Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Runday : On A Mission Week 2 And A TomTom Tester...


Phew What a week!! 

This has to have been one of the hardest weeks of the holidays so far. Trying to get just an hour of 'me time' to exercise was nigh on impossible! Not only are all 4 children off school (with oldest home from uni) my husband was off work too. Stress!! 5 to look after...

Days out, a few nights away and a really poorly eldest son. My eldest son caught tonsillitis 2 weeks ago and is still not well. The Doctors have been appalling. Will leave my thoughts on that for another post!! 

In between all of my stress, I did manage a few runs, for that quick as a flash hour I became me again. I had an extra incentive as I had a new toy to review..


I was so excited and very lucky to be picked by The running bug , (a website where I log all my running training) and TomTom to test out one of the runner cardio watches. This watch is a all new TomTom Runner Cardio and has a built-in Heart Rate Monitor. So you do not need to wear an additional strap on chest. Brilliant.. Even though I have been a little lazy since the children broke up from school, I was really looking forward to getting out with my new watch.



Here is a little YouTube video of my new watch..


As a runner one of my favourite things to do is track all my runs, looking back on the courses I have been on, the pace I have run, the miles I have logged. I become a stat nerd! It is a great way of seeing how you progress and has provided useful information for when I have done my marathons. What the new runner cardio does is the usual I have used before, but also lots of new features.

The built in heart rate monitor is brilliant. I have had them before with a strap across your chest, they never seem to work properly. This is spot on, finds your pulse instantly. When looking through your stats it tells you which of your heart rate zones you have been working in. Fat Burn, Recovery etc. This is a great way of seeing if you are working too hard or too easy. You can set up the watch to do intervals so run for say 2 minutes fast 1 minute slow. Program it to do a set distance, set time or set pace. Even challenging a previous run and course you have done. Excellent, I have a new running buddy. Another feature which I am hoping will prove useful (when I have time) is that it also works on the treadmill in the gym. Normally I have had to add this manually to any running log site. You can do the run on the treadmill and adjust distance run if slightly off. This means all my runs are tracked on one device a first. Fantastic..


How lovely and stylish does this watch look?

I love the look of it and it feels nice on the wrist.

I found putting the watch onto the computer lead a little fiddly at first, it was hard to pull the watch back off the dock. There is a technique to it. Practise and patience I need to tell myself! The watch itself is nice and easy to set up I went for a run but noticed I did need to downloaded the software first. Toptip Read the quick start guide it is there for a reason. so I went home and simply downloaded the software. Once properly set up I went out for another run and the GPS was spot on. Perfect.


One extra thing I have noticed is how quickly the watch finds the GPS signal. From when I close the front door and select run, check laces the watch is ready to go..

Over the new few weeks I will be testing out the TomTom cardio watch. Please pop back in a few weeks and see how I am going with my training and how the watch is helping me meet my goals...


Monday~

3 miles run

Tuesday~

2.75 miles run once before I set up my TomTom (faster run,ha)
2.75 miles run after I set my watch up..

Wednesday~

4 miles run

Thursday~

3.76 miles

Friday~

Away~ lots of walking

Saturday~

Away~ lost of walking

Sunday~

Stressed~ maybe I should run but I am too worried about my son...


Do you use a GPS watch to track your runs?

Which watch do you use?

About this post-

I got sent A TomTom watch to test out and review

All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Runday : On A Fitness Mission Week 1...



On a mission to get fit has taken a turn for the worst since the children have broken up from school for the summer holiday. Days out, chips and doughnuts at the seaside!! but not to worry as this month I still lost weight (2lb) and my body fat came down 0.07. 

So going in the right direction...


Running is starting to feel good again this week...



This weeks exercise-

  • Monday-
  • Day off.
  • Tuesday-
  • 3.67 miles run, only thoughts were- Manage to force myself go for a run...
  • Wednesday-
  • 5 miles- Up early and on the run, felt great today even if it did rain all the way. Knee started to hurt at just before 5 so called it a day. Longest run in ages :):):)
  • 6 miles bike ride with the children.




  • Thursday-
  • 3.51 miles run- Tired after 5 miles run & 6 miles bike ride yesterday. Nice run ...
  • 2 mile run and 30 minutes weights.
  • Friday-
  • 3.51 miles run- Nice little run before breakfast...
  • Saturday-
  • 3 miles on scooter with my daughter.
  • Sunday-
  • Day off me thinks...


Did you know my first post was about running?
I first started running in 2004


I really need to eat more apples..


Making more effort to go out before the children wake up..


Trying to add more fruit to breakfast (instead of eatting biscuits after with my cup of tea!!)...





