Going to the gym is HARD. Just getting there can be a process in itself - you've got to find the coolest gym clothes, curate the perfect workout playlist, get your gym gear ready and of course, actually get to the gym. I'm tired just thinking about it!
For those days when you literally can't be bothered, here are some completely legitimate reasons not to go to the gym.
1. I went yesterday.
2. I'll go tomorrow.
3. It's always SO busy at the gym during the week. It makes more sense to go on the weekend instead.
4. I really need to vacuum.
5. I can't find an empty water bottle anywhere. It would be a waste to buy one for just one workout.
6. I'm in a relationship. Who am I trying to impress?
7. I can't find my gym playlist anywhere so it's pointless going because my rhythm will be all off. Spotify, it's your fault I can't go NOT MINE.
8. What if my ex is there?
9. I mean, I've already worked out once this week. I don't want to get TOO muscly.
10. The gym? On a Monday? Haha very funny. No thanks.
11. I'm still hungover from the weekend.
12. I've got really bad period pain. I don't care if all the experts say exercise helps. Chocolate and lying in bed helps more.
13. I've completely run out of shampoo so how am I supposed to wash my hair after?
14. My dog needs a bath.
15. I really need to floss.
16. What if mum calls? She gets really annoyed if I don't answer her calls and I just don't need that negativity in my life.
17. I mean, it IS the weekend. Weekends are made for DVDs and lying around all day, not exercise.
18. I had such a small breakfast. I really haven't consumed enough energy. Going to the gym would just be flat out dangerous.
19. I can't find my headphones. I absolutely can't exercise without music. That's just madness!
20. What if I miss an important phone call?
21. It's probably closed anyway.
22. What if it rains? Then the roads will flood and I'll get trapped in my car and DIE.
23. My runners are dirty.
24. I sneezed yesterday so I'm probably coming down with the flu. Better stay in.
25. What if my house gets broken into while I'm gone?
26. Sex is supposed to burn just as many calories as exercise anyway and let's face it, that's WAY more fun.
27. I've just fake tanned. Surely if I exercise now, the sweat will just make it go all streaky and there's no way I can risk THAT.
28. It's really bad for your hair to wash it too much and I just washed it this morning. I can't exercise without washing my hair, therefore I can't exercise.
29. I can't find a hair tie anywhere.
30. Ugh, I'll just go tomorrow.
Emma is just your average book loving, tea drinking, story writing, narcissistic millennial on an eternal quest for the perfect t-shirt. Ever since she picked up her first copy of Dolly when she was twelve, she always knew she wanted to work in magazines. She would describe herself as a bit of a hopeless romantic with an obsession for true crime and horror and a love for red wine, whiskey or a stiff gin and tonic. When she's not binge watching Netflix or buying things she can't afford online, she spends her weekends trawling through bookstores and eating her way through Brisbane.
“The best way to keep yourself on track is to not give yourself any other option!” say Aaron McAllister and Georgio Batsinillas when we ask how to stay motivated on our fitness journeys. This attitude is why we love FitazFK, the former athletes’ Insta-business. In 2015 the duo brought us Fitaz, a program consisting of a 28-minute workout for 28 days. Now, to help you get back into fitness mode and blitz your 2017 goals, they have launched FitazFK. This is an eight-week guide complete with diet plans, nutrition information and workouts to tackle health and fitness from every angle.
One of these angles is keeping motivated. This can become especially tough in the colder months, as we turn to comfort food on the couch instead of a sweat session. For this reason, FitazFK informs customers of healthy versions of their favourite guilty pleasure foods, such as potato bake and mac and cheese. If that’s not reason enough to jump on board, what is? And as for how to get moving on a chilly afternoon when you’ve had a long day at the office, McAllister and Batsinillas suggest keeping in mind how you’ll feel once you’ve reached your fitness aim.
“On the days you really just don’t feel like training, revise your goals and remember why you train. What is the end goal? How will you feel when you achieve your goal? Visualise what it will look like and how you will feel. If all else fails, try having a green tea or a coffee and get out there! Like Nike says, just do it!” say McAllister and Batsinillas.
If you’ve ever been guilty of using your busy life as an excuse to neglect your fitness, FitazFK will solve that problem too. The eight-week guide still uses the 28-minute workouts popularised by the 28-day guide. All you need to do is dedicate less than thirty minutes per day to a solid, sweat-inducing exercise session. That’s pretty achievable, even for the busiest amongst us!
What better way to make it through the cold months than nourishing your body with delicious, healthy meals and warming up with a great workout? Kick your fitness goals, stay healthy during flu season, and as McAllister and Batsinillas say, “Make fitness a lifestyle without any obstacles.”
The new FitazFK 8 Week Guide is available online for $44 USD (approx. $57 AUD) for a limited time only. The guide is currently being used by global influencers such as Bianca Booth, Sabo Skirt founders Thessy & Yiota, and The Bachelor's Noni Janur.
Hanna Sloan is studying a Creative and Professional Writing degree at QUT. She grew up wanting to be either a writer or a professional dancer, or both. Nothing has changed. She is passionate about performance, fashion, and social progress, and is a confirmed #NastyWoman. Hanna is the proud curator of a shoe collection surpassing sixty pairs, and always thought Andie Anderson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was crazy for not wanting to write about shoes for a living. In her spare time Hanna can be found devouring a book or magazine, watching 'Friends' or asking her parents for Snapchats of the family’s two beagles.
It’s true that we’re all aspiring for a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. From clean eating diets, health retreats, vegan beauty essentials to all-natural cleaning products, many of us are on a quest to rid our lives of toxicity. Recently, we’ve been on the search for an online destination to meet our holistic needs, and we’re excited to announce that our hunt is officially over. We've discovered an online emporium that we had to share with you!
Introducing Everything Coconut & More, an Adelaide based health haven that carries a wide variety of coconut products, essential oils, diffusers, jewellery, skincare solutions and so much more.
While there’s been a multitude of superfood fads, think kale and goji berries; coconuts are the humble tropical fruit that for centuries people have gone loco for. They are not only a delicious alternative to flour, oil and sugar, but they're also a nourishing medicinal and beauty ingredient. It's without question that coconuts aren't just trending, in fact their versatility proves their popularity is here to stay.
Owner and founder of Everything Coconut & More, Kelly, 'LOVES' coconuts. She's passionate about living a low tox life and offering a platform so you can too. She prides herself in only providing the cleanest and finest products - that actually work. Every handpicked item is meticulously researched, tried and tested by Kelly and her family. This ensures you’re getting the highest quality remedies to help you make great and informed choices.
