Keeping Fit & Healthy

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I previously complained about the extra pounds I gained over summer. Well, I am pleased to announce I have dropped them all off! I and now back to my usual dress size (which is 8, 10 or 12 depending on where I shop) and it feels so good. The extra weight I gained made me feel like a log of wood. I found it harder to do many things. My clothes didn’t fit right, going up and down the stairs was harder, walking/jogging was harder, my thighs were knocking against themselves (I was reminded of my weight gain with every step I took), I had aches and pains everywhere and I just felt heavier. I didn’t go on a scale (never do) so I didn’t know for sure how much I gained but I noticed the extra pounds as soon as they came on and as soon as they came off.

Here is how I lost the extra pounds –

Long Walks/Jogging

Myself and the gym are not friends. I am never motivated to go plus having twin toddlers means it is almost impossible to do anything alone these days, even using the bathroom. So we take long walks and I try to go jogging in the evenings when I can. My daily steps target is 10,000. Most days I come close to hitting this target, and I have even smashed it many times now.

 

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Being an Online Entrepreneur means I am usually working on my laptop every chance I get and that is far from active. So I make up for inactiveness by taking long walks and jogging. The adrenaline rush I get from jogging also helps my creative mind so it is a win-win for me.

 

YouTube Fitness Videos

I have mentioned my love for YouTube Fitness Videos before and I still have mad love them. There is a variety of fitness video to choose for and they are a fun way to work out from the comfort of your home. Your kids can even get involves if they are anything like mine. They copy everything I do. Plus they are free (except your Broadband charges) which is a great way to save some money. How many of you have gym memberships you don’t use? I know I had my gym membership for 2 years before cancelling and in that 2 years, I could count how many times I actually stepped into the gym to exercise. Don’t waste your money paying for a gym you don’t use.

 

Reduce Portions & Junk

Apart from not being active enough, I ate a little too much over summer. I blame my sudden urge for ice creams at 9pm on the unbearable warm weather but that is really not an excuse. Plus I am not even an ice cream girl, so not sure where the cravings came from. But reducing my portions, and cutting back on junk foods helped reduce my waistline.

 

I am convinced these actions helped me drop back to my usual size and I would recommend them to anyone struggling a sudden weight gain.

How do you keep fit? Please share your tips in the comment section below.

 

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The Wearable Tech Trend

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Fitness trackers, especially Fitbits, have become very popular in the last couple of months, they seem to be flying off the shelves. It seems everyone and their nan has one on their wrists. It makes me wonder whether it is actually bought for its purpose or just because it is the coolest wrist accessory to have at the moment, but that is a topic for a blog post for another day.

I must confess, I have fallen in love with the  wearable tech trend, and who wouldn’t, it is so easy to become obsessed with the trend. I recently rocked a Fitbit as you can see in the picture above, click here if you missed the post.

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A wearable device that records steps taken, calories burned, hours of sleep and the quality of sleep, distance travelled and active minutes is a great device to have. The fact that this smart device records the quality of sleep and the steps taken (two things I don’t do/have enough of) confirms how cool a gadget it is. I am not crazy about fitness, I can’t remember the last time I stepped inside a Gym but seeing all this information on screen, motivates me to get into shape and be active, and I am sure, this is the same for others, which is why they have become so popular.

I have tried various fitness trackers and none of them can be compared to a Fitbit tracker. The last one I tried was a pedometer for £2 and it was worth exactly that. It kept dropping off every time I moved, it is a miracle, it didn’t get broken or go missing, it also had to be stuck on my waist or on a belt to record steps which was impossible with some outfits so you can imagine how frustrated I was with the device. My experience with the pedometer was nothing like what I experienced with the Fitbit. I guess that is why Fitbit is the fitness tracker to have.

With the various fashion accessories designed by the likes of Tory Burch, transforming the fitness trackers to elegant devices,  I don’t see the wearable tech trend going away anytime soon. I think Fitbits and other fitness tracking devices are here to stay. Do you agree? Do you have a Fitbit tracker or any other fitness tracking device? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

 

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