Monday, 30 May 2016

My Outdoors Workout Routine | Collab with Coral

Hello! So today it's yet another fitness post as you seemed to enjoy my previous posts based around fitness. Health and fitness is something which I am so passionate about and I like writing about it as it is one of the most important things in my life. I believe that eating healthy is definately as important as working out and that working out is like the cherry on top for a healthy lifestyle, as well as vital for weight loss (if that's what you're aiming towards). My motivation to workout varies from day to day and I have realised that the more I change up my workout routine the more workouts throughout the week I will complete. 

Although I mainly work out in the gym, I do enjoy the occasional outdoors sessions. These are free and don't require a membership so there is no excuse why you can't do this as a workout! The following workout should take you about 40 minutes, including small breaks and can be changed to suit your preferences so lets get to it...

Workout OOTD



Sports Bra - Nike
Leggings - Adidas 


This is my best friend, Coral, who also has a blog at www.coralsxblog.blogspot.co.uk. This post is a collab with her and she will have her post up shortly so make sure to check her blog out! Working out with a friend is always more enjoyable as you can motivate each other and makes it a lot more fun.


Shoes - Huaraches(Nike)


Warming Up...

Warming up is vital in order to ensure that you don't strain yourself and lowers the chance of pain while working out. Even a light walk of about 10 minutes will help warm you up. Here, myself and Coral had a small walk of 10 minutes to reach this location where we work out!

The Workout:




Leg raises are amazing for beginners as well as the ones who workout often. Simply find yourself a mat and lie flat on the floor with your arms to the side. Ensure that your head and back is flat on the floor and raise your legs without bending your knees. Pause then bring your legs back to the floor. This works your abdominal muscles and hip flexors. Repeat at least 3 sets of 10. 


Planks are amazing as they work nearly every muscle in your body. Start by getting into the above position and hold the position for as long as you can. Repeat 5 times. 


Side twist planks are one which my personal trainer taught me. Basically, you get into the normal plank position but twist your leg and try to touch your knee to your elbow. This works the side of your stomach and is great for when your trying to get the hour glass figure. Repeat sets of 10 about 3 times. This is definately my prefered way to perform the plank.


I'm sure you've all heard of the old crunches! They are simple and effective on working your abs! Do lots of these and you'll definately start to notice your abs showing more. I personally try to do 50 per workout then 50 sit-ups. Sit-ups also clearly work your abs. These two exercises are really basic yet definately worth adding to your workout. 




Squats are definately one to include in your workouts! Who doesn't want a better bum! They work the legs as well. Once familiar with the basic squat, they do get pretty boring so add weights in order to spice up your workout. I try to do 100 using different types of weights at gym but here I only had small weights available as I couldn't carry massive ones from home to this location!


The cool thing about working out in outdoor locations is that you can find things to workout with. For example, this wooden fence I was able to use to do step ups. This is a fun way to incorporate different moves into your workout! 


Don't be scared to do light weights. Many girls avoid the weights but the truth is if you do it in moderation it will help tone you not put on bulk. I love adding weights to as many workout moves as possible to change up my normal workout. 

Hill Climbs: 
Everyone lives near a hill. This is a great alternative to the treadmill as it pushes you more and is a great cardio workout. I try to do 15 minutes then rest then an extra 10 minutes on top of that. This is a good way to burn off those extra calories. 


I hope you enjoyed this post, if you're interested in my gym workout then please leave a comment and I may write a post on that. 

What's your favourite way to workout?

Love Em X

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Outfit Wish List | Featuring Dolce and Gabbana Floral Pumps

Hello! So today's post features the gorgeous floral pumps from Dolce and Gabbana, which are available at www.farfetch.com . I have put the following outfit together myself in order to inspire your own summer closet as well as adding to my never ending wish list!

If you have previously read my TMI Tag, you will know that my favourite colours are black and white. Therefore, the following outfit is based around my colour preferences however, I have added the floral element to spice it up for the summer. The floral pattern is a great design which can be incorporated into any outfit for literally any occasion! There's something for every style and every desired look can be spiced up by adding a little bit of floral design, or maybe a lot of it! 

So, here is the outfit i've put together, which may I add, I need in my life! It's classy yet edgy so what's not to love about it!





This dress is absolutely stunning. It is made out of black silk cotton, a soothing soft material which is delicate on all skin types. I'm definately a huge lover of the sweetheart neckline featured on this dress which also gives it an edgy look for the summer. The embroidery is absolutely gorgeous and makes it even more gorgeous for the summer. As well as being eye-catching, it is suitable for many occasions such as a dinner party or a summer get together. Definitely would love this in my closet!



Floral Pumps - Dolce & Gabbana

These are honestly my favourite part of this outfit. The style of them captured my eye immediately and the design gives them a distinct summery look which would suit the above dress appropriately. I find the red, white and black goes together incredibly and would spice up the whole look as well as adding an element of class to your look. These are definately a must have for summer and are near to the top of my wish list.

Sunglasses - Vera Wang

To top off this sophisticated summer look, a pair of sunglasses scream 'summer' on an outfit. I love adding accessories to my outfits and a gorgeous pair like above will definately make your look stand out. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, if you would like to see more of these type of posts on my blog leave a comment below; as I really enjoy writing them! 

Make sure to check out the www.farfetch.com website to purchase or view any of the above items, i'm sure they would be worth it!

