Whether you’re thinking about starting the gym or you want to make sure you’re getting the most from your workouts, this post is perfect for you. Many people go to the gym but they don’t get the best possible results available to them. The following points will help you to enjoy awesome results!
CHALLENGE AND PUSH YOURSELF
It only makes sense that you should challenge and push yourself in the gym. If you’re not truly challenging yourself, you can’t expect to change. Each session should be an improvement on the last. Whether that’s with heavier weights, more reps, or a shorter rest period. Be honest with yourself and don’t just go through the motions while you’re in there. The amount of people you’ll see having a leisurely workout and a chat with their friend is unbelievable!

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EAT TO COMPLIMENT YOUR TRAINING

So, you’re killing it in the gym and doing everything you can. But then you get home and eat a takeaway. You still won’t get the results you could be getting! You need to eat to compliment your training. In fact, your diet is the most important part. Even if you only go to the gym 3 times a week, having an on point diet will help you to get amazing results. You don’t have to work yourself into the ground to look and feel amazing! 
DO A MIX OF DIFFERENT TRAINING STYLES
A mix of different training styles will make sure you’re keeping your body healthy in a balanced way. Some people focus too much on cardio, while others are all about the weights and don’t give cardio a second thought. Some people don’t need cardio to look great, but it’s good for health purposes. Both training styles are important. If you do classes, make sure they contain both resistance and aerobic exercises
HELP MUSCLES RECOVER FASTER
Sometimes, muscles can ache for days. This makes us not want to go to the gym again through fear of injuring ourselves or just not doing very well. There are a few things you can do to help your muscles to recover faster. Deep tissue massage will help to keep your muscles feeling great and ready to workout. You can also try foam rolling, and hot baths. Dynamic warmups and stretching to cool down is a good idea too.
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SET GOALS

If you go in the gym without a goal, how do you ever expect to get results? Do you want to lose fat? Build muscle? Just get fitter physically? Assess where you’re at now so you know the best next step to take. For instance, if you have lots of fat to lose, focus on losing that before building muscle. This doesn’t mean only doing cardio until you’ve lost the weight, it just means a few more cardio sessions and working with weights to hypertrophy. Then when you’re lean enough, you can build the muscle you want with less cardio, heavier weights/less reps, and more food! There’s a plethora of information out there to help you achieve and set goals.

Getting results is all about consistency.

Don’t give up!

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I’m kind of a newbie when it comes to camping/music festivals, which might actually come as a surprise to most of you considering I love music, festivals and camping.
Even though I once travelled around the UK/did an epic UK road trip to see my favourite band on their UK tour, I’ve never really gone to a proper music festival or camped. I’ve been to day music festivals many a time and I went camping once as a teenager, but this weekend is finally going to be my first proper time!
I suppose I could say this weekend’s camping at Lost Village is a bit like a trial run for Reading Festival later this year. Lost Village is a lot smaller, independent and boutique so I’m easing myself in slowly before all the big crowds and inevitable mud!
It’s safe to say that when preparing for this weekend, myself and my bestie have focused more on the non-practical stuff as in buying nice outfits, getting our hair and nails done, buying tons of festival accessories. But over the past few weeks we’ve put our heads together and managed to actually sort out a tent and stuff.

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THE BORING STUFF
So we went for a four man tent which is bigger then we need, but considering this festival is quite arty, we’re going to need space to get ready in the mornings and style our hair and stuff. Whereas at a  festival like Reading, you kind of just rock up and pitch a tent without much thought to getting ready or choosing a theme for your outfits.
But tents in general can be super cheap, we found two-men tents for £20 so unless you’re going somewhere that’s guaranteed to rain a lot, you don’t need to spend a lot of money going all out on a tent.
There’s little point spending extra money on finding a tent that looks cute or has an arty design, either. Yes, they look so pretty, but unless you’re going to festivals all year and using the tent every other weekend, you probably won’t let your money’s worth.

It’s very easy to make tents look homely, also. I bought some cheap battery operated fairy lights from Primark to string around the entrance, and a bright coloured quilt or blanket and some lanterns will transform a tent into looking boutique in no time.

I’d also suggest investing in an air mattress and bringing a spare cover, just to keep warm (British weather is so unpredictable) and to make sure you have a good night sleep.

THE (SLIGHTLY) FUN STUFF
Once the necessary basics are out of the way, it’s time to start planning for the actual journey. Tonight, we’re going on a quick shop around Tesco for some last minute bits like face wipes, sun screen etc.

I’d also definitely recommend checking with the festival what can and can’t be taken in. Some festivals don’t allow any food or alcohol whatsoever, whereas some do. Lost Village allows a pack of beer/cider or a bottle of wine per person, which we think is fair. What I’m saying is, don’t buy tons of beer and food and rock up on the day only to be told you’re not allowed to take it in.

