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How To Get The Most Out of Your Sleep

Getting enough sleep is super important to me. I'm one of those people who pretty much turns into a monster if I haven't had enough sleep (aka at least 9 hours of sleep) the night before. Today I'll be sharing my top tips on how to get the most out of your sleep.


Find a good sleeping posture

Adjustamatic, a company that manufactures single adjustable beds, recently released a video all about how your sleeping posture can affect the quality of your sleep and can be the cause of any aches or pains you might be experiencing such as backaches or headaches. Something as simple as just changing the number of pillows you sleep with, or replacing your old mattress with an adjustable one can help you sleep soundly and wake up feeling super refreshed and ready to face the day! I recently bought a new set of pillows and found that these really helped reduce some of the pain I was experiencing in my head and neck every morning.

Listen to calming music or a meditation app

Sometimes it may feel like your head simply cannot stop buzzing and thinking about, well, everything when you get into bed! Up until a couple of years ago, my solution for this was to watch YouTube videos or a TV episode on my iPad - and although doing this did send me to sleep, it didn't allow me to enjoy a really relaxed, deep sleep. This is because the light from electronic devices affects the level of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin in our bodies, resulting in poor quality sleep. Since then, I have been trying to stop or limit my use of technology to at least one hour before getting into bed. Reading a book or listening to some calming music or a meditation app can induce a deep sleep by helping to relax your mind and your muscles, and slow down your breathing.

Take a warm bath or shower

I'm definitely more of an evening/nighttime shower kind of person. I find that having a warm shower at night is such a great way of winding down - plus it also means that you can get an extra 10 minutes in bed the next morning! Research suggests that a warm shower or bath temporarily raises your body temperature which then drops abruptly when you get into bed, sending your body a signal that you are ready to sleep. I've recently been using the Lush Twilight Shower Gel followed by the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, which both contain lavender oil, before going to sleep and I find that they really help me relax before getting into bed. Unfortunately both products were part of the limited edition Lush Christmas range, however Lush also do a bath bomb in the same scent which I would highly recommend. 

What is your top tip for getting the most out of your sleep?


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How To Get The Most Out of Your Sleep

20 January 2017

How To Get The Most Out of Your Sleep

Getting enough sleep is super important to me. I'm one of those people who pretty much turns into a monster if I haven't had enough sleep (aka at least 9 hours of sleep) the night before. Today I'll be sharing my top tips on how to get the most out of your sleep.


Find a good sleeping posture

Adjustamatic, a company that manufactures single adjustable beds, recently released a video all about how your sleeping posture can affect the quality of your sleep and can be the cause of any aches or pains you might be experiencing such as backaches or headaches. Something as simple as just changing the number of pillows you sleep with, or replacing your old mattress with an adjustable one can help you sleep soundly and wake up feeling super refreshed and ready to face the day! I recently bought a new set of pillows and found that these really helped reduce some of the pain I was experiencing in my head and neck every morning.

Listen to calming music or a meditation app

Sometimes it may feel like your head simply cannot stop buzzing and thinking about, well, everything when you get into bed! Up until a couple of years ago, my solution for this was to watch YouTube videos or a TV episode on my iPad - and although doing this did send me to sleep, it didn't allow me to enjoy a really relaxed, deep sleep. This is because the light from electronic devices affects the level of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin in our bodies, resulting in poor quality sleep. Since then, I have been trying to stop or limit my use of technology to at least one hour before getting into bed. Reading a book or listening to some calming music or a meditation app can induce a deep sleep by helping to relax your mind and your muscles, and slow down your breathing.

Take a warm bath or shower

I'm definitely more of an evening/nighttime shower kind of person. I find that having a warm shower at night is such a great way of winding down - plus it also means that you can get an extra 10 minutes in bed the next morning! Research suggests that a warm shower or bath temporarily raises your body temperature which then drops abruptly when you get into bed, sending your body a signal that you are ready to sleep. I've recently been using the Lush Twilight Shower Gel followed by the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion, which both contain lavender oil, before going to sleep and I find that they really help me relax before getting into bed. Unfortunately both products were part of the limited edition Lush Christmas range, however Lush also do a bath bomb in the same scent which I would highly recommend. 