Fancy some Berry power recipes


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday~Runday~Funday...


"You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great"

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

You know when you really want to get fit?

But just can not get back into it?

Well that!!

I have had a really bad year for exercise so I have joined back up at my favourite gym. Oh my, how my body fat has gone up 4% over the last few year!! or the few months not running!?!

The Good

Getting back into fitness from Monday...


  • Monday- 45 minutes Zumba 1 hour yoga class
  • Tuesday- 45 minute spinning class
  • Wednesday- 1 hour gym
  • Thursday- 1 hour body pump weights class
  • Friday- (1 hour gym workout)~10 minutes ski machine, 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes rowing machine, 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes running machine, 10 minutes treadmill.
  • Saturday- 2 miles run, 45 minutes spinning.
  • Sunday- 2 miles run 45 minutes spinning.


Making me time...


Bike rides with mini me...

The Random


Trying to give up cakes and biscuits is hard work when you have a sweet tooth.

Well nobody is perfect!?!

Are they!?!


Craving meat after a hard workout.


Fun family walks...

The Fun


Strawberries being in season and know you can eat them without feeling guilty!!


making fruit smoothies...


Early morning runs..

Goals~

Getting body fat down from 25.91% to under 20%

Now how long would this take?

Getting back into fitness and a healthier lifestyle and sharing my post over at Tamar's blog hop on Monday~

Good Random Fun


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Trion:Z Acti-Loop Review...



Last year I got to try out the Trion:Z Colantotte Magnetic Wristband. Having developed the product range significantly for 2014, they kindly offer me a chance to review one of the new wristbands.

I wear my old wristband regularly and as my husband has always shown an interest, I chose him as my guinea pig to try out the wristband and share his thoughts.



I picked him a medium Black and Ocean coloured band.


About the new Trion:Z Acti-Loop wristband~
  • Dual Loop styling is back.
  • It's in silicone and suitable for water, snow and sun.
  • The ACTI-LOOP wristband contains powerful negative ion producing materials in the pod and patented ANSPO magnetic technology working together to produce the most powerful product of its type on the market today.
  • Perfect if you are looking for a clean, comfortable and stylish design which is protected in the water, snow and the sun.
  • Flexible, transparent and waterproof silicone band in a dual loop style, ideal for an active lifestyle.
  • Available in 3 colours~ Black/Grey, Black/Lime or Black/Ocean.
  •  Sizes to suit all ~ small, medium, and Large.
  • Polarized Pod Capsule containing 3 x 1,000 Gauss Magnets with Trion:Z patented ANSPO technology.
  • Their most powerful product with negative ion infused pod producing over 1,800 negative ions per second.
  • £24.99 each.


 In his own words what he thought~

The first thing I commented on was the look and style. They look cool! I used to have a copper bracelet years ago then the first style Trion:Z wristbands got me interested in a bracelet again. Although the original band when continually worn lost shape and the stringy loops frayed and looked tatty.

This new silicone design is much more durable, I have worn it continually, since my wife gave it to me. Ran, swam, cycled and worked! It still looks like new, it has drawn numerous comments off people asking if it is a new watch? a new gadget or a torch!? I explain it is a magnetic bracelet, people are impressed.

Whether the Trion:Z really works, from a health point of view only time will tell. However a couple of observations at my monthly gym check up. Blood pressure best reading for 2 years. Heart Rate lowest for 3 years. That will do for me. I will keep my wife updated if my 8 years of knee pain go away with better circulation I will be buying shares in Trion:Z ....

Score

Design 9.5/10
Comfort 10/10
Price 8.5/10
Overall 9.5/10


About this post: I was sent a Trion:Z Acti Loop wristband for the purpose of the review. I was not paid for this review and all thoughts are my own honest opinion...

Linking up with~




Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sportsshoes Winter Running Kit Review...


It has been a hard few weeks trying to getting back into a running routine after Christmas. Throughout December I did get very lazy in my running eating loads of snacks and treats which are no good for me.

After a few weeks of over eating it really is hard to cut back down again. Once the children went back to school  I tried to cut down and feel that I am now eventually getting there!

I am very pleased that my running is now back on track too as I am training for the London marathon in April, I really do need to get the miles back up.

Monday is the day I can fit my long run in, I managed to get up to 10 miles last week and 11 miles today, which is pleasing. One thing I really wish though was that Santa had brought me was some new running clothes.

It really cheers you up having something new to wear for running especially when you do not feel like getting out the door.

That is the hardest part of running for me is the first step, all dressed in my running kit, trainers on and ready to run. Especially when it is so cold outside and warm n cozy inside!!

A big help to cheer me up my winter blues was last week when I was offered some new running kit from Sportsshoes to review.

