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

 

6 Reasons To Drink More Water!

I have always tried to drink my 8 glasses a day, and know i get a killer headache when I don’t drink enough throughout the day. But I have never really looked into what else water can do for you. 

Clear Skin

Water has the ability to moisturise your skin and keep it fresh, soft and hopfully glowing! It has also been proven to keep wrinkles away and help you stay young!

Gives Extra Energy

Did you know that your brain in mostly water? This means that as your drink, you help it stay focused, to concentrate and it also boost energy levels! 

Boosts Immune System

The more you drink, the less likely you are to get sick! Water can help fight against flu, cancer and other horrible ailments such as heart attacks. 

Natural Pain Relief 

Keeping hydrated can help relieve and prevent headaches which can be caused by dehydration. It can also help keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

Promotes Weight Loss

Drinking the right amount of water will remove any by-products of fat, reduces eating intake, reduces hunger, raises your metabolism and is calorie free!

Makes You Happy! 

Why you are hydrated and your body functions as it should, you will feel great and be happy!

 

I use my Epic Water Filter to make sure my water is clean and free from impurities. 

Abs Abs Abs!!!

Flexbody

Lets be honest, we all want better abs or even some abs in my case!! 

For the most part I eat well and I exercise a fair amount, but I know I could always do more to get the dream abs! I have seen the advert on tele where Cristiano Ronaldo is wearing the stick on machine creating his mega abs I have to admit I never really thought it would do anything, especially not make me have abs like him!

So when I was asked if I would like to test one out I was well up for it. It would make mind up if they would work or not and if they did, I would have crazy abs! Win Win in my head! πŸ™‚ 

Looking into these Flexpads I noticed they were not just for working on your abs game, but they can be used for sore muscles and building strength in areas which you might normally struggle. The pads use Electrical Muscle Stimulation which can enhance maximum strength, aid in muscle recovery, support rehabilitation, generates 30% greater maximum muscle contraction through involuntary activation. I have quite a few issues with my neck and shoulder so was really excited to try it out and see if it could help me at all. 

I received the combination pack which had the Flexabs and the Flexbody in. The Flexabs is the bigger batman 6 pack looking pad and has a small control panel on the from and two gel pads that help to conduct the electrical pulse and stick them onto your skin. The Flexbody is the smaller pad with just two pads either side of the control panel. 

Each one has an on and off button which works as the dial for the intensity, and a mode button which gives you the choice of which patterned you would like. They are both really simple to attach and use and really allow you to use them as you want, if you want to be doubled over in pain with it, you can! πŸ™‚

The information you get with it and their website show people wearing them whilst doing exercise. Now not only do I think this isn’t a good idea as it would hurt a lot, my wouldn’t stick on full to be able to move a lot, I typically sit on the sofa for the 20 mins whilst it is doing its magic!

I have got into a really good routine of using it every morning but missed using it for the past week due to being away with work. I had started to see some progress with how my abs were looking and how much better my neck was feeling, so I am 100% going to get back into using it regularly and show you if there is any difference! 

**This product was gifted to me, but the photos and opinions are my own! 

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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 Β£6.45 from any boots store or online.

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

30 Day Challenge – Week 1

Week one started really well, I had planned food for the week and planned out the hits sessions for each day. Even though the meals look pretty small and the workouts look really hard, I was really looking forward to getting stuck into it.

The main aim behind the protein well challenge was to decrease intake of food and increase calorie expenditure by working out – This I can understand however I’m not a big fan of cutting down on food.

With my long work day I’m used to planning out food to the last ingredient. So planning my food for this week was quite exciting. The protein world website and a great range of different recipes for me to try. 

The one thing I really wasn’t too sure about with this challenge, was the tablets I was supposed to take. The first tablet was a fat metaboliser tablet and the second one was a hunger buster. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to taking tablets so was a little upset at the size of these ones and not 100% confident in taking tablets to make me less hungry or to help me lose fat. I am supposed to take the tablets three times a day just before food.

So, Monday come around and the food was great feeling pretty happy I decided to take on the first hit session. I didn’t anticipate just how hard this would be. I hate to admit it but only managed to complete half of the reps. In my head half was better than I right?

Tuesday, I woke up feeling a little sore from the workout but really determined to face the day and snatch the challenge. Again there is a planned out to that part was easy the only difficulty I had was taking the tablets. Again I up for the work out and managed complete the full set.

The rest of the week follow in a pretty similar fashion, really enjoying the food and really give it a good shot at the workouts. The weekends are where I really find it difficult to stick to a plan. I’m always pretty busy at weekends either working events, going home to see the family, or generally just meeting up with people that I haven’t seen in awhile.

Again throughout the whole week I was pretty rubbish at taking the tablets, I would always forget that I needed to take them before I’d eaten and then I remember after and then thought there was no point taking them!

All in all week one done really well, the food was lovely the workouts are hard but fun and I feel pretty happy.

 

** These products were gifted to me by Protein World, but the opinions and pictures are my own.