Why we want to do more yoga

We have only recently discovered yoga to be honest, despite many people encouraging us to try it. We have now dabbled a little bit and have been to a couple of classes, and it’s safe to say we have been missing out!

With the stressful busy life and of course that chaotic season known as Christmas coming up we want to start doing more and more yoga. There are so many classes around London that we will have to give a go helping us to feel zen!

My mum (Annie) does yoga all the time and absolutely loves it. She always says it’s down to the teacher and the atmosphere!

We did actually attend a yoga festival in the summer as well and we were gifted an amazing yoga mat that we have got to put to good use!

Here are some reasons below as to why yoga is beneficial:
– yoga perfects your posture
– yoga improves your flexibility
– yoga drops your blood pressure
– yoga helps you focus
– yoga improves your balance
– yoga gives you peace of mind
– yoga decreases stress
– yoga promotes better sleep quality

We are going to aim to do one yoga class a week, and if we can’t do a home yoga session using the HoMedics Back Stretching Mat. Check out the below video, its making us feel super chilled just watching it!

Are you going to join our yoga challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

HunkeMoller HKMX Product Review

We love finding new fitness brands and loved recieving these fab tops from hunkemoller. The tops we are wearing are the HKMX Blogger Xenia Mesh Tank Top! We both have them in a size XS and they fit perfectly!

The tops retail at £20 which we think is a fair price especially as the quality is really good. The fabric is incredibly soft and very comfortable (we have trialled and tested in several workouts).

The newest HKMX sports collection is perfect and so chic! It’s fashionable but also functional. You will find outfits for all kinds of activities including high impact sports such as running or boxing. They also have outfits perfect for yoga and other low impact sports.

More and more brands these days are offering more than just the product and are also ensuring the packaging is just as nice. To be honest we can see why because nice packaging that looks inviting is so nice to receive and also people are more likely to photograph and post to social media, which is free advertising for the company!

Hunkemoller didn’t disappoint with their cute packaging it was pretty and pink and we absolutely loved it!

The entire collection is so beautiful and we definitely have our eyes on some of the other products. We love the baby pink cropped sweater, the baby pink high neck branded sweater is also BEAUTIFUL! In fact we would wear the entire collection!

If you love the colour pink then this collection is most definitely for you (don’t worry there are plenty of other colours if you aren’t). We LOVE pink at the moment it’s one of our favourite colours so as you can imagine we are completely crushing over this collection.

You can purchase this collection on the Hunke Moller website.

Trying & Reviewing FlexiQule™

*This post is sponsored by AlchemLife™

Exercising is something we do on a regular basis, if you couldn’t tell already it is a big part of our lives and something we couldn’t imagine life without. We love so many different types of workouts including; Running, walking, spinning, HIIT, Yoga, Boxing, weights and the list could go on and on. We always like to make sure our workouts are varied and because of that we don’t want our joints to be affected due the pressure we put them under.

We jumped at the chance of working with AlchemLife™ and have been trialling their new joint product, FlexiQule™, for this sponsored review. They are an original food supplement made from 100% natural active ingredients, designed to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

We both love to run an awful lot and this year Annie took part in her first ever marathon and ultra-marathon, it was incredible and I loved everything about it even those long training runs in minus degrees and plus 35oc (trust me running in Greece and Spain is hard!). Training for marathons is pretty intense on the joints, especially when training on hard ground and our knees take a lot of the pressure. Although we are young and pretty strong we still want to make sure our joints are as healthy as they can be.

After long training runs I find that my calves can become very tight and sometimes painful which can be really irritating and definitely isn’t ideal during training season. Since taking FlexiQule™ this pain has completely stopped which is just incredible. I wish I has known about the supplements whilst I was training for my marathon back in April as it would have been a massive help!

The key ingredients in FlexiQule™ are GingerG321 and BoswelliaG301 which help manage the body’s inflammatory response and maintain joint health, which is exactly what we want when running.

Rach absolutely loves attending a Barre/Ballet class as she has always been a keen dancer. Rach used to be much more flexible when she was younger (didn’t we all lol) so as soon as we heard about FlexiQule™ and the results people had noticed she just had to give them a try.

We don’t take any other supplements these are the only ones we take and trust as we know they are a 100% natural food supplement, free from wheat, gluten and sugar and no known side effects (something that tends to scare us about other supplements). Our joints undergo an enormous amount of pressure every single day so we feel it is only fair we give them something back to say thank you.