Whether it’s pure coconut water for your #InstaSmoothies or a cleansing nutty soap to ramp up your regime, if it’s made from the tropical fruit you’ll find it on Everything Coconut & More! However, it’s not only superfoods featured on the site, but also food to nourish your skin and soul.
They ship Australia wide, and most importantly, all products on the e-Store are Gluten, Dairy and GMO Free and contain no harmful ingredients, chemicals or preservatives.
Are you wanting to rid your vanity of hidden nasties? You’ll find rejuvenating green beauty alternatives to release your inner glow. The euphoric Aroma Necklaces are perfect for those sensitive to fragrances. Simply add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to the included disk for a statement and serene scent. Even your furry friends can indulge with delicious pet treats!
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A woman’s period can be a real pain to endure, figuratively and literally. Founder of subscription tampon service Liverpool St Siobhan Komander knows the struggle and has compiled a list of dos and don’t’s every woman can follow to get through the week without getting fired, dumped or arrested.
1. Eat the right foods – “It is oh-so-tempting to opt for pizza, chocolate and wine when we’re feeling flat and moody. However, you will feel far better if you increase your intake of natural foods, rich in anti-inflammatories such as tomatoes, berries, and nuts and magnesium such as bananas and leafy greens.”
2. Move – “Exercise is likely to be the last thing on your to-do list but some very light exercise during your period will actually improve your mood. Walking, yoga and swimming are all great ways to boost your endorphin levels. Avoid any heavy weights or hard cardio.”
3. Be kind to yourself – “Many women feel fat, bloated and generally awful during the week of their period. Bloating is part of the process and it’s important to remember this and realise you haven’t just gained 3kg for no rhyme or reason. Focus on how good you'll feel in a couple of days!”
4. Plan ahead and be prepared – “Most women have encountered the unpleasant ‘oops’ moment when their period arrives and they realise they forgot to stock up on supplies. I founded subscription service Liverpool St to eliminate this hassle altogether. We deliver tampons to women around Australia every month, ensuring they are never caught out.”
5. Give yourself a break – “Plan a treat for yourself that week. It could be a chance to meditate, a massage or a pamper sesh with a girlfriend.”
1. Make any important decisions – “As tempting as it may be, do not quit your job, dump your boyfriend or sell your house this week. In fact, don’t make any big decisions while you’re PMS-ing. Sleep on it and see how you feel the following week. What seemed like a disaster of epic proportions could be a mere hiccup.”
2. Give in to caffeine and alcohol – “If you increase your consumption of booze and coffee, it will actually cause blood vessels to constrict, meaning increased cramping – eek!”
3. Get dehydrated – “Do not reduce your water consumption because you're feeling bloated. Water is key to hydration and oxygenation and will help ease the nasty side effects you’re feeling.”
4. Forget you’re awesome! – “As they say, this too shall pass. It’s helpful to remember that every amazing female role model you have goes through this stuff. Yes, even Michelle Obama probably has her off days.”
5. Stay silent – “People don’t like talking about periods which makes mood swings ten times worse. You need to communicate with the important people in your life. Tell your boss why you can’t stop yawning, tell your partner why you’re snappy and tell your kids that Mummy isn’t her usual happy self and why.”
Thanks to our friends at www.liverpool.st for their tips.
The New Year has kicked off in full swing so let’s talk positive affirmations. Now before you start rolling your eyes, research published in the New York magazine, Science of Us, discusses the three main psychological benefits of positive thinking. Number one: focusing on what we value in our lives simply makes us feel good. Number two: they remind us of what we like about ourselves in hard times. And three: they broaden our understanding of our individual self-worth which helps regulate our emotions.
Here are 5 affirmations to start you off on a path to positivity. Write them down, stick them up on the wall, do whatever you need to make sure you see them – and say them – every single day.
This affirmation has been made popular by a book of the same name, written by famous Buddhist monk (and my own personal hero), Thich Nhat Hanh. No mud, no lotus reminds us that we can’t take the good without the bad. Lotus flowers grow from the mud, as do good things grow from bad. Say this when you’re feeling low or when things seem awful to remind yourself that nothing is permanent and it will always get better.
Often, we are too afraid to ask for the things we really want. Maybe it’s out of fear of appearing rude or overly demanding or maybe you think what you want is silly. Whatever the reason, failing to ask is the fastest way to personal disappointment. If you don’t ask, you’ll never have. Other people can’t give you what you need until you tell them and why shouldn’t you? It’s your life, you deserve to get what you want from it. Remember, the worst they can say is ‘no’.
If you’ve read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, you’d be familiar with this. If not, go read it right now, then come back to me. I’ll wait. You done? Okay, now you should know that nothing anyone does is because of you. You can’t control what anyone does. However, you can control how you react to what they do, and with that, you have so much power. Once you realise you can't take anything personally, you become invincible. There is nothing more freeing.
This is easier said than done. Life is full of things that we worry about daily. It’s important to figure out what’s worth stressing over and what’s not. Start organising your concerns by first letting go of what you can’t control. When you begin to worry about something, take a moment to stop and think. Can you take any steps to solve your worry? If you can, great! You no longer have anything to worry about. If you can’t, then it’s out of your hands and you should just let it go.
One thing that remains consistent in life is the ability to always make a choice. No matter what the situation, there’s always more than one choice and this applies to our feelings too. Choosing happiness isn’t easy. It requires a lot of patience and self-awareness. You must be mindful of when you’re getting angry or frustrated, and then make the conscious decision to stop. Reflect on what’s made you feel that way, and then let it go.
Words: Elizabeth Clinen
Elizabeth is a young mother, writer and editor living by the beach on the west coast of Australia. An aspiring polyglot, she is currently learning Russian and her life goal is to read War & Peace in its native language. Elizabeth prides herself on her voracious appetite for food and knowledge. She enjoys doing yoga, smelling good and being happy. You can usually find her in the sun, writing, reading or breastfeeding. Sometimes all at once.
It seems like we are on a never ending quest to pursue a happy, healthy life. Experts are often telling us the latest diet, exercise and relationship advice that will transform our wellbeing for the better. Yet the reality is we often go back to our old habits of eating a meatlovers pizza after following a strict vegan diet for 3 days, avoiding our Pilates class and succumb to the texts from that the player who we can’t seem to resist.
And while these habits often make us feel down on ourselves, they’re what make us human. However, there are subtle, not so obvious changes that you can make in your daily routine that will instantly improve your life. And we promise you’ll hardly notice you’re making them!
Here are 10 unobvious changes you can make for a healthier lifestyle.
We understand the struggle of staggering home after a night out when all you want to do is crawl into bed. And we must admit it’s lucky enough if we use a makeup wipe let alone complete our whole skincare routine after a night of drinks or a busy day. However, being slack in this department is doing a whole lot of harm to your skin, and even advancing the signs of aging!
