Embrace exercise, don’t run away from it

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Many of us are unhappy with certain parts of our body, but ironing out those lumps and bumps can look like a daunting prospect and taking those first steps often seems scary.

Hated bingo wings and the stubborn extra half a stone that just won’t budge can be a pain, but if you see it as a challenge the tables can be turned and you can embrace the road ahead.

Following a few simple steps can allow you to make huge strides forwards when it comes to your health, fitness and self-esteem.

First things first, set a goal and be realistic. Whether you want to be a size 12, fit into a gorgeous dress for a wedding or just want to be able to run for the bus without passing out, have a vision and you are so much more likely to make it happen.

Next, take a look at what you eat and drink. You can spend hours in the gym but if a sweaty session is followed by burgers and fries things won’t change. Forget fads and quick fixes and instead aim for a portion-controlled, balanced diet that is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins and go easy on processed food and sugar.

You are what you drink, so cut back on alcohol, caffeine and sugar filled pop, and instead aim to drink two litres of water a day for ideal hydration. Some do say that coffee has some health benefits as it helps speed up your metabolism which is turn helps with fat-burning, but keep a lid on things and enjoy one or two cups a day.

When it comes to exercise, the key to success is to find something you enjoy and look forward to doing. If you hate running, don’t sign up for a 5km challenge and if water brings you out in cold sweat, the pool might not be for you. From dance classes and yoga to paddle boarding and football, there are so many options out there; you can be sure to find something that is right for you. Going to a class with a friend or booking a personal trainer of a few of you, can also be an incentive to keep up the good work and keep a commitment to others too.

Once you have found an activity you like that raises your heart beat and gets the blood pumping around your body, why not add in some weights into the mix too? Many people are afraid of these but they are a brilliant way to further develop your fitness levels and stamina whilst building long, lean muscles. Adding low weights when doing repetitions of simple squats and burpees is the perfect place to start, and if you are a member of a gym, the staff will be only too happy to help.

If you want to really get in the zone, wearing the right kit can really help. We aren’t saying go out and spend a fortune but a decent pair of trainers, bright clothing and a fresh water bottle are so much more inspiring than dirty joggers and your dad’s old sized hoodie.

When putting your body to the test, you also need to allow it to rest and recover. Plan your week and ensure you have days when you aren’t in the boxing ring or out on your bike and that way you will prevent injury and exhaustion. Also make sure you get enough sleep and aim for between six and eight hours a night.

So, get a plan, put it into practise and say hello to a happier, healthier you.

Team Pure Beauty

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