Gym stereotypes we need to get over

Gym stereotypes we need to get over

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Today I wanted to share a short and snappy blog post all about working out and attempting to get into a healthy gym routine. I am by no means in a position to educate nor specifically advice on the subject, as I myself need a lot of motivation to get my bum to the gym, and I have no qualifications whatsoever when it comes to what to do. Since my surgery at the end of 2017, it has been a long battle for me to get into a healthy gym routine, seeing it more as a lifestyle rather than a diet. I have worked hard with a PT to widen the variety of exercise I choose to do day to day, as well as focusing a lot more on what I eat and choose to put into my body. Obviously, anything I recommend or have an opinion on here is solely based on what is currently working for me, bearing in mind the level I am at which is still very low.

Instead of simply listing the things that I am currently doing, which I have done before so I will link it here, I thought I would simply discuss some of the obstacles I have to overcome to encourage myself to stick to such a routine and keep me motivated. I honestly am queen of excuses and will come up with absolutely anything to get me out of a workout, or an excuse to eat something naughty. Thankfully, this is something that I am getting much better at, however by no means have I yet overcome this. The first stereotype that I still find really hard is other people in the gym. The environment on the whole is incredibly intimidating, which I think is something a lot of us find whatever our level. The atmosphere tends to be (at least in my gym), very male heavy. As much as it pains me to admit it, I do get embarrassed if I look a state, so the gym is the last place that I want to be with loads of men around. I mean, I have a boyfriend, but you all will get what I’m saying. Lucy, my PT, has been really helping me attempt to overcome this intimidation, getting straight to the point. In reality, is anyone actually looking at you? During one of our workouts, I mentioned this to Lucy, who has heard it many times before, and she simply put, ‘but no one is actually looking’, which is more than correct. If you actually stop what you’re doing and observe the space around you, you quickly realise how everyone is so focused on what they are doing that they couldn’t care less about you. It is something in our minds that tells us it is happening when it really isn’t. Put your headphones in, increase the volume and use it as an opportunity to zone out.

Secondly, the stereotype that I find I have had to really overcome is ‘doing weights will make me look like a man’. Before my surgery, and ever training with a PT, I only ever did boring cardio-based workouts which I just repeated over and over again. In theory I was quite small, however I had absolutely no strength to me at all and I was by no means toned. I had this stubborn illusion in my head that told me that by completing weight workouts it would dramatically increase my muscles and I would look masculine. Obviously, after one session with Lucy, this idea was officially crushed forever. Unless taking some sort of drugs, women physically do not have enough testosterone to grow that much muscle, therefore weight training is only ever going to give you that toned finish that we all crave. I may want to get a lot smaller, back to how I was a few years ago, however I also want to be strong, healthy and smoother.

Another stereotype that I have come across, mainly because of my not so perfect heart, is that exercise can be deemed bad for you if you have a medical problem. Obviously, this is generally dependant on the condition, however most heart conditions can actually be made better with exercise. The heart is a muscle that wants to be used, and in my case, I can hand on heart (pun intended) say that when I exercise, I feel so much better. I feel fitter, more energised and generally a much happier and positive person. In my opinion, I think unless instructed not to exercise by a medical professional, we should all be finding ways to be a lot more active on an everyday basis.

Finally, the last stereotype I really can’t stand is ‘you have to be either all or nothing’. I have met so many people who are adamant they simply don’t have the time to exercise. I can definitely relate to this, when I have a very busy work week I struggle too to get to the gym, however this doesn’t mean that it is impossible. I have had to find ways to make it work around my life, holding myself and only myself accountable for me not getting it done. If I have a day working I will get up earlier and do a home workout, if I am struggling I will go for a half an hour walk on my lunch break to get moving, and if I am stressed I will get myself to the gym for a swim in the evening to relax and burn some calories. You don’t have to commit your whole life to a strict exercise programme, it is about committing the little time you have and making each workout work for you, around your other commitments, even if it is only 20 minutes.

What exercise and gym stereotypes make you laugh?


