Getting the Most out of the West Coast

The West Coast of the U.S. is a place that nomads and road trippers alike flock to each and every summer. And when you consider the weather, the places to go and the things to see there, you don’t really have to ask why. It is a place that is brimming when roadtrip potential. Well, it has everything you could possible need on a road trip. It has some of the best places to visit in the world and long stretches of road that connect them. But, if you’re planning a road trip around the West Coast, then it’s imperative that you get the most out of it. And for advice on how to get the most out of it, make sure to read on.


First of all, you have to choose your weapon of choice. No, this doesn’t mean an actual weapon; it means picking a vehicle. And when it comes to picking a vehicle you have to bare a few things in mind. It’s about picking a vehicle that will allow you to travel extensively. It’s about choosing a vehicle that you can easily get to grips with. And it’s about choosing a vehicle that will be able to house you comfortably at night — because you will have to stay and sleep in it! You’ll have to stay in it simply because of the fact that the distance between the places you will visit on your West Coast trip are so far apart. And even the most youthful and energetic of road trippers are going need to rest and sleep every now and again in order to get the most out of their trip. So, a vehicle such as campervan really should be chosen. It is a vehicle that is strong enough to travel extensively. It is a vehicle that is generally easy to drive because they are automatic. And, most importantly, it is a vehicle that offers sleeping options in the back of it. So, in order to to get the most out of the actual travelling part of your trip, as well as your accommodation, then make sure to rent a vehicle such as campervan.

And to get the very most that you can out of the places you visit on your trip, you really need to set yourself up an itinerary such as the one found here on You need to ensure you don’t spend extensive amounts of time in one place just because it is popular place to visit, such as LA or Vegas. You must give attention to the more understated cities in this area of the U.S. also. When you do so you afford yourself the opportunity to really enrich yourself in the true customs and cultures found there. Places such as Sacramento, information on which can be found here:, offer up a whole host of chances for you to learn about the rich history of this area. Whether it be the Old Sacramento State Historic Park that you visit. Or whether it be the California State Railroad Museum that you take a look around. You can be sure that you will learn loads about not only Sacramento, but the whole of the West Coast, upon a visit there. And that’s what travelling is about, isn’t it? Learning about the cultures and histories of different areas.

Whether it be a solo road trip that you take, or a family one, you need to ensure you get the most out of it. And to do so, you need a good vehicle to drive as well as a clear itinerary to guide you.

Five Ways to Feel More Independent


Other people are great, right? (Well, they can be!) But we don’t necessarily want to be in a position where we really need other people in order to live our lives or feel good about ourselves. This is why you should work on improving your feelings of independence. We’ve got five tips for you if you feel you want to improve in this area.

Accept and believe in yourself

If you want to feel more independent, then you have to be better able to rely on yourself. And if you’re riddled with self-doubts, then that’s going to be difficult to achieve. This is precisely what leads a lot of people to being codependent. While you should work to change things about yourself if you really feel you need to (and if it’s possible), you shouldn’t beat yourself up about what you perceive to be your flaws. The less acceptance you have of yourself, and the less belief you have in yourself, the more you’re going to second-guess every decision you make.

Find motivation

So why exactly do you want to be more independent? For a lot of people, it’s simply about self-esteem. But being more independent makes it much easier to achieve your own goals. After all, everyone around you might care about your success, but they also have their own goals to worry about. So have a think about your goals; think about where you want to be a few years from now and get yourself motivated.

Get out there

A big problem among those who don’t feel that independent is that venturing to pastures new seems like an impossible ask unless they’re with friends or family. Of course, one of the best ways of tackling this is to simply get out there and go on a solo adventure. Businesses like Just You offer travel packages designed for people who are travelling alone. Doing this is nowhere near as daunting as you might think, and you’ll walk away from the experience feeling much more independent.