FlexiQule™ is AlchemLife’s first product to launch in Europe using their PhytoAdvance™ technology, which ensures ease of use and maximises efficacy, bioavailability and purity.

FlexiQule™ natural joint supplements are £16.99 for 30 capsules and are available online or from LloydsPharmacy’s nationwide from the 29th October.

We would 100% recommend giving these supplements a go if you want to make sure your joints are as healthy as they can be. We are going to continue taking them so we will keep you posted on how we are finding them in a few months’ time.

To find out more visit: https://www.alchemlife.com/uk/flexiqule/

Skimmed Milk Activewear Review

Skimmed Milk was founded in 2017 and ultimately there aim is to provide premium fitness and athletics wear that can be worn across a range of exercise classes including yoga, Pilates, spinning (which we have tried and tested ourselves and they pass with flying colours) and whatever else crops up on your schedule!

Skimmed Milk had the idea of putting together a collection of Sports Bras and Leggings in fresh interchangeable colours (one of our favourite thing about the brand), which would always go with whatever you grabbed on the way out the door ensuring that your style is always on point- we can confirm that they have met this vision!

We completely fell in love with Skimmed Milk active wear the moment we set eyes on it. Who wouldn’t though it is truly stunning and so pretty! We love the pastel colours and we have been living in our set throughout the summer and this will definitely continue into winter anything to brighten up our wardrobe during the colder months!

We are writing this review at just about the right time though as they have just released new colours for autumn, they are so bright and colourful and just so beaut!

They have: French Blue, Tango Red, Teal, Violet and citrus! We love the Tango red and Citrus- they are beautiful!

The sets come in sizes five sizes (XS, S, M, L & XL). We went for the XS which is a size 6-8, but you can check out the size guide on the website. We always find that sports clothes tend to come up a little bigger so we always opt for the smallest size otherwise we find the leggings can be baggy.

The leggings cost £45 and the sports bra costs £35 but the pastel set is now in the sale so you can get the bra for £17.50 and the leggings for just £24.50 BARGAIN!

The sets in the sale come in four colours:

Bubblegum- baby blue

Blueberry-lilac

Strawberry- pastel pink

Mint- Mint green

They material is incredibly soft and feels really nice on the skin. We are quite fussy when it comes to active wear as we love comfort over anything. This ticks all of the boxes, and are high waisted as well which is a massive plus for us.

The sets arrived in the cutest packaging- a cardboard milk carton which was of course pink! We think the packaging is an important part of the customer’s journey and something we always remember. It shows the company has pride in the products they sell and have really thought about each step of the customer’s journey and to us probably one of the most important aspects.

Rachel has the Strawberry (pink) set it is such a pretty pink and Annie has the Blueberry (lilac) set which is absolutely adorable. We usually love to be matching but with these sets it really didn’t matter in as they complement each other so well.

We mainly wear our sets when we attend spinning classes, go for long walks, attend the occasional yoga class or if we are just going for a Saturday morning brunch, because who doesn’t brunch in there active wear?

Skimmed Milk also sell S’well Water bottles which are absolutely stunning and come in the most beautiful patterns we ever did see. Annie loves the Blue Granite bottle and Rach has her eye on the Blanc Crocodile one.

Head on over to the website now and get your set, trust us you won’t regret the decision!

SOLE Insole Review

We were lucky to be sent the Active Footbeds from SOLE Insoles to trial and test (we were sent them a couple of months back) and ever since we have been testing them out. We wanted to make sure we really believed in the product before posting a review about them.

Last month I visited the country of La Palma, and I knew I would want to go running. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough room in my suitcase to fit both my walking trainers and my running trainers so I decided to pack my walking trainers as they are super comfy and try out my new SOLE insoles.

I absolutely loved them, they made my runs super comfortable and gave me the extra support I needed with my walking trainers. I was worried that it was going to feel weird running with insoles in my trainers but it was the complete opposite it felt amazing.

So what are SOLE insoles we hear you asking? Good question! SOLE have created custom food beds and footwear that are innovative and adaptable products providing you with cushioning and support. They adapt to your body giving you the support you need (amazing huh).

People live with pain every single day and it can restrict every day activities (not always ideal)! Imagine if you didn’t have to live with that pain every single day that would be amazing right? Well that is exactly what SOLE set out to achieve.

