Enjoy a serving of self-love this Valentine’s Day

Lindsay shares her advice on learning to love yourself this Valentines.

Valentine’s Day isn’t always about having that significant other, it can also be about doing good for others as well as an opportunity for self-love. If you’re feeling low during these cold days, you could really benefit from a serving of self-love.

As stated in the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, produced by Mind, one factor which can encourage you to learn to love yourself and look after your wellbeing is to be active. Try to find an activity you enjoy which suits your level of fitness. Take the opportunity to look over the free activities on the Active Campus Timetable to see if there is anything you may like to try to take the next step to loving yourself.

Fiona, our Females in Training Instructor, said: “It seems like quite a few people are making new friendships in the sessions, which is a fantastic feeling. Leading these feel good fitness classes are one of the highlights of my week! They are fun and friendly with upbeat music, and a non-judgemental, all abilities welcome vibe. I can see so many people’s confidence and fitness levels increasing as each term progresses.”

Participants of Squash and Basketball enjoy the social side of the sport when off court, as the session works in a rotation allowing individuals who come to the session alone to chat to others whilst they wait their turn to play.

Exercising with like-minded people can provide an extra boost of motivation, especially if you’re having one of those days where you don’t feel like being active, friends can offer encouragement when you start to struggle.

Give yourself and your friends a treat this valentines, with these healthy strawberry cupcakes!

Makes 12.

¾ cup white whole-wheat flour
½ cup all-purpose flourcupcake
2 large eggs
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup coconut oil (or butter)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup low fat milk
12 medium strawberries, plus a few more for garnish
2 tablespoons icing sugar
Preheat oven to 180°c and place 12 cupcake cases into a tray.
Whisk both flours, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat the granulated sugar and coconut oil (or butter) in a mixing bowl until the mixture is combined. Then add the eggs and 2 tsp. vanilla and beat until mixed.
Gradually mix in the dry ingredients with the milk until just combined. Divide the mixture evenly across the cupcake cases.
Bake the cupcakes for around 18 to 20 minutes and let them cool on a wire rack.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, cut a cone-shaped hole just a little smaller than a strawberry into the top of each cupcake and fill it with one of the strawberries.
Mix the cream, icing sugar and ½-teaspoon vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until the mixture is frothy. Then whip the mixture just until peaks form in the mixture, which should be slightly thick in texture. Place the mixture onto each and top with sliced strawberries.

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