Health & Fitness: 10 ways on how to beat the January blues

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Everybody knows that January is the most depressive month of the year. As soon as the festivities and long weekends are over, the harsh realities of life sink back in; new working deadlines, more colds and flus going around the office, fewer days of annual leave left as you took them all in December and the lack of sunshine can make us feel a bit shitty to be frank.

If you started a new year’s resolution to become more fit and healthy, you may find that your blue mood will make it really hard for you to stay on track. Well, fear not as there are a few ways to help you make it through the month and I’ve got 10 of them for you to try…

1. Try mindful meditation

It’s just like traditional meditation but a bit more modern and doesn’t involve you sitting in silence for hours cross-legged. There’s loads of books and apps out there that can help you. Even just 5 minutes a day of mindful meditation can help lift your mood.

My favourite mindful meditation techniques are body scans and breath counts. Simple yet extremely effective and you can do them anywhere, anytime of the day.

2. Add yoga to your fitness routine

I’m a big advocate of yoga but not just for the fancy shapes. Yoga is a fabulous exercise that not only strengthens the body, it also helps to calm the mind and helps you to refocus your energy on you. I love sweaty yoga flows as they really help to get the blood circulating, leaving you feeling re-energised, refreshed and like you’ve actually had a workout. I always leave yoga classes feeling much more calm and less stressed too.

If you’ve done yoga before and it’s in your practice, try doing headstands (sirsasana). Going upside down with inversions increases the blood flow to the head which actually helps relieve stress and a bunch of other things. You can find a list of headstand benefits in this article here

3. Go for a walk, jog or run

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Increased blood flow results in increased serotonin. This article from Psychology Today mentions that there are four ways to increase serotonin; sunlight, exercise, massage, and remembering happy thoughts – most of which I’ve mentioned in this blog post. 🙂

If you’re finding it hard to stay motivated to your NY fitness resolutions, a simple walk can help lift your mood. Why not grab a friend and a coffee if you fancy some company and a good chat. A walk can clock up some good mileage and burn off a lot of calories too. Walking is also considered as an anaerobic exercise so depending on how long you’ve walked for, you may be able to still burn extra calories long after you’ve stopped walking.

4. Give compliments

New research from Superdrug has revealed that for 6 out of 10 Brits a simple compliment in January is the way to stay motivated with New Year goals, with 88% believing more compliments need to be given in January than any other month to encourage, inspire and motivate during the bleak cold winter.

Dr Becky Spelman, Registered Practitioner Psychologist & member of BABCP backs the findings, saying, “When it comes to getting fit, losing weight, or focusing on our health, positive acknowledgement is very useful. Hearing that we are looking good from people, and that the time and effort we have invested in our health are bearing fruit, actually spurs us on to do even more.”

So why not give your fitness friend some friendly words of encouragement and pay them a compliment or two? Sometimes it can take another person to tell you that you look amazing before you can actually believe it yourself.

5. Get a workout buddy

Two heads are better than one… know that saying? Well it applies in the world of fitness especially if you’re finding that the lack of motivation is creeping in. Having a workout buddy not only pushes you to do better, it also pushes them so you’re both mutually benefitting from it. Empowerment is the way to go so don’t forget to pay your workout buddy a compliment too – they should return it to you if they’re a good partner and you may find it’ll also help you to refocus on your fitness goals.

6. Eat well

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This is the time when a lot of people tend to start fad diets in a bid to shift all the extra calories they’d put on over the holidays but it’s really not the way to go if you’re trying to get fit and healthy for the long-term. Yes, you can change your diet but you do it through eating well and eating healthy. You’ll feel loads better on the inside and outside.

Think about your macro-nutrients – eat plenty of protein, opt for complex carbs over simple ones, increase your fibre intake (fruit and veg), cut down on refined sugars and processed foods, and drink more water. If you’re aiming to lose weight, do the above and make sure you’re a caloric deficit (your calorie intake needs to be less than your calorie expenditure) and weight loss and fat loss will occur.

I’m currently enjoying Superdrug’s new health and wellness range, Some Body. They have protein supplements, snacks, and drinks and I’ve been able to try their chocolate protein powder, choc-orange snack bar and pancake mix. Out of the three the snack bar was my fave – nothing beats a chocolate and orange combo! The protein powder was my second fave – it tasted like a melted Mars bar but had 19g of protein and no more than 4g of carbs which is a winner as I like to get my carbs from actual food sources instead of a supplement.

