Walking In The Woods

Do you ever just wake up in the morning and all you fancy doing is going for a long walk through the woods? We LOVE walking we think it does wonders for the mind and we always feel so much better for it.

There is something about getting out of bed on a Sunday morning, putting on some trainers, our scruffy clothes and getting outside to enjoy the fresh air in this beautiful world we live in. Sundays are usually our rest days from the gym so instead we slow down the pace and just go for a casual stroll instead, it’s the only time of the week where we actually slow down, no wonder our minds work at 100mph if our bodies are doing exactly the same.

We have both been lucky enough to grow up with the woods just a stone throw away and trust us we don’t take it for granted, we absolutely love it and we make the most of it wherever possible.  Sunday morning are always so peaceful we rarely see another soul, which always surprises us as we always expect to see lots of people, although saying that  most people are probably enjoying a lazy Sunday in bed  as we are known to wake up unusually early.  You will see us out in the woods come rain, snow or shine, we especially love it in the snow it’s like our own little winter wonderland where we can pretend we are in Narnia it’s truly is beautiful.

We have never understood why people HATE walking? Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people hate it. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs, there are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

We are those people that think it’s possible to WALK anywhere and everywhere, we recently saw a meme on Facebook of this and it made us laugh because that is us down to a T! We always try and beat the Google Maps whenever we walk anywhere it’s become a little game we have, because we are so COOL!

Fitness in Paris

We have both been to Paris a couple of times before so this time we really wanted to make the short break about us instead of rushing around all the time knackering ourselves out, that’s why we decided to incorporate fitness into our mini break away. We don’t often get to work out together due to work commitments and time constraints during the week so this was the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy our workouts together.
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Running
One of our favourite things to do when we go away is to wake up in the morning, put on our running shoes and go for a run. We love exploring the city we are visiting before we have properly started the day.
When we booked to go to Paris we knew straight away we wanted to go for a run. We semi planned our route as we knew the kind of distance we wanted to run and the direction we wanted to head in.
On the Sunday we woke up naturally at 7:30 (that’s late for us) and headed out into the beautiful sunshine. Paris is so peaceful in the mornings it was so nice to see customers queuing up outside the boulangeries waiting to purchase freshly made bread for breakfast. As we have both visited Paris several times before we decided to visit some of the iconic landmarks on our run so it didn’t take up too much of our day.
The circular route we ended up running was just over 5 miles. We manged to see The Notre Dame Cathedral from a distance, Ponts Des Arts bridge,  Louvre, Palais Royal & the Pompidiou building which is very bizarre! We would definitely recommend the route to those of your who want to go for a run whilst away in Paris.
Walking 
When we visit a city we always make sure we walk everywhere! So Paris was no different we only ever got the metro or the bus if we really had to. We had a map but we like to just head in a general direction making sure we walk down all the little side streets as this is where you find lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants.
We walked 30,000 steps a day in Paris and managed to see so much of the city. It’s so much better that sitting on a metro underground not being able to look out a window.  In 3 days we walked more steps than most people would in a week but because we were exploring the beautiful city it didn’t even feel like we walked that far!
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Gym
We were lucky enough to have a gym in the hotel we were staying at. The gym was better than most hotel gyms so we had a few options as to what we could workout out.
We went to the gym on the Monday morning (start the week as you mean to go on and all). We had the gym to ourselves which was good because if there was anyone else in there it would have been so hot like most hotel gyms!
We went before breakfast at about 7:30 so we could work up an appetite for breakfast. The hotel we were staying at put on the most amazing spread every morning.  We worked out our arms as our poor little legs couldn’t take anymore and we still had a full day of walking ahead of us.
Classes
If we had been in Paris for longer we definitely would have tried out a couple of classes. They have something similar to ‘payasugym’ called ‘zippy pass’ and ‘somuchmore’ where you can find classes and gyms all over Paris for the fraction of the price you would usually pay. On Zippy pass you can also filter the classes for example you could say you only want to see women only classes or classes that are pregnancy friendly.
When we return to Paris we will definitely be looking at both of these so we can experience some of the French fitness scene.

Fitbit Fans

Two Christmas ago (2015) we both asked for Fitbits, previously we had been tracking our daily step count on the Health app which comes free with the IPhone 6. The health app wasn’t a great way of tracking as it meant you had to have your phone on your 24/7 and it wasn’t able to track any exercise. Before our Fitbits we were using the Nike Running App to track our runs which is another great app.