Much love, Emily X

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My One Day Detox

Hello everyone! So today's post is going to be on my one day 'detox'. I wouldn't necessarily call it a proper detox however, this is what works for me when I feel bloated from the previous day. I believe that it is so important to eat a healthy diet as it benefits your overall health in a variety of ways and I can definitely tell the difference, mentally and appearance-wise, after I have lowered my calorie intake just for a day alone. Of course this post will not interest all of you but after a positive response on my healthy stir fry recipe I decided that this may be a post which will help a few of you on your own fitness journey! The following foods are all vegan, however I must add that i'm definitely not vegan...  The following is what works for my body and may not suit everyone so if your interested carry on reading!


Breakfast:

I'm pretty sure that you've probably heard this over and over again but breakfast is really one of the most important meals of the day! It provides you with the energy and nutrients you need for the following morning and starts your metabolism. It has also been proven that breakfast is vital for maintaining a healthy body weight.



So ... for breakfast I usually eat a lot more than this but on a 'detox' day I will start my day with a large glass of water, which I do everyday, and a handful of berries among alpro simply plain plant based yoghurt. I love this yoghurt as it is 100% plant based, which suits me as i'm dairy intolerant (comment if you would be interested on a post based on this) and it tastes super creamy and delicious. Compared to normal yoghurt, what I can remember of it that is, this is definately a better alternative and tastes just as good! Adding blueberries to your breakfast is an easy way to add nutrients and vitamins to your diet as well as strawberries and raspberries.

Mid Morning Snack

I believe that snacking is as important as main meals as it keeps your metabolism going and fills you up between meals. A piece of fruit is always super healthy and low calorie for a detox and your skin will thank you for it later!


I think this is probably a weird habit but I much prefer eating a banana in very small slices. I find it much more appealing to look at as well as tasting better! Definitely a weird habit but try it, trust me it's good! 

Lunch


When i'm detoxing, I definately ensure that I have a carb free lunch as it really helps to keep me unbloated and it makes me feel a lot better in myself. I make sure to add half an avocado at least for healthy fats as I always get hungry so without something filling, I would definately just binge on the carbs after eating a salad but this prevents that urge!

Ingredients:

  1. Salad leaves, I use peppery rocket leaves as they give your salad a distinct spicy vibe!
  2. 1/2 a green pepper.
  3. 5 cherry tomatoes.
  4. Chunks of cucumber. 
  5. 1 small avocado, sliced.
  6. Small chunks of carrot.
  7. French dressing to add some flavour.
Afternoon snack


I'm not going to lie, hummus is not the best of things to have while detoxing, however it is full of healthy fats and tastes amazing. It is definately one of my favourite snacks and you can enjoy it in many different ways. I personally love it on celery sticks as it adds texture and is really filling! If you are reading this as inspiration for a detox, I would suggest only having one strip of celery and hummus as detoxing is about cleaning your body of toxins and for this reason, humous is not the greatest food in cleansing as we all know!

Dinner


Dinner is the time of the day that my body really starts craving carbs. Therefore the above meal is so appropriate for my body, especially on a detox day. My love for sweet potatoes is actually unreal, ever since trying one I have gone off normal potatoes for good! These are also a lot lower in calories for you than the average potatoes and they provide your body with many more essential nutrients; they are amazing for a detox! Mushrooms are my new favourite. I used to squeal at the sight of them as they used to remind me of eating fungi to be honest... But I overcame this as soon as I tried them round my boyfriends house and I definately am a huge fan of them now! I will be uploading a separate post on a larger version of this meal so follow me on bloglovin (linked at the top of my blog) for notifications!

Dessert


These non dairy smoothie ice lollies have been my addiction ever since I have had to cut out dairy! They are by 'Del Monte' and I purchase them from Tesco's, UK so i'm not sure whether you are able to purchase these in other countries. I would seriously recommend that you try these out as they are like the bestest thing I have ate in a long time and are made with real fruit juices. You can buy these in mango and raspberry flavours, both are incredible.

I hope that this post has inspired some of you to try a short detox, without the need for completely cutting out healthy fats and carbohydrates! I find this way of detoxing much more appropriate as there is no need to starve your body off vital nutrients and it definately does not cause me to have any bloating.

Let me know if you would like to see more fitness posts in the comments and I hope you enjoyed reading!



Much love, Em X 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Workout Clothing Haul



To be honest, i'm not the hugest fan of running but as summer is nearly here I decided to get back into it as going to the gym can be a bit too sweaty sometimes throughout the upcoming months. Therefore, I decided to go and buy a new outfit which would be suitable for going for a run in because most of my workout clothes consist of shorts and a sports bra (which aren't that suitable for going for a run in England!). 



Nike Met Swoosh Cap White - £8.99

These are really comfortable and are a great add on to an outfit. By the way, I don't wear this while i'm working out just as an add on to the outfit.


Iphone workout band by karrimor - £9.99

These are super comfortable, you can't even notice it while it's on if you don't think about it. I love these as you can still listen to music while working out, especially at the gym when you can't hold your phone in your hands. 


Full outfit inc. shoes in junior size and cap - £103.97


Adidas Tank Top - £19.99

This is super lightweight and very suitable for running. However, I would recommend wearing a sports bra underneath as it does drop quite low at the sides. 


Adidas Originals ZX Flux Junior Size - £47 of JD website. 

I must admit that these aren't my usual running trainers as they are not the most flexible shoes, however they looked good with this outfit so why not! They are super comfy but I would mainly recommend them for a casual outfit instead of sport shoes.


Adidas 3S Long Tights - £27.99

I love these so much as they are so soft and comfortable. They don't make you sweaty either and are very good for running in as they are thin and lightweight. I would really recommend these to anyone who is looking for running leggings!


Whole outfit put together :) 


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I hope you enjoyed this post. All the items above I would really recommend for anyone keen on working out outside! Leave a comment below on your favourite workout clothes...

Much Love, Emily X 

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