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I Love the 80’s Workout Music Playlist

Workout Music Playlist

Why not try this I Love the 80s Workout Music Playlist

 

My workout music playlist needs a bit of an update but this time I’ve had a bit of a throw back to my youth; the 1980s!  So it’s all school disco’s, questionable fashion sense, all things neon, Athena posters, Sony Walkman, Miami Vice, MTV, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and new romantics (well for me anyway).

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All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon and Spotify.

Workout Music

I Love the 80s Workout Music Playlist

Van Halen – Jump
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The wolf
Salt ‘n’ Pepa – Push It
Cameo – Word Up
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Prince and The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Erasure – Sometimes
The Human League – Love Action
Depeche mode -Personal Jesus
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy – Kiss Me
Tears for Fears – Shout

Do you have a throwback decade when it comes to you workout music?

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!

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Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!

Motivational Quote

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For more fitness and weightloss motivation, visit my motivational quotes page.

 

Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?

fitness challenge

Why try a 30 day fitness challenge?

Have you ever tried doing a fitness challenge for 30 days?  This year I decided to make a new list of goals to achieve each month; one of these was to set a monthly fitness challenge.  I’ve become a little obsessed with monthly challenges recently, why?

  • 30 days is not a great deal of time to invest in a project if it doesn’t work out
  • Doing something for 30 days  can help to cement a good habit
  • A new challenge each month can keep up your motivation and results can be seen in a short space of time
  • It can help you develop a more open mind set to embrace change
  • You can get a lot done it 30 days; think of doing one each month then that’s a lot of goals you’ve achieved!

So apply this to fitness and you’ve got a great fitness plan for the whole year!

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Stuck for inspiration?  Then check out my 5 favourite fitness challenges that I have taken from Pinterest.

30 Day Abs and Squats Challenge – this is actually my fitness challenge for February

30 Day Core Strength Challenge

30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge

30 Day Full Killer Body Workout

30 Day Burpee Challenge

Finally you needn’t just have to limit it to a monthly fitness challenge; it can be absolutely anything!

 

 

 

 

 

Beginners Full Body Workout

Full Body Workout

Beginners Full Body Workout

I like to think I know my way around a gym, particularly when it comes to the free weights.  It has taken time though and as we are into a new year a lot of people have made the decision to get fit tone up and lose weight. Joining a gym is normally the first step to achieving these goals for most people. However, it can all seem a little bit daunting especially when you are a few weeks in and memories of your Gym Induction are now rather fuzzy!  That’s when the motivation starts to wane and the gym visits can be in danger of becoming a thing of the past.

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So I had a dig through my old workouts and happened upon my very first gym programme that got me properly back into exercise.  At the time I did  book some sessions with a Personal Trainer.  Not only did he help me with my technique but helped me gain the confidence to use the Gym Equipment and what to use in order to reach my own fitness goals.  OK Personal Trainers don’t come cheap but what I learnt was worth every penny!  So this is my very first programme, a full body workout that is not too complicated but still gives you a decent workout.  I occasionally use it now just add weights to some of the exercises and maybe add an extra set; it does the job!

So if you need some inspiration here’s my very first beginner’s full body workout:

full body workout

 

I’ve added links if you are unsure of some of the exercises.

Bodyweight Squats

Assisted Pull-Ups

Press-Ups

Walking Lunges

Seated Row

 

Disclaimer

I am not a personal trainer or medical professional.

All the views expressed are my own.  I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym.  All of my workouts have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but I am happy to share for those looking for inspiration, workout ideas or motivation.

Before embarking on any form of fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.

 

 

5 Cross Trainer Workouts To Try

Cross Trainer Workouts

5 Cross Trainer Workouts to Try

Normally I’m not big on cardio at the gym, generally doing a HIIT or a 5km is enough for me.  However recently when the weather hasn’t been great or it’s been mega busy around the free weights area of the gym I have started to do the odd cardio workout and have enjoyed doing them as they are different to my normal free weight sessions.  Normally I do something HIIT Style on the treadmill but I’ve also started to use the Cross Trainer (or Elliptical as it’s also known as) a little more.  I find that having a specifc workout gives me something to focus on and helps me up my effort levels when it comes to the sprint or higher intensity elements.  So if you are stuck for inspiration here are 5 Cross Trainer Workouts that I have found on Pinterest that you can try next time you are at the Gym.

