Monday moments

It’s Monday, and I forgot to do both a Friday Round-Up and a Saturday Summary! #sorryguys

I’ve just done a 30 minute plyometric HIIT workout focusing on legs, and my right knee is a little niggly. Hopefully a good stretch will get rid of it.

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I bought the pink geo version of the Panache sports bra as my old one had lost half of the underwire:(

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It’s a nice design which is hard to find at a 36G (UK size) and offers good support.

Tonight I made dinner out of roast veg (carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli tips, new potatoes, peppers) with a boiled egg, bagel thin and some allioli.

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Here’s a “ooof why does the floor make so much noise during jump squats” face…

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Happy Monday everyone xoxo

Running Playlist

I haven’t had a decent run in FOREVER but I’m itching to get out on the road and just run! No Garmin, no target speed, just running for the pure enjoyment of it.

I even brought my running kit to work today but it rained the whole day, and I didn’t fancy sitting in the office drenched through all afternoon!

To help motivate me, and on the back of my favourite Zumba songs from earlier this week, I thought I would put together a little running playlist that I’ll use next time I lace up my trainers and strap on my sports braJ

  • Downtown – Macklemore
  • Lane Boy – Twenty One Pilots
  • Overdrive – Gecko
  • Higher – Sigma ft. Labrinth
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • Heart on Fire – Lennon & Maisy Stella (from Nashville season 3 soundtrack)
  • Bang My Head – David Guetta ft. Sia & Fetty Wap
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • Waiting All Night – Rudimental
  • Shine – Years & Years

There you have it, my top ten tracks of the moment for running. It’s a mixture of upbeat, empowering, tempo and some more relaxed tunes that keeps you guessing and makes for an interesting run!

What are your favourite running songs or workout songs?
xoxo

Review: Sportswear – favourite pieces of sports clothing

I’m a bit of a floozy (don’t you just love that word) when it comes to sportswear, I’ll try pretty much any brand and love it when I can recommend a brand based on experience.

My ‘sports draw’ has all sorts of brands in from Asics (my favourite trainer) to Nike, Adidas, and some non-traditional fitness brands like Gap, H&M, and Mango.

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The fact that ‘Athleisure-wear’ is no trendy means that many high street retailers are expanding their lines into sportswear, with mixed degrees of success.

Here’s some of my favourite items, and why I love them!

Asics Gel-Nimbus 16 – this is a pretty pricey trainer but when you’re running 10+ miles a week you want to make sure that your trainers are right for you. I tried on soooo many pairs of trainers before choosing the Nimbus, including Adidas (too narrow) and Nike (just felt weird). The Asics offer really good support and although they may not be the prettiest trainers, they come in loads of bright colours!

Asics gel Nimbus

GapFit gFast reflective fleece leggings – I scored this pair of leggings during the Black Friday sales (thank you for the import of this great sale America!) and they have to be the softest trousers I’ve ever owned. The fleece inside is soft without being too over-heating, and the high waist features a draw cord which is a must if you don’t like having to adjust whilst you’re exercising. The trousers feature a line of small reflective squares down the outside of both legs, ideal for running in the darker months.

Gap Fit Leggings

Mountain Warehouse running trousers – another for the cold weather, I never thought of Mountain warehouse as a sports brand, and truth be told, their range isn’t the biggest, but these trousers are so good I have two pairs! Warm, comfortable, draw cord, practical, they won’t be winning any style awards but for practicality you can’t beat them!

Mountain Warehouse Running Trousers

H&M long sleeve top – Another great find, H&M are really stepping up their game when it comes to sportswear, mixing function with fashion really well. I bought this long sleeve top ages ago, and wear it at least once a week for outside runs or some gentle stretching.

HM long sleeve top

Garmin 10 Running Watch – OK so it isn’t really clothing, but I love my Garmin! I used to use map My Run on my phone but it was just too buggy and I couldn’t find any other running apps that worked well. This watch is really easy to use and comes in loads of colours (I’ve got the purple one). I use it to keep pace, time and distance and then connect it with My Fitness Pal. The only issue is that it can be slow to find my location initially, but I use hat time to sort out my music/headphones/keys etc.

