Beat the 'Festive Flab'

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With the arrival of November comes the temptation of mince pies, chocolate and the Starbucks Christmas menu, leaving your waistline feeling a little snugger in your jeans. Exercising outside becomes a distant memory as the temperature plummets, even the short walk to the heated gym could potentially leave you feeling like a snowman and not worth the moaning. You excuse your weight gain as a mechanism to keep you warm and would prefer to hibernate until the sun decides to join us again.

However, there is no excuse to pile on the festive pounds this winter with a great selection of fitness blogs that are providing up to date and vast amounts of exercises (you may not even have to leave the house) and nutritional advice; here’s my pick of the best around. Click the titles to find the blogs now!

‘Tone It Up’

This website is perfect for girls looking to tone it, get healthy and stay fit. Karena and Katrina started posting YouTube videos of exercise routines they had devised on the Californian beaches. The exercises suit all levels of ability, get you out of the monotonous cardio routine and focus on muscle strengthening activities which are prone to being neglected, especially by novices. In recent years the brand has expanded to an all encompassing website providing nutritional, beauty and fitness advice as well as a interactive online community which allows you to track your progress and be inspired by fellow Tone it up girls. If you are lacking motivation and can’t afford a personal trainer the weekly e-mails ensure you stay on track, keep you up to date on new exercise routines online and provide motivating quotes every Monday. So all the advice you could wish for is on one simple to use site so there is no excuses to not grab your trainers and join in.

If you are looking for inspiration in the gym and are bored of doing crunches then the Tone it Up Iphone app offers specific muscle focuses workouts in both video and picture form to mix up your gym routine whilst you’re on the go. It is definitely worth the 69p, you can’t put a price on looking and feeling great.

‘LDN Muscle’

Ideal website for anyone that wants to focus on putting on muscle and gain overall fitness. Recently setup and ran by two sets of brothers, LDN Muscle has gained a huge following on Twitter promoting their articles on nutrition, gym inspiration and health, as well as providing you with the necessary motivation to stay away from fast food and #EatCleanTrainDirty. The boys practise what they preach, it’s gained them some great results, and offer tried and tested advice from their experiences as personal trainers. There are added incentives to the website with a free downloadable ‘Bulking’ guide, LDN merchandise and the ‘Chest Sunday Movement’ weekly training programmes.

Keep a watch on LDN muscle boys as it’s still in its early development and already has great content, enough to keep you away from the Christmas pudding and unnecessary spare tyre around your waist.

Make the most of these winter months and get a head start on that summer body; girls remember to check out Tone it Up and boys get yourself over to LDN Muscle for all the inspiration you need. 

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