Christmas Fitness

I think I have already written December off and we are only on day 8!!! 

Let me explain why… So I got poorly a few weeks ago and still haven’t fully got over it. I am fine, but still a bit cough and snotty – which trust me isn’t good when you are trying to run! Secondly we go to New York for a week NEXT WEEK!!!! 

Now the NYC trip isn’t going to be a lazy trip my any stretch, but it won’t be a workout packed trip. We have a full schedule which will include lots of walking and I would like to get at least one run through Central Park in there. However, the weather forecast is already really cold and we are hoping that it snows. ❄️ 

I don’t think the lack of workouts are going to be the biggest issue whilst we are away, it will be the amount of food we are going to consume. I am not kidding when I say we have actually scheduled in food stops for every day! πŸ™‚ 

Once we get back from New York, it is a quick visit home before picking the cats up to drive back to my parents house for a few days, and they it will be Christmas Eve. I think we both will be struggling with the jet lag and being tried, so won’t be that interested in running. 

I am more than happy to start looking at my December fitness picking back up from the 27th onwards! πŸ™‚ I have got a 10km run booked in for Feb and am going to start the January yoga challenges and running challenges so the start of my 2018 will be way better than the end (in terms of fitness!).

 

Do you think you will be able to get all your workouts in over the Christmas break? 

Book-it List

Book list

I love to read, I don’t always have time to read a lot but I have a book on the go at all times. 

I have started to listen to audiobooks on my journey to work, just to make that time a little bit more productive. I feel like I am waiting time while I am in the car, even though I really can’t do a lot else whilst driving. 

So I am often looking to see what else I can listen to. I have started to create a wishlist of books that I want to read/listen to that will help me with my fitness, training and nutrition. Here are the books that I have on their so far:

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life
  • The WOW Book: 52 Ways to Motivate Your Mind, Inspire Your Soul & Create WOW in Your Life!
  • Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today! 
  • Secrets of Yoga
  • The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
  • How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease

Have you read a really good book recently? Please share your recommendations with me!

Autumn Goals

Two things that tell me it is now officially autumn, it has been my birthday (8th October if you wanted to add it to your diary!) and it is bloody freezing!!! 

I am actually sat here with a blanket around me and a cup of tea next to me because it is that cold!! 

Anywho, I have decided to set some goals for autumn, here they are:

  • Run – I have stopped running and I really couldn’t tell you why. I feel really annoyed at this, I love running and have based this who blog on the subject. So goal one is to get running again! even if this is just a trip to the gym to run it out on the treadmill. I am not setting a number of runs a week because I seem to struggle to keep to that so this goal is just to run when I can. 
  • Be less tried – I have been soo tired recently and following a blood test have been told I am iron deficient. I am really rubbish at taking my iron tablets so this goal is partly to take the three tablets every day and to do everything in my power to help not be so sleepy. 
  • Film more – I really would like to start publishing videos, I do film a fair bit but get too nervous about posting them. So I am going to start filming more and just posting them. 
  • Finish projects – I am really quite bad at finishing something I have started. I get a bit distracted and start doing something else or just forget! I am currently working on a really exciting project and I really want to keep focused on it and get it live and a success! 

What are your goals for Autumn, I would love to hear them 

 

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

 

Relaxing on Holiday

I love the world of Instagram these days, it allows you to get a glimpse of other peoples lives, what they eat, what they wear and how the relax completely on holiday. I have to admit, It does make me a bit jealous! Although I love going on holiday and taking a break from my normal life, I don’t think I ever fully switch off when I get away.

According to Hayes and Jarvis there are four pillars of holiday relaxation that you need to conquer to get the most out of your holiday! 

These pillars are:

Physical

Mental

Communication

Nutritional

I am going to New York in December and whilst I know this isn’t going to be a relaxing holiday as I want to go everywhere and explore, but I think it is still going to be important to switch off and enjoy my trip. According to their research only 16% of women and 21% of men totally switch off and don’t check any emails or social media whilst on holiday, and I think i might be in that group. 

Do you ever struggle to fully switch off?