Going to the gym can be an expensive, crowded and slightly daunting experience for some people so creating a gym in the comfort of your own home sounds like a better idea. With countless fitness DVDs on the shelves in pretty much every shop you go in to the tools of a home gym are easily found and relatively in expensive.
However, the actual physical equipment is a little more pricey hence why I am here with a little helping hand. I made these super easy at home weights using two hugely inexpensive things.
A water bottle and rice.
Most people drink water and most people have rice at home and even if you don't you can buy a 1kg bag in the supermarket for about 40p.
To create them all you need to do is get a selection of different size water bottles, I'd suggest two of each size (drink the contents first) and pour the rice in, filling the bottle to the top, you could use a funnel for that or just a small cut in the bag. Screw the top back on and there you have it.
I am a sucker for sweet things and when you are trying to get your booty in shape, sweet things can sometimes be a little naughty and not very helpful. Queue these little beauties! A super easy, one bowl (and a small baking tray) flapjacks!
For these you will need:
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A handful of raisins (or some other fruit of your choice like cherries or blueberries maybe?)
- A sprinkle of desicated coconut
Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine together.
Pour it all into a lined baking tray and sprinkle some desicated coconut on top
Bake for around 20 Minutes (until golden brown)
Once baked, cut flapjack up into smaller pieces and there you have it! I told you it was simple..
These flapjacks make the perfect snack or you could even take one for breakfast. I have already taken to baking a batch every Sunday to see us through till Friday.
We all need a little motivation when it comes to hitting the gym, some of us more than others.. So to hopefully help with that a little I have compiled a few of my favourite songs that are in my current workout playlist to share with you!
- Work B**ch - Britney Spears - this is the first song I listen to when I start my workout, it gets me pumped up and ready to take it all on.
- Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Don't mind me dancing away on the cross trainer..
- Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne - Talk about a feel good track!
- So Freakin' Tight - Tough Love - because I want my body to be So Freakin' Tight!
- Getting' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith - Urm.. yes.. seriously.
- Yeah Yeah - Bodyrox - helps me get an attitude and squat lower
- Hold Back the River - James Bay - Always a nice one from the end of workout, time to chill..
- Shake It Off - Taylor Swift - Naturally I would include a Taylor song, talk about getting pumped up!
I always struggle in the mornings. Always. I start work at 7AM and the thought of getting out of bed much before 6AM is daunting so breakfast is somewhat over looked and I normally settle with a quick protein shake or some form of bar to get me going. Surprise, Surprise it doesn't really work and I'm normally hungry by about 8:30AM and any sign of a break is lingering 2 hours in the distance.
Then it all changed when I discovered Miss Carly Rowena who is the owner of one of my favourite fitness youtube channels and blog (check them out, seriously..) I got inspired by the granola jar Carly created in this video and thought I'd put my own spin on it.
In my jar I have:
- A handful of chopped up strawberries
- A handful of blueberries
- 3 tablespoons of Alpro plain yoghurt
- A sprinkling of Natural Honey & Oat granola
Its also super simple to make too.. I basically put the ingredients into the jar in that order, screw on the top, pop it in the fridge where it will keep for around 5 days. You can make a bunch of these on a Sunday and they will see you right through till Friday!
I purchased my jars from The Range for about £1.40, super inexpensive!
There is something so therapeutic about finishing work at 3:30pm, coming home and snuggling in to the bed with my laptop. Normally I'm settling down to edit a few videos but more recently I'm finding myself opting for my blog.
Don't get me wrong, I love YouTube and the routine of preparing for a filming session, making sure my makeup is looking nice, checking the lighting and knowing what I want to talk about. However, sometimes, just sometimes, it feels like a lot of effort for a few minutes worth of video. I think its those moments that made me pine for my blog a little more. Its nice to come home from work and not have to make any effort with my appearance, I can just sit here in my pyjamas and fully relax into a blog post. I never feel like I'm trying too hard, which I can admit I sometimes can do on my channel, and I get to be the most realistic and basic version of me.
It may be my bunged up, cold ridden brain talking or my true self but I am really happy with my channel and I'm also really glad I introduced my blog back into the circle.