So You Want To Look Good Naked

We all want to look and feel good naked, right? For most of us that is the very thing that first got us started on a health and fitness journey. You know, achieving that dream body, feeling confident in your skin, looking good full monty. I mean there is also the whole ‘getting fit’ and ‘being healthy’ aspect to it too, but mostly we want to achieve HOT status! Well here’s a *NEWSFLASH* for you – working out and eating well isn’t just about getting a bangn’ beach bod. There is an abundance of other benefits that comes with it too; all of which make the whole ‘healthy living’ thing that much more worthwhile.

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If I am to be completely honest, looking good when my clothes are off (and on for that matter), is probably 99% of my motivation when it comes to exercising and eating well. Like almost everyone else, that is why I started and why I still remain committed to the cause. That being said, although it was initially motivated by physical aesthetic, regular exercise is now part of my daily routine because quite frankly, it makes me feel amazing! It is something I do consistently to keep me sane and to make me happy. It’s almost like meditation for me. It is my designated ‘me time’. Ironically, completely exhausting myself is the most relaxing part of my day. I honestly don’t feel like myself without my daily dose of endorphins. Exercise for me, has become about achieving an overall feeling of positive wellbeing, not just looking the part.

Below are some of the many other reasons why exercise is great for so much more than just looking good naked.

1. Exercise Reduces Stress: At the end of a long and stressful day, believe it or not, exercise is your friend. It might be the last thing you feel like doing (especially when bed and Netflix is calling your name), but working up a sweat is a massive stress reliever that’ll have you feeling amazing in no time. Working out helps to manage physical and mental stress because it increases the amount of norepinephrine in your brain.

2. Eases Anxiety: By exercising, you can also reduce symptoms of anxiety. The chemicals your brain releases before or after exercise can help you calm down. It’s no wonder I start to feel like I am loosing my sanity if I don’t exercise for a couple of days.

3. Boosts Your Mood: Exercise makes you happy. Well, it certainly does for me and there is actually proof to this claim as well. You have probably heard about the feel-good hormones known as endorphins. Well these little guys are released in the brain during exercise, which leads to feelings of happiness. And happiness is just the best! In fact, studies have shown that exercise can help elevate symptoms of depression in clinically depressed individuals. Pretty cool.

4. Increases Your Energy Levels: It sounds crazy but exerting energy with a killer workout actually increases your energy levels. The days when I wake up an hour earlier to exercise before work, I actually have way more energy throughout the day than when I don’t. Not to mention that endorphin hit puts you in the best mood for the rest of the day.

5. Improves Self-confidence: The more you workout, the better you eat and the better you feel. Then you start to notices changes and you start to feel more confident. When you do things that make your body feel good, you start feeling good about yourself as well. Just knowing you are taking positive steps to live a healthier lifestyle and increase your fitness is enough to boost your self-image.

6. Exercise Helps With Creativity and Increases Productivity: Did you know that working out can increase your brain activity for up to two hours post-workout? Well you do now. I for one feel most productive after exercising. It’s like all my creative energy explodes, all my inspiration and momentum to ‘get s**t done’ comes to life. So the next time you need some inspiration or can’t seem to escape the procrastinating zone, try lacing up your sneakers and hitting the gym.

7. Boosts Brain Function: As we get older, our brain starts to slow down but with daily exercise you can decrease the likelihood of Alzheimer’s and other types of cognitive decline. Cardiovascular exercise also creates new brain cells, which improves our overall brain function and performance.

8. Helps Control Addictions: When you exercise, your brain releases a reward chemical, which is similar to the reward chemical that you feel in response to sex, drug and even food. This is where addictions can come into play, as people can become addicted to dopamine. Luckily, exercise also releases dopamine – and working out is something worth getting addicted to.

So in a nutshell, working out and eating healthy is equally important for our mental health, wellbeing and overall happiness, as it is for our physical health. It’s not all about looking good naked… that is just a bonus.

Love Eloise x

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Preparation Is Key

Repeat after me…

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Now say it 5 times. As fast as you can. Well that bit wasn’t entirely necessary. However, do let those words sink in.

Preparation really is the key to success. Being organised on your health and fitness journey can make all the difference between succeeding and falling short of your goals. When you plan ahead it becomes very difficult to make excuses. Like the saying goes… 

‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’

Below are some of the ways I plan ahead to help me stay on track with my health and fitness journey. You can eliminate all your “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have enough time” excuses with these helpful fit tips.

1. Schedule Your Workouts

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Before the commencement of each new week take the time to open up your diary and plan your exercise for the seven days ahead. Don’t just think about it, but actually write in your workouts. Treat them like they are appointments. You wouldn’t cancel an important meeting with your boss, so don’t cancel on yourself either.

2. Pack Your Lunch The Night Before

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Diet is an essential part of your health and fitness journey. What you put into your body makes such a massive difference to the results you achieve. Even when you are busting your butt in the gym, if you are eating poorly you aren’t going to get the results you want. You have to get strict with what you are eating. That means, less take-out, packaged snacks and pre-made lunches and more homemade meals and fruit or nuts as snacks.

Rather than reaching for the convenient (and usually unhealthy) options when you are on-the-go or rushed for time on your lunch breaks, prepare your meals the night before. Sometimes I like to make a double serving of dinner at night so that I can pack it for my lunch the next day. Not only do I not have to worry about wasting time in the kitchen before work in the morning, but I save money by not buying my lunch too. Of course the biggest bonus is knowing exactly what ingredients are going into my body.