Use an oil cleanser to begin removing your makeup, then follow up with a foam cleanser to remove any lingering traces. We promise you’ll feel clean, refreshed and your skin will be glowin’ in no time (and who can say no to that)!
Or your bestie for a quick catch up or weekly rant. Talking to someone you love increases endorphins, and as a result you’ll be beaming from ear to ear.
For obvious reasons.
If you haven’t already, seeing a therapist will help you get through the bad times and increase the good. Stigma associated to seeing a psychologist is now of the past. There is nothing more invigorating than getting issues off your chest in a confidential environment. And TBH, we all need a little rant every now and then.
It’s finally time to cleanse your relationships of toxic individuals. Whether that’s f*boys, frenemies or petty work drama, remind yourself you deserve loving, supportive relationships. Once you’ve made the cull we ensure you’ll attract a multitude of individuals who value your friendship and love.
We mean, she slays at everything! Style, dancing, music, success! But what we love the most is her confidence! When times get tough pump some Queen Bey and remind yourself that you’ve got this, because truthfully you do!
Stop putting off that holiday to Hawaii or that European escape! It’s time to start ticking off your bucket lists. If you have the money, put time in for your holidays and book that ticket! If you haven’t, start planning when it’s feasible for you to go and start saving. There’s no time like the present to explore the world.
We all have our vices, whether that’s chocolate, shopping or red wine. Ensure you treat yourself at least once a week. Get a facial, splurge on those shoes or enjoy a cupcake. You deserve it!
When our wardrobes are organised, our whole lives feel in check. Fair enough it feels like such a chore, but cleansing our wardrobes each season (or at least once a year) will help you feel calmer and will ensure your closet isn’t an explosion of unworn clothes, as much as you say to yourself you will wear them one day.
Every morning when you wake up tell yourself ‘today is going to be amazing’. We all have our off days, but by adjusting our mindset and changing negative thoughts to positive statements you’ll quickly radiate happiness. And there’s nothing healthier than that.
Isn’t it ridiculous that when we were 16 we were pining for the days we would be a proper, successful adult? Yet here we are on the other side of 25 (the one where hangovers seem to last for four days), and with the golden age of 30 on the horizon (we seriously need sunglasses from the glare of the sun) it’s made us realise that maybe you actually never feel like a real, proper adult.
This has inspired us to think about all the things our younger selves thought we’d have achieved by the age of 30. And what a shock it is! Here are 13 things we always thought we’d have conquered by the age of 30, and that not achieving these goals doesn't define us!
And that this doesn’t just magically happen. Building or buying our own home has always been the dream. We can design the layout however we want, not live with the fear of never getting our bond back (where can we hang our latest Kerrie Hess piece?) and having a space that is totally ours. Yet, the reality is buying your own home is a lot of work. It’s years of saving, mortgages and hard work. There’s some amazing rental spaces out there (where you can actually hang things on the walls and have pets), and if you continue to work towards buying your own home we’re sure you’ll achieve this goal.
We’re guilty of stressing over the fact that we’d be happily married or in a long-term relationship well before the age of 30. Yet, the truth is with the #GirlBoss mentality that our generation has, we’ve seemed to make our careers our number one priority. It’s true that a relationship doesn’t define who we are, and if it’s something we really want it will happen. Our mister right is out there.
There’s something about the thought of having children that is incredible. Yet, the reality is almost too scary for us to handle. Being responsible for a child is a big responsibility, ok! And we take our hats off to all the parents out there who are doing an amazing job!
Yep, this feeling never seems to really go away. While we love our careers and generally love our lives, it’s always the unknown, the multitude of opportunities and our sense of adventure that keeps us wondering how we can push the boundaries. How else can we find happiness?
Eating macaroons at the Louvre in Paris, climbing Pichu Pichu in Peru, throwing ourselves into the Japanese culture- travelling the globe is definitely one goal that the majority of us have on our bucket lists. Feeling like a failure for not travelling as much as you’d dreamed is a joke! We have so many years ahead of you, so let’s make those dreams our reality.
To some, being organised and tidy just seems to be natural. Yet, for those of us who are organised in a different type of way (aka these Neat Freak’s definition of chaos) staying on top of our housework can be a real problem. How did our parents make it look so effortless? They don’t say adult struggles for nothing, right?
They say organisation is next to Godliness, and for those who always end up in an unorganised mess can understand how difficult being organised can be. The truth is, organisation takes practice and it’s never too late to start learning. You’ll feel relieved and relaxed knowing you’re not forgetting anything important.
And stop going out almost every Saturday night. Some of us are just born party animals...
When you think about an adult’s diet, how many of us picture super healthy, clean meals for breakfast, lunch and tea? While it’s important to eat quality meals, you’ve always got to treat yo’self.
Ok, we admit that with 30 years under our belts we feel like we’ve found the secret to dressing for our body shape. Yet that doesn’t mean that sometimes we slip up, especially when the latest trends are involved. Fashion is made to experiment with, right?
And that we’d stop trying to come up with countless excuses to skip that weekly Pilates class...
We hope that everyone out there is happy within their job, yet sometimes doing the same thing each and every day can be tiring. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to experiment with different occupations to find what we truly love. You can never have too much knowledge, right?
And if this isn’t happening, major change is needed! It’s important to take time out, switch off our phones and escape the stress of everyday life. Treat yourself to a massage, facial or even manicure at least once a week. When you’re feelin’ good life is good!
What we’re saying is 30 is the new 20, but with more sophistication, wisdom and drive. Don’t let your reperceived thoughts of what 30 should be get you down. We’re fabulous, fun and ready to slay whatever our age!
There’s never been a better time to blast your music, hit up the gym and switch up your diet! And while it’s easy to make healthy resolutions to, following through with them sometimes can be a totally different journey.
Katie Isabelle Martin wants to let you in on the secret to making these healthy swap and sticking to them for the rest of your life! So what’s the secret? We’ll give you a hint, they’re all so easy they can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life.
Here’s the 6 healthy tips to try out in 2017.
Fill your smoothie with lots of green veggies and fruits! It helps to detox the body, keep skin clear and fresh, aids healthy digestion and fuel your body with long-lasting energy for the big day ahead.
Try and pull your head out of the study books for a little while. Go out for a walk in the fresh air with the dog, or go for a swim at the local pool with the kids. Keeping the body moving for 30 minutes a day is ALL we need. It's achievable and maintainable!
We all have that sweet tooth and raw desserts are far more nutritious and wholesome for us. Don't get freaked out by the thought of avocado mousse - I promise you'll love it! Raw desserts are all about fooling the palette AND they are far more filling than your regular refined sugary desserts. Less is more. Best thing is, it will keep those inches off your waistline as they're completely guilt-free! So, indulge away.