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I always mix my protein powder with water and a little bit of nut milk. It wasn’t of a thick milkshake consistency which is just how I like it, if you prefer thick just bulk it up with some oats, banana, chia seeds, natural yoghurt or even ice cream. The pancake mix was easy to use and mixed well – I had mine with a small swig of maple flavoured syrup which was divine.

7. Laugh more

Laughter is the cure for everything – legit. If you’re having a rough day, it only takes a good laugh to lift your spirits a little. Stop the January blues from getting you down by visiting friends, work mates or family members and have a good laugh with them. If that’s not possible, why not try out laughing yoga or laughing classes.

Laughing is contagious and I’m sure these classes will leave you with an aching belly and a happier mind.

8. Catch some sun

A lot of us Brits are affected by the weather. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can really leave us feeling low during these darker days. Why not try one of those SAD reducing lights, apparently they do help. Or if you’ve got a little more cash to splash, book yourself a mini-break to a sunnier location. A bit of sunshine will boost your serotonin levels, up your happy hormones and leave you feeling happier and less stressed. I enjoyed a fabulous 5 nights in Ibiza by myself – no kids and no boyfriend and I just lazed around beaches for the entire holiday. I never felt better. I came back a little more calm and a lot more happy.

9. Treat yourself

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Whether it’s a spa day, a retail therapy trip to Westfield shopping centre or a night out on the town, do something that makes you happy. Self-care is extremely important for maintaining your wellbeing and keeping you healthy so don’t be afraid to look after yourself first.

For me, I would love a spa day treat or a Drum & Box fitness class at Sweaty Betty’s flagship store, No. 1 Carnaby SB – they have the best classes and their boxing class always leaves me feeling pumped and high on happiness. Their upstairs Farm Girl cafe also offers a range of fabulous hot drinks including a latte black (activated charcoal latte, great for detoxing) and a butterfly matcha latte (no butterflies, just a beautiful blue-hued matcha latte)

10. Change up your workouts

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Keeping a fitness diary and/or food diary is one of the best things you can do to keep track of your fitness progress. To keep the blues at bay and motivate yourself to keep fit, plan out your fitness routine for that week. For example, if you wanted to focus on cardio that week, add some new exercises that you’ve not done before to change things up and keep you on your toes.

For me, hitting the gym regularly this month became a chore for me so I didn’t go as much as I usually do but I didn’t beat myself up about it too much. I texted my gym buddy and the next week we were back in there, training as hard as we could. We did our usual routine but added in a few new moves which kept it interesting. Post-workout I felt so good and wondered why I was even hesitant to go and have got my gym spark back again.

I hope these 10 ways to help beat the January blues will come in handy for you. I know it’s verging near the end of the month but that’s not to say you can’t apply them to next month too.

Happy January!


NB. I received a sample of Superdrug’s Some Body products in exchange for this review post. All words are my own and are a true reflection of my personal opinion. The stock photos used have been sourced from Unsplash.

Make 2018 Your Year!

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At this time every year, we all set fitness and lifestyle goals, that we are keen to realize. The good intentions in January, can often slip away without the right mental attitude and dedication to what you are trying to achieve. If you have goals you are determined to meet this year, make sure you set an achievable yet challenging plan. Whether it is a home-based session before the school run, or a run through Greenwich Park, make sure you have all the components to make your regimen successful. In addition to exercise, swapping the mince pies for low-carb salads will be essential to kick start your year. Keeping it up past January however, is where the real skill is involved.

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Setting Out Your Fitness Plan For Success
Often in January, we can be left feeling lethargic, unhealthy and flabby. If you fell prey to one to many Proseccos during party season, you should be feeling enough motivation to kick start your fitness goals and get that body back into gear. However, after the initial few weeks, motivation can begin to wane and our plans can begin to falter. When this occurs, there is nothing better than seeking the help of others. Sure, your fitness plan is personal to you and it is up to you to achieve those goals. In difficult times though, the inspiration of others can be imperative to getting the job done in as quick a time as possible. Perhaps that extra push, or motivation can come from a personal trainer in the new year?

Remember the story of The Tortoise and The Hare? Well this is also pertinent to your training goals. Do not let your ambition get the better of you. If you over train early in your new fitness regime, this can have a detrimental effect on your overall aims. There is nothing worse than pushing yourself over the limit and being left recovering on the sofa, when all you want to do is be burning off those stubborn calories. Create a realistic, yet challenging fitness plan and stick to it.

