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Fitness and partying; can you do both?

· Health and fitness

Let’s talk about being a health and fitness geek, but also a huge music fan and party go-er. Whilst the two may seem to be polar opposites, I can draw more similarities between the two than you’d think.

I’ve touched on this on instagram lately, a while ago a lot of stuff went round about being healthy 80% of the time and indulging 20% of the time is the perfect mix. See I just don’t think 20% of the time is enough, if I were to be healthy 80% of the time I’d feel like I was being restrictive. So, I’m a 70:30 girl.

I love keeping fit and living healthily, but I’m also really passionate about music. I love going out to see my favourite DJs and I love going to music festivals. When I tell most people this they just don’t see how it fits “but, how can you be healthy and go out and drink and party as well?!”

The way I see keeping fit is that it’s about meeting like minded people, being part of a community and having a great time. How is that any different to club nights and music festivals? Obviously working out and eating well is better for your body than getting drunk and dancing around to really loud music… but I think they’re equally good for the soul. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t party every day and workout once every few weeks… I’d end up feeling like shit. But the other way round works. It works well. I feel that completely alienating things that you love doing because they’re “unhealthy” is unhealthy in itself. So long as you’re able to do whatever it may be in moderation (which I believe is a better challenge than challenging yourself to cutting it out completely), you’re fine.

I try to make everything that I do a conscious decision (I say try, sometimes it’s easier said than done, and I’m still learning…), that way it doesn’t make sense to feel guilty about it. The whole ‘detox & retox’ thing is ridiculous. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the movement of ‘ok so we went out last night and got hammered, let’s do a brutal morning class so that last night won’t have any effect on us at all’. Yeah. Right. Only that you’ll end up looking at exercise as punishment… great. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done this before, but I wouldn’t make it a habit. It’s all about mentality, if you look at exercise as punishment you’ll end up hating it.

If you can bring that party vibe to the way you exercise, you’re golden. Anyone reading this who’s done a class of mine will agree that the fact that I love my tracks so much pretty much makes the class, right? I get goose bumps in my spin classes sometimes because when I hear some of the songs in that little dark room turned up really loud, I feel like I’m out (out out). I’ve recently had one of my workout playlists posted to the Spotify channel of my favourite record label, Anjunabeats! So it’s not just me that thinks there’s something in this.

This summer, there’s a festival just outside London that is fusing music and fitness. I’ll be at LoveFit teaching classes as well as trying my hand at some DJing! For more information, head to their website.

I guess What I’m trying to say is that we should do things that make us happy, and not stop doing anything because society tells us we should. Keeping fit and healthy is great, but we’ve all gotta live a little too, right?

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