Take the plunge, with a read of this month’s health and fitness focus. Today I’m sharing with you all a few of the online resources, app’s, healthy bites, inspiring reads and classes I’ve been enjoying recently (plus an awesome discount code).
I’ve always loved the duality of January, a time of reflection and also a time of anticipation of what is to come my personal intention this year was to become more mindful – if you’ve never delved into mindfulness it’s simply giving the present moment your full attention, not just paying attention to the outer world but also to your own personal inner world. Eliminating unhelpful or unresourceful patterns of thought by changing your daily mental routine which allows for more positive thoughts – thus allowing for more joy, which ultimately equals – Happiness – and surely true success is measured by happiness? It about shifting out of that auto pilot mode. The benefits of mindfulness include: higher success in reaching personal goals, the ability to dismiss negative and fiery emotions easier (with out letting them ruin your day), higher and more stable self esteem, reduced stress, reduced anxiety, increased well being, the reduction of sabotaging behaviour (addictions in any form) and increased HAPPINESS – Mindfulness is a fitness work out for the brain. Books offer plans, exercises, rituals and/or meditations or there are also mindfulness classes.
Next Juicing: When I first started juicing I was happy to add various health boosting powders such as spirulina to my (almost) daily juice (and pretend it tasted great…) but in reality it didn’t and the powders quickly lost their appeal.
Enter the hugely popular LA based juice brand Moon Juice – Moon juice initially started out as a juice brand but has since branched out into developing a really awesome range of dusts and powders. These all natural organic transformative powders are unlike anything else out there and can be added to juices, smoothies, hot drinks or desserts. There’s a selection of dusts, spirit, brain, action, beauty, heart and good night all brimming with the ingredients we are already familiar with along side bio active minerals, herbs and adaptogens plants and they make some seriously delicious drinks – you see these health boosting potions actually taste amazing! Moon Dust Mini Collection via Urban Outfitters (USA)
Wonderush* is a really cool innovation that I’ve been trialing for a few months now (I also have an amazing reader discount code for you all too!) Imagine trying out unlimited classes and activities across London, a service that allows you to try something new every day and I mean hundreds of different things that you can do in London everyday everywhere city wide. The variety of classes, events, outing’s and entertainment is mind boggling! I naturally gravitate to the fitness classes (you can attend the same class twice in one month) but the creative writing classes and pottery lessons are next on my list. There are concerts, wine tasting, ukalalie classes, photography classes and more. It’s just brilliant I can’t recommend it enough and so much fun – if you want to get out and try something new in 2016 and #liveMoreAwesome. Here’s that unbelievable offer: Trial 1 month of Wonderush for £1! (usual cost £29) use code THINGSTODO here.
Finally, I bought a fitness program from the lovely Sophie from Way Of Grey. I’ve checked out fitness programs before from people I follow on youtube and Instagram and they have always been quite expensive so when I saw Sophie’s boxing day offer of $24 for a three month program of follow along video routines, a seven day meal plan plus recipes I decided to give it a go!
I’m a fan of fitness plan’s as they increase motivation, you have a starting point (a reference) a journey to complete (set number of weeks/months ect) and a goal. I purchased The Love Yourself Lifestyle Bundle which is 48 exercise videos – 4 per week (Sophie really believes in giving the body rest days) each work out is 30 minutes progressing to 50 further along and is in my opinion a cross between HIT and a core/full body workout which can be done from the space of your mat. Impressions: Firstly I cannot believe that 4 days of 30 minutes could be so effective and I’ve tried a lot of classes to say that I can actually notice a difference in two weeks is the absolute truth and I hate all those wild internet claims. I have stuck to the VERY CLEAN eating plan almost every day (with the addition of protein as Sophie’s plan is vegan) I’m completely obsessed – Sophie has such a lovely manner in the video’s and every day there is a intro reminding you why you started and how great you’ve done so far.
I hope you enjoy today’s quarterly installment of Fitness Focus, let me know your thought’s below.