Challenge your assumptions

A lot of people who don’t feel independent tend to get their information from their friends. They get themselves into a social bubble that works almost like an echo chamber; everyone’s views seems to reinforce everyone else’s. If you want to feel more confident about your ability to grasp the world on your own, then get studying. Read up on the world – read different news sources, check out some books on politics, that sort of thing. Make sure you’re looking at material that might challenge what you already think – having your views challenged is actually a great way to boost your confidence and your ability to hold your own in conversation.

Save money

Perhaps the biggest thing that prevents feelings of independence, particularly among many young people, is a lack of money. Being financially independent is possibly the most important goal on this list; when you have your own resources on which to rely, then you’re much less likely to need other people to prop you up. It will also boost your self-confidence, as well as help you build a more secure future. So get to it!

Get Your House For Winter Now

We know, we know: winter is but a distant spot out on the horizon. It’s all just left. For the next few months, it’s all about those summer vibes. However, just because the sun is shining doesn’t mean we can’t keep one eye on the DIY jobs that’ll make life all the easier when the cold weather returns. When that happens, we all want to be happy and snuggled up inside on the couch, not dealing with DIY tasks! Instead, take care of them when the weather is fine, and life is easy: summer.


Prepping the Essentials

You don’t want to get into winter, only to realize that something big is faulty and you’re left out in the cold (sometimes literally). Use the long summer hours to check all the essentials for a smooth winter are in order. This is your time to check any drafts that might make it chilly – learn how at -, fix any holes – or potential holes – in the roof, check your water boiler, and so on. All of these tasks will be a breeze in summer, but a nightmare in winter.

Staying Toasty

If you want to comfortably warm in winter, you need to get everything in place before the chill sets in. During summer, take a look at installing heated towel rails like those found at When that first chilly morning arrives, you’ll be ready to stay nice and warm when you step out of the shower. You can also look at adding an instant hot water tap. You won’t drink too many hot drinks during the summer, but it’ll be good to go during winter!

Take Care of the Energy

Your energy bills are barely given a second thought during summer because you’re not really using that much energy. You are using energy during winter, though. Take this opportunity to review your energy supplier deals, or to look at better ways you reduce your energy use. When it comes to the stage that you’re using plenty of energy, you’ll be grateful that made the changes, especially when the bills come in.

Any Big DIY Projects

You don’t want to be walking around a building site when the weather is cold outside. This will let in more drafts, will be colder on your feet, and will generally be a less pleasant place to be. In summer, you’re mostly outside anyway, or can be, so this is a good time to make the big changes in your home. It doesn’t matter if your home isn’t perfect when you’re not even spending time there! Also, the later sunset will mean you’re able to work on your projects later and still have the time to do other fun things, too.

The Trees

And finally, to the garden, which is where you’ll be spending a lot of your time anyway. Take a look at any threatening trees that might cause some damage to your property if there was a storm, and get them taken care of/removed.

Why Right Now Is The Best Time To Move House!


Is your current house no longer suitable, or do you just want an upgrade? Upping sticks and moving to a new property gives you a chance to start fresh, and allows you to find somewhere that suits your current living situation and family best. For example, if you’ve started working from home you might need somewhere with an office space, or if you like to cook and entertain a lot, then a large kitchen is a must. If your current home doesn’t cut the mustard, then it’s worth hopping online and seeing what’s available within your budget. And best of all there’s no need to delay, spring and summer is the best time for moving house. And there are lots of good reasons why- here are just a few of them!

Christmas is Out of The Way

Christmas is a big deal in most households, and while it might only be ‘one day’ there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into it. Many people save for months and spend heavily on food, gifts, decorations and much more. For this reason, it can take them a while to recover financially afterward, meaning the early portion of the year isn’t the idea time to think about moving. By the spring and summer, Christmas is out of the way, making it a much more sensible time to look into moving house. After all, it’s incredibly expensive. You can look for cheap conveyancing quotes, packers, movers and everything else but the process is still going to be relatively pricey.

Good Lighting and Mild Conditions

House hunting in the pouring rain is never going to be much fun, when the weather is warm, you can get a better view of how everything on the outside looks without getting drenched in rain or pelted with hail. The same applies to physically moving your belongings, moving day is already difficult enough let alone trying to do it in rain, sleet, snow or gale force winds. Milder temperatures make everything much more convenient.

