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5 TIPS FOR A FITTER, HEALTHIER YOU.

26/08/2015
Healthy smoothie gluten free dairy free

Let me just start this post by saying that this is one that a few months back – christ, even a month back – I never, ever thought I would post. I am not fit person (waking up, getting out of bed, going shopping, walking out to the fridge etc. all counts for cardio, right?). I am not a healthy person (both health wise – #TerminalSickNote – and food wise, thrice weekly Indian takeaways followed by a smoothie bowl eaten purely for Instagram pics = balance, right?) However in the last couple of months, I have taken very simple and easy steps to become a slightly fitter, slightly healthier version of myself. Here’s how you can do this too:

Put yourself into a Blake Lively transformation machine

Carly Rowena Youtube

Exercise. And no, I don’t mean extra fries (well, I kinda do but for the sake of this healthy post I don’t). This was a dirty word for me until I decided spontaneously to do a Carly Rowena exercise video (it was probably after seeing her rippling six pack on Instagram) and the love affair began. Now, I discovered Carly years ago when – I really hope she doesn’t mind me saying this – she didn’t have anywhere near the following that she did now. We spoke a few times over her blog and she was just always the loveliest person. It has been so incredible to see her channel, her following and her opportunities grow, and it’s even more amazing that she is still that lovely, genuine person she always was. #CarlyFangirlAlert. So yes, Carly’s video’s are incredible as they’re relatively short but they work you hard, as well as being so easy to follow and most importantly, enjoyable!

Yoga with Adriene stress relief

On the theme of exercise but slightly different, my next tip is to start some form of yoga. Now, I say this is different from “just exercise” because for me, it’s so much more than that. Yoga calms my – very over active, over thinking – mind, it makes me more relaxed, it just generally improves my overall mood and I always feel like I’m looking after/being kind to myself after doing some Yoga. Yoga with Adriene is my absolute favourite because she just makes it so easy to follow and get it. If you struggle with the whole concept of Yoga, you need to check out Adriene. She makes it less about the technical “breath in the earth and open up your lymph nodes via the nostrils” shit shiz and more about getting the right technique and having fun with it.

Healthy smoothie gluten free dairy free
Healthy smoothie gluten free dairy free

Nourishing yourself from the inside – So, we’re all aware of the benefits and sheer importance of healthy eating however – we all knew that was coming – I love food more than life itself #TheGreedyBitchNextDoor so a totally (or even, really) healthy diet is never really going to work for me. However in the last few months, I’ve definitely tried to be a bit more balanced. So whilst I definitely eat far too many indian takeaways and eat out too much in general, I’ve been enjoying much more of my sweet potatoes, nuts, avocado’s, veggies, lean meats and fish…. all of that good stuff which to be honest, I have eaten ever since being diagnosed with coeliac disease (in which I had no choice but to overhaul my diet/life) but I’ve been eating a lot more of it. I was actually considering posting a few recipes for any other kitchen novices that could burn water so if that’s something you’d be interested in, let me know 🙂

Rodial superfit size zero body lotion
Rodial superfit size zero body lotion

Saving the best until last (erm, well, actually the latter), I have some products for you that require no effort and bring amazing results – pretty much my dream – they’re from Rodial’s incredible Super fit range and quite frankly, they were the products that prompted this entire post. First up we have the Rodial Superfit Size Zero body lotion*, absolutely dreadful name – soz Rodial, but I’m not down with Size 0 even in jokey/pun form – but a brilliant product. The first thing I noticed is that it smells stunning, if this smell could be made into a perfume, I’d be wearing it all day long. It’s quite a light, gel-like texture that absorbs quickly however it’s so so nourishing on the skin. This product claims to reduce stubborn fatty deposits and water retention and you know what? As much as I totally believed that this was a faddy product with fab marketing, it actually works. The main thing it’s done for me is make my skin feel more taut, tighter and smoother… instantly giving the effect – “effect” because obvs I’m eating my Indian takeaways and not doing tonnes of exercise – of more toned legs/wherever your put it. I am not saying that this lotion is going to rid you of all cellulite; all of the exercise, body brushing and and healthy eating won’t entirely do that… but it will help you look and feel more toned and tighter and much less lumpy and bumpy. It does cost a whopping £55 – be right back, just tending to my bank account which is having a minor panic attack – however, if cellulite, water retention and general uneven skin tone is something that really effects you, I recommend giving this a go.

