‘FIT KIT’ POST-EXERCISE SHOWER GEL

You thought post-workout showers were already pretty unbeatable. Trust me when I claim that post-exercise lathers with FITKIT muscle recovery shower gels are in a league of their own. Refreshing yet soothing. Really savouring every bubble of glorious muscle cooling relief. That’s right sore-muscled peeps, you just found your new best friend, in FITKIT form….

GOING GARMIN FREE

As sports technology advances over time, I feel we’re becoming increasingly dependant on our techno fitness gadgets. Fixated on the figures, zoning-in on the minor details. Perhaps a little too dependant, to the point where the term ‘obsessive’ begins to sneak in. Since acquiring my swanky Garmin watch last Christmas (see post: ‘GARMIN’S GADGETS &…

CROSS COUNTRY: MUD, GRIT & THRILL

Mud, puddles, teeth gritting and sheer thrill – cross country season is upon us, and I’m relishing every moment of it, no matter how tough. I savour this time in the running calendar, when the end to the athletics season is met with the starkly contrasting cross country courses. Both can be brutal, punishing. But…

10K RACE EXPERIENCE

So last weekend’s long run was kind of a big deal. Hint, hint – race no.1 down, bucket list looking a little more complete. I feel I can now officially call myself a runner; I’ve completed my first official race, with a shiny medal to prove it (…plus a handful of blisters along with the dreaded…

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…

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…