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If there is a single quality we all share, that is our striving to be happy. Everything we do in life, from putting on your favorite song, making pancakes, to finding “the one” for you, it all boils down to finding our true purpose and our happiness spring. However, there are certain behaviors that promote that
wonderful feeling of bliss, and exercise is one of the most powerful fuels for all-encompassing joy in life.

Still, the world has two very distinct types of people: those who always seem perky and happy after their workout, and those who find the previous gang exceptionally annoying. If, by chance, you belong to the second tribe, perhaps this brief post will convince you to give the idea of fitness consistency another chance!

A natural stress-reliever
Whether it’s a stressful occupation, or you’re simply going through a rough time in life, you need a healthy way to work around all that negative energy and vent whenever possible. Although we’d all love for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to be the way out, these delicious treats are only a temporary feel-good option.

On the other hand, working out is such a powerful tool for warding off the negativity that it can help treat and minimize the symptoms of anxiety and depression. By reducing exhaustion, and boosting your mental capacity, exercise is a mighty way to help you stay on the right track.

Happy hormones
As a response to exercising, your brain floods your body with happy chemicals, including endorphin, dopamine, and serotonin, which are responsible for our feelings of happiness and serenity. So, when you feel down in the dumps, head for the treadmill, dance to your favorite tunes, lift some weights, just
stay active, and your body will do the rest!

Funometer in full-speed
Distraction is often the perfect ingredient for fending off negativity, and what a better way to keep your mind and body occupied than a little bit of physical activity? If you find your typical gym routine dull, then it’s time to swap it for something more fun, like riding your mini cruiser down the street,
rollerblading in the park, or learning a new dance. When you finally tackle a new skill, you’ll feel invigorated and eager to exercise even more!

Boosts self-confidence
When you’re able to overcome your current limits and see yourself push through challenges when you  work out, it’s natural that your confidence will bloom! After all, it’s not just a great physique that defines how we perceive ourselves, but a general feeling of accomplishment and growth. Running a marathon or taking part in a pole dance competition can give you precisely that feeling, because you let yourself evolve so much that you leave your comfort zone every day.

Fewer sick days
Keeping your cardiovascular system happy and your muscles and bones strong makes for a perfect foundation to stay healthy throughout the year. You’ll be able to flush out toxins better, and your body produces more antibodies that keep you disease-safe. Mild to moderate types of exercise such as
jogging, walking, yoga, and swimming are the best medicine for the flu season, so keep those running shoes and your warm winter gear nearby!

More beauty sleep
Although exercise gives you an energy boost for the day, it also helps balance your circadian rhythm by regulating your body temperature. In simple terms, you’ll fall asleep in a matter of minutes, and you’ll enjoy a full night of uninterrupted shut-eye thanks to your daily workout routine. Sleeping well also translates to more energy during the day, better collagen production (which means less wrinkles,ladies!), and becoming more resilient to stress triggers in your life!

Better mood
Too much stress, living in a crowded, noisy city, and spending time with negative people can all bring us down even on the calmest of days. But when you surround yourself with positive, like-minded people such as the gang attending the same Zumba class as you are, you’re bound to start smiling soon enough. Socializing combined with pushing your heart rate up and flooding your body with those happy hormones all work together to lift your spirits and help you relax.

Simply put, working out consistently makes for the best long-term happiness strategy you could possibly wish for – just pick your sport, change your routine every once in a while, keep it challenging, and enjoy your newly-found Hakuna Matata!

Guest post by: Samantha Olivier

When you see professional athletes in top shape, winning the Olympic gold, or even in your own neighborhood, making everyone else look like the Michelin Man, they make it look so easy, at least as far as their desire is concerned. But motivation is a fickle creature, it needs constant pampering, adjustments, and perhaps most importantly, it requires imagination.

And yes, even pros get motivation slumps and need help restoring their drive every now and then. If you’re coping with your own lack of enthusiasm for staying true to your fitness goals, the following methods may be of help.