Garmin Forerunner 10

These are some of my favourite sportswear brands, I also have a drawer full of t-shirts from Nike, SweatShop, Next etc. that I use for my workouts but don’t really have a favourite. Next on my list to buy is a long vest with narrow arm holes (I don’t want my bra on show) that I can wear to Zumba, so that when I’m grooving and shaking it doesn’t ride up, anyone know where I can get one?

What are your favourite brands for working out in?
xoxo

At Home Legs

On Tuesday I’d planned to go for a short run to break me back into the habit, but it was raining cats and dogs at lunchtime and in the evening, so I opted for an @ Home legs workout instead.

I used a kettlebell during the workout but you could use a dumbbell or heavy household item (sometimes I use a large pillar candle).

NB: I am in no way qualified to give exercise advice and the exercises below should be performed to the best of your ability with the approval of your physician. Consult your physician before starting a new exercise regime. Take it steady!

15 x Donkey Kicks on each leg (keep the foot high and pulse upwards)

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15 x extended leg kicks on each leg – move from all fours onto your forearms and straighten the left leg so that it is parallel to the floor. Raise the foot towards the ceiling to work the bum muscles.

10 x Fire hydrants each leg
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10 reps each leg x side lunge with pulses – this one was taken from Tone It Up! Start with feet hip width apart. With your right leg, lunge out to the side but keep your knee in line with your ankle. Repeat this 10 times on the right. On the last lunge, keep your right leg slightly bent and then pule your left leg straight out to the side 10 times. repeat on the other side.

10 reps each leg – single leg deadlift – Again, taken from the lovely ladies at Tone It Up! you can hold onto the back of a chair for support if you need help with balance!
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12 reps – weighted plie squat – stand with your feet wide apart, toes pointed outwards. Hold your weight between your legs, keeping your back flat. Squat down and then back up for 1 rep.

12 reps – weighted wide leg squat – from the plie squat move your legs slightly closer together and turn your toes so they are facing forwards. Hold your weight between your legs, keeping your back flat. Squat down and then back up for 1 rep.

10 reps each side – step back lunges with knee raise. Start with feet hip-width apart. Step back with the right leg and bend the left knee to perform a lunge. Then, straighten the left knee and bring the right leg forward, raising the knee towards the chest. Return the foot to the floor. this is one rep.

12 reps each leg – front combat kicks – contract the core to bring the right leg forwards in an extended leg kick. Step back into combat stance. This is one rep.

12 reps each leg – roundhouse kicks

12 reps each leg – ski lunges (also known as curtsy lunge)
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10 x standard hip bridges
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10 x closed feet hip bridges (move the knees a little outwards when you pulse upwards)

Repeat the sequence at least two or three times depending on your ability.I did this workout on Tuesday and my butt is still a bit tight!
xoxo

 

 

 

Fitting it in – no excuses

When I became a mum, it was the height of summer, the sun was shining and hours of walking around parks and villages was the norm. Then I went back to work. And then it started raining – pretty much none stop from October to February.

What did that mean? It meant that I did hardly any exercise.

Why not? It’s too cold, I’m tired, I haven’t seen my baby in too long, it’s late, I don’t want to!

Excuses, excuses, excuses. The truth was that I just got lazy, I didn’t want to have to work all day, go home, put the baby to bed, make the hubby’s tea and then go do some exercise, no way! So what’s the solution? You gotta fit it in people!

Now I have started hilunch workouttting the gym during my lunch hour a few times a week. It’s surprising how much you can fit into 1 hour. I get to the gym, put on my workout gear, do a 20 minute intense workout, hit the shower, get dressed, dry my hair AND get back to work. Then I can just sit at my desk and eat lunch.

Do I want to go to the gym during my lunch hour? No! Would I rather be surfing the internet or scrolling through my Tumblr feed? Hell yes! But you know what? If I didn’t fit a workout in my lunch hour a few times a week, I wouldn’t get any exercise done. And not only does that make me feel bad, it makes me a bad example for my daughter.

So how do you fit your workouts into a busy schedule?

xoxo