Five days into my family holiday in Cala D'Or, Majorca and I'm sitting here feeling somewhat "puddingy"; tired, lethargic, bloated - basically like a beached whale. The weather has not been great today, very windy so sitting by the pool is a dangerous pastime as a lilo blows out of the pool and slaps you round the face. DS is in kids clubs and DD is sleeping like an angel so I'm in the hotel room writing this, eating cake and drinking hot chocolate (it's not that cold but it's there and it's on tap so why not?)Read More
Some of you may have heard and even completed the now infamous Hope Fitness 10 Day No Sugar Challenge? I would normally inflict this on followers during February/March as part of Lent and to kickstart healthy eating in preparation for the Summer.
It hasn't happened yet this year! And the reason is purely selfish.Read More
Disclaimer: Even healthy chocolate can make you fat if you eat too much of it!
We all appreciate that chocolate is good for the soul and can actually be good for you. In commercial brands of chocolate, the cacao beans are roasted to form cocoa and combined with sugar and fats.Read More
This class, despite being the least popular class on the Hope Fitness timetable, is my absolute favourite class of the week to teach. It has taken a hit since the addition of Metafit to the timetable 18 months ago, probably because it is twice as long, always outdoors and a very mixed bag of activities.Read More
Is it Winter? Is it Spring? Who knows at the moment! Yesterday felt like Spring has arrived but today Winter has returned and we woke up with snow again! March has definitely come in like a Lion. As I have trawled around all my favourite activewear stores (and even found some exciting new ones this month) there is definitely a very retro theme to some of the colours and styles.Read More
The simple answer, in the words of Fred DeVito, is this "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."
To improve your fitness, exercise always need to be challenging. This level of challenge will be different for everyone and may vary from year to year even for yourself.Read More
I have blogged about Freestyle Fitness Yoga before, mainly when I first trained, and then when I became an "Elite" Freestyle Fitness Yoga (I know - I was as surprised as you are!) but I thought it was time to update you. Not that this is entirely necessary, the yoga class is the most popular class on the Hope Fitness timetable and the one that attracts the most new customers.Read More
Do you find you have a lot of love to give others but forget about yourself?
Last week I set my clients a challenge to name 5 things about themselves that they love. It might sound easy but most people will find this challenge very difficult especially if they have to say it out loud to other people. I was stumped at 3!Read More
So today is Pancake Day...or Shrove Tuesday officially. This is a favourite day in the Hope household (except for Mr Hope, he can't stand the things!) and actually any day can be pancake day, we're not fussy.Read More
February is the month of love so this month I bring you lots of pink and cute prints and some ideas you might want to pass on as a hint for V-day next week.Read More
I used to run a lot. I was never very good at it, or even really enjoy it, but I liked taking part in events and have a whole stash of medals ranging from 5k's to Marathon's hanging dustily in my office.Read More
Metafit is a workout based on the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) principles. The fundamental principles of this type of training are the work/rest intervals, the idea being that you work out as hard as you can in the work periods knowing that this is followed by a rest. This type of training is used in all sorts ways and helps to work muscles and boost metabolism.Read More
I'm no fashion guru but I do spend a considerable amount of my time in active wear so I thought it would be fun for me to bring you my top finds every month. It seems that January 2018 is all about the grey. But unlike the weather, grey active wear is much more cheerful, mixed with lots of pinks and fabulous leggings.Read More
I'll be honest with you. 2017 has left its scars so I could spend this post moaning and complaining about my crappy year. I could whinge and whine about it all to you and cry (metaphorically speaking) over my laptop.Read More
When I had the original idea for a weekend retreat back in March, I had no idea how it would go, how stressful the planning would be or how perfect it could be. All I knew is that I wanted to plan a weekend away for clients and friends of Hope Fitness, which was both active and relaxing in equal measures.Read More
Many of us live and die by our activity trackers these days and used in the right way they can be your very own personal fitness trainer. If you have been undecided about your next purchase, here's my top 10 reasons why an activity tracker should be top of your Christmas List in 2017.Read More
What I want to tell you about myself today is that I am 100% brilliant at being average. I excel at being average. I base my whole existence around being average. I am so very proud to be average, I very often blog about it, it is one of my favourite topics!Read More
Ok, so you got me, this post has absolutely nothing to do with health and fitness but more a random conversation held during my fitness yoga class this morning [random being a completely normal occurrence at any of my classes!] An off-the-cuff comment made about non-matching bra and pants was met with unanimous horror around the class, but it got me thinking...Read More
If you follow me, then you are probably very like me. If you follow me, then you are probably a mum. If you follow me then you are probably a girl who likes her food. If you follow me then you probably enjoy the odd glass of wine. Basically you are likely to be just a girl doing her best to remain fit, healthy and sane, as a full-time mum in a part time job...or something along those lines anyway.Read More