Fitness On My Mind

Leggings – Matalan | Running Top – Matalan | Trainers – Nike | Hat – Primark

Hello again! Sorry for not posting much over the last week or so. I’ve kinda’ been focusing on other things and giving myself a much-needed blogging break.

I find it so hard to switch off from the online world to the offline world. I work full time in digital marketing, blog part-time and juggle my offline life and relationships, so sometimes it’s good to just breathe and do the real-life me, not the ‘Zest Of Alice’ me. One of my new year’s resolutions is to keep off my phone, so that’s what I’m tryna’ do.

When I say I’ve been focusing on other things, I mean I’ve been concentrating on my fitness. I love health and fitness. I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes to exercise and when I’m in the swing of it and mind zone, I live, eat, sleep, breath exercise.

It’s shocking really because as a child and most of my teenage years, I bloody hated any sort of physical exercise. I was that girl in PE who always had a note from her Mam to say I couldn’t go swimming that day. I always had an excuse.

Once I started being mindful of my body and food, exercise became my happy place. My happy headspace where I’d pour all of my efforts into and strive to do my best. I’ve blogged about my reasoning for turning to exercise before so I won’t bore you once again, but let’s just say my passion for moving more has completely changed my lifestyle.

There are so many benefits to exercising, but here are a few, if you’re considering joining a gym or starting your fitness journey or even re-starting your journey and need some motivation, here ya’ go:

1. It can make you feel happier
2. It can help with weight loss
3. It’s good for your muscles and bones
4. Increase your energy levels
5. Reduce your risk of chronic disease
6. Can help skin health
7. Can help with relaxation and sleep quality
8. It can help your brain health and memory

You go girl!

Last week I signed up for The Great North Run and pledged to raise £300 for the MS Society UK! The Great North Run is a half marathon, so that’s only 13 miles to run, only…

This will my third time running the Great North Run and I am so excited. It is such an overwhelmingly, amazing feeling being apart of the event.

The first time I ran it in 2015, I had to stop myself crying at so many points throughout the run, not because I was in pain but because of the people around me. The runners, many running for charities like myself and the support from the general public, standing on the side of the road cheering little old me on. It’s just indescribable.

The run itself is very hard, it’s not easy by any means, therefore I’ve already started training. It’s not until September but I really want to beat my time! My best time is 2 hours and 8 minutes so it’s time to get my game face on.

I’ve also been searching for a good training plan and found a few online but if you have any suggestions do point me in the right direction.

As well as the running, I’ve also been spicing up my gym routine. Getting into the same habits every week at the gym can make it boring and your body just gets used to doing the same things every week, therefore, I’ve changed it all up.

One of my main fitness goals this year is to build more muscle and to do that I need to lift more weights. I’m hopeless at lifting weights, or should I say clueless…

So, I’ve been watching many YouTube videos and I’ve discovered Beth Trueman! Her workout videos are so easy to follow and I really enjoy following her routines. If you’re lacking workout inspo I suggest you subscribe to this gal! She’s fabulous.

I’ve been considering trying Yoga! I’ve been reading a lot into it and I can’t believe how good it is for your body and mind. Increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, improved athletic performance AND protection from injury. Yoga might actually work hand in hand with my running.

Lastly, I’ve been thinking about trying Aqua Aerobics too. I feel like Aqua Aerobics has such a stereotype to just being for ‘old’ people but again, I’ve been doing my research and can’t help but wonder what it could offer me! The top benefits include supporting the body, putting less stress on your joints and muscles, build strength, activates your muscle and… it looks so fun! My only problem is, I don’t think I own suitable swimming attire! All my swimming suits beach ready not swim ready… good job I’ve ordered myself a new sports costume from Simply Swim! They’re a super cool retailer I’ve only just discovered who retail TYR, a fabulous swimsuit brand. I’ve read so many amazing reviews on how the swimsuits figure hug and I can’t wait for mine to arrive!

I’m determined to make 2018 my fittest year yet!

By the way, if anyone’s interested in sponsoring me you can do so here. Wish me luck and I’ll keep you guys updated!




