My Fitness Journey

It has taken me a long time to write a post like this but lately I’m feeling more comfortable with my body and this has helped me to put pen to paper. I always feel as a PT and health and fitness blogger that I should be naturally talented athlete. Slim but athletic, 6 pack abs and flexible as a yogi. In truth I’m not. I’m average but you know what that’s OK.Read More »

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Everything you need to know about the Ring of Kerry Cycle

So on Saturday I took part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. This was the biggest challenge I had undertaken this year and possibly ever! So for those of you that don’t know the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is a 180km cycle around the county of Kerry. In its 34th year, this challenge supports a number of charities and attracts riders from all over Ireland and the world.Read More »

WellFest 2017

So over the weekend, me and a few friends headed over to WellFest in Herbert Park, Dublin. This is a health and  well being festival that covers everything from Pilates and yoga, healthy food and cooking demonstrations, TRX and bootcamp workouts! So fair to say something for everybody. There were also talks about mindfullness, smarter training and nutrition. I worked on the Saturday as a volunteer so got to see the work and organisation that goes into putting on an event like this!Read More »

Summer Workouts to Get You Beach Ready

Last week’s article focused on how proper nutrition is the biggest factor in losing weight. This week I have some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) exercises to help you burn some more calories and build some lean muscle. By building muscle, you get toned shapely legs and arms. It also boosts your metabolism meaning that you are burning calories even when you are doing nothing!

So what is HIIT training? HIIT training is short bouts of intense exercises. It is designed to ramp up your heart rate but is very demanding so is not safe for beginners. If you have been exercising for a while and need to shake up your routine, why not give the exercises below a try?Read More »

Be Kind to Yourself

 

Be KIND to YOURSELF.
Being kind to yourself leads to long term healthy change

So Easter is over and you might have seen those posts about how many calories are in a cream egg or how many burpees it will take to burn off that Cadbury Easter egg. Maybe your beach holiday is only a few weeks away and you have just joined the gym to get bikini fit. Either way your plan is to go all out with the high intensity workouts and super restrictive with your diet, pass the kale smoothie please!Read More »

Great ideas for weekday lunches

Haven’t we had the best weather the last few days, I hope you got out on Sunday and spent some quality time with your Mammy! Thanks to my own Mammy I was sent off to school with ham sandwich, a mandarin orange and some animal biscuits every day. To most Irish people the thoughts of a packed lunch for work can bring you out in the cold sweats. But fear not; lunches have evolved into cool things and it’s now very chic to “tote” your lunch with you to work!

 

There is a tonne of benefits to bringing your lunch to work that go beyond saving you some money!

It’s a great way to control your portions meaning that option to go large or grab a soft drink with your roll isn’t going to spoil your good intentions. By making your own lunch you can also control the calorie content in your midday meal. Avoiding foods like chips, processed meat, cheese and sauces also means you are consuming less sugar and salt. The last benefit of making your own lunch is the endless options. Leftovers are made for tupperware but also consider salads and tapas style lunches!

Below is some suggestions to pimp your lunch box and help you be the envy of the office.

Salad + protein and avocado: This is my go to lunch! A base of nutritious leaves, like spinach and rocket or your favourite lettuce. Add to this a source of protein for example two boiled eggs, tin of tuna or some chicken.  Chuck in some chopped peppers, onion, slices of avocado, beetroot or sweetcorn. To turn your plain salad into a show stopper a good dressing is essential. I recommend making your own and don’t be afraid to get adventurous!

Our superfood from last week, quinoa, makes an appearance with stir fried vegetables and egg for a healthy twist on the traditional takeaway option. Most supermarkets sell pre-chopped peppers, I add these to ½ a cup of cooked quinoa with some spices in the wok. Beat and egg in a bowl and add to the mix, this literally takes 5 minutes to make and is nutritious and filling.

Healthy salad
Healthy salad with quinoa

Homemade soup is a great option and again don’t be afraid to experiment with flavours! By adding spices or interesting ingredients, soups can become nourishing belly hugs to warm you from the inside on miserable days. The Happy Pear have a very easy recipe for Thai coconut, sweet potato and lemongrass soup. The coconut adds a lovely depth of flavour to the sweet potato and with the fragrant lemongrass you could believe you were Bangkok instead of at your desk.

For healthy alternatives to chocolate bars or processed sugar at 3pm, I prefer to pack snacks like fruit, vegetables and hummus, roasted pumpkin seeds or chickpeas, yogurt and berries or homemade bars. These suggestions pack a nutritional punch and will keep you full till dinner time!

Healthy Snack
Healthy snacks – yogurt, fruit, nuts and sweet treats

Hope you enjoyed these tips and next week we’ll be looking at some healthy Easter egg options, yum!