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!