My New Yoga Mat!

New Yoga Mat

I know I haven’t mentioned it before, but it was my birthday the other weekend!! πŸ™‚ 

And because i am actually still 12 I got massively spoilt, as I do with every occasion. I still get pocket money!! ☺️ I was asked to create a list of gifts I would like. Top of that list was a magpie feather tattoo, which I am planning on getting as soon as I find someone who is really good to do it for me (suggestions welcome!).

The next thing I wanted to add to my list was a new yoga mat. I have been doing yoga everyday for a good few months now, and the one I have been using was getting so beat up. Jasper loved to claw at it and bite it, there are chunks missing and it was looking pretty grubby! 

I knew there was a lot of different mats out there, and the one I had seen lots and quite fancied was the one with all the lines on to help you align yourself properly. But after I did a quick Google search I saw that it was actually really expensive and I didn’t want to ask for anything that expensive. After a little more time looking at different mats I decided on the Manuka Life Linen Yoga Mat in Forest Green. 

I haven’t done a lot on it yet, as I have been feeling pretty crappy. But the couple of flows I have done on it have been great. The mat has enough grip on it to stop my hands slipping, it is thick enough to not hurt my hands and knees. Not only that but it is so pretty! 😍

Don’t Get Doms!

Skins

Have you ever had DOMS? 

If you haven’t, you are one lucky person! DOMS stands for Delayed onset muscle soreness, which in normal terms is when you legs feel like they have given up on you and it hurts to sit, stand, move and even lay down! It typically hits you the hardest 24 to 48 hours after you have worked out. 

So for example, I decided to do the kettle bell class at the gym. Which I didn’t realise would be as hard as it was! I really didn’t expect so many squats!!! Anyway after 45 minutes of squatting, lunging and swinging my legs were very shakey, but not feeling too bad. It wasn’t until two days later that I felt my legs were about to fall off!!! 

There are lots of ways to help get rid of DOMS including massage, ice, heat, taking in more protein, having a bath with epsom salt in and even resting. 

Another great way to help keep your legs feeling normal after leg day is by getting yourself a pair of Skins leggings. Skins have created sporting clothes that have been found to:

 

  • increases venous return
  • reduces exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD)
  • accelerates recovery processes
  • removes lactic acid faster
  • increases strength and power
  • improves endurance
  • increases muscle oxygenation
  • improves body temperature control
  • reduces in-flight ankle oedema

Not only do they help keep you moving even after a really tough workout but they fit so well and they look gorgeous! Mt current favourites are the DNAmic women’s compression long tights

 

Sock it to them

When I am excising I have a ton of leggings and loads of tops to wear, but the one thing I really struggle to get right it the socks! If they are a little too small or a little too big they kill my feet! 

So finding the right pair is really important to me! I know how much I am sounding like Goldie locks right now, but it is very true. No one enjoys getting blisters or having to stop during a run every few minutes to adjust your socks. I prefer sports socks that come just above my trainers for running and slightly higher for netball. 

When Bridgedale got in touch to see if I would be interested in testing out some of the new socks I was really excited, and of course I wanted to test them out! 

I received three different pairs and I think I fell in love with all of them! The first pair I tried out was the Na-kd Gym SocksThese are designed for gymgoers, they are ultra-light running socks and feature a SlingShot heel fit which means they don’t move around and don’t rub. I would probably say these are my favourites! 

The second pair I tried out were the Speed Diva Running and Cycling Socksthese ones are again really lightweight and highly breathable, my favourite thing about these socks is the cushioning on pressure points (ball of the foot, lace up area and Achilles) they are soooo comfy and really cushiony! (not sure if that is a word but I’m going with it!)

The third and final pair are the Bridgedale Trekker – These ones are Bridgedale’s bestselling mid-weight sock. It brings together Enduro Wool and technical fibres giving fast wicking moisture control and durability. They are a lot higher up the ankle than the other two, so I have worn these when walking. 

I think all three of these pairs of socks are amazing and would honestly wear these for all of my workouts! Now I just need to go and order them! Do you only wear one brand of socks?

**These socks were gifted to me by Bridgedale, but the options and comments are my own.

JD Williams new sports range

JD Williams

Im not sure if this is just a me thing or maybe a female thing or maybe even a sporty type thing…But I am literally always looking for new kit. And trust me this can be just from new socks, to new trainers, to the full outfit! I think I might have a little problem. 

I love to buy patterned leggings and then stick to a plain top, that way I can mix and match until my heart is content (and looking at my kit draw this could be a pretty long time!!) 

One thing that really isn’t helping my problem is that you can buy really nice sports kit from so many places now! 

JD Williams is the perfect example of this! They have just moved into the sports and leisure market, and sell a range of products and brands including: Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Pineapple, Shock Absorber and loads more. 

With this order I stuck with my typical style of bold leggings and simple top and went with the spotty Nike full length leggings (8/10) and the Nike advance 15 cape (8/10) 

Although I ordered the smallest size available I think I could have done with smaller size, the leggings are very long on my little legs, but will be perfect for yoga and workouts that I do at home. The jacket is also a little on the big side, but I don’t think that is always a bad thing – Just helps me to get really snugly! 

**These items were gifted to me by JD Williams, but the options and comments are my own. 

TomTom Spark Review

A few years ago I was given a Garmin watch and I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I had a few issues with it and I found it really hard to upload my activities and it very rarely update itself. All of this lead to it dying, so for Christmas this year I asked for a new GPS watch. 

So now was the difficult part…choosing which one to go for. I wanted one that would track multiple sports, track daily steps and not cost the earth. After a little research I came across the TomTom Spark, and as far as I could tell, it ticked all the boxes. 

When I first opened the spark on Christmas day, I was a little worried – it seemed huge!! I have been wearing a skagen watch which is really skinny!! But after a little while I got used to it, it is definitely not a dainty thing but it is fine for everyday use. 

I haven’t fully been able to test the watch, but I have recorded my runs and walks, which one they are uploaded to the TomTom app show the route on a map and all the metrics that you would want to see with them. 

The next thing I want to test is setting targets for my run, either time, distance or heart rate zone. I will let you know how it goes…