Stories of 2019 #15: Get Walking

One foot in front of the other. Left, right, left, right. It is so simple and it is one of my favourite things to do to pass the time. Walking. Especially when the winter sun is beating down and the skies are the bluest of blues.

Fairlands Lakes, Stevenage // 14th January 2019

There are so many benefits to taking a short or long walk. It can clear your mind and reduce stress if you are feeling a little low or wound up. Walking can help get your heart rate up and that means burning a few calories to help keep you fit and will strengthen your muscles. It can uplift your mood and make you feel more energised. Scientists have also said it can improve your memory?! See, there are so many benefits.

For me, I just love to get out of the house sometimes and get my body moving. I also have to walk sometimes, as I do not have a car!

I put in my headphones and listen to either Spotify or a podcast (as you all know I love one of them) and set off on my journey. Even better, my mum will come with me and we will chat about all sorts for an hour or so. We have even started walking to the cinema on a Thursday night before our film.

Yesterday, we decided to go on a walk around Fairlands Lakes in Stevenage and it was blimmin’ beautiful! The sun was shining and there were so many people out walking as well. It made me so happy and uplifted my mood without a doubt. Well, as you can see from the photos how lovely it was.

The walk overall took us just under an hour and a half and I was glad to get home and warm my hands up with a cup of tea.

Fairlands Lakes, Stevenage // 14th January 2019

If you want to make walking a part of your daily routine there are many ways to do this. You can start walking too and from work, go on a stroll during your lunch break, met a friends for a brisk walk, stop using the car to nip to the shops and go on foot instead or be like me and my mum and walk to the town or the cinema. Even if you walk one way and jump on the bus back home, you still have got out and started moving your body.

You can Google walks in your local area and map out where you want to walk before you set off or you can wander aimlessly enjoying the lovely day. All you need is a comfy pair of shoes and in the winter some warm clothes (I am sporting the Lululemon, of course). As well as, headphones if you want something to listen too.

Now, I am off to walk to the gym after writing this blog post and the podcast of choice this evening is Fearne Cottons Happy Place with Bryony Gordon.

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Stories of 2019 #14: My First Boxing Experience

So, I went for it. I did my first ever boxing class! And I don’t mean boxercise, I mean an actual boxing class.

Boxing class // 13th January 2019

If you have been reading my blogs, you will know my New Years resolution was to find a new hobby which I was hoping would be boxing. I was meant to go to the class last Sunday but after seeing a video the gym posted online of the girls in the ring, I was too scared to go. Gutted because this is something I really wanted to do.

After speaking to a lady about the class, she persuaded me to just go for it and that I would actually really enjoy it. So, again Sunday came around and my alarm was going off at 8:30am, telling me it was time for boxing. Still slightly dreading it, I finally left my house and started walking to the gym.

An hour and a half later and it was all done. I was sweaty, my hands smelt BAD (I need my own pair of gloves thats for sure) but I really really enjoyed it and so glad I bloody just went and did it.

We started off with a HITT circuit, followed by a weight circuit, then skills on the bags (fav part of the session) and then sparring in the ring. I have never been hit before or hit anyone else, so this did not come as second nature to me ha ha. Anyway, I survived it just about. A lot to learn but I am excited. I will be going again next week.

This just shows that sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the deep end to achieve the things you want! Sometimes you may regret it but more often than not you will be glad you pushed yourself.

Stories of 2019 #7: Early Bird Catches the Worm

‘Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.’ – Jeff Bezos

Early mornings in my Body Shop headband // 07.01.2019

I have always, well every since I went to university, got up at 7am on the dot, made my coffee and porridge and settled down in a comfy spot to start my day. However, I would scroll through various social media to check at what everyone had been up to. Nothing very productive or good for me first thing in the day!

I have been inspired to change up my morning routine and adopt the ‘power hour’, a term coined by Adrienne Herbert. An inspirational lady whose story is worth reading about. If you follow her on Instagram you will see she wakes up at the bright and breezy time of 5:45am (!!). She claims that this is the most magical hour of the day. When you are up when the rest of the world is asleep, you can get a head start on your day.

Even though I was not doing much, I used to love waking up before the whole house at university and just having that moment for me. So, with it being the first Monday of the new year, I am not going to have ‘just a few more minutes’ after my alarm clock has gone or sit watching a YouTube video. I am going to wake up and do something for me and my goals, whether that be writing a blog, read a magazine or do some stretching.

Listening to the guests on Adreinne’s Power Hour podcast such as Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella and Fiona Murden, I have been inspired by the benefits they have achieved from the ‘power hour’. Well, Ella is one of the top plant-based blogs in the world, has a range of products and a deli in London… I mean any thing she is doing, I want to know.

With my alarm set of 6:30am, I ready to conquer the day!

Tough Mudder 2017

So last year Cole, Emily and George all completed the Tough Mudder Half East Midlands and again this year they decided to do it again and somehow I also got dragged into it!

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