Monday, 28 November 2016

Summer bodies are made in winter!

workout, fitness, Brazil, beach body
Bring a little bit of Brazil into your life
The heatwave of summer 2016 sure seems a long time ago - and at this time of year it's hard not to retreat under a layer of winter woolies and hit the Christmas cheer that bit too hard. But summer bodies are made in winter and you can rekindle a bit of the carnival that was the 2016 Rio Olympics by signing up to the new Brazilian fitness classes brought to you by Corpão Fitness.

A sassy fusion of barre, burn and flow classes designed to tone and create curves (in all the right places), Corpão roughly translates to 'amazing body' in Brazilian Portuguese, and shuns extreme dieting, running or excessive lifting. Instead the focus is on fun - working out to  infectious Brazilian music using a combo of HIIT, strength and conditioning moves. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

This could float your boat

float therapy, flotation therapy, wellness, health
Step right in...
this is what bliss actually looks like!
Ever feel like things are weighing you down? Stress, insomnia, injury or pain due to everything from recurring headaches to fibromyalgia? Well the answer could be surprisingly simple - flotation therapy. What's that I hear you ask? Well, just as it sounds, floatation therapy uses a session spent floating in warm salt water in a specially-designed tank to put you in a relaxed state.

This rather luxurious treatment typically lasts about an hour, during which time the body is able to enter into a deeply relaxed state. The beneficial effects are attributed to the temperature of the water, the floating posture, the difference in water pressure and blood pressure, maximised blood flow, the release of endorphins and the removal of toxins such as lactic acid and draining of the lymphatic system. Think of it as a very much upgraded deep, deep bath...bliss.

But what's it actually like to float?

Friday, 18 November 2016

Advent calendars that won't ruin your healthy habits!

Smiggle, Xmas, Christmas gifts
Xmassy treats don't have to
put you in Santa's bad books
We all love Xmas - the decorations, the presents and the parties! But it's easy to see a year's worth of healthy living vanish in a haze of seasonal cheer. While a little bit of what you fancy does you good - kicking the day off with the 'traditional' advent calendar sugar fix might not be the best way to countdown to Christmas - for you or your family. Instead why not opt for one of these alternatives...

Friday, 4 November 2016

I'm a rockstar!

online gym, home workout
Work out in the comfort of your own home
A little while back, people following my Instagram account will have noticed I spoke about the #JuliaBFit online gym, a virtual health club that offers workouts, classes, programs and coaching. I was testing out the 5-day bootcamp program to see how easy it is to follow and use, I even roped in my other half to one session to see how someone else fared.

Well it turns out the concept really works! The workouts are easy-to-follow but hard enough to make you sweat - and the usual excuses that might keep you from a gym class or a run just don't apply (can't fit it in around work/kids/other responsibilities, don't like other people to see me, waiting in for a delivery etc etc). My trialling of the gym - set up and presented by Personal Trainer Julia Buckley - was the starting point of a little project I've been invited to join - namely Julia's  Fitness Rockstars (or #Fitnessrockstars if you're a hashtag kinda person). 

What on earth is that I hear you ask?

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Why you need to know about rose-hips!

joint health, rose-hips, natural, supplements
Rich in compounds that could offer relief from aches and pains
Last year a 92-year-old became the oldest woman to complete a marathon, not bad for someone you'd typically expect to be sat in a chair knitting bootees! And while there's no doubt that as we get older exercise can feel harder, increasingly evidence shows it's important to long-term health and happiness that you continue to workout as you age. 

But what about all those aches and pains that we might experience - is that a sign we should sit out our next run or cut class? Absolutely not - because if you want to keep moving, you have to keep moving! Which is why you need to know about GOPO...