My ‘Go To’ Fitness Tips!

Fitness has been my saviour for the past couple years, though for me it hasn’t always been a positive relationship. Growing up as a dancer and dancing professionally for a year had a toll on me and my relationship with my body.  Recovering from an eating disorder and regaining the appreciation for my body has helped a lot. I can also thank my current position as a professional cheerleader with regaining the love for myself and showing me that being strong and healthy is the most important thing.

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When is comes to eating I have tried every fad diet, weight loss trick in the books and let me tell you a secret.. they don’t work (or they’re only temporarily).  Here are some things I have found that work best for me.

  1. Eat simply.  You’re probably thinking: “What the heck does she mean!?”, but let me explain.  By this I mean eat whole, fresh foods and stay away from complex ingredients and processed foods.  Turn a package around and read the ingredients before you buy it.  If it includes something you can’t say or don’t know what it is, it’s probably not the healthiest choice.  Fill your meals with fruits and veggies, and cut back on the sugar.
    Some of my recent favourite recipes:
    Fresh Rolls (I subbed in chicken)
    Red Lentil Soup (I subbed in low-fat coconut milk and it’s TO DIE FOR)
    Banana Pancakes (3 ingredients, so simple! I add in a 1/3 cup of oats to keep me full longer, 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein and blueberries!)
  2. Make going to the gym or fitness class a priority.  If you write it in your schedule and make time for it in your day, you will more likely go instead of skipping out.  I like to go in the mornings best.  It’s a great start to the day, even though some mornings it’s hard to get out of bed, I’m always thankful I go.
  3. Include a mix of weights and cardio.  I use to think cardio was the best and only way to lose weight at the gym, but I was wrong. I now love lifting weights and the way it makes my body look. I try to do 20 minutes of cardio, which usually includes: 30-second sprint intervals, inclined walking or some kind of HITT warm-up. I then move on and do 45 minutes of weight training and then end with some kind of ab workout and stretching.
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    (my go to ab work out!)
  4. Drink water!  I use to HATE the way water tasted.. like HATE, but I quickly learned to love it while dancing in +40 weather in Mexico for a year.  Water has so many benefits for your body, I mean we are mostly made of water.  I literally can tell right away if I haven’t drunk enough that day, not only in how I feel but also in how my skin looks.  If I am ever not feeling well, I’m feeling bloated or having stomach issues, the first thing I do is go drink a huge glass of water and see if that helps me at all (and it usually does).
  5. Get enough sleep.  This one was huge for me.  I think I’ve preached about it before on other posts, but getting enough sleep is SO important. For your body and mind.  I never used to sleep enough and I definitely can tell the difference between then and now.  I just feel 100 times better.
  6. Jump OFF the booze cruise.  Cutting out (or minimizing) alcohol from my diet is the first thing I do when I’m trying to get in shape. Not only is alcohol full of sugar and empty/useless calories, it also leads to poor eating choices at the end of a night out drinking.
  7. Find a way to include fitness in your daily life.  This is another simple yet effective trick.  Choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Ride your bike to places instead of driving. Go for a walk with friends instead of chatting over coffee.  Making even these easy changes in your life will help a lot!
  8. Surround yourself with people who have the same goals as you.  Get a gym buddy! This helps a million.  If you have someone to motivate you to go to the gym with, you are way more likely to go. They’ll also help keep you on track and be there to motivate you on those off days.
  9. Find a type of workout that you love to do.  If you don’t like running (which I highly dislike), find another way to do cardio.  For me, I love spinning.  There’s an awesome spin club in my city called The Wheelhouse, that I love going to.  I literally leave this place dripping in sweat and feeling so motivated.  I also like mixing up my workouts. A friend and I recently went on a little rampage of trying out a bunch of different fitness studios and classes in our city.  One of my favourites was a barre class, and let me tell you, my butt was sore for like a week!
    Some other fitness studios and classes I really enjoy in my city:
    Level 10 Fitness
    Orangetheory Fitness
    Core Connection (Barre Class)
  10. My last tip for those of you who are still not bored of me is: Listen to your body. This is probably the most important one.  Working out is wonderful and makes you feel great, but make sure you’re not overdoing it.  Remember to take rest days and to stretch.  Remember that eating a chocolate or some ice cream is not ruining your body.  Everyone deserves a treat every once in a while. Massages are wonderful and naps are my best friend.  Treat your body like a machine and make sure you’re maintaining it the best you can!

