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10 Steps to motivate yourself and live a healthy lifestyle

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10 Steps to motivate yourself and live a healthy lifestyle

Do you ever feel unmotivated, stuck in a rutt or just plain lazy? If you have, here are 10 tips to help motivate yourself live a healthy lifestyle!

1.    Find Your Motivation

Exercising can be boring. Admit it. It can get real tedious and discouraging, especially when you don’t see results. You can overcome this being inspired motiviation. Find your motivation by being very clear about what you want to achieve. And why. Imagining what achieving your goal will feel like. What would it allow you to do? Why do you want it? This doesn’t only apply to exercise but to everything you do! Finding the motivation to do something is key to consistency, and will make achieving your healthy lifestyle goals a lot easier.

2.    Focus, Focus, Focus

Enhance your focus by completely closing out any distractions from the outside by taking the time to concentrate on the present moment and being actively aware of your surroundings and feelings.

3.    Change Your Routine

Changing up your routine is just as important as having a routine. At the same time, doing something over and over again can get boring and monotonous. Changing up your routine is a effective way to avoid getting bored, and to keep your body guessing. Variety is vital to exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.

10 Steps to motivate yourself and live a healthy lifestyle

What is your goal? New car? 10 Steps to motivate yourself and live a healthy lifestyle

4.    Set Goals

Start off small and secure, setting easy and reachable goals for yourself. As time goes on, increase the difficulty of achieving each following goal. As you see progress you’ll find your dedication increases. Remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day!

5.    Make It Fun

No matter what you do, it’s important have fun. After all, having fun is not only enjoyable, it is also good for you!  If you feel you’re starting to get bored or reluctant to work, try to make up new ways on how to complete tasks. Not only will it boost commitment, it will also increase your creativity!

10 Steps to motivate yourself and live a healthy lifestyle

Add excerise into your daily routine

6.    Make Physical Activity Part of Your Daily Routine

Instead of going to work by bus, try walking, or riding your bicycle! Adding physical activity to your dailty routine will increase your stamina and physical strength. There is good evidence vigorous activity can bring health benefits over and above that of moderate activity. A rule of thumb is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity.

7.    Put It on Paper

What’s the point of creating a routine in your head and then forgetting about it? Write everything you plan to do down on paper! Doing so provides a sense of structure and direction, and will make it much easier for you to keep track of things!

8.    Join Forces with Friends, Neighbours or Others

You probably aren’t the only one trying to make a healthy change. Find some buddies and go for it together! It will feel great by having their support and encouragement, and you’re bound to have more fun along the way.

9.    Reward Yourself

After a day of hard work and exercise, it’s a good idea to reward yourself. Do something you like, eat something you shouldn’t (in moderation). Make yourself feel great about what you did!

10.     Be Flexible

You don’t have to follow a strict routine all the time. Keep yourself flexible by changing up the game! Be open to new ideas and ways of exercising. Try some new things that are supposedly good for your healthy but that you otherwise wouldn’t. Open yourself up to even more healthy activities!

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Meet Katie Godfrey… Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert

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Meet Katie Godfrey... Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert

Katie Godfrey is the powerhouse behind the KG brand, single-handedly building her empire from a single salon bought aged 19 as a school leaver with no qualifications, to a chain of salons, a UK-wide beauty training academy, an eyelash product range and a salon coaching business. 

Katie left school at 13 after being bullied, but this only made her more determined to succeed in life. Her Bedfordshire beauty salon became a go-to destination and after being named Eyelash Technician of the Year in 2014, Katie started to rack up the awards winning 15 to date, and securing press coverage nationally including the likes of OK and Hello, as well as pampering various celebrities. 

Now you’re as likely to find her judging awards as winning them – she’s co-owner of the “World Lash University” conference & awards which is partnered with “The Lash Games” at Olympia Beauty, and has her own podcast, “The Life Of KG”, aimed at those in the hair and beauty space but also relatable to anyone in business. 

How Katie Godfrey expanded her brand

Going on to own a chain of franchise salons, Katie then sold these to focus on education, aiming to raise standards across salons and within the industry. She launched KG Professional, a beauty training academy which now has branches in Bedfordshire, Southampton, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Milton Keynes, Sussex and Essex, and an eyelash product range.

Within 6 months of launch, the eyelash range was selling into 500 salons and is now sold globally. Katie was one of the first trainers in the UK to teach Russian Volume Lashes, flying to New York to learn and then bring the techniques back. 

Meet Katie Godfrey... Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert

In addition to maintaining the salon and pro businesses, Katie is a dedicated business mentor and looks after over 35 salons. She started this side business 3 years ago after being inundated by businesses coming to her for help as a result of her success story – she offers 1-2-1 and group mentoring sessions, and aims to launch the first comprehensive online business course for the hair and beauty industry imminently. She talks regularly at colleges and events about her story and is passionate about motivating others to build their careers. She is one of the authors of number 1 best-selling book, ‘Extraordinary Women’, and co-owner of “Salon Franchise,” a consultancy company in the hair & beauty industry. 

Katie’s achievements are all the more impressive considering she has done this while single-handedly parenting her daughter. She is testament to the goals that can be reached with determination and hard work and is inspiring and helping many others to do the same. 

