Athletics

5 Women To Inspire a Healthier Summer

You can tell we’re now into the summer months (even if the weather doesn’t quite feel like that) because everyone is now even more obsessed with the shape of their bodies. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard people around me say “I’ll lose weight for when I go on holiday.”

The most important thing you need to remember is that if you want to lose weight, you need to do it for yourself and you should be doing it for a reason better than because you’re going on holiday. It should be because you want a healthy lifestyle. And to get a bikini body, just do this:-

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but very few real people actually look like those bikini models you see in all the magazines. Instead of worrying about how much you need to suck your stomach in, just enjoy your holiday instead. And remember, being healthy is so much better than being thin.

So if you’re looking to get healthier this summer, here are five women to help inspire you. It’s much easier to exercise when the sun is out and salads are much nicer when it’s not freezing!

  1. Cassie Ho

Since discovering Blogilates a couple of months ago, I’ve become a big fan of Cassie’s. All her workout videos are up on YouTube and are completely free. And, if you subscribe to her mailing list, you have access to a monthly exercise plan where you just do the workouts listed for that day. It’s probably about as simple as it gets…although you actually have to do the exercises too!

http://www.blogilates.com/

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  1. Krista Stryker 

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t exercise because “you don’t have time” then you need HIIT, which basically means you have no excuses!

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is all about short, sharp bursts of energy and can burn more calories than 1 hour of steady cardio. Krista’s workouts, part of the 12 Minute Athlete, are designed to push you hard in a short space of time. Her website features workouts and exercise demonstrations. And if you download the App, it comes with a very handy interval timer you can use if you’re brave enough to make your own workouts.

Also, check out Krista’s Instagram for some pretty impressive posts that make you want to try your hand at handstands!

http://www.12minuteathlete.com/about/

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  1. Kris Carr

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that exercise counteracts all the bad things you eat. Trust me, it doesn’t work like that. The fact my diet isn’t as clean as it could be is probably the reason my body is strong enough to run a half-marathon but I don’t have athlete-style abs!

I first came across Kris Carr while watching the Hungry for Change documentary and her story is a truly inspiring one. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer, she reassessed her lifestyle and used nutrition to boost her immune system.

It’s definitely worth doing some research on her and what she promotes these days. It should inspire you to add a few more greens to your plate at least!

http://kriscarr.com/about/about-kris/

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  1. Lucy Bee

Keeping on the topic of a healthy diet, we need to talk about Lucy Bee and her coconut oil. I definitely think coconut oil is now one of my must haves. It’s so versatile – I use it as a daily moisturiser, eye make-up remover, hair mask, to put in smoothies and as a cooking oil! The actual benefits of coconut oil are endless.

Lucy Bee’s coconut oil is ethically source, is organic and Vegan. Her website is full of tips for using the oil, however you want to use it, and if you follow her on social media, she’s always posting recipes for healthy eating, as well as just generally promoting a healthy lifestyle.

https://www.lucybee.co/about/

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  1. Emma Paveley

It’s pretty much a given that all athletes work incredibly hard and what they put their bodies through makes them more-than-human. The reason I picked Emma is because I used to work with her and saw first hand how much effort she put into everything. And along with all the morning gym workouts or using lunch breaks to practice routines, she was able to resist the many, many cakes our office is notorious for bringing in. If willpower was an Olympic sport, she deserved gold!

As well as being the current British Champion and World No 3. for bodybuilding and making the Ninja Warrior course look like a doddle, she’s now part of Team GB and will take part in Baku 2015. Check out her social media to see how she combines strength and flexibility, making it all look so easy and making you want to push yourself just a little harder.

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So there you have it – five women to help make this summer your healthiest yet. And if you are planning on honing your bikini body this year, do it because you want to and do it the right way! Remember, strong is the new skinny.

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xoxo

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Glasgow 2014

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I’ve recently come back from a trip to Glasgow after being fortunate enough to get some tickets to the Commonwealth Games. It was my first visit to Scotland, which seeing as I’m from England and I used to have family in the North-East, seems quite unacceptable. But I’ve finally been so it’s all ok.

It was an absolutely incredible few days and we actually dubbed our final day as officially “Best Day Ever!” because of everything that happened. Everything was just amazing. The Games seemed perfectly organised, the atmosphere was awesome and the sport was world class.

I was just going to muse on a few things I learned from the trip, so hope you enjoy.

  1. The people of Scotland are ridiculously friendly and cheerful.

Being from the South of England and having family in the North, I knew full well about the idea that people get friendly the further north you go. People in London won’t make eye contact on the Tube, but a Sales Assistant in Newcastle is quite happy to hear your life story when they serve you. It’s a sad but true stereotype. Even more so when you go so far north you cross the border.

Every day, we walked past the cheerful volunteers asking for high-fives with their green foam hands, helpful and happy train staff (I know, I didn’t think they existed either) and general Scots who were nothing but pleasant and happy to make conversation. While waiting for a train at 11pm, one of the Games volunteers actually started a sing-song on her megaphone to perk the crowd up!

  1. You can basically get into any sport you watch.

I did learn this at the 2012 Olympics when I watch Bulgaria versus Russia at volleyball, but it was a point enforced again this time around. We watched hockey, which I played at high school and haven’t even thought about it since. Suddenly, I was a massive fan. We even sat through torrential rain without any kind of rain protection to see England play Malaysia, that’s how much we were into it.

The next day, we watched India versus Singapore in the badminton. Again, I used to play it at school and occasional book at court at the gym these days, but wouldn’t call myself a fan. A couple of hours changed that, along with the thousands of people in the arena with me. Everyone was on their feet, shouting and screaming, by the final, deciding match. The atmosphere really makes the difference.

  1. You will become an expert in any sport you watch.

 Well kind of. You’ll think you’re an expert anyway. You’ll watch a sport, get really into it and then start making comments as if you actually know what you’re talking about. Case and point, me watching the High Jump.

    4. You can Mexican Wave to The Proclaimers.

I’ve been to a lot of sporting events and done my fair share of Mexican Waves, but to do it in a full arena with people singing 500 Miles at the top of their lungs, is just something you’re not going to forget in a hurry.

  1. The athletics in the decathlon are obscenely attractive.

Seriously. Go Google Ashley Bryant and Curtis Mathews now!

  1. Greg Rutherford is a nice guy!

You may have seen the whole thing making the rounds on the Web about the steward who tried to walk Greg Rutherford away when all he wanted to do sign autographs over his qualifying jumps.

We ran down to the bottom of our section to get a photo with him (which we did manage!) although he had probably already had pictures with a couple of hundred people by that point. The best part was watching him being pulled away by the official, only to duck away when he got his chance and run back to sign more autographs.

He spoke to as many people as possible and was clearly happy to be there, enjoying the attention. Putting in that kind of effort to spend time with fans speaks volumes.

  1. You resolve to become fitter.

With the amount of six-packs on display (male and female) and seeing how hard the athletes push themselves, it makes you want to be a better person. They truly do inspire and you find yourself wanting to be like them. It doesn’t matter that while you’re watching the Games, all you’re eating is burgers and chips!

Check out the BBC Get Inspired quiz which will tell you what sport you should be getting involved with – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28062001

  1. You will have serious withdrawal symptoms afterwards.

Going back to real life just isn’t the same. You feel the need to clap anything just to get an atmosphere going, maybe shouting encouragement at strangers in the street or wave a flag for no apparent reason.

Watching the events on TV just isn’t the same when after you’ve seen them live and you find yourself counting down the days until you can go again. I’ve already started saving for Rio 2016 and the 2018 Commonwealths on the Gold Coast!