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We're only four days into the New Year, and we're already feeling like a big, old bunch of failures.

The brisk New Year's Day walk turned into the twitchy New Year's Day slump, the overhaul of the fridge turned into the final binge on Christmas goodies, and the shopping trip for gym wear became the random splurge on cheapo pyjamas (because they're all that actually fit us right now.)

If you're determined to get fit this year, but genuinely can't see yourself sticking to a regimented gym schedule, then you may benefit from certain tips and tricks which will help you exercise without, you know, totally committing…

1. Take the stairs

Yes, it's an age-old recommendation, but it's stuck around for a reason.

If you find yourself taking a lift at least once or twice a day, then there's no reason why you shouldn't use the stairs on those occasions.

Opting for the stairs over a lift or escalator will become second-nature after a couple of weeks.

2. Get off one stop early

If you had plans to hit the gym after work, but can't see yourself taking the plunge, why not get off your train, bus or Luas a stop or two early and make up the distance?

The worst thing about ditching the gym is how guilty you feel afterwards, so assuage that ASAP by going the extra distance on your commute home.

If it's raining, you do have our permission to ditch that idea, however.

3. Schedule your squats

Squatting is one of the best exercises you can do for trimming down and toning up, and the best part is you can do them anywhere at any time (within reason obvs.)

So, why not coincide a squat session in the comfort of your own home while getting your Netflix binge on?

No one is expecting you to squat through an entire episode of Narcos, but nothing's stopping you from getting low for as long as you can once the episode starts, and attempting to beat your record next time.

4. Team up with a mate

As Carrie Bradshaw once said, "Let's gossip to increase our heart rates."

Meeting a friend for a 60-minute walk where you can catch up and put the world to rights is the simplest way to exercise without even realising it.

Time flies when you're bitching about that one from the Christmas party.

5. Arm yourself with an app

If there's anything that helps pick up our day, it's a really good app.

And thankfully for the gym-phobic among us, there are oodles out there which will help you to exercise without feeling like you're sacrificing your down-time.

Zombies, Run! Fitnet, and Yoga Wake Up are just three of our favourites.

 

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Look – we do genuinely mean to have a shower every morning. And we absolutely know that we should exfoliate AND moisturise before applying a layer of fake tan.

Yup – our nails could be more manicured; feet less rough. No, a messy slept-in bun is rarely as striking as tumbling GHD curls.

But then we weigh up the prospect of an extra 30minutes in bed, or more time spent on the couch watching Strictly before we head out… and suddenly we’re willing and oh-so able to embrace our inner Lazy Girl.

Do we looked as preened and proper as a Kardashian-Jenner at the Met Ball? Well, no… but hey, we don’t look half bad either.

So here, in honour of those extra 30minutes in bed, SHEmazing! rounds up our top 10 Lazy Girl beauty habits that our fellow Lazy Girls will know ALL about. 

 

1) Dry shampoo is god: in fact, we reckon we're pretty much keeping Batiste afloat at this stage

 

2) A 'fancy' up-do or messy plait is merely a cunning ruse to get through another day without washing your hair

 

3) And when we do wash your hair… we never have time to actually dry it properly. Pony-tail or bun still wet at 6pm? Yup, that's us

 

4) To our total shame, we've found stray hairpins buried somewhere in our tresses DAYS after we've applied them

 

5) Thankfully, big brows are in – because we haven't shaped, plucked or HD'd them in MONTHS. Au natural ftw

 

6) Cleanse, tone and moisturise? Lolz; we're ALL about the facial wipes. For a really thorough clean, we'll even occasionally use two

 

7) Allegedly, lipstick requires a specialist brush for expert application – that AND you need liner too? Oh, we genuinely didn't know…

 

8) We do own an eyelash curler, but we have never once used it. Nor do we plan on starting any time soon

 

9) We are aware that contouring is a thing. We have never, however, contoured; tinted BB cream has works perfectly well thanks all the same

 

10) Sunglasses can be worn at all times, and in all weather, in lieu of actually putting on makeup

 

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We all know the drill. 

You're chilled out on the couch and suddenly you crave some sweet sugary goodness. 

The only problem is you have no effort whatsoever to cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Fear not ladies! We have 4 sweet treat recipes that you can whip up in no time!

Prepare to indulge!

Nutella Ravioli

  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 16 wonton skins (available at any Asian food store)
  • 1 banana (sliced into 15 thin pieces)
  • Icing sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 200*C
  2. Place 1/2 tablespoon of Nutella into centre of wonton skin and then place banana on top
  3. Rub water along edge of wonton skin and then fold into a triangle, pressing the side down
  4. Put on baking tray and brush with melted butter
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes and dust with icing sugar for decoration

 

Gooey Chocolate Mud Cake

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 standard size mug
  1. In mug, crack egg, add icing sugar and cocoa powder
  2. Whisk together until smooth
  3. Microwave for 50-60 seconds, until cake is cooked through.
  4. Add any topping of your choice!

 

Simple Strawberry Hawaiian Ice Cream

  • 2 cans of Club Orange
  • 1 can of 7 Up
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • Strawberries
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (mix for about three minutes straight)
  2. Cut up strawberries and put into mixture (along with strawberry juice)
  3. Cover your bowl and place on a flat shelf in your freezer
  4. Freeze over night and viola! Simple Hawaiian ice cream

 

Mixed Fruit Banana Split

  • 1 small banana, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 small pot fof greek yoghurt
  • Cereal 
  • Fruit of your choice
  1. Place banana halves in a shallow bowl, cut sides facing inwards
  2. Spread peanut butter evenly over your banana
  3. Spoon yoghurt in the middle
  4. Top with cereal and fruit of your choice
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