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

Made you look!

No, Kylie Jenner did not send me nudes, sadly for you and luckily for me. No offence Kyles, I just don’t swing that way nor do I bat for that team. One day maybe, just – not today. As legit beautiful as Kylie Jenner is, I prefer her clothed. Thanks!

So, anyway, I’ve got the ‘Send Me Nudes’ lip kit, bought it for £49.00 from Amazon – and I legit think it’s a fraud. It feels too flimsy to be real and the colours don’t seem as pigmanted as other Kylie Cosmetics products I’ve used have been.

So, basically, I spent 50 quid on legit (probably) a fake product just to avoid paying shipping charges for the real thing… To say I’m mortified, embarrassed and proper stupid is an understatement.

I dislike the names she’s come up with for these liquid lipsticks, I’m not even going to discuss it.

The shades, as I said, didn’t come out too pigmented… So, I wasn’t and am not a fan of them. Also, they’re glossy, which means they didn’t dry matte.

Honeslty, I didn’t like them at all.

Love Kylie’s other matte lipsticks, just these ones… More expensive (in a set) ones were a no-no. I do think that I was sold illegitamate ones though, still.

Smells like: chocolate.

Formula: not as luxurious as the other ones I’ve tried from her matte ranges.

Packaging: looks probably identical in terms of style (to the real thing), but 100% doesn’t feel like it, in my opinion.  As I said, I’m basing this from the other products I’ve bought from Kylie Cosmetics.

My advice: wait until there’s FREE international shipping days on Kylie Cosmetics, don’t buy it from Amazon. They are legit knockoffs that could damage your lips. Not a good look nor idea, don’t risk it. Thanks!

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…

 

Hello, again!

Top of the morning/evening/afternoon/dusk/dawn (and/or whatever, wherever, whenever you are) to you!

Yesterday morning, I ran a bath to end all baths… I took time to wonder about whether or not I wanted to write this post afterwards, and then I just thought… Let’s do it!

So, here it is… Brace yourselves like a teenager at their local orthodontists.

LUSH Green coconut jelly

I’ve never actually seen it in store, so I’m not sure if it’s new… (Of course this can only mean one thing… I ordered it online)

But, Oh. My. Lord … is it or is it not the best bath bomb that I have had the pleasure of dropping into my tub?! It is: EVERYTHING and then some! From the smell, to the consistency… The colours, the patterns… It is EVERY DARN THING.

Set sail to the tropical island of your dreams. Lie back on the soft sand, the warm waters lapping at your feet, the breeze scented like tropical fruits. Climb into your bath and pop in this king of coconuts. Jelly leisurely spreads across the water, softening as it goes. Condition your skin with coconut cream and bask in the warmth that a cinnamon leaf undercurrent brings. Relax and refresh yourself in your own little piece of paradise.

Yeah, so… It smells like pure coconut. It feels like a hard shell of powder soapy goodness (as the majority of LUSH bath bombs do) but it also has green polka dot patterns that feel like squidgy jelly to touch.

The process is simple… As with all bath products, you just drop it in water to experience the fizz. This one releases a bright green hue, turning your whole bath into a park (in liquid form). Legit: WOWZERS!

It’s a sight to see, that cannot be unseen. So serene, and smelling so exotic… If you close your eyes, you could probably even imagine yourself in the Caribbean with a Pina Colada in one hand and a volleyball in the other – going for fun frolics at the beach… Then, you snap out of it real quick when you hear someone yelling because they can’t find their socks outside!

Once the bath bomb melts entirely (or as much of ‘entirely’ as it can), white jelly-like clusters come up to the surface… Mmmmm! I’m guessing that’s where all the coconut cream is (because it smelled like it)… I rubbed the jelly on my arms and let me tell you now… My arms feel so smooth, and still have a natural, healthy (not green) glow to them.

There you/me/we/they have it… If you’re looking to add a very neutral, exotic serenity to your bathing rituals, choose Green Coconut Jelly! It’s (very) good, I promise.

Also, if you’re into munching on a Tide pod, but are vegan… Green Coconut Jelly is vegan… DON’T MUNCH ON THAT!

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

Get yours here.