10 simple ways be kinder to the planet – Eco-Fitness & Sustainability

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Sustainability and eco-friendly everything have finally started becoming part of mainstream conversation, probably with many thanks to social media and influencers promoting these topics.

Some people have come under fire for this (I’ve seen a well known fitness blogger get attacked for suddenly becoming a sustainability activist!) but I don’t really understand why – making a difference surely depends on ALL of us making small, incremental changes, hopefully leading to bigger and bigger changes, and pressures on companies and governments to do and be better… it’s all about us as individuals taking the small steps we can. Lots of us doing it imperfectly is better than very few people being flawless (which in today’s world is hard to achieve! Let’s face it, modern society is built for convenience, at the expense of our planet, and these things have become part of the fabric of our every day lives so unless we all go and live in a rainforest and roam free, we’re probably not living as consciously and sustainably as we could be!)

I’m not perfect. I’m ashamed to say I used to be too lazy to recycle and because I’d been put off growing up near Glastonbury by crazy hippies, I was actually relatively hostile to conversations about the planet until the last few years, where Boy and I have watched documentaries and been so saddened to see wildlife dying out, where I’ve learned from influencers like @VenetiaFalconer, @ZannaVanDijk and @HannahRoseCluley about all kinds of things from more sustainable diets to fast fashion to animal testing in the cosmetics industry.

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So I’m trying to be better… and while I’m not claiming to be any kind of beacon or example, I just want to share some simple steps that I’ve found easy to implement, and you might like to try some of them!

  1. Sustainable eating – I’m far from perfect, but I lived 10 years of my life as a pescatarian, I tried veganism for a couple of months, and now I’m predominantly pescatarian – I try to be ‘plant focussed’ and base meals around that where possible. I’m not saying give up meat or go vegan, although if you want to, do so by all means! But I am saying our health as well as the planet’s benefits from reducing our meat consumption, so have a little watch of some Netflix documentaries and consider trying #MeatFreeMonday, trying to buy loose not plastic-packed veggies, and eat as seasonally as possible.
  2. Nix the new fitness clothing hauls and fast fashion! As if you’re following me you probably love working out as much as me, I know this can be a hard one. For years I’ve been seduced by new fitness clothing line launches! And I also realized my wardrobe basically IS Zara and H&M. But Venetia Falconer has done a lot of work to promote sustainable fashion recently and the idea of buying fewer clothes is so simple! Stop shopping for the sake of it! I also listened to some great podcasts featuring Livia Firth from Eco-Age with some great tips. Essentially, reduce your buying, try to invest in sustainable brands where you can, and make sure you buy clothes and keep them for a long time. OUTFIT REPEATING IS GOOD FOR THE PLANET! And give vintage a go or try up-cycling old outfits.
  3. Invest in sustainable and cruelty free products, and donate to charities who do work in this area. This is a very simple but powerful one, and while I know it’s hard to be 100% ethical here, do your research and make some simple swaps!
  4. Pledge to give up the takeout coffee cups! I struggled so much and I’m not 100% perfect now, but I’m getting better. I remember my keep cup 80% of the time now, and keep one at work too. Our office has also gotten rid of plastic takeout boxes and cups and provides keep cups and Tupperware in our canteen – why not suggest your workplace does the same? I haven’t figured out what to ask gyms like Kobox etc. to do yet instead of plastic protein shake takeaway cups but if you have ideas, let me know!
  5. Educate yourself. Documentaries on Netflix like ‘Chasing Coral’, ‘Blackfish’, ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Forks over Knives’ are great but so are the Planet Earth series – anything that makes you see how amazing this planet is and what we should be doing to take care of it. Also following people on Instagram who promote sustainability and eco-friendly brands is a great way to learn and show support. I’d recommend @ecoage, @VenetiaFalconer and @ZannaVanDijk to get started!
  6. DON’T WASTE FOOD! I argue about this with Boy a lot as he often forgets Tupperware in the fridge, and we’re trying super hard to not waste as much food. Did you know that 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year? This isn’t just a huge waste of food and money, it adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills. So there’s our incentive. No excuses!
  7. Fitness and bro food fiends rejoice – USE YOUR MICROWAVE! Apparently they’re much more energy efficient compared with conventional ovens.
  8. TURN IT OFF! Turn off lights. Skip the electric treadmill and run outside. Don’t leave the TV on all day for the dog. It’s honestly fine without it.
  9. Change your bathroom habits (and pick up gorgeous products in the process!) When it comes to keeping shiny and clean, there are several things you need to be careful to avoid for a truly eco-friendly lifestyle. The most damaging of these is microbeads, which are basically tiny bits of solid plastic which aren’t biodegradable and make their way into watercourses and ultimately end up damaging the environment by entering the food chain. They can be found in body wash, toothpaste, face masks etc. so make sure you double check your products… In addition to this, avoiding chemicals and opting for natural cleaning products  like those sold by Lush means you get their AMAZING almost edible (but don’t eat them) delicious products and keep the environment clean too!
  10. Remember: don’t let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of progress. Lots of small steps by lots of people slowly but surely make an impact. If we all throw our hands up and say ‘f*** it, it’s too hard, what’s the point, I won’t make any difference anyway’ we’re defeating ourselves (and the planet!) before we even begin. Do your best. Make mini changes. Make a few more. Try to see what works for you and what you can keep up. It’s worth it! ❤

