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My New year workout Playlist

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Nothing makes a work out fly by quicker than a mix of of some of your favourite, upbeat tunes. Lots of studies have shown that listening to music while you workout can enhance your performance.

Below are some songs that you can pretty much guarantee will be on my iPod when I'm working out:

What are your favourite work out tunes? If you have a great playlist on spotify or want to share some suggestions please leave details in the comments below.

Healthy(ish) Gift Guide

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Do you struggle with gift ideas for your loved ones who spend most of their time out running or prepping for their clean eating lifestyle? These gifts can help the people in your life meet their fitness goals or ring in the New Year with a healthier lifestyle.

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak - £26.95 - This is great for aches and pains after a good workout. it has energising and warming extracts of Birch, Juniper, Clove, Alpine Lavender, Wild Thyme and Blue Chamomile, combined with Mineral-rich Sea Salt, ease tired muscles and recharge the body.

Bathtub Sloe Gin - 31DOVER.com £24.95 - If your loved one has been working hard all year and being super strict with their diet a little tipple over Christmas might be just thing thing they would like as reward. This one looks great,  just like an old apothecary medicine bottle – brown paper and string and wax sealed by hand. If you fancy 10% off this or anything on 31DOVER.COM use the code 31GEM 

Retro Space Snack Box - £8 - A perfect stocking filler for all those prepped vegetables to snack on and lean meals.

Fitbit Flex - £79.99 - If you've set aside a big budget for gift or if you are getting a gift for a very special friend this Fitbitis great and tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and sleep.

Itsu the Cookbook: 100 Low-Calorie Eat Beautiful Recipes for Health & Happiness - £4.99 - This would make a great secret santa present. Every dish provides fewer than 300 calories per serving, takes fewer than 30 minutes to master and contains minimal amounts of saturated fat.

Focus 200 In-Ear Headphones  - £24.99 - Once in place, the earbuds are 'locked' and won't wrangle free and are sweat proof- even in the most intense workouts.
Dark chocolate Santa - Christmas is time to indulge but you can enjoy these ones and know that the dark chocolate is an antioxidant and convince yourself that they are practically a super food ;)
What are you hoping for this Christmas? Have you got any tips on giving gifts to those who like to live a healthy lifestyle?

Feel Good, Be Good, Do Good - Yogi Tea giveaway

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Today's post is a giveaway kindly provided by Discount Supplements, specialists in Online Sports Supplements.  I'm a huge tea fan and would love to drink it all myself but one lucky reader will win the following:
  1. Yogi Positive Energy Tea Cranberry Hibiscus: An uplifting and invigorating tea infused with Green Mate, Guarana & Assam Black
  2. Yogi Detox Tea with Lemon; a tangy detox tea infused with the flavours of Bitter Dandelion, Sweet Liquorice & Spicy Ginger
  3. Yogi Women’s Tea; a balancing tea with a blend of Ginger, Orange Peel, Angelica Root & Ayurvedic Spices
  4. Yogi Bedtime Tea; a calming and organic tea infused with Chamomile, Lavender, Nutmeg & Valerian Root 

Each box contains 17 teabags and the winner gets a complete set!

Yogi Tea have been specialising in organic herbal tea since 1960 and are experts in creating flavoured healthy tea. Their story began when Yogi Bhajan, a teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in the West. He shared with his students the wisdom and knowledge of healthy living and the beneficial properties of herbs that he had mastered in India, all while serving a comforting and aromatic spiced tea they affectionately named “Yogi Tea.” Included in the recipe were five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. When blended and brewed, these delicious and aromatic spices leave you feeling vibrant and alive, while supporting overall well-being. Intrigued by the complex flavor and inherent health benefits of this unique combination of spices, it wasn’t long before several of the yogi’s students were inspired to brew their own “Yogi Tea.” In 1984, this grassroots endeavor blossomed into the Yogi Tea Company. Packages of the dried spices began to appear in natural foods stores throughout Southern California and in Europe. By 1986, Yogi Tea was distributed nationwide in three flavors. As demand increased, the spices were more finely ground, packaged and sealed into individual tea bags.

If you fancy winning some of these delicious teas just leave a comment below with some contact details like and email address or a twitter handle and a winner will be picked at random on Tuesday 22nd September Good luck!

My Race for Life - Cardiff 5k

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Up and down the country, women of all ages, shapes and fitness levels will participate in Race for Life events this summer to raise funds for research into treatments and cures for cancer. Since the event’s inception in 1994, more than £500million has been raised for Cancer Research UK, and more than seven million women have played their part in raising both money and awareness for a great cause. I was proud to be one of those seven million women to take part when I ran in the Cardiff Race for Life today. 

I have been using the Kiqplan Race for Life app to prepare for my race. I didn't get to do as much training as I would like because of a few injuries but the app meant that my last minute training was much more focussed thanks to all the reminders. The app had everything you would need to get you ready just twelve weeks before the big race. I wore my Orb for the race (and the rest of the day) and you can see all my steps below. I've loved tracking my activity and the app and tracker have meant that I've pushed myself a bit more.

Based on your fitness level the app set weekly walking and running goals and you are rewarded with performance badges for meeting your goals, or given constructive feedback and advice for getting your race preparations back on track. I'm not particularly motivated so this app was perfect for me.

The atmosphere at the race today was amazing. I know some people grumble about it being a female only event but that really helps me to relax and not be as competitive. I feel uncomfortable at the gym when everything is 'mansplained' to me and I'm typically the only overweight person there. This is a positive event where women of all abilities can feel comfortable so I always enjoy the race. I took part on my own today and the sun came out so I found it hard to run the whole 5k. Running with friends last year meant thatI kept up with the other a little more but I was happy with my race.

I completed in 37 minutes and I'm ok with that. Yes, someone who is fit can do it in half the time and some people can run 10k in that time but I was pleased that I jogged most of the way and didn't stop.

Even though my race is over you can still donate to my Race for Life Just Giving page. I would love to reach my £150 target and all the money goes to CRUK who are working everyday to beat cancer

  • £8 kits out scientists with a lab timer, helping them to find out what makes a cancer cell tick.
  • £20 buys a lab coat, box of gloves and goggles. Not only geek chic, but vital items to help scientists carry out life-saving research.
  • £70 pays for a Bunsen burner to help ignite groundbreaking research on a daily basis.
  • £180 pays for one day of a trial to discover faster diagnosis and new therapies to treat brain cancer.
  • £300 buys a hotplate to warm special solutions, turning up the temperature on groundbreaking research.
  • £450 pays for one day of a trial to diagnose prostate cancer earlier and more efficiently.

Lots of the Race for Life events have already taken place this summer but you can still sign up for races in Exeter & Swansea (lots more too) and some new 5k Pretty Muddy races have been added in September. 

Did you take part in Race for life this year? How did you get on?