Don’t Get Doms!

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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?

 

August Intentions

August Intentions

I know I’m a little bit late in posting this but anyway here are my intentions for August! As always I have a mix of lifestyle, food, fitness and education goals in here.

Meditate more

I downloaded the headspace app awhile ago I got really into the first cycle of it doing the 10 minute every day. I was doing it in the morning found that I kept falling asleep! So instead of being a sensible person and moving my meditation later in the day I just stopped. My whole morning routine has changed quite a lot recently so I’m going to try and give it another chance in the morning if that doesn’t work and then move it to later in the day.

Yoga flows

As I mentioned my morning routine has changed and it has allowed me the time to do quick flow every morning which I have been doing and I have been loving. When I do these flows I typically follow Cat Meffan on YouTube, but this intention is to start doing my own flow. Really finding what feels good for me and what my body is needing.

Lunchtime reading

Since starting my new job I haven’t really had a proper lunch break, I tend to eat my lunch sat at my desk and continue working, so this intention is to step away from my desk at lunchtime and to start reading, I have a massive list of books I’d like to read I’m not getting through them and I have no time to read.

Lifting

I’ve started back at the gym and have started to include weights into my training plan and I’m loving it –  although the pain in my legs are telling me otherwise!! This intention is to keep lifting and to keep progressing with the weights. It’s really easy to get stuck doing the same thing and lifting the same weights – but I’m determined not to do that.

What have you set out to do this month?
 

Planned it!

So my holidays and busy weeks and weekends I have really let my fitness go to pot! I feel very uncomfortable in my body and although I know I don’t need to go on a diet and exercise to loose weight, but I would like to get back feeling happy in my body again.

There is a local gym where I live which has a gym and a swimming pool, there are also a few courts that you can hire out for racket sports. So I have decided to join it! It will cost me £30 a month so I have set a plan out to make sure I get the most of my time at the gym. 

I have always loved swimming so will be getting back into it as often as I can, I will also do a mix of cardio and weights. My commute is just over an hour each way, so when I am working in the office I don’t get home until  after 6 and I work at home a few days a week. I think saying I will do a minimum of 3 sessions a week is a reasonable target.  This is my plan:

Session 1: Arms & Abs

Session 2: Legs & Abs

Session 3: Cardio & Abs

I am also going to try to swim and do yoga as often as I can and also would like to do a game of badminton or squash at least twice a week! 

 

I would love to hear what you have on your plan to keep you on target…

Roll On: Triple Dry Nourish Deodorant review

As gross as this post is going to be, but I am going to be honest….I am a sweaty person! If I get warm or exercise a lot I sweat, I don’t think I smell with it, but I do get a bit conscious about it! 

So for those of you who don’t know I work at a sports events company, we specialise in triathlons and half marathons. We have between 10 and 15 events in the year, and for some of those we need to be away all weekend getting the site set up. Now although I don’t do a lot of heavy lifting it can get pretty physical at times. 

We’ve just got back from our second Half Outlaw event this year. This time the event was in Holkham which is in Norfolk – we left the office last Thursday and got back on Monday afternoon. Each day that we were there we get up pretty early and have a full days work and then go to bed roughly around 10 o’clock with a few nights ending gone past midnight. So as you can imagine it’s pretty full on.

So when I received the Triple Dry Nourishing roll on deodorant, I already had in my head that this would be the perfect event to test it out. With the hard and the long days and with fingers crossed the good weather it can become a pretty sweaty time. 

I have to admit I was pretty dubious about the deodorant when it arrived. How can something that you apply once in an evening stop you from sweating for the full next day? In fact, the packaging say “Clinically proven 72 hour wetness protection” I did think that there be a bit of a funky smell with it, and that it would potentially hurt my underarms.

So when I tried it, I was nicely surprised. There was no horrible chemical smell, it dried nice and quick, and if I got any of my clothes it didn’t leave a horrible stain.

Instructions on the bottle tell you to roll on each arm pit in the evening before you go to bed, allow it to dry and then wash like normal in the morning. The only difference is it your normal routine would be not to re-apply deodorant in the morning. Others to take me a few days to get used to as it fell completely wrong nothing modelling on in the morning. 

The first day was really conscious that not work and I smell a bit sweaty. I don’t think I did in reality I was just panicking about it. Over the course of the week it started to get used to only apply and usually at night time and not again in the morning and it was really working for me true test will be the event weekend.

With over 20,000 steps a day, a bit heavy lifting, and a whole lot of sunshine this past weekend it could’ve been a really smelly one. I was so happy that deodorant had worked perfectly and not left me a sweaty smelly mess.

If you are a person who sweats and is worried about the smell that you’re letting off I would thoroughly recommend this deodorant. It doesn’t smell funky is nice on your skin and is pretty cheap for how good it is. This 50ml bottle is £6.45 from any boots store or online.

** This products was gifted to me by Triple Dry but the opinions are my own.