Friday, 18 May 2018

Making Exercise Fun With Nicce


Anyone who knows me will know that 'exercise' and 'fun' are two words that I would very rarely use in the same sentence but, to the shock of my friends and family, I have actually started to exercise - and am actually enjoying it. But this has not always been the case. In my mind, exercise has always seemed like a bit of a chore. I was always that chubby kid hiding in the loos during PE or faking a devastating leg injury to avoid cross country. My school PE teachers despaired at my inability to do the simplest of activities - to be honest, I can't do a forward roll even now. But, as a kid, I did love activities that didn't seem like exercise but kinda were. I loved long walks and was very proud of myself for doing the Exmoor Challenge and DofE. I used to play '40 40 In' with the other kids on our block and maybe a cheeky game of the forbidden 'British Bulldog'. And that's what I realised recently - that exercise didn't have to be this regimental, enforced thing that I only did when I was a diet but it could be implemented into my daily life and it could actually be enjoyable.

So, I have put together a list of things that I have found helpful on this journey to becoming fitter.

Buy Gym Clothes
Investing in a lot of gym clothes because they make me feel so much more motivated to move around. So, when the lovely people at Nicce got in touch to ask if I wanted to collaborate, I was overjoyed. I had had my eyes on their womens black hoodie for a while now but I decided to go for something a little more colourful - and I love it! The absolute best thing about this hoodie is that it has a soft, fluffy lining which makes it so snug. But, if you're not a hoodie kinda person, then you don't have to worry. They do everything from swimming costumes to caps to yoga pants. All with their iconic logo on and in a range of fun colours - I love all their mustard yellow items they're bringing out at the moment.


Start Small
I know I may never be the next Mo Farah but I still feel proud of the small milestones I pass. When I first started jogging, I could only run for about 1 min before feeling like I was going to collapse. Now I am reaching 5 minutes and I am happy with this improvement. Knowing your limits and listening to your body are really important when you exercise so if I start to feel tired then I stop and have a rest. But not having overly ambitious goals has really helped me to be persistent and get into a routine with exercise.

Be Patient With The Results
This is one thing that my husband often has to remind me. Just because I've gone for a hike, doesn't mean I can climb Everest the following week. It takes time for your muscles to grow and your body to become more able to do certain activities. It can seem like you're doing so much for so little return but in a few months you'll look back and realise how far you have come.

Pick An Activity That You Can Do Everyday 
I'm not saying you should exercise everyday but picking an activity that is easily accessible will make it so much easier to keep up with. If you decide to go for polo but don't have a horse and live in central London, this probably won't be something you can do regularly in the long term. Choosing something like walking, yoga, or football will mean that you can do this often without having to take too much time out of your day to travel to a certain place. Personally, I try to go for a jog maybe once or twice a week and I also try to go on one long walk a day - preferably up a hill - with the pushchair. I've found this really fits in well with my lifestyle as I don't have enough time to go to a gym alone but bringing Ava along on walks gets us both out of the house and allows me to exercise.



What I'm Wearing:

Nicce Pink Hoodie*

Primark Yoga Pants (similar)

Puma Gazelle Trainers (here)

How do you exercise?
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  1. Looks super comfy! I'm gearing myself up to do some YouTube work out vids. Want to get a bit more toned for the wedding. Also, love your pics for this! You look great. The lighting in the first one is so pretty

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