Fitness blender = Burpee Warning

I am awlays trying to keep fit,  so when my boyfriend sent me this ‘great’  website he had stumbled across I thought I would give it ago.

Given our loft room situation and the fact that last time I did an exercise video at home I scared the hell out of our housemate who thought we were enjoying some other pleasures, loudy; I waited until the boys were out.

The website? Fitnessblender.

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I love home workouts but I tend to find them on the easier side in terms of cardio, this is the logic that lead me astray.  I selected a workout level of  5 (out of 6) and a calorie aim of 400-600. This was a mistake.

Their HIIT workouts are insane!  10 minutes in I wasn’t sure I was going to complete it but thanks to the counter and the knowledge that I just had to get through short rounds (…oh and the pause button for a quick breather!) somehow I managed to get through, burnt the calories and completed the workout.

This is probably the hardest I have ever workouted at home. I am not going to lie, my legs killed the next day- strecthing out & cooling down it a must- I learnt the hardway.

I now use the website regulary and really like the search feature so you can filter to find the right workouts for you. I do however, firmly believe most the videos should come with a burpee warning.

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tone it up

I am addicted to American reality TV shows and usually the only side effect of my addiction is spending my Sunday mornings watching reruns of the hills. But Toned up was different, when I was in New York just over a year ago Bravo were running Toned Up, a behind the scenes look at two fitness fanatics (not in the oiled up, on stage sense) who had started their own female based fitness community and had built a nutritional plan for its members.

These women were fun loving, beautiful and inspiring.

Once I was home, I followed the community and did their youtube fitness videos- all of which is free. In May I decided to sign up for the nutrition plan. At the time I thought it was a little costly but was convinced by the regular updates and the promise of lots of super healthy but super tasty recipes. I wasn’t disappointed.

The highlights are definitely

– The community, the ladies in this community are always always there to encourage and support you. They are also a great fountain of knowledge and will help guide you through the first few months of getting fit and healthy. Just look out for the hashtag TIU on instagram for a taste of what it is like

– The fitness videos. These are brilliant, I am a complete gym bunny and love the treadmill but some evenings you just dont want to leave the house so these videos are perfect. These is a mixture between cardio, toning and yoga so meet whatever needs you have.

– The nutrition plan, not only does it set out the rules we should all be following when looking after our nutrition but it is jammed packed full of delicious recipes which are simple, tasty and healthy (what a combination!)

Rather than go into loads of detail, I would recommend that you check it out for yourselves at www.toneitup.com

I’m Back

So I seem to have fallen off the blog wagon big time or is it that I’ve been on the blog wagon all this time. Who knows..

After some thought about why the lack of writing, I realised that I felt too pressured (albeit pressure I inflect on myself) to write about things that are relevant. Well, I have thrown that pressure out the window and will be writing about the things that really do consume a lot of my time.

This is namely Fitness and Food. My continuous mission to keep fit and enjoy food but will include all sorts, apart from liquorice (yuck!).

Watch this space for more blogs.