Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My very own health and fitness journey.

I’ve been thinking lately about the health transition I’ve made since I was about 18 years of age and fresh out of high school till now…a 21 year old graduate, older and all the more wiser. Before I embarked on this journey I didn’t know what being healthy really was. I always believed that if you wanted to feel good, you had to look good… Taken at face value, this involved 18 year old me thinking that you could just follow a ‘diet’ which would help you lose weight quickly and in turn this would give you all the self-confidence you needed. 

It wasn’t until after my first year of university that it really dawned on  me how many health gimmicks  there are which we really need to stop being so susceptible to falling for. Even though deep down we know that there isn’t a single quick fix to help us lose weight and become fit and healthy, we are still prone to trying or purchasing these ridiculously persuasive health gimmicks. From countless detoxes, to diet shakes, to diet snacks – at the end of the day we have to shift away from these and move towards better nourishment and fuel for our bodies.Once I had fulfilled this aspect of my life I started abandoning fast food, alcohol, sweets and chocolate altogether, and this was probably one of the best decisions I have made. After all, as German Philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feurbach said, “man is what he eats.” But bear in mind that treating yourself is great too because lets be honest I do have an occasional treat now and then and a night out with my friends where I have a couple of drinks.Of course, eating healthy is important as many people have heard the saying “30% gym, 70% diet.” 

However, it takes more than just food alone to provide your body with the balanced nourishment required for ideal health. When you start to nourish your body with the adequate amount of exercise you may obtain many different health benefits. I have listed a few that I think were the most prominent changes for me – better sleep, improved physical appearance, elevated mood & reduced stress levels, increased energy levels…but really, the list is endless. I also found that committing myself to a certain amount of exercise was truly rewarding. After a while, I would actually look forward to going for a run or going to the gym just to sweat it out and release some endorphins.

This journey is still ongoing for me – I still strive to find new recipes to experiment with and try new exercises that I’ve never done before. As people may or may not know I love my cardio. I am absolutely head over heels for cardio, may it be jogging, cycling, swimming or sprints. However, I am still trying to incorporate more strength training into my exercise routine as I do really want to join the small but sculpted minority of women who lift.At the end of the day, we all wish that we weren’t so concerned with changing our bodies…but we are. So why not step on the bandwagon and just try to nourish and nurture your body as best you can. With this in mind you must also nourish and nurture your mind as best as you can. Everyone wants to look good, but we all want to feel good too. Do what you like and do what makes you happy, and make sure you are striving to feel good AND look good instead. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

BACK IN HONG KONG! (SHORT & SIMPLE)

你好! Hello all! I haven’t posted in forever, forgive me. I've decided to start a new blog because I hadn’t posted so long on my other blog that it just seemed a little too disjointed for my liking. So first things first, I'm Jennie Hemmings. I'm 21 years and 14 days old at the moment and have just finished my third year of University studying a BsC in Psychology.  

I’m currently back in Hong Kong aka (香港; “Fragrant Harbour”) spending time with my family, boyfriend and friends. When I’m not enjoying the free time I have here, I’ve also been teaching English to infants, toddlers and cheeky little pre-schoolers. I was lucky enough to have been in touch with the English playgroup centre I had worked with last summer and now have been spending a lot of my days prepping for lessons & having the privilege to work with little children again. It still feels strange to be back in Hong Kong after being in the UK for so long…however, settling back into life here was quick and easy as it always is. For me, Hong Kong truly is where my heart is.  No matter how far away I am, regardless of time zones and awkward time differences – this hustling, bustling city has stolen a piece of my heart.

The move back home also made me realise that having given all my work in, and being on a gap year I can finally focus on a few thats that I really want to do...right before I embark on my journey of training to become a qualified teacher. During this gap year I really want to dedicate my efforts and time to towards focusing namely on saving, travelling, health, fitness, happiness and blogging consistently.It will be a year where I can truly deepen my practicial, professional and personal awareness. Hopefully my blog will be something people will enjoy reading - if you've liked it so far, read on and follow me on the excursions of my life. I hope you're all having a great summer wherever you may in in the world. For now, it is not a goodbye but a mere speak to you soon. I already can't wait to blog my next post...