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TapouT Workout Gear – Review & Giveaway

TapouT Workout Gear – Review & Giveaway

*This post was written in collaboration with TapouT. 

 

I love working out, it makes me feel on top of the world and like I can conquer anything. That’s why when TapouT got in touch to see if I would try out the weight resistance gloves and resistance bands, I just couldn’t say no. As I’ve been working out for many years now, I often mix up my workout routine to keep it fresh and interesting. These products were great to change things up a little!

TapouT Weight Resistance Gloves –

These gloves are made from synthetic leather and they have a neoprene cuff to make them extra comfortable. They’re breathable and aren’t bulky at all, making them extra comfortable when working out.

TapouT Resistance Bands –

This set includes a heavy strength and medium strength band. They are excellent for building up strength and endurance, which helps to reduce the amount of stress and strain placed on your body.

Both of these products are really well made and the bands especially feel really strong and durable. They’re great to add an extra strengthening element to any workout and the gloves make weight work much easier to manage. Both of these products are fast becoming my favourite exercise accessories and I know they’ll be staple pieces of workout kit from now on!

TapouT are giving my readers the chance to win a set of bands and a pair of gloves! All you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

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Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me

Why Conforming to Diet Culture isn’t for Me

As 2018 approached, I found myself mentally planning the diet I would go on come January. At first I was convinced that ‘Veganuary’, going Vegan for the whole of January, was the way to go. I would surely loose stones and finally get back to my pre-baby size and weight. So, I continued to enjoy my food over the Christmas break, knowing that in a weeks time I would change my outlook on life and make things ‘better’ over night. Oddly enough just a few hours into January, I realised that all I’d achieved by conforming to the New Year diet culture was finding a direct route to failure. Followed by disappointment, accompanied by misery and a constant state of ‘hangry’.

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Overindulging once in a while is ok –

Once the cold hard reality of my love of meat set in, I knew it was time to re-assess my weight loss goals for 2018. Starting with asking myself if I really need to lose any weight at all. Granted I’m not as small as I used to be, but I’m also by no means obese. I’ve had two children which has changed my body, in some ways irreversibly. I’ll never get rid of the stretch marks and I’ll always have a ‘mummy tummy’ as a result of them. So even if I spent the next few months starving myself, I’m not sure I’d be able to achieve the desired effect anyway.

With all of this running through my mind, I can’t help but think that overindulging once in a while is OK. Whether, it’s a birthday, a holiday or a takeaway night ‘just because’, treating ourselves isn’t the end of the world. I’m not saying you should constantly gorge on rubbish food because you feel like it, there wouldn’t be any benefits to that. What would be a benefit though, is enjoying a little of what you fancy every now and again.

Passing on healthy habits –

At the point of writing this, my eldest daughter is coming up to three years of age. She’s bright, intelligent and gets more aware of her surroundings every day. Having struggled with unhealthy eating habits for a lot of my life, the last thing I want to do is pass on poor habits to my girls. They both watch my every move, so it’s up to me to make sure I pass on healthy habits, to make sure that their relationship with food is the best that it can be.

There’s already so much negativity in the world regarding the way we look. The ‘perfect’ body image is forced into our subconscious everyday. Every Lifestyle blog I’ve come across has posts discussing the problems associated with the media and body image. I can only imagine how much worse this will get as our children get older. I want them to know and most importantly believe that they are beautiful. I want them to appreciate all that is positive about themselves and to realise that what the media portrays as ‘perfect’, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Everything in moderation –

I know this sounds like a cliché, but I truly believe in the power of everything in moderation. That includes food and exercise. In the past I’ve eaten too much food and not exercised enough. For a lot of my life, I’ve exercised far too much and eaten very little. Both of these scenarios did little for my health, mentally and physically. Adopting an everything in moderation attitude has been one of the healthiest choices I’ve ever made.

So, this year I’m saying goodbye to diet culture. I’m going live an everything in moderation kind of life. I’m going to eat healthily, treat myself once in a while and continue to exercise regularly. I truly can’t see the point in restricting my diet so much that it strips the joy out of life. I don’t want food to be at the forefront of my mind, when what I really should be thinking about is family, work and other things that make me happy!