  • Reply Chloe - New Girl in Toon February 20, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Such an inspiration Alice! I’ve got so bad with my exercise over Winter, I go out for a long power walk every day so I am at least getting some but my running seems to have been put on hold, I find it so hard to get out there when it’s so dark and cold (and I hate running indoors in the gym!) .. every week I tell myself I’ll get back on it but something tells me I’ll be waiting for the clocks to change now!

    Best of luck with the GNR!

    • Reply Alice February 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Chloe! I do try haha! It’s so hard to motivate yourself in the winter, I feel your pain girl! x

  • Reply Sarah February 20, 2018 at 9:20 am

    such a wonderful post! I just want the weather to be a little better and we will start walking everywhere, as much as I like winter it isnt fun for getting out

    • Reply Alice February 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      I agree!

  • Reply Rosie February 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Yes I love this get up! If I feel like I look nice I find it so much easier to work out!

    • Reply Alice February 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm


  • Reply Poppy Mayy February 20, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I have to agree that focusing on my physical health has actually helped with my mental health too. Exercise can do wonders.

    • Reply Alice February 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      I totally agree!

  • Reply Angela February 21, 2018 at 5:47 am

    You will never regret a workout! Like you and Poppy (above) said – physical health works hand in hand with mental health; it’s just amazing how much they interchange with each other and how much better you feel after a sweat sesh. Good luck with your run xxxx

    • Reply Alice February 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      I totally agree! Thank you so much! xxxx

  • Reply Yasmina February 21, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Don’t apologise for taking some time off! I really don’t like exercising, I just feel like everyone is looking at me even though it would be better for my mental health and body confidence 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

    • Reply Alice February 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Perhaps try something new Yasmina, you never know till you try! xx

  • Reply Lady Writes February 21, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Such a wonderful post and you’ve motivated me to pick back up a bit more as I haven’t worked out properly in ages! x

    • Reply Alice February 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks lovely x

  • Reply Prettiful Blog February 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    This year I am definitely trying to be more active. I was always fit, but as I have gotten older, and work has become more demanding exercise has been slipping further and further down my list!

    • Reply Alice February 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Go girl!

  • Reply Jade Wilson February 21, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I wish fitness was on my mind! You look amazing in your photos!
    Jade xx

    • Reply Alice February 21, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Jade xx

  • Reply Maisie February 21, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    That’s amazing hun! I’m currently looking at signing myself up for a run for this year or next, I used to run almost everyday but since having Tyler I’ve not worked out half as much as I’d have liked to! This post has inspired me to sign myself up for something and get it done! xxx

    • Reply Alice February 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Maisie, you can do it! xxx

  • Reply Mel February 22, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Such a great post! Good luck with the GNR. I signed up a few years back and I broke my foot during training which totally ruined that idea.

    • Reply Alice February 23, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Mel! Oh no way that’s such a shame x

  • Reply Gemma Louise February 22, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Such an inspirational post! It’s great for the body & mind to keep fit. Wish I had the time! x

    • Reply Alice February 23, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Gemma x

  • Reply Kelly-Anne February 23, 2018 at 8:11 am

    This is amazing beautiful, you also look fabulous. Getting fit is something I am working on, but struggling with. I know I will get there, but I do find running therapeutic.

    • Reply Alice February 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Kelly-Anne x

  • Reply Gina February 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    That outfit is so amazing! I think fitness is so important but getting the actual motivation to do it is hard 🙁

    • Reply Alice March 2, 2018 at 11:16 am

      I feel you girl!

  • Reply Robyn February 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Loving this post, so inspiring! I’m a huge fitness fiend! Mostly because I am what I eat and I eat a lot so I need to stay on top of my gym game! Haven’t heard of Beth before though so I’m definitely going to check her out! Thanks for sharing! X x

    • Reply Alice March 2, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Robyn! xx

  • Reply Emily February 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I really need to get into fitness, I feel like I’d feel 100x better for doing it!

    • Reply Alice March 2, 2018 at 11:17 am

      You really would feel great!

  • Reply Chloe February 28, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I’ve been trying to get into fitness a lot more the last 6 months, I definitely go in phases with it but I agree that it can make you feel happier and is good for the mind. I’ve got into a routine of doing a few ab exercises before leaving for work each morning and it’s making me feel so much better about myself xx

    • Reply Alice March 2, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Go girl! xx

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