If you have your car, it can be kept in there but sometimes things get confiscated and it’s worth just checking beforehand so you don’t waste money or have to faffabout at the gate.

Start comprising a list of things you need to take, and perhaps search Google for ideas too. There’s always going to be plenty of things you’ll forget to add. Things like shampoo or dry shampoo, tampons just in case, your ID etc.

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 Bright & funky accessories never go amiss…

THE REALLY FUN STUFF

Choose your outfits! Look up the weather and pack just enough stuff for one outfit per day (things like shorts or skirts etc can obviously be worn more then once) and then maybe just a spare nice top or playsuit just in case. Remember to pack pyjamas, underwear and a jumper and jeans/jogging bottoms for at night or if it suddenly does get cold or start to rain.
The day before, meet up with whoever you are travelling with and pack the car ready so you can leave first thing in the morning. The night before, have one last pamper and do everything that needs doing, whether that’s curling your hair, using a temporary hair spray to dye your hair a funky colour or even just having a long soak in the bath.
Put together a playlist for the journey! And maybe start thinking
about what you’re going to do when you get there. Are you going to play
it by ear? Are there certain bands you’re desperate to see and need to
put together a set list? Or are you more focused on just chilling out
and socialising?
It’s always good to make a general
plan so you don’t arrive there, get set up and then suddenly find you
want to rush off to make one band’s set which is about to start whilst
your friend wants to grab a couple of drinks and get settled in first.
But I think more importantly the two things to remember are to just have fun and be safe. Protect your skin from the sunshine, make new friends and just enjoy it!
Are there any tips I’ve missed out on, preparing for my first music festival? Let me know!
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Apart from fitness apps and actually wanting to get into a shape, another thing that gets me motivated to work out is all the pretty gear. 
Of course no one really cares what you look like at the gym, but for me personally it helps to have nice workout gear to wear.
I also think it’s important to have a set kit when going to the gym. I have a bag I keep in my car at all times and keep stuff in there specifically so I never forget it. I think this is really useful because it means you never have those days where you make excuses for yourself like ‘I’m really up for the gym today but I forgot my trainers/workout top/water’ etc. 
Here’s the general kit I take to the gym and maybe it’ll give you some pointers of things you should always keep in your gym bag, too.
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So to begin with, I have this basic but cute bag from Primark. It’s sweet and it does the job, but I am on the lookout for a proper gym bag, especially as over the past few months my collection of things to go into the bag has gotten bigger. When I purchased this bag, it would literally just hold my outfit and trainers. But, as you can see from the photo below, I obviously have a lot more things in my kit now.
My Sketcher trainers I actually purchased for my trek around Mexico but as that has been pushed back until next year now, I figured it can’t hurt to wear them in. They’re really comfortable, and I believe that it’s important to get a proper pair of running shoes if you want to run, otherwise you just won’t persevere with it.
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So this is my general kit. In the top left corner I have a cute water bottle purchased for something like £1.99 from H&M – it does the job and is better on the environment then continuing to purchase new bottles of water from the shop all the time.

Beside that is a very light and small towel I bought from TK Maxx recently. I don’t use this a whole lot as lately all I’ve been doing at the gym is using the treadmill, but it’s important to have one to wipe down machines you’ve been using and it’s of course useful for when I do sweat!

Next is my zombie apocalypse top – oh I do love a good slogan tee. I’ll talk about this more in a minute, though. Beside that I have a cheap armband to hold my phone in. I bought this off Amazon recently as I thought now the weather is getting nicer, I’m going to want to start running outdoors soon, once I find the confidence to. This is useful too because it’ll help me track my steps and distance properly, which I can’t do on a treadmill.
In the very middle I have some ankle socks to wear with my trainers, and some headphones. These were a Christmas gift from my brother a few years back and I get a lot of use out of these. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I just don’t get on with normal small bud headphones that go in your ear. At first I thought it was because of my tragus piercing, but they just never seem to fit properly in my left ear either. And when I try to run with them in..they just constantly fall out. Maybe I just have weird shaped ears. Anyway, these headphones do the job and don’t fall off when running!
I wish I knew where I got this sports bra from but I really have no idea. I have a feeling it might have been a blog freebie a few years back or maybe purchased with a voucher. It offers me basic support, but I do need to put some money towards one that offers me more support and is more designed for sport.
Finally, I also have a little spray and a hair brush, just to make sure I look somewhat decent when leaving the gym.
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Here’s what I actually wear. 
The leggings are a cute pair I bought from Primark, but I usually swap between these and a similar pair from H&M.
The slogan top I bought off Etsy and the seller was super helpful. As it was out of stock by the time I got round to ordering, she was happy to make another one up for me since most of their tops are customized anyway. So sweet. It’s from Abundent Heart Apparel, and I’ve fallen in love with all their designs since. I love anything zombie related and this ties in really well with the fact that I’m always using Zombies, Run or Zombies 5K for my gym sessions so it definitely motivates me.
I actually have a whole lot of slogan tees for work out wear (and I promise you, they’re not corny!) so do let me know if you’d like a post on these specifically.

