ACTIVEWEAR: AUTUMN FAVOURITES

MY EDITS

Autumn Activewear

The days are getting shorter and there is definitely a chill in the air and this is around the time of year I start to think “perhaps I’ll have an extra half hour in bed” or “I’d rather put my pj’s on early and drink tea than go for a run”. Who’s with me? Totally justifiable behaviour. BUT, I have my eye on a few goodies that are going to keep me kitted out for the colder weather ahead and keep motivated (and are of course totally necessary).

So I have a little pink/purple theme going on here which was initially unintentional but I’m loving. All but one item were sourced from Asos. Asos are an amazing source for all your activewear needs right now. Literally stocking everything you could possibly need really, which is great.

1. Reebok splatter leggings. These are just gorgeous and it looks like they have sold out of the sports bra, which is a bummer, but I’m sure I can track it down. On sale too!! Reebok Splatter Leggings

2. Adidas Halter Bra, such a gorgeous colour and I do love a high neckline. Pink Adidas Halter Bra

3. Any woman doing any exercise needs something to hold their (sweaty) hair back. This one looks great for colder weather too as you can use it to cover your cold ears and keep your headphones in. Nike Hairband

4. Phone holder. Well, this is just an necessity these days. Can’t go anywhere without your phone. I recently lost my armband and was tucking my phone up my sleeve/down my sports bra whilst out running. Not ideal. Purple armband

5. Windbreaker. If you’re out running in the cold weather a decent windbreaker is an necessity in my eyes. It really does help take the chill factor off when you start your run, without being too restrictive once you’re all warmed up. And if you end up tying it round your waist it isn’t too bulky or heavy. Also, think SAFETY, reflective gear is vital if running out in the dark, particularly around roads. I’ve pictured the pink version but there is also a black one. Reebok Jacket

6. I just like the idea of these trainers. Love trying out new things and these look fun. Click on the link for a closer look. New Balance Running Fuelcore Sonic Trainers

7. It’s all about thin layering in the autumn/winter and this top looks perfect and very autumnal! Reebok Training Burnout Long Sleeve Top

So those are my edits. Something I’ve not done before but thought it would be fun and perhaps useful.

 

Love

 

Lea x x x

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping On Track

 

The summer has finally decided to make an appearance and inevitably we’re going for lovely days out to seaside towns, having picnics in parks and wearing less clothes! Year on year I hear phrases like “beach body ready” and “no carbs before Marbs” which I totally understand. It’s incredibly daunting living in a country with months and months of dark, cold, wet weather where we cover every inch of skin on our bodies in coats and jumpers; then suddenly we’re in Tenerife in a bikini! Or we unexpectedly get 32 degree heat here in the UK and we’re forced to wear shorts. Unless you’re my partner who wears shorts 365 days a year. Apparently his legs don’t get cold.

So, I think where I’m going with this blog post is that getting motivation to exercise shouldn’t purely be for aesthetics. It’s so important to keep your mind and body healthy and a great way to do that is through exercise. Find something that works for you and that you enjoy. If you live an incredibly stressful and busy life stuck inside all day try and find the balance. Tell yourself you’re going to put your headphones on and power walk somewhere beautiful or where you can clear your head twice a week in your lunch break and then maybe a swim before or after work. Perhaps a cycle at the weekend? Or if you have young children and it’s impossible to leave the house without them, there are some fantastic workouts online you can follow in your living room. You can find vloggers on Youtube posting yoga flows, hiit workouts and other great exercises to get you moving and stretching. Other things to consider is taking up a hobby that you can do with your children. Maybe learn to play tennis as a family so that you can all get out in the fresh air and get some exercise together. You don’t have to have a gym membership to feel like you’re capable of keeping active. I don’t have a gym membership anymore. My life is so sporadic these days I need to pick and chose when I can and can’t exercise. I tend to mix it up with going out for a run or workouts at home in my garden with hiit sessions, weights and also some yoga on my mat. I also sometimes buddy up with a friend and do a workout together in a park, on the beach or one of our gardens. Committing to a workout with a friend makes it harder to cancel if you feel like you can’t be arsed and you’d rather sit on the sofa with Netflix and ice-cream. There’s a time and a place for Netflix and ice-cream, find the balance.

