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One look at Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, or Naomi Campbell, and we all swoon instantly, in awe of their blemish-free complexions, glistening smiles, and their unwavering confidence. Their slender physiques deserve the same level of admiration, so women around the globe have always been curious about their, pardon the pun, secrets.
After all, one doesn’t just munch on a carrot and earn that slim, but toned look, nor can we expect our walk to the office to do the trick. Much like with so many other aspects of their career in fashion, their fitness is a matter of dedication, perseverance, and professional support from the finest nutritionists and personal trainers.
However, you can certainly bring some of their coveted fitness tips into your own lifestyle and work your way towards that lean look of youthful vibrancy. From taking steps to refine your nutrition to introducing new workout ideas, you can achieve so much more by following in the footsteps of Victoria’s Secret Angels. Here’s what you can do!
You’ll Thrive On Versatility
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In fitness, as in life, you’ll find that it’s too easy to get bored with the same old moves and the same old places. Yes, some people do love the comfort of their favorite gym, but it becomes easy to slack off simply because you’ve showed up at all. If you think like a model, getting lazy is not an option if you want to stay lean, thin, and strong. On the contrary, adding diversity into your workouts can be the perfect way to beat boredom, stay motivated, and of course, stay on the right track with your fitness goals.
Now a New York supermodel, Maria Borges loves training versatility, so she relies on more than just one, monotonous class. She loves Zumba, but you’ll also find her boxing and working on her Zen in yoga. If you’re the kind of gal to find it difficult to stay loyal to one routine, then adding more options to your menu can be a great way to stay engaged and active while you melt those pounds away.
From Jasmine Tookes to Jacquelyn Jablonski, you’ll find that all Angels rely on healthy, balanced nutrition to stay fit. Most of them do their best to cut out unhealthy, processed foods such as sugary drinks and fast food, while others believe that moderation is key, even if you don’t shy away from the occasional sweet treat. They all agree, however, that protein is crucial, as it helps build lean muscle and burn fat.
In case you’re a vegan, protein intake can be a challenge, since most food sources of lean protein come from meat and dairy. The simplest way to follow this piece of advice is to follow a detailed vegan protein guide that can help you discover the best ways to consume plant-based protein to stay lean and healthy. Pair your protein-packed diet with a strong exercise routine, and you’ll soon be catwalk-ready!
Mix Cardio And Strength
Whether we like it or not, the simple truth is that the treadmill will sometimes not cut it, especially if you want to reach some very challenging weight-loss goals and keep your physique in check. Once again, Victoria Secret’s finest such as Kelsey Merritt share their wisdom to help you stay on the right track by reaching for those weights, without abandoning your cardio routine! She’s a fan of intense workouts such as boxing, as well, but she favors balancing her workouts with some cardio and strength.
If you’re stuck at home and have no access to weights, you can do bodyweight strength exercises, or you can follow in Jourdana Phillips’s footsteps and use resistance bands. These handy contraptions are multifunctional, easy to adjust to your needs, and ideal for home workouts – perfect when you need an excuse not to train, and they’re just silently judging you from the corner of your bedroom!
Get Graceful And Elegant
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Some workouts are focused on toning your muscles and granting your joints more mobility, which means you can work with the range of motion that you already have. Other workout systems, however, will push your limits in that respect and grant you more mobility, flexibility, and help you move in a more graceful manner. We’re talking about barre workouts, based on the beautiful and challenging moves found in ballet.
Lily Aldridge is one of those models that swear by this particular workout approach, and while she does use ballet to stay fit all year long, she actually elevates her training efforts before a show. Perhaps combining an artistic workout such as this one with something more intense can help you stay fit and reach your goals more quickly.
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These ladies make all of their grace and beauty seem so effortless, but it’s crucial to remember that they invest years of hard work to discover the perfect fitness plan for them. The same applies to you, so you can look for a combination that allows you to stay fit and healthy, but that also makes you happy and elevates your confidence in one fell swoop!
The UK’s Health & Fitness Festival for Women celebrates it’s fifth year with lots of exciting and new ways to stay healthy and keep fit.
From clothing that was seen as athlete-exclusive, to something your mom will wear on her busy days, and then finally a step further to something international celebrities will rock on the streets to show off their laid-back attitude, class, and healthy lifestyle. Activewear, or athleisure, is a trend that has been on the rise for quite some time now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We just can’t get enough of it. It’s comfort and style combined, it’s high fashion paired with practicality, so is it any wonder that we’re fully embracing this new direction?
This is the trend to follow right now, so let’s chat about how it was influenced, and what’s the most popular way to rock it today.
