Lost Your Fitness Mojo in the Winter Months? Here are 5 Tips To Help You Make The Most of Winter Training

The long winter days can be enough to make even the most steadfast fitness fanatic want to miss the workout, hideaway under blankets and curl up with something warm and comforting.

However, if you are serious about your fitness, it is essential that you don’t risk jeopardizing the routine you worked for the rest of the year to perfect. Just a few weeks away from training can undo all your hard work, so use the winter to get you motivated. There may be the odd days where awful weather stops you from getting out there but on the days that it is possible,  focus that energy into beating your own personal bests, tightening your core and really getting yourself ready for the spring.

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Here, we share a few tips to help you make the most of the winter months.

1) Have the right clothing and equipment

As the old saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices. To train outdoors, it is vital that you have the correct clothes to keep you safe, comfortable and warm. This includes thermal gloves, headbands, leggings, and sensible base layers. Base layers help to trap a layer of warm air between the clothing and the skin and wick away any moisture created by sweat. Remember, visibility is often reduced in the colder and darker months, and one moment the weather might be ok, and the next it is dense fog and mist. If you are outdoors, make sure you are wearing high visibility, fluorescent or reflective clothing, and if possible, wear a head torch.

2) Stay Indoors

Sometimes, the weather is just too dangerous to go outside, so dig out that treadmill from the garage or head to the gym for some personal strength training. If you do not have access to expensive fitness equipment or the gym, you can do a workout at home with items found around your house – tins and bottles make excellent weights.  You can also find a wide range of exercises for free on YouTube to suit every ability and fitness level.

3) Consider the effect that winter training has on the body

Research has shown that our bodies actually burn fat quicker and more effectively than in warmer temperatures. The body raises its core temperature to keep you warm and begins to burn any areas of brown fat, so if you’re trying to lose some weight, the colder weather may be of some benefit!

4)  Find yourself an accountability partner

Sometimes, when it is almost too tempting to stay in bed and forget the training, an exercise buddy or accountability partner can be helpful. It is much harder to let somebody else down than it is yourself, so it is a superb tool for motivation. It also makes those training sessions a little bit more fun and enjoyable.

5) Remind yourself why it is important

When you’re all warm and tucked up on the sofa under a blanket it can be easy to forget why you are training and the feelings of euphoria and adrenaline that come after a good workout. When you are training, your body releases feel-good hormones – which will help blast away those winter blues and get you both mentally and physically ready for the summer months.

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My Spring Break Shape Up

Happy Thursday !

The Spring Season is just around the corner, and that means Spring Break is right behind. I don’t know about you, but feeling good and feeling in shape during that time is just as important. I have some of my favorite tips for getting in a Good Spring Shape Up.

Get that booty in Shape the Right Way

It’s really easy to get in a rut during the Winter with your diet and exercise routine. I know f or me personally that I love to fully enjoy the Holiday and that means great food and Good Wine. I always make note at the beginning of the year is when my health habits kick back in. This Winter I have switched to a full Plant based diet and I absolutely love it. I don’t think I will ever go back. I’m not saying that works for everyone, but with these helpful tips, I believe you will be back in shape in no time.

-Make sure you are Drinking Loads of Water Every Day. I start in the morning, and don’t end my H20 intake until night time. Replace any drinks with water. It truly helps your body stay hydrated and to flush those toxins out. It also keep you energized through out the day. WATER IS A MUST!

-Make sure you are adding in 30-45 minutes of Exercise each Day. If this is not doable for you , then start out with 15 min and work your way up. Even adding in a walk or run is great for Cardio. I toss my workouts up. I tend to get bored very easily. I get in at least 2-3 days of yoga a week. ( Yes I absolutely Love Yoga). I do weight training and cardio every day almost. It just makes me feel so much better and stronger. I do add in a Pilates class here and there. Working out is a huge Passion of mine. If you can’t make it to the gym, try checking out some quick videos at http://www.youtube.com

-Stick to a Healthy Diet Always! I’m not saying you cant have a cheat day, but don’t make it weekly. Try to stick to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Whole Grains every day. You can add so many amazing recipes to your daily diet by getting creative with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. If this seems hard for you at first, start out small. Try to have one to two meals or snacks healthy a day. If you are wanting a quick shape up , it is vital that you watch your portion controls along with your food choices.

-Try to fix you own meals more often. I find that making my meals at home is so much more healthier. You don’t get the hidden oils and fats that a lot of the restaurants use. I love cooking wholesome meals at home and eating with my family. I’m not saying that you cant enjoy a night out. It’s imperative that if you do eat out, pick healthy choices.

-Stay away From the Alcohol while getting in your Shape Up. Alcohol has so many empty calories and a lot of those drinks are loaded with sugar. I love Wine, but I have it Sparingly these days. If you want to have a cocktail, use substitutes so that its not so fattening.

