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My Fitness Essentials

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Today I thought I’d share the 6 things I use or reach for the most when it comes to health or fitness. I use the gym 4-5 times a week and I find that finding the right kit for me has made my experience of the gym a much more enjoyable one.
1. Adidas Niraya Trainers 
These are a very recent purchase from the John lewis sale, I used to wear my Nike Free Runs to the gym but wanted a shoe that would provide a little bit more cushioning. I have worn them a few times and I really like them! A good pair of trainers will last you and give your feet the support they need.
2. USA Pro 3/4 Leggings
For me, these are the holy grail of leggings, I’ve not come across a pair that are as comfortable as these bad boys. They are high waisted, with a thick waistband which means they sit comfortably across my tummy. They also stay put and don’t ride up or down, theres nothing worse than a pair of leggings that wont stay up!
3. Hydratem8 Water Bottle
I have to admit that I am terrible when it comes to drinking enough water throughout the day, we are meant to drink at least 2 litres and I hate to say it but some days I haven’t even managed half of that! I purchased this recently and have noticed that my water intake has improved dramatically, I know as long as I refill my bottle at least once then I’ve drank my 2 litres. I will be posting a review of this bottle later on in the week!
4. Fitbit Charge HR
My fitbit is my favourite gadget, I love to see how many steps I’ve taken and it encourages me to work towards achieving my daily step goals. I’ve previously reviewed my fitbit charge HR on my blog (you can find that here) and I still love using it every day. Fitbit recently released updates to the charge so you can now set exercise goals and it recognises what type of exercise your doing.
5. Bounce Cacao Mint Protein Ball
This is my go to snack when I’m rushing off somewhere after my workout and I want a quick protein fuelled snack on the go. Chocolate and mint is a match made in heaven and this way I get my chocolate fix whilst also re-building my muscles (one ball packs in 10g of protein) and getting a good dose of fibre.
6. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
When I’m working out in the gym I like to know what zone my heart rate is in and how many calories I’m burning. Polar are very accurate and are built to last. I also use my Polar watch to monitor rest breaks in between sets and to time how long I’ve been in the gym. I’m considering upgrading to the Polar A300 activity tracker to combine the activity tracker of my Fitbit and the power of my HR monitor.
These are the six items I will always have on me when I head out the door to they gym. I am always on the lookout for new things to try but these are the things I come back to time and time again.
Food

I’ve Got A Cup Of Tea For That…

As you know, I love a cup of tea – I have a cupboard in my kitchen crammed full of different infusions. It’s getting a bit ridiculous – the amount of times I open that cupboard and boxes of tea rain down on me!

I think a cup of tea can help fix a lot of things, be that emotionally or physically. I have a tea that suits most moods or can help me get back on track when I’m feeling under the weather. Today I thought I’d share the five I seem to reach for the most.

  1. If my tummy is giving me trouble – Taylors of Harrogate Peppermint Leaf.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is a firm favourite of mine, even when my tummy isn’t playing up I’ll happily sip on a cup of this. I find peppermint tea really refreshing and I will even drink this over ice on a hot summers day. Peppermint tea is good for digestion and is traditionally recommended after a meal. It’s also good to help calm queasiness, so if I’m ever feeling sick then I will reach for a cup of this.

2.  When my anxiety is getting the better of me – Marks & Spencer Calming Infusion (similar here) Relax tea

Although my anxiety is much less of a problem these days, there are some when it just gets the better of me. I try to help manage my anxiety as naturally as possible and I find exercising really helps, when I can’t get to the gym I will have a cup of this as the combination of camomile, lime flowers & lavender act as a natural relaxant. the combination of flavours is lovely too, you can taste the lavender but it’s not overpowering.

3. For the mornings when I can’t wake up – Pukka Supreme Matcha Green

Matcha tea

I have previously reviewed this lovely green tea (you can read that post here). I don’t enjoy plain green tea, but in the mornings I like the natural caffeine boost. Pukka supreme matcha green offers me a much needed morning kick and provides me with all the health benefits of green tea. The matcha adds a nice hint of sweetness so you don’t get the bitter taste that you get from plain green tea.