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4 Years of Lady Hunter

4 Years of Lady Hunter

Four years ago today, I wrote my first ever blog post. I’m pretty sure it was some sort of extremely cheesy introduction, probably incredibly boring with me just going on and on about how I needed to find a hobby and all the things I wanted to share on here. I can kind of forgive myself, as I hope you can too, as it was just the childish 16-year-old me writing on something in a way that I had never done so before. Before blogging, I had always felt like I was missing something – something to keep me occupied and somewhere to express all the thoughts and creative energy going on in my mind. I came up with the idea of starting a blog after I was sharing lots of photos on Instagram and really enjoying the thought process, taking and editing photos, as well as the engagement that I got from it. To be completely honest, I had never read a blog before and hadn’t even heard of the YouTube sensation, Zoella. I mean, I literally must have been living under a rock or something. I was never really someone who was constantly glued to their phone, so I guess that is why I didn’t really know that this huge blogging bubble industry really existed.

I still remember now running into my grandparent’s bedroom and screaming to my grandma ‘I’M GOING TO START A BLOG, I’M GOING TO START A BLOG!’ I was always coming up with new and extravagant ideas, so by this point she was probably just thinking it was another phase that I would not stop talking about. Well, four years later, I am still here and I think it probably is a shock to both of us!

“I am very excited to be writing my first ever blog. So, let me introduce myself. I am Abigail Hunter. I have been debating about whether to start a blog for a while, as i just love capturing all aspects of life and sharing it with people over social networking sites… my favourite being the amazing Instagram! I am a very passionate baker, even though I struggle to find the time with all these dreaded exams, however they will shortly be over and I will have a lot of time to bake and blog! I cannot stress enough how much I cannot wait to leave school and never have to wear my horrible uniform again. It is dreadful. This leads me nicely on to my next major love, fashion. As my best friend would probably tell you, I am very much in love with fashion, especially when it comes to shopping. I live with my grand-parents in Bristol, which means that I am able to take full advantage of grand-parent perks, such as clothes! It is truly fantastic.

Lady Hunter, May 9th 2014

OMG – I CANNOT READ THAT quote WITH A STRAIGHT FACE! So so so so cringe!

I say this a lot, but I am going to say it again anyway, blogging has become such a big part of me as a person, to the point where it has just become more than a part of my life. I think about the blog at all times of the day and night, whatever I am doing. It is like a baby, that I have to nurture, protect and drive to do well. Yes, sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming, but that never seems to out scale how much enjoyment I get out of it. I don’t do this to make loads of money by becoming a successful blogger, or even to please and entertain others, it is very much something for me that just so happens to be read by others. I feel incredibly lucky to have found a hobby that I love, that can follow me through all the important stages in my life, as well as how I have used it to create a career for myself. I am not a full time blogger – but I do work in social media, and the jobs were opened up to me as a result of blogging. So in a weird way, all those hours of photographing, editing, writing and marketing the hell out of everything on social media really has paid off. It has saved me going to university for a degree and getting into lots of debt, as well as messing around for a few years working in a minimum wage job, not knowing at all what I actually want to do with my life.

I think my favourite thing about Lady Hunter is how it has already followed my life through some pretty tough and amazing times. I have got my life when I was a teenager at school, my proms, family holidays, choosing not to go to university, living a bit more in the real world, falling in love, becoming a cat mummy and going through major surgery. A lot has happened to me in the past four years, and I am so different to the girl who sat writing her first blog post on this date four years ago. It makes me feel so happy to know that I have that transition and time in my life documented somewhere that I know I can always come back to and hopefully it can follow me through with the next stage of my journey – travelling, buying a home, getting married and maybe even having a baby. I mean how incredible would it be to have all that on here?

I just wanted to put together a little post to reflect on the amazing four years Lady Hunter has had, getting the opportunity to work with some incredible brands, meet so many people through this online world and be able to share my experiences in a way that others can relate to what I have been through, and essentially help each other along the way. It also feels quite good to know that I have proved everyone wrong who has ever been nasty about me blogging, or just generally take the piss. It never really bothered me because I was enjoying it, but it is still quite a nice feeling to know that I have proved people wrong and carried on despite what they thought.

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This industry has become such a huge part of the world we live in, where companies actually get more traffic and customers out of working with bloggers than they do with original marketing strategies. I feel proud to be doing something that so many others creators do so beautifully, with their really being room for everyone to shine and appeal to different audiences. The blog itself has grown massively since I started, and I do always joke that it is like I only started properly last year. At the beginning of last year, I was going through a pretty tough time in my life and really used the blog to help me get through. I started to use photographers for my photos, I was writing much more detailed and thought out posts and in general started to get a lot more engagement. In the years before that, the blog wasn’t my priority and I didn’t have the time to do what I do now. Last year was when my motivational level for blogging really shot through the roof, and I was proud of the content I was creating. Over a year later, I hope that I am still producing just as good content, perhaps even better?