Yeah new running kit...


I was pleasantly surprised when I visited their website with the price of the Nike running kit. I usually go for sport shops own brand as they are the cheapest to buy but I always love the Nike products. I picked out 5 pieces of Nike kit that can all be mixed and matched for less than £90.00.


This is the kit I got for racing and running the London marathon in. I do not like anything around my knees when trying to go fast so this kit is perfect for fast training and racing. These 2 in 1 shorts feel a really nice fit.

If cold I can layer both tops the long sleeve compression top keeps you comfortable and dry and the reflective shirt over the top is perfect to be seen running at night.


These straight leg running tights feel great and good for going to the gym to do exercise classes as well as running. They look great with both tops.


These running tights feel great on to, I can't wait to try them out on a running club night now. I feel as though I will be able to run fast in these.

Overall thoughts

I am very please with all the items I received. They all fit perfect, look great and are really good prices. I have my training, gym wear and race kit all ready for the next few months now.

Want help with training and nutrition?

They have a lots of expert advice over at The Running Hub for anything you need to know about running, sportswear and nutrition.

About this post- I got to choose some running kit from Sportsshoes.Com for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own honest option and I was not paid for this post.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Robin Hood Half Marathon...



Do you ever feel your ready to take on the challenge, but find out something is stopping you?

The Robin Hood half marathon!!

Not a good race for me
Perfect course
   Nice, flat and fast
Achievable Pb race
 Around wonderful Nottingham

Beautiful sites~

 University Boulevard, Around Highfields Lake
 Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham
Starting and finishing around the stunning Victoria Embankment
Amazing spectators
Over 6,000 finishes

But it just was not  my day.

Firstly I need to get out and race more, wow I was so impressed with how many runners and spectators were at this race. Only half marathons I have done are Worksop, Mansfield and Retford. Knowing I was going to meet up with some friends I expected to turn up and greet them, no way of this happening!!

It was a glorious day, the sun was shining there were thousands of runner and amazing crowds of spectators.

 Off I set wanting to break records ( only my PB records though ) I felt great up to 6 miles, not to fast and not to slow and on time for a pb at half way, that is if I could pull a little time back in the second half. At around 7 miles I slowed for a drink, energy drink station just what I needed. Then a man cut in front of me forcing me to stop, not a problem, usually but this time was different, my knees just felt like they locked.

 Trying to talk myself out of the problem I tried to carry on running, but how do you run when you can not straighten your legs? shuffle, yes shuffle around the next 6 miles. After slowing and shuffling, feeling sorry for myself and drinking to much I then got stitch, arr how can this be happening to me?

The only thing that got me to the end was knowing my family was waiting for me at the end. Oh well I have another half marathon or 2 to plan before London Marathon.

 Got home and slept all afternoon,,, onwards and upwards.

Same thing happened as in London, thought it was my trainers then but now find out not. Husband checked it and found out I have some weak spot to work on, lots of squats... 6 months to improve for London as I never want this to happen again...

Watch out Nottingham, same time same place next year, I am coming to get you and after my shiny new PB

Hahaha



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Figure Firming Fold Down Bootleg From TLC Sports Review...


The last few weeks I had been looking forward to hitting the gym, after all the running leading up to the London marathon it was great to go back and do some weights and workout classes.

On Friday the 26th April TLC Sports, asked me if I would like to try out a piece of their revolutionary Figure Firming and Tummy Control Range leggings. Perfect timing to be asked!!

I browsed their range the figure firming fold down bootlegs style caught my eyes immediately, they also did them with a 32 inside leg, perfect!

After receiving a confirmation email on Friday afternoon I was amazed when the post man delivered them then next morning at 8.50 am.

 I was really looking forward to trying them on.


About the Figure Firming Fold Down Bootleg
 
Fitted boot cut pant with flattering fold down waistband
 
Ultra comfortable - ideal for yoga
 
Strong Support Figure Firming Fabric
 
Look one size smaller guarantee
 
Pulls in your waist & flattens your tummy
 
Firms, smooths and slims hips & thighs
 
Lifts and shapes your bottom
 
Supports back and legs all day
 
Never loses shape or colour
 
100% opaque - slimming matte look fabric
 
Available in short, regular or long
 
Exclusive, performance fabric: Viscose 85% Elastane 15%
 
This pant comes with a 10 year guarantee
 
 
What I thought of the Figure Firming Fold Down Bootleg
 
The first thing I noticed when opening the package, was that they felt of a really good quality material. A lot heavier than I expected, certainly compared to my usual workout pants.

