10 Benefits of Exercising 

I recently started to take exercising more seriously and don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert at all. Although that doesn’t mean I haven’t become aware of the perks of exercising whilst doing it, my body has been changing but not only that, my mental health. Whether it’s my shape, my skin or my mind, I’m finding that there are so many benefits from exercising and it’s encouraged me to do it more. 

It has so many benefits, most of which I never knew or understood for a long time. In fact, the thought of exercise used to give me major lazy-bones syndrome. I hated everything to do with exercise for so long and when I eventually started taking my weight loss seriously I just knew that I wanted to increase my chances of loss and changing my body shape by adding exercise to my plan. 

Exercise is different for everybody and people change in accordance to their mind and body. These are the things I’ve noticed that have happened since I’ve started taking exercise more seriously but I would love for you to share with me your feelings on exercise! 

I used to exercise religiously, in fact it probably wasn’t at all healthy. However,after minimising the amount I exercise and finding a balance between what makes me happy, I have noticed the benefits that come from exercising. So, what benefits have I noticed from exercising? Continue reading to find out. 

1. I do struggle with acne and I always have but I’ve found since exercising my skin has become so much more clear. Perhaps this is the amount of water I’m now drinking, the healthy balanced diet and exercise combined. Whatever it is, it’s working and I’m very happy! 

2. Exercise boosts your endophines, meaning that you’ll become less stressed, anxious, angry and confused. 

3. You’ll feel more confident seeing changes to your body. You’ll try on your old clothes and start feeling more yourself again enjoy the skin you’re in. 

4. Eating healthy and exercising can decrease your chances of being unwell and having to fight those nasty winter colds. As well as improving your blood pressure.

5.  Your balance will improve along with your flexibility! I really encourage yoga for balance and flexibility, it’s a great workout and I’ve found my body has become more flexible in just the few months that I’ve been practicing. 

6. Improves your sleeping pattern. I sleep so much better than ever! Getting between 8-10 hours a night. 

7. You will have picked up a new hobby so instead of spending your time doing nothing whilst sat at home, head out and exercise. It passes the time away and makes you feel good. 

8. It’s mentally stimulating which helps productivity throughout the day. For me, if I’ve got an essay to write or reading to do I’ll always start my day off with a workout to aid my energy levels. 

9. Your lung capacity will improve and you’ll find yourself with better stamina. At the beginning I noticed this change and you will too, eventually you’ll be doing certain exercises like jogging better with your ability to control your breathing through the session. 

10. Exercise gives you a better outlook on life, it helps with your mental health drastically and can seriously reduce depression and anxiety. Along with that you can decrease your chances of having diabetes, heart problems as well as a strokes by up to 50%. 

Before my masters degree I wasn’t ever keen on exercising, I didn’t know what I was doing and I couldn’t control my breathing correctly. With time you’ll adjust and you’ll learn how to successfully control your breathing, for me, yoga did this. I practiced yoga before starting the gym and it really helped me to learn how to control my breathing when in poses and sessions that are hard.  Don’t get me wrong, I do struggle to find the time for it as I’ve gotten busier these past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t like to exercise. In fact, I enjoy it more!

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With love, Beth x 

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Eating Clean At Christmas

With Christmas being such a festive time of year we all know that we eat and drink far too much. Then January comes around and instantly we’re all on a total health kick trying to lose the weight we gained by eating boxes of celebrations and pigs in blankets. 

Can we really blame ourselves? Christmas is once a year and the holiday season is full of parties, events and special times that we can’t help ourselves but indulge on our favourite foods. It’s hard to eat healthy during the year let alone at Christmas! 

I do have a few tips for making sure we keep to our diets and not gain an extra stone in weight to add more pressure to overselves in January. I’m by no means an angel at this, I can’t help but open the chocolates and treats when everybody else does but this year I’ve promised myself that I’ll be making better choices but still be happy and comfortable when making those bad ones. 

I’ve said it before but it’s natural that we all need our treats but in limits. So, if you know you have an event or party to go to where you’ll be drinking and eating foods you normally wouldn’t. Prepare yourself throughout the day, eat healthier and lighter and work out harder. After you’ve treated yourself, instead of falling back into bad habits the next morning, make good ones. Whether you like it or not, eat the fruit, work out and be excited for your next treat. One meal does not ruin a whole diet and you won’t gain 7lb from eating a few chocolates or some greasy food. 