Rodial superfit arm sculpt
Rodial superfit arm sculpt

Next up we have Rodial Superfit Arm sculpt*. Now, this is not a product that I ever would have picked out and bought myself, because whilst I’ve got the odd bit of saggy skin – sexy times people, sexy times – I don’t particularly suffer from major bingo wings. However, having used this, I’ve decided that I don’t want to be without it. It works in pretty much exactly the same way as the body lotion; the active ingredients work by tightening and smoothing the skin, lessening the look of “orange peel”. It also works by increasing cell renewal, shedding dead skin cells from the surface leaving the skin totally moisturised and this is the reason that I love this. As we have been in Summer – no seriously UK residents, I promise you we have actually been in Summer 😉 – and I’ve been baring my arms more than usual, this just really helps to give me that bit of confidence that I won’t be wobbling all over the place.

Giovanna fletcher

My final point is something that is so god damn essential but maybe even the hardest to do, and that is taking time out. Whether you work a full time job and blog on your days off and it’s all getting too much, or whether you’re a full time blogger and work all day every day and don’t stop for a single second forcing yourself into many anxious moments and being on the verge of a breakdown (this is the category I fall into) it really is so important to put your phone down, step away from social media, your blog/youtube and just enjoy some time out. Whether it’s reading a book for half an hour – I’m reading Dream a little dream by Giovanna Fletcher and am loving it! – going for a walk in the fresh air, listening to music… do whatever your heart desires. But please just do it. I promise it will make the world of difference to your stress levels, mental health and happiness. And ultimately, you’re blog will benefit too as the time you’ll be dedicating to it, won’t be full of stress and anxiety.
So that brings me to the end of this post. As I mentioned, I am no expert, I’m not telling you what to do with your life, I just wanted to pass on some handy tips for changes that I’ve made in my life that will hopefully make a difference to yours…
… and if they don’t, maybe just make out they did and humour me anyway 😉
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this!
xx

74 responses to “5 TIPS FOR A FITTER, HEALTHIER YOU.”

  1. OMG exercising is the most hardest thing for me to do right now

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I love exercising so much– i don't work out for the sake of getting so thin– i want to be healthy and eat whatever i want and not being guilty about it 🙂

    Love the tips you highlighted here

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  3. Jordan says:

    Exercise is the one thing I'm so bad at, and I love a bit of choccy as well I can't resist! I've been trying to eat a bit healthier at the moment because I've been getting sick quite a lot and I think it's because of my unhealthy diet. I love your tips and that smoothie at the start looks yummy!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  4. - Karen says:

    Love this post! I'm obsessed with Adriene's yoga videos, I'll have to check out Carly's channel! Totally agree about the Rodial product name :/

    Style Sunrise☀

    🙂
    x

  5. Thanks for suggesting Carly's videos, I had been doing Jillian Michaels but could do with a change. I'm trying out a juicer at the moment and trying to get fit before the holidays so health tips are really useful

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  6. I think taking care of our skin is a really good way to get healthy, and I love exercising, it makes me feel really good!

    http://www.notesofglam95.blogspot.it/

  7. Uzo O says:

    I am not the type you will find in the gym every other day but i do try to do some few minutess work out and zumba is my go-to session. So glad i stopped by to read these tips . Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.stylenbeautylounge.com

  8. I am getting back into fitness in september I am determined, it is my goal 😉 I love yoga it's so hard to just force yourself but once you do it it's so relaxing and really helps with sleep. I love carly too shes a sweetheart xxx

  9. Brittany S says:

    Great tips!! I really want to try those videos because it's so hard to find time to go to the gym during the week!

    Brittany,
    http://www.lawyerlookbook.com

  10. Gabrielle says:

    It's great to hear you're getting more into health/fitness 🙂 I have always been committed to daily workouts, however I'm a sucker for pizza and chocolate haha! This cream by Rodial sounds so interesting by the way, though like you I'm not a fan of their chosen product name – cringe!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

  11. Great tips! A healthier you is a better you!

    Dora
    http://www.BangsBang.com

  12. I love doing yoga and exercise, wish I had more time for this. It looks like I don't have enough time. Maybe we should have like 30 hours instead of 24 hours haha 🙂 That smoothie looks so delicious! Great tips and great post xx