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*This is a collaborative post.

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Three Ways to Help Keep yourself Healthy – Including the Best ‘Fakeaway’ Recipes!

Three Ways to Help Keep yourself Healthy – Including the Best ‘Fakeaway’ Recipes!

Ever since having children, I’ve spent so much time worrying about my health. My girls are the most important thing in my life and so keeping my body healthy, in order to be at my best for them is so important. Pre-children I would burn the candle at both ends and think nothing of it. These days I try my hardest to look after myself in every way, with the hope of passing on the same habits to the girls!

There are so many ways to help keep yourself healthy, some more complex than others. Making just a few simple changes to your life though, can mean the difference between feeling sluggish and in need of a boost, to feeling on top of the world!

 

Here are three ways to help keep yourself healthy, without changing your life too much;

 

Exercise regularly –

You don’t have to shell out on an expensive gym membership to make sure you fit a little exercise into your life. There are a few easy exercises that you can do at home HERE! Not only will exercising more help keep you physically healthy, it also releases endorphins helping to keep your mind healthy too.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol –

I’m not saying you should never enjoy a drink, but being aware of how much you alcohol you consume and taking steps to cut back is a sure-fire way to improve your health. Truth be told alcohol just isn’t good for us, so the less we drink the better in the long the run. Many serious health condition including breast cancer have been linked to alcohol intake, so it’s worth keeping a check on how many units you drink and how regularly this happens.

Eat as healthy foods more often –

It’s so important to make sure that the majority of the food we eat is healthy. As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, I get a lot of pleasure out of eating nice food. So for me watching what I eat isn’t always that easy. There are ways to trick ourselves into eating tasty food that is good for us at the same time, enter the ‘Fakeaway’! You guessed it, takeaway style food without all of the fats, salts and calories we don’t really need to be eating.

Here are a few parenting blog ‘Fakeaway’ recipes to give you a little inspiration;

 

Salt & Pepper Chicken

Healthy BBQ Pizza

Beef Rogan Josh

A Mexican Feast

An Indian Feast

Homemade Doner Kebabs

 

 

 

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Easy Ways to Stop Sitting and Start Moving

Easy Ways to Stop Sitting and Start Moving

Do you ever feel like you spend too much time sitting down? As a blogger, I spend more time on my bum now than ever before. I’ve always been quite an active person, so I’m conscious of the amount of time I’m spending in one place. I have two young daughters who I want to be able to run around after, therefore keeping myself fit and healthy is essential!

That’s why since blogging became my  job, I made a few changes in my life to make sure that I’m as active as I can possibly be. Here’s how I make sure I’m not always on my derrière:

I work on my  feet –

Sitting in front of a laptop obviously comes with the territory when you’re a blogger. However, there are jobs that I can do on my phone, whilst stretching my legs around the house to make sure I’m not sat down for hours on end. I’ve also been known to take my laptop into the kitchen and work standing up. The change of position is refreshing and gives me the boost I need to power through some more work!

I found a hobby that gets me out of the house –

First and foremost my job is being a mum and seeing as our girls are still very young they are with me full time. This can mean spending a lot of time around the house, sat playing games with them. Not only does this mean I’m on my bum again, but spending too much time in the same four walls brings with it a touch of cabin fever. So I found a hobby that takes me out of the house; the gym!

I’ve always been into exercise and before children I worked out from home. Since my circumstances have changed though, I decided a gym membership would be the perfect hobby for me to have a change of scenery and to keep me active.

I have regular cleaning sprees –

I’m always amazed by how many calories a bit of housework can burn off. Even just pushing the hoover around can burn up to two hundred calories per hour. So when I’m feeling like I need to do a little exercise I start cleaning, two birds with one stone and all that!

I ditch the car when I can –

We live in a small village in the countryside, so getting rid of my wheels altogether just isn’t an option. I am conscious of how much I use my car for convenience though, there are times when I drive to places when I could easily have walked. So these days I make an effort to ditch the car where I can and use my legs to get me from A to B!

How do you make sure you’re keeping active?

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