Perfect Time For Garage Sales

We all know that moving house means decluttering and getting rid of things we no longer need. After all, no one wants to unnecessarily move items and make the job harder, and plus a new home is a clean slate. You don’t want to clutter it up with things you simply don’t want or need. You can list items on eBay, but that often means fees and can also take time. Setting up a garage sale means items are got rid of quickly, and you can haggle for the best price. Over the summer months when it’s warm outside your garage sale will attract far more attention meaning better prices, and everything shifted quicker. It saves you from visiting the dump to get rid of things or make countless trips to the thrift store and can earn you some much-needed cash in the process.

The End Of The School Year

Most schools around the world are now breaking up for summer vacation. This means that if they’re moving school, by the time the new school year starts again in September you will be settled in the new place and they can start along with everyone else. This can help them integrate far better than joining half way through the year regardless of where they are in their schooling ‘career.’ It’s a chance at a fresh start for all of the family!

Your House Looks Its Best

Spring and summer is a great time to sell your house, simply because it will be looking it’s very best. With a little TLC after the colder months, your lawn should be looking thick and lush, and your flowers will be in full bloom giving your home tons of curb appeal. After the traditional spring clean, most of us usually fix up and finish any repairs on our home too. Whether it’s a bit of painting or finishing a project, your home is sure to look fantastic over the warmer months. So if you’re looking to sell up quickly and move onto your new life in a new home, now is the ideal time to go about it!

It’s certainly not impossible to move house during other times of the year, but right now is the optimal time and will probably mean everything goes through that bit more smoothly. And when moving is already so stressful, anything that can make it easier isn’t to be sniffed at!

Are you moving house this summer?


Want To Do Right By Your Kids? Then Work On Your Health First



When you’re a parent, you can often put your child first. It’s only natural, and it’s definitely a lovely way to be, but it can often mean that you start to let your own needs suffer. When you’re making sure that your children are fed and sleeping well and clean, you can think that the efforts you make with yourself are okay. When in fact, they’re not up to scratch at all. This is particularly important when it comes to your health. And although you may think that you should put your children’s’ health before your own, here’s why you should focus on reaching your best level of health first.

Lead By Example

One of the most important reasons for why you need to prioritize your health is that you should lead by example. If you’re telling your kids to eat their vegetables and get outside and play for exercise, but you’re on the sofa watching TV and eating pizza, they’ll just want to do it with you and won’t take your words in. Instead, you’ll have a much better success rate at keeping your kids active and eating well if you’re doing it too. Plus, then you can all work on your health as a family.

Think Of The Future

As scary as it sounds, you also need to be looking into the future. If you don’t start to take control of your health now and be responsible for your lifestyle choices, your fate could be set. If you want to be around to care for your kids for years and years to come, you have got to pay more attention to your health levels. Whether that means cutting your cholesterol or swapping your smoking habit for something like the e cigs from E-Cigarette Direct, you need to make sure your lifestyle choices are benefitting your health.

Find The Energy

When you lead an unhealthy lifestyle, you may notice that you lack in energy a lot of the time. As a parent, being low on energy can be really tough. To feel more alive and be able to do all of the activities with your kids that you’ve always wanted to, you’re going to want to prioritize your health and kick that lethargic feeling to the curb. By exercising more, drinking more water and eating a balanced diet, you should see a difference in both your energy levels and ability to focus in no time at all.

Be The Best Version Of You

And finally, don’t you want to be the best version of yourself? When you’re carefree, stress-free and guilt-free, you feel happy. And happy parents lead to happy kids. When you’re healthy and happy, your positivity rubs off on your kids. If you want to be a calm, caring and chilled out Momma, you should put your health first. Then, you’ll be able to raise your kids in the kind of nice environment that you’ve always wanted to and ensure that you’re doing all you can to be the best parent you can be.