The 20 Minute Elliptical Interval Workout found on Greatist.com (article by Alison Feller)

Elliptical Brazilian Butt Workout from superskinnyme.com (found on Pinterest)

Elliptical Ladder Workout from afitjunkie.com (found on Pinterest)

Elliptical HIIT Workout from herhappybalance.com

Super Sweaty Elliptical Workout from getinmyhealthyon.com

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I hope that has given you some inspiration when looking for a workout to try on the Cross Trainer.  I will put together my own but in the meantime if you are looking for a HIIT style treadmill workout take a look at my Quick HIIT 20 Minute Treadmill Workout.

In my own experience it’s good to mix up your fitness routine such as trying different types of cardio, fitness classes or types of exercises.  It helps to keep you motivated to continue on your fitness journey and ultimately achieve your fitness goals.

Do you have a favourite cardio workout?

Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist

Workout Music

Hello 2017!  Workout Music Playlist

Happy New Year!  It’s 2017 and a fresh start for me fitness wise after the usual over indulgence of Christmas.  Do I feel at all guilty?  Nope!  Well just a little but isn’t that what Christmas is all about.  So now it’s time to get back to the Gym and getting rid of those few extra pounds I’ve managed to pile on. So I’ve put together a new workout music playlist to help me get back into the swing of things.  I’ve also put together a New Year Running Music Playlist, which is slightly more upbeat but just as good for the Gym.

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All my workout music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon

.Music Playlist

 

Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist

The Mack (ft. Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap) – Nevada

Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

So Good – Louisa Johnson

Hall of Fame (ft. will.i.am) – The Script

Starving (ft. Zedd) – Hailee Steinfeld & Grey

Earthquake (ft. Tinie Tempah) – Labrinth

Touch – Little Mix

All Night – The Vamps & Matoma

That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony

Shed A Light (ft. Cheat Codes) – Robin Schulz & David Guetta

Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz

No Sleep – Twin Atlantic

Hotline Bling – Drake

Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

Fancy (ft. Chari XCX) – Iggy Azalea

 

What workout music gets you motivated to exercise?

 

 

 

 

 

Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist

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Hello 2017!  Running Music Playlist

 

Happy New Year!  Time to get back to running after two weeks of a diet of chocolate, prosecco and Christmas TV Catch Up marathons.  I went into Christmas full of good intentions but by Christmas morning that had all evaporated and been replaced by a tin of Quality Street.  So a brand, spanking new year and a fresh start.  A cliché I know but I enjoyed Christmas, spending time with family and catching up with friends so I don’t feel guilty.  Now the challenge is to step away from the remains of the selection box and get out there running again.

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So new running music is what is called for, so check out my New Year Running Playlist if you are in need of inspiration and motivation!

All my running music is available to purchase on iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.

 

running music

 

Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist Tracks

Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) – Callum Scott

Some Kind of Heaven – Hurts

All Goes Wrong (ft. Tom Grennan) – Chase & Status

Good Intentions (ft. BullySongs) – The Chainsmokers

By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue

Find Me (ft. Birdy) – Sigma

Trouble – Offaiah

Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) Jerome Price Remix – Jonas Blue

Alone No More – Philip George & Anton Powers

Somewhere To Run (Lost King’s Remix) – Krewella

Kids (Soulwax Mix) – MGMT

The Key The Secret – Urban Cookie Collective

Happy Alone (ft. V. Bozeman) – Matrix & Futurebound

Under Control (ft. Hurts) – Calvin Harris & Alesso

Dare You (ft. Matthew Koma) – Hardwell

 

 

 

My Full Body Workout #3

full body workout

My Full Body Workout #3

 

I hurt my back about over a couple of months ago; it was my own silly fault and I’m still feeling the after affects but the discomfort has now moved to my left hip.  Sustaining an injury whilst training can take a long time to sort, weeks even months; it’s been a painful lesson for me and has knocked my confidence and made me re-think my fitness goals.  So until sorted, I’ve cut back on the Rack Pulls and Back Squats and instead am using the Leg Press more to work Quads and Hamstrings. Oh and taken warm-ups, cool downs and stretching a little more seriously.