1. It Girls Sashy Down The Highstreet
From the moment she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Gigi Hadid became a relentless gym-goer and healthy lifestyle supporter. We saw her in everything from sexy little purple training bra paired with faux leather leggings, to downright graceful and delicate black ballet leotard paired with a lush grey coat and a big handbag. With some comfy footwear and sassy sunglasses on, she’s giving us life every time we see her leaving the gym.
Kendall Jenner doesn’t lag far behind her bestie either, and her look for the Milan Fashion Week this September was an incredibly successful mix of glamour and chic comfort. An oversized, shoulder-baring white sweater paired with an Adidas-like cropped pants? This girl is killing it with her fashion game. The perfect blend of slouchy and sleek gave her that cool vibe that we’re all longing for.
Take it from the A-lister ladies, this trend is the new version of effortless chic, and look at Gigi, Kendall, Selena Gomez, and even the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration.
2. Queen Bey Comes To Rule The Gym
Look, if Beyoncé is loving a trend, then we’re all for it. With her last year’s launch of Ivy Park clothing line and the idea that athleisure is there to celebrate every woman’s body, we’re seeing a significant spike in activewear movement. Pretty little crop tops, simple black and white prints, and giant hoodies are Bey’s go-to ideas for her own line, and we’re loving the casual, soft feel of everything.
Pair slim leggings and a baggy crop top, put on a colorful headband, and you’ll be looking as fierce as our queen.
3. Rihanna Slays It With Puma
After her incredible success with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna seems to be fully embracing body-positivity, and activewear is definitely something that is meant to fit everyone. She paired up with Puma and the collection we’re seeing has this wonderfully retro feel that we’re absolutely loving at the moment. Velour tracksuits, varsity sweaters, turtleneck crop tops, and a bunch of biker shorts, French-cut racy swimsuits, scuba suits, and all of this in bright neon colors.
If you want crazy, if you want color, this is the thing for you, because it ties in fashion with fun, it’s bold, it’s unique, and definitely attention-grabbing.
4. How To Pull It Off Like A Celebrity
Whether you’re a busy lady with a million things to do in a day, or just someone who loves their fashion to be both high-class and comfortable, activewear is probably one of the easiest things to pull off. You just have to let yourself go there, you have to embrace the slouchy, sexy feel of effortless beauty. Gigi Hadid’s combo of all-pink tracksuit and a coat is perfect for a feminine lady who wants some romance in her outfit, and we’re definitely seeing a trend of blue and orange peeking out on the runways for the next year’s season.
Don’t be afraid to make it all more fun though, that’s the greatest thing about this trend. You take something simple, comfy, and then you can feel free to go crazy and get a watercolor splatter print, or something with jungle motives. Ombre looks and geometric designs are also really in.
Embrace the relaxed ease of this trend, ladies! While you’re stocking up on some cute athleisure, why not renew your gym membership and really start enjoying the whole lifestyle?
Written by Sophia Smith
This season Virgin Active is treating our models to some goody bags making sure they remain in top shape. Virgin Active is a chain of Health Clubs, Gyms & Spas in South Africa, Namibia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
More often than not, searching for that perfect gym gear that will provide good support, ensure you get a quality workout while NOT looking like something that got caught in the drain resembles a quest for the Holy Grail.
The inaugural Virgin Sport event takes place on the 30th April on Hackney Marshes, in partnership with Hackney Council.
You can call it Activewear, Athleisure or sportswear but no one can deny the fact that it’s been on rise for a few years now and people are ready to move from usual fashion trends to Activewear especially in western countries. Initially, activewear was just present in the gyms, crossfit, dancing classes and yoga studios but it has now been present in almost everywhere.
There are many companies which are producing original and attractive activewear for both men and women, and world-class designers are using their creative designing skills to craft this new fashion trend in the world. Here are a few reasons as to why people are adapting to the activewear trend:
1. Activewear Are Colorful and Attractive
There was a time when clothing companies only design typical activewear which people wear while working out or going to the dance or yoga classes. However, today with the increasing interest of people in activewear trends, more and more colorful and exclusive activewear designs are becoming available in the market catching the attention of people.
2. The Status of Practical Market for Activewear
Those who still think that activewear does not have the capability to compete with usual fashion trends should see that according to a research report conducted by NPD, in August 2013, $36 billion sales for activewear and athletic footwear were recorded and the growth rate was up to 7 percent in 2013.
3. Activewear Offers You a Stunning and Charming Look
Who does not want to look good? Even today men want to look as good as women. Activewear are becoming popular especially among women as they offer them a stunning and charming appearance in front of others. It also allows them to feel good and happy.