My 5 Favourite Blog Posts

In the last year I have got so many posts that I am so proud of, but these are probably the top five for photos and content!

Things I Need to Change

How I’ve Become More Confident

Become a Cocktail Expert with Fentimans

My Office Reveal

My Everyday Fashion Tips Ft. Joy Clothing

Do you have a favourite of mine?


Thank you so much to everyone who supports what I do, loves being a part of this journey and constantly motivated me every day to carry on doing what I love! xo

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Getting Back into Exercise

Getting Back into Exercise

I am never going to lie to you guys and say that I am a complete gym nerd and I exercise every day, or even that I enjoy it. I joined the gym a few years ago when I decided that it was just getting ridiculous with how little I actually did, and have enjoyed going ever since. I do actually really enjoy exercising and I feel so much better in myself when I have been. Obviously, when I had my surgery, I wasn’t moving at all let alone going to the gym and couldn’t go back until three months’ post-surgery. Going back was really scary, as I had completely lost my confidence and was so unsure about what my body could actually handle. I didn’t really feel like using a personal trainer as I wanted to do it gradually and at my own pace, so tried to get back into it mentally before pushing my body.

Getting back to the gym was a big challenge mentally, in fact probably more so than physically. I completely lost my confidence and suddenly felt so overwhelmed with the thought of exercise.

A big thing I discovered when trying to get back to exercise was how much my body had lost its strength. I have never been someone who would do heavy weights in the gym, well to be honest most of the time I didn’t go near them at all. However, with being fit and probably from working in a café, I naturally was very strong. Whether it be from the lack of exercise or just general lack of movement, I seriously lost it all and very much have lost ay fitness level which I had before. This is naturally making getting back into exercise that little bit harder, as the lack of go from my body is very much demotivating. This is something I am trying to overcome, which is the main reason why I wanted to share this post. It is a part of my life that is very big right now and I wanted to take my readers on this small journey with me.

The Gym

The gym can be a pretty daunting and intimidating place – regardless of the fact that no one else cares what you are actually doing, the atmosphere and the mood of the surroundings will never take that away. When, like me, you are at a point where you don’t feel comfortable in yourself or your fitness levels, this feeling of intimidation can be heightened when you are trying to workout in the gym. I think this is a big factor as to why I haven’t been very motivated to get there. There isn’t really anything you can do about this, however I do think it is possible to change your feelings towards being in the environment. I have found the easiest way to get back into it when feeling like this is by choosing really carefully when you go. For example, I choose to go late in the evening at about eight, or during the day when most people are at work. Obviously if you work a 9 to 5 you can’t do that in the week, so late evenings would have to be an option. If you have to go at peak times, the best thing to do is pop your headphones in, play your favourite playlist and do your best to stay in your own little bubble.

Food & Diet

A big part of feeling better and making exercise easier, is to get the balance right with what you are eating and how much you are moving. Getting back into exercise is much easier if you are fuelling your body in the correct way and you aren’t eating foods that make you feel bloated or heavy. This includes lots of protein, fruit and vegetables as well as brown rice and pasta. I have got much better recently at preparing my meals and making sure I am eating the correct foods, which gradually I know is helping me with my exercise regime. It isn’t about completely stopping eating all the foods you enjoy, as life is about balance, but it is about making small changes that have a very positive effect on your body.

Outdoor Exercise

If the gym isn’t something you are a fan of, there are many other ways to become active without having to enter that environment. By simply going for a walk, light jog or even a run this is getting your body moving and also taking in some good fresh air. I am not a fan of running, never have been, never will be, but a walk I can handle. The alternative is going for a swim. Swimming is one of the best exercises we can do as we are moving our whole bodies, and particularly for me, it is building up natural strength. My pool is in the gym, however there are so many pools you can used that aren’t and usually you can simply pay as you go. My grandma and I have made a pact recently to go swimming two or three times a week together. For her it is to get healthier and for me it is to really get my fitness level up and build up my strength.

There are also loads of classes you can do, such as yoga and pilates, which will increase fitness levels and are things you really can get away with doing just one or two times a week. These kind of classes are good not just physically, but also mentally.

