually really enjoy gym classes so for me it’s not that difficult but I know not everyone feels the same.

Whether that’s a gym class in the evening, a walk on my lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the lift…just doing *something* that’s even just a little bit active is a great start.

2. Drink Up!

Is it just me that finds drinking 2 litres of water a day HARD?! I mean, it’s bad enough trying to fit that much water into my stomach, and don’t get me started on how much you need to pee…

Even so, as much of a cliche as it is, drinking more water is a really easy healthy habit to add to your week.

There *are* apps you can use to remind you to drink, but I prefer to keep a huge cup on my desk and make sure I drink at least 2 of those at work plus what I have at home and when working out.

3. Switch Up Your Snacks

Once it gets to 10:30/11am, I’m on the hunt for a snack to fill the void ’till lunch. And while I’d much rather a bar of Dairy Milk over a Nakd bar, it’s a healthy habit I’ve got into.

There’s nothing worse that starving yourself and being miserable so snacks are a must, but there are loads of ways you can switch them up and keep on track to being healthy.

I recently wrote an article for Boohoo.com’s Style Fix where I talked about some of my favourite healthy snacks. Have a peek if you like!

4. Perfect Some Healthy Meals

Confession time: my boyfriend does 90% of the cooking at home. But we’ve got about 8/9 core, healthy meals we rotate between.

It just makes it super easy in the evenings when we’re both tried from work to ha e some quick, easy and healthy meals.

From paella & quesadillas to one-pot casseroles packed with veg, we make sure to eat tasty – but healthy dinners MOST nights.

5. Enjoy Treats!

The biggest healthy habit to include into your weekly routine is enjoying treats. I try to be good 80% of the time and have a treat or cheat meal the other 20%.

As soon as I ban myself from having something, I crave it and am more likely to binge…and then guilt-trip myself.

It’s a cliche, but it’s all about balance!

What healthy habits do you include in your daily and weekly routine?

 

Beauty, Fashion, Fitness, Lifestyle

March Monthly Faves.

And here it is! My first ever favourites post! I absolutely love reading what other people have been loving, so thought it was about time I shared a few of the things that have been rocking my world this March.

Some are new additions to my wardrobe / make-up bag / routine and others are “oldies but goodies” that I’ve gone back to or have never really fallen out of love with. So let’s get straight into it!

Midi Skirts: The weather is warming up and I’ve been braving bare legs (and blinding everyone at work with my pasty pins) a few times now. I always thought that being short I couldn’t pull off a midi skirt but recently I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for them. They’re a huge part of my spring wardrobe and I can’t wait to swap ankle boots for cute loafers on the regular.

Metafit: After a few weeks of being ill, I was in need of a serious kick up the backside when it came to getting back on the fitness wagon. I’ve been going to metafit classes and my GOD are they hard. It’s 30 minutes of pure blood, sweat and tears but I’ve been feeling great after. Plus, I’m starting to tone up super-quick after adding these classes into my regime which is a winner.

Pixi Skincare:  I’ve already raved about this in a recent post so won’t repeat myself here but boy oh BOY have I been loving these little beauties. I recently got my hands on the Glow Mud Clenser and Mask and the infamous Glow Tonic and my skin is looking – and feeling – better than ever.

Dublin: At the beginning of March (it feels like a million years ago now!), I headed to Dublin for my cousin’s hen weekend. I’d been planning it for over a year with my fellow Chief Bridesmaid and other cousin and we all had a blast. I’d like to go back to Dublin and spend more time there – and less time trying to drink pints of Guinness like a lad.

My New Car: Last but not least, I’ve got to give a shout-out to the new man in my life, my Vauxhall Adam. I’ve never been a big “car person” but after my old car’s life was cut short prematurely, I bit the bullet and am SO glad I did. I’m so in love with my new spaceship of a car. L.O.V.E!

Fitness

7 Ways to Get Into Fitness. 

At school, I was the girl who’d ALWAYS find an excuse to get out of P.E.

I hated sports and exercise, mostly ‘coz I was rubbish at them and self-conscious from being a little chubby, and would do anything and everything to sit on the sidelines.

Even as recently as about four years ago, you’d be more likely to bump into a T-Rex in your local Tesco Express than see me in a gym.

Now though, I love fitness and working out. I go to the gym four or five times a week, and have completely changed my attitude to exercise.

I’m by no means the slimmest of girls. I get rolls when I sit down and have to breath in *really* hard to show off my half an ab, but if I can learn to love exercise – anyone can!

Here are seven ways I’ve got into fitness…

  1. Find something you love. For some people, slogging it out on the treadmill for an hour is the perfect gym session. But it’s not for everyone. And if you’re not enjoying excersice, you won’t stick at it. Whether it’s cardio, strength training or classes, find your rhythm and it’s much easier to stick to a routine.
  2. Try everything! In a quest to find my fitness mojo, I honestly think I’ve tried everything. I’ve trained and run 10km races, I’ve cringed st myself in Zumba and tied myself up in knots in yoga. If I hadn’t though, I’d of given up.
  3. Do something that challenges you. I used to jog for 20 mins on the treadmill, think that was enough, and wonder why I wasn’t seeing results. When I started doing something that challenged me – left me tomato-faced, dripping in sweat and lay on the floor – I started seeing a difference. In my body and my mind-set.
  4. Head to a class. For me, challenging myself comes in doing classes. They’re structured, the PT can correct your form, and you can compete with how well you did last time. Try one out! Plus, I promise no-one is paying you any attention. They’re all just doing their thing.
  5. Get a buddy. If fitness freaks you out, go with a friend a train together. Me & my cousin don’t train together, but we book in fun runs and push each other to train for them. Having someone hold you accountable really does help!
  6. Set goals. For me, there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to lift a little heavier, do more full press ups than last week, or sprint harder in spin. Whether you want to get in that dress, feel healthier, compete in an event or just better yourself, set goals and smash them!
  7. Get out of the gym. The gym doesn’t work for everyone and that’s okay. Try your local running club, dance class or boxing gym. Go for sunny Sunday walks, take the stairs, walk to the shop. The little things all help!

These are just some of the things that have worked for me. If love to know what works for you & what you think I should try on the gym next!

Clare x