This week I was excited to be invited to the UK launch of ‘28 by Sam Wood’, a 28 minute workout and wellbeing programme designed and run by Australian personal trainer of 17 years (and star of the Australian reality TV show ‘The Bachelor’!), Sam Wood.
The secrets of self discipline
If you are anything like me, you will have times when you are feeling really strong, fit, healthy and well-disciplined, and others when it feels like your healthy lifestyle has gone a little bit awry. I find that healthy behaviour breeds healthy behaviour, while once I start snacking and skipping workouts a downward spiral can [...]
A postpartum comeback?
I am acutely aware that for a blog ostensibly about exercise I haven’t written much on this subject in a little while. The various changes over the past ten months to my life, lifestyle and body as a result of pregnancy and childbirth have resulted in a shift in my fitness routine, with a significant [...]
Taking the ‘work’ out of ‘workout’
On those occasions when someone remarks on how 'good' or 'disciplined' I am to exercise on a regular basis I always feel like a little bit of a fraud. It's not like I have to drag myself to the gym, or force myself to lace up my trainers, shunning a favoured spot on the sofa [...]
Why I’m surprisingly comfortable taking my kit off…
One of the (many) great things about growing up as a swimmer is that I have developed a total lack inhibition when it comes to stripping off in a swimming pool changing room. When you've spent years trying to fit in training around school, and as an adult you find yourself squeezing a pool session [...]
To drink or not to drink? It’s not really a question…right?
Like telling yourself you're on a diet, or that you're giving up smoking, when you know that you can't have something it's amazing how that thing seems to gravitate to the forefront of your mind. In recent weeks that thing for me has been drinking. Whether it's a glass of red wine in front of [...]
A fun 45 minute swim set
After a blissful, (if not slightly indulgent on the food and wine front), long weekend, on Tuesday I decided to stay out of the rain and switch my run for a gym/swim combo. Lunchtime saw me power through a Kayla Itsines-inspired HITT workout, with jumping squat-lunges and cross-body mountain climbers designed to turn all of your [...]
10 Strategies to slim down
Although I workout on a daily basis and eat a vegan diet, I've come to accept that I have a body type which picks up weight quite easily. While I'm lucky in that I love exercise and favour dates and nuts over chocolate and cakes, these foods also come with their own fair share of [...]
Tempted? How gender may impact our ability to resist temptation
This week I've been reading about temptation; in particular, how gender impacts on our propensity to be tempted by food and, as a result, how it can influence our weight loss goals. I started to think about this while reading about the ways in which gender can affect how our bodies process various chemicals - [...]
I have been wearing my Jawbone Up for just over a month now, so I figured it was a good point to make an initial review. Anyone who has found themselves going from a to b with me over the past 6 weeks will know that walking has become my mode of transport of choice. [...]