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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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Summer is Coming…Kind of.

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It is that time of year again. Summer is so close, we can almost smell it (the fact I put the heating back on in the house for an hour today is completely irrelevant). Pick up any magazine at the moment and it will probably inform you that summer is on its way and it is time to prepare for dun-dun-duuun bikini season. Those two words that send shock waves through the female population.

I am actually super-organised this year and have already purchased my new bikini – a nice little red number from Boux Avenue. Highly recommend this as a place to buy your summer swimwear because their selection is gorgeous and they actually do bigger cup sizes in these designs. (Should we really have to choose between style and support? Come on.) Plus, it’s worth getting an order from Boux simply for the way it arrives in its lovely box and pretty tissue paper…

 

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The sad thing though is of the holidays I have booked this year, the one I actually require the bikini for is in Iceland in October. Terrible planning! Though I have agreed with my friends we will make a conscious effort this summer to drive to the beach as much as possible this year, even if it is only to Felixstowe.

For all things bikini based, there is a website called A Bikini a Day (http://abikiniaday.com/). Now when I first heard about this, I was incredibly wary of it because I assumed the people running it would just be taller, slimmer, blonder and more tanned than me. Turns out this is all true. But the website isn’t as pretentious as I thought it would be and I subscribed to their daily email because there are some good tips on there.

The main thing the magazines I mentioned above will probably be focusing on is summer diets. Can I just say now – please don’t diet! They do not work and they’re not good for you. Don’t force yourself to stop eating. You shouldn’t give up eating properly just because it’s summer, it should be a lifestyle change for a healthier you all year round. Cut back on the junk, obviously, but add in some good stuff and add in some exercise. Trust me, this a better way than sitting around counting the 500 calories you’re supposed to be eating for that day. There is no magic solution, just eat right and get moving and learn to love yourself! Granted, I still wish my stomach was flatter and my arms a bit more toned, but since making exercise a regular part of my life, I’m the happiest with my body I have ever been. I’m fit, strong and most importantly, not hungry!

I have just started to doing the Squat Challenge to work my bum a bit more for the bikini (you can google the plan and download a copy). I’m used to doing squats in the fitness classes I do but now I’m starting to hit the days where I’m feeling the word challenge! If anyone fancies giving it a go, download a copy and tweet me at the address in the side bar to let me know how you get on. J

So let’s start to stock up on the SPF and all join together in some kind of Sun Dance to make sure things go right this year and we all make the most of it. And remember, the best way to wear a bikini is with confidence!

Lots of Love

Megan

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