If you think that exercising with weights will just make you strong and buff, you thought wrong! Weight training is actually very important for women; it burns fat and stimulates our metabolism. You burn calories doing weights. You even CONTINUE to burn the elevated calories for a significant amount of time after. Weight training keeps your bones strong and is actually a preventative measure for osteoporosis. Plus, it relieves stress, releases endorphins and radically improves your posture. Have I convinced you yet? Let's go and do some squats!
Whether you're starting out on a new or transitioned fitness journey, or you're a fitness fanatic, keep yourself a food diary. Not only does it allow you to put everything in perspective but it helps keep you accountable to your goals. If you have a trainer, friend or partner, get them to cross check it every now and then to make sure you're still on track. Don't forget to reward yourself!
It is so important to keep a healthy and balanced mindset - particularly when you are on a new fitness journey - because it is very easy to lose motivation. Stop, think, breathe and rebalance your thoughts. Seek out inspiration and pin it on your walls. Instill confidence, positivity and welcome good energy into your life; it will radiate and translate into those around you. You are full of greatness and are more capable than you think. Say it and believe it!
ABOUT KATIE ISABELLE MARTIN
Katie Isabelle Martin has been in the health and fitness industry from a very young age, starting her first dancing, acting and singing classes when she was only 7 years old.
Katie has set up her own organisation called The Healthy Beauty Movement which is centred around redefining beauty and rebuilding strong foundations of positive body image and self worth. She aims to encourage young women to follow the lead of compassionate, inspiring women who also lead active, healthy & organic lifestyles. Katie wants to share this message with as many women as she can.
It’s been a big year for body positivity! We’ve had scandals, controversy, and inspiration. So let’s take a look at some of 2016’s most controversial and important body positivity lessons.
Kim Kardashian West certainly hasn’t had an easy year. Back before her terrifying ordeal in Paris, Kimmy posted a nude selfie with two strategically placed black bars. Twitter blew up as a result, and while some people were telling Kim she looked like #goals, many more were body shaming her. Despite being told her pic was inappropriate, Kim refused to apologise and even posted another saucy snap! We adore Kim’s bravery and self-love for appreciating her gorgeous bod and refusing to back down. Being confident enough to say you’re proud of your body is what body positivity is all about!
Modern Family star Ariel Winter is an adult now, which is something fans seem to be struggling with. After the backlash and nastiness she faced for a bikini pic last year, we hoped Ariel might be left alone, especially after she clapped back at the haters! But they tried to tear her down again this year after she wore a cleavage-revealing dress to her high school graduation party. This queen slayed with her epic response, Tweeting “I looked HOT in that dress. And if you hate it, don't buy it.” And she did look hot! We also loved how she defended Kim in the midst of her nude selfie controversy. Solidarity and love are what drive the body positivity movement, and we love to see celebs sticking together.
Taryn Brumfitt, founder of The Body Image Movement, produced a documentary titled Embrace. She began her journey to self-love after posting a before and after photo. The “before” was Taryn as a fitness model in a bodybuilding competition. The “after” was a much happier Taryn, embracing her curves and cellulite and learning to love the body she has. So why was this controversial? Taryn faced backlash for the photos, with people saying she looked better before and should be ashamed of herself for “getting fat”. Hello, people, missing the point! Luckily Taryn received so much support and so many messages that she embarked on the Embrace journey to bring the The Body Image Movement to the world.
Calvin Klein’s “Perfectly Fit” campaign was actually released in 2014, featuring model Myla Dalbesio, who was at the time a US size 10 (Australian 14). However, this year the image made the rounds with the words “Calvin Klein’s first plus size model” stamped on it. CK actually didn’t use the words “plus size” to refer to Dalbesio. It didn’t matter, though – the company faced backlash for the use of “plus size” to describe a normal, healthy woman, which can be extremely damaging to girls and women. It was definitely a wake-up call for the fashion industry to be more inclusive of women of all sizes, and redefine plus size so that the average woman does not begin to think her body is “plus”.
With the scandals, inspirations and boss girls fighting back, we are sure 2016 pushed the body positivity movement forward, and we love it! Everyone should love and care for the body they have. So post that selfie girl, and #slaykween.
Ladies, get ready to kick up your heels because party season is upon us! And you know what that means. Drinks, work Christmas parties, family dinners, barbecues on the beach, and hungover days eating hash browns and watching Christmas movies. Unfortunately, this can be a tough time of year for those of us who aren’t easily motivated to get moving.
So how do we keep up with all the fun and stay driven on the path to #bodygoals? Try some of our tips to keep on track.
A brand new exercise outfit is sometimes all it takes to get you in the mood for a sweat session! You’ll be eager to try out the new gear and you’ll feel like you’ve earned it once you’ve worked out.
Take advantage of the variety of workouts on offer through ClassPass and try something you’ve always wanted to. That way you’re getting out and exercising, but you’re not stuck in the same boring routine. You could even meet new workout buddies!
By all means, enjoy yourself at the social gatherings that abound at this time of the year. But instead of indulging in rich, sugary treats like Nutella shots and creamy cocktails, get your sweet fix a tad more naturally through the fruity cocktails and drinks without soft drink mixers.
Get the best workouts and fitness tips from the app of your choice. The more interested you are in the app and exercises, the more invested you’ll be in your own fitness journey.
Dedicate a Pinterest board to fitness, complete with motivational quotes and workout guides. Then jump on Instagram and follow a bunch of fitspo blogs. You’ll be raring to go in no time! It’s even better when the ones blogging are ordinary people who turned their fitness around. It inspires us because we know we can do it too! You don’t have to be a personal trainer to have your dream body.
It’s totally okay to indulge at one or two Christmas parties. It’s even expected. So don’t get down on yourself, but don’t lose motivation either. In your down time between social events, stick to eating healthily and treating your body like the temple it is. That way the party season won’t affect your #goals as much as you’d think!
Words: Hanna Sloan
What would be a holiday without a little indulgence in foods we wouldn’t normally treat ourselves to at home? While this is perfectly normal, it is also easy to go overboard and come home feeling worse for wear. The key to most things in life is balance, and of course you should treat yourself to novelty foods while on vacation but also stay in control of your health.
We spoke to Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador, to get her top tips for travelling and maintaining good health.
While packing active gear in your holiday suitcase isn’t always the first thing that pops into mind, it serves as a great reminder to stay healthy and fit. To boost your motivation to exercise while travelling, bring your favourite active wear and some comfortable (but equally stylish) sneakers. A yoga mat or a skipping rope is also a good idea.
