The Good Girl’s Guide to Killer Abs

When it comes to getting that amazing beach body, it’s tough. You need to make sure that you are eating correctly and training like a beast. But, abs are achievable if you are willing to put in the hard work. One thing that many women fail to recognize when they are striving for perfection is the importance of nutrition. Couple a good diet with a killer workout, and abs will be yours. [Read more…]


Wendy

Sensible Ways to Detox Your Body

Detoxing can be an excellent way of making sure that your body is fit and healthy. But, you don’t have to start downing gels and juices to keep your body in great shape. On the contrary, there are some sensible detoxes that you can do to ensure that your health remains intact. It’s vital that you don’t go on starvation diets. These are bad news for your body. What’s more, they put a lot of strain on your heart. [Read more…]


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Coffee Coffee Coffee

Good morning! My friends and I are giving away… COFFEE! I could use some right now, so while I’m pouring myself a cup or several, enter this awesome giveaway! 

I cannot believe we’re almost done with January. Hasn’t the month flew by? I feel like I’m still trying to catch up with post-holiday craziness to be honest. With the end of every month comes a giveaway though and this is the first official one for 2015! I decided to switch things up this time so instead of a gift card, me and a few blog friends will be giving away an 8-Cup Chambord Coffee Press by Bodum from Starbucks, a bag of ground coffee and a mug. We’re bringing the coffee to you so you don’t have to deal with the cold outside. I hear some of you are experiencing Snowmageddon. I definitely don’t miss walking around in that.

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And now I’d like to introduce you to this month’s giveaway participants! Share some love because the prizes in these giveaways wouldn’t be possible without them.

Wendy – Blush and Barbells // Christine – Life With A Side Of Coffee // Gayle – A Gayle Force // Taylor – Pink Heels Pink Truck // Katie – Beneath the Chandelier


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Wendy

Amazing Ways To Ease Yourself Back Into Fitness

With the sun beginning to shine again after a few months of cold and dull weather, it’s time to make those changes. We have all set New Year’s resolutions to be fitter, healthier and more motivated. Now is the time to start gently easing back into the plans that we’ve made and the fitness goals we’ve set for ourselves. This doesn’t have to be as hard as it initially sounds. You can often get back into your fitness groove by making a few simple changes in your life. Getting outside more after a cold winter might also help to spark the senses into action.

Walking your way back to fitness

Getting back into a regular walking or running regime can be a great way to make yourself feel more healthy. It is one of the easiest ways to gently ease yourself back into fitness and is simple for both seasoned fitness fanatics or new runners. Invest in some new training gear that you feel comfortable in and you’ll start to get that positive ‘can do’ attitude back again in no time. Grab a friend and take up running or walking together. Long walks are the perfect opportunity to catch up on the week’s gossip.

Swim your worries away

Swimming is a great way to exercise the whole body. You can ease yourself back into swimming gently by taking your time and going once or twice each week. When you feel more confident, you can start to head to the pool on a more regular basis. Just a one-hour swim will burn plenty of calories, and it is easy to fit into most lifestyles.

Take a fitness class and get some motivational friends

Taking a fitness class is a good way to not only work on your fitness this year, but to meet new people. You will all be in exactly the same position and can support each other as you train. Try something like spinning classes or aerobics to start off with, and you’ll soon hear about new classes on offer that will grab your attention. Don’t be afraid to ask advice from other members or the class teachers as this can help you progress on your fitness journey.

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Cycle your way to success

Why not get some good cycling insurance and start up a new hobby? Cycling is a great way to explore the countryside or the city around you, and you’ll get plenty of exercise while seeing new things. Go alone or with friends. You could even take the family along and bring a picnic on warmer days.

Winter sports and active adventures

An active break can sometimes be a good way of getting back into the fitness groove. Short skiing breaks are always available, and you can find some great slopes for both beginners and advanced skiers. Ice skating is another fun way to keep fit. You can either go to local outdoor ice rinks if it is still cold enough or find an indoor rink and have some fun!


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What You Should Be Doing in the Gym Vs. What You Are Doing in the Gym

People new to the world of fitness can get intimidated when faced with the prospect of going to the gym. The machines all look so scary, and doing something with no equipment in front of a mirror seems like a no-go situation – what if everybody stares at you!? For these reasons, people usually stick to what they know, which is often the cardio machines in large amounts. This could mean an hour or two on the treadmill, for example. You then leave feeling like you’ve had a pretty good workout. But wait a sec, not only does that quickly become boring and put you off going, it isn’t going to get you the results you want!

In order to get great aesthetic results from working out, you need to do a mix of cardio and resistance training. The mistake many people make is doing a ton of cardio and nothing else. Sure, this burns calories, but you need to work your muscles if you want gorgeous definition and shape! Plus, long sessions of cardio can be seriously ineffective. The best cardio sessions are short and sweet, and contain sprinting as fast as you can.

Long Cardio Sessions Vs. Short Cardio Sessions

Come on, you don’t enjoy being on the treadmill for long. None of us do. It might tell you that you’ve burned 600 calories or something similar, BUT your body may have also started eating away at your muscle at this point too. That’s what bodies do when they have to do too much cardio, and your shape can suffer as a result. When the body is eating its own muscle, you lose any shape or definition, resulting in a ‘skinny fat’ appearance.

Shorter sessions that are performed by sprinting for 30 seconds, then resting for 30 seconds (repeat 10 times), are much more effective. They allow your body to keep its muscle, as well as burn FAT. It’ll burn a few calories too, but they aren’t the important thing here! Burning fat will give you a much better appearance, so make sure you try out this form of cardio and see what you think. Any trainer at 247 Fitness would tell you the same.

Body Image. The subjective concept of one's physical appearance based on self-observation and the reactions of others.

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Cardio, Cardio, Cardio vs. Resistance Training

OK, you already know the problem with too much cardio. So you need to replace all of those excessive sessions you did with resistance training. Do around 3-4 sessions of HIIT cardio as I described before, and use the rest of your time to work all of your muscle groups. Sometimes, it’s best if you do them on separate days so you can really put your all into them. It’s your choice whether you’d prefer to do one body part per day, or an all over resistance workout. Make sure you vary it, with plyometrics, body weight, resistance bands, and weight training. You know me; I love weight training! It doesn’t make women bulky either; it can give you a shapely, defined figure. You’ll only bulk up if you’re training to do so in accordance with your goals.

Forget everything you thought you knew about training, and try this instead!


Wendy