So that’s whats in my gym bag on a day to day basis – is there anything you can think of that’s missing? Do let me know!

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Cinema has changed greatly over the last five years, with new quirky viewing options popping up all the time.
Gone are the days where we’d go down to our local Cineworld and pay a good £20-£30 for tickets, food and drink for just two people. Although ‘other’ cinema experiences do tend to be around that price too, the fact of the matter is, doing something a little different offers you a lot more bang for your buck.
I can’t believe I’ve just used that phrase.

But the thing is, people are no longer willing to pay that much when they can do exactly the same thing at home for free. We live a Netflix-and-chill era where when we’re not hooking up between (and sometimes during) movies on the sofa at home, we’re avid on chasing the next alternative or unusual option out there.
But, this isn’t a bad thing. It means independent cinemas are doing better, because whilst there’s also out there options like sitting in a hot tub on a roof to watch a movie, a lot of people are also going back to basics and enjoying the historic cinemas that show independent and more classic films.
Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s around about that time to start booking these all in. On one hand, you can choose oddball outdoor showings to soak up the warm weather or perhaps you might want to choose something more basic and indoors, which can always be followed by a slow stroll around the London sunshine.

Here’s a quick guide to what’s worth booking this summer.

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ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
Chances are, you’ve already heard of the offbeat Rooftop Film Club. Not only are they a super approachable team (just look at their Twitter),
but it’s also a wise and popular choice for summer evenings spent in
London. Rooftop Film Club are probably one of the most popular
alternative cinema events and even host some showings at my ultimate
fave, Queen of Hoxton. 

OUTDOOR CINEMA
Okay, ‘outdoor cinema’ is pretty vague and is probably the most basic (but cheapest) on this list. Outdoor cinema does what it says on the tin – you, er, watch film outdoors. This is quite reliant on the weather, but what’s nicer then kicking back on a blanket with the sun setting and watching a film amongst good company? You’ve got Pop Up Screens for the basic and affordable and take place all over London, whereas The Nomad Cinema, tends to pop up at more quirky locations, such as graveyards and stuff. And there’s also the Luna Cinema, which pops up at really picturesque locations, such as the beautiful Warwick Castle this summer. Sundown Cinema is worth a mention too (and includes showings at the beautiful Luton Hoo which is ever so local to me, so is totally on my bucketlist this summer).

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HOT TUB CINEMA
If you can face getting into a hot tub with strangers, then Hot Tub Cinema is for you. And if not – you can rent a hot tub out between just your friends if there are enough of you. Hot Tub Cinema takes place on rooftops around London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. Attendee’s are generally encouraged to drink and dress up (or rather, dress down) and if you don’t have enough friends interested, don’t let this discourage you. The general audience is young quirky types (no old perverted men) so chances are you’ll end up getting on with whoever’s tub you may end up in.
 
DRIVE IN FILM CLUB
Drive In Film Club is by the same team behind Rooftop Film Club, and I can personally vouch for this experience being awesome. Film showings tend to be set just that little bit later when it’s dark, but obvs you won’t get cold as you’ll be in your car! The tickets are super cheap being that they’re per car, meaning you can fit as many people as possible into your motor and split the cost. There’s plenty of hot dogs on hand too, and yes, you do get popcorn and drink delivered to your car window. You WILL feel like you’re in America.

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PILLOW CINEMA
Pillow Cinema is dubbed the ‘cosiest night in night out’ and I’m not surprised considering how comfy it all looks – and isn’t that what it’s all about? I need to be comfy when watching a film, in fact, when I’m at home, I can’t sit and watch a film unless I have my blanket with me, even if it’s a hot day. Obviously dressing down and lounging about is slightly discouraged at most cinemas but Pillow Cinema encourages it! Personally, I think it’s ideal for dates…

ELECTRIC CINEMA
With two locations – one in Portobello and one in the uber cool Shoreditch, Electric Cinema brings plush on a cool level – they’re basically very Instagram worthy and chances are you’ve spotted images from the cinemas on Pinterest already. Each cinema has super comfy chairs and sofas – and one even has beds! Plus there’s food and drink that can be taken back to your seats, too, and again, I’m not just talking about your standard local cinema popcorn.

EDIBLE CINEMA
This one’s for the foodies. The general process is that it mixes film with food and you attend a showing to be given a tray of small numbered containers on your allocated seat. Throughout the film, a screen-side light box will light up to reveal what package should be opened when – mixing canapes and cocktails with the films. But it’s not just popcorn and hot dogs at Edible Cinema – the food is meant to add to the experience of the film. It’s probably one of the most unique quirky cinema events out there and worth doing at least once in your life. Plus, you’ll feel really cultural afterwards, too.