People are always busy in search of better resources. Usual clothes are losing the charm they used to have in the past. Now people actually want something different and unique, which also has the potential to seek attention of other instantaneously and today activewear is the one of the best fashion trends people especially women are actively adapting. With more and more beautiful and innovative design availability of activewear, women prefer activewear over usual clothing.
4. Helping you to be in the Right Body Shape – The Motivating Factor
From day one, failing to follow a standard workout routine is one of the most common problems people face on regular basis. Although today workout has become cool for all of us and everyone wants to be get the right body shape all the time yet most of us are unable to follow what we are required to do for regular workouts. On the other hand, being in activewear all the time provides a kind of motivation for people and forces them to follow their daily routine. Moreover, it can also be used as a casual wear at any place.
Would you be willing to work out wearing a boring and same activewear all the time? Obviously, you won’t. You need motivation not only in your mind but also with a few external motivating factors and your activewear is one of them. Wearing colorful, charming and attractive activewears will definitely allow you to keep your motivation for workout and to be in the perfect body shape. So choose a fancy activewear which has pockets or have a spare jacket while working, so you can easily put your important belongings such as money, keys and smartphone. Don’t try to text or hold your belongings while working as it will distract your attention
We all get super excited about the new year and our goal to get fit and healthy. We spend tons of money on fitness gear, clothes and gym memberships only to give it up come March.
So why not try something different to help you, keep it up!!
Kickstart your children’s confidence (if you have kids, if not your niece and nephews will do)
Do this by incorporating a physical activity into their everyday routine. It can be to play catch, dance while doing chores around the house, or a fun weekend activity like cycling or walks in the park. Exercise should be fun so turn it into a family activity rather than a chore.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. Pick an activity where you normally zone out and try to stay focused and in the moment while doing it. This is not easy but, it will contribute to a happier state of mind.
Find Your Fitness
Instead of investing in an expensive gym membership, buy a skipping rope, you can pick it up anytime during the day and skip for about 20 minutes it works the whole body or try a HIIT workout. Find some great workouts on Tone It Up
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Take The Right Vitamin Supplements
Instead of buying up the whole health store, focus on what your body really needs. A multivitamin will top you up your health-supporting nutrients that are lacking from your diet. Omega-3 will boost your immune system. You can incorporate this through eating fish such as salmon and tuna.
Fill up during the day with fresh fruit and unsalted nuts.
Not getting enough sleep is bad for your skin, mental wellbeing, weight and immune system. Try to sleep for at least seven to eight hours a night. Create a routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Also try to switch your phone off before bedtime.
Invest In A Juicer Or Blender
Saving on a gym membership means you can invest in a good blender or juicer for healthy juices and smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits or try kiwi, banana, spinach, cucumber, ginger and lime for a nutritious drink.
Staying fit and eating healthy is the basis of living a healthy and long life but as we get older our bodies change, requiring us to adapt our workouts accordingly.
During your 20’s
If you are used to regular exercise in your teenage years you are more likely to carry on this habits into your twenties. Now while your body is still strong in your 20’s you would still need to strengthen and lengthen your muscles as well as boost your metabolism with strength training. Circuit training is a great way of combining cardiovascular activity with toning. Try to do at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity, five times a week.
During your 30’s, your metabolism slows down making it harder to drop those few inches of body fat. Your hectic work and personal life might make regular exercise during these years difficult but it is still important to fit exercise into your daily routine. So try to create a routine that balances high-intensity aerobic activity like interval training with strength training. Join a weekly yoga or Pilates class, which will help with lengthen muscles and will correct bad posture.
It is during 40’s that you lay groundwork for good future health. Invest in a pedometer to ensure that you are walking at least a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. Do this alongside a daily cardio exercise routine with one a rest day. Also include resistance training into your schedule. If you’re anxious about lifting weights, why not hire a trainer or join a gym class, always be sure to be safe when doing weight training as you do not want to injure yourself.
Many Women experience hormonal changes during their 50’s, which can cause an increase in fat around your torso area. You can look after your waistline by working your core with a stability ball, or sign up for a yoga class that will exercise your mind and body simultaneously. Exercising with low-weight dumbbells will protect your muscles and joints, complementing your cardio schedule.
60’s and up
Women in their “golden age” must take extra good care of their bones. You need to challenge your but not exhausted. Try swimming and aqua-aerobics which are a low-impact workout to help you stay toned. If you suffer from joint pains then daily walking and for balance which is essential at this age try Tai chi will improve your strength and flexibility.