What is your top tip for getting the most out of your sleep?


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Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe

Although I generally try to eat healthily, there's one thing that I can never resist: chocolate. I'm a self-confessed chocoholic and find it hard to get through the day without my daily chocolate fix! So if you're like me and you lurrrrrrve chocolate, you will love this recipe - it's healthy, filling, and best of all, it tastes just like a hot chocolate breakfast!


This healthy chocolate porridge is my go-to breakfast most mornings because it's really quick to make, it tastes delicious, and it's packed with ingredients that are good for you.

Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe

I like to use Neal's Yard Wholefoods 100% Organic Jumbo Oats for this recipe. I prefer using jumbo oats to quick/rolled oats as they make a more delicious, textured porridge. In order to add a rich chocolatey taste I use Rainforest Foods Cacao Powder. Cacao powder is the raw, much less processed version of cocoa powder. It is a superfood that is packed with antioxidants and is a great source of iron, magnesium and calcium. Best of all, it's got a delicious chocolatey flavour! 

In order to add some sweetness to the porridge (and to really give it that 'hot chocolate' taste) I like to use Agave Nectar/Syrup or Honey. You can also use whatever milk you prefer, whether that is cow's milk, almond milk, or any other nut milk.

Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe

You will need:
  • 1/2 cup Organic Jumbo Oats
  • 3/4 cup Milk (Cow's Milk/Nut Milk)
  • 1 tsp Cacao Powder
  • A drizzle of Agave Nectar/Syrup or Honey

Method:
  1. Add the Organic Jumbo Oats and the Cacao Powder into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the Milk to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. You can then cook this on the hob by bringing the mixture to boil, then letting it simmer for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can pop the mixture in the microwave for around 3-4 minutes until the oats become soft.
  4. Add a drizzle of Agave Nectar/Syrup or Honey
  5. You can also choose to add some fruit on top, such as blueberries, strawberries or chopped banana.

Recipe Cards - Mooku, Bowl - Zara Home

What is your go-to breakfast?


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Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe | 4 Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe

Although I generally try to eat healthily, there's one thing that I can never resist: chocolate. I'm a self-confessed chocoholic and find it hard to get through the day without my daily chocolate fix! So if you're like me and you lurrrrrrve chocolate, you will love this recipe - it's healthy, filling, and best of all, it tastes just like a hot chocolate breakfast!


This healthy chocolate porridge is my go-to breakfast most mornings because it's really quick to make, it tastes delicious, and it's packed with ingredients that are good for you.

Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe

I like to use Neal's Yard Wholefoods 100% Organic Jumbo Oats for this recipe. I prefer using jumbo oats to quick/rolled oats as they make a more delicious, textured porridge. In order to add a rich chocolatey taste I use Rainforest Foods Cacao Powder. Cacao powder is the raw, much less processed version of cocoa powder. It is a superfood that is packed with antioxidants and is a great source of iron, magnesium and calcium. Best of all, it's got a delicious chocolatey flavour! 

In order to add some sweetness to the porridge (and to really give it that 'hot chocolate' taste) I like to use Agave Nectar/Syrup or Honey. You can also use whatever milk you prefer, whether that is cow's milk, almond milk, or any other nut milk.

Healthy Chocolate Porridge Recipe

You will need:
  • 1/2 cup Organic Jumbo Oats
  • 3/4 cup Milk (Cow's Milk/Nut Milk)
  • 1 tsp Cacao Powder
  • A drizzle of Agave Nectar/Syrup or Honey

Method:
  1. Add the Organic Jumbo Oats and the Cacao Powder into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the Milk to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. You can then cook this on the hob by bringing the mixture to boil, then letting it simmer for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can pop the mixture in the microwave for around 3-4 minutes until the oats become soft.
  4. Add a drizzle of Agave Nectar/Syrup or Honey
  5. You can also choose to add some fruit on top, such as blueberries, strawberries or chopped banana.

