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Hello 2017! Workout Music Playlist

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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.

New workout music playlist to motivate and inspire you to get your trainers on and get to the #Gym! Click To Tweet

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

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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My January Goals

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My January Goals

 

Welcome to 2017!  A brand spanking, new year!  No more resolutions, instead I’m going to concentrate on monthly goal setting.  It might give the opportunity to focus instead of just feeling overwhelmed by what needs doing or what I would like to achieve.  My January goals are a mixture of blogging, fitness and home life  So let’s just see how it goes!

Setting monthly goals gives a clearer focus, helping you create a more manageable plan to help achieve them. Click To Tweet
  1. Post a new Gym Workout on my Blog
  2. January Press Up Challenge; 30 a day
  3. Completely de-clutter, deep clean my kitchen – boy it needs it!
  4. Get back into a proper sleep routine; if you too are struggling check out this useful Infographic
  5. Put a new Workout Music Playlist for the Gym; need inspiration checkout my Pinterest Workout Playlist Board
  6. Begin to look at re-designing my blog; staring with the theme so back to WordPress for some inspiration!
  7. Re-vamp, update and repost one of my older blog posts
  8. Get outdoors and take some photos
  9. Set aside a day to do some baking with my daughter
  10. Add a new healthy dish to my children’s meal plan; such as these Salmon and Sweet Potato Fishcakes (Charlottes Lively Kitchen) or One-Pan Pesto Chicken & Veggies (Julia’s Album)

What are your goals for January?

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2017 Goals

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My 2017 Goals

Happy New Year!  After a hectic 2016, I am excited at the prospect of starting afresh with 2017.  There are lots of things I would love to achieve and have lots of plans for 2017.  Looking back at 2016, I realise that most of my dreams remained just that.  Yes I did achieve a lot, but a lot of that was by chance or out of necessity.  This year instead of just dreaming about it I’m going to start setting some goals.  I might not achieve them all, they may change.  Who knows but at least by goal setting I will get some kind of focus as to what I would like to accomplish in 2017.

Goal setting also sounds a lot more positive than making resolutions; been there, done that!  Like many resolutions made on New Years Eve the majority have normally fallen by the wayside in the first couple of weeks of January.

Dreams will always remain dreams unless you set #goals, have a plan to turn them into reality! Click To Tweet

So I suppose I have to start somewhere, here’s what I would like to accomplish for 2017. These are my goals for this year.  I intend to break them down over the months so that they become achievable targets.  By the way the Dishwasher, for those that know me, is okay maybe not a dream but a bit of a sore point!

 

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What are your goals for 2017?

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One Pound At A Time

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One Pound At A Time!

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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.

New #running music playlist to motivate and inspire those to get their trainers on and get out there! Click To Tweet

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.

 

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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

 

 

 

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My Full Body Workout #3

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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.

With any workout remember to warmup and cool down properly; this will help speed recovery and reduce risk of injury. Click To Tweet

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.

 

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10 Winter Healthy Habits

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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.

It's cold outside! Here are 10 Winter Healthy Habits to get you through till Spring! Click To Tweet

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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25 Blogpost Ideas

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25 Blogpost Ideas

It can be a bit of a struggle coming up with fresh content for your blog.  Sometimes we are all in need of a little inspiration when coming up with Blog Post Ideas, I am no exception to this.  Ironically, when I’m not sat at my laptop the ideas come thick and fast.  Annoying isn’t it?  When this happens I tend to scribble down these flashes of blog genius on whatever piece of paper I have to hand (usually the back of an envelope) or add it as a note on my phone.

Finding fresh blog content can at times be a struggle, but if you love what you blog about half the battle is won Click To Tweet

So if you are hitting a brick wall of the blogging variety and need to get the creativity flowing then here are 25 Blog Post Ideas to help you out.

  1. Your Fitness Routine

  2. 10 Healthy Habits

  3. Favourite Phone Apps

  4. 5 Facts about Yourself

  5. Favourite Bloggers at the moment

  6. Share a Workout Playlist

  7. Share your Favourite Recipe

  8. 10 best things about where you live

  9. Blogging lessons learnt

  10. Review a product

  11. The last book you read

  12. Round up of the last month’s blog posts

  13. Your favourite Inspirational Quote and why

  14. Follow-up an old blog post

  15. 5 Favourite Pinterest Projects

  16. What’s in your handbag

  17. Things that make you smile

  18. A hard choice you have had to make

  19. Must-have beauty items for this season

  20. The meaning behind your blog name

  21. How to start a blog

  22. The beginners guide to …

  23. How do you unwind?

  24. Curate content in your niche

  25. Favourite photo of the week

Hope you find some inspiration from these blog post ideas.  How do you find inspiration when the dreaded bloggers block shows it’s face?  If you love what you blog about half the battle is won and the ideas will start flowing, just be ready with pen and paper when they do!

Helen x

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Autumn Running Playlist

Autumn Running Playlist

As I’ve updated my workout music for the Gym, it’s about time I did the same with my running music.  Now it’s darker, colder and the sofa is too tempting, I need to dig deep on the will power front to get out and get a run in the bag!

It's cold out so I need all the motivation I can get to get out running, so it's new playlist time! Click To Tweet

So here are my 15 new songs to take me through Autumn and through a 5km run.  As always, all my running music songs in this playlist are available to purchase through iTunes and other online music stores such as Amazon.

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Autumn Running Music Playlist Tracks

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay

Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) – Jonas Blue

Shout Out to My Ex – Little Mix

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

On My Mind (MK Remix) – Ellie Goulding

Love On Me – Galantis & Hook N Sling

Ain’t my Fault – Zara Larsson

Stitches (Seeb Remix) – Shawn Mendes

Intoxicated (Radio Edit) – Martin Solveig & GTA

Afterglow – Wilkinson

On What You’re On – Busted

Red Lights – Tiësto

Young Volcanoes – Fall Out Boy

Take Me Home (ft. Bebe Rexha) – Cash Cash

Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia

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