Small Changes

When it comes to being fit and getting healthier, in life there are so many changes you can make which are really small and don’t have much of an effect on your life. For example, parking a little bit further away in the supermarket, walking to the local shop or simply using the stairs as opposed to a lift. It isn’t just about the physical changes, but also the changes you can make mentally as well as with your diet. Mentally I have changed a lot in terms of fitness, I am more open to trying healthy alternatives as well as just eating less throughout the day.


Motivation is the key to getting back to exercise, and I can vouch for anyone who says this is the hardest obstacle to overcome. The effects of my surgery have left me feeling so exhausted all the time, therefore not being too good for my motivational levels. I am not quite sure what the exact answer is to overcome this, although what I have learnt from the past is that usually it is all about breaking down the wall in the first two weeks and it instantly becomes so much easier. Trust me, those two weeks will be incredibly tough, but they are the key to your success in terms of getting fitter. It is all about powering through and simply trying your best to break down the barrier.

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Feeling More Confident with Bodyform

Feeling More Confident with Bodyform

When I first started going to the gym, a big thing for me that knocked me back time and time again, was my confidence. This wasn’t only my inability to keep up with everyone else, because quite frankly at the start I was very unfit, but also how intimidating the environment can sometimes be. The gym is quite a threatening sort of place – if you are not used to being there, it can often feel like people are looking at you or watching you as you do your workout. To begin with it made me feel incredibly uncomfortable, and the only way I could overcome it was if I did little things to boost my confidence. After a while, you start to get over this, but occasionally I have days when the feeling comes back. This happens usually when I am feeling a little but heavier in myself or bloated, and sometimes even when it is my time of the month. This is when Bodyform comes in.

“Gym clothes are incredibly restrictive and generally give quite a lot away. Baggy gym clothes don’t work for me at all because they make me feel really hot and uncomfortable. generally my go to is black as it is so much more flattering and extremely slimming on the eye.”

As a result, when I am on my time of the month I have always been a little bit worried about the combination of wearing my gym clothes and being in control of the little problem all us women have. I am not worried about anything bad happening, just simply everything being able to show visibly through my clothes. When working out, I have always found a sanitary pad so much more comfortable, however they are known for being quite big and bulky.

When Bodyform contacted me to let me know about their new range, I was genuinely over the moon. It is a black liner, designed specifically for those who have obviously been encountering the same problem as me for a while. I wanted to share about this product, as I feel it is something that will appeal to so many women going through a similar problem as me. I also feel like it is definitely the kind of product women don’t even know they need until someone tells them about it! 


Obviously, the main attraction of these pads is the colour – they are black. In the gym, my colour of choice for my trousers/ leggings is always black. It is an easy colour, much more slimming and makes life easier. White pads always used to worry me so much as I would always think that you could so the colour almost glaring through for everyone to see and laugh about. The colour just makes me feel so much more confident and simply at ease because I know it just completely blends in. It seems like such a small thing when I am writing it, but I know for a fact it has completely boosted my confidence during this time.

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A review from using the product, in terms of its qualities, is that for me the absorption level is just about right. Due to the hormones I have in my body from taking medication, I am lucky not to suffer from extremely bad times of the month. The black liner pads are the perfect amount for me, and to be honest, if it was any worse there is no way I would be going to the gym anyway! The pads fit swiftly in my leggings, not making it at all bulky but still doing the intended job. They are every womens dream when you still want to feel able to get on with life and not let anything hold you back, in particular, mother nature. 


As with any other Bodyform product, I have never experienced a problem with how well they stick and are securely in place at all times. These are said to have a secure fit on them, which I can definitely vouch for with these and any other ones I have used from the brand. In the gym it is always a relief to know you are using a product that is going to stay exactly where it needs to be and do the job you need it to do. They fit perfectly in place, and give me peace of mind at all times. What more could you ask for? Except for maybe not have to go through the whole process to begin with 😉

I’m off to the gym. I AM I AM I AM!!!



The black liners have not just been created for use with gym clothes, but also mainly just with darker coloured underwear. For me, they have completely transformed my workout routine during my time of the month, and would also just if I were wearing darker coloured clothes. The gym is the only time so far that it has ever been a real worry for me, however I see now when lounging around in black leggings or jeans, how incredibly useful the product will be. It is one of those ideas that many of us don’t even realise until the actual product is put right in front of our eyes. 