Recipe Cards - Mooku, Bowl - Zara Home

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I'd given up on making New Year's resolutions a long time ago. However, I do still enjoy setting myself some goals that I'd like to achieve throughout the year. Below are 3 things I want to try this year. 


1. Read More

Last year, I read the grand total of one and a half books, which is pretty embarrassing. One of the books that I read was 'My Blogging Secrets' by Amber McNaught, which I absolutely loved and would highly recommend to any bloggers who may be reading this - full review here. This year I really want to make an effort and make more time to read books - whether it's in the bath, before I go to bed or whenever I've got any spare time. Reading books is a great way of relaxing and winding down - so much better than watching Netflix! Lately I've noticed that I prefer reading non-fiction books to fiction books so I've just started reading 'The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k' by Sarah Knight. I'd love your recommendations for books to read this year!

2. Watch More Films

Although I really love watching films, I'm one of those people who hasn't watched about 95% of films that everyone else has seen. This year I really want to watch some of the classics that have been watched and loved by generations! Some of these films include: Dirty Harry (an action thriller that was released in 1971), Westworld (a science fiction film about a Western-themed amusement park), Get Carter (a crime film about a London gangster who investigates his brother's seemingly-accidental death), Goodfellas (a crime film about the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill) and Strangers on a Train (a psychological thriller about two strangers who meet on a train - a tennis player and a psychopath). Check out the films here. I really want to branch out of watching rom-coms this year!

PS - Win all the films I mentioned in my giveaway over on Twitter! Link to enter.


3. Learn To Cook More 'Proper Food'

I've really got into baking throughout the last couple of years and although this is great, it isn't exactly healthy (oh how I'd love to live off cupcakes and cookies!). So this year I want to learn how to make more 'proper food' - hearty, healthy meals that are actually good for you! I recently (finally) created a Pinterest account and I've been scrolling through and pinning loads of healthy recipes that I cannot wait to try! Oh, and I'd love it if you could give me a follow on Pinterest *wink wink*!

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3 New Things I Want To Try This Year + Giveaway!

18 January 2017


I'd given up on making New Year's resolutions a long time ago. However, I do still enjoy setting myself some goals that I'd like to achieve throughout the year. Below are 3 things I want to try this year. 


1. Read More

Last year, I read the grand total of one and a half books, which is pretty embarrassing. One of the books that I read was 'My Blogging Secrets' by Amber McNaught, which I absolutely loved and would highly recommend to any bloggers who may be reading this - full review here. This year I really want to make an effort and make more time to read books - whether it's in the bath, before I go to bed or whenever I've got any spare time. Reading books is a great way of relaxing and winding down - so much better than watching Netflix! Lately I've noticed that I prefer reading non-fiction books to fiction books so I've just started reading 'The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k' by Sarah Knight. I'd love your recommendations for books to read this year!

2. Watch More Films

Although I really love watching films, I'm one of those people who hasn't watched about 95% of films that everyone else has seen. This year I really want to watch some of the classics that have been watched and loved by generations! Some of these films include: Dirty Harry (an action thriller that was released in 1971), Westworld (a science fiction film about a Western-themed amusement park), Get Carter (a crime film about a London gangster who investigates his brother's seemingly-accidental death), Goodfellas (a crime film about the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill) and Strangers on a Train (a psychological thriller about two strangers who meet on a train - a tennis player and a psychopath). Check out the films here. I really want to branch out of watching rom-coms this year!

PS - Win all the films I mentioned in my giveaway over on Twitter! Link to enter.