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SECRET CINEMA
If you don’t know what Secret Cinema
is yet, then it’s probably not up your street. The not-so-secret event
is based around a movie and consists of an immersive experience that
often encourages attendees to dress up and get in character for, followed
by a showing of film in a quirky location. Over the years, they’ve been
praised for their showings of Star Wars and Back To The Future and, most notably, 28 Days Later. You can read my personal vague review of that here.
It’s pricey, so unless you’re willing to throw yourself into it, you’re
probably not going to enjoy it as much as you could. That said, I’d
recommend everyone to try a Secret Cinema event at least once in their
life.

BACKYARD CINEMA
Backyard cinema actually started in someone’s backyard, so this company really knows what it’s like to start from the very beginning and still offer that relaxed home-away-from-home feel. The showings are set in unique locations and are sometimes accompanied by actors and live music. Each event is designed to feel like a night out. Their current big event is a showing of Romeo & Juliet in a church, with a choir, too. Tickets can vary from a basic place either on a deckchair or a sofa, to date night tickets that include a bottle of fizz, ice cream, popcorn and a blanket to share. So cute. The theme for summer 2017 is Miami Beach!

THE REX CINEMA
The Rex Cinema, Berkhamsted is a resorted art deco cinema which is perfect for you vintage types. Showings include classic and independent films, as well as more modern ones, also. But the venue itself is beyond beautiful, with plush red seats surrounding candlelit tables which, yes, you can get food brought over to. My sister took me once here for my birthday and I loved the whole experience. If I remember rightly, someone even comes on stage to introduce the film!

From hot tubs on a rooftop on a hot summer’s day, to snuggling up on plush beds or sofas when the weather is just too cold outside – there’s plenty of choice this summer and autumn when the local cinema just doesn’t do it for you.

These are all I can think of off the top of my head but there are PLENTY more. Are there any I have missed that should be added to this list? Are there any you’d like to try? Let me know!

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One of my favourite perks of having a car is being able to listen to whatever I want on my little car journeys. 
This means Spotify is a must have, as is a million playlists. I’ve got a playlist I listen to which has a bit of everything for when I’m not quite sure what mood I’m in, and this has well over 100 songs.

But I do find myself migrating back to some albums time and time again.

Here are the albums I’ve been really digging lately though and have been listening to on repeat.

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HALSEY – BADLANDS
Who the eff is Halsey and why hadn’t I heard of her sooner? Basically someone shared some super cute lyrics (belonging to Ghost) on Tumblr so I tracked down the song, fell in love with it, then subsequently fell in love with the album. A few months later I realized she’s also super popular and, well, everyone is in love with the album – not just me. I have no idea why I hadn’t heard of her before now/then but I can be quite slow when it comes to new music, hence why I spend too much time loving old albums instead of checking out new ones. Anyway. If you haven’t yet, have a listen.
 
21 PILOTS – VESSEL
Ahhhh 21 Pilots. This band man. Everyone loves them. And if you don’t, it’s probably just because you haven’t heard their stuff yet. This two-piece band cant really be described genre wise as I guess it’s a mixture of rap, rock, pop and punk, but they’re impossible not to love. I’ll be seeing them at Reading Festival later this year and I’m so effing excited. If you’re only going to listen to one song off this album, make it Holding On To You or Guns For Hands. You can thank me later.
 
BUSTED – BUSTED
I know. I know, ok? But I will not be judged! Busted are awesome and everyone loves them now and I’m so glad they’re back. I really love popping on this album and singing along to it at the top of my voice on a hot day. I still remember every word and it brings back so many feels. Right now, my absolute favourite off the album is Everything I knew. But who am I kidding?! All the songs are my favourite…
 
COBRA STARSHIP – NIGHT SHADES
This one is another oldie, sort of, and I remember listening to it most when I had this god awful boring job when I first graduated from university. I mean it wasn’t that boring, but it was pretty much document processing so consisted of mundane jobs like removing staples from pages, typing up info etc. I needed something upbeat to listen to at the time and, songs like Fool Like Me, F*cked In Love and Disaster Boy were kind of my anthems at the time as I was also going through a break up, too.
 
ALL TIME LOW – DIRTY WORK
I love All Time Low but I have to admit, this album is just purely for singing along to. I love it. On a hot day with the windows down in my car. When I’m cooking. When I’m sitting in the garden reading. I can’t say I have any memories about this album as I never really got into All Time Low until recent years, but this album is filled with your standard pop-punk catchy anthems – which isn’t a bad thing.

So there you have it. Five albums worth listening to right now. You’ll love them. You’re welcome.

Do let me know your thoughts and if there’s any other albums missing from this list!

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