Friday, October 25, 2013

YOU WANT A HOT BODY......

.........You Better Work B**ch!


I’m not a fan of Britney Spears, of course I don’t dislike her, but her genre of music is not among my collection, however as I was preparing myself for my morning treadmill workout the other day (which includes switching on MTV), her latest song was playing – 'Work It Bitch'. It's quite a catchy tune, but some of the lyrics were particularly relevant to what I was about do: “You want a hot body.......look hot in a bikini, you better work bitch”, so I decided to rewind the song from the beginning and began powering myself through my treadmill workout, stepping it up a gear every time I heard those lyrics – I want a hot, bikini body and have you seen hers in her latest video!?

I think you’ll agree, achieving a ‘hot’ body isn't just about diet and nutrition, which is what I tend to predominantly focus on in my job as a Nutritionist, it’s about combining healthy eating with regular exercise. Despite the fact that every sane woman on the planet aspires to rock a svelte figure, few of us engage in any type of exercise/physical activity – housework, looking after kids, walking from and to the car and 'twerking' does not count in my opinion!

A recent report showed that many people take little or no part in physical activity, with nearly 80% failing to hit the government targets. Almost 1 in 10 adults have not walked continuously for five minutes in the past four weeks according to one of the most comprehensive studies conducted in to physical fitness levels in England. Is that you? Have you just bowed your head in shame? Don’t, we humans are creatures of habit and instinct, and from an evolutionary perspective we look for ways to conserve energy: we park the car as close to our destination as possible so we don’t have to walk too far; we get on a bus to travel one or two stops; we use the lifts and escalators instead of the stairs and we even use drive-thrus! It’s a sad state of affair, but it doesn't have to be if we just get off our behinds and do something. Regular physical activity promotes general good health, reduces the risk of developing many diseases and helps you live a longer and healthier life, all with a tight, pert butt and Michelle Obama's sculpted arms!

Government recommendations state that we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week such as cycling, running or fast walking and some muscle-strengthening activities. I pretty much do the 150 minutes with my treadmill and road running, and I do a teeny weeny bit of netball and ice skating, however I don’t think I focus enough on muscle-strengthening activities so I have been considering going to the gym. Muscle-strengthening activities include using free weights, resistance bands, ankle cuffs and doing exercises that use your body weight to create resistance against gravity. The average 30-year old will lose about a quarter of his or her muscle strength by age 70, and given we are all living longer we should start doing what we can now.

I’m embarrassed to admit that if I join the gym, I’m going to need a new fitness wardrobe; what I wear in the comfort of my own home on the treadmill is strictly inappropriate for public consumption, plus I know people who meet their husbands at these places so whether you're at a fashion event or in the gym, I think you should still look somewhat presentable. I’m not sure I would go as far as donning a sports-chic outfit like the ones below, but it would certainly make the gym session significantly more enticing, right!?
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(all images courtesy of www.fashionising.com)

How active are you and do you have plans to be more physically active? Where do you buy your sportswear from?

Later x

29 comments:

  1. Great post...I think that right amount of exercise and sensible eating habits are very important if you want "the great body"

    Have a nice weekend...

    http://lttreasure.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I must be honest and say I hate the gyms here. So cramped in London and exorbitantly priced then there's a bloody queue! Then the weather isn't the best. On the plus side I walk out of necessity and to get around. I tend to avoid public transport if I can and that's the one habit I like. But I know I need to tone my muscles...but still working on energy levels so next spring I will try and buy done weights at home...but it is hard! I am a right exercise moaner! ;)

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    1. Are you kidding me, a queue to get in the gym, now that's a Kodak moment. You deffo do not see that in Brum. Most people are exercise moaners hun; I hope you manage to do something in the spring, if you want to, but don't underestimate the benefits of just walking x

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    2. Queues for the running machines and some weights and men get ll testosteroney and hog the weights!