3. Learn To Cook More 'Proper Food'

I've really got into baking throughout the last couple of years and although this is great, it isn't exactly healthy (oh how I'd love to live off cupcakes and cookies!). So this year I want to learn how to make more 'proper food' - hearty, healthy meals that are actually good for you! I recently (finally) created a Pinterest account and I've been scrolling through and pinning loads of healthy recipes that I cannot wait to try! Oh, and I'd love it if you could give me a follow on Pinterest *wink wink*!

Are you planning on trying anything new this year?


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Birdpark Malta

Malta is best known for its sunny weather, amazing beaches and interesting history. However, the island also has a lot to offer for animal lovers - both young and old! 


Whether you want to experience swimming with dolphins, get up close with a leopard shark or pet an owl, the island has plenty to offer. And with regular flights to the rest of Europe, getting to Malta couldn't be easier. Book your flights with Air Malta - Malta's national airline - and you'll find yourself on the sun-soaked island of Malta in no time.

Here are 5 places all animal-lovers must visit in Malta:

Birdpark malta

Birdpark Malta

I couldn't not start by talking about the Birdpark - after all, my blog is called Beauty and the Bird! I visited the park a couple of years ago and loved it. There are lots of beautiful peacocks, ducks and chickens roaming around you in the park. This makes a trip here a really fun experience for both kids and adults (and kids at heart!). There are also some friendly owls around the park which you are free to pet or take a photo with, some parrots you can (sort of) have a little conversation with and an open pond with lots of pink flamingos that make a wonderful photo opportunity. The Birdpark is a definite must-do, especially for bird lovers!


Malta aquarium

Malta National Aquarium

The Malta National Aquarium has been one of the most popular attractions on the island since it first opened in 2013. With over 40 tanks and 130 species of fish including sharks, exotic fish and stingrays, the unique starfish shaped Aquarium is a definite must-do for anyone visiting Malta. You can even find Nemo (ha!) and Dory in one of the tanks. There is also a walk-through tunnel where you can experience the fish swimming around and on top of you, as well as an amphibian and insect room.

Horse riding Malta

Horse Riding near Golden Bay

If you're after some particularly stunning views, why not visit Golden Bay for some horse riding!? The stables here cater for people of all abilities and ages, including first-time riders and children. You can book a lesson, a tour or a free riding session accompanied by a trained instructor and enjoy some of the beautiful coastal views that the area has to offer. You can even enjoy a 90-minute sunset ride and enjoy the picturesque views of the golden cliffs and coast overlooking the clear Mediterranean Sea. This part of the island offers some of the best spots to watch the sunset in Malta

Petting farm Malta

Ta' Qali Petting Farm

The Ta' Qali Petting Farm guarantees a fun and interactive day out for the family. There are over 20 types of animals at the farm including fluffy rabbits, sheep, goats, donkeys, horses, pheasants, llamas and guinea fowls. There is also a pond filled with swans and ducks, as well as a butterfly house. Best of all, the petting farm is free to enter and it costs just €0.20 to feed the animals. Definitely worth paying a visit!

Swimming with dolphins Malta

Swimming With Dolphins 

The Mediterraneo Marine Park in Malta offers the unique experience of swimming with the dolphins. Swimming with these friendly and intelligent mammals is a great way of interacting and learning more about their behaviour and just how many similarities they share with humans. Sessions include a 30 minute educational documentary where you get to learn about the dolphins, followed by 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins and a professional trainer. The park also offers a number of shows throughout the day including a tropical bird show, sea lion show and (of course) a dolphin show. Just be sure to book in advance!

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Malta For Animal Lovers | Top Things To Do

Birdpark Malta

Malta is best known for its sunny weather, amazing beaches and interesting history. However, the island also has a lot to offer for animal lovers - both young and old! 


Whether you want to experience swimming with dolphins, get up close with a leopard shark or pet an owl, the island has plenty to offer. And with regular flights to the rest of Europe, getting to Malta couldn't be easier. Book your flights with Air Malta - Malta's national airline - and you'll find yourself on the sun-soaked island of Malta in no time.

