Contemporary fitness style is the perfect mix of gym wear and loungewear. As you might have gathered gym wear is essential when it comes to nailing certain activities in comfort and style and Jack Wills has a huge range of off-duty gym clothes for women to wear to the gym and out with. On working days there's nothing I love more than slipping into a comfortable pair of loose trousers and a comfy top and this outfit is perfect for nailing gym attire and casual wear at the same time. I've teamed up some loose fitting trousers with my favourite sports bra from Calvin Klein (Jack Wills also have a similar version here). You can easily switch up the khaki boots I've styled from Ego Official with a pair of Nike Huaraches for the gym like I've styled up here as part of my summer active wear post. Comfort really is key to getting off on the right foot when it comes to going to the gym and focusing on your workouts. Once you have this nailed you can then focus on other areas that you want to develop and work on in the mind and physical.
So this one is important if you're a regular gym goer or work long hours every week. Taking time to wind down is fundamental to your physical, mental and spiritual growth. It's good practice to take time out for yourself and only yourself. Read a book, take time out to relax at a local spa or even watch your favourite programmes but don't turn it a binging session. You should try and fit in exercise to your relaxing regime to help with the mind and release unnecessary stress through yoga at home or at a local fitness club. If yoga isn't quite your thing anything will benefit from weight lifting to endurance machines. Swimming is another great option that's gentle on the muscles but gives you an amazing workout and releases stress.
My perfect wind down time comes on the weekends with two gym sessions alongside swimming and afterwards, I might go out for lunch and a coffee. Once home I normally work by catching up on blog posts and editing video content, but I generally don't see this as work and find it relaxing as it's my passion. Sitting in front of a screen can take its toll after an hour or so however and I start to lose focus so make sure and turn off to put my attention on something else. I will usually clean, cook or catch up on my TV programmes to take time away from the desk. Once a month I go for various treatments such as brow shaping, nail extensions and lash lifts which I find beneficial to my confidence and relaxation time.
Fitness isn't just about the physical for me but also the mental. Fitness keeps me inspired and I just feel stronger and happier after a good session. It's so beneficial for the mind to keep active and lead a healthier and happier life. It's great for down days when you're feeling low and need an energy and mental boost. You'll feel much better after hitting the gym or even going for a regular swim which I love to do every weekend at my local gym alongside the jacuzzi and steam room to really relax the mind and take away stress and tension. The other gym I go to has a sauna, so I mostly switch around and find these aspects fundamental in my fitness journey as they really help to relax the mind and soothe aches and pains on a physical level.
The steam/sauna room is brilliant for opening the pores and relaxing the mind/body and there's nothing I enjoy more than slapping on my favourite luxury oils after spending awhile in the sauna to relax my mind and skin even further. Oils are a great way to relax the mind with added essential oils! I love the Sunday Riley range for achieving complete relaxation with the beneficial ingredients and the fact they really do help my skin. Yes, they are a little higher up on the price scale but oh so worth it! I've also been enjoying The Ordinary face oils such as the Rose Hip oil, which is significantly cheaper compared to Sunday Riley.
When it comes to my own personal fitness journey it's been a pretty long haul... Let me explain, since January 2014, I've been on a fitness journey to induce strength and motivation. This requires weight lifting more than endurance training. I don't feel the need for endurance training since my day job is pretty active as it is but just last week I have started to go on weekly swimming training for a good hour or so... My main goals are to focus more on weight lifting and increase my physical strength and shape/tone up my body. My personal journey is all about focusing on the mental as well as the physical, it's about focusing on relaxation and releasing stress through exercise and winding down in the steam room afterwards, to relax the mind and body. Everybody's fitness journey will be different to mine and my goals but I've come a long way and really noticing a difference in my demeanour and just feel like a completely different person for it and much happier in my mind and body confidence.
Diet is another important factor in my journey to supplement my workouts and I like to focus on more oily health foods such as Avocados, Salmon and Tuna. I do occasionally have a steak once a week or once every two weeks to give my body an iron/strength boost but most of the time I stick to leaner proteins such as fish and chicken. Food is beneficial to the physical and mental state of your body and just as important as exercise to keep you healthy and active. I've noticed such a difference in my energy levels and skin since changing up my diet to focus on meal prep between working full time and doing my website and now YouTube. Time is such a non-existent thing for me as I'm constantly busy which isn't a bad thing but can take a lot to work on if you have so much going on at once and doing a lot of different projects alongside work and finding time out to relax and wind down.
Whats your favourite way to wind down? Do you make sure to exercise daily/weekly?
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