By Katie Forrester
Gone are the days when going to the gym was a chore, we ALL want to better ourselves. With the endless variety of hybrid classes popping up, from ‘Reggae Reggae Yoga’ to ‘Slacklining’ our fit not thin girl gains are a hopscotch away.
If you’re guilty of classing ten minutes on the treadmill as your daily work out, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the latest empowering fitness trends set to take over.
Think between your work commitments and social schedule, there’s little time for boot camp? Think again. Live stream workouts are like abs on tap. Virtual boxing is No.1 on our hot list thanks to girl crush Gigi Hadid. Her killer abs are kick a$$ motivation enough.
2016 saw us power planking until our elbows bled (and I speak from experience). But this year crawling is taking the world by storm as the ultimate strengthening and conditioning move to incorporate into your routine. Think like a panther and set your animal instincts free for a full body workout that’s totally gaga.
Water workouts just got wet ‘n’ wild. From aqua-spin to hydro-circuits, the body resistance of a Swimsanity sesh will wave goodbye to those thunder thighs. I’m joining the mermaid club RN.
If you spend many a night in the mirror singing into your hairbrush, those ‘gotta get him out my hair’ moments can be perfected on the gym floor. ‘Seen on Screen’ is the only way to drop it like a squat. Learn to bokwa like Beyonce and strut your stuff at a masterclass near you.
If you’re always plugged into your device, it’s time to power down and recharge. We’re all aware of our bodies but tend to neglect our minds. Your mantra is all about disconnecting from daily distractions and making time for rest and recuperation. Yoga by candlelight, hydrotherapy flotation tanks and nap classes are big news. Sleep has always been the best meditation but now switching off is the new way to shape up.
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By Sisi Ncube
Struggle sticking to the fitness goals you’ve set yourself? Yep, same. So here’s some top tips and tricks to smashing them RN.
Whether it’s a fundraising walk or you want to run 20KM a month, having a goal will keep you motivated because you’re focused on achieving that goal. Write it down and tell your friends too – that way there’s no getting out of it!
Decide in advance what you want to do at the gym. If you have a set workout plan you are more likely to stick to it. You could do classes that came free with your membership or get a personal trainer who will help you with a set workout plan.
3. Have a meal plan
Your diet accounts for 80% of your weight so if you want to avoid temptation at lunch (and overspending) make sure you prepare in advance what you are going to eat and stick with it.
4. Get a workout partner
Choose wisely. You need to get a partner who will keep you motivated. Your workout partner needs to be as serious about their goal as much as you are about yours. This way you keep each other motivated and accountable.
There’s nothing like a new gym outfit to motivate you to get to the gym so check out our latest fitness range to get you looking and feeling fly >
Fall”s here and with it disappears our motivation to leave the house come the colder weather. So we’ve teamed up with Brooke and Erica from Pumps and Push Ups to help get your exercise game face on and get out of the house. All of the running tips you need to know about are here…
Don’t take to running thinking you’re going to run several miles your first day. Start with a small distance, like a mile and don’t attempt to run the entire thing. Begin with a brisk walk to warm up and try running for a minute and walking for a minute. If you go too hard too fast, you’ll end up with painful shin splints and possible injuries! If you continue to build on your endurance, you’ll be running miles in no time.
Run in intervals
This is kind of like taking it slow, but for a different reason. If you’re running for fitness, intervals are where it’s at! You will get more out of your run if you vary your pace, rather than a long steady pace.
Five years ago you may not have even tried an avocado or thought it was only worthy of your guacamole. (Which can we add is THE best invention ever BTW) . Nowadays our Instafeed is avotastic and we can’t ‘avo’ enough of the velvety green superfruit.
From brunch to brinner it’s our favourite way to get green…
Not only are Avocados veggie, gluten free and dairy free friendly, they are:
· Bursting with antioxidants
· Packed with more than 20 vitamins & minerals
· Contain more potassium than bananas
· High in fibre
· Loaded with heart healthy fats