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    3. oh I see....ha ha. That sounds like a very busy gym! x

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  3. Hi Colleen, I think a good sportswear could be also a good incentive to work out even though not as much important. For me beig active everyday is very important. I love walking fast and do outdoor activities whenever the weather is fine. I also have ankle cuff and bought weights (2kg) to make them at home. Im not a type of gym cause I find it pretty boring but I would love make some kind of regular sports like yoga. Lol for that song, you made me smile!:) Happy weekend dear, kisses! xo

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    1. Great idea about the weights, I've just bought some myself today actually! Keep up with the exercise! x

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    2. I will! Hope your week is going fine my dear, happy Halloween! Kisses! xo

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  4. You're so right about the importance of exercise! I hate gyms, and vowed never to set foot in one again about 15 years ago. I think it's quite possible to get enough exercise without going to a gym, but it's really important to find something that fits in with one's life and work commitments. Once you find the right balance and type of activity, it becomes part of daily life and is a pleasure, rather than a chore.
    I get a lot of exercise: I walk about 10 km a day - we have no car, so I walk to and from work, ok to the shops to do the shopping and my kids walk themselves to school (only 20 min walk away from our house). I do a daily yoga practice, one 2 hour yoga class a week, and two Pilates reformer classes a week (1hour each), one in my lunch break at work and another at night. This works very well for me. I feel well, I weigh the same as I have all my life and my body looks not bad for a 45 year old mother of 2. It does require commitment, but because I love walking and yoga, it really doesn't feel like a chore. I know I would never manage to keep to a gym or boot camp regime, so I've given up trying.

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    1. wow! Your exercise regime has just blown mine out the water! This is amazing and I don't know what I'd do without my car, but I guess it's what you get used to. You are so right about choosing things that fit in to your lifestyle though, if you don't it's not sustainable.

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  5. Sport/exercise is so Importent for my, i can't live Without it. I do 3 Times in the week weigth Lifting and 3 Times a half Hour cardio in the week. I and my Body Needs it. If i wouldnt do this get Signs of withdrawal. ;) i don't have a hot Body but i'm satisfiied.
    I really like your Post and i absolutlly agree with you
    Have a Nice Weekend

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    1. weight lifting wow!! Do you do that in a gym or at home?

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  6. Been quite active since moving to my new area nearly 2 years ago and have even gained new girlfriends who are so active in the gym. Sorry babe can't stand the treadmill, have to be moving around that's why I took up Zumba :D And I just love dancing. I do Zumba toning which is less dancing and more on strength training and muscle toning (ab crunches kill me though). We use 2 types of free weights and I alternate between heavier and light. Sometimes do Zumba sentao using chairs as resistance and aqua's fun but doesn't do much for me. Done cheerobics but it's intensely cardio so not for me. I walk all the time anywhere as much as I can (not when I'm wearing highest heels and not with the more expensive shoes--they're too precious :D). I buy my sportswear and even my bikinis from Sports Direct online. They always have great deals. Love wearing colourful stuff! Can't stand all black at the gym. It's the only place at the moment where I'm confident enough to wear cropped tops. Zalando's great for trainers in colours that aren't easy to find in stores. Currently using Nike Fit TRIII range. I love the body of the girls on photo #2, they don't look gaunt and hungry. I've always loved Britney's physique, especially her legs. Speaking of Britney's music, my recent fave is her collaboration with Will.I.Am. called 'Scream and Shout' Thought it's cool. We use that for warm up. Love this post Colleen! Have a lovely weekend xxx PS. My next project is to cycle. I miss that!

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    1. aaaah Zumba, heard great things about it, but something deters me away from this form of exercise. I'm not sure whether it's the class environment (being told what exercise to do) or the fact that people get too close in to my personal space. The Zumba toning sounds good though, just what I need for muscle strengthening.

      We have a Sports Direct and it's huge so on-line sounds like a good idea, not heard of Zalando, thanks for the recommendations.

      oooh crop top at the gym, that's the one place I don't think I could wear it because I'm not concentrating on sucking everything in ha x

      You too have a fab weekend!

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  7. 1 in 10 adults have not walked continuously for five minutes in the past four weeks?!?!?! Ok, that's scary! I have a dog, so I have to walk 3-times a day for 30+ minutes, thank god! I did go swimming 3-times a week last year but then I was just overwhelmed with work and stopped, stupid me! I have to pick that up again, because I felt so much better when I swam - dooh, right?:) I have a simple black one piece because I swim like I mean it and I can't have the bottoms rolling off my ass in the middle of the swimming pool.:D

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    1. And I've just read your tweet stating that you went swimming today - so proud of you girl ha!

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  8. Colleen hun.. I enjoy reading your posts every time more and more.. You bring up such an important issues!!! I am a kind of girl that intimidated by physical activity!! Unfortunately I am not in shape at all.. and don't have even one pair of sports shoes or wear in my closet, defiantly the time to start (
    especially after Brittney's cover.. great snaps as well!

