Tuesday, 26 May 2015

5 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning

2015 has so far been an amazing year for learning, growing and accepting things in all areas of my life. The concept of "healthy" is definitely something that has changed in my mindset. Health is not just about eating lots of salads, it's about feeling contentment, living sustainably, happily and fuelling your body in the way that works best for you. 

I've put together 5 tips that ensures from the moment you wake up, you can be the healthiest version of yourself, whatever stage of life you're in. This ritual is my go to when i've fallen off the wagon!


1. Drink Hot Lemon Water 

Making your first decision of the day a good one will set you on the right track straight away. Hot lemon water is amazing for aiding digestion and hydrating your body after a nights sleep. 

2. Schedule To Do's

Assign yourself tasks you know you are capable of ticking off that day!  Don't just make a to do list, make an action plan. 

Prioritise your list, and fit them into your day. Will they be done first thing in the morning or after lunch? This will totally remove the anxiety from having an overwhelming list of things to fit into your day. 

3. Move!

There must be 100 reasons why moving in the morning is good for you. For me I find it's stress relieving, energising and head clearing. Have a stretch, go for a run, walk the dog, your day will be more positive and satisfying as a result. 

4. Visualize 

Create your ideal day in your head when you wake up. If you start your day with that positive visualisation and intention, it will most likely happen. Turn your negative or upsetting thoughts into do able actions that will contribute to your perfect day and help you achieve your end goal!  

5. Eat Breakfast

Can you give 100% if you're hungry? No. Put some vitamins and energy fuel in your tank and leave the house nourished. 


How do you stay balanced?

B xx 


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Thursday, 14 May 2015

An Interview with Sarah Harrison: Owner of Hot Pod Yoga Nottingham


 For me it's 100% now that time of the year I want to start feeling super fit and content with my body. How it looks and how it feels, I think everyone wants that lovely summer glow but feeling refreshed isn't always so do-able! There are some amazing women who inspire me everyday. Most recently I met the wonderful Hot Yoga Pro Sarah Harrison, who launched the Nottingham brand of Hot Pod last year. So here's my interview with Sarah, I hope you enjoy reading and learning as much as I did. X 



How and when did Hotpod Yoga Nottingham first come about? 
It was set up as a franchise by two fantastic guys in London, around the same time that pop-up everything was hitting big.  I was first introduced to the Hotpod concept by a friend who was on the same teacher training course as me;  she went on to start Hotpod Yoga South Birmingham & Solihull whilst I observed from the sidelines with interest - I went to her classes and was hooked, so HPYNotts launched in September 2014.

How long have you been practising Yoga?
I started in 1998 with Hatha and was first introduced to the concept of hot yoga via Bikram in London around 2000

Can you describe Hotpod in a nutshell?
Hotpod Yoga is one of the strongest yet most nurturing practices that I have ever done.... strong because of the dynamic flow of movement with the breath, challenging your balance, core strength and mental focus.  Nurturing because of the environment and the physical space itself:  low lit, warm, aromatic with a relaxing blend of oils and somehow cocoon-like, as your busy outside world stops for 60 minutes you just know you are doing yourself so much good in there!

Describe a typical day in the life of Sarah Harrison...
My days run much the same way:  Up early and out to teach, I like to get to the venue in good time so I am not under pressure setting up and I can chat to people coming in.  Classes are generally done by 1030am so 30mins to pack up and then drive home, where I generally land around midday.  Shower, lunch, admin, social media or maybe my own exercise time follows - I will try to eat again around 4pm, then it's back out again anywhere between 4-6pm to go and set up the pod again and teach evening classes.  Home anywhere between 8.30 and 10.30pm, relaxing bath and a bit of admin, then sleep.  

What does you exercise routine look like?
Since teaching Hotpod I have become very protective over my own personal exercise space! This year I have vowed to make every minute count so I have been trying new stuff (climbing) and picking back up with things that I love (tennis), I have also started to explore different styles of yoga (Iyengar) and I love going to someone else's hot yoga studio on my monthly trips to visit friends in Cheshire.

What do you eat in a typical day?
Every day starts with a smoothie from my Vitamix with fruit, yoghurt and nuts - I don't like eating early so this seems like a good compromise and keeps me going til midday.  Lunch tends to be quick, maybe a frittata or scrambled chilli eggs, and more Vitamix soups in the winter.  Some days I really crave carbs, setting up the pod is pretty physical so I tend to listen to my body, I might do some pasta mid afternoon.  I don't eat an evening meal if I have been teaching, it all just feels too heavy and late, but I might have some toast and marmite if I am hungry.  On days off an evening meal feels like a lovely luxury, I adore Indian food (current fave is my paneer jalfrezi) and my husband cooks the best ever Sunday roast.  
 
What gets you out of bed in a morning? 
I am a morning person so it's not an issue for me, but I genuinely love what I do anyway so I bounce out most mornings.

Where are your favourite places to eat out on Nottingham? 
I totally love Wired on Pelham Street;  I could happily survive forever on their mushrooms on toast with spinach, egg and posh beans on sourdough - and of course it would be very rude indeed to not nip into Sweaty Betty afterwards!  