1. Partner-up
When Dr. Pamela Rackow came across a pamphlet that suggested getting an exercise companion to ensure workout consistency and inspiration, she didn’t just blindly follow the advice, but took on the challenge of checking the validity of it. And so, a study at the University of Zurich confirmed that getting a “gym buddy” makes a significant difference in our behavior and motivation towards working out.

However, even though having any partner whatsoever does help, people prefer having someone who will support them and encourage them to achieve their goals. This element of emotional support by their partner has increased their training frequency and consistency even more. The lesson? Train with someone who will support you through the ups and downs, and you’ll likely look forward to your mutual training sessions.

2. Let the music be your muse
If you doubt the impact of music on your mindset during workouts, here’s a fun fact for you. Using portable players during award-driven and money-based competitions is forbidden, because it gives athletes the edge over their music-less competitors!
From a purely physiological perspective, music is a useful distraction, keeping your mind from the pain and discomfort during arduous workouts, while it also elevates your mood and pumps your body with happy hormones and reduces cortisol. Studies have shown that those who listen to the right tunes (with the right beat, lyrics and emotional meaning) actually perform better, run longer, lift more and are able to push their boundaries more.

3. Reward yourself
Yes, some people respond well to the traditional “punishment”-oriented system of motivation, but since working out and a healthy lifestyle are meant to be enjoyable and fulfilling, why not motivate yourself with the help of rewards of all sorts? That doesn’t mean binge-eating on sweets, but finding healthy replacements and experiences that will further reinforce building healthy habits and prompt you to train even when the initial excitement wears off.

For example, sports massages are a great way of relieving tension, and they make for an excellent monthly treat after you’ve hit some of your fitness milestones. You can also treat yourself to a new pair of workout clothes, new headphones, or a new gym bag. The reward doesn’t even have to be fitness-related, as long as it is a treat. These steps may seem trivial, but in the long-run, they create a positive network of events around your challenging fitness routine.

4. Keep your body entranced
We live in an over-stimulated world, and our attention spans are rapidly shrinking, so we crave more ways to keep our brains interested and focused. The same goes for your body – it needs novelty in order not to get too comfortable, and in order to advance properly, your workouts need regular adaptation. That could mean adding a few harder exercises, swapping your existing treadmill cardio for some HIIT or changing up the pace of your workouts.

It’s not just about adding more weight to the barbell or running more miles than before. Your body and your mind need to be stimulated to learn new moves, overcome new obstacles in order to experience growth. All that matters is that you constantly leave your comfort zone, and add more layers of challenge to the game. Try a new dance, join a hiking club, learn how to skate, the sky’s the limit when it comes to all the ways you can enrich your fitness life.

The bottom line is, motivation is not a quality we’re born with, or a feeling that stays with us once we create that initial drive. It oscillates, adapts to your environment, and your personality, and it depends on so many factors. But precisely due to its malleable nature, you can take many creative steps in preventing the slumps and increasing your inspiration – just keep your mind open and try various methods until you find what works best for you!

Post by: Samantha Oliver

I love cereal. I could quite literally have cornflakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner without getting bored or sick of it. There is just so much variation… Having said that, I am very particular about the cereals that I eat. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that I’ve only ever really loved like four cereals in my time… Off the top of my head, those four are: Crunchy NutHoney Cheerios, Coco Pops and now… Blueberry Wheats.

I’ve got a confession, I stopped eating Coco Pops (which was always my go-to) just last year after discovering that there is as much sugar in a single/in a relationship/married serving of Coco Pops as there is in a Coke can. That amounts to 35%. This is ridiculous. Look, I knew it wasn’t (exactly) healthy, but I didn’t think it was that unhealthy.

So, rather than having Cheerios every morning or evening, I’ve now started alternating between them and these little pillows of blueberry juicy goodness! ICYMI: they’re wholegrain too. Not partialgrain… But: WHOLE!

