Welcome to the Sweat 'n' Sass blog; a place for active living, healthiness, wellbeing and that little bit of kick-butt attitude to help you conquer your goals. I aim to connect with and motivate as many people as possible. I want to bring positive change to peoples lives by promoting an active lifestyle. #BeActive #MakeItHappen
I will be at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday cheering everyone on at the 12mile mark. I’ll be amongst the Mind charity’s supporters, cheering and clapping and screaming out words of motivation.
Whether it’s your first race or your 100th, I wish you the best of luck, send you tons of support and lots of positive PB smashing energy.
This is my body, and I can do whatever I want to it. I can push it; Study it; Tweak it; Listen to it. Everybody wants to know what I am on. What am I on? I am on my bike busting my ass six hours a day; What are YOU on?
Every thought I have and every action I take counts towards looking after and respecting myself.
I have a new love of pilates. I said earlier on Twitter, if I was married to Running I would currently be having an affair with Pilates. I will still be training for my running events (a 10k in May and a half marathon in September), but I am ‘slowing down’ my fitness pace and drawing upon a different kind of strength.
Running to me has always been a psychological strength, overcoming new pains and pushing the limits on distance, speed and terrain. I knew my body was capable - even if it didn’t. It’s entirely my constant reassuring thoughts that pushes me through it, and at the end of it, my body thanks my mind for kicking it’s ass with the sweaty running workout. It sometimes feels like my body tries to reject my mind’s overpowering desire to run, but afterwards it feels equally satisfied.
I’m now letting my body do the talking and where the muscle definition in my back is outstanding compared to what it used to be, I am confident the definition in my front abdominals is soon to follow.
I have Pilates to thank for this, specifically the free pilates classes I participated in at Sweaty Betty as part of their Get Fit For Free Clubs offer. My body doesn’t try to fight the controlled flow of movement, but rejoices with every challenging exercise.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of a continued ritual of weekly Pilates. My gym has a class every Tuesday night at a perfect time for me (shortly after I finish work) so I will certainly be taking part.