Here are 5 places all animal-lovers must visit in Malta:

Birdpark malta

Birdpark Malta

I couldn't not start by talking about the Birdpark - after all, my blog is called Beauty and the Bird! I visited the park a couple of years ago and loved it. There are lots of beautiful peacocks, ducks and chickens roaming around you in the park. This makes a trip here a really fun experience for both kids and adults (and kids at heart!). There are also some friendly owls around the park which you are free to pet or take a photo with, some parrots you can (sort of) have a little conversation with and an open pond with lots of pink flamingos that make a wonderful photo opportunity. The Birdpark is a definite must-do, especially for bird lovers!


Malta aquarium

Malta National Aquarium

The Malta National Aquarium has been one of the most popular attractions on the island since it first opened in 2013. With over 40 tanks and 130 species of fish including sharks, exotic fish and stingrays, the unique starfish shaped Aquarium is a definite must-do for anyone visiting Malta. You can even find Nemo (ha!) and Dory in one of the tanks. There is also a walk-through tunnel where you can experience the fish swimming around and on top of you, as well as an amphibian and insect room.

Horse riding Malta

Horse Riding near Golden Bay

If you're after some particularly stunning views, why not visit Golden Bay for some horse riding!? The stables here cater for people of all abilities and ages, including first-time riders and children. You can book a lesson, a tour or a free riding session accompanied by a trained instructor and enjoy some of the beautiful coastal views that the area has to offer. You can even enjoy a 90-minute sunset ride and enjoy the picturesque views of the golden cliffs and coast overlooking the clear Mediterranean Sea. This part of the island offers some of the best spots to watch the sunset in Malta

Petting farm Malta

Ta' Qali Petting Farm

The Ta' Qali Petting Farm guarantees a fun and interactive day out for the family. There are over 20 types of animals at the farm including fluffy rabbits, sheep, goats, donkeys, horses, pheasants, llamas and guinea fowls. There is also a pond filled with swans and ducks, as well as a butterfly house. Best of all, the petting farm is free to enter and it costs just €0.20 to feed the animals. Definitely worth paying a visit!

Swimming with dolphins Malta

Swimming With Dolphins 

The Mediterraneo Marine Park in Malta offers the unique experience of swimming with the dolphins. Swimming with these friendly and intelligent mammals is a great way of interacting and learning more about their behaviour and just how many similarities they share with humans. Sessions include a 30 minute educational documentary where you get to learn about the dolphins, followed by 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins and a professional trainer. The park also offers a number of shows throughout the day including a tropical bird show, sea lion show and (of course) a dolphin show. Just be sure to book in advance!

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bedroom to ensure good sleep

January is the month for starting afresh, whether that is changing up your lifestyle, having a well needed clear-out or trying to be a better person. However, now is also the perfect time to spruce up your bedroom and ensure that your décor allows you to get the best night’s sleep possible. After all, getting a great night’s sleep is what gives you the energy and motivation to reach your goals during the New Year!


Here are 3 changes to make to your bedroom décor this January, in order to ensure that 2017 is the year that you get better sleep and meet all your goals!

1. Ensure a great night’s sleep with blackout curtains

Blackout curtains are pretty much an essential for getting a good night’s sleep – especially if you have young children, work overnight shifts, or you simply love afternoon naps (I do!). Blackout curtains work by blocking any light from entering the room and create a nighttime ambience in your room, whatever time of day it is. They can also help reduce your energy costs as they keep the warmth in your room during the winter, and can help reflect heat out of your room in summer. Check out the range of blackout curtains by Yorkshire Linen.

Blackout Curtains

2. Make your bed as comfortable as it can possibly be

We spend about one-third of our lives in bed, so it’s important to make sure that your bed is that comfy, big cloud you’ve always dreamed of getting into. Replace your old bed sheets with some super cosy brushed cotton ones. Brushed cotton sheets are extremely soft and perfect for the colder months. You can make your bed feel even more luxurious by adding a memory foam mattress topper to ensure you are well supported every night, and adding a few drops of lavender oil to the underside of your pillow.