What are your top tips for trying to be more eco-friendly? Do you have any fave fitness or beauty (or other!) brands that help you do it? How do you recommend reducing plastic? Let me know!

B xoxo

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How 1 year of KOBOX changed my body and brain!

I actually can’t believe that I had my first ever Kobox class in October last year. If you happen to have stumbled across my instagram, you’ll know it’s an essential part of my week – and most days! I wrote this post after a few months of Kobox, and everything I said is still true. (I also had a chat with the Kobox Brand Director here, if you fancy nosing around the careers section of this site!)

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It’s worth reiterating that nothing I’ve ever written about Kobox has been sponsored or in exchange for free classes. Although full disclosure Ollie did give me a pair of Team Brown Bear wraps, but that’s just because he’s a babe. True – I bang on about Kobox A LOT but that’s because I CHOOSE TO and I personally pay for the privilege!

New KOBOX Marylebone studio

Today, they’re launching a brand new studio in Marylebone (COME TO THE LAUNCH PARTY AT 7PM! Check their instagram here for details! And classes begin on Saturday) and I attended a Chelsea class this morning, my 94th every class… nearly at that 100 milestone!

And I wanted to write this post because I’m not the kind of person you’d imagine boxing. People are always surprised I even watch it on TV too. But that’s the beauty of Kobox – they’re a studio that opens boxing up beyond just blokes with balls big enough to hop into a ring and get punching no questions asked, and guarantees EVERYONE can have a great time and get results, regardless of your background or experience – fancy-ass pro or boxing newbie.

What makes KOBOX so good?

The trainers are all super knowledgable and passionate but most importantly they’re just f*cking great human beings. No massive egos. No intimidation. Just people who give 110% energy every time, and will chat with you after a class over a shake, dunk biscuits in their tea in the middle of class occasionally (OK so that was just Antoine aka. @PTDunn!) or take the piss out of you on instagram… literally, the best, most down to earth bunch you can find… but they’re the bloody BEST at what they do.

So if you’re nervous about trying it, really, really don’t be. It might be the best thing you ever do! It’s absolutely changed my relationship with my body and brain – I can’t even imagine life without it.

How KOBOX changed my body… and brain!

(& I’ll share a transformation pic once I’ve completed my 100th class!)

Finally found my fitness peak

I’m now the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been thanks to full on beastings that target all areas of the body.

New skills & strength

I can do things I couldn’t even do before like push ups on my toes (literally I used to not even be able to do ONE!), wall handstands and planks (my arms would’ve given out before!) and crazy primal sequences that get the body doing what it’s designed to do (if you go to Miranda’s #fuckedupFridays – you KNOW!)

Transformed into a morning person (the IMPOSSIBLE happened!)

I’ve gone from being someone who could never get up in the mornings to VOLUNTARILY getting up at 6.30am to get my Kobox fix!

Improved mental health

I also now use it as a big part of managing my depression (which I’ve suffered with for over 20 years!) and I genuinely think it makes as much of a difference as medication. But wherever you’re at with mental health, I guarantee battering a bag ALWAYS makes you feel better!

Best relationship with my body

And for the first time in my life, after a long time of eating disorders and generally just a bad relationship with my body, I now love it for what it can do, and am completely comfortable in my skin. I don’t give a f*ck about weight anymore.