    Have a fabulous weekend babe,

    http://rosdays.blogspot.co.il/

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    1. Yeah definitely time to start hun, but you do look fab nonetheless!

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  9. I want a hot body! But I think I'm lazy to work hard for it.
    I eat as healthy as I can, but the work out...
    At the begining of every month, I map out a work-out plan mainly consisting of jumping jacks, ab crunches, 30 mins walk with my dog and of course, squats. But before the 2nd week, I get tired prolly cos I expect fast action n all.
    I don't feel comfortable at a gym (sweating n panting next to sweaty peeps, I'l pass).
    I intend to learn how to swim (been planning to do this since I turned 16 n that was ages ago).
    Hmmmm!
    I've even tired of myself. Loll
    Oh well.
    One of these days, I would try n stick it to the end, at least for one month. Hopefully, I would be super pleased with the result and would never skip exercise again.

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  10. You're not alone. Most people hate exercise but the key is to find something you enjoy and that fits in with your lifestyle, that way you are more likely to stick at it. Set yourself realistic goals about what you want to do and hopefully you will find something you can do and enjoy. Good luck!

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  11. Dearest Colleen, I think I fullfil the demands which you mentioned easy because I walk nearly each day with my husband very fast at least about one hour. Than I do daily a yoga-like exercise, the 5 Tibetans, and in the weekends we mostly biking or hiking in the Bavarian mountains.

    Regarding my sports clothing it´s fortunately not necessary to be really ambitious because as we mostly walk in the evening I need only comfy and water proof shoes (different for summer and winter) and for hiking I wear a simple sport leggings and multifunctional jackets which I mostly buy here in the shops in our small town. And for the 5 Tibetans there isn´t any special clothing necessary.

    But I have to admit the sport clothing which you show here looks really cool and there was a time in my life when I went daily to the gym and wore similar clothes, I did this for 10 years, but then I lost my pleasure to train in the gym and stopped it ;)

    Wish you many fun with your sports!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  12. Yeah babes I do agree with you on this one, of course every chic wants to rock in the bikini and to achieve that you got to work it lol, like britney said. But come to think of something all these celebs do not go through much as we do. They do loads to get back to shape, cosmetic surgery,electronic pads and loads of weird stuffs, they know the answer to quick fix. My best workouts has been on YouTube, I love you tube workouts, I achieve best results from that. I am not a slim person, am sure you know that but I have got freaking big bones which needs to be toned. So I do cardio instead of the slow exercise lol, that won't make me slim but build up muscles instead. Oh boy! I love my food, I want to keep in shape and still crunch the crunchy. I hope that's possible. Have a lovely day babes. Kisses.

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  14. Some very interesting and surprising findings in the report. I need the motivation of a class activity which is why I've been doing aerobics and Zumba for quite a while now. Also since Zumba is based on dance moves, it doesn't feel like exerecise and time flies too! I've recenlty started beginner's Pilates which I'm enjoying and hopefully I'll progress to the main class. Looking at your gorgeous selection of outfits makes me want to rush out and buy something more stylish for tomorrow's class!!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Hello,
    the perseverance is the best suit for making sport, water and a special diet makes the difference.
    xo
    About women and not only Blog

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  16. Physical activity has been a battle for me for years - I tend to be a very all or nothing person, so I throw myself into a new regime wholeheartedly, but then get tired and give up entirely. I finally overcame this a year ago when I started practising yoga. I slowly, slowly worked my way up from practising for just half an hour a week to doing it for almost five hours every week. For me, that's what made the difference. I was always somewhat active, though, as I don't own a car and have to get around somehow ;) As for workout clothes, that's a tough one - I do most of my workouts at home, and the clothes I wear definitely aren't fit to me seen in public!
    xox,
    Cee
    www.cocoandvera.com

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  17. Hi, Colleen... your post really got my attention, cause, yes, I am one of the women who don't really exercise... and I am so much in need of that... I wasn't this way before, but some things happened and led me to a more transcendental kind of life... at least for a while, trying to understand life... now I am almost prepared for physical activities again! Your post motivated me, thank you! Sorry I was out of the blogosphere for some weeks, now I'm fully back! denisesplanet com

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  18. Another great and worth reading post friend! Love all these styles.

    xoxo;
    What Kenny Hearts, a Lifestyle Blog by Kenny.

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