How to Keep the Kids Active This Summer

Staying active, fit and healthy is imperative for everybody, of all ages. But it is especially imperative for our children. During their formative years our children are growing at all times, at a rate of knots. And it is because of this that their growth should be stimulated as well as possible by them being as active as possible. And who does the job of keeping them as active as possible fall to? Us, their parents. If you are a parent then make sure to take heed of the advice below on how best to get your children more active this summer.

Because your children won’t be at school for a large majority of the summer, they will instantly lose the things that normally keep them active: their walk to school and their physical activities at school. So, you have to make sure you subsidise for this loss of activity. And one way to do so is to ensure that they still get out of the house regularly. And a place to take them that will always offer them a plethora of ways to keep active is your local nature park or reserve. These are huge open spaces, filled with fields and forests, that are perfect for dog walking, hiking and animal spotting. And if this doesn’t sound like something you could get your children excited about, then fear not as there are more often than not children’s play areas in these parks too. Or you could just ‘accidentally’ get yourself and your children lost during a walk in a forest! But whatever you do, just watch out for any unsavoury mess left by dogs.

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Another active family day out you could take your children on is a trip to the beach. Yes, your idea of the perfect beach day may include sunbathing and eating ice-cream. And yes, these aren’t the most active or healthy of activities. But a trip to the beach doesn’t just have to comprise of these sorts of activities. It can comprise of a whole host of active activities too. One beach game that will keep your kids active and entertained throughout the whole day is a teaspoon treasure hunt. Basically, you dig holes about the beach (whilst your children are preoccupied) and place your spare shrapnel in the holes. You then cover the holes over, return to your kids, and give them each a teaspoon. They should then use the teaspoon they are given to help them dig up the shrapnel once they think they have located it. This is a game that will keep your children running around for hours — if you hide your spare shrapnel well enough — meaning they are kept active for hours too.

But you don’t have to leave your premises or even your home to keep the kids active. There are a whole host of things that you can do in your garden and home to keep your children active. The important thing to remember in this venture, however, is that your TV and your children’s games consoles are always accessible.This means you have to make the active activity that you are involving your children in as interesting as can be. And your first port of call in this instance should be to take a look at some trampolines, find the one your children will love the most, and buy it. A trampoline is the perfect way to keep you children active in your garden as it offers them up a plethora of opportunities to have fun. They can bounce. They can attempt certain types of jumps and flips. They can play games. Basically, it is the perfect way to keep your children active over an extended period of time. What’s more, it means your grass won’t be too badly beaten either! But if it rains, fear not as you could keep your children active indoors too. One way to do so is to simply do a bit of redecorating. Anybody that has redecorated before can attest to the fact that it is a strenuous and long-drawn out exercise. So, why not ask your kids to help you with some during the summer? That way you keep your children active, and your home gets a bit of TLC too.

So, as easy as it may be to just let your children plonk themselves in front of the TV or their game console this summer, don’t give in. Don’t let them waste the summers of their youth doing nothing — both because it won’t keep them active, and because it won’t allow them to build memories.

What Sort Of Person Are You? Find Your Ideal Job Here!

No matter who you are, you’ve probably had a few moments where you’ve wondered about your future career and started to panic. Even if you’re already doing a job that you enjoy, you might not want to do it for your entire life – because let’s face it, the process of growing up is a lot longer than you might have realised when you were a little kid, and as you get older, you start to realise that a lot of people just haven’t figured it all out yet. But if you’re looking for the next step in life, here are a few tips to help you figure it out…

If You’re A Caring Person…

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Teachers definitely have one of the hardest jobs in the world – but also one of the most satisfying. Working with kids can be exhausting, and sometimes it might feel a little more like attempting to control a crowd instead of imparting your subject knowledge to them, but it’s one of the most important jobs in the world. Shaping the young minds that will go onto be the leaders of tomorrow is crucial, and teaching goes far beyond multiplication tables and subordinate clauses: teachers show young people how to treat each other, how to behave well in certain environments, they provide a feeling of safety and security that not all children get at home. It’s one of the most important jobs.

