Self-Motivating Tips To Get Your Fitness Routine Back On Track | Clozette

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We all have our fair share of excuses when it comes to copping out from things that we don't like doing. And one of the things that often gets victimised by this idea is our fitness routine. Sure, we can blame it on our busy schedules or the countless factors that we can point our fingers at, but have we ever stopped and wondered what the consequences will be? 


We may be more than halfway along the year but it doesn't mean we have to save this one up again for next year's resolution list. It's never too late to set your fitness routine on check! So if you have your mind set on procrastinating no more, here are self-motivating tips to get you back into shape!


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Get ready to commit



One of the reasons why we often choose to set things aside for later is because we don't have a clear goal in mind. And with tons of things happening to us daily, we understand the struggle. But keeping a personal timetable doesn't have to be complicated-- it all falls down to our strong desire to achieve whatever it is that we are heading towards. 

Once you get the fuel burning, the commitment to the cause comes in naturally. So make sure that if you want to start getting fit and healthy for the better, it's something you really want for yourself to the point that you're willing to put time and effort into getting it. 

Make your body clock work to your advantage



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We’ve all been guilty of sleeping in once in a while. And this is perfectly fine especially if you’ve spent the night working on crazy deadlines. But making it a habit to the point that you completely skip on breakfast really takes a toll on your fitness routine more than you think. Getting used to waking up late messes up your body’s metabolism, making it hard to digest food. Instead of your body storing the nutrients from the food into energy, it ends up as unwanted fat that’s really hard to shed off.

Conditioning your body to wake up before 11:00 AM is possible. If you've gotten so used to waking up in the afternoon, make sure you set your alarm or have someone wake you up one hour earlier than your usual wake up time to ease your body into the change. This way, it wouldn't feel forced and the gradual change will make it easier for your body to adjust. Eventually, your body clock will return to its normal state and this can help you work around your diet.


Get hydrated



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One of the reasons why we usually take water for granted is because it's too bland for our tastebuds. But instead of reaching out for that flavoured energy drink or workout smoothie, think again! Whether you're going for an easy 7-minute workout or a full-on fitness plan, water not only replenishes your body but also helps in getting rid of the toxins you're trying to flush out. 

Giving your body too much sugar right after you drained your energy seems reasonable, but in reality, it's like refueling your body once more without giving it time to rest. So even if you're feeling recharged on the outside, make sure you keep hydrated to give your body enough time to recover. Remember that there's no crash course in getting fit so it's okay to take things slow. 


Take things in moderation


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After weeks and weeks of working out, cheat days are totally acceptable as long as you follow this rule: take everything in moderation. 

There are people who go to lengths to achieve their dream bod to the point that they starve themselves or result to chemicals that may harm them in the long run. Your body also needs to have its share of protein and sugar to keep it balanced so there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to a burger or your favourite ice cream every once in a while. Just make sure that you don't go overboard and result to binge eating so that the effort you put into those strenuous fitness exercises won't go to waste.  

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Any other self-motivating tips to get your fitness routine back on track? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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Who’s ready to get their fashion and makeup looks on point? Because How Do I Look? Asia is back with a new season and a new Glam Squad that's ready to empower women around Asia with confidence and style. Underneath the racks of clothes, drawers of makeup, and the bright lights are the stories of women around Asia, who, with a little encouragement and guidance from the Glam Squad are inspired to live their lives with renewed confidence.


With the makeover series set to make its Season 2 debut on DIVA TV on 29 August at 8PM, bloggers, stylists, and fashion and beauty enthusiasts gathered at Bugis+ in Singapore and Sunway Pyramid in Malaysia last weekend for a day (or two) filled with fashion, beauty, and wellness. From special guests, to exciting games, and to thrilling makeover challenges, the House Party was nothing short of amazing, amping up the hype even more for the fashion reality show!

So if you missed last weekend’s chic celebration, cheer up! Relive the moments here with our wrap up of the launch events in Singapore & Malaysia!

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Thrilling Challenges



The 'EwwwTube' game started off the festivities with two couples going on stage and doing their best to dump as many “ugly clothes” into the famous EwwwTube. How? Each boy was blindfolded and had to throw an item of clothing to their partner stationed near the tube. Then once the ladies received them, they had to quickly throw it up inside the tube; and the first couple that completed the challenge won!

Aside from the game, there was also a Mini Makeover Challenge judged by fashion blogger and stylist Andrea Chong. Each participant had their ‘Before’ shot taken, went through the revolving door, and in a few minutes, came out with a new look!



While over in Sunway Pyramid, after Malaysian Clozette Ambassador and YouTuber Charis Ow received a day-to-night glam makeover from Shu Uemura on stage, four ladies were split into two teams and tasked with recreating the look in just 5 minutes!



