Recently I have been able to test out a Fitbit Charge HR wristband for the first time (a kind loan from my partners parents), after swearing I would never buy one as I didn’t think it would help me towards being fitter or healthier. I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong!
“Mindfulness – A state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” – Psychology Today Mindfulness is a buzzword at the moment, or maybe it has been around for thousands of years, and it is only now that we focus on it. Only now, when our lives are a hectic blur of learning, improving, working, living, breathing, that we suddenly have come to the realisation that if we do not stop and live in the moment, we might miss the little things that give us pleasure. Or maybe it’s just me. Either way, some days I feel like I can look back at my week or month and see a blur of events, with nothing in clear focus. Just a mash. It’s those times when I look to these websites to give me a bit of clarity, a bit of …
It’s full-on summer here in little New Zealand, and we have had one of the hottest starts to the year ever. I thought I’d share my essential beauty items, as they have become important staples in my daily routine.
Me Me time Me, myself, and I Even thinking about uttering those words makes me cringe. It feels selfish, it feels wrong. But why? Most of us know that self-care is essential for happiness, so when did taking a break and taking time out for yourself become such a taboo subject? MindBodyGreen (a favourite source of mine!) explains how we know that looking after our well-being includes exercise, eating well, staying hydrated, getting your forty winks, meditating and doing whatever other relaxation rituals work for you. But there’s more. While spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones, is an essential part of living a healthy, happy life, it’s also essential to make time to simply be “with yourself,” to give yourself love, without it being something like heading to the gym or sleeping in bed. A Rosie Outlook hits the nail on the head “I believe that my life would be better if I took more time for gratitude, being mindful and present, dedicating time to self-care, and managing my time a little better. …
So the first month of 2016 is nearly over….well that went incredibly fast! Did anyone else make resolutions, or set goals for this year? I know I did. The past few years I have tried to set goals more than make resolutions. For me personally, goals feel more real, something to work on or work towards, and form new habits. So last December I looked at my life, and thought about all I wanted to achieve in the coming year.
I headed to the gym the other day after work, for the first time this year. It was packed. It began at the end of 2015 with the Beach-Body-goers attacking the machines in a frenzy, but yesterday, that was something else. All the New-Year’s-resolution-makers were out in full force, grunting, sweating, crying. I could scoff, but I am one of them.
These lovely ladies motivate and inspire me everyday with their dedication to health and fitness, their awesome tips and advice, and also their amazing documentation on Instagram of all their hard work and creations, take a look!
We’ve all been there – you get to the gym ready to cry and sweat, only to find out that you’ve forgotten something that’s essential to your workout (I think the worst thing I have ever forgotten was socks..that was a grossly interesting workout). After a few too many times of forgetting these super important items, I started to pack my gym back the night before, and with as much thought as I put into my actual workout. The saying ‘fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’ springs to mind here and is the mantra for most of my fitness-related posts as you will soon see 😀 Whether you are a cardio-bunny, a bodybuilding babe, or a flexy yogi, planning and preparing for your fitness lifestyle is just as important as your nutrition and workout goals.