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Health & Fitness | Getting Motivated For Summer


Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to the gym; I hate to go and I love to moan about it...

However, it has come to that time of year when the sun is out and therefore more skin is exposed… And whilst my tanning game is top notch (read more about that here) my body is not exactly screaming, “I’m ready for summer!!!”


So I’m doing my usual, try and eat better and get my arse to the gym more. It’s so hard though, right? The motivation to get yourself to the gym? To get into the mind-set of eating healthy? It’s difficult, and I for one am in a serious rut in terms of health and fitness. 

I am determined to change this mind-set however, I want to be healthy and I want to feel confident. There are a few new things that I have incorporated into my daily routine to help me get on track and ready for summer. These are small things that have made a big difference in terms of getting me motivated to become fitter and healthier...


Water Intake



It is common knowledge that drinking plenty of water is great for your body. It keeps you hydrated, alert, regular, fuller for longer, keeps your skin clear and increases metabolism. I drink a fair amount of water throughout the day generally, but I am making much more of a conscious effort to drink more. I have found that drinking from a bottle, such as this cute Sweat Smile Repeat one from Superdrug keeps me on track as I can easily measure how much water I’m drinking each day. 


Protein Powder


Now, I’m no expert when it comes to protein powders, but I have read about how good they can be for your body, especially if you increase your work out schedule. They are great for recovery and so sometimes, after a particularly long or strenuous workout, I will make myself a protein shake. I love this Banana flavoured one from Superdrug’s Some Body range, and it tastes particularly good with almond milk. I sometimes even make one in the morning to have for breakfast if I need something quick and easy. 

 

Detox Tea


I know that there is a lot of controversy around the topic of detox tea. It’s true that some brands like to add ingredients that produce a laxative effect, so you go to the loo a lot and potentially don’t do your body any favours. However, everyone’s body is different and what works for one person may not work for another. I have been drinking the Detox & Cleanse Tea Bags from Superdrug’s Some Body range, and they are lovely. They are designed to increase your energy levels, prevent fatigue and boost your mood. The fourteen day pack comes with fourteen day, and fourteen night tea bags, each of which a filled with lots of lovely ingredients. 

Fitness Tracker


I have also recently bought a Fitness tracker. I’ve had my eye on a Fitbit for quite a while now, but could never justify the price tag. I did a bit of research and opted for a £20 model from Amazon. I felt that having something around my wrist that would constantly be updated, would help me to keep track of any activity that I do. This one in particular tracks my: steps, heart rate, calories burnt and sleep patterns. I’m hoping that it will help me to set targets and reach goals. 

Sleeping Pattern


Speaking of sleeping patterns, I have also been listening to my body a lot more when it comes to feeling tired. Usually I would stay up as late as possible, never wanting to miss out on anything. However, my current job requires me to wake up at 6am every morning, and I just can’t handle going to sleep after midnight anymore. I have tried to listen to my body and go to bed as and when I start to feel tired. I feel as though this gives me a much better night sleep, and ultimately gives me more energy the following day. 


Madolyn
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