Boosted motivation and drive

It has also transformed the way I train and my motivation levels – I now WANT to go harder, or do more reps than I could before, and I’m so much more disciplined and able to push myself to the next level.

How can you join?

Check out their website here and get yourself booked into a class. They have studios in Chelsea, City and Marylebone. There’s a great offer of £25 for 2 classes and free hand wraps, or you can try a city single class for £10 at weekends (in City only).

The trainers also do one to ones and I was lucky enough to win a session on the pads with the legend Ian Streetz in Jan which was amaaaaaazing and I’d 100% recommend it – check out his website here.

PS…

They’re doing a really cool Halloween FRIGHT CLUB that I can’t make it to, but you 100% should because it sounds awesome and I’m just gonna have to live vicariously through you guys… check their insta @kobox and website for more details.

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B xox

 

 

Allergic reaction to alcohol? | How I ended up in hospital

So those of you who also play with me on instagram may have seen that I ended up in hospital on a drip and medicated up last weekend, and it did really shake The Boy & I up and is leading to some massive lifestyle changes, so I thought I’d share details.

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I went to some leaving drinks on a Friday night – had a few glasses of wine, got suitably happy… phoned my boyfriend after my last one today I was coming home and getting an uber.

I then (apparently – I don’t remember this!) called him back, barely making sense, saying I felt ill and couldn’t breathe and needed help, and that I was in the bathroom. I then passed out while throwing up, still on the phone to him.

He managed to call someone to come and find me, and they kindly looked after me. At this stage everyone just thought I was drunk, although the Boy has seen me drunk many times over the last 13 years and never seen anything like this. He managed eventually to get 2 different taxis to take us home, half way, then fully (thank god I apparently wasn’t ill in the taxi!)

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However, I was throwing up every few minutes, couldn’t breathe properly and my throat was swelling. After I’d been vomiting for 12 hours non stop and my throat was literally visibly massive he realised something was wrong and I had to go to hospital.

We went to A&E and they checked me over and sent me to the minor injuries unit – I was dehydrated and having panic attacks because I couldn’t breathe or stop being sick.

They put me on a drip, did some tests (I hate needles but literally barely even noticed I was in so much pain!), gave me medication and saline solution and kept me in for a while. After 2 litres of fluids and whatever medicine they gave me (I was pretty out of it and not paying attention to be honest!), I started to feel more normal, but super weak.

Eventually after ruling out a few things and finding my blood alcohol level wasn’t high enough for me to be so violently ill, the conclusion was that, most likely, I had a reaction to a specific type of wine.

However, it’s also possible that I’m now intolerant to drinking generally.

To be honest, I really don’t feel like testing it… I am quite happy to never drink again.

I’m a bit confused they didn’t discuss interaction with my current medication with me (I told them multiple times I’m on 20mg fluoxetine daily at the moment) as I know that could have affected things too.

The nurse said she’s sure it’s the brand of wine, but the doctors didn’t specify. Either way… I can’t end up in hospital again, whatever the reason, and I feel awful for scaring the Boy and my family like that, and so I am planning to stay sober. To be honest, given my tendency to use alcohol to feel better because of my depression at the weekends, I never had the healthiest relationship with it anyway, and so I think this is just a great sign / excuse / reason etc to stop drinking altogether.

I received lovely messages from so many of you, so thank you! And also some amazing support from someone who came forward to talk to me about what it’s like giving up drinking and I’m so grateful as I know in the UK it’s not an easy thing – culturally it is pretty unthinkable to the British!

I’m just super grateful for the NHS (all of that amazing, kind treatment was so smooth and efficient, I somehow had a private room, and it all just comes out of general tax and National Insurance that me and the rest of the country pay every month – we’re so lucky this exists!) and also for my health and my body and what our bodies are capable of!

I’m back to my normal self and boxing again after a few days’ recovery, and I know being sober carries a lot of stigma but I’m hoping I can share this with you as part of this wider health and fitness journey – this blog has always been mostly nutrition and workout focussed but lately has moved to cover and be more open about my mental health. Not drinking is something that I think spans all these areas, and so while I’m not for a second saying anyone else has to give it up (I wouldn’t be if I hadn’t been through an allergic/intolerant reaction and been really freaked out I suspect!), I’m hoping my wake up call will inspire people to just be careful of their health, drink sensibly and healthily, ensure you’re not drinking for mental health support (alcohol is a depressant and will not help here although it feels like it does – it’s a slippery slope, friends!) and if you do have an allergic reaction you know to get some help and get yourself treatment ASAP!

