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5 reasons you should workout today by Laura Scanlon

We all have those days were motivation is at an all time low and you are just feeling straight up lazy. Well I can give you 5 reasons why you should not sit on the couch after work today and why you should get up, get out and move.

  1. "you dont know what exercise to do" - Well that is NO excuse, try this workout, all you need is your body, space and a skipping rope. (always warm up first)
  • 20 Air squat
  • 20 Lateral lunges
  • 30 Mountain climbers (fast)
  • 15 Sit ups
  • 100 skips
  • X 5 Rounds

And G0...........:) (check my videos section for lots more exercise ideas).

2. You will sleep better tonight - there is no denying that after a hard days work and a serious sweat session you end up sleeping like a baby, unless of course you have a baby and that I cant help you with :D

3. Endorphins - oh please tell me you know what I am talking about? Exercise can literally take you from stressful and down to alive and kicking. GO FOR THE RUN

4. Be a role model- your friend might be feeling the very same as you so why don't you be the motivator for you both. Meet in the park for a HIIT session, a run or go to a yoga class. I know I always get motivated training with a buddy. Be the motivator.

5. You will feel bad if you don't - and probably end up binge eating. Do not go to bed and wake up feeling regretful. Your body will thank you for it. GO EXERCISE

 

Laura xx

Why I Love Running & Why You Should Run by Laura Scanlon

It's a love/hate relationship with most people but fortunately for me, my parents started me running from a young age so running has always kinda been in my life. Now I must admit there are aspects to running that I don't necessarily love, like long distance. I'm a max 5K kinda girl, 10K at a push but the benefits to the running I do are wonderful. Let me tell you about them.

First things first, don't hate on cardiovascular exercise. Lots of people and even trainers I meet always talk about how much they hate cardio. There is no quick fix to getting fit and unfortunately for those of you cardio haters, cardio is an essential aspect of getting fit. A few essential reasons are, fat burning, cardiovascular endurance, less stress, improved sleep to name but a few. Now I know there are many other alternatives to getting your cardio in other than running but i'm going to tell you why I run and how I benefit from it.

Running was a huge part of my youth and although I stopped competing around the age of 18 I still ran to keep fit. It wasn't until 10 years later when I moved to Cape Town and joined a running club again that I really noticed my body responding to the running training I was now incorporating in with my gym sessions. When I personally talk about running I am talking about sprint to middle distance sessions. These type of sessions are amazing for burning that stubborn fat around the midsection & an awesome cardiovascular workout. Not that I had that much fat to burn off around my stomach but I found my waist and hips became slimmer and my body overall more lean. Let me show you a before and after picture of when I really upped my running sessions.

 

Whether you run on a track, in the park, down the street or up a hill, sprinting or speed sessions will do more to develop your aesthetic and anaerobic capacities than anything else out there. If you want to burn fat & add lean muscle tone to your body you need to be sprinting. Treadmill sprints are good and I often add them into my routine but they wont get your anaerobic levels as high as outdoor running but still amazing for burning fat. Here is a a treadmill workout I like to do:

30 Minute Fat Burner Workout (INDOOR Treadmill)

  1. Warm Up: Level 9 for 10 minutes
  2. 1 min on 1 min off for 10 minutes (sprint at the highest level you are comfortable with)
  3. Cool down for 10 minutes at level 9 last 5 minutes bring it down to a lower level (beginners to running just cool down for 5 minutes )
  4. Stretch

If you are not buying into the idea of sprint/speed sessions then all you need to do is take one look at top athletes out there, there bodies don't just look like that for no reason. With running you may think its just about moving your legs but going from 0 to full blown sprint in a couple of seconds requires energy from every muscle in the body, hence an amazing full body workout using power from the whole body.

So basically you need to get running if you want to get super lean and super fit. The best thing I ever did was rejoin a running club. It is great to have a top coach tell me what to do 2-3 times a week. Not only is it amazing for stress relief, I also get to meet new people and change up my routine a bit each week. If a running club is not for you though, that's ok. Just get down to your local park and run for your life :) I recommend a minimun of 2 days a week sprint sessions mixed with your regular exercise routine & within weeks watch your body fat drop & your fitness levels rise. 