If you try the liners out, let me know what your thought are and if you think they are just as great an idea as I do! 


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My Summer Fitness Guide

My Summer Fitness Guide

Summer is the time of the year when everyones motivational levels increase, spirits are higher and life is generally better. This is without a doubt me – during the winter I get so many days where I just feel low and depressed purely because of the weather and general dullness that the UK has to offer. In the summer this completely fades and I feel more free and positive about life. For me, this makes working out easier. I am much more motivated with everything, and the lighter days mean that I am happy to go to the gym earlier in the morning or later at night. Generally, I go to the gym quite late because there is always too much to do in the day and I hate the mad after work rush. When I go later it is so much quieter, I feel more relaxed and it tires me out ready for bed. I have never been a great sleeper, but I know that working out in the evening has definitely improved my sleeping routine. I also feel so much more positive in myself when I workout in the evening, as I don’t feel lazy just crashing on the sofa for hours and it honestly switches my mind off. I am focused on the workout and music, as opposed to the crap i’m watching on TV or scrolling through on my phone. This is what works for me, however the key thing to remember is that everyone is different and their body is suited to different things. 

“My workouts change through the seasons, to suit the temperature and my mood”

A lot of people have said to me that they actually feel their workouts are less productive in the summer, and perhaps they just aren’t working out as much. I completely get this, as it is a much more sociable season where you just want to be hanging out with family and friends making plans to make the most of the weather. Although, I have to get this balance right, as mentally I feel so strange when I don’t go to the gym. I am not a gym addict by any means and do often have days where I simply can’t be bothered to go, but I do notice a difference in my mood when I haven’t worked out for a few days. A big problem with working out in the Summer season is obviously the heat. Last week it was unbelievably hot in the UK, and to be honest I didn’t really know what to do with myself. As a result, it made working out so much harder. I managed to power through, and realised that there were certain things that I need to adapt in order to work out successfully through the heat. We have to be so incredibly careful when the warmer weather comes, as our bodies are just not used to it and it can get to a point where it is quite dangerous if you over expert yourself. With my heart problem, I am even more aware of this, so thought I would offer some advice on how I overcome it. They are small changes that you can make to your workout and your lifestyle, which will overtime transform your energy to exercising in the heat. It isn’t something that happens overnight, as the human body has to get used to things and adapt to the change in lifestyle choices. 


Staying Hydrated

This is number one, and to be honest is number one through the whole year. In the summer, it is that little bit more important. Keeping our bodies hydrated is so important for anyone, whether you’re exercising or not. When I’m in the gym, I drink a lot of water in order to power me through. It is sort of a given, and you rarely see someone in the gym without it. With the heat, a difference I noticed straight away was how difficult a workout was for me when I hadn’t drank very much water in the day prior to my workout. I think I had been running around all day trying to get things done and it just completely skipped my mind. I am usually very good at remembering, so it was a bit of an off day for me. I noticed instantly that working out was much harder and I was being drawn to my water bottle much more. Since this happened, I have been so conscious of how much I’m drinking during the day especially if I know i’m going to the gym. I get through a good 2 litres in the day, and definitely don’t struggle as much in the gym when I have actually done this. I think the weather massively contributed to this, so obviously my key point is to stay hydrated not just whilst your exercising but at all hours of the day. 

Warming Up & Cooling Down

I can often be quite lazy when I’m at the gym, and forget to warm up my body and cool down afterwards. It is purely because I can’t be bothered and just want to be in and out as quickly as possible. I have had to stop doing this, as it has such an effect on my body in the hours after. In the hot weather, you need to pace yourself and prepare your body before you work out properly. I don’t ever do anything too much, usually just a 10 minute warm up. I am pretty boring and just go on the treadmill, walking at a steady pace for 10 minutes. This is good as it isn’t too much, however it slowly gets my heart rate up and prepares my body for the workout. You could do this with any cardio, just as long as it is gradual and not too much in one go. After my work out, a key thing for me with my heart is to cool down properly. I have to ensure that my breathing is back to regular and my body has cooled down. I always use a mat and start by doing gentle ab and leg exercises to tone up and gradually bring my heart rate down again. I then stretch out my legs, arms and abs which is not only key for my heart rate but also my muscles. I probably do this for about 10 to 20 minutes. I then just sit, usually scrolling through my phone. This completely cools me down and gets everything back to normal. Whenever I skip cooling down, I notice a huge difference in my body. 