Tonnes of love, and any other non drinkers with tips, stories… please connect with me and share as I’d love to hear!

B xoxo

 

Do you need to stop reading and start DOING?

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I don’t know about you, but I’m an obsessive reader. This applies to fiction for fun, but also non-fiction, articles, blogs…

If I want to learn about something, I trawl through EVERYTHING I can find on the topic. It’s a little bit weird and obsessive, actually…!

And this can be a really useful (if nerdy) habit, especially if you want to learn how to do or achieve something.

I think education and research is so important and it pays to be well informed! But if, for example, your wellness goals are as follows:

  1. Get healthier by exercising 3 times a week and improving my body composition
  2. Meditate or do yoga or something for stress relief.

They’re great goals to have! Doing some reading about nutrition is going to be key, and if you’re new to exercise, you’ll want ideas for what to do, how to train, how to do it safely… and if you want to reduce your stress levels but don’t know how, have always thought meditation and yoga were a bit woo woo until recently til they became in vogue, you’ll want to do some reading around that too… which type of meditation, how do I do it, how do I know if it’s helping, does it really work, where is my nearest yoga class…?

I’m not for a second advocating skipping your due diligence! But there does come a point where people fall into blackholes of reading about their goals instead of getting up off the sofa and doing it!

It’s almost like we think by READING about the best foods to eat, or the BEST ab exercises, that will give us the results.

Sadly, it won’t.

So as I say – be informed, please do! – but know when to stop.

Staring at articles about celebrity diets and training programmes and how to optimise your training and best butt exercises will not make your dream health (and bonus improved body!) goals any better.

Reading about relaxation, fancy breathing and meditation techniques, or fun buzzfeed things on ’10 things you’ll know if you’re a yogi…’ will not make you less stressed.

You need to do the work darlings.

I have fallen into this trap SO MANY TIMES! I spent money on more nutrition programmes and coaches, read EVERYTHING, stalked celebrity height and body weight stats and how they achieved their results, googled everything to do with nutrition and fitness… It wasn’t until I’d fully healed my eating disorders, seen a Harley Street nutritionist, spent some time in therapy and done a whole lot of soul-searching that I stopped obsessing and started focusing on what I was doing.

Stop worrying about the pros, about what is ‘optimal’. Chances are, you’re not an Olympic athlete.

Regular physical activity, and healthy balanced nutrition will get you where you need to be if your goal is fat loss, for example.

People read about bro splits vs full body days vs intermittent fasting… basically, it’s about finding what works for you, and even IF a study says something else is ‘optimal’ if it doesn’t suit you, you won’t stick at it, so it’s not really optimal for you is it?

I hope this makes sense – I just see so many people get either overwhelmed with information, or get sucked into this idea of perfection by reading everything under the sun rather than making small, sustainable changes.

Just start!

PS. if your goals are fitness and health based, these are the essentials on this site to browse, and from there just get going!

My transformation story – from eating disorders & bingedrinking, to excess bodyfat, to healthy, strong, recovered & BALANCED: how I did it

Motivation 101 – how to get it & keep it!

Emotional vs. Physical hunger and how to train yourself to eat intuitively, without missing out on treats!

The Truth About Carbs!

Workout inspiration

B xoxo

Is it Vain to have a Fitness Instagram? | Dangers of Social Media

11181782_10153949859619571_8033624568757458609_nAm I vain to have a fitness instagram?

Is social media positive or negative for health and fitness?

What are the dangers of social for the fitness industry?

In this post I wanted to look at some of these FAQs because I think it’s a super important issue!

Vanity, fitness and social media

12802977_10154035249349571_7392243785332497307_nDid anyone see the article in The Independent that was from last year, but recently re-did the rounds on Facebook? “People who post their fitness routine to Facebook have psychological problems, study claims”.