I tried them on to see if they did make you look a size smaller. I wriggled myself inside them and they felt great, holding my legs, bum and tum all in place, wow I was impressed, they do make you look thinner!!
 
On Wednesday I ran to the gym in them. I only usually run in Lycra leggings and these felt good to run in, holding everything firmly in place. Body combat was hard work and I really liked wearing these bootleg workout pant for this class as kicking your legs about feels loads better with a bit of support. I am very impressed with them and they are the sort of thing I would go for. I love them, they make you look a size smaller, feel more confident which is a great thing. A 10 year guarantee sound great on a pair of  workout pants, I get loads of wear from my normal leggings but none have ever lasted 10 years!!

For me I think they look great in black, I would have loved to seen the bootlegs in a different colours too ~ Red, orange, lemon, turquoise are all colours I would have gone for first as I am a huge colour fan, maybe this is just me though?
 
 The class was full of women this morning and they all had black workout pants on but something that gives you confidence and makes you feel good would be even better in a range of colours?

 I wore the same pants a few days later and noticed they keep their shape and do not go bigger around the knees like my usual workout bottoms, which is great. They do take slightly longer to dry once washed though, perhaps to do with quality?
 
Price £46.00
And free delivery over £30-00
 
They have some wonderful sportswear on their website and some beautiful dresses.
 
You can find-
 
Website -TLC Sport Facebook and Twitter
 
 About this review- I got sent a pair of the figure firming bootleg pants for the purpose of this review, I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion...

* The top is just to show my figure in the workout pant, I usually wear a baggy t-shirt for training :) hehe...

 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

XR slide Review...

 A few weeks ago Panacea Life  asked me if I would like to try out one of their XR Slide fitness products and review. After watching all the fun things you can do with it on you tube video, I was more than happy to give it a go.




I wish I looked as thin and coordinated as Justine Switalla, the model in the You Tube video!!

 A great demonstration of slide exercises for the entire body that you can do with the XR Slide.


About the XRS-1000

An innovative fitness product that allows for fluid, controlled and full body movement. Great for personal trainers, home or on-the-go exercise.
Compact, durable and portablePerfect for on-the-go exercise. Easily fits in your armbag, briefcase, backpack, etc. Train at home, gym, hotel room, the park, etc.
Fun and affordable valueReplace the need for any other gym equipment for an incredibly low price.
Versatile and highly effectiveIncredible for all levels of fitness and sport cardio, strength, toning, compound sport movements, stability and core abdominal.

 XR Slide is the latest innovation in fitness technologies. 

What I thought of the XR slide

The XR slide is a fun little fitness product which the model in the youtube makes look a lot easier than it actually is. I excitedly opened it and looked for some exercises to try but nothing inside the box to show you, which leaves you trying to figure out what to do with them. It states there are 75+unique exercises you can use?, how and where you find them, I am not sure? The few exercise on the you tube video are good fun and I think in time I may well get used to them. Like anything new it does take time to get better at them. I am sure you could get lots of strength,toning and fitness with them if you can find some exercises.

The only worry I have, is that it can be quite easy to over extend when using this type of equipment. For example if you had the sliders on your knees or feet and are in press up position, then sliding your legs up and down similar to a squat thrust. You have to be very careful not to have too much lateral movement, and not over stretch your legs out losing control. This could lead to a pulled muscle quite easily. You need to concentrate 100% on what you are doing always keeping well under control moving very slowly if necessary.

My eldest son who is studying Sports Science at Loughborough University and is a County standard athlete was saying the ease of misuse of this type of apparatus would be a major concern. Although if you could overcome that, then it could be an additional training aid. He also questioned whether you could do the same job on a wooden floor with a towel wrapped round your knees or fists etc and get similar results at a fraction of the price?!

Overall then I would say 2½ out of 5. Access to all 75 exercises you can do with it would help,if you can find them anywhere? Using a lot of self control and discipline would be needed to get the most of the sliders.

Launch price £24.99

About this review- I was sent a XRslide for the purpose of this review and was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own.....

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Zaggora Hot Pant Capri Review...


Over the Easter holidays I was given the chance to try out and review the new Zaggora hot pants capri .

I am a big fan of Zaggora products, they are my favourite way of losing a few pounds quickly by sweating away the excess weight. I had previously reviewed the hotpant 2.0 in September  and I loved them, but over the winter I've not been wearing the hotpants as they were just a little short to keep me warm with all the cold weather we had.





 I was interested to see how the capri hot pants felt on, not having the thinnest of legs I was worried they might restrict the movement in my knees. When they arrived I quickly unpacked them and put them on.

This is the fun bit, pulling and wriggling to get inside then.The material is strong so even though you think they might burst open trying to get into them they stay strong.

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