Awards won by Katie Godfrey

  •  3rd “Inspirational Women of the year” 2020.
  • Winner “Health & Beauty Franchise of the Year 2020, Livewire Excellence Awards.
  • Winner “Best Health & Beauty Clinic Franchise – South East England” 2019
  • 2nd & 3rd place “World Lash University Lash awards” 2019
  • Winner “Client Experience Award” 2018
  • Winner “Best Beauty Salon – Bedfordshire” 2018
  • Winner “LUX Salon of The Year” 2017
  • Winner “Client Experience Award” 2017 
  • Winner “Client Experience Award” 2016
  • Winner “Most Outstanding Salon of The Year” 2016
  • 2nd Place “Eyelash Technician of The Year” 2016
  • Winner “LUX Salon of The Year” 2015
  • Winner “Fans Choice Awards” 2015
  • Winner “Eyelash Technician of The Year” 2014 

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Milton Keynes welcomes new Next Beauty and Home concept store

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We may have leaked some news a few weeks ago but it is now official. Fashion retailer NEXT has announced the expansion of its beauty business with the exciting news of four new ‘Beauty & Home’ stores. Milton Keynes and three other UK locations will welcome the new Next Beauty and Home concept stores. Milton Keynes’ very own Next Beauty and Home store will open its doors on Friday 2nd October, in the former Debenhams store at intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

Milton Keynes welcomes new Next Beauty and Home concept store

*NEXT -The Beauty and Home Store – Concept Drawings. (Supplied by Dalziel & Pow)

Next Beauty and Home

As well as selling clothing and home furnishing, NEXT currently sells over 250 beauty brands on next.co.uk. Following on from a successful online collaboration of Fabled by Marie Claire, which launched Beauty on next.co.uk in October 2018, Next has been interested in expanding the brand into the beauty world.

The aim of the new concept stores is to create a premium retail environment for beauty products, to complement the offer NEXT already carries online. Alongside this, NEXT’s well-loved Home and Lingerie collections will also be available within the new stores; which will further expand the lifestyle offer available to Next customers in Buckinghamshire.

The Milton Keynes Store will stock premium brands including; Armani Beauty, Bare Minerals, Benefit, Clarins, Clinique, Estee Lauder, GHD, Lancome, MAC, Origins, Too Faced, Urban Decay, and YSL. The store will also offer a range of premium beauty services in-store.

Simon Wolfson, NEXT’s Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with existing and new beauty brand partners to create a new force in beauty retailing – bringing our Online business to life through premium store environments in some of the UK’s most important retail locations.”

Milton Keynes welcomes new Next Beauty and Home concept store

*NEXT -The Beauty and Home Store – Concept Drawings. (Supplied by Dalziel & Pow)

Next – A High Street innovator

British clothing retailer Next is used to launching new concepts. After opening its first Next Store in 1982, Next launched ‘Next for Men‘ in 1984. One year later saw the launch of their first home interiors range. 1987 brought the birth of NEXT childrenswear. 1988 was the launch of NEXT Directory – the brand’s innovative new concept for in-home shopping. Next has always been an innovator and the launch of Next Beauty and Home could be the much needed retail therapy we need in these testing times.

 

*NEXT -The Beauty and Home Store – Concept Drawings. (Supplied by Dalziel & Pow)

Where can I find Next Beauty and Home?

The new Next Beauty and Home Milton Keynes store will be located at Intu, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre, 38 Midsummer Blvd Milton Keynes, MK9 3GA. Opening hours for Next Beauty and Home Milton Keynes will be shared when available. intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre is currently in the process of rebranding.

*NEXT is working with its Retail teams and brand partners to open the stores with social distancing guidelines and procedures that are safe for customers and colleagues.

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Smile with a free teeth whitening makeover from Church Road Dental

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Smile confidently with a *free* teeth whitening makeover

Welwyn Garden City’s Church Road Dental are giving our lucky readers the chance to win a dazzling free teeth whitening makeover worth over £400.

What is tooth whitening ?

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.

Deep Bleaching works by increasing the tooth’s permeability to oxygen which breaks down stain molecules. It is a combination treatment meaning that there is a 2 week home treatment followed by 1 hour visit at the dentist (optional).

Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.

Smile confidently with a *free* teeth whitening makeover from Church Road Dental

What are the benefits tooth whitening ?

One of the benefits of tooth whitened is an improvement in general self esteem, making us happier and more content.

Over time our teeth may become discoloured by certain foods that we eat, drinking coffee or red wine, smoking, and how well we brush and floss. Whitening can help by producing a younger looking effect. If we’re not embarrassed by or conscious of our teeth, we smile naturally and confidently. Smiling has been shown to improve mood by triggering the production of endorphins.

Dental professionals have noticed that patients who’ve had their teeth whitened tend to show an improvement in their oral health care routine. Experiencing the advantages of whiter teeth often leads us to take good care when brushing, flossing, and seeing our dentist for professional cleanings. Since good oral health can improve your overall health and prevent many diseases, this is by far the most important reason to consider teeth whitening.

How do I enter the competition ?

For a chance to win, follow or like Church Road Dental on Instgram or Facebook. Then share their teeth whitening post and tag TWO friends. More information is available upon request from Church Road Dental.

Smile confidently with a *free* teeth whitening makeover from Church Road Dental

About Church Road Dental

Church Road Dental provide excellent dental care in a safe and relaxing environment. Their team of dentists, nurses, hygienists and technicians provide all the treatment and advice that patients need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile! Church Road Dental is located at 4A Church Road, Welwyn Garden City.

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