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…

INSIDE THE MIND OF A 1500M RUNNER

The start line: a place where all the adrenaline, nerves and pep-talks accumulate. A place where, however ready, you’re running this race. Where mind games are played as people tussle for position. And you wait for no longer than a mere minute, yet still, enough time for the wild concoction of nerves to bubble up…

BOSE SOUNDSPORT WIRELESS HEADPHONES

I think any exercise, running in particular, is made so much more enjoyable when you don’t have to spend all your time faffing around with your gear. I’ve tried so-called ‘running headphones’ before, although most of them aren’t much better than typical headphones; clunky and uncomfortable. In the search for the perfect pair, I researched the wireless…

LEARNING TO LOVE THE SADDLE

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein If you’re following me on Instagram (@lydsberrypie – sad little shoutout – I saw an opportunity, and I seized it) you’ll be aware of my latest sporting endeavour: cycling. Coming from a family who fervently follow all the cycling tours…

MUSCLE RECOVERY: THE FOAM ROLLER

The fitness industry churns out all manner of items to help make our bodies fitter, stronger, bendier (…the list goes on). Amongst the current trends is ‘foam rolling’ – a post-exercise rolling device designed to aid muscle recovery. Foam rollers come in many shapes and sizes from spiky tennis balls to giant rolling pins, each…

GARMIN’S GADGETS & GIZMOS

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ – quite a mouthful, accompanied by quite a high price tag. As with so many 21st century fitness gadgets, it sounds more like an obscure gizmo from Star Trek than an activity monitoring watch. But is it really worth the hype? Of course I had to put this latest addition to the Garmin ‘wearables’ family at…

CRANBERRY OAT COOKIES

Sugar: the crushing point in most healthy-eating attempts. When those cravings kick in, there’s all too often no going back. Here, I’m sharing my recipe for spicy, chewy cranberry oat cookies that are blissfully free from refined sugar (the sweetness comes from coconut sugar which is an unprocessed natural sweetener from coconut blossom nectar). The recipe makes…

“I DON’T DO ILL.”

“I don’t do ill.” I don’t want to waste time; life is simply too full. I know what you’re thinking, and no, gulping down green juices in swanky lycra leggings seven days a week does not, unfortunately save a person from being ill; it’s a part of life. As we’re in the thick of winter and the…

HIIT: CORE

HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training – is fast becoming the most popular format for rapid workouts, designed to slot into busy schedules. Sceptics be warned: although the combo of effective and speedy seem a little too good to be true, short bursts of ‘hardcore training’ followed by short stretches of rest do work. And it…