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

  13. I love this post! Mostly because you focus on balance rather than a restrictive lifestyle, which is what I'm all about. I did yoga with Adriene for 30 days and it was actually hard! It IS exercise! And smoothies = beautiful anyway, don't ya think?! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  14. Alina Bostan says:

    This was such a lovely post to read and like you I am definitely not as fit/healthy as I should be but I am slowly changing things in my life. I really do need to take up exercising a bit more seriously so I will definitely check out Carly's videos. I used to never take time out in the evening from blogging but recently I have learned that it's so important to step away sometime & just chill out, plus I think getting addicted to Suits helped x

    Beauty with charm

  15. It is a fantastic ideas! Dearling!
    But probably this life dont give up time, but I try to it! More read and relax
    Thanks for this post you writte so cute
    Kisses
    http://www.siracusinaproductions.com/2015/08/que-bonito-es-madrid.html#comments

  16. Agree with your tips dear! Exercise and food really matters 🙂
    Simimaus

  17. Beautylyme says:

    Great post! I'd love to hear/see some of your recipes if you don't mind sharing. It's such a shame that Rodial use such offensive names on products because they do sound really good but they alienate so many people with the names! xx

    Beautylymin

  18. bryony grace says:

    I really think I should try and get started with Yoga, I have never done it before but it's always something I've been meaning to try but just haven't got round to it and don't know where to start! I definitely need to do something to become healthier too! x http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

  19. Annabel B says:

    I might just sitting here sipping a smoothie in hope that I turn into Beyonce!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  20. Kelly Lund says:

    Time out is one that people skip over quite a bit, but it is important. I feel like I tend to stress-eat more when I'm constantly freaking out over work, life, stress, etc. My favorite is to make a calm of lemon ginger tea (which is also detoxifying) and flip through magazines or watch some YouTube videos. Working out is also important. Some days I know I don't want (or feel up to) a full 'workout', so I'll just do about 10-15 minutes of toning exercises in front of the tv. Every bit counts!

    xoxo – Kelly
    http://www.dreaminlace.com

  21. Great tips girl!! I need to get back on an exercising schedule!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  22. Stephanie says:

    Love exercising ! I do yoga and ballet beautiful. I'm not a "breakfast person". But love smoothies. Great post! Those products sound so good! And I completely agree about reading. Really makes you relax. If you have an xbox one check out the fitness center!

  23. yummy that smoothie looks so good and healthy
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  24. Looks amazing. I adore smoothies. Thanks for sharing, good tips.
    New post about PARAGLIDING is up: http://www.senkasfashion.com
    Have a great day,
    Senka

  25. LBG says:

    The cream looks amazing! I need to exercise more, you make it sound fun! Another great post

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  26. Anonymous says:

    I'm really thinking of beginning with yoga, I really need to calm down sometimes (just a little bit ^^). Great post (:
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  27. crafty-zone says:

    Totally agree with you and I'm happy that you mentined here about your last tip – about taking time out, it's so important, because we're living in crazy times, when everything should be fast and shoud be done for "yesterday". Great post, Elle 🙂

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

  28. Art Adorned says:

    I'm definitely not a yoga person but I love me a good smoothie, and these are some really cool products you shared with us would love to try them.
    http://artadorned.com/

  29. Lovely tips. I also love Yoga with Adriene's videos she is such a great instructor and to be able to explain everything so clearly through video is such a talent.

    http://www.abigailalicex.com

  30. Great tips, taking time out is something I never do, and exercise for that matter too haha. But I really need to get back in to it, as I can feel the difference in myself from not doing it. I have recently started following Carly Rowena on IG, will check out her video. KBxx

    http://beautybykaris.com

  31. Lauren S says:

    I absolutely adore Adriene, she's hilarious and so easy to follow – makes my 'let's not workout' side want to stretch and click!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  32. I keep reading posts about exercise, and it just reminds me that I really flipping need to work out! I'm so lazy and really struggle with fitting exercise in with work, blogging, social life. Bad times! I've been getting into Adriene's channel though, it's awesome!

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

  33. Rubi Ani says:

    Yoga is such a good way to relax. If I can't sleep I usually do a bit of yoga/meditating to calm myself.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

  34. Adore this post. I'm feeling very stressed right now – might just go and read a book!:) x

    http://www.beckieeschle.com

  35. Irene says:

    are those lotions really working?

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