Be strategic with your choice of accommodation and where possible, opt for hotels that come with a gym or swimming pool. Having these facilities accessible will encourage you to keep up your fitness regime on the go. Now you can indulge in that bread basket or daily gelato, guilt free!
If you can’t find a hotel with a gym, transform your room into a fitness zone. Commit to a set routine every day, whether it’s lunges, squats, wall sits or a core workout. Even 15 minutes a day of exercise can make a big difference to how you feel.
One of the best things you can do to fight jet lag is to get moving. Upon checking into your hotel, resist the urge to go for a nap. Rather, head outside for a walk to stretch your limbs, get the blood pumping and to breath in some fresh air. This will help to revitalise and reset your body clock.
There’s no better way to get to know a new city than by foot. Take in the sights by joining a walking tour. You’ll get to immerse yourself in the new surroundings, absorb local knowledge and slot in some exercise – multitasking at its best! If you’re heading to an island destination like Fiji, keep your days busy with outdoor or adventure activities like swimming, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing.
Depending on where you’re going, you can’t always guarantee there will be healthy food options easily accessible. Research health food shops in your destination ahead of time so you arrive prepared. If you’re out sightseeing and spot a local supermarket, head inside and buy some fruit to have in your hotel fridge. Alternatively, pack some healthy snacks from home such as trail mix, brown rice crackers or seaweed.
Whether you’re lusting over pasta in Italy or croissants in France, make a point of picking one treat food a day and nothing more. Holidays are meant for pleasures, but balance is key. Avoid eating too much deep-fried or battered food. Rather, opt for steamed, roasted, grilled or boiled options.
Info from Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador.
Phillipa Steele is based in Fiji but for 6 months of the year, Phillipa is travelling to New York, Paris, Australia and Switzerland.
There is something about spring that makes us want to undergo a complete lifestyle overhaul. Throughout winter it’s easy to give into our favourite comfort foods and spend our leisure time on the couch. The best way to kick start your spring wellbeing journey is to give your body a complete reboot. The Beauty Chef, Carla Oates, has shared with us her top tips for giving your body a gentle spring clean that will leave you feeling invigorated and energised.
When it comes to cleansing your body, nothing flushes your system as effectively as good old H2O. Just make sure it is pure and filtered so you’re not replacing one toxin with another.
Beauty begins in the belly and a great way to cleanse the body is to eliminate processed food, wheat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, yeast, processed meats and sugar for at least a week or two (and if possible reduce consumption ongoing for better health and wellbeing).
To maximise your cleanse and give your body extra support, take a supplement that contains cleansing herbs, liver supporting ingredients and natural probiotics, such as The Beauty Chef CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder. This inner beauty powder contains cleansing herbs, vitamins, minerals, fibre and natural prebiotics and probiotics to support both your liver and your immune health, nourish your body from the inside and put you on the path to radiant skin.
While we’re all busy being stylish #GIRLBOSSES, at times with the demands of life it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. With numerous deadlines, hectic schedules and the non-stop nature of today’s workplaces no wonder we’re especially inclined to feel stressed at work.
Here are our 9 tips to avoiding stress in the workplace as feeling anxious is one trend we’re not coveting in this lifetime, thanks.
They say organisation is next to godliness, and if you’ve ever felt the stress of an unorganized wardrobe, you can only imagine how stressful an unorganized desk can be in a professional environment. Not only will an organised desk help you clear your mind and look incredible (who else has a Pinterest board of desk inspo?), but you’ll also prevent that stress of sifting through papers before that important meeting. Win, win!
Who else has completely pulled apart their wardrobes because they could swear that fringed skirt is in there somewhere? If you haven’t got a set dress code for work deciding on what to wear to the office can set anyone over the edge. Our rule of dressing for the work is to always opt for smart, chic items. Deciding the night before and having everything prepped for the morning not only eliminates unnecessary worry, but you’ll have a few minutes’ spare for an extra lay in.
It almost hurts us to say this, but opting for comfortable flats over sky-high heels can make the world of difference to our emotions. When you feel comfortable you can think and work efficiently. If you can hardly walk to your desk, and are complaining about sore toes, you can bet the majority of your brain power is going to go to that and not your work which, you guessed it, can result in unnecessary stress! If you can’t bear to part with your beloved heels, ensure you have worn them in properly before setting a toe into the office.
It sounds simple, but it’s one tip that the majority of us avoid. Having a break not only gives us a moment to recharge our batteries, but they actually help to eliminate pressure and makes us more proactive for the rest of the day. Bonus points if you get the chance to step out of the office and soak up some much needed Vitamin D.
Whether you need to write everything down, or you’re more of a visual worker, discovering a way to help you keep organised will help you calm down. Physically writing down your to do list, or scheduling tasks in your Google calendar will help you stay on top of your game and prevent you from forgetting even minor things.
We understand that staying on top of your emails can be difficult when you receive 100 plus a day, but nothing can compare to that feeling of an empty Inbox at the end of the day.
We wouldn’t be lying when we say that the majority of us run off a caffeine heavy diet. To be honest, our brains don’t seem to function properly unless we have our 2 morning coffees (yep, you read the right 2). However, an over indulgence of caffeine can be linked to higher levels of anxiety. To balance this out, ensure you are eating a well-rounded diet and are getting plenty of sleep. You might even find that you only need one coffee in the morning.
If you know you have a hectic week scheduled filled with deadlines and events, make sure you take the time to prepare and look after yourself. If you feel the inklings of stress deal with it before the break down occurs. Whether that’s recognising your time management is letting you down, or if arriving to work 10 minutes earlier well help limit your anxiety levels, identifying the stress before you feel the full impact of it will lessen its intensity.
Music is incredible for its stress reducing qualities. Listening to uplifting music at work not only helps our moods, but even belting out a tune (or a subtle hum or foot tap) helps to eliminate pressure.
Ultimate fitness guru, Bec Wilcock has shared with us some key tips to kick starting a fitness change along with how to live healthy, lean and fit. She's also revealed the best exercises for killer abs, a toned booty and more.
Are you ready to be on your way to happy, healthier you? Then keep reading because this interview is for you!
BW: Firstly, don’t give into fad diets! When humans restrict themselves of food it makes us think we deserve reward - which creates binging habits. People need to educate themselves on nutrition and choose to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. If you’re unsure what your body needs, see a professional nutritionist or naturopath for more information and develop a program that is specifically structured towards your personal needs.
Also, find out what motivates you and don’t be too hard on yourself. Summer bodies don’t happen overnight – they take effort, consistency and sustainable healthy lifestyle changes.