SOLE insoles support your feet no matter what you activity levels are you will benefit from the personalised support and cushioning. Not only did I use the my SOLE insoles for running I also used them when we were hiking up the mountains in La Palma as they gave my feet the extra supported they needed. I am incredibly lucky and do not get any pain when I run or walk but that doesn’t mean my feet don’t need all the love and comfort they can get.

SOLE’s award-winning footbeds are the most effective over-the-counter orthotic insoles on the market and we cannot rave about them enough. Since returning from holiday we have been using our SOLE insoles all the time. I have a few other holidays booked in the next few weeks and you guessed it my insoles will be coming with me!

SOLE products are renowned for being long lasting and their customers are very satisfied with the products. SOLE footbeds have a 9- day guarantee, if you don’t love your insoles for any reason all you have to do is contact the customer service team for a full refund.

Lifestyle Choices Which Can Impact Your Fitness

Everyone cares about their body, and if they don’t then they should! How our body is functioning on inside is far more important that what it looks like on the outside! Of course you can work hard at the gym to help improve your overall health, but there might actually be some parts of your lifestyle that are impacting your bodily health and fitness.

SLEEP
Sleep is one of the most important parts for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Not having enough sleep night after night isn’t a healthy way to live and there is only so much coffee that is gonna help! Digestion, growth, and even weight loss are just a handful of the areas which a lack of sleep can damage. Try putting your phone down before you go to bed to help you get little bit more sleep.

STRESS
No one wants to be stressed and there are some things in life that can cause a little bit of stress, maybe it’s your job or your finances. You might not think it at the time but the cause of stress is something you can have control of! Recognise what is making life hard and make changes where possible!

HYDRATION
Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated! Try and drink water throughout the day and only having fizzy drinks and fruit juices in between.

DIET
Your diet is also another important factor to ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle. There are so many tried and tested diets out there which yes some have proven to be successful, but we believe in eating a well balanced diet instead of going on a diet. If you are regularly going to the gym make sure you fuel yourself with the correct type of foods to ensure you have a fabulous workout!

There are a lot of substances which are becoming a normal part of human life, nowadays. Coffee, nicotine, and loads of other chemicals are used to make life feel just a little bit better, and this often isn’t too big of a problem (we love coffee). If you know anyone that has unfortunately moved onto harder substances they remember you can always speak to professions like people at https://www.rehabclinic.org.uk/

It can be very easy to set yourself back when you’re trying to improve your fitness. This part of life can be hard- remember not to deprive yourself of things you like because this will only result in bad habits resurfacing, enjoy things in moderation.

Tips for Getting Fit When You’re Not in the Mood

Everyone knows that exercise is healthy, and that staying physically active and in-shape is a lot better than the alternative of sitting around on the sofa all day and snacking on junk food (although this is great fun as well)!

People debate about the right kind of diet, and the best form of exercise to take, but in reality any form is exercise is good exercise and you should do what you enjoy and not just because it is a new ‘trend’.

Your exercise of choice may involve daily trips to the gym to weight train, or long walks in the countryside maybe even somewhere abroad in the mountains like walking in Andorra.

So, what should you do when you’re just not in the mood for exercising at all? Firstly think about whether or not you have worked out a lot and maybe you just need a rest day! Or maybe the weather is lush outside and you want to spend your time outside having a couple of drinks after work! All of this is okay and you don’t have to be 100% on it the entire time. If this is something that is happening more frequently though then take a read of our tips below to help you get back on track!

Increase your energy levels
If you hate the idea of exercise and you just can’t motivate yourself to train because you are too tired. This may be due to your energy levels make sure you are getting enough sleep and furling your body with the right type of food! This should help you feel more energised and want to exercise, oh and doing the below will allow you to get the most out of a workout.

While everyone has an off day here or there (we are only human), your basic relationship with exercise should be positive. You should want to move your body! .

Begin small and work your way up as you feel ready for it
Sometimes, we feel completely unmotivated to train, because we go too hard and reach out limits and then basically cannot walk for a couple of days LOL we have all been there. Go at your own pace and even adapt certain exercises for your ability.

Exercise will soon become part of your routine and a habit, start with exercises you are comfortable with and then begin to introduce new moves and exercises into your workout.

Focus on workouts that leave you feeling satisfied by the end, not ruined
It’s become fashionable these days to train until our souls want to escape our bodies! We love feeling satisfied with our workout by the end of it but it is also important not too push yourself to the absolute limit where you end up feeling worse than when you started.

