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7 Ways to Look Cuter at the Gym

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7 Ways to Look Cuter at the Gym

I currently have a love/hate relationship with going to the gym. It’s always a struggle to push myself to go and then when I’m there I usually get into it. But that initial struggle is always the worst and most difficult to overcome. I’ve been trying to think of some ways to make it more encouraging to go and the main idea that often pops into my head is about having some fun with my outfit and trying to look cute while I’m there. If you’ve got a whole new outfit and accessories to use, why wouldn’t you want to go out and show it off? Here are 7 ways to look cuter at the gym and actually look forward to going on a regular basis.

7 Ways to Look Cuter at the Gym

Perfect your gym face: It’s easy to tell yourself that you will be sweating buckets at the gym, so what’s the point in putting any makeup on? Well, for one thing, you never know who you will bump into at the gym. My gym is conveniently located close to the house I grew up in and I’ve bumped into a few people there that I knew in high school. So, it’s always good to wear a little bit of makeup. Some long wearing concealer (like the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer), waterproof liner (the Sketch Markers from Too Faced are a great option!) and mascara and a bit of tinted lip balm (I like wearing eos lip balms or Fresh’s Sugar Rose tinted lip treatment!) will go a long way in giving  you a fresh gym face without looking like you’re headed to a club.

Funky fresh shoes are a must: I always say that a new pair of shoes can change your life and your mood (they did for Cinderella!) so buying a new pair of gym shoes always helps build excitement. I like colourful and bold shoes, like these Nike ones, that show off a bit of my personality that add to my whole outfit. It’s also important to buy shoes with proper arch support, so you don’t run the risk of injury.

Give your sports bra a boost: Bouncing up and down on the treadmill or bike is made to look hot in music videos but IRL, we need to make sure that our “girls” have proper support while at the gym. There’s nothing like feeling uncomfortable in your sports bra because it makes you feel like your boobs are flopping around all willy nilly. I prefer bras with medium support, like this one from H&M, so everything is contained and nothing’s gonna pop out at a moment’s notice.

Pretty up your pants: As long as the colours and prints work together in a complimentary way, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have fun with what you wear on your legs as well. Old Navy has a ton of cute and colourful pants right now, including this one.

Dress up your hair with cute accessories: When I start to sweat, my hair starts to frizz up and not look so cute. But there is a fix for that. I’ve started wearing headbands and cute hair accessories that help my hair stay in place and look good throughout my workout. Whether you have short or long hair, bangs or no bangs, it’s always helpful to have an accessory or two in your hair so you don’t have that distraction of constantly fixing your hair when it gets in your face or starts to bother you. I love small headbands like this set I found at Simons because they stay put on my large head! lol

Toss your gear in a fun gym bag: What you throw all of your gym gear in is just as important as what you’re planning to wear in my opinion. Find something fun, lightweight but also durable and functional, like this one, so nothing inside will get damaged when you put it away in your gym locker.

Enhance your ear buds: There’s nothing I hate more than annoying earbud cords getting in the way as you’re running on a treadmill, that’s why I think it’s important to go wireless. There are tons of fun and super cute designs out there for wireless earbuds that are also sweatproof and won’t fall out if you’re running or jumping like these headphones I found on Amazon.

What are some of the accessories you like wearing that make you feel cute while at the gym?! Share yours below!

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How To Work Out When You Don’t Want To

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How To Work Out When You Don't Want ToHi Glitter Babes!

A while ago I had a series called Health & Fitness Friday. I was pretty passionate about health and fitness back then and then things changed.I got a bit of a health scare and then the downturn began and I was working out less frequently and eating junk food to help with my mood. I gained some weight back, which I’m not proud of in the slightest, and that made me feel even more unmotivated to do anything about it.

Unfortunately, advancements in technology haven’t made it as far yet to have something do the exercising for you while you relax on the couch, so, for now, it’s all up to us. We can make all of the excuses in the world but it won’t change how we feel about ourselves. Here are my tips on how to work out when you don’t want to.

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How To Work Out When You Don’t Want To

I’m currently doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme workout program where the instructor, Autumn Calabrese shares a lot of motivational quotes before every workout and they’re pretty amazing and always get me thinking about who and what motivates me. Since we’re nearing the end of January and a lot of us (myself included) are probably still struggling at getting out of bed to work out, or getting it done whenever the time is available to us, so here are the tips that help me get up and get at it no matter how I’m feeling.

#1 – Keep What Motivates You Close By: Whether it’s a daily mantra or a picture of a celebrity or someone you admire, if whenever you look at it, it gives you that jolt of motivation to not give up on yourself, then you HAVE to keep it close to you in a spot where you will always see it. I have a ton of motivational quotes beside my bed that always catch my eye when I wake up and reading them keeps things into perspective and helps me remember why I’m doing this in the first place.