Nurses definitely don’t get as much respect as they deserve – they’re often seen as a step down from doctors, but the truth is that they’re just as important, but they just have a different role. Nursing includes tasks like giving meds to patients and monitoring their progress – but it also involves holding a scared elderly person’s hand, distracting a baby so that an exhausted mom can get some sleep – nursing involves looking after patients in much more than a medical sense.

Carers don’t have the most glamorous jobs in the world but they are absolutely crucial to us as a civilised society. Everyone ages, everyone gets old – in fact, we have an ageing population which means as time goes by, carers will be even more crucial to take care of our old people. From providing them with someone to talk to and share memories with, to helping them out with more physical parts of their every day lives like washing and getting dressed, carers help elderly people to be and feel safe and to live their lives with as much dignity and love as possible.

Social workers definitely have a difficult job sometimes, but it’s also absolutely crucial – they protect the most vulnerable members of our society. Not everyone can get it right all the time and social workers are definitely called on to make hard decisions like taking kids away from their biological families, but equally they’re incredibly valuable in terms of child protection and making sure that people get the care that they need in order to work together and become cohesive, happy families. Not everyone is equipped to easily handle their lives – social workers can identify those people and provide them with the help they need to lead healthy lifestyles.

If You’re An Active Person…

Personal trainers get to spend their entire lives keeping fit and working to help other people do the same thing, spreading their skills and knowledge to enable people to take control of their lives and get fit and healthy. From devising personal fitness plans to helping people work out how to eat the right foods to stay energetic and trim at the same time, personal trainers work closely with their clients to help them turn their entire lives around. If you’ve always been a gym bunny but you’re not sure how to take the next step, courses like Origym will help you figure out how to qualify as a personal trainer.

Physical education teachers are often some of the most inspirational people at schools. From coaching sports teams to helping kids figure out how to stay healthy in their own lives, PE teachers are often role models and incredibly important figures in the lives of young people. You’ll also gain the skills and expertise that you might need to coach other sports teams outside of school time – passing on your skills to other people is one of the most satisfying things you can do, and learning to identify and nurture young sporting talent is something that can genuinely change the lives of students and young people. A lot of them will also feel as though they can talk to you and get close to you, so you’ll be able to help them on a more personal level too.

Chefs need plenty of energy to work their long shifts and to produce top notch work even at the end of a busy shift when the kitchen is unbearably hot and there are people shouting commands all around them. If you thrive under pressure, working as a chef is something that you could absolutely do – but of course you also need a knowledge and love of food as well. Many chefs demonstrate this passion from a very young age, so if you spent your youth reading about and trying to perfect your French patisserie skills or making your way intrepidly through your mom’s spice rack, then being a chef might just be the job for you. Just remember that the hours are long and the work is very highly pressured – but it’s also incredibly satisfying to be able to work hard on something that you love.

Salespeople often need to have the same sort of energy levels as a Duracell bunny – they’re always switched on, always looking for new opportunities, and always ready with a bright smile and the drive to keep moving and to make sales. Making sales isn’t just about reeling off all the great qualities of what you want to sell – it’s also about learning to communicate with people and making human connections with them. This is especially important if you work in a small company, where customer service is the key thing that you have over bigger companies – it’s important to pay attention to your clients and to respond intelligently to what they need from you. Being flexible and able to think on your feet are also important skills for this role.

If You’re An Intellectual Person…

Professors tend to work for a very long time in their field – and for many of them, even when they reach the absolute top of it, they still might not earn great money. That means that if you want to be a professor and an academic in your chosen area, you need to do it for love and passion of the subject area alone. It’s that love and passion, and that intellectual curiosity, that will drive you through years of being a professor. You’ll also get to work with younger students, from undergraduates to people doing their PhDs which means that you’ll get to further investigate the subjects that you love and develop your own knowledge more and more as time goes by.

