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Its Marathon season

After this weekend's London Marathon you're probably feeling inspired and a little motivated! Most people will never run an actual marathon in their lives but we can all aspire to run!

Its free, its exhilarating and its totally satisfying! 

Running is my way of off-loading stress and getting geared up for the day. I love to get out first thing when the sun is shining and the birds are tweeting – it never fails to clear my head and set me up for the tasks ahead of me. 

 

Of course there are days when a coffee and long breakfast tempts me to stay indoors (and I may have caved once or twice…) but I think I’ve got to the point now where it’s become part of life and therefore part of me. My Nike trainers invariably live by the door, often caked in mud and whilst I couldn’t tell you how many miles they’ve done, I can tell you they have helped me find a wonderful sense of balance in life. When the going gets tough, go for a run and see how it puts everything in perspective and clears the mind because you can only be in the moment.

 

I ALWAYS work running into my client sessions in some shape or form. It compliments Pilates beautifully and has so many uplifting benefits for body and soul. Whether you’re new to running or about to hit the pavement for the first time, here are some reasons to get those trainers on and go for it:-

 

There are plenty of reasons to run.

 

I’ve outlined some of these above but there are of course, so many more. Things like boosting body confidence, raising endorphins and quite simply making you feel amazing and clearer! There’s also that little matter of burning fat. Running is one of the ultimate cardio hero’s and together with a healthy diet it’ll burn fat and help you on your way to hitting those fitness goals quickly and efficiently.

 

It’s free and available ANYTIME.

 

Rain or shine, running is free. From local park to streets, town centre to hill top – running can take you anywhere and is a great way to explore your home town and (once you build those miles up) further afield too. There’s also nothing quite like getting outside into the fresh air to boost those feel good vibes.

 

It teaches you not to quit.

 

Whether it’s aiming for the next goal, getting your miles down or training for an event – there is something special about running that keeps you focused and committed. In that sense, it is a great way to train our minds to be strong-willed (even if we’re not by nature) and work towards something meaningful and rewarding. Some of my clients find this is aided further by joining a running club or partnering up with a pal. Others find the mental stimulus they get from a solo run is enough to keep them going. (plus the fact that you're suddenly miles from home and you cant stop because you have to get home!)

Do what works best for you but don’t give up! 

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You get to do it in style

 

There are so many choices now for supportive technical apparel – stuff that makes you look great as you pace through the park and keeps you cool and comfortable as you do it. I love the mental lift that comes from slipping on a high quality pair of leggings, its like becoming a character in a movie...today...Im a runner. Ha...there's also the that whole fusion of contemporary active wear that takes you from run to work to school run and back again. See some of my favorite recommended brands in my blog - Great kit to sweat it out in.

 

Get an App! 

An app tracks everything you do so becomes your little running Angel whispering in your ear even when you're not on the road. I use Map my Run but Im also tempted by Strava. Use which ever app works best for you. Map My Run sends me a weekly breakdown of what I've done which can boost your ego, or easily make you feel guilty. You can make friends, follow your fellow running buddies and use other peoples exiting routes if you're feeling uninspired. If you pay the small fee it all goes live enabling you to check your heart rate and 'run' with others as they do. 

 

It’s inspiring

 

To others? Maybe. To yourself? Most definitely. And that’s the important bit. Running gives you time to think, to clear your head, to come up with crazy, ambitious ideas and ultimately make you feel brilliant (especially important if you’ve been sat at a desk all day and just need to MOVE). Any run – whether it’s 1k or 20k – has the ability to instantly lift your mood and inspire you. And feeling inspired leads to confidence, belief in one self, an interest in the world and so on. 

I can't tell you how many times I've been out on a run, and I see people sometimes red faced and struggling and I just want to give them a huge thumbs up and yell "keep going...you're doing so well".  Its all inspiring! So do it and do it regularly! Trust me you won’t regret it...

Need help to get started?

My GETSETBODY beginner’s running plan breaks down goals week by week to help you hit your first 5k.

Join my tribe to make the most of the plan by adding the muscle activating follow me style videos to each week.

The idea is you have to run with 'form' and with the correct muscles, so join the Get SET Body membership to really make the most of the plan.

 

Great kit to sweat it out in!

Great kit to sweat it out in.

I am an activewear ADDICT! In my book there’s nothing quite as uplifting or joyful than pulling on a new pair of leggings or heading out for a run in the latest technical top. Its taught me what I love and yes, what I hate! The fitness fashion scene has exploded over the last few years and there are more brands than ever fighting for space in the burgeoning wellness scene.

