Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
I spend a lot of time talking to people about blogging or fitness. I’m often told that my own blogging journey or fitness journey has inspired others. I’ve coached people about their blogs, talked them through how to start one and keep it going. A common theme I encounter from people time and time again in both blogging and fitness is the ‘when’. When I’ve done this, this and this, then I can do that. When I’ve gotten through this really difficult time at work, then I can start getting fit. There are a whole lot of people who live for putting things off. Whether I’m advising people about their blogs or how to get started with fitness, my advice invariably starts out with: JUST DO IT!
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Last week, I was invited down to the Stella McCartney store in Chelsea to meet the lady herself and discuss her new season collection for Adidas. Full disclosure – I’m a bit of a Stella fan girl. Her Spring/Summer 01 collection for Chloe is still one of my favourites, so I was a little giddy at the opportunity to meet her.
Sunday, November 25th, 2012
I’m on the record as being generally ‘meh’ about Yoga. Pilates, love it. Yoga? Meh. I tried it a couple of times and it just didn’t take. It was too slow, not challenging enough, the instructors were uninspiring – for whatever reason, I didn’t find the right fit. I plowed on with various other exercise, did lots of Pilates and plenty of stretching at home. But every time I mentioned my blase attitude towards Yoga, Yoga fanatics would tell me Bikram would turn it all around for me. I was skeptical. All that slow movement and breathing coupled with an intensely hot room you say? Not exactly appealing. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go.
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
I get asked so many running and fitness related questions these days, I figured I’d just make some YouTube videos to answer them. This is the first one and I hope you find it useful. I’m trying to answer three questions per video and don’t want the vids to be too long, so here are some additional notes that didn’t make the video cut:
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Any of you who follow this here blog will know that I’ve been on quite the fitness journey over the past couple of years. This has led to me running seven half marathons (with three more coming up this month), a full marathon, getting into boxing and pretty much throwing myself into any other fitness challenge that comes my way. Because of the role fitness has taken in my life, I started my Spikes and Heels website, dedicated to fitness for badass woman.
I get so many questions here, on Twitter and in real life about running and general fitness-related stuff from how to stay motivated to what kit to wear that I’ve decided to start doing some YouTube vids to answer some of them. The series will be called Fit For Life. My aim is simply to get more women to embrace fitness as part of their lifestyle and stop being scared of it.
So, my first video will be about running. What do you want to know? You can ask me anything – there are no stupid questions. If you’ve been looking to start running and are afraid to go into a running shop to find out the basics, just ask me.
Leave your questions in the comments section below and I will make a video addressing them ASAPtually.
So, ask away!
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Friday, September 28th, 2012
So, last night I was just hangin’ around…boom boom! In my spare time, I like to do nutso things, like try out Anti-Gravity Yoga. Check out my review on my other site, Spikes and Heels. And definitely, if you ever get the chance, give it a go.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Yesterday, Nike posted a link to this site, Designed to Move, and as I scrolled through it, my jaw hit the floor (take a moment to check it out for yourself so you can see where I’m coming from). Here is all the research needed, slapping us in the face with stats, about the real cost of inactivity. We have stopped moving. A couple of generations ago, movement and exercise were a part of daily life, now we have gadgets and machines that do all the moving for us so we’ve become sedentary, inactive and basically, lazy. Designed to Move details the cost of this, physically, emotionally and economically, if this downward trend is to continue. When I read stats about how inactive kids have become and what that’ll mean for their futures, it hurts my heart. So allow me to reiterate what Designed to Move says, but in not quite such a delicate way: GET OFF YOUR ASS!
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
If this summer of sport has taught us anything, it’s the power of activity. It has bonded us, we have marveled at the athletic prowess on display and most importantly, many have vowed to be more active. But as these final few weeks of summer draw to a close, how do we avoid this newly reinvigorated fitness buzz going the way of the New Year’s resolution?
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Check out Spikes and Heels to find out where these bad boys are from.
Monday, April 30th, 2012
When I started running, it was a solitary experience. Running at 5:30am, under the cover of darkness, hoping no one would see me having to take a walk break and nurse a stitch. For my first half marathon in October 2010, Charlie Dark came to my aid and offered to run it with me. Without his support that day, I would most likely still be on the course in floods of tears. That day, I realised the importance of a little encouragement. When I asked if people would like to run my next half marathon in Paris with me, I honestly expected two people to reply. Twenty did. And so, Team Bangs on the Run was born. A happy accident to start with, it has become more than I could ever have imagined.