Outdoor Workout- Great for beginners

Always warm up first with a jog, mixed with stretches and some strides.

Try 10 X 200m with a walk back

or

Sprint goal post to goal post 10-20 times with a walk back to recover.

Give it all you got, don't hold back, SPRINT.

Any questions dont hesitate to contact me, 

Follow me over on Instagram @laura_bodyzone :)

 

Laura x

My Stellar.ie Interview by Laura Scanlon

As seen from www.stellar.ie

http://stellar.ie/skills/my-fitness-journey-model-laura-scanlon-tells-us-how-she-maintains-her-killer-body/

From walking for Moschino in Dubai to shooting swimwear for Brown Thomas in South Africa, Laura Scanlon’s modelling career has had so many stand-out moments that it’s hard to pick just one.

When she’s not at castings or shoots, Laura can be found training her fitness clients on the beach in Cape Town, or making workout videos for her site, BodyZone.ie.

We caught up with the Dubliner to find out what makes her tick – and to drill her on her workout secrets.

As well as your modelling work, you’ve also now started your own business. What made you take the leap?

I started BodyZone.ie because of my love for health and fitness and after spending a number of years studying and working in the industry, I wanted to create a platform where I could share this knowledge.

My work is about making functional body training and high-intensity training available to everyone. There is a blend of full body workouts and also strengthening workouts targeting the core, glutes and upper body. Along with fitness videos, I offer health related tips.

You’ve always been very into sport, do you think that had an impact on your choice of career?

Yes absolutely, it made me aware from a young age the importance of eating healthily, getting an adequate amount of sleep and also how important it is to be physically fit.

Your modelling career started when you were still in your teens. Did you ever feel pressure to look a certain way?

I have always worked out, so had a very healthy relationship with my body growing up. I have an athletic body type, so I never considered myself to be the stereotype model body, though.

Dubai, Capetown… Your modelling work has taken you all over the world! Any highlights?

While working in Dubai, I got to work with a lot of high-end brands like Chanel, and Tiffany & Co but the highlight was most definitely walking the catwalk for Moschino in their SS13 show. Such an incredible experience!

 

 

 

One of the things that kicked your modelling career off was your decision to enter Miss Ireland in 2010. What was that experience like?

Being in the competition definitely opened up doors for me on the Irish modelling scene. It was a great experience and helped build my confidence. I had never done anything like it before and met some lovely girls.

These days you’re based full time in Cape Town, what drew you to the city?

My boyfriend lived in Cape Town for a number of years and we relocated back down last year. The outdoor lifestyle and weather makes it a perfect location for anyone working in the fitness industry, there is a real healthy feel to the city. I’ll be home to visit Ireland in May though!

 

You recently shot the Brown Thomas SS16 collection out there – that sounds amazing!

It was so much fun, Derek Daniels and Rob Condon from Assets Model Agency and Christian Shannon from Brown Sugar came down from Ireland. Derek and Rob directed the shoot and Christian styled the hair, so it was a fab day. I was delighted to get to shoot it.

What’s a day in your life like at the moment?

I’ll train clients in the mornings and then I’ll generally have castings during the day. With the weather on my side here, I get to train my clients outdoors on the promenade or on the beach, so I’m outside a lot. I’ll then spend the rest of my time working on BodyZone.ie… and hitting the gym myself.

And another important question – what’s a day on your plate?

It generally goes something like this…

Breakfast – Overnight oats with cranberries, coconut & raisins in almond milk with chia seeds & flax seeds.

Lunch – Omelette with spinach, cottage cheese & avocado.

Dinner – Chicken breasts with herbs & coconut oil, vegetables & sweet potato.

Snacks – green juice, nuts, greek yoghurt, blueberries or a protein bar.

 

Sounds delicious – and very healthy! Any favourite cheat meals?

Yes, I love a good cheeseburger and chips.

You have some brilliant quick workout videos on your site. What are your tips for busy women trying to stay fit?

Exercise should be an enjoyable experience, so do something that makes you feel good.

You don’t need a fancy gym to exercise, so by utilising your body as your own gym, there really is no excuse. Out of the 24 hours per day, allow yourself one of those hours to exercise, give it all you’ve got and feel amazing after. It’s a no-brainer.