Tea is one of those things us Brits are very routine about. We know which tea we like and we know exactly what time of day we want it. It’s all about the routine. Remember the days when you used to have your teabags on holiday with you because no other country in the world had ever heard of English Breakfast?!!Read More
For the first time in 11 years, I don’t have a running event booked in my calendar and it feels good.
Last weekend I completed the London Winter 10k. A great event in London in aid of Cancer Research with a Winter theme; think snow, penguins, polar bears and huskies.
I love it, it’s really good fun, despite my very well-known distaste for running. But I love it mainly because it’s a jolly good weekend away.
But I think this was my last running event.
I’ve set myself a January challenge to have a “perfect month”.
If you have an Apple Watch you will know what I’m talking about. If you don’t I’ll explain below. Inspired by a client of mine I realised that I wasn’t using my watch to its full potential. It is basically a mini personal trainer attached to your wrist.
Everyday you aim to close three rings - Move, Stand and Exercise. The watch sets a Move goal for you, the Stand goal is always the same and the Exercise goal is 30 minutes. The watch also knows how active you are generally and adjusts accordingly.Read More
Over the last 6 months I have been taking a mental break from my business. I didn’t realise this is what I was doing…it just happened. Of course, I was physically present but my heart and soul had taken a step away.
There has been no social events, no challenges, no blog posts, no newsletters, no coffee, no awards, no celebrations, nothing new.Read More
Christmas...the time for eating, drinking and being merry. Have you had your first mince pie yet? Most of us over-indulge over the Christmas period and then make resolutions to do something about it in January. But why wait until next year? What about making goals now so you go into the New Year feeling fighting fit and ready to have your best year yet? Here are my top 10 tips for surviving the Christmas binge...Read More
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