Essentials for May
Is it really that time of year again?!
The sun has finally made an appearance and it’s got all of us at Berlei HQ so excited for summer. Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical location or just planning on spending time locally with the kids, we’ve created a list of our essentials to get you summer ready!
It’s time to put down that bar of chocolate and pick up your gym kit! If you want to look and feel your best this summer make sure you leave yourself enough time to get into a personalised fitness routine and remember to pamper yourself after all your hard work. Try out a mix of fat-burning cardio and toning exercises in your local gym or even in your living room to help you towards your summer body goal. The most important thing is to ensure you establish a fitness routine that you enjoy. There’s so much on offer at the moment whether you opt for a Zumba class, some Bikram yoga or even just a brisk walk through the park - it all helps! You could even sign up for a charity run with a friend like our guest blogger Vita to give you some extra motivation!
Exercise doesn’t need to be expensive, as long as you support yourself with the correct trainers and invest in a good fitting sports bra; you’re ready to go! If you’re struggling to find a sports bra to suit you take a look at our suggestions below, we’re here to support you along the way!
1. Move-X Crop Top and Short
2. Underwired Running Bra in Blue
3. Sports Fit Crop Top
4. Aqua Trek Triathlon Crop Top
5. Charity Bra in Candy Pink
View all of our sports bras and crop tops here >
2. Healthy Eating
We hear it all the time, ‘you are what you eat’ and, with summer fast approaching this could be the perfect time to turn unhealthy eating habits around! Eat a balanced diet and boost your vitamin intake with fruit and vegetables to leave you feeling healthier. It might give you more energy too! Not only will you feel better inside but also eating the right foods will aid you in achieving your perfect summer body. Make sure you also keep well hydrated during these warmer months by drinking plenty of water.
Remember to allow time for some pampering! After all your hard work you’ll deserve it. Take time out to head to your nearest salon for a manicure/ pedicure. It’s sandals season so get rid of those chipped nails ready for lounging besides the pool. And remember to keep your skin well exfoliated and moisturised to ensure an even, sun kissed tan. And if you are planning to soak up the sun, don’t forget about the sun cream!
4. ‘Me’ Time
And when you’ve had a long day, sometimes all you need to do is focus on yourself. Settle in front of the telly to unwind or pick up a good book and enjoy a relaxing soak in the bath – it might help with the aches and pains from the gym too!
What are your essentials for the summer months?
Vita's View: My Motivation
So, I fell off the fitness ‘wagon’ and have some how clambered back on board without too much hassle! I have to confess I’m still amazed that it was fairly easy to get going again, but I also have to confess my enthusiasm is dwindling. Even with my 5k charity run challenge approaching all too fast, I am still struggling to keep motivated. So, I’ve taken action, and roped in a friend! I’ve enlisted a friend to keep me company and take on the 5k too! We’ll be training together once a week and we’re both at different levels of fitness, just needing a challenge to get us to achieve our goals.
We sat down together over coffee (and a cake…yes we couldn’t resist!) and worked out what exercise we can realistically fit into our daily routine, our plans couldn’t be more different if we tried, my exercise plan fits in around the school runs and involves the children wherever possible, hers involves getting it all done before work! I’m trying to keep my training diverse, so I had a session with a personal trainer and learnt some fabulous exercises which I can do at home with the aid of a gym ball and a couple of tins of beans – perfect while the children are watching cartoons in the afternoon! I’m hoping by adding lots of variety into my training it’ll keep me motivated!
At the moment my inspiration is coming from the thought that all of my hard work and training for this 5k along with the money I have raised will be helping so many people, making it all worth while! I’ve recently also bought myself a new Berlei sports bra, in Candy Pink. I just had to make this purchase, not only because I was in need of a new supporting bra but also because for every Candy Pink Running Bra sold, Berlei will donate £5 to Nottingham based charity, the Karen Green Foundation. I am proud to say that I have now supported the Karen Green Foundation, a charity in memory of Karen Green who lost her battle to Leukaemia in 2011.
Go on, support others whilst supporting yourself!
Have you got any top tips for training for an event and staying motivated? I’d love to hear them!
To find our more about the incredible Karen Green Foundation, take a look at the website here >
View our charity sports bra here >