Sweaty Betty blog
Empowering Women Through Fitness
I was lucky enough to be charge of creating the fit4free videos this year. The amazing Emma Whitehouse was at the camera and i was generally jumping about with a boom and trying to get our logo in the shot. It did mean that each week as we have uploaded the films i have had a sense of excitment and nerves at what might be. Todays online tutorial is boxing starring yours truly. So a couple of minutes ago I steadied my nerves with some very strong canadian coffee and clicked play...and despite the fact that i had to have a close up of my bottom in shorts i think it shows how great the sport is and what an amazing time we had filming it. If you fancy picking up some tips, all the tutorials are on the fit4free page online....rocky theme tune in the background is optional yet effective.read more
Nice trip to the physio. Some good news. Yes he has given me an assurance.... that the pain I am currently feeling in both arches of my feet won't get any worse before New York if I see him every week between now and then. Comforting. The current agony won't get any more painful! Think sitting with a bag of frozen peas on my feet every night could be a cheaper option?! But seriously my feet do feel better for a really good pummelling and I am allowed to start running again properly. So come October 1st, I am officially off the vino and into a month of pasta. I am off to a dinner party now so with 2 days to go before abstinence kicks in, I am sure going to enjoy myself!read more
Well this keeping fit without being on my feet is quite tiresome...however a lovely personal trainer at the gym suggested I use the static bike (pedalling doesn't hurt!) to keep the old cardio going. She even leant me her headphones and as I set the machine for 2 hours she said "You'll die of boredom unless you have something to listen to!" (the headphones were indeed a lifesaver). Cycling and not actually getting anywhere isn't really my thing, but at least it relieved the guilt of not exercising as the "days to go" hit less than 35....back in physio tonight (note to self to wear something more suitable than the last time!!)read more
Half Lotus pose
This Pose is fantastic for taking some time out to relax and breathe. Simply sit cross legged and raise one foot on to your inner thigh and bring your hands in to a prayer position at chest height. Half lotus pose will build your flexibility and is especially beneficial for releasing tight hips and loosening joints. It is good to practice for a little while on each side. This pose is mostly used for meditation at the beginning of yoga class but can be used on it's own as well. Try this simple breathing meditation whilst in this pose:
Take a deep breath in through your nose and feel your abdomen rising. Then, breathe out through your nose and feel your abdomen lower. Keep your chest as still as possible. Continue practicing the breathing, starting to allow your exhalations to become a little longer each time. Spend about 2 or 3 minutes on this and enjoy the detoxing and centering benefits.
We go off with design team to Bisley shooting ground as our autumn winter theme is English eccentrics doing outdoor pursuits with an 80's dance and punk twist. I have a dominant left eye but I'm right handed so use that excuse for me being pretty rubbish at shooting! Everyone else is good especially Helen who puts it down to having good hand eye coordination as she plays tennis a lot. Heading straight off to sadlers wells for contemporary Dutch production.read more
A bittersweet start to my blog. I have a proper sports injury! Though gutted to have hit this set back, I would never in a million years have thought to find myself in this situation. Possibly some (rather painful) credibilty at last?! I have had to visit a (proper) sports physio and apparently I have been overdoing it (I could have told him that!) I have been told to rest my feet for a week, but by day 5 I was feeling the strain of not running and I went out for a 6 mile run this morning. And disappointing it was too. Not the beautiful view down by the River Thames or the camaraderie of the other runners (both as amazing as ever) but rather the pain in my feet and left knee - and the fact I am running slower than ever. What to do with less than 40 days to go till New York???read more
This week I am preparing for the Mind Body Soul Show 2009 in Olympia, London on October 3rd. I am often asked to present at shows but this will be my first time at the MBS Show. I am looking forward to having some time to look around the show as well as I always love getting new ideas and seeing what is happening around the country in the health and wellbeing world. I am presenting on Face Yoga www.faceyogatraining.com which is a combination of face exercises and massage techniques to help you look younger and healthier. I thought it would be great to take you through one of the exercises so you can have a go yourself.
This technique is designed to give a rosy glow to the cheeks by boosting circulation. Only practice it if it feels comfortable for you:
Start by making a pincher with your thumb and first two fingers on each hand. Then, gently start to pinch your cheeks, one hand each side. Move gently over the full length and width of your cheeks. Spend about 30 seconds on this. After you have finished your cheeks will feel warm and tingly and when you look in the mirror you will see a healthy glow. This technique is great if you feel tired but want to look full of vitality.
If you are around on October 3rd, pop along to Olympia and you can learn more great Face Yoga techniques. See you there! http://www.daniellecollinstraining.com/content/view/37/68/
Hello. Im so excited to be writing this blog and i hope that you enjoy reading it. I thought i would start with a little intro to myself. Im pretty much like any other 25year old living in London...well except that most mornings start with a 6am run. I am what you may call a sports nut. Health and fitness isnt just something that i do to look good its at the basis of my life and everything that i believe. I have competed at county level in downhill skiing, done a marathon or two, boxed competitively, qualified as one of the few ABA female boxing coaches, and am studying advanced nutiriton and sports nutrition.
I love trainers, porridge, apples, nivea cream, my camera, my fixed gear bike, seamless running tights, triathlon magazines (even though i cant swim) and baking. I cant guarantee that this blog will have any theme other than me sharing my fitness diary and passion of all things sporty..and perhaps a smoothie recipe or two. x Yread more
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