Mid year check in- and celebrating 1 year!


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Can you believe we are almost half way through the year? Time seems to have just rushed by these past couple of months for me and recently I have been checking up on what I intended to do this year. New Year plans and goal setting seemed great in January, but where are you now with it? If you’re anything like me you’re falling behind, feeling guilty, wondering how it’s May already and you still haven’t made a dent in these plans!

PLUS- I’ve just realised my blog/website is ONE YEAR OLD this month! And I now REALLY need to get that back on track too. I have so many ideas for it and no idea where time has gone?! Here is how to get back on track:

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How to avoid muscle cramps


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crampWith all the New Year health kicks starting off this month we will find many people taking up new sports, gym memberships and activities; or those who are already in a training plan may be pushing harder than normal. The most common, inconvenient, and often debilitating aspect of these new regimes is muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can occur any time, any place, at any part of your training.

Muscle cramps can occur for a wide range of reasons:

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New Year Planning


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Not long left to go! New Year is always the time we make new plans, whether it is to get fit, get started on a new routine, healthy diet, or lifestyle change. This offers as a fresh start after all the over-indulging over the festive holidays and interruptions to our regular routines. A break from routine is welcoming though, a respite from the normal chaos, but when it comes to an end we need a plan to get back on track.

Keeping your plans is all down to organisation and commitment. January 17th is the estimated “drop out of the New Year resolutions” date, so here I have tried to give you the tips (and the FREE PLANNER!) to make sure you are not part of that category.

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Christmas gift guide!


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It’s the last weekend of November so we can officially get excited about Christmas! I’ve pulled together a few Pilates and Fitness inspired gifts for those who are exercise minded (or for yourself if you can’t resist!). The first one is a personal favourite of mine after purchasing it myself earlier this year (and it’s hugely reduced in the sale right now if you hurry!).

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Manduka Yoga/Pilates Bag from Yoga Rebel

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Pre-run preparation


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This morning was an amazing run. I ran a regular running route that I do but the sun was out, I was on a long weekend off work and just relaxed and at peace. It’s amazing how your mood pre-run can influence the actual run.

How do you prepare for your run? Today I just got up and went for it, I didn’t plan anything. Right down to the route- I almost went another way but wanted the peace & tranquility that this particular path has, as well as the miles and miles of greenery for a scenic view! Sometimes just letting your run decide the path once you are out there is the way forward. Today I wanted peace, scenery and greenery.

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Staying on track


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With the long summer nights finally upon us- are you making the most of it?

Last week I wrote about the importance of cross-training and how our weekly exercise should include elements of cardiovascular work, strength training, core and flexibility. That’s a lot to fit in to one week! And this applies to everyone, whether you just want a healthier lifestyle or you are training for a big event.

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