When you push yourself too hard in training, you cause your body more stress than is good for it, and you condition yourself to see exercise as a nightmare.

Staying Healthy And Fit During Your Summer Travels

More and more of us are getting ready for our summer holidays wooohooo! From short-haul to Europe (Annie is off to Spain and Rhodes), to longer haul (Rachel is off to Canada)! Regardless of where you are going you have probably already thought about packing It’s definitely something you either love or hate!

Does anyone else find that whenever they stop and finally rest they get ill? We always do and it totally sucks! Although in summer there are fewer bugs around to catch, you can still get ill in summer, especially in a new country where you’re trying new foods or have a body clock that is all over the place. So here are some of the best ways that you can stay well on your travels this summer.

Hydrate

This is going to be one of the most important points for your summer travels. Temperatures are hotting up, and you’ll be losing a lot of water through sweat when you’re away.

If you decide to go on a boat trip or spend time by the sea you are likely to not feel as hot, as the breeze will cool you. But you will still be losing water. So you need to be drinking at least two liters of water a day, if not more. It can be tricky in some countries to do so, as you can’t drink the tap water. So stock up at local supermarkets with some bottled water. A cost-efficient way of doing it is taking your own reusable water bottle, and then fill it up each day from a large bottle of water bought from a store. Plus, places like hotel gyms have bottled water that you can decant and fill up your own bottle with.

Avoid Jet Lag

If you have jet lag, then it means that you can be sleeping at unusual hours, not getting enough sleep, or just generally feeling unwell. While this is more common when flying long-haul, it can happen any time. One of the best pieces of advice to avoid jet lag is to try to get on the new country’s time, as soon as you get on the plane. If you’re going to be landing somewhere and it will be daytime, then you need to sleep as much as you can on the plane, so that you can stay awake when you get there.

Exercise

Some holidays are going to be pretty active ones (think hiking trips or city breaks). So you’re less likely to need to exercise formally on those kinds of trip. But going off to the beach for two weeks means that you may decide to keep active by going for a run or visiting the hotel gym. We sometimes like to research gyms in the local area as well. It’s not that you have to exercise when on holiday and don’t think you do we just like to it helps us keep sane and also means we can enjoy one of two more cocktails than normal.

Watch What You Eat

This actually doesn’t have anything to do with calorie intake or anything like that, but more about how the foods are prepared and if they will be good for you. Even something like a salad, that has been washed in tap water, can make you sick. So you need to check things like that. It can also be a good idea to avoid certain things on street food carts, especially if you can’t check how it has been prepared. You want to reduce the chance of you getting sick from something you’ve eaten, and avoid getting anything like Delhi-Belly.

Sunscreen

It can be easy to forget about sunscreen and go wild by the pool in the hopes of getting a tan. And while the long-term effects of sun damage aren’t going to have an impact immediately, there are some side-effects that will. You can get sore, cracked, or broken skin, as well as something like sunstroke. That can leave you feeling nauseous, lethargic, high temperature, and in a lot of pain. So it really is simple; wear sunscreen, and keep applying it often.

Relax

Taking some time out when you’re on holiday can be just what you need to unwind and relax. And while you’re taking a break from some of the stressors of every day and your normal routine, holidays can still feel a little full on. So look for ways to help you to be more mindful. This could be meditation, writing in a journal, doing some exercise like yoga, or taking yourself off for a spa treatment. Time out gives you time to de-stress and to relax.

Have you got any tried and tested tips that help you to stay healthy on your travels this summer? It would be great to hear what you think.

Morning of the Marathon preparation & Timings

I absolutely loved my marathon experience that I decided it might be helpful to share our morning marathon routine. This routine worked well for us, but remember everyone is different so do what works for you on the morning of a marathon.

The Manchester Marathon started at 9:00AM, so we decided to work backwards when prepping our morning and timings. We were staying in Stockport which was about a 20 minute taxi ride away from the Old Trafford Cricket Club. Training runs work very differently to the schedule below, I usually roll out of bed, put on my running clothes, boil the kettle, pour myself a cup of coffee, drink said cup of coffee whilst scrolling Instagram, brush my teeth and GO.

5:45AM- Wakeup call for some this might be incredibly early but I am an early riser and my alarm usually goes off at 5:30AM on a week day so this time didn’t really affect me too much. If you aren’t an early riser or you don’t do well in the mornings then I would suggest doing this routine a couple of times before your marathon.