Blueberry Wheats are pillows filled with blueberry jam, I am obsessed with them. They are not only a lot healthier for you than Coco Pops, but dare I say it… They taste better too! I’m someone who could quite easily substitute fruit over chocolate. I just love fruit.

I disliked Shreddies (the original cereal pillows) because I always found them tasteless… However, these are Shreddies, but tastier — with jam inside. #YUM 😋

If I’m honest, blueberry flavouring is one of my most favourite flavourings… For instance, I’d prefer a blueberry muffin to a chocolate chip one, any day. If there’s a blueberry something and other, I’ll choose the blueberry one, always.

I can’t say I’m particularly a fan of the fruit itself – eaten raw – though… But, the flavouring (in other products such as jam or yoghurt) is one of the best (second to strawberry). I mean, I love blueberry smoothies…

That said, I can’t justify eating a pack of raw blueberries (which are practically the pre-smoothie phase), without yoghurt or something to accompany them…

I find that blueberries (eaten raw) can be* tasteless. Blueberries, to me, taste just like water with a very mild hint of fruit. Blueberries are the celery of fruits, in my opinion… But, someone has really enhanced their flavour when putting them in jam, yoghurts etc. Thank you, kind person!

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Anyway, I love blueberry things, and this is a blueberry cereal which found its way into my basket (and mouth)… If you’re into this kind of thing (fruits and/or cereals), then it should find its way into yours too! Oh, before I forget, it’s £2 and exclusive to Sainsbury’s.

PSA: you won’t find Theresa May and her friends frolicking in your bowl of Blueberry Wheats… So, if that’s not a bonus, I don’t know what is.

Disclaimer: Blue is my favourite colour, obvs. So, I have nothing bad to say about blue things…

There’s no denying that GoPro has changed the way we document our action-packed and fast paced lives.

Where would we be without them? How could we show them off to the wider audience? How would we cope if we were unable to watch other people’s fails?

GoPros are the adventurer’s best friend… It’s not just an adventurer’s best friend though… It’s also, in recent times, become the best friend of man’s best friend!

Many dog owners have reached YouTube fame from strapping one of these to their dogs, documenting their walks and/or dips in the sea.

Whatever it is that you’re after, an adrenaline-pumping skydiving clip, crazy kayaking vid or watching someone else’s snowboarding antics, our social-media feeds are brighter thanks to the GoPro. This small and rugged little device packs a punch, and offers fantastic quality video and audio, all for an affordable price…

GoPro has the ability to film both extreme sports and day-to-day activities, making it the perfect choice for novice filmmakers. Which one is your favourite?

Go on… GoPro! #BeAHero

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Oh. My. Word. I have never, ever, ever… tasted anything as fresh and as good, as this, ever.

I have been secretly indulging in this for around two months, but I felt the need to blog about it today because a new branch is opening in London’s Spitafields on Monday, charging 1p per bowl (raising money for Elton John’s AIDS charity). Therefore, you’ll be eating the best meal in the world, and helping a good cause.

Wow. I think I just discovered that I am obsessed pennies. Apparently, it’s all I seem to talk about these days… 🙈

So, anyway, if you love sushi, and want it deconstructed, in a bowl… Welcome to Ahi Poké. I’m not even joking, their tuna sashimi chunks are the best tuna sashimi chunks that I have ever tasted. Hawaii…

My personal favourite is the Oahu. But, I’ve also been into the Sweet Green recently too… I love Pokés, and Ahi’s in particular! They can poke me any day… 😋

If you’re lucky, Deliveroo can deliver this to you… If not, go to central London or Spitafields (as of Monday) for your fix! You won’t regret it. Good food, good produce, good deals.

The best part? You also get the option to build your bowls… Make your own. Be creative. Choose from a list of toppings, sauces and bases… You know you want to!

Disclaimer: vegetarians are welcome. The tofu is delicious and freshly sourced. #TastyAF #OrderYoursNOW #Enjoy #EatWell