Summer Workout Playlist 2016
New Gym Workout Playlist for the Summer is a must especially now that it’s countdown to my holiday in Cornwall. I’ve got a new gym programme, attempting to do 3 HIIT sessions a week and if time will throw in the odd 5km run (weather dependent as I’m a complete fair weather runner). So here’s my workout music for the summer.
Summer Workout Play List Tracks 2016
I wanna Feel by Secondcity
Tidal Wave (ft. Alpines) by Sub Focus
Don’t let me down (ft. Daya) by The Chainsmokers
Dangerous Woman by Arianna Grandee
19-2000 (Soulchild Remix) by Gorillaz
Never Be Like You (ft. Kai) by Flume
Spectrum by Florence & The Machine
Alarm by Anne-Marie
I Love It by Icona Pop
Gecko by Oliver Heldens
Me Too by Meghan Trainor
Hear Me by Imagine Dragons
Applause by Lady Gaga
Hey Mama (ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) by David Guetta
Stronger by Kanye West
All the songs from this playlist are available to download on iTunes or other online music stores such as Amazon Music.
What music motivates you to train at the Gym? Do you use it purely to take your mind off what you are doing or to push you harder?
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Summer Running Playlist 2016
School’s out, work’s over till September (well for me anyway), my holiday is a few weeks away and it’s the middle of a fine British Summer! Ok not always fine, more we than fine but that doesn’t bother me. Ramping up my fitness pre-holiday so time for a new running music playlist when I’m out pounding the pavements or running through the park.
Summer Running Playlist 2016 tracks
Bury It (ft. Hayley Williams) by Chvrches
Bullit (Radio Edit) by Watermat
Sticks ‘n’ Stones by Jamie T
Sugar (ft. Francesco Yates) by Robin Schulz
Salute (Anakyn Remix) by Little Mix
Tears (ft. Louisa Johnson) – Clean Bandit
Who Do You Think Of? – M.O
Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) by Jonas Blue
Wild Horses (Matrix & Futurebound Remix) by Birdy
Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) by Calum Scott
Wish You Were Mine by Philip George
Heroes (We Could Be) (ft. Tove Lo) by Alesso
Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato
Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis
The Nights by Avicii
All the music on my Running Music Playlists are available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.
10 Summer Healthy Habits
Making small changes can have a big impact on your fitness and lifestyle. Making healthy choices as and when are easier to maintain instead of adopting a whole change of lifestyle in one go. Think evolution not revolution! Changing things gradually means you are more likely to stick to them.
I lost about 28lbs a couple of years ago through eating healthier and adopting healthy habits; my blog post How re-thinking my diet led to sustainable weight loss tells how I managed to do this. I have been able to sustain my weight loss but bad habits are starting to creep back in. My Holiday is a few weeks ago so I’m making the effort to re-address the situation; one step at a time.
Here are my 10 Healthy Habits for the Summer!
Adopt a regular bedtime routine
Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up
Drink Green Tea
Food shop on a full stomach
Plan your meals
Have a meat-free day once a week
Put together a fitness plan
Get a Gym or Running Partner
Make some time for yourself
Sticking to healthy habits isn’t always easy. Write them down in a list, stick them on your fridge door. Focus on why you want to adopt these healthy habits, I always do this when I am struggling or I am hitting a brick wall especially when a huge slice of red velvet cake is threatening to de-rail me! What ever your healthy habits may be, start today not tomorrow, next week or next month.
Do you find it easy to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle? How do you maintain healthy habits?
Super Detox Beetroot Smoothie Recipe
Beetroot is so good for you. This vegetable is packed full of antioxidants which help detox the liver. There have been recent claims that beetroot can help lower blood pressure, increase blood flow and even enhance athletic performance.
I love the stuff and regularly serve baked beetroot as a side dish. So I thought I would incorporate it into one of my smoothie recipes. Beetroot can taste a bit ‘earthy’ in my opinion so I tend to add some form of fruit to sweeten it up a little. It’s taken me a while to get to the stage where I only add water but if you are struggling add apple juice to start, then slowly wean yourself off the juice by adding a mixture of water and juice, reducing the amount of juice you use and increasing he amount of water.
Super Detox Beetroot Smoothie Recipe
1 Nutribullet Tall Cup
1 raw Beetroot (leaves removed,cut into quarters)
1 Orange (peeled, pips removed, quartered)
1 Apple (chopped, pips removed)
1 big handful of Spinach
1 inch of fresh Ginger (no need to peel)
Water (fill to max level)
Whizz till smooth
My (very own) Summer Holiday List
The School Summer Holidays are nearly upon us. I am lucky to work term-time. Two of my kids are in their early teens so whilst I try and get them to do stuff with me 90% of the time they’ve made other arrangements! Normally I tend just to worry about how I’m going to get through the 6 weeks that the kids are off school but now as they are slightly older they don’t need me as much to entertain them. But I tend to forget that it’s my holiday time to, my school-run free time, my own break from the routine. So this year, whilst as normal I will plan the usual stuff for my kids I’m going to make a conscious effort to use this time to accomplish some of the things I’ve been wanting to do but keep putting off because other priorities take over.
One thing blogging has taught me is a good starting point is to write things down, set some goals; what do I want to accomplish and then I’ve got something to focus on achieving. So here goes! Note to self; cleaning out the kitchen cupboards or painting my son’s bedroom is not on my Summer Holiday to do list. This is purely an all about me list! My getting my stuff done list!
So I’m aiming to:
Attend at least one Metafit Class a week at my local Gym
Make the most of being free of the light mornings and put in some early morning runs
Revisit and maybe rehash some of my Gym programmes; use this as an opportunity to revaluate my fitness goals
Revamp the graphics on this blog and carry out some blog maintenance such as updating older blog posts
Look to maybe change my WordPress Theme; still not 100% sure about the look of my blog so it’ll be good to see what’s available
Brush up on my photography skills. I read a fab blog called 16 Photography Projects by LaShawn at Everyday Eyecandy and it’s inspired me not only for my blog but because I hardly take any photos anymore.
Do some baking with my daughter; we’ve been adding loads of fab recipes to our Pinterest Boards in preparation for this already! She’s the cook, I am Kitchen Porter and Chief Taster.
Past summer holidays I’ve spent most of it entertaining my kids and wishing the rainy days away. This time I hope to get something out of this time off myself. Yes this list is all about me, but I think we are all a little guilty of neglecting our own personal goals and needs, so maybe it is time for to readdress the imbalance a little. I suppose writing it down is a starting point!
What do you think? When you have downtime do you sit and chill or aim to get stuff done?