How To Increase The Effect of Your Workout | COLLAB



When it comes to fitness, all of us have different stories. Some can’t even get themselves in the mood to work out, while some of us work out every day and yet they fail to see the results. Regardless of whether you want to slim down, tone your body, or simply lead a healthier life, figuring out how to achieve your goals sometimes feels like rocket science, only more complicated. There’s a bit more to it than the simple “Well, just hit the treadmill!” that people keep pushing as the only solution. Luckily, once you learn how to approach your workouts, it’ll become as easy as pie. For the beginners and fitness enthusiasts both, here are a few tips to motivate you and help you get the kind of body you’ve always dreamed of having.

Don't skip strength training



Women are almost always guilty of this, and it’s such a shame because they’re the ones who can benefit from it the most. They tend to do it because they don’t want to end up looking bulky, but it takes a lot of time to actually build that much muscle and look beefy. Besides, muscles are sexy on anyone, not just on men. Being strong not only feels great, but it can help you lose weight as well. We all know that cardio is the golden standard for slimming down, but it won’t actually help you look toned. Weight lifting, however, makes your body trim and sexy, but it also has the added benefit of helping you lose weight even when you’re not working out. Muscles are immensely helpful with fat burning when we’re exercising, but even when we’re just resting they can help us lose more calories during the day.

Think outside the box

Hate the gym? That’s actually fine. Look, the gym is pretty great and can definitely help a lot of people, but for some it’s just too much stress. If going there makes you sick to your stomach, then you’ll just give up and ruin your progress pretty quickly. Instead, consider some other options. And we don’t mean just working out at home. Are you outdoorsy? Why not go running or hiking? Do you like to dance? Hip hop, belly dancing and jazz ballet are all great options. Or maybe you want to learn self-defence, in which case martial arts can be your go to. Yoga, swimming, cycling, fencing – there are so many options, and you know what the best one is? The one that you enjoy and that you’ll love coming back to every day.

Combine exercise with other things



Exercising helps everyone, but if we gorge ourselves with fast food every day then we’re bound to slow down our progress significantly. Cutting down processed foods and sugary things can easily help you shed the pounds, so try to eat home-cooked meals as often as you can. If you want to have a sexy body, just look at Aussie girls. They spend their whole lives at the beach, and to look good they have to work hard. Australia, more than most countries, has a high rate physically active people, and the beautiful Gabby Westbrook herself seems to enjoy outdoor workouts a lot.
Since there is so much pressure to look good, most Australian ladies aren’t shy about going to the plastic surgeon either. For example, CoolSculpting in Perth is becoming increasingly popular and if you want a non-invasive procedure to target fat, this is a pretty great option. It freezes the fat cells and removes them from your body, and it’s a great option for those who keep working out but can’t get rid of chubbiness in certain parts of their body. If you ever wanted to change something about your body, plastic surgery and other aesthetic procedures are something to consider. Combine these with exercise and the right diet and you can shape up and look just the way you want to.

Change it up



Having a routine is excellent, but sometimes you do need to introduce new things into it. If your workouts are becoming too easy for you to do, then it means you’ve reached a plateau and that you need more challenge to keep them effective. Switch it up a bit, or simply add more sets and repetitions to keep it all intense.

Make a calendar

It’s good to have a visual representation of your progress. Your body will change over time, but you won’t be able to tell right away, so keeping a calendar will help you track your workouts and keep you more motivated. Imagine looking at it and realising you’ve been working out for three months solid. This way you can take pride in what you do, and keep your goal in mind more easily.

The best and final tip that you need to know is to simply find any way you can to become in love with exercising. Stop seeing it as a chore that you just have to get out of your way. It’s the time for you to have fun, to enjoy yourself. Play your favourite music and don’t let anyone interrupt you. You’re working to become fit, healthy and beautiful, and there’s no greater feeling in the world than that.

This was a collaborative post, featuring blogger Amy Mia Goldsmith (x), who is a contributor to High Style Life.

I know for sure, I'll definitely be using some of Amy's tips here in my workout regime to really make the most of what I'm doing.

 What do you think of the tips included in this post? Are they something you'd add into your regime too? Do you do some of these already? Let me know in the comments!



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My favourite gym workouts


To link into my fitness direction that I'm going in for the blog, I thought that I'd share with you what my favourite workouts in the gym are. At some point, I'll do a post about home workouts, but for now, I hope you enjoy!