Breathe More

In the heat, breathing properly is always such an important thing to be conscious of. It is important to make sure that you are breathing in and out at a steady pace, so that oxygen is travelling properly around your body. I have to do this anyway, as my breathing does go funny when I am exercising. Basically, my body struggles to keep up with me, but I am very determined so very rarely give in to the problem. Most people do it naturally whilst actually exercising, however it is then important to take some deep breathes in between parts of your workout. I probably look so stupid walking round the gym breathing heavily, but it is what my body needs. 

Clean Eating

I notice a huge difference in my workouts when I have been eating junk food. My body hasn’t had the vitamins it needs in order to function properly during a workout, and it turn this massively effects the pace that I can workout at. My body feels heavier, bloated and generally unhealthy which brings my fitness level down. I can never workout for as long when I have eaten food like this, and it always takes me longer to cool down. Clean eating for me isn’t complete cutting out naughty foods, it is having a balance. Eating three proper meals a day with a  balance of carbs, protein and vegetables, as well as plenty of fruit through the day. Foods like this don’t make me feel bloated or horrible, therefore making it easier to exercise. I also try not to eat for about an hour before working out, as I can always feel it during afterwards and it makes me feel nauseas. In the summer, my cravings are just simple fresh meals, that don’t make me feel too full. For working out, I can always feel that this is the best diet. 

Short But Sweet

During the hot weather, I definitely tried to shorten my workouts, as all I wanted to do was get into a cold shower all day. The great thing about exercise is you can definitely do quick and short workouts, however they have to high energy and high calorie burning in order to have an effect. I still try to stick to my warming up and cooling down process, but do try to shorten the middle part of my workout. In the gym, the thing that gets my heart rate up the most is definitely the stair machine. When I want to do a short workout, I will go on the stair machine at a high speed for a short time. I am so sweaty and gross afterwards, however have always burnt off so many calories and can feel the burn all over my body! Classes such as spinning are also great if you want to be doing high intensity but short workouts. This means that you have more time to yourself but can feel no guilt at all for having an extra hot dog at the BBQ because you have contributed to your metabolism for the day. 

Choose Where you Workout Wisely

So many people always say that it is great in the summer to take your workout outside and enjoy the weather, but to be frank I couldn’t think of anything worse. The heat outside would make the workout ten times harder in my view and would probably make me feel extremely sick and light headed. I choose to workout in the gym as it is shaded and there is air con. To be completely honest, it is the one place that I could find last week where I didn’t feel like I was just going to melt on the spot. There is no way on earth I would be going outside in the heat to workout, and I do think if you are you need to be very careful. If you want to make the most of the weather, make sure you are pacing yourself and finding paths and tracks were there is shade. Obviously, remember to stay hydrated, wear a hat and listen to your body. 


Listen to Your Body

In the summer, the most important thing to do is listen to your body. Yes you always need to push your boundaries, but sometimes it is okay to say no. In the UK, we aren’t used to extremely high temperatures, so working out is always going to be more of a struggle. Last week I had one workout where I did stop half way through and just went to cool down. My body couldn’t cope with the heat and I was starting to feel really ill. Once I’d cooled down I was absolutely fine, but I’m really glad I stopped when I did. No one wants to be scraping me off the floor after i’ve fainted…can you imagine?! Sometimes it can just be a little bit too much, and ultimately the only way around it is to accept it’s a no and try again tomorrow. 

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Blogmas Day 2 – Staying Fit Through Christmas

Blogmas Day 2 – Staying Fit Through Christmas

It is probably one of the hardest times in the year to stay on track, eating properly and exercising enough. However, it is probably the most important in order to balance out the Christmas crap that gets eaten, and the much more relaxed attitude that everybody seems to adopt. I definately include myself when I say that. Christmas just seems to be filled with so many delicious treats, more meals being eaten as a way of celebrating the festive season with friends and family and more social arrangements meaning less time to hit the gym. I find it really tough as I love doing Christmas things, and always use it as an excuse to over indulge. By the time January arrives I always feel as round as a whale and so unhealthy in myself. It affects my skin and hair, naturally I put weight on and my level of motivation decreases rapidly. This year I have vowed to get the balance right, and not feel as bad this new year as I did the last. Obviously I am not going to be saying no to festive treats and perhaps not think about the gym as much, but I am going to try and do everything in moderation. 

