DSC_0089Last week I celebrated my 24th birthday and with those celebrations came presents, smiles, food and reflection.

When I turned 23, I didn’t really have many expectations but as I look back on the days, months and the year that has passed, I think if I ever decided to write a memoir, you would see the words “I found my feet aged 23” printed on one of the pages.

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It’s the first week of the New Year and I am guessing that your gym is probably as busy as mine is. “New Year, New Me”. I think it great that so many people have decided to become fitter and healthier,  but as a loyal gym member who is in the gym all year round and not just the first few weeks of the New Year… I kind of feel like I should have first refusal of every single piece of equipment in the gym! But I don’t, which is why I have been exploring London’s fitness scene to discover some of the best workouts that the capital has to offer. Here are some of my favourite exercise classes in London that don’t require a gym membership.

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The festive period is over and if you are like me, today is probably the first day of getting back into your normal routine. When I say normal routine, I mean waking up around the same time each day to go to work and repeating the same actions day in and day out.

The Christmas holidays manage to break every routine that we have ever created and with that comes a whirlwind of excitement, because freedom becomes the new normal. We no longer have to set an alarm to go to work and we have the time to jump on the motorway and travel miles to see family members for just a few short hours. And let’s not forget about the evenings that we spend sharing bottles of wine with our childhood friends.

But now it’s the first Monday of the New Year and Christmas feels like a distant memory because we have rejoined the rat race.

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Hello YouTube, I am back! One of goals for this year is to upload more content to YouTube so this year you will see me popping up more frequently on YouTube. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to commit to YouTube, it’s a platform that I use regularly but I couldn’t really picture myself on it…until now!

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I think one of the reasons why we find it so hard to stick to our health and fitness related resolutions is because we try to do too much. We want to run a marathon, eat less meat, take up swimming, tennis, yoga and track, all at the same time but it’s just not going to happen. At least, not at first.

I am all for dreaming big and conquering goals but, slow and steady wins the race. Just a few days ago you were probably eating, drinking and being merry so making drastic changes to your diet and forcing exercise into your daily routine is only going to make you want to rebel and your New Years Resolutions will last less than a week.

But that’s not to say that 2016 isn’t going to be the year that you take care of your health, run a marathon or fit into your dream dress. Here are a few tips to help you to achieve your healthy New Years resolution, whilst maintaining a positive mental attitude towards life, food and exercise. View Post

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I have a bit of a no holds barred approach to Christmas and the days surrounding it. It’s my favourite time of year, but I like to remain active around the festive period because it’s all fun and games until your jeans no longer fit! I live a healthy lifestyle but I never deprive myself of a few treats, especially around the festive period! Chocolate coins and Ferrero Rocher’s are my all time favourite Christmas treats.

Lot’s of people pig out around Christmas and embark on a fad diet in the New Year to shed the extra pounds but instead of doing this, each year I put a little damage control action plan in place that allows me to eat, drink and be merry but still fit in my jeans by January 1st. Here are my tips on how to maintain your health and beat hangovers and bloating, whilst enjoying yourself over the festive period.

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Music can make or break my workout; I’m more likely to win the lottery than I am to forget my headphones for the gym. Without music, I don’t think that I would have the motivation to workout at the intensity that I do because music fuels my workouts. I don’t have a gym partner so it’s just me, my headphones and a carefully selected playlist. Music gives me the power to do one more rep when my muscles feel weak and to do one more minute on the treadmill when my legs are starting to feel heavy and want to slow down.

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