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When your body is working harder in the gym or on the road, the temptation to over-compensate with food can be high. Although it is important to fuel your body with the correct foods, ensure you are eating the right foods at the right time. Initially after your workout, fill the body with healthy proteins to help build muscle and keep your energy up. The night before a big run, fill up on complex carbs like pasta, so your body has the right energy to keep your plan on track.

To make sure you achieve your fitness goals this year, set a realistic yet challenging plan, seek inspiration and advice when your motivation is low and fuel your body correctly. If you follow these vital steps, you will achieve your goals in next to no time.


A contribution post by freelance writer, Jane Sandwood

From Barbells to Boardroom

I love working out at the gym. There’s nothing more refreshing that a morning weight training session before work! It works up a proper sweat but sometimes that can make going straight to work a bit of a bother, especially if you feel the need to freshen up.

Heritage businesswear company, T.M.Lewin came up with this super helpful infographic. It’s got some fab tips that can really help a guy out – for us gals, there’s also some good advice on there that we can benefit from too!

Thanks, TM Lewin! 🙂

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How to go from barbells to the boardroom / Source: TM Lewin

Please feel free to share this infographic with anyone who you think would benefit from it. Whether that be a friend, boyfriend, a work colleague, your brother, father… anyone! 🙂

Review: Adult beginners ballet class at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich

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Adult beginners ballet class at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Photo credit: Lidia Crisafulli

It’s World Ballet Day on October 5th 2017 and I’ve booked myself a ticket to the Royal Opera House on the 4th to see Alice in Wonderland. I’m really excited as ballet and opera are two things on my bucket list that I need to tick off. I’ve been theatre a few times now but really excited to watch my first ballet show.

Last week I was invited to an adult beginners ballet class at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance. They don’t normally offer a drop-in class for beginners so you’d need to sign up for the half-term (6 weeks) or full term (12 weeks) course which is held on Thursday evenings. I didn’t really know what to expect – I wasn’t sure if I wanted to purchase ballet shoes or a leotard but decided not to as it was only the one class I was attending. If I decided to book the course then I think the ballet shoes would be a good investment.

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Canvas or leather ballet shoes would be a good investment for the ballet course

I arrived early at Trinity Laban after work and changed into my gym clothes – just a black vest and leggings were enough. I bought pilates socks with grips on the sole and wore those, in hindsight I think ordinary socks would’ve been better as we had to pivot on our feet which is really hard to do if you’re socks won’t let you.

The teacher’s name is Vicki Busfield. She trained at the Northern Ballet School and London Contemporary Dance School so I knew I was going to be in good hands. Vicki introduced herself to everyone in class (there was around 15-20 of us a mix of men and women) and asked us the usual questions, do we have any injuries, medical conditions, pregnancies etc before she started us off with the warm up practices.

Warm-up consisted of feet and ankle stretching exercises, some corework ie single and double leg raises, pilates scissor legs, reverse plank, forward and sideward folds to get us warmed up before we hit the barre.

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Vicki got us stretching and warming up our muscles. Photo credit: Belinda Lawley

Barre work
After our warm-up, Vicki got us to stand by the barre and she counted us in to rise up on our toes (well, more like the balls of our feet than actual toes) along with some piano music to help with the counting. After that, we learnt to plié and place our feet in first position; Vicki showed us the difference between a demi-plié and a full plié. After this, that placed us into second position.

There was a lot to learn as it was the first task and Vicki wanted us to be able to cover the basic techniques and ballet movements which was great. I felt like a ballerina – not joking! I don’t think I looked like a graceful one but oh wells. Vicki made a point that her classes are all about enjoyment so we shouldn’t focus on what others are doing, more just listening to her and listening to what our bodies are capable of doing and work to our own limits. It did put less pressure on me when I wasn’t thinking about it.

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Vicki taught us that we must feel opposing tension in our bodies for this move. Photo credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Vicki also showed us how to ‘walk’ in ballet, also known as the classical walk. It involved leg and hand coordination which I lack tremendously but somehow managed to keep up. (I’ve also been practising at home every now and then!) By the end of the 90mins class, we had learnt the names of all the basic movements, learnt all the ballet positions from 1 through to 5 as well as learning more technical things like the different pliés, the classical walk and balancing on leg (see pic below).