BW: Bad technique! This causes injuries and reduces the benefits of your workout. You can avoid this by asking for help when you’re not 100% sure on what muscles you’re meant to be working and /or what the movement actually is… Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
BW: Having participated in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival for the past 5 years, I am thrilled to be an ambassador for this year’s event! What I love the most about the festival is the energy of a whole community coming together and using exercise as a way to help people. By running you are not only helping yourself by getting fit – you’re helping other people by raising money. Plus, when else do you get to run over the Harbour Bridge without traffic?!
BW: Believe in yourself, try new things and don’t let fear stop you!
BW: Weighted reverse lunge with weight, single leg squats and a dumbbell step up with knee drive.
BW: V snaps! Killer ab workout.
BW: Sugar!! It’s addictive.
BW: Because they can’t stop scrolling! Haha (half true).
Getting started is the hardest part of training. Even if you’re feeling motivated and inspired by others, you could still be confused on where the right place to start is!? This stops you from taking action on your initial motivation thoughts.
Visit Run.Blackmores.com.au for tips and tricks on how Blackmores can keep you running.
Thanks to the rise of the Athleisure trend, we’re no strangers to working Sports Luxe into our daily wardrobe. But this summer, prove that you’re not just a poser, take full advantage of your activewear and transform into a fitness machine with Blueprint Health and Fitness.
Winter was the perfect excuse to rug up, hibernate and avoid anything that includes going out into the cold - exercise included. But now as the warmer months’ roll in, getting back into the habit of regularly working out can be a real struggle.
Blueprint Health and Fitness is Brisbane’s answer to helping you kick start your health journey and obtaining your beach body in time for your summer holiday. Set with the mission to whip the City into shape, Head Trainer, Craig Bridgland and his team of elite Trainers will help you reach your health and fitness goals.
When embarking on a wellbeing voyage, it’s easy to be intimidated by the array of diets and workouts available. This is something that the Blueprint team is passionate about avoiding. Everyone can leave their insecurities at the door because they pride themselves on welcoming anyone who has ever felt disappointed by gyms, boot camps and personal training to try their services, and see the difference.
With a wide range of services including boot camps, personal training, nutrition plans and 12 week challenges, with Blueprint Health and Fitness you’ll have a healthy, toned physique all year round. Plus, their no sign up fees, lock-in contracts or cancellation fees - gives them a desirable edge of being completely risk free.
If you’re after a challenge in a group environment and love the great outdoors, you can’t go past their boot camps. Occurring throughout the week at the CBD Botanical Gardens and Kangaroo Point, you’ll be working up a sweat and going beyond your limits in a supportive atmosphere. Whether you love to start or end your day with a high intensity workout, are wanting to escape the office for a sneaky lunch-time power session or prefer weekends, we can guarantee that there is a class time that will fit into your schedule.
If you are after a tailored workout or training for a specific goal, then personal training is the option for you. Operating out of a private personal training studio in the heart of the CBD, everyone can get their brightly-coloured, gym runners in the fitness door. Options include personalized one-on-one sessions, train with a friend in their two-on-one sessions or get the whole crew together and join their small group sessions.
Wanting to build team morale in your workplace? Then the corporate boot camp is your answer in the comfort of an air-conditioned studio.
Blueprint also offers tailored nutritional plans to suit your specific tastes and goals, you’ll see the results you’ve been pining for sooner than you thought possible.
So what are you waiting for? Kick start your transformation today with Blueprint Health and Fitness. Contact Head Trainer, Craig Bridgland by phone on 0405 991 241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information follow them on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat @blueprinthandf.
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You’ve just dragged yourself home. It’s been a huge day at the office and you’re exhausted. The last thing you feel like is a sweaty workout.
We’ve all been there, and we all know how easy it is to just fall onto the couch and stay there until bed time. Lazy nights are great, but exercising has a plethora of benefits too. So here’s how to get off your butt and get it moving.
Jump on Instagram and find and follow as many fitness blogs as you can. Whether it be trainers with guides like Kayla Itsines or women documenting their own fitness journeys, get on there and get as inspired as you can. Pinterest is great too, because you can start a fitness board and fill it with dedicated images, workout circuits and inspiring words. You’ll have workout tips literally in the palm of your hand as you smash it out!
It’s true – having an exercise buddy forces you to work out on days when if you were alone you might forgo it. Having someone to meet up with means that bailing would be letting them down. Get closer to a friend from work or use the time for catching up with your crazy-busy bestie! Having someone by your side can actually make you work harder too, as you’ll encourage each other and be determined to keep up. Or win. Who, me, competitive? Not at all...
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If you know you have a workout planned for later, don’t binge on heavy foods like potatoes, bread or pasta. Don’t get me wrong, I love my carbs! But a mound of spag bol never made anyone keen for the gym. Have a wrap packed with salad and a protein, or a handful of nuts. A more fun version of the old celery stick-dip combo is to use long slices of raw capsicum. Snacks to energise you will stop you from feeling sluggish, which can put you off working out.
Does your fitness goal seem overwhelming or impossible? Just break it down into smaller, more manageable mini-goals. Instead of aiming to lose six kilos in a month, try for one per week, which is realistic, plus you’re less likely to gain a huge lump back if you fall off the wagon for a week or two. Or try to just increase your distance, workout length or exercise difficulty in small increments each day. You’ll be amazed at your progress in a month’s time!
If you’re dressed for exercise, you’re more likely to get active. No, not athleisure – throw on your actual workout gear. Not only is it vaguely uncomfortable to laze around in high-impact sports bras or tightly laced running shoes, but no one wants to take off their workout gear knowing they never got to the workout part. You’ll look the part, and a switch will flip in your brain that tells you it’s go time.
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Don’t just tell yourself you HAVE to get in shape or that you need to punish your body for bingeing on chocolates while watching The Bachelor. If you change the way you think about exercise – hard to do but possible with perseverance – you’ll start to see it as something you are doing for yourself. Tell yourself you are treating your body to some endorphins, or rejuvenating your skin by breaking out in a cleansing sweat. Make it seem like a treat to your body and motivation will follow!
If doing the same old workout every day is what’s draining your motivation, shake things up a bit. Try out a salsa dancing class to shake and shimmy yourself fit. Go to a Bikram yoga session to get your blood flowing and raise a sweat. Try Barre Body or a similar ballet-pilates blend to make you feel graceful, toned and strong from your core. For a full-body workout that is fun and amazing for strength, try a pole class. Whatever sounds fun and interesting to you, give it a go. If you associate exercise with fun, you’re more likely to keep it up!
Words: Hanna Sloan
The concept of being a vegetarian used to be straight forward. Eat everything but meat. Simple.
But today, there’s about 101 variations of the diet - and it has become a little confusing.
