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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Body & Mind: An Update

When it comes to fitness and a healthy lifestyle, I've always kind of dipped in and out of it like it's a new trend or only for the summer months. Winter can be quite chilly and miserable here in the UK and I always use that as an excuse for copious amounts of hot chocolate, cake and an extra layer (or ten) of body fat to keep me warm.
Nevertheless, I feel like I've come a long way on my fitness journey and no longer see it as a 'quick fix' for bikini season but more of a positive thing that can effect not only my abs, but also my mind set and for me.. that's the most important bit.
Since taking part in the 30 Days of Yoga challenge with Adrienne (ultimate woman crush right there)I've developed somewhat of an obsession with the activity, and now that the weather is getting warmer.. it's great to take the exercise outside too.
Something that I still feel is really important for keeping me motivated is getting my mitts on some practical (but cool) workout gear. When I know that I'm going to be comfortable in my outfit, I'm much more likely to want to change into it of a morning rather than stay in my pj's and as much as I rate a massive t-shirt and pj shorts for the most basic of stretching activities, if you're going to head out for a run, or accidentally end up doing a head stand on your garden decking then it really does help if you're donning the right gear. All of the workout gear I'm wearing in these photo's can be found on Matalan's Activewear shop.
I think that what I find the most refreshing about yoga, or any exercise really.. is that it's a way to take time to yourself. It might not be exactly how you envision 'chilling out' or having some 'me time' but how often does your planned relaxation actually last longer than five minutes? With our mobiles firmly attached to our bodies and push notifications galore, it can be hard to switch off, even for five minutes. When you take the decision to go out for a run, head to the gym or practice yoga.. it really gives you a set amount of time where you can't be checking your emails or updating your facebook status and that, ladies and gents.. is like a breath of fresh air in our otherwise relentlessly full days.
Matalan Long sleeved Tee*, Full length leggings*, Mesh Tee* & 3/4 length leggings*, Nike Trainers

With Summer creeping eagerly around the corner, I want to feel confident in a crop and that's only going to happen if I actually make a lifestyle change. I think that's the important thing about health really... it needs to be part of your everyday lifestyle and I want working out to feel as natural and necessary as brushing my teeth. I've found that I enjoy yoga more than any kind of regular exercise I've taken part in before and I think that's because of how much it really helps to chill me out. It helps to tone and strengthen, but it also helps to clear your mind and give you focus.. what could be better than that! I've also finally accepted that lifting weights won't make me look like the hulk but will actually tone what little muscle I have so I'm getting into that too.  GOODBYE BINGO WINGS. (hopefully)

What's your favourite type of exercise?
Have you tried the 30 days of yoga challenge?

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  1. You know me, loving that morning yoga! I really prefer low intensity for total relaxation, but I really want to try running too :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Love a bit of yoga :D
      Running is great if you can get into it.. I found it hard to start with but once you're in the zone its fab! xx

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  2. Yoga looks like something I need to start doing! Going to look into doing the 30 day challenge :-)

    Ashleigh x

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    1. Ooooh Ashleigh I feel all excited for you!! let me know if you try it!! I think you'll love it (: xx

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  3. Love these pics! And I love the Matalan gym clothes as well I've been looking for some new stuff which won't break the bank. Wearing proper clothes definitely encourages me to do more exercise. Btw I'm going to come and live in your beautiful Summer house one day, so be prepared.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Thanks Jordan!! OMG PLEASE COME NOW IT'L BE FUNx

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  4. I've never attempted yoga before, but I tried her 'gentle morning routine' for the first time today and felt so wonderfully chilled out and positive that I'm determined to wake up in enough time to do it again tomorrow morning before work :) Need to get on the cardio as well, majorly! xo
    LJLV | UK Personal Style

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    1. MATE. I think you may have just discovered a new obsession then (if you're anything like me) ((which you are))
      Also, I miss you
      xx

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  5. I love this! I'm in complete agreement with everything you said. It definitely is a good way to relax without reaching for your phone out of habit. And it really is all about a lifestyle change, and forming new habits. The amount of times I've tried to form that particular habit is getting ridiculous, though. I always do it for awhile and then, just... Stop. Hahah I figure one of these days it'll stick. ;P Also that looks like a really relaxing place to do yoga!

    xx Alyssa — fragments of memories

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    1. Ahh thanks so much Alyssa!!
      Yess I'm exactly the same! And sometimes I really think I've done it but then nope.. along comes cake and no movement for weeks haha. One day hopefully!
      Awhh yes it's quite nice, especially with the bird song. Not so relaxing when my dog tries to join in though haha! Xx

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  6. I've attempted yoga a couple of times, always feel amazing afterwards. But, finding the motivation to keep going back, can be a struggle! Posts like these, definitely give me a push though! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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    1. I'm the same Vanessa! It's all about that motivation! x

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  7. i'm a big fan of yoga don't you know. i got into it about 2 years ago, first thing i noticed was that i seemed to be sleeping better. just got to have a stretch and not think of anything else.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. I've found the same actually, which is pretty awesome because I really struggled with it before. Amazing how much difference it can make!!
      x

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  8. Adrienne is my absolute Hero!! Can't get enough of her entire channel! xx

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  9. I did the 30 day challenge and have subsequently become obsessed with Adriene and yoga in general! It makes me feel amazing, I now do a youtube video 5-6 times a week and a local class. It's so addictive because it makes me feel so good and has helped keep my migraines at bay. I've become that person who raves about yoga constantly now :D

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    1. Ahaha she's SO good isn't she!! Oh wowww that's loads go you!! I want to be doing it that often too!
      Haha I'm exactly the same, no-one can stop me!
      xx

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  10. I've never heard of this 30 day challenge but I totally want to give it a try now! Her voice is so soothing! Lovely post :) xx

    RobynCaitlin.com

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  11. Aah I love Adriene! She does fab videos :D I've just been picking out different ones to do each day. I had a headache one morning and did her yoga for headaches video and it worked! My headache was gone! She's my girl crush too, love her. Your workout gear is fab btw xo
    amber love

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