If you follow these tips to a T, I know you will get in the Best shape Up For Spring Break. It is very important to realize what you are putting in your mouth. Staying away from fattening dressings, alcohol, fried foods, refined sugars, and preservative filled foods will get you there quick, with plenty of exercise. If you need to keep a journal of your eating, always write it down. Start now and you will start feeling and looking your best.

xo

Melissa


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My Top Three Tips To Keep Your Skin Hydrated in the Cold Months

It’s not hard for your Skin to feel a bit dry and rough in the cold , winter months. It can feel sometimes like your skin is as rough as sandpaper. You can get out of the shower and it may feel like you can itch your skin to death. I know I don’t like that feeling, and I’m sure you don’t either. Everyone wants to have hydrated skin this time of year, and with some healthy protocol, it is achievable. These are my top three ways I keep my skin feeling soft and supple in the winter months, and keep my skin hydrated.

Always Use a Good Moisturizer
  • Always Add a Good Oil To Your Bath – The last thing you want is to be sitting in a hot bath when its this dry out without any oil added. The dryness will pull the moisture right out of your skin. If you are bathing, add a few drops of herbal oil or lavender oil to your bath. If you are showering, try to apply some oil to your skin before getting out. This will leave your skin soft and supple. Try the amazing http://www.jomalone.com


. Try adding some Coconut Oil to your face and body at night before and then let it moisturize all night . Coconut Oil has so many amazing health benefits but is also great on the skin. I use it all year round and I can see a huge difference in my skin. I have better hydrated skin and softer skin.

. Drink Lots of Water. It is so important to stay super hydrated in the Winter Months. You may not think so, but sometimes we go without water too long without even knowing it. it is estimated that more than 50 percent of people do not get their daily water intake. Drink up people. It keeps our skin more supple in those dry months and helps with hydration.

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Valentine Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Hey! It’s almost Valentines Day, and I know many of you are wondering what you can do with your loved one that will be fun but won’t break your bank account. Valentines Day is about spending quality time with your significant other and doesn’t have to be luxurious or lavish. I’m not saying that some of you haven’t bought your loved one something super nice or expensive. If you did, Great! Everyone deserves something nice every now and then. If you are looking to do something romantic or fun, then I have some great ideas for you that aren’t going to cost you a fortune.

Valentines Day is what you make of it.

If your significant other is more of a simple person, a great night in with a great Netflix movie and a good bottle of wine would be divine to anyone of that nature. Everyone loves a chill night. Am I right? It’s really easy to grab a good bottle of his or her favorite wine and rent a movie of their liking. I promise it will be so much fun. Try Chloe wine at http://www.wine.com

One thing that my husband and I Love to do is get Couples Massages. You can find so many great places to offer discounts during the Valentines month. There are many that offer two for one. It is a great way to have some relaxation time if you and your love have been really busy lately. This is the perfect date in my eyes.

Are you a busy mom or dad and feel like you never have any time away with your love? Try to plan in advance and get a sitter for the night. Log on and find some great hotels in your area that are offering a discount for Valentines day. I see these all the time. It would give you two love birds some good quality time to yourselves. Having some relaxation time for the night is perfect for Valentines Day.

Are you both Yoga crazy or your significant other loves it? Try to find a great Yoga class to do together. This is a great way to connect into doing something together and is healthy. If you are one that doesn’t love Yoga , but your love does, You can sacrifice an hour right? You may just find out how much you love something .

Do you Love to Laugh? Find a Great Comedy Show playing and take your Valentine. Comedy shows are great to watch and honestly they are uplifting. I find that having a good, hard laugh every now and then never hurts.

Valentines day is what you make of it. You may be on that doesn’t take it too serious, or really doesn’t consider it to be a holiday. Whatever you choose, there are many ideas out there that doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg, and you will truly have so much fun. It’s all about spending time with your Love.

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The Best Luxury Valentines Gifts For Her

February is almost here, and that means Valentines Day is just around the corner. It seems for some that this Holiday is just as important as any other holiday. I have listed some of my Favorites that I think would be perfect for any girl. I picked these because they are some of my favorite items, and they truly are special just like any girl out there. A great idea also is making your special girl or friend up a gift basket and adding in one of these amazing gifts along with some of her favorite candy or pajamas, or even a nice bottle of wine.

Burberry Scarfhttp://www.burberry.com
Voluspa Candlehttp://www.voluspa.com
Uncommon james necklace .http://www.uncommonjames.com
Jo Malone Perfumehttp://www.jomalone.com

These are some of my favorite Luxury Gifts For Valentines Day. There is another Blog Post coming with Price Friendly Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank.

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