You don’t get fitter in the gym, but outside of it you do. That’s not a statement design to confuse you, it’s scientific fact. During our workouts what is happening is the breaking down or cells. Our muscles are suffering tiny little tears, which is what we need in order to shock our bodies into becoming stronger. When the body senses this, it begins to make repairs and make our bodies stronger in the process. This happen outside the gym, while we rest and or sleep. What we eat is just as important as our workouts. The workout itself is purely to hurt our body so it can get shocked and start a process of making sure that next time something similar happens again, it will be ready. So you don’t get fitter while you workout, but outside and away from your workouts you do. What could aid you in this?

Get to bed!

You only truly begin to heal when you’re sleeping. The body can begin to replenish damaged muscle tissue with nutrients and protein but the real healing process begins when you’re in REM sleep. REM sleep is when the brain will activate chemicals that send signals to the body to begin releasing different cells to go to the places in your body that are damaged. An increase supply of white blood cells will also be launched and they will travel to wherever they can find damage. The only way you can get the most benefits from your workouts is to get to bed on time. You really do need 8 hours of sleep every single night. Not 5, 6 or 7 but 8!

Scraping away the old

When your workout, little tiny microscopic tears are formed. This means that little but little, an area will have old and dead cells clustering around a tear which will eventually heal. If this is allowed to happen, scar tissue can form which is a very hard wall that stops proper blood flow and also slows down repair. If you take a sports massage course such as Dave Taylor Training you’ll get the inside knowledge of this profession and since it is sports deep tissue massage it can be called a hidden artform. The techniques you’ll learn will allow you to scrape away the old cells from an area and allow fresh new blood cells to come in and rejuvenate your body. Professional athletes will pay huge sums of money to such professionals that can aid their body in faster and more efficient recovery so take this knowledge seriously. 

Eat healthy

It’s sound like a completely obvious thing, but eating healthy is far tougher than you might think. It’s one thing to workout but to make sure that for 3 or 4 meals throughout the day you are make sure to limit carbs and increase fruit and vegetable intake takes a lot of willpower

Get the sleep you need to recover properly, and this means getting into a REM sleep phase. Learn about how you can utilize deep tissue massage for yourself and how it might be able to wash away the old unhealthy cells to flush in the new blood. 

Sarah x

Hunkemoller have released the new Doutzen Kroes sportswear range and I got my hands on one of their hoodies.

I went for the HKMX hooded sweater doutzen in pink which was £37. I went for a medium as I wanted it baggy and I am so impressed with it. I love love love the ribbon detail on the hood. The whole of the inside of the hood is the same colour and material as the ribbon, so it is so soft and luxurious. The inside of the rest of the hoodie is really soft and it is so comfortable.

Being so soft, it would be ideal to put on over a sports bra, you wouldn’t need to worry about wearing a t shirt or anything as it feels really nice against your skin.

Have you bought anything from this website before? I have reviewed a pair of their PJs before.

Sarah x

Since adapting to a vegan diet I am certainly trying so many more foods I would never have tried before. I have become a great fan of Granola and right now my favourite is the handmade one from Thunderflower Kitchen.

It is important that we ensure we feed our bodies with the nutrients and vitamins we need. Nuts, seeds and fruit are all great foods and a great way to start your day. I like to mix my granola with a dairy free yogurt, but you could have it with milk or even have it dry if you prefer to snack on it throughout the day.

The granola contains toasted oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and maple syrup. I love maple syrup! It is 100% natural and vegan friendly and only 180 calories per serving.

I find having a bowl of this in the morning helps to fill me up until my mid morning snack. It tastes so good and really makes you happy knowing all the goodness you are fueling your body with.

I have tried other granola before but not really been sold on it, but this one tastes really great compared. I like to alternate between this and porridge for my breakfasts at the moment. Thinking of warming up some almond milk and trying that with my granola in the morning.

What is your go to breakfast right now?

Sarah x

Staying fit and well is essential for both body and mind- we all know the importance of getting enough activity each week. However it’s so easy to put off, not because we’re too busy like so many of us claim but because exercise isn’t always fun. It can be strenuous and hard work and can sometimes feel like torture! However if this is the case for you, it’s just a sign that you’re doing the wrong activity. There are lots of ways you can move your body, tone your muscles and burn calories while having a good time in the process. Here are some ideas!

Take a class

When you think about the gym, chances are you picture yourself slogging away running on a treadmill, cross trainer or weights machine. Maybe this kind of exercise isn’t for you, or perhaps you already do but want to mix up your routine a little. If so, check out your gyms classes schedule. Most offer everything from body pump to yoga to spinning to dance classes. You could bring a friend with you and motivate each other while having fun. It’s only an hour or so a week and can massively boost your fitness and help you to work out muscles that you’d struggle to use any other way.

Get a dog

If you’re serious about getting fit, and know that you have the time, money and energy to look after a dog then why not adopt one? There are millions of dogs across the globe in shelters in need of a home, there are probably thousands in your hometown alone. If you can make just one of their lives better then you’ve done a wonderful thing, and they can benefit your life as much as you can benefit theirs. Choose a breed that suits the level of activity you do, if you like to go on frequent laid back strolls then a smaller or lower energy breed will be fine. If you want to go running, hiking or on long walks then a younger or more energetic dog will be for you. You can find out lots of information about breeds and more on sites like Dogs by Nina. If you’re not in a position to have your own dog, how about walking one for a friend or family member? Often older people struggle to walk their dog for long or far enough so you could help them out as well as making their dog happy. Walking with a dog is so much more fun that walking by yourself too, you’ll usually walk further when you know it’s for them rather than just yourself.

From this site

Try trampolining

The best exercises are those that don’t even seem like exercise. When you go trampolining, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even be thinking about the huge number of calories you’re burning! There are trampoline parks up and down the country and there are also lessons offered at sports centres and some gyms. Bounce your way to a better physique!

Sarah x

Here she goes again, banging on about vegan snacks haha. I actually think I am on some sort of quest to try every new vegan snack I come across!

www.nutreelife.co.uk sell a great range of protein bars, snacks and powders depending on your preference. It is a worry when eating a vegan diet that you are not consuming enough protein that you used to get from meat but in fact if you eat a balanced diet you can easily get the correct amount but there are a lot of protein based products to help you, especially if you work out.

I have used powders before but something that caught my eye was the snack bites. Sometimes i don’t always want a whole protein bar but I want something small to have. I got the Chocolate brownie protein snack bites. they do a lot of other flavours too.

“Just like an ordinary snack that you are accustomed to eating, such as a chocolate biscuit or a packet of crisps, a protein snack is a small item of food that you may eat between meals. However, the benefits of a protein filled snack are so much better than a biscuit or cake. Protein helps you to feel fuller for much longer than a carb-based snack alone. Plus our vegan snack bites, cubes and flapjacks contain fibre so you won’t feel hunger until your next meal. Not only that they contain all-natural ingredients, and natural sugars from fruit to provide all the energy you’ll need to get you through the day.” – www.nutreelife.co.uk

Do any of you have protein based snacks?

Sarah x