When I’m at home in the evenings and the treats are out, staring at me from across the room, I always resist temptation and grab the tin. However, this year, instead of grabbing the tin I’ve portioned up the chocolates into packets to limit myself to how many I can have. In each packet I’ve put 4 chocolates, which I think is actually quite generous. There’s no harm in 4 sma chocolates whilst watching the TV. Again though, resist temptation throughout the day and drink plenty of water. 

On that note, drink lots of water and distract yourself. Half the time you aren’t even hungry but the thought of having a chocolate is just mouth watering. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and fill that need for food. 

A final note, don’t feel guilty. It’s Christmas and we all deserve to treat ourselves. You get one month out of the year to really celebrate and embrace your achievements and life and the gift of family, friends and loving. So enjoy it! 

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With love, Beth x 

Slimming World Syn Free Pancakes

I’m a huge fan of Slimming World and I always go back to it when I want to lose a few pounds, but I especially love these syn free pancakes from Slimming World and I always return to them even when I’m not dieting. They’re quick and easy and I find that they’re so delicious, so I thought I would share them with you guys since they are so simple.

This recipe allows you to make two pancakes. If you want to make more than this simply add the extra ingredients.

Step 1: Mix 6 tbsp of sweetener and 1 egg together.

Step 2: when you begin to see soft peaks forming, begin to mix in 1 tsp of vanilla essence.

Step 3: Apply fry light to a pan on a medium/hot heat.

Step 4: Evenly distribute the mix into a pan, I like to use half at a time to make thick pancakes. Leave each side on the pan for around minutes each.

Step 5: Add your favourite fruit, Nutella, yoghurt and enjoy!

If you’re following my recipe let me know how it goes, did you enjoy them?!

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4 Tips To Keeping Healthy Through Summer

Summer is here and it’s the time of year when I forget to do certain things to make sure I keep healthy. I’m sure so many of you also do this and forget that your body and skin need extra loving when the seasons change and if I’m totally honest, I definitely forget to do some of these things every single day and that’s okay. However, for the majority of the time, I try my best to make sure that I’m keeping healthy, active and comfortable in the hot summer weather. I thought I would share with you guys my top 3 tips for the summer! 

#1: Drinking plenty of water is important any time of the year but I do find myself getting more dehydrated throughout the summer months and during this time I like to increase my water intake. Water is so important for your body and I find the more water I drink the better my skin looks, I don’t feel as bloated and generally I feel so much happier within myself. 

#2: SPF!! I think people forget that you should be wearing SPF every day regardless of whether it’s a sunny or gloomy day and I like to make sure I’m wearing this throughout the whole year since I’m so incredibly fair. However, in the summer I especially make an effort to apply more SPF than normal or a higher SPF, usually SPF 30 or more. I always buy a moisturiser with an SPF in it and often my primers have it as well and I also do this for my body moisturisers. It’s incredibly important that you wear SPF every day to protect your skin and too much sunlight without protection put’s you more at risk of burns or other skin related problems. 

#3: Getting a full night’s sleep is incredibly important and I especially find that in the summer I can’t sleep as well as I do during the milder months. I always find that if I don’t get a decent night’s sleep I end up so moody and unhappy the next day and feeling hot and sweaty just makes me even moodier, nobody needs this. I like to make sure I have a fan on during the night to help me get a more relaxed sleep. This may be a weird one to some people as like I said, getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important regardless of the weather but I find it’s worse in the summer and I can’t deal with being tired and hot at the same time. 

#4: I know some people don’t like to wear any protective wear like a hat or sunglasses but what you don’t know is that, wearing these really help to protect you. I know some people really dislike hats and I agree, they’re often really irritating and as a glasses wearer, I have to buy prescription sunglasses for me to be able to see. However, protecting your head from the sun when you’re in it for long periods of time helps to minimise the risk of sunstroke, dehydration, headaches, sickness, exhaustion and so much more. 

Hope you enjoyed this post and enjoying the start of your summer! 

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