From the ones who only eat fish (pescetarian), or those who eat dairy but no meat (lacto ovo) - more and more people are having a crack at cutting animal products from their every day. And I’m one of them.
About 2 years ago, I fell into the grey area of being a “sometimes” vegetarian - better known as the fauxgetarian.
While I love my meat, and don’t even get me started on cheese, I saw a problem with consuming animal based products during every meal. I attempted the Vegan diet once with dismal results.
From wastage, personal health problems, and personal concerns about how cattle and poultry were being farmed after watching several hard hitting documentaries - I decided to cut down on my meat and fish consumption.
Basically, I altered my diet so that 80% of my week was made up of plant based products. The other 20% meant I could enjoy a piece of organic steak, free range organic chicken or ethically caught fish.
As a fauxgetarian, meat was no longer a daily dose of protein - it became a celebration.
For the 3 times a week I allowed myself a home made chicken schnitzel or a pulled-pork slider, every mouthful was recognised and savoured. The diet not only changed my view on food, it changed my appreciation as well.
I guess I’ve always been a bit of a fauxgetarian. When I was younger, I wouldn't eat any food that came on a bone as it would make my stomach turn.
I loved chicken nuggets and meatballs, because I couldn’t tell where they’d actually come from. But pork and bacon? I don’t think so. Who’d be ok with eating ‘Babe’?
But over time, I slowly began to introduce more and more meat into my diet. And living with a Greek, meant that every easter I was forced (hardly) to savour a lamb on the spit. It was love at first bite, and before I knew it - I’d become a hardcore carnivore!
But after doing some hard ground work in the realm of organic produce and living sustainably whilst researching items to sell in my online ethical retail store Socielle, I began to think hard about the real consequence my meat eating addiction was having on the world – and it was not a good one.
Now, you’re probably wondering why someone would cut down on something they love so much. Well, the theory behind the diet (or lifestyle rather) is that if the world switched back to having meat as a ‘sometimes food’, your health, wellbeing and even global pollution would change in a positive way.
The more I subscribed to sites like Peta and Animals Australia, the more concerned I became about the idea of eating meat, eggs and dairy. According to a report by the Worldwatch institute, 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock and their by-products across the globe.
The recent obsession with the Paleo diet could also be a hindrance to our planet. For those of you who haven’t been swept up by the diet celebrity chef Pete Evans advocates on a daily basis - here’s a crash course. The Paleo diet is heavily meat based, and therefore can see consumption increase significantly. Typically, someone on this diet will have protein at least 2-3 times per day.
With Australia having some of the biggest number of meat and seafood lovers in the world, could this be the reason why we're now the globe's largest animal product consumers according to the OECD? The UN report indicated that from 2015, we are consuming a whopping 90kg of meat per person every year.
Now I am sure that our (paleo) ancestors weren’t slaughtering animals anywhere near as much as we are today. As hunters and gatherers they made up their diet with a much better balance of plant to meat based ratios, and really celebrated the times they were able to eat meat after a successful day of hunting. As for waste, they consumed the carcass from head to toe.
The popularity of veganism has boomed in Australia, meaning substitute products to help those of us who just "can't give up" meat products is more accessible than ever before. From nut milks, flax meal, tofu, mushroom mince and even cashew cheese, we’re living in a world where we almost don't have any excuse NOT to be vegan or vegetarian.
As a fauxgetarian, I may sound like a hypocrite. But by filtering meat occasionally into my diet, I'm getting the best of both worlds - without missing out on the meals I love.
Campaigns like ‘Meat-Free Monday’ have been a positive step in taking a realistic approach on reducing meat consumption. By having one day off animal products, people are having a positive impact on saving the planet and stopping cruelty to animals at the same time.
What we need is a change of mindset, back to the times when our ancestors would celebrate with a feast of a beast; eating it head to tail and ensuring nothing is wasted.
Instead of eating meat every day, it’s time to cut back and minimise our waste. Treat meat like it is something victorious that should be savoured. Imagine a world where we could cut down on livestock pollution by up to 50% just by limiting our consumption to 3 or 4 meals a week.
But being a fauxgetarian should be a way of life extending beyond your diet into all that you do. I buy vegan cosmetics, plant based products, avoid leather based items wherever possible and wouldn’t even consider a fur vest.
I know I will cast a divide amongst most of you, because we all know the mere mention of ‘vegetarian’ or ‘animal cruelty’ causes an eye roll. But by implementing a ‘fauxgetarian’ diet - it’s a start into making the world a better place. You don’t need to miss out - just minimise.
For more details on becoming a ‘fauxgetarian’, sample recipes and a meal planner - visit www.fauxgetarian.com.
To shop a range of ethical and earth friendly items visit www.socielle.co.
Words: Rechelle Coombes
Your body truly is a temple, in more ways than one. It is the beautiful vehicle you have been given to travel and enjoy life in, so it’s only natural that you should nurture, love and worship it.
After my second baby was born I was left with abdominal separation, a saggy tummy, two hernias and very painful knees. Having had such a healthy and active lifestyle throughout both my pregnancies and in between with Barre Body, it was a real shock to not feel strong or fit.
I understand how hard we can be on ourselves (us women especially), and it’s time to shift this thinking and begin embracing ourselves and our bodies. Here are my 7 tips to loving your body.
First and most importantly, move your body every single day. Even if it is just for 10 or 20 minutes, move your lovely body. Once you get started, you’ll want to keep going for longer and you’ll find you enjoy yourself (trust me, it’s true). Exercise releases feel good endorphins, so you’ll get an extra mood boost too.
It’s so much easier to have motivation when you find a style of exercise or a workout studio that you love. Of course I recommend you try Barre Body. It’s a body-loving, self-kindness environment that will support you to really enjoy working out. However, you need to find a different exercise that you truly love so I recommend you have a go at different routines until you find something that fits.
My manifesto when it comes to eating (such an integral part of body love and acceptance) comes from my favourite nutrition book, Food Rules by Michael Pollan. A quote that’s stuck with me is, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Meaning, you should eat whole foods rather than processed foods, you should eat moderate portions and eat mindfully, and you should eat a primarily plant-based diet. I just love this. It’s so simple and so true. I also believe that you should eat with love – eat pizza or chocolate (not too much) and make it a self-loving experience without any guilt.
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Be grateful for this magical, beautiful, healthy body you have been given. Even on the days when my knees were at their worst, I was grateful that I could get out of bed and still move around. What a gift our precious body and state of health is. Try to shift your focus from what you don’t like into what you do. We spend so much time and negative energy on hating certain things about ourselves, but by becoming aware of this self-talk we can consciously stop it.
