Benefits of Kickboxing

Mixed Martial Arts, better known by its abbreviation MMA, has seen a substantial increase in interest over the past few years, thanks in part, to Ronda Rousey. This means that different forms of fighting as exercise, like kickboxing, are once more becoming popular.

From your core arms and shoulder to your legs and glutes, kickboxing also strengthens your muscles while increasing your stamina — and gives you a tough cardio workout to boot. And believe me, it does.

The week I am writing this post, I started taking kickboxing lessons, and boy oh boy has it been an experience. Barely recovered from the first session, I went for my second one. And I can still feel the soreness of both!

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How To: Fitness

Yet another new series for my blog. This time it’s a ‘How to’/tips/hacks sort of thing! Expect tips related to writing, health, beauty, fitness… everything you can think of! If you want tips and/or hacks on a topic in particular, let me know in the comments below! Just a small disclaimer, these tips are based on both my research and personal experience. If you disagree with any of these, you can add and remove your own choices 🙂

So take out your notepads, put the kettle on and get writing!

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Girl walks into a Gym

Quite the unusual title right? And in case you’re wondering: no, I’m not about to crack a joke in the lines of ‘girl walks into a bar’.

A while ago, I wrote about my workout routine at home, and now I’l be writing about:

  • My gym routine
  • What I wear
  • Why I go to the gym.

Routine

I usually start with 15 to 30 minutes on the treadmill. Lately I’ve been doing the marathon mode, trying to reach my current target of 2k. I’m also trying to run as much as I can, increasing the speed to up to 11KPH and the incline up to 6.0%.

Then I would start working on my upper body, particularly arms and upper back. I use either 3kg or 4kg weights and a 4kg kettlebell. I do 10 reps for each arm, taking a 5-second rest between each set.

After that, I do some glutes/booty/leg workouts, and when I finish that, I do a 10-minute treadmill cooldown walk, not exceeding 4KPH.

Clothes

I usually try to mix and match outfits to look a bit different, but I would most probably be wearing what is shown in the slideshow, switching between sports bras.

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Why?

Apart from the usual ‘tone up and lose weight’ excuse, I just really wanted to find something to blow off some steam with, and to also bond with my boyfriend during weekdays.

I’ve never been in tune with my body, but ever since working out, I’ve noticed not only physical but also emotional, psychological and mental changes in myself. The way I look at the equipment at the gym, other people around me, myself included. I used to be super insecure about running on the treadmill since I’m a bit busty, but you know what? Screw what anyone else thinks! If I want to run then be it!

There are two beautiful people who have inspired me to love myself and go #treatyoself on me:

Megan Jayne Crabbe
Facebook * Blog * Twitter * Instagram

and

Milly Smith
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I mean… look at them! They’re humans (duh), and they embrace their flaws and their beautiful bodies. The bodies that went through a freaking lot, and bodies that experienced heartache, battles and birth (in the case of Milly).

If YOU, reading this, are either Megan or Milly, first off: I LOVE YOUSE AND I WANT TO GRAB A CUP OF TEA WITH YOU BOTH AND TALK ABOUT HOW AWESOME YOU TWO ARE (sorry if I came on too strong!). And second of all, thank you for finally teaching me that every body is its own beautiful temple. ANd if there is any way I can reach out to them (I mean you, if you’re reading it which would be an honour!), please do let me know! I’d really love to interview them for the blog ^_^

So give these two ladies a follow, like their pages and be{YOU}tiful

Workout Routine // At Home

I love working out. I didn’t use to, but ever since last December, the thought of not exercising made me kinda sad. I know, me, loving exercising?! Hahaha, I’d have laughed before this year. Now I can’t live without it. Be it HIIT, low impact, cardio, dancing, walking, running, or even just jumping, I need to be on the move constantly.

Exercising cured me from depression…. For the most part anyways.

This is my workout routine when I’m at home.

I usually start by looking for short yet effective workouts which I can do from my room. I found marching on the spot for one minute a good way to warm up before I start my workouts. This is a list of the top 10 people I am subscribed to for workouts:

  • Lucy Wyndham-Read — my absolute favourite for short workouts and monthly challenges
  • Blogilates — really motivational and good for dance-type workouts
  • Tone It Up — two beautiful ladies with really good workouts (and merchandise!)
  • womensworkoutchannel — for booty exercises, this is my go-to!
  • GymRa
  • Tracy Campoli
  • Vicki Justiz
  • Popsugar
  • Psyche Truth — for yoga-type workouts
  • Fitness Blender

I then finish my workouts with a cool-down stretch routine by Lucy Wyndham-Read, which is really really good.

Sometimes I also do 30-day challenges, such as Blogilates’ squat and plank challenges, which I did a few times last year.