4. When I need help sleeping – Clipper Snore and Peace  

Snore & Peace

I like to wind down in the evening with a cup of tea and a good book. I used to drink my calming blend before bed but I’ve recently discovered Clipper Snore & Peace. It’s a very similar blend to the Marks & Spencer calming infusion but this has the addition of lemon balm. I always feel calm and relaxed after drinking this and with the help from my book I find I can settle down and sleep comes quickly.

5. For the days I don’t want caffeine – Clipper Decaf Jasmine Green Tea

Jasmine Decaf

As I mentioned above I like to get the health benefits from drinking green tea but sometimes I don’t want the caffeine hit that comes with it. This is where I will reach for my Clipper decaf Jasmine green tea. The jasmine flower adds a lovely floral element to the tea and I always feel refreshed and that little bit healthier after drinking it.

I will always be a tea lover and will always be on the lookout for new blends or flavours that I can add into my daily routine. Let me know what infusions you enjoy – I always love to add to my tea cupboard!

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Favourites · Food · Lifestyle

December Favourites

December has been a funny old month, with both my boyfriend and I being poorly. Luckily, I only had a bad cold but he got the full blown flu! This meant I didn’t get to they gym hardly at all this month as he really needed looking after and I didn’t want to compromise my immune system. I don’t have lots of favourites this month for the above reasons but there are a few things I’ve been loving and wanted to share them with you!

Beauty FavouritesDecember favourites

Mark Hill Styling Heat Protection Spray Available Here

I struggle with my hair on a daily basis. It’s just so damn frizzy! No matter what I do I always have to blowdry and straighten it to get it looking half way decent and if I don’t use a good heat protectant my hair turns into even more of a matted, frizzy mess! I’ve recently discovered Mark Hill heat protection spray and I love it! It smells really lovely, kind of reminds me of a professional salon scent and it not only protects my hair from all the heat it also adds a little bit of smoothness and hold which is a lovely added bonus!

Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush Available Here 

This month I resolved to try and take better care of my skin, I wanted to get a product that gave my skin a deep cleanse but without being too harsh on my sometimes sensitive skin. Although not cheap at £69.99 the Magnitone Lucid is on the cheaper end of the scale when it comes to cleansing brushes. It has two modes, one of which is a lot kinder on the skin which is the setting I’ve been using. It’s fully waterproof too so it’s great for use in the shower. I’ve noticed my skin feels smoother and brighter since I’ve started using this – although it is still slightly too harsh to use every day so I use mine on an every other day basis.

Evian Facial Spray Available Here

I’ve been using this facial spray after cleansing with my Magnitone Lucid to help calm any redness and sooth my skin. I find it really refreshing and I intend to add this to my gym bag for a post exercise pick me up when I get back to the gym this week.

Book Favourites

Get The GlowGet The Glow jam

Get The Glow: Madeline Shaw Available Here

I’ve been looking at purchasing Madeline’s book for a while now and I’m so glad I did. It’s packed full of delicious, nutritious meal ideas that are all natural and low in refined sugars. I’ve made the raspberry chia jam shown above and it’s heavenly!  The turkey meatball recipe is pretty amazing too!

Lost oceanLost ocean whale

Lost Ocean – An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book: Johanna Basford Available Here

In December colouring books have definitely been my thing. As an anxious person, I’ve discovered colouring books help me escape from my thoughts and offer me a way of relaxing. Lost ocean is one of the most beautiful colouring books I’ve come across – I spent 2 happy hours colouring the whale above and I find I can completely lose myself in what I’m doing. I also got Johanna’s enchanted forest book for Christmas so I’m looking forward to starting that!

Food Favourites

Propercorn

Propercorn Sweet & Salty Popcorn Available Here

As a reformed cheese and onion crisp addict I’m always on the lookout for something to satisfy that satisfying crunch you get from a packet of crisps. Propercorn has been a long time favourite of mine – I find the combination of sweet and salt so uniquely satisfying. They are low calorie too so they are the perfect treat!

This is what I’ve been loving in December, sorry there aren’t many fitness favourites this month but as I say, I’ve not actually managed to get to the gym!

What has been on your favourites list this month? I’d love to hear!

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