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Balancing technique and pose. (Source: Pixabay)
The Greenwich Mummy Blog Review: Adult ballet classes at Trinity Laban Conservatoire
The ‘classical walk’ that Vicki taught us. It’s all in the footing and hands. (Source: Pixabay)

I really want to go back and book the half-term session which will start at the end of October. Trinity Laban also offers level 1 and level 2 adult ballet classes so if you already have dance experience and are confident in your dance then the level 1 may be more suited for you but best to ask the Trinity Laban staff to be sure.

For more info on their courses, prices and start dates click on the link below which will take you to their website (opens a new window): https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/


NB. I was invited to a complimentary adult ballet class by Trinity Laban Conservatoire in exchange for a review post. All words and opinions are my own. Photos have been credited to their sources respectively.

Infographic: 5 ways to boost your metabolism for effective fat loss

To celebrate my 1 year fitness anniversary, I wanted to create something helpful and useful for others who are also on their own fitness journey, starting to embark on one or wishing to start but don’t know how to.

Here’s an infographic that I came up with on 5 ways to boost your body’s metabolism for effective fat loss… enjoy! Let me know what you think of it.

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If you have any questions about the infograph, just leave me a comment below. 🙂
… PS. I made it using Canva

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How to build muscle without going to the gym…

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Building muscle without going to the gym is possible.. you just need to know how!

I’m an avid fan for working out in the gym. I love the atmosphere and the free weights area is where you will usually find me… there and the functional fitness area of the gym. You’ll rarely find me on the cardio machines unless I’ve just stepped foot into the gym as I only do cardio at the start of my strength training to raise my heart rate and warm up my muscles. I’m not a cardio fan – give me the squat rack any day! 🙂

However the magical equation to building muscle is very (scientifically) simple… eat a balanced diet to feed your muscles and exercise using your body weight or weights (resistance or strength training) to build the muscle. Okay, there is a little more to this but these are your basic building blocks.

So without further ado, here are some tips by Jane Sandwood, a freelance writer at Totalshape.com on how you can build some muscle without stepping foot into the gym…

How to Maintain Fitness Goals Without a Gym

When you have fitness and health goals, going to the gym may be an integral aspect – or even the focus, of your routine. Gyms offer inspiration, motivation and come packed with various equipment that help you build and strengthen muscle. However, if you have a family, especially young kids, going to the gym regularly, or indeed at all, may not be a realistic option. To stay on track with your fitness journey and keep progressing towards your goals while being a busy parent, consider the following tips on how to build muscle and workout gym-free:

Utilise your own body weight

When you have kids, committing to daily or even weekly gym workouts can seem impossible, but muscle building and fitness never have to be sacrificed. There are plenty of in-home workouts that can be done without stepping outside that utilise your own bodyweight to offer an intense workout that builds and strengthens muscle. Yoga, often considered to be a relaxing and calming stretching routine, actually has many different poses that are considered strengthening exercises, working both your arm, leg and core muscles. Other options to include in your at-home workout routine include lunges, squats, push-ups, crunches, and planks. All of these use your own body’s weight to provide you with a challenging workout routine that will build and strengthen muscle.

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Invest in equipment

If going to the gym regularly or at all is not possible for you as a parent, consider investing in good quality equipment that will make your at-home workouts more challenging and productive. While exercises that utilise your own body weight are also effective, adding weights to lunges or squats, for example, will increase your strength and greatly speed up your muscle building goals. You can start off with some dumbbells of varying weights, a kettlebell, and some basic leg bands to add some diversity to your weight training. These options can all become staples of any good workout, so even if you choose to upgrade to fancier equipment in the future, you will always have a use for them.

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Turn your home into an effective mini gym with some functional equipment

Challenge yourself

Gyms offer inspiration and motivation. At home, you might need a little extra push to stay in the game and on track with your goals. Always make sure to challenge yourself and push yourself. When you find a workout routine that becomes much easier, don’t just settle. Instead, you should increase the weights, amount of repetitions, or both. Set goals for yourself based on your progress, and make sure to hold yourself accountable. This way, your at-home workouts will be just as productive, challenging, and results-oriented as any gym session!

For many parents, working out at home is the best way to ensure that they actually stay on track in terms of their fitness goals. While gyms of course come with many benefits, you can easily gym-ify your own home to make sure to build muscle, while remaining challenged. Incorporate the above steps to your workout routine and reap the benefits of at-home workouts!