3. Add fairy lights to make your room feel magical

Fairy lights aren’t just for Christmas. There’s something kind of magical about these little strings of light that can instantly transform your bedroom, making it feel so much more cosy. I recently added some fairy lights to my bed, and they have made such a difference to the way my room feels. I switch them on every evening whilst I read a book in bed or write up a blog post and they just make me feel so relaxed and happy! The best thing about fairy lights is that they are so cheap and easy to get hold of – you can get some really gorgeous ones from Primark for under a fiver!

Will you be making any changes to your bedroom this year?


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New Year, New Bedroom Décor to Ensure a Great Night’s Sleep!

17 January 2017

bedroom to ensure good sleep

January is the month for starting afresh, whether that is changing up your lifestyle, having a well needed clear-out or trying to be a better person. However, now is also the perfect time to spruce up your bedroom and ensure that your décor allows you to get the best night’s sleep possible. After all, getting a great night’s sleep is what gives you the energy and motivation to reach your goals during the New Year!


Here are 3 changes to make to your bedroom décor this January, in order to ensure that 2017 is the year that you get better sleep and meet all your goals!

1. Ensure a great night’s sleep with blackout curtains

Blackout curtains are pretty much an essential for getting a good night’s sleep – especially if you have young children, work overnight shifts, or you simply love afternoon naps (I do!). Blackout curtains work by blocking any light from entering the room and create a nighttime ambience in your room, whatever time of day it is. They can also help reduce your energy costs as they keep the warmth in your room during the winter, and can help reflect heat out of your room in summer. Check out the range of blackout curtains by Yorkshire Linen.

Blackout Curtains

2. Make your bed as comfortable as it can possibly be

We spend about one-third of our lives in bed, so it’s important to make sure that your bed is that comfy, big cloud you’ve always dreamed of getting into. Replace your old bed sheets with some super cosy brushed cotton ones. Brushed cotton sheets are extremely soft and perfect for the colder months. You can make your bed feel even more luxurious by adding a memory foam mattress topper to ensure you are well supported every night, and adding a few drops of lavender oil to the underside of your pillow.

3. Add fairy lights to make your room feel magical

Fairy lights aren’t just for Christmas. There’s something kind of magical about these little strings of light that can instantly transform your bedroom, making it feel so much more cosy. I recently added some fairy lights to my bed, and they have made such a difference to the way my room feels. I switch them on every evening whilst I read a book in bed or write up a blog post and they just make me feel so relaxed and happy! The best thing about fairy lights is that they are so cheap and easy to get hold of – you can get some really gorgeous ones from Primark for under a fiver!

Will you be making any changes to your bedroom this year?


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The old saying “new year, new me” is something that is thrown around over the cold month of January. Making a change towards a healthier lifestyle should be something that we are conscious of all year round.


Work, social and life-in-general can all get in the way of our gym routine. Once the daily 9-5 grind is over, the struggle to pull ourselves to the gym can be extremely tiresome. Staying fit while you are in a demanding job can be tough, however, these mind over matter tricks will help you succeed.

Choose an exercise style you enjoy

If you are already dreading your midweek run, that may be a sign that running is not for you and that’s ok! The first step to success is being realistic with yourself and your abilities.

If you already feel negative towards running, trying something is an excellent way to experiment with exercise. Yoga, weight training, and dance are all great ways to work out. Mix up your routine or choose one which fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste.

Set goals

This may seem fairly obvious, but setting a goal is a great way to motivate yourself. Target weight isn't always the answer; it could be that you want to fit into a dress that has been lying in your cupboard since the beginning of time.

Working out with a friend is a great way of reaching goals and a bit of friendly competition is good for the soul – just watch the Kardashian’s snapchats for evidence of this!

