FREE Little Mermaid Legs & Full Body Valentines Workout

img_3437As promised, a DOUBLE WORKOUT SPECIAL (scroll down), since it’s Monday and all!

Whether or not Valentines’ Day is your cup of tea, whether you’re single, taken, other… what better way to love yourself (er, not like that… although no-one is judging you 😉 !!) than to show your body some love by getting a sweat on.

I like to mix up my workouts by theming them because it stops me getting bored, gives me different goals to focus on, and let’s face it… who doesn’t love Disney or an occasion as motivation?! You can see some of my other themed workouts here, all completely free.

Why not go the whole hog and create playlists that fit the theme? This keeps me interested and makes every workout feel different.

Also, whether you’re not a fan of The Little Mermaid because she basically gives up her voice for a man, or whether she’s the embodiment of your childhood and you always admired her independent spirit and going for her dreams, it’s a classic old school fairytale and love story, so it seemed Valentines Day appropriate!

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10 Ways to Boost Body Confidence on Bad Days (without workouts!)

If you’ve seen some of my Instagram posts this week you’ll see I’ve struggled with a few ‘down’ days. It’s totally natural to have off-days, but I’ve really been tough on myself and feeling terrible about my body, which is a shame because I’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years to channel that kind of negativity into positive action – workouts, doing something constructive, and slow self-acceptance.

However, while social media can be a blessing, it’s also a curse because it often shows you all the flat abs, big booties, toned backs that you don’t yet have! So today I wanted to do a post on getting back body confidence and self esteem – without workouts! Yes, workouts and eating clean are critical to a healthy lifestyle and looking the way you want to look, but we shouldn’t obsess to the exclusion of all else! Especially when it’s making us feel bad, not good. When you stop feeling inspired, try some of these tips to put your mind in perspective and stop focusing on this one aspect of your appearance.

1. Go for a green juice or smoothie

This always makes me feel healthier from the inside out, and is great for your skin and/or muscle recovery depending on the ingredients in your selection! Planet Organic is one of my faves!

2. Power lip

Lipstick is one of my favourite things. A power lip LITERALLY changes my mood, every time. I love Burgundy, plum, red, magenta, anything bold, but experiment! See what makes you feel better. One of my all-time favourite (and affordable!) shades is Rimmel 107.
3. Have a blow dry

This always makes me so happy! I feel soooooo much more together when I have a blow dry / blow out, and my hair looks so much better than I ever get it to look. I always swish it and keep checking my reflection in windows and mirrors haha! It’s so silly, but such a lovely easy way to feel good about yourself.
4. Or if you’re feeling more radical… go for a restyle!

Whether it’s a colour change, just highlights or a dramatic chop, a big hair change always makes me feel like a new person.

5. If the hairdresser is a bit expensive… do a hair mask!

There are super cheap options in places like Superdrug, or make your own! Coconut oil is a great way to nourish your hair.
6. Have a bubble bath

Take some time to pamper yourself. While you’re at it, give yourself a facialmanicure and pedicure. Make an hour or so about feeling good about things other than your weight / fat / muscle. Screw the scale – you’ve got pampering to do!

7. Buy shoes

Heels always make me feel good, but whatever shoes you fancy, your shoe size feels SOOOOO much less stressful than your clothing size!
8. Treat yourself

Buy some cute accessories, books, DVDs, something you’ve had your eye on for a while… you deserve it!

9. Watch a feel-good film

Whether that’s a chick flick or superhero movie, Disney or black and white, I’m not judging! Just don’t pick anything sad. The goal is to cheer ourselves up here ❤

10. Listen to this song and know all girls go through this, and you’re not alone! It may not be your cup of tea stylistically, but it’s lyrics are important (below).

Hope some of these help girls! xoxoxo

Activewear Valentines GIVEAWAY

12801307_535229466651547_8913664360817129029_nIf you follow me on instagram you’ll already have seen that I’m feeling all loved up this week (courtesy of a post-workout high!) and I wanted to share the endorphin buzz with all of you! So I’m planning an exciting giveaway that will run EXCLUSIVELY on my instagram so wriggle your perfect peach-emojis over to @legallygymliving and keep your beadies peeled for an opportunity to win some prizes (they’re beaaaauuuuutiful, I promise!)

The giveaway will open on Valentines Day (aw!) February 14th 1933934_10153892722214571_10975500865702357_n2017, and run until 15th March 2017. That’s a whole month and a day to get your mits on some free workout gear!

Details of how to enter will be announced on instagram, so keep an eye out… but a bonus 5 entries will go to anyone who can guess why the giveaway stops on March 15th. Hint: what’s special about that day?

Good luck lovelies!

In the meantime you might want to check out Resisting Temptation: Healthy Food Swaps,  Fitting Fitness Around Relationships or Motivation 101 to keep you going.

And since this is all about spreading the love check out today’s featured recipe: the Love That Body Chocolate Shake (protein powder free!). It’s DELISH and one of my favourites! Or sex it up with the Bootylicious Berry Smoothie. They both make great breakfasts, or post-workout options!

B xoxo