Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Five Motivational Fitness Apps

One of the most common questions I am asked is 'How do you find the motivation to keep going on your health and fitness journey?' ~ Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going ~ From time to time I do lack a little in the motivation department, don't we all! So when I need a little push these are my five favourite health and fitness apps to get me out of bed in the morning and down to the gym.

1. Nike+ Running 
This was the first app I downloaded as soon as I got myself a smart phone. It is so simple to use, it uses GPS to track your run, measures your distance and pace and gives you a little map at the end. I highly recommend this app if you are new to running as well as you can set up reminders in the calender to motivate you to get in your run that day. 

2. Tone It Up 
The Tone It Up app is the perfect app to receive daily motivation and workouts. It has recently had a big face lift too which makes it oh so pretty and easier to use. The app includes a daily workout, a video library for workouts at the gym and on the go (yep you can fit a workout in on your weekend away, no excuses!), K&K will send text messages directly to your phone and you can stay accountable by having access to the Tone It Up community forums wherever you are! 

3. Yogify
I love this app! If you are just starting yoga and want to try some at home routines without having to crane your neck to see a video then this is the app for you. It has routines of three different levels from beginner to advanced working on different poses and strengths. If you feel like you just need a good stretch in the evening you can pick a Flexibility routine or if you want to work on some arm balances chose a Strength routine. The routines range from 15 minutes to an hour so you can always get your yoga in.

4. Spotify
Not technically a fitness app but everyone knows that music is motivational right? I have recently discovered the Spotify app which is free to use if you are okay with the odd advert here and there. I follow different playlists which I pop on my phone according to what activity I am doing. For yoga I have found I focus more if I have some music on in the background and I love Rachel Brathen's playlists. 

5. Instagram
Again, not a fitness app as such but an app which I find highly motivational and inspirational for both fitness and clean eating. Not only can I hold myself accountable by posting my workouts, meals and yoga poses I am working on but I can browse other peoples photos and find some inspiration along the way. My current favourite fitness and health accounts to follow at the moment are; Madeleine Shaw ~ health foodie and yoga enthusiast; Lola Berry ~ nutritionist, author and yoga teacher; Rachel Brathen ~ beach bum, world traveller and yoga teacher and Oh She Glows ~ author of my personal food bible and blogger.    

Health and fitness apps are really useful tools which we can use in our daily lives to communicate, motivate and inspire. If you are on the look out for a new phone to use all these snazzy apps on check out Virgin Media Mobile. You can inspire others and keep your motivatation to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

Do you use fitness apps? Let me know which ones in the comments below. 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicitive of the opinions or positions of Virgin Media Mobile.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Origins GinZing Moisturiser // Review

Hello lovely readers! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break. Today was spent driving (well, Matt driving) back down the motorway to Bristol, but I am back safe and sound and I have a review for you.

When it comes to skincare Origins have to be one of my favourite brands. I can always trust them to have products which my skin loves. I have been seriously impressed by their High-Potency Night-A-Mins moisturiser in the past so when I saw they had brought out the GinZing moisturiser I couldn't wait to give it a try! After a couple of months of using this product day and night I am in love with it.

The white lotion has a gel like texture much like the oil free High-Potency Night-A-Mins cream so I knew that my skin would get on with it well. It has a lightweight texture which is perfect for the daytime before you put on your foundation. Often I used to skip moisturiser before make-up as I always felt it was a bit 'heavy' on my skin, well not with this wondrous product! It works perfectly with my combination skin so if you have a similar skin type give it a whirl.

Origins say that this product will 'instantly hydrate and rev up radiance' and 'create and healthy vibrant glow'. Sounds wonderful right? Well don't expect miracles but it certainly does give your skin an energy boost and ups the levels of hydration.

Lastly if you don't like heavily fragranced products then this moisturiser won't be for you, but if like me you love the smell of citrus then you will. It smells like fresh oranges which is perfect for a morning wake up! This product can be used as both a day and night cream. At the moment I am using it for both but I think if you like a heavier night cream then this is a day cream only product.