3. Lay Out Your Gym Clothes At Night

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Being super dedicated and committing to the morning workout? Good on you! Tempted to press snooze when your alarm goes off at 5am? Yep, me too. Sometimes even the mere thought of getting out of bed, deciding what leggings to wear and then actually wiggling my way into them can be enough to make me want to roll over and fall back into dreamland (especially when it is still dark outside).

It’s never easy waking up early to exercise, and if simply knowing how absolutely amazing you will feel with your post workout endorphin boost isn’t enough to get you bouncing out of bed, this little tip might help. Pack your gym bag and prepare your clothes the night before. Seeing your clothes laid out on the floor when you open your dreary eyes in the morning is a reminder to get up and get moving. It’ll save you time from rummaging through your drawers looking for your gear, gives your sleepy brain a rest for a while and is instant motivation.

4. Take Your Gym Clothes To Work

pack_gym_bag_640What about those of you who exercise after work? Well, there is a solution for you too. Don’t go home in between work and working out. Take your gym clothes with you in the morning, change into them after your shift and head straight to the gym from there.

What I do every day is pack my gym bag and put it in my car before I head off to work. Even though my car stays at home while I catch the bus to work, rather than going inside to change clothes, I just jump straight in the car, go to the gym and get changed there. This way I avoid the temptation of ditching the gym for my bed or the couch waiting for me inside.

5. Plan Your Meals and Write Shopping ListsMeal-Planner

Another great idea to save time, money and reduce the likelihood of you grabbing unhealthy food on-the-go, is to write out a meal plan at the beginning of the week. Think about what groceries you need and write a shopping list before hitting the supermarket so you buy only the items you need. God knows how tempting that damn confectionary aisle can be, but if its not on the list don’t put it in the trolley!

6. Pre-prepare and Freeze Your Smoothie Ingredients

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Don’t you hate it when you open a big bag of spinach and then within days its gone slimy. Or when bananas end up bruised and squishy so quickly? Well this preparation tip will not only save you time, but also avoid food waste. Pre-preparing smoothie combinations in zip lock bags is one of my favourite ideas and has saved me from going without breakfast hundreds of times over.

I like to do one big prep sesh of cutting up fruit, putting them in separately portioned bags with some leafy greens and freezing them. As soon as any fruit starts to go bad I do the same. When it comes to making my smoothies in the morning I save myself about 10-15 minutes of cutting and cleaning by having my smoothie portions already bagged up and ready in the freezer. All I have to do is chuck the contents in the blender with some water and BOOM! Breakfast smoothie done! And only the blender left to rinse out afterwards.


A little bit of preparation really can go a long way. From food prepping and meal planning to keeping a diary and getting organized with your schedule, preparation is key. Try out some of these tips for yourself and see if they help you stay on track.

Eliminate those excuses. Plan ahead. Be prepared and smash those goals!

Love Elo xx

Staying Healthy This Christmas

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The silly season is certainly creeping up on us. Well not really creeping, more like sprinting towards us at full speed. With just 8 sleeps until Santa comes to town, the countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. (When did that happen? I swear it was still over a month away just the other day!)

The festive season is always a joyous time of year, filled with sharing, giving, spending quality time with loved ones and food. Lots and lots of food. With all the Christmas parties, family get togethers and work functions around this time of year it’s not uncommon, in fact it’s pretty much guaranteed, that you’ll be faced with a bunch temptations… mostly in the form of indulgent food and alcohol.

But Christmas time shouldn’t be an excuse to let all the healthy habits you have developed throughout the year go out the window. It’s ok to indulge every now and then, with the festive season is the perfect chance to treat yourself a little bit, but just don’t overdo it. Go ahead and indulge but don’t overindulge.

Thankfully, it is possible to make it through the festive season without undoing all your hard work. Here are 7 of my top tips for a healthy Christmas.

1. Stop At One Helping.

When the smorgasbord of Christmas deliciousness is sitting in front of you, it is pretty tempting to let all self control go and eat your way through two or three helpings of food. But not this Christmas! Limit yourself to just one serving and reframe from going back for seconds.

2. Bring Along Something Healthy.

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3. Don’t Go Overboard.

I’m talking about portion control. Stop eating when you are content. Not when you are so full you slip into a food coma and cannot move. There’s a huge difference between eating just enough to satisfy your hunger, and overeating to the point you feel sick. Stay in control of your portions. Try a little bit of everything if you must but don’t keep mindlessly eating for the sake of finishing every last mouthful, especially if you end up having to undo your top button.

4. Exercise Outdoors.

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5. Re-gift Those Unhealthy Treats.

What is it with everyone giving the gift of chocolate at Christmas time? If you find yourself with a stash of chocolates and shortbreads this Chrissy, don’t go to town eating them all. Maybe treat yourself to one or two choccies (if you feel like it) and regift the rest. Why not even take them in to work to share amongst the office. That way you can avoid overindulging on them yourself.

6. Stay hydrated.

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7. Ditch the alcohol altogether.

We already know about Alcohol’s damaging effects on our metabolism and the body’s ability to store energy, so why not say no to alcohol completely this Christmas. Volunteer yourself as deso driver so you have no option but to say ‘no’ to the temptation of drinking. You’ll wake up feeling better for it the next day and your body will thank you!

And finally, enjoy it. Don’t let yourself feel guilty for treating yourself a little over the festive season. Everything in moderation is ok. Indulge, just don’t over indulge. Appreciate the time you spend with family and friends and make the most of your time off.

Wishing you all a happy, safe and HEALTHY Christmas.

Love Elo xx