Just let go. The very energy of letting go is much more conducive to losing weight than a tightly held belief like “I have to lose weight.” We all know what we need to do to be healthy, but instead, we seem to become obsessed with counting calories. This is certainly not going to support your journey to wellness and loving your body. So let go of these beliefs and work on what makes you feel heathy.
It’s simple, buy new clothes that fit your body now, not the body you think you want or used to have.
Because you deserve it, and it will give you the motivation to workout and show off your new active wear wardrobe.
Written by Emma Seibold.
How often have you made resolutions to ramp up your fitness and nutrition routine for summer, only to find the temptations of comfort food and Netflix too great to resist? It’s time to clear your movie calendar and kick start your health journey, because the Winter Wellness Workshop by Unrefined Health and Wellness is one event that will ignite a lifestyle change.
Founded by Emma Tarrant, Unrefined Health and Wellness is Brisbane’s leading health and fitness hub who specialises in creating an experience that not only promotes physical wellbeing but a positive mindset.
Tarrant's holistic approach and goal to educate others about the benefits of a balanced life puts her at the industry's forefront. Rather than individually focusing on fitness, nutrition, or mental health, Tarrant believes that combining all of these areas will help achieve optimal results.
Feeling physically fit and having a great mind space is never out of style. That's why we're excited to share this golden gem with you. Unrefined Health and Wellness' Winter Wellness Workshop will motivate and inspire you to be your very best - just in time for summer!
Join them on Saturday, 23rd July, 2016 at Spring Hill where you will have the opportunity to learn what foods you should be eating to boost your immune system, improve allergy symptoms with a healthy gut and how to incorporate herbs and spices into meals to speed up healing time. You'll also learn how to cook dishes with medicinal properties to help reduce symptoms during cold and flu season, plus you'll be able to indulge in a little taste test! If you have any questions, Unrefined Health and Wellness' Director, Emma Tarrant will also be hosting a Q&A on nutrition, wellness and mental health.
Alongside this comprehensive workshop, they continue to breathe fresh air into the repetitive nature of the gym life. Bootcamp classes are hosted in the great outdoors! You will use your own bodyweight, weights, kettlebells, ropes, tyres, med balls and more to keep your body guessing! With classes running weekly you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded people all while having a blast.
"I am a big believer that health shouldn’t be hard; it should be an enjoyable process and it is most definitely a journey in which you are constantly learning about yourself," says Tarrant.
A positive, encouraging environment for everyone to reach their health goals is something that Tarrant is passionate about creating. With their range of services available you can choose from personal training sessions, nutritional and goal-setting consultations - proving it's never too early or too late to be all you can be.
New members to Unrefined Health and Wellness will receive a complimentary session with Tarrant to voice their goals and why they’re wanting to undergo a health and wellness transformation. Throughout their journey, members have regular check-ins to ensure they are on the right path to obtaining a well-balanced life both physically and mentally.
Date: Saturday 23rd of July, 2016.
Time: 10am to 12pm.
Location: The Happiness Hub, 1/10 Albion Rd, Albion QLD 4010.
This sponsored post is proudly endorsed by Fashion Weekly.
Gone are the days when a 'bikini body' was a carefully curated physique we all slaved away to cultivate before summer crept around the corner. Finally, we have come to the realisation that anyone can (and should) wear a bikini, thank you very much.
The fashion industry (and the entire world for that matter) has undergone a recent, radical paradigm shift and the sketch of the 'ideal' female physique has been completely scrapped and re-drawn.
Over the years, we have been presented with a vast range of predominately unobtainable (and frankly unhealthy) images of the perfect body. From scary skinny supermodels such as Kate Moss to impossibly curvaceous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, young girls have always been encouraged to alter their bodies in order to feel beautiful.
However, the new age supermodel is rather about a healthy, fit physique to aspire to. Instead of starving themselves, girls are encouraged to hit the gym and aim to change their lifestyles, not just their bodies.
Designers all over the globe have jumped on board this fantastic new initiative and are refusing to hire the overly gaunt young models that were once so highly coveted. The industry is not only promoting beauty, but health, and we couldn't be happier about it.
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Despite this emphasis on health and fitness, as a culture we’re more accepting of everyone's differing lifestyle choices and corresponding physiques.
Dresses do not simply come in sizes 0, 2 and 4 any more. We are slowly breaking down stereotypes and celebrating beauty at every size.
Of course, we all still feel the sometimes insurmountable pressure to look like the prototypical, beautiful girl, but body positivity is no longer the responsibility of the industry. It is up to us to embrace our bodies, bumps and all and be confident in our own skin.
Body positivity is a necessary quality for every strong, young woman battling it out in our ever changing society. No one can predict what weight, height, hair colour or clothing will be desirable 10 years from now. But we can control our opinion of ourselves. Be confident, be positive and be proud of your body; you are beautiful.
Words: Sophie Catsoulis
Ahh, winter. We love the break you give us from the sweltering heat (especially here in Brisbane), and you give us an excuse to rug up, stay home and eat all the comfort food we can imagine. However, with winter comes the countless excuses as to why we don’t need to exercise. It’s too cold to go for a run. Who needs a bikini body in winter anyways? Sound familiar? Here’s our top 10 tracks to get you in the exercise mood this winter.
Yep, we’re still not over the surprise drop of Queen Bey’s album, Lemonade. There’s something about this track that just makes us feel so fierce. When summer rolls around you won’t be sorry for working it!
It’s a golden classic, and will get you through the toughest of squats. Just think of Azalea’s enviable booty as you’re work, work, working on your sh*t.
UK girl band, Little Mix, have definitely been making waves within Australia of late, with their hits Hair and Secret Love Song being played on the Australian radios non stop. This track isn’t as well known, but we can guarantee it’ll be the next Little Mix hit!
Ok, we admit that Beyoncé is our number one workout Queen. If the track’s name doesn’t give it away, it has the perfect tempo to set your pace while working on your cardio.
Everyone loves a little bit of Drake, and this is a throwback to his first album. It’ll remind you that everyone starts somewhere.
It’s an obvious one, but this is a workout anthem that we can’t miss out on. After all, Bad Gal RiRi is body goals!
This little known tune is definitely one to listen to. The 80’s nostalgia is strong, but if the aerobics classes of that era is anything to go off, you’ll have buns of steel in no time by listening to this track.
Yep, you read that right. We’re still obsessing over Beib’s latest album, especially this track. Maybe it’s because the dancing film clip is still our favourite thing ever.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna have the unique ability to make incredible tunes that we can’t help to get obsessed with. Also, the electropop beats will help you get through the hardest of workouts.
We couldn’t list our favourite workout tracks without T-Swizzle! This song will help you forget the haters and focus your breakup anger into an incredible workout. Hey, at least you’re putting it to something productive.