New Zealand has just been released into Level 2 – that means no more lockdown! How excited are you?
I’m super excited to be able to share this post. An old friend of mine from High School has been on an amazing fitness and lifestyle journey lately, and has been truly inspiring for keeping me on the right track for my own fitness journey! She shares awesome workouts, recipes, and always takes stunning photos! I always get so inspired to work harder after seeing her posts, and we wanted to share some fitness inspiration with you!
You can find Nicole’s Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/nicolekatefitness/
- What has inspired your fitness and wellbeing journey the most?
What inspired my fitness and wellbeing journey the most was definitely the feeling of accomplishment and achieving my goals. I found that when I have achieved goals in the past, it is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. When you sit down and visualise what you want your life to look like, your body to look like, or even your career to look like, just having that feeling in itself can give you so much inspiration.
- I notice that you share a lot of different workouts on your Instagram. What are your favourite workouts to do?
My favourite workouts are the ones that leave you feeling so energised and full of endorphins! I love mixing HIIT and strength training together in a circuit. I like to write down 5-6 exercises, then do 12 repetitions of each exercise, and repeat that 4-5 times. It’s super flexible, you can do them at home, or anywhere! You can choose the exercises that you enjoy, and don’t hurt your body, and you can add weights if you want that extra burn. These workouts were really helpful when I first started my fitness journey, and I was still a little bit nervous to sign up to the gym. They helped me build up my fitness levels and gain a lot of confidence in myself. Here is a simple workout with no equipment needed – Full Body Workout (No Equipment)
- What are some of your goals that you want to achieve?
My main goal is to feel confident. I don’t believe that there is a certain “look” that we should all aspire to, because everyone is so different and we are all born with our own individual body types! It’s really nice to be inspired by other friends, or influencers’ bodies, but your biggest competition should be yourself! That for me was one of the biggest lessons I have learnt over the past 3 years since starting my fitness journey.
Another goal is to improve my running! I started 2020 with the goal of running 5km under 30 minutes. This is a really fun goal, because I love getting a few seconds faster each time. Being on a fitness and wellbeing journey doesn’t always have to be about what you look like. That’s why I think it’s really important to have performance goals like this one, instead of focusing solely on how your body looks. That incredible feeling of achieving your fastest run time, or smashing out a few extra push ups, has nothing to with what the scale might say.
- You post a lot of nutrition and supplements on your Instagram. I’d love to know more about that! What kind of foods/supplements do you go for the most?
I love making healthy food fun and easy! There is nothing worse than seeing a healthy recipe that comes with a huge list of ingredients and instructions! Simple is always best, but you can spice things up to make your meals just as delicious as they are nutritious! My favourite way to eat vegetables is in a stir-fry! You can chop up as many veggies as you want, and throw them all in one pan with your favourite spices or sauces, then add some protein like egg or chicken, with some rice, and it’s done! I do this almost every night of the week because I work full time and don’t have lots of time in the kitchen at night. It’s super easy, you can change up any of the ingredients, and you only need one pan, so only takes a minute to clean up!
Supplements such as fat burners and BCAAs are really only “supplements”, they are not magic, and won’t give you crazy results like they are said to do, they do taste great and can contain some vitamins, so if you struggle to drink plain water then they are a nice, sweet option to have. Supplements like pre workouts, or protein powder can be really useful when you need them. I take a pre workout on the days that I feel like I need an extra boost of energy before I exercise, but again, coffee does the same thing, and it’s not completely necessary . Protein powder, in my opinion, is one of the best supplements! Especially if you struggle to eat enough protein during the day. You can use it in so many ways such as instead of flour for baking, adding some extra flavour to your smoothies, or even blending it with some ice for a healthy treat. Here is a recipe for some protein muffins using plant based protein powder! Peanut Butter Protein Muffins
If someone were to ask you for your top 3 tips/inspirations to start their own wellness journey, what would you say to them?
Focus on yourself!
When starting your health journey, it is so important to focus on only yourself! It’s nice to get inspiration and be motivated by other people, but you can never compare yourself, what you have been through is not the same as others, we are all at different stages in our lives and so individual! Aim to be the best version of yourself! Just because someone else may seem to be achieving more or look a certain way that society deems to be more successful, in no way does it make your achievements and your goals any less important!
Motivation isn’t permanent!
When you first start out on your health journey, it can be really exciting and fun at the beginning, but like all things, the novelty can wear off pretty fast. You are not always going to be motivated to workout, some days you are going to leap out the door and smash out your workout, and other days you are going to want to watch netflix in bed all day, these days are the most crucial! They are the days where discipline beats motivation. It’s easy to do the hard work when you are feeling motivated, but self discipline is going to get you through the tough days. I promise that the struggles are nothing compared to the feeling of success.
Slow and steady wins the race!
This is a really common mistake that people (including myself!) have made when starting out on their fitness journey. We are human and our bodies/fitness levels don’t change overnight! Trust me I know how disheartening it can be to be working so hard on your goals, and not see results straight away, it sucks, but it’s the reality. Always remember that good things take time, and it is always worth it!
I hope this gives you some inspiration and motivation to get on your own fitness journey and keep pushing harder!
See you in the next post!