One trainer fits all: Nike Zoom Air Structure 2.0 Review

nike air zoom trainers in box

I’m what I like to call a ‘pick n mix’ exerciser; some days I go running and others I’m firmly planted in the weights area.

Did you know that the type of trainers you wear affects your performance in the gym? Different trainers are designed to suit specific types of training. This seems straight forward enough, but when you do a variety of styles of training it can be difficult to find a trainer that will support you for a variety of exercises.

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Fitness clothes that will actually make you want to workout

fitness wishlist

fitness wishlist

The better you feel at the gym, the harder you work…right?

Since I’ve switched to lifting, I’ve had more opportunity to wear nice gym clothes that don’t get ruined by cardio sweat. I’ve said goodbye to my baggy tees and upgraded on the active wear front.

(Read about how I’ve found doing the GraceFit strength training guide here)

I thought I’d show you a few pieces that I’ve been lusting after recently, including a cool new brand that I’ve just discovered.

Ariana Burgundy legging – Peaches Sportswear

peaches sportswear

I found Peaches Sportswear through Instagram and I can’t believe no one has raved about them sooner. These leggings are perfect to show off your booty gains and I love the striped panels.

Nike Pro Classic Skew

nike sports bra

Nike always has the coolest prints on its wear. I like pairing a vibrant pattern like this sports bra with some simple black bottoms.

Nike Dry Miler Top

Nike top

Another amazing print, you can feel like a fitness loving Dalmatian when you wear this top in the gym or out running.

Pink Soda Sports – Brushed Metallic Leggings

pink soda sports leggings

These leggings tick all the boxes for me. I love the grey colour, the mesh panels and a high waistband. I like how all the pieces in the pink soda collections work together despite not being in the same series; I have a black sports bra from last year that would still look good with these leggings.

H&M crop top

h&m top cobalt

I love the colour Cobalt blue but I find it quite difficult to wear in everyday life, mainly because my favourite colours are black, oat and khaki, so this top is the perfect to get my colour fix.

Nike pro hyper classic padded in peach

nike sports bra

How gorgeous is this peach colour? This sports bra would look fabulous with grey bottoms or black ones! Plus it has removable pads, so it gives support and makes all the small boobed girls happy (aka me).

Baylis Grey Ribbed Leggings – Peaches Sportswear

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Another peaches sportswear piece. Incase you couldn’t tell, I’m obsessed with grey leggings at the moment, which is weird because I hate grey jeans with a passion! The high waisted style and thick fabric of these grey leggings makes them look like they’d be really flattering. But the question is are they squat proof?

Adidas Jumper

adidas jumper

Oh my word, I have major feels for this jumper. It looks so soft and cosy and perfect to throw on when you’re walking home from the gym. Or lounging around in. The print is very 90s and makes me want to put my hair in a scrunchy and rave the night away.

Hope you liked my fitness gear picks! I have linked to all the pieces in the text so you can find them easily. These are all my own picks and not sponsored or affiliated either. If you know of any good new brands please share in the comments below 🙂

 

If lady Gaga gets body shamed, what chance do we have?

Lady gaga superbowl half time body shaming
Lady gaga superbowl half time body shaming

Image source: E Online

Does anyone else feel like the world has literally turned upside down? Donald Trump is in the White House and all people can talk about is Lady Gaga having a tiny ounce of fat on her stomach while performing at the Superbowl half time show.

In case you didn’t see it, Lady Gaga KILLED IT. She was as amazing as always. She danced and sang her heart out and dropped from the ROOF of the Superbowl, which is scary as fuck anyway, regardless of the fact she had to start singing to billions of people straight after.

I missed the live half time show (because I live in the UK and I didn’t fancy sleeping at my desk the next day at work) but I caught up with Gaga’s performance the next morning. Before I’d managed to watch the footage, I had already read at least five different bodyshaming headlines about Gaga’s choice of costume. Nothing about her amazing performance, just about her belly.

Ok, so bear in mind these were articles from terrible sites and non-credible news sources, but the thing that annoyed me the most were people’s comments on social media:

The person who tweeted that also retweets a lot of Donald Trump so you get the picture of what he’s like….
I know that people like to trash celebrities because it makes them feel better, and perhaps the comments were blown out of proportion, but what kind of message are we sending to women and young girls?