Journalists can range hugely, from the ones who write huge screeds about what Victoria Beckham’s wearing and whether Harry Styles’s new album is any good, to journalists who write columns about their families and how to be a good parent, to writers who follow politics and the elections closely, to investigative journalists delving into corrupt governments in far flung places in the world. If you have a lot of curiosity and tenacity, then journalism might just be a good area for you to go into – although of course you need to be aware that it isn’t always the easiest job. If you’re reporting from war zones, you’ll be in a lot of physical danger, but you’ll also be able to provide your country with essential information that can make some real changes to people’s lives.

Novelists have what many people would think of as a dream job. A lot of us think we could write a novel if only we had the time, but the difference between those people and ‘real’ novelists is not necessarily talent – it’s that novelists made the time to sit down and to work on their books and had the tenacity to get to the end and complete their work, which is a lot easier said than done. If you want to become a novelist, the most important thing that you can do is to keep reading to learn more and more about your craft, focusing both on the genre that you’re interested in and on books by other authors from which you can learn world building and how to write well.

Scientists can change the world. From developing medications that will help people with HIV to lead full and happy lives to developing systems that will help bring water to remote African villages, scientists can save lives with their work. It can sometimes be a solitary profession, but it’s also crucial to keep our world running smoothly.

The Secrets To Staying Strong And Active


If you want to get fit, there is always a way of motivating yourself to do it. It is nearly summer here in the UK (although you wouldn’t know it) and if you want to look your best this season, you may want to think about working out. As summer inevitably cedes to autumn and winter approaches, you have the motivation of preparing yourself for a time of year when lots of people tend to become unhealthier. Research shows that the average Briton will gain 6lbs over the holiday period. As the new year beckons, lots of people set themselves the resolution to lose weight (in fact in a poll conducted this past January, 38% of those asked said they wanted to exercise more, with 33% wanting to lose weight, and 32% wishing to eat more healthily). The truth is that the only good time to get fit is right now. Whether you try to do it fast, or take it slower and build yourself up to your optimal condition, you can be sure that you’re doing a good thing.

The benefits of exercise are well known. For instance, there is a great social aspect to things like team sports. You do not need to be world class to enjoy playing for a local team. You could take up an individual sport as well, like tennis or squash. These are better ways of getting fit because if you enjoy spending time with people and competing with others, you may not realise that you are getting fit at the same time. Besides, the idea behind working out is not that you only do it until you reach whatever target you set for yourself. To stay strong and healthy, you need to do exercise throughout your life. Here are a few ways of doing it:

  1. You may not give much thought to your bones, but they are a crucial part of your overall health. Everyone knows that to have strong bones, you need calcium, but there are other great things for your bones too. You may have heard about Strontium Side Effects but the medical research is quite clear. Before taking anything, you should talk to a doctor about what is right for you.
  2. Eating healthy food is a necessary component to staying fit. You could do Herculean amounts of exercise, but if you do not fuel your body with things that are good for it, you will not feel the true benefit of all of that hard work. To learn more about what to eat before you work out, check out these tips. While you can still indulge yourself sometimes by eating calorific pizza or ice cream, treating yourself right starts at your kitchen table.
  3. The reality for a lot of people is that they have the best intentions but their lives can preclude them from acting on them. If you find you are too busy or that you are too tired at the end of the day, you should consider an app like Fitnet. It gives you five to seven-minute workouts that you can do anywhere. There really is no excuse.

Planning a Summer Adventure Excursion

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning exactly how we’ll be spending those warm summer days. While it might be tempting to sit back in the garden and just watch the world slowly go by, you might find it more satisfying to head out into the great outdoors and have an adventure that tests you physically and mentally (…and is also fun at the same time!). However, it takes a lot more effort to have this type of getaway than it does two weeks next to a swimming pool. Here’s how you do it.


What’s Your Plan?

First thing’s first, what is it you actually want to do? It’s always a good idea to think big; what would be the best possible adventure you could go on? It might be a long cycling trip, a hike through picturesque countryside, or a long rafting or kayaking trip. There are varying degrees of difficulty available for all activities; the right thing to do is review your fitness levels and pick a route that you think you’ll be able to do safely (though pushing yourself a little bit is recommended!).