The one major benefit here of course is that competition means higher standards and higher standards mean a better product for the fit crew (i.e. us!) who want to wear them day in day out.  So now we get to rock the latest styles in comfort, in breathable, technically advanced fabrics that do their job as we sweat – supporting and sculpting our bodies & making us feel generally awesome!

In my job I’m lucky enough to test out lots of brands and have gained a real appreciation for those that are doing it right. Here are some of my favorites:

HPE: From the high performance technical fabric that prevents bacteria build up to the moisture management system that keeps sweat at a distance – I find I can do longer, more demanding workouts in HPE in perfect comfort, its like working out naked yet you have the support! It keeps me cool, supports my body and always commands attention from those who appreciate a strong fashionable legging! Current favorites are the Saturn Leggings and Cross X Seamless Zip Top.  Go check them out – you won’t regret it.

Sweaty Betty: I’m an ambassador for the Richmond store and love exploring SB’s new collections. Effortless, comfy and always on trend, I am a huge fan of the compression leggings and fleece pullovers for running in winter. Keep tabs on my events page for up-coming Fit for Free events at the Richmond store and come and work out with me!

Tiny Fish: I’m a Pilates girl but love a couple of weekly workouts to further challenge my flexibility. Tiny Fish do some lovely pieces for a yoga workout and the prints are so adorable they are great for rest days too teamed with a slouchy tee and jacket. I’m currently wearing the Sway Second Street Legging & Bra Top   

GymTote: The lovely founders of this cool brand kindly sent me their amazing Sophia Tote Bag last year and I haven’t put it down since.  Functional, roomy and beautiful to use, it has the ability to dress you up instantly, even when you’ve just rolled out of bed and are racing to meet a client. I’ve taken mine on flights, to meetings, for lunch – it really does have a multitude of uses and is packed with handy compartments that are perfect for things like lip balm, keys, make-up, deodorant etc. The best thing about it – if you’re carrying sweaty workout gear nobody ever need know! 

Every Second Counts: As the brand name suggests, this line is designed with busy women and men in mind. We all know how hectic life can be so why not spend it in the best gear that makes you feel great as you rush around the city or chase your tail to the next HIIT class? The website is like entering into an editorial spread where wellness and activewear fuse harmoniously so you may well come away with some healthy lifestyle tips as well as a new running top! My favorite piece in the current collection is the Live Everyday Legging

LilyBod: I love LilyBod’s insta feed so was delighted when the AVA Graphite Neutral leggings landed on my doorstep. This is the go to brand if sleek, bold, cutting edge shapes are your thing. The style is so distinctive yet super flattering for all shapes and sizes. And more importantly they are breathable versatile enough to be dressed up or down with pretty much anything. 

Nutritional Must Haves

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That old saying ‘you are what you eat’ is so simple, yet so true. The food we put in our bodies has huge implications on our health and wellbeing and with so many choices around us these days, it’s not difficult (or indeed expensive) to be healthy. Just a few tweaks to your diet can reap huge rewards and it doesn’t mean you have to forgo the odd treat now and again. After all what’s life without chocolate?!

Here are some of the foods I work into my week.

  • Medjool dates with cashew butter – THIS IS RIDICULOUS and actually unbelievably good for you. I recommend slicing the date lengthways and taking the stone out, then filling with a spoonful of almond butter. Heaven!
  • Steamed greens with sesame seeds – grab some seasonal greens and pan fry with a little coconut oil and toasted sesame seeds.  Super easy and makes a brilliant side dish to meat and fish.
  • Cashew butter on wholegrain toast – I buy my bread from Gail’s Bakery and like it thick with lashings of cashew butter. Pair with a black coffee for the perfect start to the day.
  • Handful of nuts – mixed nuts, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts….all of these are packed with great fats, fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. I like to put them in a snack box and munch on them throughout the day, perfect for a quick energy boost
  • Sweet potatoes – switching up white potatoes for these beauties will give you an extra dose of vitamins and are rich in beta carotene which helps to boost our immunity to disease. Depending on the dish, I like to oven bake them or roast them as chips with a dash of olive oil, black pepper and paprika.
  • Dark chocolate – a little of what you fancy does you good right? My go to sweet snack is dark chocolate – a few squares with a nice glass of red never fails to hit the right notes.  

Fab healthy snack idea from LA nutritionist Kat Turner.

For more info on FATS go to my blog The Skinny on Fats!