Overall I love this moisturiser and I would repurchase it. The great thing about the Origins moisturisers is that the 50ml jars last for ages which at £23 a pop is much appreciated.

Have you tried Origins GinZing? What is your current favourite moisturiser?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Hello everyone! Just checking in from sunny Cumbria and thought I would share a few photos :) 

It seems that we picked a good week to have some time off - the sunshine is here! I have been keeping up my yoga practice while we are away and this afternoon I took my yoga mat out onto the decking to practice as the sun was sinking. Bliss! Until the sun went down that is, then the good old Cumbrian sea wind kicked in. 

I am enjoying my much needed down time with family & I hope you all have a lovely Easter with yours! 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Life Lately

This pretty much sums up my life lately! I apologise for lack of posts and I hope to be back to a regular schedule soon. I have been busy with work, yoga, getting my yoga study on, working on my website for my up coming yoga adventure, life and my office job in between. 

We are off on a little road trip this weekend down to Devon and then up to Cumbria on Monday for the week. I am looking forward to some much needed time to slow down and spend with family.

If you haven't been to see Divergent yet I urge you to go. We went to a late showing last Friday (to avoid crowds, I don't like crowded cinemas!) and it was amazing. If you love the books you will love the film :) 

Let me know if you have seen it & if you have any book recommendations at the moment. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Yoga // Have Faith and Breathe Deep

Happy Monday! I have had a little yoga breakthrough and I wanted to share it with you all. Astavakrasana or Eight-Angle Pose is one of those asanas which always looked unobtainable to me. I remember just before Christmas in yoga class Chelan explained the prep poses and how to get into the pose ~ it seemed impossible. 

So last night after a glass of wine and a couple of months of not trying I thought I would give it a go... and what do you know I got into it and held it well. Just to make sure I wasn't fooling myself I got into it again this morning. I am so happy with this. This pose is very much mind over matter. Just breathe and trust yourself ~ anything is possible! 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Smells like Spring // Ted Baker Treasured Orchid Body Spray

Spring is here! Well kind of. It's been a lot warmer lately which I am loving which means that Spring is well on it's way. Yay! I even went out hacking last night with Matlock for the first time since September. It was the perfect evening with plenty of cantering! So going along with the 'Spring is coming' theme I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Ted Baker Treasured Orchid Body Spray* which dropped through my mailbox this week. 

My two favourite more luxury bath and body ranges are Soap and Glory and Ted Baker. Their ranges always make perfect presents for family and girlfriends. This year Ted Baker doesn't disappoint with the new Treasured Obsessions collection. The description lists rose, sandalwood, raspberry and vanilla as the key notes but it's not as sweet as it sounds. It's delicately fruity with a quite a strong, spicy undertone (most probably thanks to the sandalwood). Overall, I really love this scent and although it's quite delicate on the skin (as it's a body spray) the scent does linger. One spray is all you need!

The Ted Baker Treasured Orchid Body Spray is £6.00 for 150ml or £2.50 for 50ml ~ available from Boots now and also currently on 3 for 2!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tutorial Thursday // Dancers Pose ~ Natarajasana

Hang in there it's almost Friday! Today I am sharing with you a breakdown of one of my favourite yoga poses ~ Dancer's Pose. I am still working on becoming deeper in the back bend but it is a very accessible pose for everyone. Free your hips, open your heart and breathe in the balance.

  • Inhale to up Tadasana, mountain pose.
  • Take your left elbow to your left hip.
  • Grab the inside of your left foot and press your foot back into your left hand. Allow this movement to take you forward into a back bend.
  • Find a spot to focus on. It will help you balance.
  • Keep pushing your foot into your hand. This will lock the pose.
  • Try to drop your tailbone down to release your lower back. 
  • Slowly come back up and release. Shake it out!
  • Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Take a step back and release into downward dog. 
Make sure that your back and hips are open and warmed up before attempting this pose :) Have fun and don't forget to smile. 

Speaking of fun I had a go at filming a time lapse video yesterday morning. An hours yoga transformed into 4 minutes!

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