When you are in the zone for getting on top of your fitness, nothing can stop you. It’s just you and your ability to do better for your body and you are there, ready to do whatever it takes to enhance your inside health and your outside health! You can’t improve your fitness by detoxing with juices or popping fat loss pills. You can’t even drink meal replacement shakes and hope that your fitness improves, either. If you want to get fit fast, you’re going to need to make some big changes and stick to them, so the biggest tool in your fitness box is going to be your own willpower!
You should always speak to your doctor before engaging with any diet or exercise program, but you should also consider what you like and what you don’t like. You need to know which exercises will make you happy rather than wanting to jump off a cliff because you have to do the sit ups you hate. The point of exercise is to feel good, and whether you use whey protein powder every time you workout or you choose to bypass exercise and focus on food first, you need to be ready and willing to do what you can to make important changes in your life and in your health. So, with this in mind, here is everything you need to get fit fast and feel good for it!
Eat Enough. So many people believe that they need to cut back on their calories to the extreme to be able to get somewhere with their fitness and weight loss, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you want to get fit you need to figure out your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) and you need to deduct around 5-600 calories from that number. This puts you into a calorie deficit and when you do this, you will keep eating what your body needs for weight loss while keeping yourself fuelled for exercise. Eating enough is important if you want to ensure that you are able to push your body enough while you engage in cardio and strength workouts.
Choose Protein. You can add a protein shake per day to your calorie allowance after you workout – it’ll aid in muscle repair. It can also help to maximize your fitness by eating plenty of lean protein, fruit and vegetables. You can bet that this is going to help your body to feel good, look good and you’re going to have boundless energy. Everything in moderation, but choose the foods that are nutritious first.
HIIT. High intensity interval training – or HIIT – is popular because it works. If you want to get fit fast, it’s going to change your shape and help you to take up less space when you work out. You can increase your capacity for calorie burning, and you can bet that even after you’re done working out your body will be feeling it.
Strength Training. Muscle does not weigh more than fat, but it does take up less space while weighing the same. It’s dense and has less volume, and it’s important that you incorporate strength training into your routines so that you can ensure that you are gaining a good balance of cardio workouts and lifting. You won’t bulk out unless you intend to!
Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anything else is struggling!
I love the personalised photo range from Asda and have had cushions, mugs and photo slates from them before but never knew they did throws before! it would make an amazing gift, especially for the winter. You can pick what size the throw is and what photos you want to use as well as the colour of the throw on the front and back. I was amazing at how soft it was and even though I knew the size it seemed a lot bigger than I thought! Great for using on the sofa when watching a film and I went for pictures of my cats with a paw print design on.
This mug is the perfect or should I say purrrrrfect?! present for any cat lover, whether they drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate it is a brilliant gift. The bottom of the mug looks like a cat paw and has a paw design underneath as well as having the crazy cat lady design on the side in pink￼. If they don’t drink hot drinks it would also make a great pen pot or something to put fake flowers in for decoration.
Pankhurst Gallery have a great range of mugs, all designs are from paintings by Julia Pankhurst. They also have a great range of prints and canvasses. I think mugs with prints like this on look so unique and make a great gift. It’s not something you would usually pick up when looking for a mug so having a piece of art printed on the mug makes it special. It is printed on the mug really well and the mug is really great quality.
Candles make a great gift, especially this time of year. It’s warm, it’s spicy and encapsulates top notes of wild orange, middle notes of spicy cinnamon and clove, followed by a warm yet earthy base make a great Christmas candle. It is soy based and has been hand poured with pure essential oils. It has an approx 60-80 hour burn time and smells amazing. The candle is vegan and eco friendly.
This is the perfect stocking filler or gift for that one person who spends lots of time in their car, whether that’s commuting to work or driving the family around, make sure their car has a long-lasting aroma.
They come in a variety of scents and colours so there is something for everyone. They last at least 4 weeks and aren’t too overpowering.
They are donating 5% of profits to CALM throughout the month of November.
A great gift for any aspiring photographer, these photography courses and experiences give an opportunity to progress and improve the recipients photography by spending time learning with a professional photographer. These aren’t your ordinary photography courses though, you can choose between photographing a mermaid on a beach, armour wearing knights in a forest even take part in a storytelling photoshoot where a model is floated out into a lake on an airbed.
