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…

“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…

SMART STRIDES AHEAD

“Running won’t get rid of your problems, but it will run your problems away.” Whilst I’m sure aiming to have brainwaves as strong as Einstein may be setting the bar a fraction too high, there is a secret that may just help you achieve those A*s. “What, what is it?! Tell me!!” I hear you…

SWEATING IN PUBLIC?

I’ve always preached against going to the gym. Why spend half an hour staring at a wall, when you could be enjoying the view while [insert activity here] outside? Fresh air – that’s what’ll do you good, not stuffy, conditioned gym air. And what do they say? – “If you look good after your workout, you…

STAY FIT AND STUDY?

“Workout early in the morning, before your brain figures out what you’re doing.” Whether we like it or not, school’s back. I think many of us dread this season: summer drifting away, colder weather approaching, late night homework sessions dominating. I don’t know about you, but I shudder whenever I hear the word ‘September’ or see a ‘Back…

SUMMERTIME ACTIVITIES

“Have a sweaty summer!” Hooray…school’s out! Long evenings, pool parties, lie-ins – there’s just something so special about the summer months. Many of us set goals of ‘being fit for summer’, or ‘having Pinterest-worthy summer workout plans’. Others simply sunbathe and snore their way through the summertime – I mean, we are teenagers after all;…

BEATS ON. WORLD OFF. HELLO BEASTMODE.

Music. So much more than just sound; my motivation, my coach, my inspiration, my workout buddy. It’s like that pushy coach that no-one wants to work with, despite the fact that they know they’ll always get the best out of themselves with them around. This also happens when I’m listening to music, loud music, that…