I love a bright pair of trainers! I’m not gunna lie, I always do a better work out if I feel confident in my workout gear – and a pair of stylish trainers can real make a gym outfit! I’m a big fan of nikes, but there are a lot of other brands out there with really gorgeous styles. I’ve made a ‘lust list’ of all my favourite trainers on the market which I wouldn’t hesitate to buy if I had the budget or the storage space!!
NIKE FREE TR6 FITNESS TRAINER
This bright pink beauty is a real showstopper! Not only is the four absolutely fabulous but it’s also great for pushing yourself in the gym; lightweight but also durable and with enough support to do your heavy stacked squats!
£45 from JD SPORTS
NIKE LUNAR EPIC FLYKNIT
A little on the pricey side but how amazing are these? I love the colour. They are designed for running rather than gym work and give you all the high tech support, ventilation & ‘barefoot’ feel that runners need. I don’t really like running – but I still want these babies!
£130 from JD SPORTS
UNDER ARMOUR CHARGED BANDIT TRAINERS
I just love the colour of these. If you do t fancy a psychedelic shade like the two above I think this is a really nice compromise. These are all about comfort; with an extra foam layer for shock absorption so would be a good all round training shoe. They are also in the Sports Direct sale at the moment – what’s not to love??
£62.99 from Sports Direct
Karrimor Duma 2 Ladies Running Shoes
Karrimor were the first trainers I ever owned and although they didn’t last as long as my current our of nikes – if you are looking for something that will do the job and not break the bank then these are great. These shoes come ina great choice of colours ranging from the very garish (which I would pick obvs.) to the subtle and plain, as well as having great grip and being an already fitness training shoe. I personally wouldn’t recommend karrimor for serious running; I once did a 10k in my old ones and they we were too heavy and didn’t have enough bounce.
Currently in the sale £24.99 from Sports Direct
Do you lust after fitness shoes like me? What are your favourites?
Some of you may know that when I started working out in January 2016 it was inspired by my impending wedding and I was motivated by getting in shape to look hot for my big day! One of the things top of my list of flabby bits to tone was ARMS. I always struggled with confidence around my upper arms and always felt they looked flabby in certain outfits. This would not do in a wedding dress!
So, my aim – to get toned sexy arms weren’t too muscley or ‘stacked’. Contrary to popular belief, if you lift weights in the gym – you will not get stacked over night!! Seriously I know so many girls who avoid the free weights because they think their arms will get too big. Body building takes months or even years of constantly lifting and using VERY HEAVY WEIGHTS. Trust me, you’ll be fine.
I’m really pleased with how my arms look now – I feel that they are slender and I have some muscle definition but not too much growth. I achieved this by doing one upper body workout per week where I worked all the muscle groups in my arm, and by keeping the weights mostly the same or increasing by a small amount (1kg at a time).
My favourite arm exercises:
💙 Push ups
💙 Pull ups (assisted or non – depending on how hardcore you are)
💙 Tricep dips
💙 Bicep & Tricep curls using the cable
💙 Bar bell clean & press (great all body toner)
💙 Kettle bell swings (tones the whole arm)
The important thing to remember is it’s okay to start with very low weights. If you think about it – the Bicep and Tricep muscles on your body are actually pretty tiny compared to, say, your leg muscles. The key is to complete the exercise slowly and controlled with a weight that is challenging, but still enables you to complete the movement.
So, get down the gym and boss those arms. Being strong is sexy!
Do you like upper body workouts? What’s your favourite?
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Good morning! And happy Saturday! I’m happy because I’m having a seriously lazy and chilled weekend; the first in ages!
If, like us, your weekday breakfasts can get a little repetitive (porridge is my go to everyday) then you may wake up on a Saturday morning after a nice lie in craving something a bit more yummy.
I love pancakes. I don’t love how much butter is in them! Also, since I went dairy free I can’t realistically eat an original recipe pancake. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still want them! We’ve been experimenting with alternative ingredients and I think we’ve totally nailed it with this one. This recipe is dairy free, healthy & free of refined sugars and other nasties. And it’s so easy!
Recipe for these dairy free pancakes
Note: you will need some kind of blender to combine the mixture. We use a Nutri Bullet.
25 grams of porridge oats
1 large egg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
~Blend until smooth. Use coconut oil to fry in small circles (these work better than crepe style pancakes)~
Serve with fresh seasonal fruits, a tablespoon of soya yoghurt & a drizzle of raw honey.
How easy is that??
Let me know if you try them or if you have any other pancake recipes you’d like to share!
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Let’s face it – sometimes we just cannot get to the gym. This is something that I’m contending with a fair bit at the moment. If you read my Midweek Motivation last week I talked about falling off the wagon with a new routine and the fact that I can’t workout in the mornings anymore due to my early commute to work. I still go Saturday & Sunday and I make myself go at least one evening midweek too. The rest of the time, though, between planning, paperwork, dinner, spending time with my husband and actually having an hour to sit down and rest it’s not easy to get down the gym much more than that.
So, it’s really helpful to be able to set up and work through a little circuit at home. Nothing too long or labourious, just a quick burst while I’m watching TV to get my heart rate up and keep myself active.
Last night we did a little circuit of 30 press up/ 30 sit ups / 30 mountain climbers (inspired by Alex Crockford’s Crockfit HIIT sessions) and it took less than 10 minutes.
Although it’s not as good as a full strength and conditoning workout a little burst of cardio/high intensity interval training makes me feel much fitter and generally better about myself! Put it this way – I don’t feel like I’ve slacked quite so much!!!
Ideas for things you can do at home without equipment:
Burpees//squats//sit ups//plank//push ups//mountain climbers//jumping jacks
That’s all for today! Remember to come back every Wednesday for motivation to get you through the week!
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Sometimes you lose your rhythm in fitness. It can be anything, a change in routine, an upset, difficult period in your life or maybe just you’re really tired. For me, I’ve recently started placement in a school and I have to leave the house at 7am. Given that my gym opens at 6.30am this is not realistically enough for me to have a workout in the morning. I now go 3 times a week (one evening and both days of the weekend) compared to my old routine which was 5 mornings a week.
This has been a really hard upset for me, not just because I enjoyed it and it really set me up for the day but also because I had genuinely become a morning person ! I loved getting up early and thrashing all my stress from the day before out in the gym. It made me feel alive, and awake actually! These days I struggle out of the house feeling sleepy and lethargic. I’ve also noticed I’ve put on 3 pounds which has been upsetting me a bit.
HOWEVER, it’s important to not be too hard on ourselves and recognise our achievements so far! I’ve still lost nearly 2&1/2 stone and managed to maintain it. The first picture was taken in January 2016 and the second is now. It’s still an amazing achievement!
I figure I’ve just got to stop giving myself a hard time and understand that it takes time to adjust to a new job and routine.
Do you find it difficult to fit fitness in around a demanding job? What are your thoughts on this?
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