Through these photoshoots and training days you’ll learn how to master your camera settings, improve composition and storytelling as well as all the small details that goes into putting on a larger scale photoshoot.
Neve’s Bees are made by in West Oxfordshire, blending their own beeswax with pure, natural and sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and essential oil.
This lip balm set contains:
1 Lemon & Lime Lip Balm, 1 Sweet Grapefruit Lip Balm and 1 Honey Vanilla Lip Balm each in an 8ml Slider tin in their ‘Brown Paper Packaging’ gift box. They are so lovely to use and keep your lips really soft. The set would make a great gift.
This item includes their ylang ylang and patchouli hand and skin cream in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You’re Lush!” gift tag. I love the packaging and think the bag is so cute and their labels and designs are so bright and cheery. This hand salve is great for on the go and is perfect for winter hands.
This item includes their bestselling cuticle butter in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You Nailed It!” gift tag. This is ideal for anyone that wants to take care of their hands or regularly has their nails done and wants to keep their cuticles nice. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy abs the tin is perfect to carry around if needed. Again, this has their super cute design on the tin and tag.
Beauty By Jas products are handmade, vegan and not tested on animals. This face scrub smells great and I love the packaging, it has been so well designed.
“Anti-inflammatory, clarifying and healing. This gentle scrub is naturally antibacterial with protective jasmine oil and enriched with the hydrating benefits of silica found naturally in bamboo and which supports the production of collagen in the skin. Additionally soothing with the skin-repairing, intensely nutrient-dense properties of moringa seed oil.”
This body scrub also has a beautiful design on the label and is packaged in a similar pot. It smells really good and is really enjoyable to use.
“Purifying and refining this smoothing polish is packed with the protective goodness of himalayan salt crystals to gently detox and soften the skin and boost moisture retention to prevent excessive dryness.”
This body lotion is so good for this time of year as it really does help to keep your skin soft and is great to use after a bath or shower. Teamed with the body wash its a great way to keep your skin hydrated.
I love this brand for body products and haircare. Shea butter is so good for your skin and smells really good too. This wash and lotion would make a great gift for anyone that loves to pamper. This range is great for dry skin and the body wash leaves you feeling really soft.
I love oils like this as a bath oil and this is great as you can also use it on your body after the bath too or as a massage oil. For anyone that love pampering this would be a great gift. Bath oils can often be really expensive but this one is 237ml and I think you get so much for the price Massage oils can also be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! The fruit cushion scent is lovely and it’s great how many uses this has.
For homemade bath bombs they are so well priced, considering how much you might pay if you went into Lush! They are great quality and on par, if not better than ones I have bought in stores before. The thing that impressed me the most is how well they fizz and the scent doesn’t fade, even if you are in the bath for an hour or longer the scent stays strong and you feel so soft and smell great when you get out.
I also love the fact they don’t stain the bath!! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan. It is also great that they come in different sizes too.
Miceller water is great for your skin whilst cleansing it. It is enriched with snow mushroom with its unique, hydrating properties, this refreshing and soothing Micellar Water removes make-up and cleanses and tones gently and effectively.
I am so impressed with this brand, their sportswear is so nice and the material is really stretchy and comfortable. A bralette or leggings would be a great gift to anyone that enjoys working out. Often activewear can be tight and uncomfortable but this bralette is not only really comfortable but it’s also really stylish by having the strap features. It also has removable pads so you can decide if you want them included or not.
These are honestly my new favourite leggings as they are so comfortable and really flattering too. There is also a small pocket if you had a locker key you wanted to keep safe. I think I will be wearing these as everyday leggings and not just for working out as I love them so much. They are such a great material and really would be a great gift. The fit is great and they are true to size.
This box is a great idea if you are planning to make or buy a nice cake for someone. It is a great invention to be able to carry a cake without it getting squashed or ruined. Their boxes provide practical elegance and durability for both the amateur and professional baker. Compatible with most height extenders, each pack comes with one box with a lid and handles.
This great set of vodkas comes in lots of different options, the ones I went for are:
Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry
It is a great way to try out different flavours and they come in the cutest little jars. You can also pay an extra £1 to have them arrive in an organza bag.