Create an exercise programme

Glasgow Gym Anytime Fitness recommend that their clients create a programme with a personal trainer before they hit the treadmill: “Getting yourself into shape will not happen overnight…a programme that will get you seeing results as soon as possible.”

Building a fitness plan is a critical element of an exercise regime. Incorporating lifestyle changes outside of the gym is also important.


A good fitness plan should also track how much sleep you are getting, how much water you are drinking and how well you are eating. By keeping an eye on these elements it will make you feel better on the inside and on the outside.

Track your progress

Make sure you are tracking your progress, making a note on your phone's calendar of when you have worked out and how long for. There are also a number of apps that can help you track your progress. By calculating how much you have exercised each week, month or year so you can identify the areas you need to improve on.

Pick something over nothing

That after work hour at the gym can seem never ending. If you are having a rough day, choosing just one section of your workout to complete is better than doing nothing at all. Working with a personal trainer you can create an effective program that can be completed in the most efficient way.


HIIT workouts are the latest trend in the exercise work and they can be completed in just 30 mins. HIIT also known as high-intensity interval training is a training technique requires 100% effort for just a short period of time. HIIT works by increasing your heart rate which will burn more fat in less time.

About the author:
Melissa is a young professional and lifestyle blogger from Glasgow, Scotland. She is currently working with Glasgow Gym, Anytime Fitness, encouraging her readers to have a happier and healthier 2017.

Shaping Your Exercise Plan to Fit Your Lifestyle | Guest Post

The old saying “new year, new me” is something that is thrown around over the cold month of January. Making a change towards a healthier lifestyle should be something that we are conscious of all year round.


Work, social and life-in-general can all get in the way of our gym routine. Once the daily 9-5 grind is over, the struggle to pull ourselves to the gym can be extremely tiresome. Staying fit while you are in a demanding job can be tough, however, these mind over matter tricks will help you succeed.

Choose an exercise style you enjoy

If you are already dreading your midweek run, that may be a sign that running is not for you and that’s ok! The first step to success is being realistic with yourself and your abilities.

If you already feel negative towards running, trying something is an excellent way to experiment with exercise. Yoga, weight training, and dance are all great ways to work out. Mix up your routine or choose one which fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste.

Set goals

This may seem fairly obvious, but setting a goal is a great way to motivate yourself. Target weight isn't always the answer; it could be that you want to fit into a dress that has been lying in your cupboard since the beginning of time.

Working out with a friend is a great way of reaching goals and a bit of friendly competition is good for the soul – just watch the Kardashian’s snapchats for evidence of this!

Create an exercise programme

Glasgow Gym Anytime Fitness recommend that their clients create a programme with a personal trainer before they hit the treadmill: “Getting yourself into shape will not happen overnight…a programme that will get you seeing results as soon as possible.”

Building a fitness plan is a critical element of an exercise regime. Incorporating lifestyle changes outside of the gym is also important.


A good fitness plan should also track how much sleep you are getting, how much water you are drinking and how well you are eating. By keeping an eye on these elements it will make you feel better on the inside and on the outside.

Track your progress

Make sure you are tracking your progress, making a note on your phone's calendar of when you have worked out and how long for. There are also a number of apps that can help you track your progress. By calculating how much you have exercised each week, month or year so you can identify the areas you need to improve on.

Pick something over nothing

That after work hour at the gym can seem never ending. If you are having a rough day, choosing just one section of your workout to complete is better than doing nothing at all. Working with a personal trainer you can create an effective program that can be completed in the most efficient way.


HIIT workouts are the latest trend in the exercise work and they can be completed in just 30 mins. HIIT also known as high-intensity interval training is a training technique requires 100% effort for just a short period of time. HIIT works by increasing your heart rate which will burn more fat in less time.

About the author:
Melissa is a young professional and lifestyle blogger from Glasgow, Scotland. She is currently working with Glasgow Gym, Anytime Fitness, encouraging her readers to have a happier and healthier 2017.

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