Workout Inspiration

If you are looking for more inspiration regarding a full body work out have a look at My Full Body Workout #1 and My Full Body Workout #2.

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So here’s my latest full body workout, if you want more rep’s to tone just decrease the weight.  Also maybe superset where possible, this will get the heart pumping and make your workout more intense! In this full body workout I use Opposing Muscle Group Supersets (Put together 1 and 2, 3 and 4).

Full Body Workout

 

I’ve added links if you are unsure of some of the exercises.

Leg Press

Lat Pulldown (Wide Grip Pull Down Exercise)

Seated Leg Curl (Hamstrings and Glutes)

Flat DB Bench Press

The Dead Bug exercise is a great core exercise and makes a change from crunches or Leg Drops.

 

Disclaimer

I am not a personal trainer or medical professional.

All the views expressed on this blog are my own.  I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym.  All my workouts have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but I am happy to share for those looking for inspiration, workout ideas or motivation.

Before embarking on any form of fitness programme or if you have any medical conditions or injuries please seek professional medical advice.

 

10 Winter Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

10 Winter Healthy Habits

Ok it’s cold, it’s dark.  It’s easy to give in to the urge to hibernate; with the central heating cranked up, a box set or two to catch-up on and a blanket to snuggle under who would want to get out and be sociable?  All of a sudden you crave stodgy, carb-heavy food and any healthy eating habits seem to vanish.  Yep it’s winter.  Add to that the stresses of Christmas, it can be easy to throw in the towel until January when it comes to being healthy, both in mind and body.  Sorry this isn’t meant to be a negative post, quite the opposite.  I love the cosiness of winter, I love Christmas, particularly the build up to it all, but what I don’t like is feeling rubbish and down in the dumps come January.  Just like having Healthy Habits in the Summer (read my post 10 Summer Healthy Habits), which for me I find easier to maintain, I feel it’s just as important to adopt Healthy Habits during the Winter.

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So here are my 10 Healthy Habits for Winter

Eat Smart

It goes without saying, try and get plenty of fruit and veg but in addition to that if you need a carb fest keep away from the refined options and go for wholewheat bread, pasta and grains. Keep away from tinned soups and make your own, less sugar that way.

Get Outside!

Wrap up and get outdoors.  Fresh air and a brisk walk can lift your mood and boost energy levels.

Socialise

Don’t hibernate, meet up with friends!  Socialising not only gives you something to look forward to but can help to reduce stress levels.

Stay Hydrated

You might feel that you don’t need to drink as much in the winter but you do; keep hydrated and your body will continue to feel the benefits.

Wash your Hands more frequently

With all those bugs and colds doing the rounds, it makes sense to wash your hands more frequently to help minimise the chance of spreading germs and ultimately catching something yourself.

Moisturise

With the central heating being on, lack of sunshine our skin can become dry and dull in the winter months.  Ramp up your skincare routine and moisturise more.

Plan and Set Goals

It’s nearly the end of year, so take this as an opportunity to reflect, re-evaluate and set goals for the next 12 months.

Get some Sleep

Getting quality sleep can help maintain your immune system.  So if you struggle to get a good nights sleep look at ways to establish a good sleep routine.

De-clutter

Why wait till Spring to de-clutter.  Bin it or bag it up for Charity!  I find it therapeutic having a good clear out, making space and getting rid of things that I no longer need.  Save it for a day when it’s cold and miserable outside, you will have done something productive instead of vegging on the sofa!

Make some time for yourself

Set aside time for yourself each day, doesn’t have to be long.  Read a book, sit down for a coffee or hit the Gym.  Doesn’t matter how long or what you do with it just as long as it’s your time!  Looking after your mental well-being is just as important as your physical well-being.

Right those are my healthy habits to get me through the winter, what are yours?

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