6:00AM- Breakfast & coffee, I wanted to makes sure I gave my body enough time to digest my breakfast before the race started, during my training I usually run fasted but I knew this wasn’t going to be possible for a 26.2 mile run. I needed to fuel but at the same time I didn’t want to risk getting a stitch as it was something my body wasn’t used to. I made sure I trailed and tested this before race day so I knew my body would adjust. For breakfast I opted for a big bowl of jumbo oats with blueberries and peanut butter which is my favourite breakfast so I was very happy.

I usually have a large cup of coffee prior to running on a usual training run and I never usually have to stop for the toilet.  I knew the excitement and nerves would get to me which we all know usually results in needing the toilet more frequently so I opted for strong but small coffees- espresso style. To be honest with you I am not sure how affective this was as I still needed the toilet twice before the race.

6:30AM- Shower time, I always like to have a shower on the morning of a race day as it makes me feel refreshed and ready to start the day. For my training runs I usually roll out of bed, throw on my running clothes and brush my teeth but that isn’t the case for race day. Then it was time to pin my running number to my vest eeek!

7:15AM: Taxi arrived, we decided to book the taxi for 7:15AM as we thought this would give us plenty of time to get to the start line especially, we knew there wouldn’t be any traffic that early on a Sunday morning. When we got into the taxi the driver asked us what time the race was starting and when our reply was 9:00AM he said ‘I’ll see what I can do about getting you there for then but there are lots of road closures’. As you can imagine my heart rate went through the ROOF, this is not the kind of stress I need on race day.

7:30AM- Taxi dropped us off, the taxi managed to drop us off about half a mile away from the race start line which we were happy about, we could do with some fresh air anyway to help with our nerves and excitement. This is definitely a lesson learnt through next time we will definitely check with the taxi company about road closures next time.

8:00AM- we arrived at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and went straight to the bag drop, the Manchester Marathon organisers suggested dropping your bags off prior to 8:00AM but they were not as strict as most places. At most races we have been to the bag drop off and bag collection points are at two separate locations, however at the Manchester Marathon the bag drop area did not move so there were not really any time restrictions.

8:15-8:30AM- We made our way to the pens which was about a 15 minute walk away from the bag drop by this point we had already walked about 7000 steps and we hadn’t even started the run. We made our way straight to the loos for one last comfort break before the marathon started.

9:10AM- we crossed the start line and the race was underway!

 

Hello Spring

We absolutely love the four English Seasons, but it just seems like winter lasts forever and always over stays it’s welcome. It’s safe to say we are excited about the warmer temperatures and we are well and truly welcoming spring with open arms. We have been wishing for warmer weather since February but the more we wished the colder it gets.

Easter has been and gone and there STILL wasn’t any sign that spring is on the way accept the fact the clocks changed and it’s lighter in the evenings YAY!

This week though eeeek! We have been in our element loving the hot summer like days (hotter than Ibiza). We feel like we have got our mojo back and a spring in our step! It really is crazy what a bit of vitamin D can do to your mood!

There are so many things we have been missing about spring so we thought we would write a little list about all the things we are looking forward to and have been enjoying this week:

LONGER DAYS
Longer days means we will actually get to see daylight. Driving to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark really starts to take its toll after a while.

ICED COFFEE
We love an iced coffee and it isn’t something we would choose to have in the winter so by the time spring comes around we are well and truly ready to be re united with our one true love.

WARMER WEATHER
Warmer weather means we can wear t-shirts without having to weather a jumper over the top YAY for all the slogan t-shirts we have in our lives. We will no longer have to pack 17 layers in our bags when we leave the house YAY!

DRIVING IN THE SUNSHINE
Okay so this one might sound a bit strange but we love driving in the sunshine with our sunglasses on, windows down, music on and singing at the top of our voices we LOVE it.

BEER GARDEN
Sitting in a beer garden on a Saturday afternoon is just pure perfection, day drinking in the summer is so much fun.

SUN GLASSES
Who doesn’t love going into Primark and purchasing every single pair of sunglasses? We never spend money on expensive pairs of sunglasses as we always find they break! We live in sunglasses in the summer!

PICNICS
Just an excuse to eat your body weight in food and drink all the Pimms! We love a pick a mix style lunch for picnics are perfect for just that.

LONG EVENING WALKS
Evening walks when the sun is beginning to set are literally one of our favourite things about spring and summer. We love walking through the woods and fields breathing in the fresh country side air!