Back in the swim

As you may have picked up on, since having Lia I have been trying to get back to my previous fitness levels and I’m finding it rather difficult. The main problem I’m having is time. I manage to get out for a run once or twice a week, and tend to manage a swim once a week as well. Owing to the lack of training time though, I have recently threatened to go back to early morning swimming training with a local masters club. On Tuesday morning, my alarm was set to 5.30 am to allow me to go swimming.…

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Bring it on winter, I’m ready for you.

As a child, running wasn’t really my thing, purely on the basis that I was a swimmer through and through. When I got to high school though, I got on okay with cross country, winning our school cross country run out of the blue, purely from the transferable fitness from swimming. This sparked my interest in running and I went on to represent the county. At this point, I was incredibly lucky that my mum was an avid runner and she knew how important it was to have the right equipment, trainers in particular. Mum presented me with a little…

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Encouraging a healthy lifestyle

I have a few blog posts to write this week that are around health and nutrition. This has always been something that was important to me, but it has become so much more important since having children. I know that opinion is polarised as to which is more important between diet and physical activity, but I can’t personally prioritise one of those over the other. Without a good diet, it is difficult to find the energy to exercise, and exercise is important both for physical and psychological health. Unfortunately as we get older, exercise doesn’t feature so heavily in our…

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Rebelling against the training plan

Since being able to run again after having Lia, I have been struggling to reconcile finding the time to run, not putting the rest of the family out and still managing to run further and faster. I’m not someone who can just run for the health benefits and to run the odd race slowly without improving. I certainly won’t be entering races to come last. As I want to get faster and train for specific events, the most natural solution is to follow a training plan. So in complete contradiction to anything I’ve learnt about training and improving, here are…

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Healthy alternatives

I’ve never been very good at diets, particularly because I suffer terribly from food envy. I hate the feeling that I’m missing out if someone else has something good to eat and I’m on a diet. As a consequence, I have to look for alternatives to dieting. These days, there is the added issue that I can’t do a fad diet because I don’t want Libby to see me eating like that, I would hate to give her body confidence issues just because she’s seen me trying to lose a bit of baby weight.  So as well as getting back…

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Getting fit… again!

The problem with having children (well, one of many…) is that after having each baby, I have found myself virtually back to square one with my fitness. It’s also really difficult to get fit again when you have a baby that is breastfed, making it difficult to find time to go out and exercise.  That’s where running comes into its own. I have always loved swimming and even now I’m managing to go once a week, but running is just so much easier to fit in. I can be changed and out of the door for a 20 minute run…

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A healthy lifestyle

We have always tried to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, but for me this has gone out of the window somewhat since having Lia. I still manage to exercise every now and then, but she’s not at a point where I can get out regularly for a run at the moment. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out a nice, simple blood pressure monitor, the Ozeri Cardio Tech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Operation & Intelligent Hypertension Indicator. When I was pregnant, I had my blood pressure taken regularly, but I haven’t had it…

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