How To Stay Seriously Fit While On Your Honeymoon

How To Stay Seriously Fit While On Your Honeymoon

Going on holiday for 7 days doesn't have to equate to gaining a similar number of pounds. If you've been sweating it out at the gym/bodypump/pilates studio and don't want to let it slip and put on weight while on holiday, panic not: put in some savvy planning and the only thing that'll be heading south is your aeroplane. Keep reading for our essentials tips for how to stay seriously fit on holiday.

Walk everywhere

Walking has all too long been neglected as a form of serious exercise, but don't underestimate the effectiveness of it as LISS cardio (that's low intensity steady state - the long-lost cousin to much-lauded HIIT). LISS cardio has little effect on fat burn until you reach over 30 minutes - but keep strolling after that magic tipping point, and it works wonders. Aim for 20,000 steps a day, ideally on a varied terrain, and enjoy that cocktail smug in the knowledge that you've spent all day toning your touché on the pavements. 

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Be realistic about the hotel room workout

Ever gone away with the good intention of jump-squatting before the breakfast buffet and planking away a hard afternoon's sunbathing, to find that it just hasn't happened? You're not alone. Be realistic about what you can do (and what will have the inclination to do) on what could be little more than a coffin-sized patch of floor. If you do one thing, train your abs: crunches, leg raises and planks in all their variations are the most realistic piece of training you can achieve. Aim for 10 minutes a day, every day (consistency is, as ever, key) to feel noticeably more toned by the time you're back in the departure lounge. 

Pack smart

"I haven't got my kit" is an excuse that should be left in the PE changing room where it belongs. Pack your lightest top, sports bra and shorts alongside a resistance band. This golden piece of kit is best used around your thighs while squatting to mimic the effect of holding a weight and hooked under your feet and held in your hand for bicep curls. The best part? It folds up to take up the same precious suitcase space as a pair of socks.

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Plan & prepare

Of course, the easiest way to keep up that 4-times-per-week religion is to book a hotel with fitness facilities in the first place. But, we're not just talking about a dingy basement with a couple of dumbbells and a treadmill decorated with cobwebs: scout out a hotel with a gym that you will actually want to use. Reward your dedication with a dip in the pool or steam room afterwards - after all, you are on holiday, right?

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Hannah Martin's Top Tips For Perfect Bridal Makeup

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Hannah Martion, senior pro artist at Bobbi Brown, is rumoured to be shortlisted for the coveted position of Pippa Middleton's wedding makeup artist. So, it seemed only right that we got on speed dial to her to ask her top tips for wedding makeup...

What are your favourite makeup trends on catwalks this season?

Three of my favourite looks from AW 2017 have got to be the clear skin, defined brows and bitten lips as seen at Valentino, the fun graphic eye cut crease seen at Chanel, and the pale taupe smokey eye seen at Tibi, created by Bobbi Brown editorial artist Cassandra Garcia. I also love the glossy lid look!   

How can you make these trends work on your big day?

The Valentino look is so pretty and super bridal so there's not much that needs tweaking at all, but I would add a little eyeliner to make sure the eyes are defined. While Chanel's cut crease isn't bridal at all, the element you can take are full lashes, even skin and soft natural lip. The tones from Tibi are perfect for autumnal brides but I'd suggest making the smokey eye a little cleaner to make sure it photographs well on your big day.   

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If you had to pick 3 hero products for brides, what would they be?

My three hero products for brides are the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick for a flawless base, Pale Pink Blush for the perfect bridal flush and No Smudge mascara for bold black lashes that won't run - even if you have a few teary moments!  

In a nutshell, how does a bride achieve that holy grail glowing complexion?

Whilst the glowing complexion can be created with skin care and cream illuminators, for brides, I like to make sure makeup lasts all day. So, I'd add the glow once all the makeup is finished with a little bit of Shimmer Brick or Highlighting Powder. I apply it at the end of the makeup as a final accessory to give the skin that sought-after 'lit from within' glow.    

What are your top to make sure your makeup lasts all day?

To make your makeup last all day you need to feed your skin with whatever it needs... If your skin is on the dry side it's best to do a moisturising mask before makeup application and then apply moisturiser that has enough water and oil to keep your skin hydrated. If your skin is on the oily side, it still needs a drink but look to use oil-free moisturisers, Gel-based will do the job. Then once your foundation is applied, set with a loose powder to lock your base in place for the day. If you rush through the skin prep phase you're less likely to create a long lasting look so take your time and get to know what your skin needs. 

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What's the one product can you not live without, and why?

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