Leg press

If you follow my Instagram/Twitter, you'll know that I adore the leg press machine. I feel like my legs are one of my main assets, so I want to keep them as fit/toned as possible. The leg press can come in 2 different varieties: the foot platform moves, or the seat you're in will move. I've used both, but I feel like the second option benefits me the most. There are different stances you can do on a leg press machine, and they end up working the different parts of your legs. Personally, my favourites are: Narrow stance and standard stance since I like to work on my legs overall, but particularly the outer quads.

I do reps of 10 and I do this with weight progression from lightest to heaviest (last I did was 85kg to 165kg, meaning I did 100 presses... WHAT EVEN?!), and after I do this workout, I feel so good and that I've really taken a positive risk with pushing myself.

Taken from Pinterest
Knee raises/leg raises (Captain's chair)

A very recent favourite of mine, and I definitely feel it the day afterwards. I use the dips machine for doing both of these, and I find it so helpful and challenging (in a good way). I've never been able to support my own weight fully on my arms, so press ups have been out of the question forever. I never thought I could do these, and I've recently proven myself wrong. 

Captain's chair leg and hip raise exercise
Taken from Pinterest

I do a variant of the two whilst using this machine, so I start with a knee raise, then back down, then up to a leg raise (tuck position), then back down and keep repeating it and stopping after 10. I try to push myself each time to go that little bit further, but as a newbie to this workout (and to working out my arms), I don't make the next goal too far away. Dips are the next goal for me!

Lat pull downs

Another workout I totally adore, especially because I do like to test my limits with it (also it looks hilarious with me trying to reach the bar since I'm so short). Dependant on how far apart or close the placement of your hands are is dependant on the part of your arms you workout. I like to do a variant of them all, with reps of 10 and I like to do this for 2-3 sets, dependant on how much I want to push myself. I never used to bother working on my arms, but everytime I'm in the gym, I always get tempted by the dumbells and arm machines.

Taken from Pinterest

Dumbbell side lateral raises

For this workout, I like to change the weights between what I'm comfortable with, and the weight up from that. I do this to push myself, as well as giving me the comfort zone I can go back to if pushing myself feels like too much. I do these for reps of 10, and make it a set of between 3-5. You can do this workout at home if you have dumbbells in the house, but I do prefer to do this in the gym, especially when dumbbells can be costly if you're changing what weights you're using.

Correct side lateral raise exercise form
Taken from Primer Magazine


Kettlebells x burpees

I saw this workout over on KJ Apa's Instagram (x), so I decided to give it a shot. It's pretty easy to say that afterwards, you are literally breathless and sweating buckets. I stop after I've done 10 of each for a mini break to get my breath back, then I go back down again. It definitely is something you shouldn't push yourself to do, as the first time I did this, I had to stop after 7 of each due to being severely out of breath. This workout is a tough one to do, especially if burpees do make you pretty tired quickly, but if you don't push yourself, it is beneficial and can actually be a bit of fun.

Squats

How I really do love my squats (no sarcasm, I swear!) They're so simple to do, and work so well. However, if you want that 'peachy booty' or 'booty goals', unfortunately, just squats won't do it!

I do 3 different variations of these, and I rotate between them after every 10. First, I do just bog-standard regular squats. Secondly, I do squats and after I've come up, I follow it with a leg raise (then repeat but alternate legs). Lastly, I do weighted squats. Whether it's with a weight, kettlebell or medicine ball, it works a charm. I do all of these twice, meaning I end up doing about 60 squats. I do give myself a break after 30 to ensure I put in my full effort throughout the whole workout.

30 Day Challenges

I have 2 favourite workouts which branch under the '30 day challenge' title, and they are the Ab & Squat challenge, and the Butt Fitness challenge. I adore both of these challenges, as it basically follows the rule of 'little and often'. They don't take long at all to do, and they're quite fun if I'm honest. I fit them in either before I've gone training, or after, especially if I'm just sat around and not doing much and feel like I should be moving. When you start progressing further into the month, it really does surprise you as to how far you've gone, and how much you've actually done.

30 day ab and squat challenge
Taken from Pinterest

30 Day Bum Fitness Challenge Chart
Taken from Pinterest
That's it from me, and I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite workouts, and what I do with them! If you want some fitness inspiration, or some ideas for workouts, check out my fitness board over on Pinterest!

What are your favourite workouts? Do you have a least favourite? Do arm workouts make you feel like The Hulk? Do squats give you the Kim K vibes? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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