Have you got any exciting plans for Hot Pod Nottingham in the future? 
This year I will be launching a second pod in Nottingham, plans are a little under wraps at the moment, suffice to say you can expect to see a more permanent Hotpod studio coming to the city soon...

What are your tips for beginners wanting to get into Yoga?
I truly believe that there is a yoga style for everyone, have a little experiment with different types; and don't ever worry about not being bendy, yoga is all about your body and working with that, there is no good or bad in yoga, only you. 

For more information on Hot Pod Yoga visit  Twitter @HotPodYogaNotts  or you can book classes here 


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Monday, 11 May 2015

Workout Of The Week: Weights For Runners

When already spending hours a week training for a half or full marathon or ultra distance event the thought of adding strength and power training to your already bursting agenda feels like you're really just pushing your luck with your motivation. How can your body and mind juggle one more commitment? Time efficient training has never been more important.




You don't need to cancel your social life to get results - sometimes we all just need a little guidance or fresh ideas to keep progressing and keep life balanced. I like to maintain some strength and more importantly I enjoy lifting weights and doing high intensity classes, your programme shouldn't all be about getting results, you must do because you love it! 
So here's some things to try to get the best out of your schedule...


1. Plyometric Training

Plyometric training has been proved to activate different muscle recruitment pattens and activate fast twitch muscle fibres, which aren't done when running long distances. To put simply, when these are activated in plyometric training you're teaching your body to also reply on fast twitch which able to move your legs faster and push harder when this is muscle recruitment is maximised, resulting in faster times. Happy days! 

Box Jumps / 12 

Burpees / 12 

Single Leg Hops / 15 forward to backward and 15 side to side  on 
each

Leg Bounds / 30m 2-3 Times

Bench Toe Taps / 20-40 



2. Dumbbell Complexes

You can do a variety of exercises within 1 circuit that are going to work your body all over and they require minimal equipment. Do your more explosive power movements at the beginning of the circuit while you are fresher to generate as much force as you can! You will definitely feel tired at the end of the circuit, but that's great! It stimulates race day when you are uber fatigued but have to just keep going! 

Jump Squatsdumbbells held at sides / 5 reps
Alternating Reverse Lungesdumbbells held at sides / 5 reps per leg
Single Leg Deadliftdumbbells held in front of thighs / 5 reps per leg
Curtsey Lunge / dumbbells front loaded / 5 reps per leg
Alternating Jump Lunge / dumbbells held at sides / 5 reps per leg
REST 2 MINS
Dumbbell Front Squatsdumbbells front loaded / 5 reps
Side Step Lungedumbbells front loaded / 5 reps per side
Kettlebell Swing / 10 reps
Tuck Jumpsdumbbells held at sides / 5 reps

REPEAT WHOLE COMPLEX TWICE



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B xx 



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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Style Diary: Monochrome Saves My Life

You'll catch me in the Weekender Mag again this week having a ponder about Summer evenings outfits, catch up with what I said here!...






I’ve had a real dose of Summer recently and loved every minute. A few days off, great weather, great company and felt inspired to give both wardrobe and mind a spring clean.

With that said; Office to bar, work to play, smart casual to glam casual outfits are now most prominent on my rails. Fingers crossed leaving chunky knits and boots to hibernate til Autumn. (Is that optimistic?)  This throw-it-on-quick outfit suits me just fine for early evening drinks and nice lunch dates.  The blouse and jeans are staple and versatile pieces I love. Monochrome saves me everytime!

Jeans – Levi
Blouse – Zara
Shoes – Topshop

Jewellery – Kors
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

An Ode To Chocolate: Feat. Itsu

I just can't live without it. The harder I try the more I eat so I'm not trying to resist, i've just accepted it's my vice. I'm an 85% lover and in a phase of loving Vegan meals I could have bigger problems, right?

My latest find to satisfy my sweet tooth is totally share worthy so here I am dedicating a whole paragraph to them. 

Chocolate Edamame Beans. Yum. 



Itsu have managed to create the most perfect balls of "good" soya protein, fibre filled, dark Belgian chocolate coated bliss.  They do contain dairy so sadly not Vegan friendly, but as far as sweet treats go, they aren't too bad nutritionally. 

The brand are known for their Eat Beautiful (check them out here) slogan and practicing what they preach in their products. They aim to produce lower calorie, lower fat and more nutritionally dense snack foods and light meals and having sampled many snacks from them, they certainly deliver. 

I purchased by beautiful beans from Waitrose and they cost £1.07. 
Next on my list are the seaweed thins and rice cakes! 

B xx 






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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Style Diary: I Still Love Wedge Hightops

So when i'm not in gym gear, you may find me in jeans and a blouse with my face in a coffee table book / magazine or procrasting over uni reports. I LOVE spring fashion where you can walk around in Olivia Palermo inspired gladrags and not be freezing cold. Damn British April Showers.  



So onto outfits!...You know those items in your wardrobe that are getting really old but you just can't let go of? My River Island Wedge High Tops are such an item for me. 2 years after purchase they are still as comfy and versatile as ever and i'm not quite ready to give them up. 

Winter, Summer, Work, Play, is there a day we can't sneak these pair into our attire? Not many. Skinny Jeans, plain tea, job done. 







What's your go to sunny day look? 


B xx

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