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….

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…

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…

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…