I want to leave you by saying I am not by any chance an expert in fitness. I have not been trained in nutrient or personal training.  These are just the things that I have found over the years that work best for me! 🙂

Have a great Monday all! Make sure you do something today that makes you sweat! 😉

-A

Friday Faves

I wanted to share some of my skin favourites/saviors with you all! I was lucky, growing up my mom always taught me how important skin care is because she suffered all her life from multiple skin disorders and problems. I was lucky enough to not get any of these problems from her.

I definitely have oily-combination skin type and these are some of the tricks and products I’ve found that work best for me! 🙂

1) Clarisonic:
This thing has been a blessing to me! I’ve been using it for about 6 months now and I don’t think my skin has ever looked and felt better! I use the deep cleaning head with it, which I would recommend for oily skin. If you have sensitive or dry skin, I would probably try a different head, or only use this every second day, instead of every day like I do. How I use this: I do my usual face washing routine and use this last.  You’ll be surprised at how much more dirt and left over makeup comes off your skin with this baby!
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Clarisonic-Mia 2 (the model I use)

2) Argon Oil:
Like I said before, I have oily skin, so I thought the use of an oil on my skin would only make this worse! To my surprise, this is not true at all!! I am in love with argon oil and I use it in many different aspects of my beauty routine. I use it with my foundation to give my skin a glowing (not oily) look.  I also use it every evening to lock in the moisture before bed. Lastly, another favourite way to use it is in my hair.  Since I have blond hair, it tends to get dry and damaged, so I apply a little argon oil to the ends to help keep them healthy!

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Argon Oil- Josie Maran

3) Beauty Blender:
Ok ok, I know this is talked about a lot by makeup lovers, but definitely for good reasoning.  This thing will guarantee to give you the best foundation application ever. It leaves your skin looking glowy and flawless.  It helps you to not cake on the foundation by soaking up extras, which I have definitely been guilty of in the past.  It also is a great way to fix your foundation up mid day, I simply wet it, and dab it onto my face to help evenly distribute the makeup around my face again.  The pink one if my favourite, I find the other colours have different textures. **Make sure you clean it! I use anti-bacterial hand soap.
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Beauty Blender 

4) Charcoal:
Never ever would I have thought that charcoal would be a favourite thing for my skin, but to my surprise it is! It has helped balance out my oily skin immensely! I use this is the morning to get rid of the oil build up from the night before!  It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and cleaned for the day ahead! Love love love it! I use the one from Lush, I highly recommend any fellow oily skinned friends try this out!
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5) Tea tree:
Last but certainly not least, tea tree. I use it in the form of a toning spray but I’ve also used it as a cleanser and equally loved it. This is another great trick for oily skin. Tea tree helps balance out the oils in your skin, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference after using this. How I use it: I apply it nightly after I wash and use my Clarisonic on my face. I spray it onto my skin and let it soak in before applying my moisturizer! **When I find my skin getting dry, I will skip this step, or make sure to only apply to my T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).
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Tea Tree Water-Lush

Those are my current 5 use or die skin product so! Remember I do have quite an oily skin, so for those of you that have dry skin these tips might not be as useful for you! Also, if you do decide to try some of these products, remember your skin may break out when you first start (especially after starting to use the Clarisonic). This isn’t a bad thing! Your skin is just getting used to the product!

A.

Monday Motivation

Here’s a short video with a great message for your week.  I think we all tend to let the little things in life build up without even knowing it. Let’s all take a second this week to let go of all the little stresses in life, all the unneeded things that have been unknowingly building up and see how much weight we feel is lifted from our shoulders!

Watch Here! 🙂

Have a great week loves!
A.