Their argument goes that basically fitness posters are more likely to be narcissistic. Personally, I think this is hilarious (and wrong!) because:

  1. When you think about it, all of social media is a bit narcissistic – it assumes anyone is interested in your nights out, holidays, cocktail photos, fitness, whatever.
  2. At least fitness posts are motivating and go to accountability too!
  3. In my experience, it has cured me of unhealthy habits and thoughts about eating and exercise, and motivates me to stick at a routine!
  4. Fitness bloggers create content that is more relatable 12932550_10154137349564571_8024763445942637539_nthan some expensive Harley Street doctor. I’ll deal with the dangers of this shortly, but it also motivates people seeing NORMAL GIRLS (and guys!) transform themselves.
  5. It makes health and fitness accessible!
  6. My friends who post about fitness are some of the least narcissistic people you’ll ever meet! #justsayin’

This is just my opinion, and I think Brunel might do well to widen their research into social media usage because by this token the entire world is narcissistic, because whatever you share is arguably to show people your life and for validation!

The Good, The Bad, The Highlight Reel, The Ugly: DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Can social media be dangerous for fitness and health? In a word, YES! I think people do need to use it with caution, for these reasons:

  1. A huge number of people dole out dodgy advice who ARE NOT QUALIFIED. It takes years to get a proper nutrition degree but these days anyone can get a certificate online and call themselves a ‘nutritionist’. Always check people’s qualifications. Go to your GP or a nutritionist to check any dietary advice you’re given. For example, I can give you my experiences of nutrition, and I have studied it during my gym instructor qualifications but I would NEVER recommend you follow my advice on nutrition without checking with someone properly qualified, and for this reason I’m looking at topping up my qualifications to PT.
  2. Social can be equal parts empowering but also self-esteem shredding. Sometimes seeing other peoples’ flat abs, or whatever, can feel soul-crushing when you’re not getting the results you want. I posted about this here, but remember comparison is the thief of joy. If you find yourself obsessing, take a social media break. Have a cheat day. Do things you enjoy unconnected with fitness. And make sure YOU DO YOU. Everyone’s bodies are different. Ok? Your health is PARAMOUNT.
  3. Instagram for example, can make you think you need to do certain things when you don’t! It certainly gave me the idea I needed protein powder, Carb Killa bars, protein bars and snacks and products… when you don’t have to! Take time to figure out what works for your body! What other people are doing may work for them and be a disaster for you. For example, I don’t have ANY milk (cows, alternatives, other!), I have water on my cereal… BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULDN’T! I basically don’t like it, and don’t see any benefits in forcing myself. It doesn’t mean it’s bad for you though – so don’t mindlessly copy other people’s regimes.
  4. PSEUDOSCIENCE IS SO BAD! Detox companies make such tenuous claims about how their teas will make you skinny and detox your body… but darlings, that is what your liver is for!!!!!! They’re dressing things up as ‘science’ that are essentially BS to sell products. Look for credible studies and scientific sources. And watch the documentary exposing this: Clean Eating: The Dirty Truth.

So that’s a lot of the dodgy stuff. But it can be a great learning tool too, used with moderation, research and common sense! My top tips for getting the best out of it are:

  1. Use it for accountability and motivation.
  2. Try your best not to compare yourself to others. It will happen naturally, but take regular social breaks, do yoga to help boost self acceptance, and keep life in perspective with this post on boosting body confidence.
  3. Stay safe! Use it for initial research and inspiration, but make sure you check credible sources, and always remember you can ask your GP or a nutritionist for advice.
  4. Remember that as much as people say they’re being ‘real’, content that goes up on any social platform can be heavily edited, and just a highlight reel. Even ‘real’ shots of peoples’ rolls may be selectively nicer than reality!
  5. Don’t believe everything you read online, anywhere. Take things with a pinch of salt and a healthy dose of scepticism.

Ok girls?! This isn’t meant to be a scary lecturey post, but something to hopefully boost your confidence in separating fact from fiction, and most importantly helping you STAY SAFE!

B xoxoxo

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

fitness & health: marketing myths busted

Fitness-Fashion

I think it’s fantastic that fitness is getting so much media and public attention, I really do. But there are important things to remember, too.

It ain’t about the money, honey.

the good

There are some great things about how fitness fashion has now become ‘a thing’. Gone are the days of  it people just grabbing old t-shirts and trackies – they’re dashing to brunch in lululemon after a long run! – and high end designer fitness gear has trickled down to awesome high street styles. This has brought fitness and health to a whole new market. People have started caring about their health en masseand not just because of the ‘government recommended plate’ or whatever outdated ‘5 a day’ food lines they feed us at school.