A contribution post written exclusively for this blog by Jane Sandwood, a freelance writer at totalshape.com

My Fitness Journey: Progress Update #2

It’s now October and has been two months since I started my fitness journey in August. You can check out my one month progress update here – my body fat percentage has improved a lot which I am very happy about. 🙂 My body composition now looks like this:

Starting weight: 56.2kg, Current weight: 54.1kg
Starting BMI: 24.3, Current BMI:23.4
Starting body fat: 30.7%, Current body fat: 26.2%
(August 1st & October 9th values)

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Not much has changed from profile view but I can see a little ab definition coming through at the top. The side view shows off more progress – you can really see that the size of the waist has decreased. Woop woop! 🙂 I will upload some full length shots soon.

I am very happy with my results so far. I’ve currently lost just over 2kg and aim to lose just a little more whilst trying to keep as much muscle mass as possible. My goal weight would be my pre-baby weight which was 49kg but I don’t think I will be able to get there without losing muscle mass so if I get down to 52kg and lose more body fat, I would be happy with that. I don’t like to focus much on weight loss as I think fat loss is more important. Muscle weighs more than fat so the more muscle I gain, the more weight I’ll gain too.

What I’ve been up to

I’ve been on a fabulous workout event I came across on Eventbrite called TotalBody Brunch. It was brilliant! The event was hosted by Chiara Pellegrino who is a PT and fitness lifestyle blogger. She’s amazing and her workout really worked up a sweat! Post-workout we were treated to some yummy healthy snacks from Fresh Fitness Food and one of the nutritionists from FFF gave us a nutritional talk which was very useful. I also went to an amazing meditation & sound healing class last week. It was a taster session and all I can say was that it was brilliant! I’ve never meditated properly (only touched on it in yoga and through my Be Calm mindfulness app) so it was lovely to do something like that. We were given a sound bath for 20mins and it involved the lovely Kalie playing a series of sound instruments to create vibrations which resonates through our bodies to ‘heal’ our mind and body. The instruments included a gong, Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, a Native American drum and some other instruments I’d forgotten the name of.

I was fully relaxed and even drifted off somewhere that was in-between being awake and being asleep. It’s very hard to describe but a lovely experience. I felt so relaxed afterwards and actually felt calm and relaxed for the rest of the day. No shouting at the kids for once! Kalie hosts two sessions a week (Wednesdays 10-11am and Thursdays 7-8pm) so if you want to try a meditation/sound healing therapy class in Greenwich I can highly recommend her.

I’ve got a couple more events that I want to go to including The Om Yoga Show and the Glasshouse Yoga which is a popup hot yoga event in… get this, a greenhouse! 🙂

What my week looks like

I’ve been going to the free weights area a little less these past weeks and the reason is because I want to lose a bit more body fat so need to up the cardio. My current workout routine has changed from last month and now looks like this:

  • Monday: Boxfit (and strength training if I have energy)
  • Tuesday: Yoga and Zumba
  • Wednesday: Strength training or rest day
  • Thursday: Total body conditioning
  • Friday: Pilates (and Yoga if I can wake up early enough)
  • Saturday & Sunday – rest day

I do stray from my routine when I have my nephew around or have other things planned. I would usually then skip the classes or strength training for that day. Also if my body is really sore from the day before, I always listen to my body and give it a rest and resume my routine when I’m better. I’ve also been using epsom bath salts on the days I have intense workouts to try and help my muscles relax and repair quicker.

What I’ve been eating

I’ve been good and have stuck to my healthy eating most of the time. I do occasionally treat myself to chocolate and the odd pizza; after all it’s all about balance and finding a sustainable way of eating healthy. 🙂 Last week, for the first time since being pregnant, I had white potatoes (my sister made sausages and mash) and it was absolutely delicious! Oh my! I’d forgotten how much I love white potatoes but they’re not great when it comes to blood glucose levels (they’re high-GI) so I won’t be eating them often but will occasionally introduce them into my meals.

I will continue to eat a low-carb, high-fat diet as it’s working really well for me and it’ll also help me in reducing my risk of getting diabetes later in life. Carbs are very important so I would never, ever cut them out but will cut down and obviously choose more complex carbs over the simple ones – sorry if that sounded all science-y. 🙂

Turkey breast steaks are my staple purchase (I haven’t had red meat in a while) though I just had salmon recently and forgotten how yummy it is and wonder why I don’t buy it more regularly! I love fish and LO seems to enjoy it too so I will be adding it to our weekly shopping list from now. I still take a protein supplement which I take on workout days (pre and post workout) and between meals on non-workout days. I am currently using PhD Diet Whey Salted Caramel and it’s so delicious. I can’t get enough of it.

