Saying Goodbye to 2016…

The final day of 2016 has arrived and hasn’t the year just flown by?! Some of us may have had the best year yet, while others might be glad to leave it behind. For me, it consisted of a lot of change. I quit my full-time office job to embark on a whole new career, welcomed amazing new people into my life and said some very difficult goodbyes. It’s been quite the emotional roller-coaster, let’s put it that way. But whichever way your year has gone, there’s a brand new one ahead, giving us the perfect chance to set new goals and really make the most of our time in 2017.

I’ll be kicking off the year with the Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge– a whole month of motivational posts full of fitness tips, tricks and news (make sure to hit subscribe in order to receive free email notifications every time a new post is up)! Join me for the first post tomorrow, with my top advice on how to make your New Year’s resolutions last. We can do this!

So, farewell 2016. It’s time to love you and leave you. 2017, let’s make you a good one! x

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How To Keep Fit This Christmas

Are we allowed to say it yet? It’s the start of December this week so I think so… Christmas is nearly here! Waaa. Yay! Eeeek. I’m sure that there are a lot of mixed emotions out there but I for one am a huge fan of the Christmas period, even if it does mean extra training sessions to work off those seasonal tipples.

We all know that when it comes to Christmas, fitness and health are probably going to take a back seat (or fly out of the window altogether), however I’m here to help you keep on track whilst still enjoying the party period. I believe in balance and if you’re going to make it through the season without throwing in the fitness towel, then balance really is what you need. Here are my top tips on how to have a happy healthy(ish) Christmas:

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How I Keep Fit!

I’m going to let you in on a secret. OK, so for anyone who knows me well it’s not actually that much of a secret… However, it is a damn good tip on how to get fit and fast! 

You’re looking to improve your fitness, maybe tone up a little, loose a few pounds? I bet the first thing that comes to mind for most people is running. It’s free, convenient and if stuck to, sure to tick all three of the above boxes. If it’s not running, it’s a class. Swimming? Home workout video? Sure, all of these can be effective but I prefer something a little less popular. Sprinting. 

For some reason, sprinting isn’t one that springs to mind for many when looking to get fit and it absolutely baffles me as to why not. Yes, it falls into the oh-so-popular running category, but it takes things to a whole new level…

It’s quick. So for anybody short of time (who isn’t nowadays?!) there’s no excuse. It will get you’re heart rate up, increase fitness, speed, agility. Help to shed weight. Is a full body toner and can be a sure fire way to build a killer bum! It’s an answer to your fitness goals and more. 

I may be bias. I grew up with an athletics background and speed was my speciality. But at the end of the day, if you’re not training for the Olympics or looking to start racing others anytime soon, it’s doesn’t actually matter how fast you are, as long as you run at your full pelt. Why not give it a try? Head to your local park and try sets of sprints at a comfortable distance for you. The recommended amount really depends upon your own fitness level but why not try two sets of three to start with and see how you get on. 

Fit, toned you, here you come! x


Video by the talented Henry Knock. 

One Minute to a Healthier You

Who knows somebody who just simply ‘doesn’t have time to exercise’? Or perhaps that’s you? If you’re an offender of using that line before then I suggest that you close your eyes now because research from a recent Canadian study has just blown that excuse right out of the water.

Accordingly to the findings, it only takes one minute of exercise per week to improve your fitness! 20 seconds of sprinting three times per week, improved fat-burning ability in just six weeks.

I love exercise way too much to only exercise for one minute per week, but it’s good to know that if I’m super hectic and my usual exercise routine is taking a back seat, that I just need to get my sprint on! Perhaps that dreaded dash for the bus is actually a small fitness blessing in disguise? xx

Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge: Day 15

It’s 15 days since the Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge began; twenty minutes of exercise each day and a cleaner diet than 2014, all the way through Jan! How many of you have managed to keep it up? If the answer’s no (or if you haven’t even started!!) or you’re starting to feel a little demotivated, here are a few little tips on how to keep on top of your January Challenge goals.

Do your 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. This is for those of you who struggle with the exercise side of things. 20 minutes isn’t an excessive amount of exercise, but it’s enough to give you a good workout and to improve your fitness. Working out in the morning sets you up for the day ahead and means that it’s out of the way, so you can feel good about yourself for the rest of the day and won’t have the excuse of no time or being too tired in the evening. It also encourages you to crave more healthy food throughout the day- who’d have thought!

Schedule a workout. If morning exercise really isn’t for you, then make sure to pencil your daily exercise into the diary. Be realistic. If you have a meeting straight after lunch are you really going to have time to exercise during your break. 20 minutes is only 1.4% of your day- you can make time for it.

Change your phone screensaver. To a motivational image! Be it that girl or guy that you admire, a picture of you looking a god damn mess (this one really does work) or a picture of yourself that you really love, this is one way to constantly remind yourself of what you want to achieve!

Buy some new sportswear or equipment. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the better we feel about ourselves when working out, the harder we train. Get yourself some new gear and you’ll feel a greater urge to exercise! Also, keeping gym equipment such as hand weights, a yoga mat or exercise ball in the house gives you no excuse not to get a quick workout in at home. 20 minutes blasting out some abs drills and you’ll feel amazing- trust me!

Get a gym buddy! Training with somebody can sometimes give your competitive streak a little kick up the bum. Whenever I train with a friend I always want to work just as hard as they are and if I hear that they’ve been to the gym without me, then I have to work out! Nobody wants to feel like they’re getting left behind, so grab a partner and get encouraging each other to get moving!

Stock up on the good stuff. Fill your cupboards with healthiness! Ordering an online food shop is a great idea, as you won’t be tempted to throw in quite as many naughty finds. You’ll find that you’re more likely to eat what’s in, than to pick something potentially spur-of-the-moment at lunch or on the way home! Buying healthy snacks such as bananas, hummus, nuts or frozen fruit is always a good idea too. Unfortunately it’ll mean that cheeky stop off for a chocolate bar won’t be needed quite so often!

Tell people what you’re doing. Ever had that feeling when you’re supposed to be doing something amazing like heading to a big party and people ask how it was only for you to murmur that it fell through? Not a good one right! Tell people about your new fitness, health, lifestyle goals and you’ll feel a greater need to actually carry them out.

Write down your goals and be specific! Writing down your aims is more effective than you might think towards helping you to achieve them. Be specific about what exactly you want to do. For example, ‘I want to add 10 pounds to my bicep curls,’ is much more effective than, ‘I want to get stronger.’ You’ll be able to measure you’re improvements and feel more motivated to push closer towards your goal.

Don’t forget, any kind of exercise is allowed and it will depend on your ability, from power walking to yoga, long runs to sprints, swimming to boxing. Anything. Even walking the dog counts. The Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness Challenge is all about improving your fitness and health in a realistic way. A lifestyle change to influence the rest of your year and beyond! Stay posted for my daily fitness, health and fashion posts throughout the rest of the month and keep up the great work! xx

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