Saturday, 14 January 2017

3 STEPS TO FLOURISH IN WELLNESS


As part of a new year campaign with John Lewis I'm going to be chatting about 3 areas which all aim you towards the same goal - better health and wellbeing. Now I know there seems to be the standard January bombarding amount of, 'new year, new you' stuff about but I truly do agree that by getting the right balance in each of these areas, you'll be on the right track the entire year.

What are these 3 steps you ask? Feel fitter, feel recharged and feel nourished. It isn't just about how active you are, it's about what you eat and it's also about resting up right.



Feel fitter //
John Lewis aren't a gym (obviously) but they sell plenty of home gym aids. They sell items such as treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines, multi gyms, free weights, yoga mats, swiss balls, so you name it and it'll be on their list of items to purchase. If you're not too keen on the gym, or like me and prefer to exercise at home, then there are plenty of options for you to sink your teeth in. 
There is also fitness technology which I have had a lot of experience with. I've tried and tested numerous fitness watches but I'm currently using a Fitbit Blaze (as seen above), which you can purchase from John Lewis as well. They do have a wide variety so if you're just after a general activity tracker they have those, or specifically for running and or swimming ones too. I love using an activity tracker as it helps me monitor how much I'm doing and how I'm developing for races. Don't forget you can purchase fitness gear too, such as your trainers and also your training garments. They have a wide variety from your yoga must-haves to your running technicals. I got super excited to discover I could finally get some Adidas Pure Boosts from there, as I always struggle to find them locally. 

Feel recharged //
I am the queen of being terrible in this department but my 2017 vow is to chill out! I don't wind down or let my body recover as much as I should, so whether it's a bed better for sleeping or just finding an amazing new bath oil - this is a must. I actually love using a SAD lamp wake up alarm, which gradually gets lighter as your alarm time draws closer. It is far less intrusive and disruptive like a normal bleeping alarm! I tend to find I wake up feeling far more relaxed this way. Alternatively give me a scented candle and a good book, and I am as good as gold on the relaxing front! 

Feel nourished //
Water, water, water. Do you drink enough? Scrap me being bad at relaxing, (as I'm far better at that than this bit) I'm awful for drinking water so I tend to pop a little bit of fruity squash in to help encourage me to drink it. I bizarrely find that by having a nice looking water bottle it sort of makes me more likely to use it - is that weird?! Another option and something I like to do first thing to get my vitamin C in, is use a juicer or smoothie maker. I sometimes have little time to sit and eat lots of fruit to get to my 5 a day, so I enjoy making a fruity drink at breakfast time as I feel it sets my day off on the right foot.

John Lewis have a dedicated page for these 3 steps and the options you have to chose from. Let me know if you need any help of guidance on anything you're not sure of.


What I'm getting at in this post is that we forget to do a bit of each of these areas. Often when January starts we automatically focus on fitness and don't always recharge, or we get our exercising balance spot on,  but then forget about nourishing ourselves. Whatever it is we do, we need a balance between them all. Have you managed to get a balance between each of these areas? Are looking to get any new fitness aids this year?


*Post in collaboration with John Lewis*

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19 comments

  1. Water- agree totally! I am starting gym on Monday and i AM SUPER EXITED. i got some watch like that- but i dont know hot it works! Sigh..

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    1. Awesome! Let me know how you get on. What have you got - I might be able to help?

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  2. Great post! There is so much technology out there to help people with their fitness, yet one of the best things is the simple glass of water! I am going to start swimming again to start building up my fitness and stamina x

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  3. Number three all the way for me this year. The only water I currently ever drink is in tea! xx

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  4. Some good tips. The main one I always do is water without fail. I walk a lot, but want to keep up additional exercise x

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  5. I don't drink enough water either, think i should really start drinking more of it x

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  6. I have really started upping my water intake over the last couple of months and it is amazing the benefits you can feel just from something so simple! x

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  7. I'm not a fan to the NY resolutions, but I agree with you that a good balance is very important throughout the whole year.

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  8. This is the year I plan to live a far healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically x

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  9. I have a fitbit flex 2 and it really helps me get motivated! Really want to get myself a SAD lamp alarm!

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  10. Water is so, so important. I can definitely tell when I haven't had enough and feel so much better when I've been steadily drinking through the day. I've also been thinking of getting some free weights for home since I'm not using my gym membership at all, they'd probably be a better investment!

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  11. That Fitbit looks cool! I have looked into getting one but there are so many now that I'm not sure which to get. Will have a look at your model :)

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  12. I'm the same, I much prefer exercising at home as I can do it in my own time. I find exercising a bit boring so I'm much better off doing it in small bursts rather than one big long work out. I'm definitely going to look at John Lewis for some equipment!

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  13. I've switched sugary drinks for water and I'm noticing a difference :)

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  14. I need to exercise more, I am unwell at the moment but am planning what to do when I am well enough. Kaz x

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  15. I have increased my water intake and my exercise amount. My fitbit is great as I can record the number of daily steps etc.

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  16. Great post, I really should increase how much water I drink. I have wanted to get a fitbit for ages now

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  17. Fitness is on top notch on my list too and love John Lewis fitness gear

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  18. was looking into getting a fitbit, been putting off getting it until the right frame of mind, agree water 100% especially if like me you hold a lot of water !

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