You have to try to keep yourself motivated. The only person that can do that is you. No amount of scrolling through images on Instagram or in magazines will truly keep you motivated, real motivation comes from within. You need to take a look at your lifestyle and see where the imbalances are. Perhaps you go out too much and you could benefit from a night in alcohol free and a soothing yoga flow before bed. Perhaps you really aren’t very active at all so you would be best off starting with some fresh air and walking to get you out and moving. Last night we took ourselves off to the beach for an evening walk. We took off our shoes and put our feet in the sea and felt the sand (and stones) under our feet. We talked about the electrolytes in the ground and how they were keeping us calm and restoring balance – definitely one to Google guys! We could have sat on the sofa watching TV all evening but we decided it would be a waste of a beautiful evening and we felt we needed to get out and get moving.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and use it as a catalyst to get out and get active! Not for a beach body, not for a wedding but for you. Release those endorphins and feel like a Goddess/God!!

Love

Lea x

 

Yoga and me : )

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Before I was pregnant with Amelie, I was relatively fit and healthy, and had lots of energy. I would go to yoga classes, pilates, I did flying trapeze for a few terms, and I ran LOTS.  When I fell pregnant I was obviously intending to keep up my healthy lifestyle and had every intention of keeping my body strong and safe to house my little growing baby. I signed myself up to a pregnancy yoga class but unfortunately pregnancy sickness and exhaustion took me right in to my second semester and by the time that all subsided – well, I just couldn’t be arsed!

Nearly two years on since giving birth I really thought I deserved to give myself the time to do something I used to love. I practised a little at home on my mat but I wanted to find a class where I could leave motherhood, work and home-life at home and focus on myself for an hour or so.

Because I no longer live in London I was apprehensive about finding a good class and teacher local to me. But, as my nearly two year old says “Ta-da!” I have managed to find a class that suits me. It’s at 8pm in our local community hall and is run by a lady called Leah Braknell (http://www.leahbracknellyoga.com/). Leah is an Actress and also a Yoga Teacher and I knew within 10 minutes of being in her class that her class was the right class for me. Leah created a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and within a few minutes I had forgotten about the list of jobs I still had to do and had stopped worrying whether Amelie had eaten enough of her dinner blah blah blah. During the hour and fifteen minutes I had worked incredibly hard but had managed to stay completely focused and also relaxed. I left the class feeling dreamy and achy and that night I literally slept like a baby. I returned and attended Leah’s class twice in one week!! I also ached for a couple of days afterwards, but a really satisfying ache. Before Amelie I never ever ached after a yoga class, I don’t know if it’s just simply because I am no where near as fit as I was before Amelie or whether I just connected with my breath and body better. Who knows. I’ve decided I will go and try out a few other local classes but in the meantime I’m just happy I’ve found a class and teacher that is right for me at this moment in time.

I would highly recommend yoga, especially to someone with young children. It can be really hard as a parent to put in a little time for yourself and when you do you still end up thinking about everyone that needs you at home. When you get the right yoga class and teacher the health benefits are huge. Not only is it a fantastic form of exercise, it also helps combat stress and depression to name but a few. Before I became a parent going out running was definitely my go to stress buster, I would go in to a form of meditation whilst out pounding the streets of London. Since Amelie made an appearance I find running mentally quite hard, I tend to not be able to let go of everything that is going on in my head. Saying that – I encouraged everyone to find something that works for you. I know people that like going out walking on hikes with friends, people that do a few lengths at the pool in the evening and also people that like to lift weights. What ever floats your boat, I would just encourage people to stay active as the health benefits are huge!!

Namaste ; )