Do you want a firmer bum, toned legs and a higher metabolism?

If your answer is 'yes' then read on

I'm currently doing a squat challenge: 100 squats a day for 30 days

Any kind of squats count - you can do them with a barbell, some dumbbells, even a kettlebell or the TRX... Or like I have done, the simplest form of them all, bodyweight squats.

Doing a hundred squats a day takes only a few minutes to complete when you're doing them with your own body weight only, so I'd like to think everyone who don't have physical limitations can take part in this challenge

I've been happy to see some of my PT clients take on the challenge too

Myself, like probably many others, I struggled with motivation about 10 days in, but I've started so I'll finish what I set out to do. After all, it's not difficult

Some days I've purely forgotten to do all of my squats (you don't need to do them all at once), but instead of regarding that as a failure I've just added what I didn't complete to the next day's total

Simples

You'll get a firmer bum, thighs and your metabolism will automatically increase because of the extra work you're doing with your muscles every day

Do 10 sets of 10 repetitions to begin with, of if that's easy, do more at once. Maybe you're already fit enough to do all 100 at once?! By the end of the challenge you could be!

Get on it! I'd love to hear about your experiences, you can always get in touch with me through my Facebook page or Instagram account

5 tips for a healthier life

Hiya,

I just sat down to wait for dinner to cook and decided to write this

I totally live by 'the 10 minute body' stuff as I can't be bothered to waste my time in the kitchen (despite the fact that I love cooking) or doing 2-hour-long workouts

So I've just done a 10 minute prep, it's my first time ever making MAKARONILAATIKKO in the oven, which is a Finnish dish that nearly everyone loves.

Directly translated it's macaroni casserole, and I filmed making it so you can see how to make it yourself on my YouTube channel later (you'll get a notification when I've uploaded it if you've subscribed... Unless I have majestically fucked it up and it turns out shit :D)

Today I wanted to remind you of 5 things that I know majorly helps you be healthier... Check 'em out and make sure to incorporate them into your lifestyle before this summer.

[Make sure to also start the summer challenge {if you haven't yet} to give you a bit more structure with food and at-home exercise]

 

1. Drink a lot of water. 2 litres a day is your absolute minimum.
2. Increase your NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). This is ANY activity throughout the day that's not classed as exercise. What can you do to be a little bit more active tomorrow? Make sure to at least feel your core muscles activate when you're sitting down and standing up.
3. Focus on positive things, and stop negative self-talk. I hate fad dieting with a passion, because they destroy people's self esteems and just make most fatter in the long run. Stop punishing yourself and denying the foods you love eating. Doing it the freedom diet way makes eating anything possible, you just have to be within your personal calorie limits. Listen to this inspiring TED talk I also shared on Facebook.
4. Eat many different (natural) colours. Mixing different coloured veg in your diet makes your body get more vitamins and minerals. Ditch the vitamin tablets, get your nutrition from real food.
5. Make sure you know what it feels like to be hungry. I've spoken to so many overweight people who don't remember the last time they were hungry. Just plan your meals ahead of time so you know what you're having when you get hungry to avoid resorting to junk you don't need. Listening to your body is a key factor in learning what makes you feel good. Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied. There's an increasing amount of scientific evidence to suggest that letting yourself get hungry results in improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and also in better insulin sensitivity.

My food's nearly ready..... I'm excited to see if it's anything like the stuff I used to love at school!

Take action to be healthier TODAY.

Talk soon,
Erika

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