Hello Internet Friends. And Welcome to August!
For years the one of the reasons I would use for not exercising more was ‘it’s too expensive to join a gym’. Really I was just making excuses, but I am sure there are many people out there who struggle with ideas to exercise on the cheap.
In the past few months I have discovered that there is a whole community of fitness bloggers and vloggers and people motivating each other on the internet. I probably could have found it earlier, but I just never had that motivation.
Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite people on YouTube, Apps and various blogs that have really motivated me to get into shape and best of all its all free!
Cassey Ho is a certified fitness instructor and creator of POP pilates. Her approach to fitness is all about keeping it fun and interesting. She is crazy insane with her pilates and cardio workout, but is always really bubbly and enthusiastic about it all. I have a love/hate relationship with her. I hate how mental the workouts are but I love the results. Only a couple of days ago she challenged her ‘popsters’ to do 1000 squats, and for some reason I was encouraged to do it, and I did, all 1000. There is no way that I would have been able to do that a couple of weeks ago. Cassey also preaches the clean eating mantra. Her blog and Youtube channels contain plenty of healthy, clean recipes as well as her fitness videos. Each month Cassey creates a free workout calender, it is like having a free personal trainer. She’s amazing, and I owe her a lot. My favourite workout by Blogilates is the Victoria Secret Model Ab Workout. You should definitely check it out.
Joanna Soh is a certified personal trainer and has developed her website and YouTube channel to help people in three areas: food, fitness and faith. I have only just discovered Joanna recently, but I have been really enjoying her workouts and meal ideas. I really love Joanna’s 30 min Cardio Kickboxing routine. It really makes you sweat!
PumpUp is an app which allows you to join in with a community of people all trying to get fit together. If you are a jealous person this probably isn’t for you as there are some really beautiful/fit people, but I find it really motivating. If those people can look like that, why can’t I? The app also has a function to design a workout for you. You can pick the length, type and difficulty of the workout and it designs it for you. You can also track your workouts and progress and see how you are improving.
Picture Taken From Niomi’s Instagram
Niomi Smart is new to the blogging world. Her blog is a lifestyle blog that includes the occasional food post. She creates some amazing clean recipes that I just love, always. Niomi is also unbelievably fit. She provides me with a lot of motivation.
Over the past few months I have learned some really simple tips from all of these people, and I would like to share them with you.
♥ Drink Water ♥
Water consumption is really important. It can increase energy levels, improve mood, improve skin complexion and keep you full. Sometimes hunger is actually thirst in disguise. If you feel hungry, have a glass of water and then wait a few minutes to see if that feeling goes away. Then eat.
Health/Fitness/Weight Loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. It is important to eat good, health, clean foods that keep you full and help your body to perform at its optimum level. But always remember that nobody is perfect. You will sometimes crave a chocolate bar, or a piece of cake or a huge bowl of pasta with plenty of cheese. Its okay to give into these cravings occasionally. The Blogilates program allows for a ‘YOLO Meal’ once a week.
You don’t have to go out and run everyday or do an hour long pilates workout. Just move daily. Even if you run to the kitchen and back a couple of times a day, or take the stairs at work. Increasing your heart rate daily will help to control weight, boost mood and allow for a restful sleep at night.
♥Get Plenty of Sleep♥
Your body is not able to do all of the amazing things it needs to do to function without any sleep. You need to rest and recover from the days activities in preparation for tomorrow’s. The amount of sleep you need depends on your age, but anywhere between 8-10 hours is generally enough to provide rest for your body.
Obviously I am not a fitness guru or professional in anyway. I am just a person on their journey to fit that has learned some things along the way. Hopefully these amazing people can help you in some way. I would also recommend you read my blog post where I discuss the lessons I learned from reading Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book.
Until next time. x