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Fitness, body image and healthy living have all been the global hype for years now. Fitness figures, genetically blessed celebrities and the #fitspo trend are taking over social media in a storm.

Whether all this hype motivates you or makes you feel insecure, there’s no denying that staying fit and healthy is and should be a common goal for all of us.

Here’s a few tips of how I look after myself without being a hardcore gym junkie.

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1.Sleep consistently. As mentioned in my previous post, this habit is not only beneficial for your energy levels but also for maintaining and losing weight. Rise and sleep at the same times everyday and you’ll soon fall into a healthy routine.

2.Drink more water. Obvious but so true. Starting the day with two big glasses of water prepares your body for the daily demands placed on it. Again, consistently drinking water throughout the day is so important and helps to flush your system. Invest in a big, funky drink bottle today.

3.Proteins > Carbs. Let’s not kid each other here, a garden salad is barely sustaining for the majority of us. An easy trap to fall into is to eat less often but a higher quantity, usually filling up on carbs. The healthier choices are to opt for proteins like eggs, nuts and avocados. Simple carbs like breads and pastas will be stored as fat if they are not used, so choose proteins for both a sustaining and beneficial option for your figure.

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4.Something everyday. 10 minutes or 2 hours, it’s all money in the #summerbody bank. Whether it’s a core workout for a few minutes, walking instead of driving, or a bicycle ride, it’s still more than you would achieve sitting on your couch.

5.Do more core. Better for your posture, digestion and abs look awesome (!). Here is my core work out which I try to do most days:

Warm up:

  • 15 burpees + 40 step-ups 

Core:

  • 30 situps
  • 30 second plank
  • 30 straight leg crunches
  • 2×30 second side plank
  • 15 push ups
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 30 second plank

I do this twice through with a minute rest in between.

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6.Keep it peachy. Yes, I’m talking about your butt. This year I decided I was so sick of having no transition period between my leg and back that I have trawled through the internet and put together a daily workout that will (hopefully) make 2016 the year my ass becomes existent.

  • 30 squats – 15 normal+ 15 side leg raise
  • 30 lunges
  • 30 squat-togethers
  • 2×15 arch toe touches
  • 2×20 donkey kicks
  • 20 step lunges
  • 2×20 single leg bridges
  • 20 bridge pulses
  • 2×20 clams
  • 10 squat pulses

Repeat this one more time with a minute rest between.

7.My workout playlist: every successful workout needs some good beats to get you going. Here are a few funky favourites of mine that get me running that little bit faster:

  • Push Up – Freestylers
  • Pump it – Black Eyed Peas
  • Bad Habit – The Kooks
  • Stronger – Kanye West
  • Disclosure – Latch
  • The Wire – Haim
  • Bulletproof – La Roux

 

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