Sunday, 24 July 2016

Guest Post: How To Start Running and Not Completely Hate It

How To Start Running and Not Completely Hate It
Running is one of the best ways to keep in shape, and one of its biggest perks is that you can do it almost anywhere!

However, we’ve all been there in the past - you make a playlist featuring all your most pumping music, put on your brand new trainers, begin your run on the street and then about five minutes later, you’re a wheezing mess holding yourself up on a lamp-post.
“Happily, running is not all about making everything hurt,” says manager. "Whether you’re new to running or are getting back into it after an extended break, below are seven tips that will see you love your hobby, and get you running continuously and confidently." 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Chia seeds: The What, Why and How

Chia Seeds: What Why and How
There's no doubt that eating more nuts and seeds will benefit us by increasing our intake of healthy fats, protein and fibre, but some seeds seem to be getting more attention in the health and fitness circles than others. 

Chances are you've heard of chia seeds. I mean, how could you not have?! They're all over Pinterest in various recipes for
desserts, smoothies and breakfast bowls. 

So what are they and where do they come from? Why should you be eating them? And how can you include them in your meals? 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Guest Post: It’s All About the Waist, by Dr Sally Norton

It's all about the waist
Need to breathe in to do up your trousers? Find out why your waistband could be telling you something very important.
Jumping on and off the scales may give you an idea of how weight loss attempts are going but it certainly doesn’t give you the full picture and doesn’t always reflect whether you are a healthy weight.

Friday, 15 July 2016

The Baby Weight Diaries - Part 3 (The Final Chapter)

Hooray! I'm now back to pre-pregnancy weight, 9 months post partum. I have been for a couple of weeks now, although it fluctuates between 164 and 166. This prompted me to decided to start the 60 day Insanity program in an attempt to push past the weight I found myself stuck at for a months before I got pregnant. 

It's not just about the weight though (I mean pushing past that weight without having to restrict calories would be a bonus). My main goal through doing HIIT training - which is essentially what Insanity is - is to improve my fitness and endurance. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

BoostBall - The All Natural Protein Snack

BoostBall Protein Snack
Since starting my latest training program, I've needed to really amp up the protein. This can be difficult, even when my main 3 meals are pretty protein heavy. I'm trying to hit macros of 40/30/30, and so far the easiest way I've found to do this is to have a protein shake in the middle of the morning after my workout and a protein based snack mid afternoon to keep me going between lunch and dinner. 

While on my mission to find some ideal mid afternoon snacks (nuts, seeds, natural yogurt are frequently scoffed) I was contacted by the guys behind BoostBall to try the range. I absolutely love the growing trend of natural protein based products that taste and look like confectionery and BoostBall falls perfectly into this category...

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