Sunday, 18 August 2019

Things Gym Beginners Should Avoid

So you're new to the gym and you're not quite sure what to expect or perhaps you're a little nervous? Don't worry, those feelings are perfectly normal and once you get into the swing of things, you'll soon be at ease and working out confidently. 

I've been training consistently in weight training for around three years now. It has become an activity that allows me to push myself out of my comfort zone, work on myself for myself, and also keeps me sane in the most stressful of times. Like many, I didn't begin my gym journey confidently. I initially found the thought of going to the gym so intimidating. All through my childhood and teenage years, I passionately hated exercise - PE lessons and sports days were my unconfident teenage self's nightmare. If anything, I've proven to myself and to those around me that once you find a form of exercise that you like, you can keep at it and enjoy the process of improvement too.

You may want some reassurance before you sign up so I've put together a list of things that gym beginners should avoid at all costs. 

Don't be put off by delayed onset muscle soreness
It's perfectly normal and expected. Ensure you stretch after training, get enough protein in your diet to aid muscle recovery, and most importantly, don't let it stop you. It's only temporary!

Stretching is important
You may think of it as the boring part of working out, but try treating it like a mindfulness practice. You'll quickly learn how much it helps your mind AND body. 

Do not restrict your calories, but don't binge either
Make sure you're fuelling yourself enough to conduct your workouts and build muscle mass. If you're ensure, ask a qualified member of staff at your gym for a meal or nutrition plan.

Don't pressure yourself
You're doing great - praise yourself and keep going!

Don't overdo it!
I gradually built up my workouts because I knew overloading myself was only going to exhaust me and leave me demotivated. When I first started training, I trained twice a week. I now train between 3-4 times a week, and I find it works well amongst my routine. However, everyone is different. I wouldn't suggest training more than 3 sessions per week at first because your body needs to adjust to the lifestyle change. 

Do not feel too shy to ask for help
It may surprise you, but fitness enthusiasts are actually some of the nicest people I have come across. I believe it to be because everybody started somewhere, and they're continuously working hard on their own journey. As I mentioned above, all gyms will have qualified staff more than willing to help and advise you where needed. Don't be afraid to ask.

Don't mis-use machines
This can be dangerous and greatly increase your risk of injury. If you're ensure, ask someone to show you how to use the machine or ask a member of staff for a guide of the gym's machines.

Avoid signing without reading the T&Cs
If for whatever reason, you may need to change or cancel your membership later on, be sure to check that you can get out easily and that there is not a fee for ending your contract early. I know this has been an issue for students in the past, so ensure you're happy with the terms and conditions prior to signing up.

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Sunday, 28 July 2019


It's been a Love Island favourite this year, and it's definitely been a favourite of mine this year. A sleek black bikini like this one has everything you need - a flattering cut, a high waist, and cute detailing. I mixed and matched this set, opting to go for a shirred top with ribbed bottoms. Thankfully, it still worked well. That's another fabulous thing about black bikinis, you can mix and match with almost everything! Click the links below to shop this bikini for yourself (hibiscus flower sadly not included).

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

How To Get The Natural Makeup Look

What makeup do I need for a natural look?

Truthfully, none at all.

I recently set live a new hashtag that I am using to encourage other women to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, #ComplexionAffectionWithEvie. From an early age, women are taught that wearing makeup makes them more beautiful, but this belief is not only false, it is also highlighting "insecurities" that should not exist. I've been sharing my no makeup selfies with the hashtag #ComplexionAffectionWithEvie to prove to others that natural beauty isn't from the inside of a bottle. It's been with you all along.

I never once thought that I would share my natural bare face on the Internet in such high quality, but here we are breaking through those societal expectations and inner inhibitions! Redness, freckles, scars, pores, hairs, dark circles, uneven pigments - yes, all feature on this makeup free face and they also feature on rest of the world's population too.

As much as I adore makeup and trying out the latest products, I cannot deny the feeling of freedom in just letting your skin breathe for a while and feeling like you have nothing to hide or cover up. Especially in the recent heatwave that we have been having here in the UK, going makeup free over the last few days has been blissful to say the least!
Give it a go for yourself. Share your no makeup selfie, tagging the hashtag to join the movement and encourage other women to feel happy in their own skin. 

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