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5 Ways to Beat the January Blues

January is here along with the same old January Blues. It is one of my favourite months of the year because it is my birthday month. But it can also be an incredibly tough month for many. The Christmas and New Year celebrations usually leave us feeling heavier and our bank accounts lighter. With the crazy Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales that follows, many of us struggle to make ends meet in January with bills being left unpaid.

 

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For those who have never experienced January Blues or don’t know what it is, it is the funk that you enter when the holiday season is over. It starts on January 2nd and usually lasts at least until February 1st. The cold weather, long dark nights, added weight, empty bank account and the bills galore make it extremely hard to get by.

Here are 5 ways to beat the January Blues and have a great start to the new year.

 

Diet and Exercise

Sticking to a diet and a fitness routine can help shift the added weight added over the holidays. My fitness life is looking up thanks to the GymCube website. I am loving the workouts on the website. They are super helpful, especially now after the holiday season, when I couldn’t be bothered to exercise or be on a diet.

 

Have Goals

Having goals for the year helps chase away the January Blues because you know what you need to work on. It also keeps your mind very busy, which is good. I have clear goals for the year and I have broken them down into monthly goals so I can keep track on them easily.

 

Stop Spending

Because I spend a little more over the Christmas period, I try as much as possible to reduce my spending in January. It can be a little tricky as it is my birthday month and I like to spoil myself. It is also my lovely nephew’s and sister’s birthday month, but I always make sure I get their presents over Christmas. Having money in the bank is a great way to chase the January Blues away.

 

Stay Active

Getting as much fresh air as possible is great for the body and mind. Which is why we must remember to stay active. Daily walks are highly recommended.

 

Enjoy the Daylight

I like to open up my curtains and blinds, and get as much natural daylight for as long as possible. Some days are gloomier and darker than others. So I like to make the most of every sunlight I get. It does great things to me.

 

How do you deal with the January Blues? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Fit with GymCube

I must confess, I have never been into exercise. Many years ago, I signed up with my local gym and ended up hardly ever going for a whole year. However, now as a busy mum, juggling 2 active toddlers, running a household and working from home, I need to be fit and healthy. I also need to be in the right state of mind. Regular exercise is great for my mental health. The adrenaline rush I get from exercising is like no other! So I know keeping fit is a must for me. So I was super excited when GymCube got in touch.

For those who have never heard of GymCube, it is an online community, providing support and motivation along with hundreds of relevant  resources needed to lose weight, increase fitness, gain strength and live a healthier, happier lifestyle. You get your very own online gym trainer with various exercise classes like Abs, Combat, Indoor Spin Cycling, Yoga, and so on. It is the coolest online fitness website ever!

 

 

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I have recently signed up with GymCube on their Strengthen and Define workout plan. My body weight is where I need it to be but I would love to work on increasing my energy levels. I sometimes find myself struggling to cope with my daily activities. Panting on the stairs is definitely not a good look. So I need to get that bit sorted, and thanks to GymCube, I will be getting fit. My target is to increase my strength levels and take my body to the next level in time for Christmas.

 

The Strengthen and Define Plan
  • Strength training exercise plan to help you get from regular to ripped in record time
  • Be able to complete with the best with your new and improved stronger fitter body
  • Diet guide (with optional supplement plan) to improve your physique and performance

 

I am seriously loving this fitness plan with GymCube. It ticks all the boxes for me and I feel like I am going to enjoy the journey. The GymCube website features 0ver 600 exercise videos, live online coaching and support, diet guidance and support groups for help, guidance, tips, tricks and advice from the community.

 

 

 

 

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Once I complete the Strengthen and Define workout plan, I will go on to follow the #GCLifestyle Guide. This is basically a real life, down to earth way of continuing my fitness journey. I see fitness as a journey with no destination. It is something I have to continue to work at everyday, so I remain fit and healthy.

I will be posting weekly updates on how I am getting on, here and on social media, so look out for my posts. I would love for you to join me in my fitness journey as well. Go have a look and sign up here to get started. There are 3 plan options –  Orange, Black and Platinum membership. So I am sure you will find the right plan for what you need. Do let me know how you get on.

Thanks for reading and cheers to the new week.

 

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