It is week 5 of my bikini fitness training programme. By now, I thought, to be honest, that I would be able to forgo my winter knits and do the school run in a little black dress, if I so pleased, thank you very much. Not quite......
Hot yoga has been a, er, hot fitness trend for a while now, and that's because it's a challenging but fun way to give your muscles a good old stretch, and give your mind a rest from the mentalness of everyday life. If you've never tried it before, the thought of stretching in a very hot room probably seems a bit daunting, so here are some tips to ensure you turn up prepared...
Nothing will beat the feeling of satisfaction you feel when you cross the finish line, and making sure you're mentally prepared will make the run not just more achievable, but more enjoyable too!
Let's go back to basics and simply review the very best ways to begin your running journey with suggestions for how to actually start...none of them are particularly easy, but nothing worth having in life is right?
Many women are scared about weight lifting, I admit that when I first started I had fears my figure would become bulky and masculine. But so many of us are finally ignoring those stupid myths and lifting heavy weights, yay!
We've all been there. You start with good intentions, get sidetracked, then give up. But it's all good because you intend to start fresh on Monday, right? If you really want to achieve your goals then it's time you quit starting over.
Yesterday I took on the Winter Run 10k in London, adding another medal to my growing collection. Here's why I turned out in the rain to pound the pavements with 15,000 other runners and Why I'm Addicted to Race Bling.
Alternative title: I'm dangling upside down, the silks wrapped around my legs bearing the brunt of my weight, my arms relaxed, fingers grazing the mat and my brain - my dearest brain - is shrieking in sheer terror.
Although running evokes images of people bounding effortlessly through fields, woods and over mountain trails, cities can be great places to run in. As well as urban routes that provide the opportunity to sneak in some sightseeing, many of these concrete jungles have big parks and riverside routes. Taking in five continents, we've selected ten cities made for running.
Breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day, right? Well, yes - of course it is. But if you're thinking of doing some cardio first thing in the morning, it might well be worth putting off food until after you're done. This is called fasted training.
Even on days when you have other exercise plans, get out of bed and make a bee-line for a spot on the floor where you can spend as little as five minutes--60 seconds per exercise--to distribute blood flow to muscles, lubricate the joints and boost your metabolism.
I don't think when it comes to health and indeed training, one can ever overdo the message about ensuring you are getting the right nutrition to properly fuel your activities. So I won't make any apologies for writing this for my column.
People are always asking me on social what are the current trending workouts people are doing. So as they so you only have to ask once. Plus it's a neat follow-up on Tuesday's column about why women should be lifting weights.
There are lots of training programmes, special diets, fat burners, etc. out there for you to use, try, rave about, criticise, pick up and drop again. Why complicate things? There are some really simple, realistic, achievable rules that you can adopt inside and outside of the gym to change your lifestyle for the long-term, and for the better.
In many ways, as goals go this one is text book. It is time specific and has is broken down into, smaller steps that I must work towards each day. In its most basic form it goes: train, rest, eat, repeat, with the odd freak out moment thrown if for good measure, particularly revolving around diamante clad bikinis and transparent kitten heels!!! Who knew?!
Ultimately, we are seeing a diversification of women's fitness, with everything from barre to crossfit becoming popular. Television programs such as Ultimate Hell Week and Ninja Warrior have facilitated the publicity of more niche and previously more masculine sports, celebrating the women who enter it and inspiring many.