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We have office jobs so for 8 hours of the day we are mostly sat down, when we started to use the Health app we realised how little steps one would do if not completing any additional exercise during the day. It’s no wonder people start piling on the pounds as soon as they start an office job, we all know how busy our lives become and exercise can sometimes take a back seat.

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It is so true that motivation is what gets you started but habit is what keeps you going. Living a healthy and balanced life has become part of our everyday routine. We love going to the gym and working out and nourishing out body with wholesome foods. Although we also know that moderation is key, don’t deprive yourself of yummy treats every once in a while. We are avid bakers and we certainly like to enjoy the goodies we bake!

Fitbit offers a two year warranty which is brilliant, we have each spoken to different customer service reps for different reasons and they have all offered great customer service. You only have to look at Fitbit on twitter to see that everyone else agrees.

The Fitbit app is also really good, you can sync your Fitbit daily and it will update your activity. You can also sync the Fitbit to other apps such as my fitness pal. See below what we think about our fitbits and the qualities they have!

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HR Charge
The HR Charge is currently £70 on Amazon
Sizes: Small, large and extra large
Colours: there are a range of colours (Black, Blue, Purple)
The HR Charge tracks steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, heart rate, hourly activity and stationary time.

You can also monitor your sleep on the HR Chardge and the Alta (See below). We have only tracked our sleep a couple of times but it tells you the amount of times you woke up in the night and how many times you were restless. It’s a good feature if you don’t think you get much sleep at night.

Battery Life- the battery life is great on the HR charge it last ups to 5 days.

Alta
The Fitbit Alta is currently £80 on Amazon
Sizes: Small, large and extra large
Colours: there are a range of colours (blue, purple, black and there are a coupld of special editions) and you can even change the straps on the Fitbit Alta.
All day activity tracker, which you can tap to the screen to display.
Long battery life- lasts up to 5 days

Go and order a Fitbit, you won’t regret it! 🙂

We love the National Trust

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We absolutely love the National Trust and we are not ashamed to admit it. Our friends think we are a bit mad but a Saturday spent at the National Trust going for a super long walk and maybe a visit to the cafe or pub too is our ideal Saturday!

We actually have a life members card which admits 2 people for free which makes our weekends spent at the NT even better as they are free so a cheap weekend for us! We have already written a post about our love for walking, but will highlight why we love it again. Walking is great cardio, its good to get out in the fresh air, we find it excellent therapy and of course its totally free!

I think the reason we love the NT so much is because there are so many different places for us to visit and explore and often there are many already planned walks for us to try out. Then we can end the walk and explore at either a NT cafe or a pub. The NT cafes are great, especially the homemade cakes!

We have decided to make it our new years resolution to visit lots of NT places in 2017 and write lots of posts about our visits. We also want to take lots of pictures on our visits and to show everyone how much fun a visit to the National Trust can be. So you can all look forward to lots of National Trust posts this year!

Why not check our their website and pick a place near you to visit, trust us you won’t regret it!

Walking Workout

Walking its free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people HATE walking. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs. There are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

Growing up our parents were all keen walkers, at the weekend we used to go on family walks which at the time we hated! We didn’t understand why our parents enjoyed walking and we certainly didn’t agree when they said ‘come on it will be fun’.

Now we go on walks all the time exploring new places whether this is in the beautiful countryside or exploring the streets of a bustling city. If we have the option of walking or using transport we will always choose walking.

A walking workout will help strengthen your heart and lungs whilst also toning your legs and bum (Bonus).  Walking is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight and strengthen your bones and muscles both of which are incredibly important.

Last year we each purchased a Fitbit so we could keep track of how many steps we were taking in a day, working in an office can reduce your daily step count dramatically so we wanted to make sure we met our daily target of 10,000 a day every day. The Apple Iphone also comes with a ‘Health’ app that will tell you how many steps you walked in a day.

Ways to make your walk more enjoyable

  1. arrange to meet your friend for a walk, this way you are less likely to cancel as you have made a commitment.
  2. Explore new places
  3. If you are walking on your own try listening to some music or a Podcast.
  4. Phone a friend and have a catch up (time will fly by)
  5. Pack some healthy snacks and water if you are going on a long walk.

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.


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