EXERCISE: THE LESSON SCHOOLS NEED TO LEARN

Imagine a world where everyone appreciates fitness, where being ‘fit’ isn’t such a big mystery. A world where exercising intertwines seamlessly with daily routines, slotting neatly into the usual hustle bustle of life. I believe it is possible, if we start young. If everyone was taught a simple fitness routine in their early years, set…

MARKETING: A TRAITOR IN OUR MIDST

Think you’re tucking into a perfectly healthy, nutritious snack? You may need to think again. The packaging is – most likely – telling a load of fibs. Lucy from @thefashionfitnessfoodie I feel is the main whistle-blower when it comes to highlighting misleading information on packaging. Her clever calorie comparisons are fast becoming famous on Instagram, paving…

WHY SWIMMING SHOULD BE ON PRESCRIPTION

Why is swimming so beneficial? Let’s be real here, not everyone enjoys swimming. Take my brother, for example – he wouldn’t dare venture anywhere near a swimming pool for the sheer grossness factor of sharing the same water with members of the public *hygiene freaks cringe*. I feel swimming can often get a bad rep…

HANGING ON TO YOUR TRAINERS FOR TOO LONG?

How long do trainers really last? Those of you who keep up to date with my Instagram feed (@lydsberrypie) will be aware that I recently bode a fond farewell to my trusty Asics trainers, replacing them with the latest model of running shoe: the Asics Gel Pulse 9, in the most striking bright blue colour….

IS NATURAL SKINCARE BETTER? ZK’IN ORGANICS REVIEW

Is natural skincare really better? Health company Global By Nature have been kind enough to partner with me on this review, sending me a selection of zk’in certified organic skincare products to test out. All products mentioned, along with others, can be purchased on the nutrimarket website (…with a tempting 20% off just for LYDSBERRYPIE readers – use…

SWIMMING. THE NEW RUNNING?

Although my Instagram feed would lead you to believe that the sole sport I partake in is running (with some sparse cycling outings, featured only if my riding partner is willing to sacrifice their Strava average by recording the event), recently I’ve plunged into the deep end – pun intended – by visiting the swimming…

SPORTS-BASED NUTRITION

I firmly believe that food and fitness go hand in hand. Get on top of nutrition and the rest will fall into place. Think of your body as a car, food as fuel. It’s logic: you have to fill the engine with the best fuel in order for it to perform at its optimum. Food…

TACKLING FITNESS CHALLENGES

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This post is a semi-part two from ‘WHY AREN’T [MOST] GIRLS INTO SPORT?’ which sparked a lot of eye-opening conversation. I’m expanding and building on that post currently halfway through a Strava 100km running challenge, whilst also watching the Prudential Ride London 100 mile…

WHY AREN’T [MOST] GIRLS INTO SPORT?

One question that I often ponder is: why aren’t girls into sport? (…in general, when they hit teenage years).  Perhaps I’m so curious because I so very definitely stick out from this stereotype. To me as a sports-crazed wanna-be-athlete, I just don’t get it. Why aren’t girls into sport? I think many will agree that…

PARK BENCH WORKOUT

So, summer is officially here and – thanks to the glorious sunshine we’ve recently been blessed with – I’ve been embracing the sweat (like, did I just shower or is that sweat; I can’t tell?!) and enjoying a bit of fresh air during my daily 15-min HIIT workouts. However no-equipment workouts can grow a little…

SUGAR: THE BITTER-SWEET TRUTH

Sugar has been in the headlines a lot lately, accused of all manner of atrocities and labelled as the ultimate enemy. People instructing us to treat sugar as poison, claiming consumption of the seemingly sweet treat is worse than smoking, Jamie Oliver’s sugar tax in a mission to fight child obesity. If we don’t start…

BANANA BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

If Sunday mornings aren’t made for pancakes, I don’t quite know what is. This particularly delicious stack is drizzled with the sweetest, ooziest, stickiest blueberry sauce. Just how I like ’em.If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know the routine: post-run pancakes, pretty much every weekend. Whilst some are addicted to their smoothie bowls and…