Teens and twenty-somethings see celebrities caring about health, not just weight loss, with the likes of Karlie Kloss, JLo and Kate Hudson instragramming their perfect little sports-socks off (the latter having launched her own range, Fabletics), showing girls the world over you can work out, look good doing it, and it’s a lifestyle bandwagon many have jumped on.

Fitness ‘fashion’ has popularised fitness, and brought it to the forefront of people’s minds, daily lives, and social feeds. Instagram is aflood with gym outfits #onfleek.

Eating clean has become a ‘big thing’, and peoples’ penchant for McDonalds has been replaced by avocado and poached egg brunches, splashed in beautiful Mayfair, Amaro or Clarendon tones on Instagram.

‘See you at the bar,’ for many, has become ‘see you at the barre’ (and then the juice bar!)

You get the picture. This is all great! It’s never been easier to find workout motivation, inspiration, or a community of people (albeit a virtual rather than in-person one!) for support, related banter, and accountability, on your journey to getting healthier. So what’s the problem?

the bad

quote-amazingMarketers, in every industry, make boatloads of money selling people ideas. Essentially, a product or a service is a product or a service. The money comes when you make people believe they need it, because of ideas. 

Suddenly, material things appeal because we think they represent parts of our identity, or, particularly in fitness, it makes us feel like they’ll get us where we want to be.

Like magazines, in many ways they sell us an image of what we want to be. We subconsciously hope that in paying up and purchasing, we’ll buy (and become) that image. It’s a great psychological tool.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing fitness fashion becomes inspirational. But marketers plant these little magic mythical beans that grow into the idea that, somehow, to be fit you NEED the newest, most expensive workout equipment, the priciest gym membership, a smoothie-maker, a spiralizer, all of the unusual healthy snacks Wholefoods stock, and the latest Bodyism leggings and sports bra…  And the reality is, you don’t.

They won’t mean you have to train any less. They won’t strip the fat you hate on your abs, or slim down your waist or your face.

And you can workout and eat clean without them perfectly easily.

There is nothing wrong with buying things. Hell, I love a good sports bra as a motivational tool (trust me, I’m always mooning over Victoria’s Secret Sport gear), or a new pair of Nikes.

It’s just important to recognise that we can do without them. Don’t feel like you can’t get YOUGOTHIS-desktopstarted on your fitness journey because you don’t have these things.You can be whatever you want to be, and a purchase won’t make it happen. You will.

  • You can still workout in trackies and an old t-shirt!
  • You can buy fresh vegetables, fish, meat and legumes from a regular supermarket, and don’t have to spend a fortune at ‘health food stores’ (many of which stock scammy ‘fat loss’ pills and foods labelled healthy that actually aren’t).
  • You can use tins for weights, or heavy books. And pile them in a strong carrier bag for a mock-kettlebell.
  • You can skip without a rope.
  • You can grate zuchinni instead of spiralising.

And you can, actually, still follow fitness trends cheaply as the high street is pretty good (check out New Look, H&M and Primark). And hey, I’m not ashamed to admit it – I love a good Sports Direct sports bra haul as much as the next gym bunny! That’s MUCH cheaper than a Sweaty Betty raid… (who I also love, by the way! Major Christmas list feature!)

I love the luxe factor that has built up around sportswear. I do. People often don’t think twice about spending hundreds on cocktails, big nights out, handbags, and I agree that it’s actually probably a good decision to channel that towards fitness.

But don’t feel like money is a barrier. I promise you, it isn’t. Hustle trumps dollar. We promise. You’ve got this!

And finally, remember to make sure you stay sane. Your #yolomeal or #cheatmeal hashtags are ok too! The social media hype around clean living can make you feel like you should strive for perfection 100% of the time. Which is great, and I understand people aiming high with their ‘one perfect week’ challenges. But DON’T FOR ONE SECOND feel like you’ve failed if you have a biscuit. Or a slice of pizza. Or even a whole day derailed. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. Be glad and ENJOY your treats. Keep calm and carry on.

Balance may not be a cookie in each hand, but it isn’t just one cucumber slice in each either.

In the words of Gigi Hadid:

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eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane – gigi hadid

 

B xoxo