Getting Prepared

If your trip is being planned for summer, it’s time to start preparing your body for it now. You’re probably going to be planning a trip that is a week or more, or at least a good few days, and you’ll be surprised how energy sapping it can be to be using your body every day. As such, it’s imperative that you start your training now. Look at the muscles you’ll be using as part of your activity and make sure the emphasis is on them. Start slow, gradually build up your performance, and you’ll be ready to go when the time comes.

Packing the Bags

You have to put a lot more thought into camping for an adventure trip than you would if you were going to a resort. You’ll likely be far away from shops and other conveniences, so you’ll need to have most everything you’ll need during your trip with you from the time you leave your home. If you’re camping, take a look at the essential camping items, as well as the necessities for your activity (for example, a bike repair kit if you’re cycling).

In Case Something Goes Wrong

There’s an inherent danger connected with most outdoor activities. Even if you’re not injured as part of your activity, you might just fall unwell and, because you’re out in nature, be far away from a doctor. This is where you’ll need to prepared. Make sure you have a device capable of receiving data so you can have a GP at hand should you need to talk with a medical professional. When abroad, ensure you have travel insurance and a basic understanding of where the nearest hospital from you is.

Have Fun

There’s a lot to prepare for an adventure holiday, but once it’s taken care of you’ll have the peace of mind you need to fully enjoy your activity filled trip away. Enjoy!

Transform Your Body in Just Twelve Weeks

In a bit of a rut with your healthy lifestyle? Maybe you’re completely off the wagon, despite firm promises to yourself on January 1st that this would be ‘your year’ to make a change with your appearance. Perhaps you have a special event or a vacation coming up in the summer and want to be looking your best? Either way, twelve weeks is a good timeframe to really turn things around. If you’re looking to get serious and really get yourself in shape, here are a few ways you can go about it.

Hire a Personal Trainer

If you’re new to fitness or haven’t worked out in a while, or have specific goals you need help in reaching- speaking to a personal trainer is a smart move. They can create tailored workouts especially for you based on your body type, fitness level and what you want to achieve. They can show you new exercises and let you know what you need to do to reach your goal as quickly as possible. If it’s your first time heading to the gym, it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the equipment and people with perfectly sculpted bodies looking like they know exactly what they’re doing! Having a personal trainer show you the ropes helps to alleviate that ‘gym fear’ and gives you a clear plan, so you know exactly what you’re doing when you get in there. You could visit a site like and find out what kind of services are available. To make a real difference in twelve weeks, aim to be exercising moderately to vigorously three to five days a week.


Clean Up Your Diet

Eating a clean diet with a rainbow of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein is ideal for everyone. Forget the fad diets, slimming teas, tablets and everything else. Anything that starves you and causes quick weight loss will only lead to it being gained back plus more once you start eating normally again. Instead, focus on nourishing your body with the good stuff and cutting out what you know you shouldn’t be eating. Processed and fried foods, those which are high in sugar and salt will have a detrimental effect on your waistline as well as your health in general. Use a food app such as MyFitnessPal to monitor the total number of calories you’ve eaten which should allow you to stay on track. Around eighty percent of your weight loss is based on your diet, so even if you’re working really hard at the gym, you need to be eating right too. While ‘cheat meals’ can be helpful, don’t be indulging too often if you really want to make a difference in the twelve-week time frame. Once a week you could allow yourself one meal (within limits) or one dessert of something that you fancy.

Use a Fitness Trackers

People who use fitness trackers are more likely to stick to their goals and work harder than those who don’t. When you can see exactly what you’ve done, it makes it easy to stay motivated and can push you to meet your daily targets. Products like Fitbit and Apple Watch monitor your activity and translate the data into easy to read charts and graphs. If you find that your motivation starts falling by the wayside after a few weeks, something like this could really help.

Stick to this for twelve weeks, and you will drop excess body fat and be looking much more sculpted and toned. Use this progress to encourage you to keep up a healthy lifestyle.

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