I still have a little while to go but I’m losing weight and body fat and most importantly feeling healthier and stronger every day. I can’t wait to see where I’m at in six months time. I have a goal weight and goal body fat percentage but won’t be too upset if I don’t reach it as I’m in this for the long haul so any progress is the best progress. #progressnotperfection

End FOMO and start GOMO with Eventbrite

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Lesson #1

FOMO (abbrv.) Fear Of Missing Out

GOMO (abbrv.) = Going Out More Often

So many abbreviations to remember!

YOLO… GOMO… FOMO… MOFO… 🙂 But GOMO (Going Out More Often) is a new one that I really like.

Last month was the summer holidays and that’s when most people are out and about with their kids and just enjoying life but it’s not really a time to go out for me. Since I started my fitness journey, I have had loads more energy and have come across so many health events last month and for the months ahead on my Eventbrite app.

If you’ve never used Eventbrite before or don’t know what it is, it’s an online events planning platform and app (available on iphones and androids) – a bit like Wahanda, now known as Treatwell, but is for anything related to events. You can find everything from gigs to Knitting workshop to health retreats and business expos. You can even host your own events and post it online which can be seen on their website and app.

In August, I came across HealthFest London 2016 on Eventbrite which was a real eye-opener for me. At HealthFest I was able to get my body fat percentage measured as well as my BMI calculated, my blood glucose level and blood pressure checked and more. It was the start of my GOMO quest. Continue reading “End FOMO and start GOMO with Eventbrite”

The Yoga InstaChallenge: #TheHeartofPractice

In August I joined in on a yoga challenge called #TheHeartofPractice – it was hosted by yogi instagrammer, Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl). Kerri uploaded a post with 23 yoga poses that she had set for the challenge and each day participants would need to carry out that pose, a variation of it or if it was too challenging then something similar would be fine.

Fortunately I was able to carry out all of the poses with some variations of poses along the way. It was fun but also really challenging especially where I am only a beginner. Luckily, I still have some flexibility left in me and can perform a few of the advanced poses which I practiced more when I was younger. Here are the photos for each day of the yoga challenge.

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Yoga challenge set by Kerri Verna @beachyogagirl

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You can learn how to safely do these moves on the YogaJournal website.

Fitness 4 Mamas

My Fitness Journey: One month on…

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I started my journey to a fitter, stronger and leaner me. 🙂 I joined the gym at the end of July and a couple of weeks before that I took up mother and baby pilates. I started off going to the gym for the fitness classes. I was taking up yoga and tried total body conditioning, ballet fit and functional classes and decided functional and yoga were my favourites.

So now my typical week of fitness classes looks like this:

  • Monday – yoga / gym (strength training or light cardio) / functional
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday – mum & baby pilates or yoga or functional and gym (strength training or light cardio)
  • Thursday – total body conditioning or rest day if I’m too tired
  • Friday – general pilates
  • Saturday and Sunday – rest

It’s been pretty much trial and error with the classes I choose but I have come up with a fitness class plan for myself now and will be changing this routine pretty soon to incorporate a water workout class. Continue reading “My Fitness Journey: One month on…”

My Holland and Barrett Mini Haul

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My Holland & Barrett Mini Haul (I forgot to take a photo of the fat burner tablets!)

Okay, so this haul is more of a mini-haul as it only consists of three products I bought from Holland and Barrett a few weeks ago. H&B is my go-to store when I am looking for anything to do with health foods and supplements. I love their nut mixes especially the carob-coated nut mix and the stores always stocks a wide variety of my beloved Nakd food bars. If you’ve never tried one, I suggest you go out and buy one asap because that’s how good they are and they’re healthy for you.

As I have been embarking on my health fitness journey, I bought a few things which I thought would help me along the way… Continue reading “My Holland and Barrett Mini Haul”

Fitness Tuesday: My Summer Sportswear Wishlist

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My Fitness Journey so far…

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@mannyngo) you will know that I have started to embark on a journey to a healthier lifestyle over the last few weeks. My ab-separation has pretty much gone now – at most they are between 1-1.5 finger width apart. Around the belly button feels a little more like just under 2 finger widths apart but I think it’s normally a little more gappy around the belly button.

I started off with going to a mum & baby pilates class by Bing Pilates (which I am still attending now) and then a week later I signed up to my local Better Gym and now take several fitness classes a week. I also experimented with different classes. Continue reading “Fitness Tuesday: My Summer Sportswear Wishlist”