Il gusto have a really good range of different liquors in a variety of flavours and different bottle options. I think they look great on display too. Not only do they offer alcohol, they also have a great range of oils and vinegars too.
This alcohol free spirit is inspired by tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave, allowing you to have all the margaritas you want without a hangover! It is also great mixed with tonic water or any type of flavoured soda.
I love that there is an option to have alcohol free spirits as not everyone can drink alcohol so this means they won’t miss out on different cocktails.
I think this is an awesome idea that you can personalise your own marmite jar! Marmite is one of those things people with love or hate and my dad Tony loves it! He has a marmite sandwich as a snack all the time so I think this is not only a useful present but also a really special one being personalised. Once it’s empty it can be cleaned out and used for decoration too.
The Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box is a baking box to help children learn kitchen skills at home. It is a subscription box where you can select how many months you wish to purchase. Each month, children receive all of the pre-measured dry ingredients they’ll need to cook a tasty treat as well as recipe cards, activities and a collectible sticker. They also get access to the online cookery classes so that they can cook along with the teacher, meaning a stress free experience for parents at home.
This is a great idea for children and also includes a prep checklist to check they have washed their hands and cleaned the surfaces etc. It comes in a box that can fit through a letterbox too!
Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.
They have a great range of different boxes to choose from or you can create your own depending on your budget. It is also a great way to try new things!
These wireless bamboo phone chargers make lovely gifts as they look great on desks, bedside tables, kitchen counters and anywhere in your home. They can be personalised with any message and I think they are great value as often wireless chargers are really expensive. The engraving is great quality and they charge your phone quite quickly.
This story book bundle has four separate books, they can all be purchased separately too. Each of the stories have lovable characters, charming settings, and themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another.
The first two stories in the series were written by Wendy, for her children when they were 2 and 5 years old, and are based around the adventures of their real steam traction engine, Victoria. They then decided to publish the stories in 2016 and since then have added 2 more stories to the series, with more to come.
This is a great, fun book to help children with counting. Let’s Count with Victoria 1 2 3 is filled with lots of fun colourful animals and objects to count, and pictures of the real Victoria the traction engine to enjoy.
This is a set of 6 different games on cardboard coasters:
• Letter Market – a word game for 2+ players.
• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.
• Alien Farm – an action-selection game for 2-4 players.
• Ice Cream Truck – a risk-management game for 2+ players.
• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.
• Free the Frog – a party game for 2+ players.
On each coaster the game is on one side and the other side has the game rules. They are easy and fun and great to use at parties and by having them on coasters they are easy to take with you to gatherings and look really cool!
This roll of tickets is the perfect gift for any cat lover. You pull a ticket out each day to learn a fun mew fact about cats. You can get lots of different ones of these for different topics but this cat one is amazing. It contains 100 tickets which you can pull out daily or once a week, as often as you like but 100 will last a while! Such a fun and unique present.
You could also put together a small gift bag or basket containing free stuff which is a really thoughtful gift if you don’t have any money to spend. It’s a great way to try out different samples of products. There are always lots of beauty and perfume samples available to apply for online.
Most people set themselves goals in life and have things that they want to achieve by a certain time. For most of us, one of those goals comes and goes every year and we never really get round to achieving them. The summer body goal is the one that we have in mind. Pretty much everyone goes on one holiday a year, and it’s usually to some beach resort to soak up some sun and forget about the troubles of the world. But we don’t always feel confident going out there and getting out bodies into a bikini. Body confidence is such a hard thing to master, and because of social media and the other pressures in life, it can seem like we’re never going to get the body that’s as perfect as the ones we’re seeing on the internet. Yet we dream of this summer body every single year, and might even put some effort into achieving it, but only for the month leading up to the date of the holiday. So, we’re going to show you how this year can be the year of getting your summer body because you have to start now! Dig deep and find that determination, and follow the tips we have in this article.
The mistake people make is failing to be consistent with the gym and fitness, and getting the balance wrong. We would highly recommend getting into the gym if you do want to get the body of your dreams. But rather than spending 10 minutes on the treadmill and sneaking out hoping that nobody saw you leave so quickly, do a mixture of cardio and weights. A nice incline walk for around 15 minutes will burn around 120 calories, and get the blood pumping. If you’ve taken a pre workout supplement this should feel like nothing to you. You can then go onto weights to tone your body up, as well as burn those calories. Experts say that the perfect mix in the gym is to do weights and cardio. There are apps you can download that will give you a structured gym routine to follow.
