Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Recipes for Plant Based Protein Powders: Pancakes, Chocolate Bites and Chia Pudding

Plant based protein powders are a perfect way of getting a quick fix of protein into any dessert, smoothie or post workout shake. They offer an alternative to whey protein and are free from dairy and lactose as well as being free from sugar and rich in fibre. There's a vast range of plant based protein powers and I've been putting three different types from That Protein to the test this week.

That Protein offers a range of three powers: Pumpkin Powder with Chia Seeds, Hemp Protein with Baobab and Brown Rice with raw Cacao. All of the powders are made from raw, cold-pressed and organic ingredients.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Top 10 Tips for Improving Sleep + SleepPhones Review

Sleep is great for your health, I'd even go as far to say as it's more important than exercise. It allows your cells to repair, heals you from your tough workouts, curbs your appetite, boosts your immune system, refreshes your mind and restores your energy levels. Best of all, it's free! 

Unfortunately with the every day stresses of life, not many of us are getting enough hours of pillow time. I'm sure there are many of us who struggle to drift off and panic further when we see the time on our beside clock and realise we're up for work in just 5 hours... oh wait, now it's 4 hours, 45 minutes!

Here are the top 10 tips for getting more sleep: 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Guest Post: Julia Buckley's Five Ways to Swerve the February Fitness Cliff

Unfortunately the majority of people who decide to get fit each new year do not stick with their resolutions into spring, with many falling off by mid-February. It’s such a shame when they end up feeling like they have failed or that fitness is not for them. If you’re finding lacing up your exercise shoes tougher by the day, it's time to rekindle those fires and make sure you keep smashing out those workouts.

Here are five tips from top trainer, Julia Buckley, to get you back on track...

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Home Gym That Fits In a Cupboard

Not everyone wants to go to a gym, or has the time or the money. Some people are quite content to go for a jog in the park while others will workout in the living room with a fitness dvd or an online class. This is great, but what if you're keen to begin lifting weights? The trouble with working out at home is finding space to keep any equipment you may be using.

There's probably no room in your house for a weight bench right? or a weights rack? No, me neither. For those of you just starting out with weights, you're in luck! There's some great equipment on the market that can help get you started and it will all fit in the cupboard under the stairs!  

I'm Co-Hosting The Friday Blog Hop!


Happy hopping everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 8pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Fat Burn Revolution by Julia Buckley (Book Review)

Julia's book, 'The Fat Burn Revolution' has had me hooked right from the start! I absolutely love fitness books where the author shares their own experiences as well as drawing on their professional expertise.  Right from the first page, Julia's story of skipping PE lessons as a child resonated with my own experiences - who would have thought either of us would become so passionate about health and fitness as adults?! Julia's story serves as a comfort to anyone feeling anxious about starting to workout at home, or even scarier, the gym! 

The Fat Burn Revolution emphasises the importance of resistance training and HIIT workouts to boost your metabolism, increase your strength and shed body fat. It comes packed with workouts you can do at home and sound advice on nutrition. 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Gaining the Body Confidence to Wear Valentine's Lingerie

Valentine's Day is almost here and I've no doubt you've already been bombarded with adverts for sexy lingerie, corsets and various other sexy gifts that revolve around.. well, pretty much being naked. As with summer holidays, this can be a really daunting time if you're low on confidence and of the 'dance in the dark' disposition. 

Instead of worrying about how you'll cope on Valentine's night, here are some tips for boosting your body confidence and pulling off a 'sexy look', which do not include unscrewing the lightbulb above the bed. 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

February Gym Fashion - Winter Warmers: The Helly Hansen Edit

Cold weather is frequently used as an excuse for not exercising, which is why this month I'm focusing on one of my favourite gym fashion brands, Helly Hansen. This brand has a huge range of ski jackets, rainwear, running tights, base layers, fleeces and yoga t-shirts to keep you warm and dry throughout the winter months. No Excuses!

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