“Life is about balance and compromise”
I have put together a short list in my head of things that I am and am not going to do once December kicks in. This includes what I am going to eat, when I will exercise and of course all the excuses I am going to use in order to not feel guilty when having two Costa Christmas drinks in a day as opposed to one. As part of Blogmas I am going to share with you my tips and tricks for staying on track through December, as I always try to be realistic in the things that I share. It is going to be a realistic and manageable lifestyle for the next four weeks. 

Realistic Goals
To begin with, you have to be true to yourself. My goal in life would be to get up at seven every morning and do my workout first, getting back from the gym at a reasonable hour in the morning. That all sounds perfect until I actually put it into practice… it would never happen. I can never get myself out of bed early in the morning purely just to go to the gym, and always make up excuses about the other things I could be doing. My aim through December is to go to the gym three times a week, and keeping active through the month. Let’s see how this goes… 
Keeping Busy
The best thing for me to do when trying to avoid sweet treats and snacks is staying busy. If I amuse myself through the day I never have time to think about food. When I am working, I eat so much less throughout the day than on my days off… which always seems weird as I work in a chocolate shop surrounded by the most delicious treats. On my days off, if I am just at home, I snack purely because I am bored. I am constantly looking for food, as my body is mistaking the boredom for hunger – honestly it is a bloody nightmare. So my aim up until Christmas day is to keep myself busy on days off. Get Christmas shopping done, work more, run errands and meet up with friends and family. This way I have so much less time to think about food… as well as eat it. 

Eat Half
Something that I have always found good for me is eating half of something. If I am out and want a sweet treat, I always justify it by just eating half and giving the other half to someone else. I have my three proper meals a day, so don’t eat just half of those, but when I am snacking I find this work. Ultimately you are eating half the calories, yet still getting the kick that you desired. Unfortunately for someone else this often means they are eating something, plus half of mine! C’est la vie. 
Hit Workouts
I love going to the gym and staying fit, but over Christmas I don’t want to be spending hours there. I reduce the amount I go, and try to do short but sweet workouts. This year I am taking inspiration from Joe Wicks’ Instagram videos, where he completes hit workouts everyday. I don’t think I quite have the motivation to do it everyday, but three times a week is better than none. My plan is to go on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and spend 30-45 minutes doing a hardcore workout in the morning. I am going to do some cardio as well as some exercises from Joe Wicks. Hopefully this should keep me healthy through the season and enable me to indulge without feeling guilty. 

Getting Up and Getting On
The key for me is to exercise in the morning. Sometimes I like doing an evening workout, but I do find morning ones much more effective. It gets me up and out in the morning and gets it done and out of the way. From what I have read online and from fitness influencers, it is also much better for your body as you continue to burn calories throughout the day and it defiantly increases your metabolism. I find for my mind as well it is always amazing as I feel more motivated and positive in the day, and happy as I have got it out the way. I always reward myself with breakfast, such as poached eggs, which always makes me feel so good. 
Home Workout
Sometimes when it is colder and dark, I also can’t really be bothered to physically go out to the gym. There are plenty of workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home, that can be just as effective. They always take me less time, but are quick and burn a lot of calories. I just do simple exercises such as sit ups, push ups, squats and jogging on the spot. I do it continuously for about 15 minutes, to build up my heart rate and burn some calories. It is a nice treat if I can’t be bothered to go out, and is always better than doing nothing. 

Winter Walks
Something I love doing over the festive season is going on winter walks. Walking through woods and getting active in a much more relaxed way is always so enjoyable, and means that I get to spend time with either my boyfriend or family. My boyfriend and I don’t go for walks nearly as much as we should, but this Christmas I am determined to do more. I love spending the time taking in the scenery, wearing bobbly hats and scarves, and taking without the distractions of everything we have in our modern world. I also love the excuse to wear my bright red Hunter wellies! 
Homemade Food
My last point has to be to do with food. The best thing for me to do over Christmas is balance the bad food out with good. I am going to make myself homemade meals in the evening, and make sure I am eating a proper lunch. In the winter I love making soups full of vegetables and pasta dishes that I can eat for lunch and dinner. Winter to me is all about comfort foods that are warming and unbeatable. By making sure I have three meals a day filled with vitamins and nutrients, I am fine to say yes to a few sweet treats keeping in with the spirit of Christmas. 

– good luck! – 


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