Everyone who participated in both challenges were given special prizes and goodie bags, so at the end of the day, everyone won (yay, more makeup)!


Amazing Beauty Booths



If you came down to the event locations au naturel or were looking to give your look a quick pick-me-up, no worries because the launch events in both Singapore and Malaysia had their own respective makeup, hair, and nail makeover booths!

So whether you wanted to amp up your MOTD courtesy of their partner brands MAC and Shu Uemura, or get your tresses done by Redken and Vintage Studio, or change up the looks of your nails via the Nail Palace; no problem because they had it all!


Creative Tips & Tricks



In today’s world of social media, knowing how to artfully take your photos and edit them is a desired skill. Which is why our very own Clozette Ambassador Christy Ho and our resident-photographer Myke Motus gave insightful tips and tricks on “How To Guide Your Boyfriend To Take Your OOTD For You”! They covered all the bases from finding your angles to which apps are the best for editing your photos. So now you can go and werk your OOTD wherever you are!




Moving over to Sunway Pyramid, Redken stylist Alea did a hair demo on INSIDER Editor Lystra Aranal to show the crowd a hairstyle that’s easy to do and looks perfectly undone. Then it was all about letting the fabulous crowd give hair styling a try as she gave another quick demo on how to do the Instagram famous hairstyle – the fishtail braid – on a few lovely volunteers. And in just a few steps, she was able to masterfully braid each lady’s hair, proving that the fishtail braid can work for all hair lengths!


Zumba Dance-Off



It wasn’t just about fashion and beauty at the HDIL Season 2 House Party in Sunway Pyramid, but lifestyle and wellness too. The amazing dance crew from Marigold Yogurt Drink got the crowd moving and pumping their muscles by teaching them a few Zumba dance moves! They even got children to join in with them...how cute is that?!


Special Guests



Of course, no event is ever complete without special guests. And what better way to take the Season 2 launch to the next level than with appearances by fashion blogger Andrea Chong in Singapore, and Indonesian creative director and illustrator Diaz Diaz in Malaysia! Not only are both of them renowned in their respective fields in the fashion industry, but both are also part of Jeannie Mai’s brand new glam squad – helping women embrace their personal style.

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Almost every week, we get to witness tons of fashion looks from our favourite celebrities and style icons. And just when we're about to see if we can achieve the look, we scroll to the caption and see the big price tag that comes with the OOTD. Frustrating, right?

But before you toss your fashion peg out the window, don't give up just yet! Read on to find out more about our ultimate guide on recreating your favourite fashion looks, even on a budget! 

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Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid's black-and-denim ensemble

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When these besties went out in matching OOTDs for a casual day out, it was all over the internet -- and we totally understand why. Whether you love them or not, we can't help but deny that their black-and-denim look just shouts chicness. But with these two at the top of their modelling game, it's a sure bet that designer labels were behind this duo's envy-worthy look. 

Don't worry! You and your bestie don't have to break your wallets for a matching chic OOTD. Here are our top picks for a fashion look ala KenGi:



Zoe Kravitz' effortless "girl-next-door meets rocker chic" style

(photo from Instagram/@zoeisabellakravitz)

Zoe may be the daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and singer Lenny Kravitz, but it wasn't her parents' fame that made her into one of Hollywood's rising stars. A natural beauty with a tremendous amount of talent for acting and modelling, she has graced the pages of Vogue with campaigns for Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, and other top-notch brands. And to add to the list of her many appeals, her relatable and casual Instagram posts show off her effortlessly casual and alternative fashion style that an everyday-girl can really get inspiration from. 

So if you're a little tight on budget but would still want to channel this Zoe-inspired look, here are fashion pieces worthy of a spread in Vogue:



Dandelion Belt Bucket Floppy Hat (USD $17.14)
The Clothing Hub White Rib Top (USD $9.66)
OOTD Bar String Choker (USD $4.55)


Selena Gomez' "grocery shopping" OOTD

(photo from Instagram/@selenagomez)

While some of us stock up on eggs and bacon in shirts and sweats, Selena goes on full fashion icon mode with a loose button down, retro sunnies, and a chic pair of sneaker boots while grocery shopping for her Revive Tour. It's no wonder why she's the current queen of Instagram with 96 million followers and counting!

If Selena's style suits your fancy, you don't need to have millions of followers on IG or a worldwide tour to snag this look. We've got you covered! 



Chictees Jasmina Polo Dress USD $27.87 

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What other fashion looks from your favourite celebs would you like us to 'dupe' next? Let us know in the comments below!
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