#2 – Get Enough Sleep: I cannot tell you how many times I’ve used the excuse “But I’m too tired” on myself in the mornings when my alarm wakes me up to work out at 5am, so get rid of that excuse by making sure you get enough sleep. Keep the distractions out of sight when you’re settling into bed and try to consistently go to bed at the same time every night. Lack of a good sleep routine always catches up to you and even if you think you don’t need much to get by, you WILL need it to get yourself into better shape.

#3 – Avoid Burning Out: When you get started, it’s easy to have high expectations for how often you plan to work out but limit those expectations by working with goals that you CAN accomplish. If you’re only able to work out twice a week and want to bump it up, try 3 times a week and then graduate slowly from there. Also, it’s important to work with what works for you and follow that. If you’re not a morning person, there’s no point in pushing yourself to become one and just focus on working out in the evening.

#4 – Take it One Pound at a Time: I’d love to lose 30lbs but thinking of that big number is only going to get you down. Break that huge goal into several mini goals and just take it, literally, one pound at a time. Don’t have expectations of losing 100lbs in a month and just focus on small goals that are achievable. And when you do a weigh in (which should be done at least every week), you can focus on looking for that 1 pound of weight loss rather than several pounds.

#5 – Make It Fun: Make a plan and make it fun is something that always helps me out. I am big into following a schedule and if that schedule involves a lot of fun and challenging exercise routines, I get even more invested in it. Also, buying new workout shoes and clothes always excites me as well. Think about what would excite you and motivate you to work out and try to incorporate it. Whether it’s buying some new workout equipment to use or a new workout DVD, it’s worth it if it gives you that extra push.

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I hope these tips help any of you guys going through the same thing. There’s no time like the present and we do, after all, still have 5 solid months until bikini season! So, take it one day, one step and one pound at a time and please tweet me or message me your plans for how you’re going to start working out and keep at it. And remember, if you skip a workout you are skipping the opportunity to improve yourself. So let’s get to it!

How do you get yourself to start working out even when you don’t want to? What are your tips? Share your thoughts below!

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5 Motivational Tips For Working Out in the Summer Months

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5 Motivational Tips For Working Out in the Summer MonthsHey Glitter Babes!

It sure has been a while since I’ve touched on the subject of fitness and the truth is.. I’ve been lacking motivation in that area. Winter is the hardest season to get through workout wise, but Summer can be just as hard. With moving and unpacking, which is still being done, it’s been difficult to maintain a steady workout regimen. So, it’s taken a bit of trial and error these past few weeks to find out what works and now I’d like to pass along my 5 motivational tips that have been successful in motivating me to keep working out in the summer months!

  1. Take things slow & steady: With the rise in temperature, it’s easy to get dehydrated quickly while you’re exercising. So make sure not only to have access to a ton of water but take it slow with your exercises until your body can handle something with higher intensity. Since you’re sweating even more now because of the high temperatures, working out at a medium pace when it’s hot out will still give you the calorie burn you want.
  2. Invest in the right gear: To help maintain an optimal body temperature throughout your workout so you stay energized, it’s important to invest in dri-fit clothes that help keep you cool and wick the sweat away. I remember when I first started working out consistently, I was wearing the wrong clothes and it always distracted me when it was loading up with sweat with nowhere to go and it improved my focus on what I was doing so dramatically and now I always keep what I’m wearing in mind.
  3. Stay hydrated with fruit: Did you know that fruits like watermelon and grapes have high water content in them? Alongside drinking the recommended 2.2 litres of water a day, you’ve also got to keep in mind that you’re sweating more and need to compensate for that and maintaining a healthy diet filled with high water content fruits as well as fruits loaded with vitamin C, like oranges and kiwis, you’ll easily be able to replenish your body and give it the vitamins it needs to keep going.
  4. Keep time of day in mind: If in the winter you were all about midday workouts, that might not be a wise choice for summer. Avoid the hottest time of the day and stick with an early morning or late evening workout when the sun isn’t at its strongest so you don’t suffer from heat exhaustion. I’ve found that rain is only my friend when I go for a run in it as it helps keep my body cool and if it rains during midday, it’s easier to get out there if that’s when fitting it in works best for you.
  5. Buddy up: A really good motivational stand by for me has been to partner up with my hubby and friends and find ways to exercise together. Whether that’s walking around your neighborhood or meeting up at your local community pool for a fun swim, it gives you other opportunities to get your exercise in and helps you stay accountable. Buddying up is a great way to make exercising an enjoyable experience and it helps the both of you motivate each other to want to keep going, especially if you see changes in each other which happens since its often that others notice the differences in our appearances first before we do.

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What are some of your tips for staying motivated to workout during the summer months? Share yours below!

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