Consistency is key if you want to get the body that you want. As we said, most people decide to get off the sofa and do something with just a few weeks to go until the holiday. Que a terrible diet full of minimal calories. The way to do it is to be consistent from now until the summer. Make sure that you’re doing the same thing week in, week out, and we promise you’ll get some of the results that you want to. They say that it takes around six weeks to get into a new health and fitness routine if you don’t already have one. That sounds like a lot, but what are six weeks of keeping your head down and sticking to a healthy eating routine? Even if that routine means you keep the weekend as cheat days and have a few bad meals to keep that balance. After the first two weeks, you’ll notice a minor weight loss and improvements to your mentality. After the six weeks, you should be fully engrossed and committed to what you’re doing. Those six weeks are a small price to pay for the summer body that you want.
Getting fit is hard enough but if the treadmill is boring you to tears and team games aren’t your thing, then finding something to get you active can be difficult. However, there are a few ways you can get fit – you just need to identify where your interests cross over with more active pursuits.
For animal lovers, this is really easy. There are a few sports that include our favourite friends and the most obvious companions are horses and dogs. But you might like to read on for another tip for animal lovers too…
Horse riding is a brilliant way to boost your mood, increase your fitness and take in some fresh air while you’re at it. Of course, cross country riding is just one area of this sport and you could also try jumping or dressage if that’s more your style.
To start horse riding, you don’t need to jump straight in and buy a horse with some land. Most riding schools will let you borrow a horse and teach you the basics too. Indeed, lots of owners look for partners who can take care of their beloved horse while they are away. So, get your riding boots on and give it a go!
Dogs are the most wonderful companions and whether you have your own or you borrow a neighbour’s, they are bound to get you active. Going for long walks and playing together will increase your stamina over time and encourage you to get off the sofa for a little bit of time each day as dogs are bound to inject a bit of fun into your workout.
Dogs also love running and make for brilliant workout pals. Because dogs are pack animals, they like to stay close by you and can spur you on to achieve better times and distance. However, it is important that you do a little training with your dog before you set out so that they don’t dash across busy roads or get distracted from your route!
Fish might not be your preferred option for a workout buddy and they certainly won’t be coming along on a run any time soon. However, if you’re willing to join them in their habitat, they can provide an excellent distraction.
SCUBA diving is a really good way to get fit because your weight is balanced for you and there’s no pressure on your joints. Plus, since you shouldn’t get out of breath, more people are inclined to give it a go. Swimming along with your equipment is a good way to very gently build your strength and fitness as well as maintaining your stamina. SCUBA has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and increase your sense of wellbeing. It’s no wonder fish always seem so relaxed!
The animal kingdom puts us to shame when it comes to health and fitness but with a little help from our furry, hairy and scaly friends, we can enjoy the benefits of exercise too. The trick is to find the right activity for you. The rest is easy.
A couple of months back I developed a really awful pain in my foot and was struggling to walk on it, it turned out it was plantar fasciitis. I had no idea what it actually was or how to treat it but after talking to people about it I realized it was very common. I was trying really hard to continue to walk on my foot and would sit there at work with a massage ball under my desk, rolling my foot on it all day. I also looked into something I could maybe put on my foot to help and came across the Pernaton muscle massage gel. I was kindle gifted a tube to try out. This seemed to help and I would use it a couple of times a day.
The gel can be used to soothe any muscular pains but massaging it into the skin and it feels slightly tingly and warm. I think the heat from the gel really helps.
It is easy to use and doesn’t smell overpowering like some muscle gels can.
I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂
· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything
· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control
The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!
This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.
I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂
It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!
Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂
I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.
The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.
This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!
The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!
If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.
Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.
It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.
RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.
SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.
DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.
These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.
If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.
Available to purchase at www.carltonbooks.co.uk and most bookstores.
The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.
It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.
I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!
This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.
Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.
These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂
If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a Mirafit kettlebell.
Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification
They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.