All hail January, the month of health and wellbeing…
I ate my fair share of cheese and chocolate during the holidays and I’m ok with that. But… it’s time to get back on track. I know when I eat healthy (95% of the time) and exercise, I feel good, inside and out. So there’s one little mantra that I use to get my butt off the couch, away from the screen or out of bed when it’s still dark, one thing that motivates me every single time…
NEVER REGRET A WORKOUT
Think about it. For me there’s really no comeback to that. I have never, even when I’m so unfit I run and taste blood in my mouth (you know that first run of the year taste?), regretted a workout. It might not be fun and it shouldn’t be easy but it will be worth it. You can pat yourself on the back, whether you managed to run for 5 minutes or 60, whether you did yoga and sucked at it or just walked 10 extra minutes with the dog, you know that was a better result than sitting on your ass.
So I’m hitting the ground running (literally) – my body ached for two days after my first run of 2016 but you know what? It never hurts as bad as that first time. I have furry running buddies and at least one of them is faster than me (clue – it’s the black one). We’re walking a little further, eating healthier and I’ve imposed an 8pm laptop curfew. Healthy body, healthy mind.
Here are some of my favourite healthy recipes to kick things off…
Vitamin packed lunch:
A bowlful of healthy
The dinner winner:
Spaghetti but skinnier
And if you’re looking to update your workout wardrobe the January sales is the time. Because of the dogs, I do most of my running outside, in Scotland, and that my friends is cold. I adore the Sweaty Betty base layers for keeping cosy (even after a run or full day on the slopes I’m not a sweaty mess in these babies) – raid their sale for the most stylish fitness gear about.
I discovered Forever 21 Activewear about 2 years ago now and never looked back – no joke, I am seriously impressed with the quality of their leggings and still wear the same pairs now that I’ve had for years. Forego the more ‘fashiony’ styles and stick to the technical pairs, for £15 you’re laughing.
I’ve had Nike on my toes for as long as I can remember – what can I say? I have a fondness for the swoosh and maybe for their mantra, perhaps one of the greatest of all time, ‘Just do it’.
Who’s with me?