Fitness | 7 Ways I’m Stepping Up My Game

Fitness

This year I’ve been going full speed ahead in an attempt to better my health and fitness. I’ve decided 2015 is the year I’m going to strive for a body that I’m happy with in order to make me healthier overall. It’s been a busy few months for me lately and the only thing that’s kept me sane is going to the gym and relieving the stress building up inside of me.

Like most people, I’m on a countdown to my summer holiday which also means added pressure of looking and feeling good in a bikini. Just like many people my age, every year I’m filled with good intentions to achieve that dream beach body and I’ve not once achieved my goal. Whilst I don’t expect to become an athlete on a strict diet and intense workout routine, I’m hoping to enhance my health and fitness in a way to suit my lifestyle. With just 7 weeks until I jet off to sunny Turkey, I’ve decided to up my game by doing the following things:

Going to the gym 4 times a week

I’ve been going to the gym regularly for a few years now, attending between 2-3 times a week. Over the past couple of months I’ve been aiming to go 4 times a week. I’ve been trying to train one or two specific areas of my body each session instead of doing a full body workout each time. This way I’ve been able to focus more on certain areas and really push myself and I feel like I’ve really benefited from doing this.

Drinking more water

I’ve been drinking a lot more water which has been replacing fizzy drinks and juices rich in sugar. This is mainly at work and before bed as I’ve not been restricting myself whilst eating out. As a result of increasing my water intake, I feel more alert and less bloated.

Increasing my protein intake

I’ve come to realise I don’t have as much protein in my diet as I should, especially for the amount I’m exercising and the weights I’m lifting. I’ve started having protein shakes after intense gym sessions to help my muscles recover and help me to maintain the muscle I’m creating. From this, I’ve noticed my upper arms and thighs are becoming more defined.

Buying fresh food and making proper meals

Whilst it seems more expensive and I feel like I’m always making a trip to the supermarket, I’ve starting buying and eating more fresh food (mainly meats and fruit) which is much healthier than most frozen foods that are stuffed with high doses of saturated fats and sugars.

Replacing chocolate breaks with healthy snacks

Since starting my new job earlier this month, I’ve been eating so much healthier throughout the day! At my old workplace, we would be snacking on chocolates, cakes and sweets all day, every day. Now, I’m trying to steer clear of any temptations and only bringing healthy snacks with me such as portions of fruits and yogurts which have been keeping me going until tea time.

Taking progress pictures

Inspired by personal fitness expert, Kayla Itsines, I’ve started to take progress pictures to egg me on and help keep me on track. I love seeing progress photos of people as it gives me a real burst of motivation and shows me that it is possible to achieve your goals.

Smoothies on a Morning

I’ve never really been one for breakfast as I’d rather catch a few extra Z’s instead of having a nutritious breakfast. Previously I would grab a chocolate biscuit on my way out the door however this past year I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat a healthy breakfast by having whole grain cereals or yogurts. This month I’ve stepped up my game by making a fresh fruit smoothie every morning packed with fruit, almond milk the occasional protein powder scoop. Smoothies are great for helping you achieve your 5 a day and there are so many different combinations you can make!

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What are you doing to achieve your beach body this year? I’d love to know!  

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  • Great points! 🙂
    I go three times a week with set routines and then one weekend morning to do a spin class.
    It’s definitely a good idea to split your training. I have arms day, legs day and an all over routine. I’d also say don’t wing it.. go in with a plan and make sure, if using weights/machines, that your keeping a log of what your doing. You should be upping your weights or reps each session, it should never be easy. You should also aim to train for between 45-60 minutes, any longer than an hour is wasted.
    I to don’t have enough protein in my diet and have a shake after working out, nice and easy chocolate protein with banana and milk. Yum! 🙂
    I definitely need to drink my water, it really is my downfall! I am better than what I was, but I could do better!

    Caroline.x
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    • Aww thanks for your tips Caroline! I totally agree about going in with a plan as there have been times where I’ve decided when I got there and had a really rubbish session! I’ve been trying the Kayla Itsines guide and it’s really good! Oo I like the idea of chocolate and banana 🙂 xx

  • These all sound great! I wish I had your motivation! Recently I’ve just wanted to go back to my old ways and eat rubbish all the time! Must get back to it!

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    xox

    • Thanks Danni 🙂 I’m good on the exercising part it’s just the eating healthy/clean that I struggle with! I know what you mean, it’s so difficult to still at it especially when things get on top of you! Xx