The Weekend Files: Lakeside Yoga

FUN, FREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ON OFFER TO THOUSANDS OF NOTTINGHAM RESIDENTS WITH THE RETURN OF PARKLIVES

I’m partnering with Coca-ColaGreat Britain on this post and their awesome ParkLives initiative. For a third year, more than 25 parks across Nottingham will be hosting hundreds of free activity sessions to get us fit for summer. From Pilates to Nordic Walking and even paddle board (SUP) Yoga there is literally something for everyone of every ability – even buggy fitness for all those mamas out there.

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Why #OfficeYoga Is The Way Forward

The importance of exercise when working in an office is huge. Sitting down all day can be really bad for you! If I don’t leave work at lunchtime for a stroll around town or to run some errands then I literally can clock up less than 4000 steps a day which I only get in because we walk to and from the carpark which is about 25-30 minutes walking a day in total. This is shocking!

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Hot Pod Yoga: My New Obsession

You’ve probably seen me tweeting all about Hot Pod Yoga for weeks, right? I’ve been trying to get everyone to go to the new pod that’s opened up in Nottingham city centre because I’m a total convert.

One of my fave blogger gals Becca is a huge fan and I would always see her ‘gramming about how amazing it is. Another amazing lady from work also goes and we had a trial through her as well so I’ve been going for about a month now on the various awesome launch membership offers that Sarah at the pod has been offering. And then, luckily the lovely Molly from Rose Beauty Files set up a blogger trial afternoon with them at the pod so I jumped at the chance for another go.

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BRITA: Bye-Bye Bottled Water

Staying hydrated is a huge thing for me. I’m constantly drinking water both to keep myself hydrated and I’ve also got into the habit of carrying water everywhere because if my Invisalign, incase I need a quick drink to make them more comfortable or after I’ve had a coffee and there’s no time for a full teeth clean! If you want to read more about my Invisalign course, check out my blog post with all the lowdown. Even if I’m just heading out for a coffee, shopping, into town or whether I’m travelling or going to work, you’ll always find me with a bottle of water. I find that I get headaches really easily if I don’t top up my beverage levels!

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Fitness: The Importance Of Rest & Recovery

When it comes to training and fitness, as much as we’re all going crazy with the HIIT workouts, getting up at crazy o’clock and morphing ourselves into ‘fitness and wellness’ experts, we all need time to chill out and basically not be in the gym. Here are three things that I always do to recover from training.

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The Trouble With Teeth

Teeth. They give us endless problems. I know this all too well as I’m right at the end of my Invisalign treatments which I’ll be writing about super soon! From pain to paranoia, they can be a real source of stress. A recent BUPA study revealed that bad teeth stop one in four people smiling in photos and I’m definitely part of this statistic. Do we care for the wrong reasons? Of course, you should care about your teeth, I do so much more since having my braces, I probably care a lot more now than I ever did. Proper dental hygiene is essential for keeping them healthy. 

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4 Ways To Re-Energise & Relax

Sometimes the hectic nature of our day to day lives can be super overwhelming, which affects our mental and physical health. When things seem like they’re getting on top of us, it’s important to take time out and re-energise for a while, take a break and take a look at what really matters. We all need to have some down time now and then, which is the key to keeping us balanced! There are many simple ways to destress and switch off from the world – here are four of my favourite ways. 

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How To Stay On Track With Food

Staying on track on a ‘diet’ can be super tough. That’s why I’m so glad that I’ve finally found a lifestyle that I feel like I can stick to! I’ve done my fair share of fad diets and workouts in my time so I finally feel like I’m there with something sustainable! Here I’ve got some tips on how to stay on track with your food and not cave when someone hands you a £1 McDonalds voucher in the street.

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Super Fat-Busting Foods For Healthy Eating

The idea of eating in order to lose weight is often thought of as a bit of a weird thought. After all, most ‘diets’ tell us that in order to shed the pounds, we need to limit our diet. In many cases, it certainly can be. After all, if you are already eating a poor diet full of saturated fats, and not exercising enough to burn off the calories, you are going to put on weight. With this in mind, many people continue to eat the same diet, but just less of it. When we restrict food from ourselves, our bodies realise we are hungry and can go into starvation mode. When this happens, our bodies survivalist instinct kicks in and it does all it can to hold on to the few calories it is receiving. Instead of processing certain fats through the body, our body tries to hold on to them to keep what it perceives as its diminishing fat stores afloat. It is for this reason that people on a very low-calorie diet actually stay the same weight as they were before.

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3 Health Problems That Could Be Keeping You Awake

If you struggle to get the sleep you need, it could be that your wellbeing is to blame. To help you suss out what’s behind your lack of shut-eye, here are three health problems that could be keeping you awake at night.

1. Lower Back Pain

Aside from causing you discomfort during the day, lower back pain can affect you at night too.To keep your aches and pains under control, there are a couple of things you could try. You could invest in a bed with an in-built massage function (imagine!). Massage therapy can help relax the muscles, so by having a bed with this feature, you should find it much easier to keep your aches at bay while you doze. There are a variety of models you can choose from that offer this function. For example, cyclo therapy adjustable beds from Adjustamatic use a three-way technique of pulsations and rotations to offer relief from back discomfort. By improving your bed setup in this way, you should stand to sleep better. Additionally, you could try using over the counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, or speak to your GP if you think you require a stronger medication.

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