You are only as good as your body? You can be one of the most successful, talented and hardworking performers on the planet, but until you shift that bit of body fat you aren’t as good as someone with a flat stomach?

I AM SO SICK OF LIVING IN A WORLD OF SUCH HIGH STANDARDS

I AM TIRED OF LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE NO ONE CAN HAVE A TUMMY

I’ve mentioned this one before, but why does the media try and force women to be ashamed about having a tummy? Everyone has a tummy. Maybe some people have less fat on their stomachs than others, but they will still have some form of a tummy. I don’t get it. It’s the kernel of so much anxiety, low self-esteem and self-hatred for most women, but it’s a completely natural part of our bodies and if we all excepted this fact then the world we be a much happier place.

STOP SCRUTINISING WOMEN BASED ON THEIR APPEARANCE

Anyway, my point is that body shaming and sexism is still very prominent in our society (lol as if you didn’t know that already!) If she wasn’t being bodyshamed, she would probably have been slut shamed, or told that she’s being too weird.

However, there ARE loads of positive people out there that don’t believe that your looks are the most important thing. We must champion this thought and make it normal to look like a human as opposed to an airbrushed waxwork model!

Go GAGA!

An ode to women who wear makeup in the gym

Girls who wear makeup in the gym
Girls who wear makeup in the gym

Source: Nicole Mason via Unsplash

It’s safe to say that women who wear makeup to the gym get a lot of abuse. Whether it’s from other women, or men, if you rock up to the gym with a full face of makeup chances are you’ve had some nasty stares.

I have been on the receiving end, and I’m ashamed to say, have also cast judgement on the made-up faces of fellow gym-goers. My question is why do we feel this way? It’s literally none of our business what someone else looks like when they exercise. It doesn’t affect our progress at all. It needs to stop.

It makes your skin bad – NOT YOUR PROBLEM. It’s not good for your pores –Again, NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.  You aren’t working out properly if you still have it on (erm, have you never heard of primer hun?) You are trying to impress men in the gym – Yeah cos I really want to jump that 50-year-old man with the pooch don’t I babes? My fictional argument could go on forever, the point is people need to grow up.

I guess I’ve become more aware of this issue because I’ve started going to the gym during my lunch break at work. I don’t have time to take my makeup off and reapply it in an hour, so it’s easier for me to either not wear it at all, or just leave it on while I work out. So yeah, that means sometimes I do my chest session with a smokey eye, so what? I also have microbladed brows (basically tattooed on) so I always look like I have full brows on and I wear fake tan. I don’t do these things to impress anyone else or ‘show off’ I do it because it makes me feel good.

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Hannah Goes To Hamburg | Travel Blog

Hannah goes to Hamburg

Hannah goes to Hamburg

Last weekend I jetted off to Hamburg to spend 3 days eating, drinking and being merry with one of my favourite people Ellie.

I say jetted, we Ryanaired it. So at 6.40 am we took off surrounded by the standard passengers, plus a group of drunken lads in Christmas fancy dress. Lucky us, we got to sit behind a guy dressed as Santa while he ordered cans of cider and tried to win Ellie over for 60p.

And so our adventure began…

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21 Struggles of getting your wisdom tooth removed

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If you follow me on twitter you MIGHT be aware that last week I had my wisdom tooth removed. Although I kept it pretty quiet….*rolls eyes*

Now I don’t like to be overly dramatic but it really was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced.

Before surgery I read SO many articles about how it was such a standard procedure and the recovery time would be minimal. I believed I would be fine in a few days. I’d survive on ice cream and I might get ‘hamster cheeks’ but it would be no-biggie.

Well it was not the ice-cream binge of happiness I expected.

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Self-care and taking a moment to think

northern ireland
northern ireland

My great uncle’s farm in Northern Ireland

Hello lovely people, apologies for the lack of recent posts (again) blogging always seems to take a back-seat when other areas of my life get stressful.

Which leads me nicely onto this post…

When you’re going through a rough time in life, you’re often told to ‘keep busy’ and ‘hang in there’ but I believe that isn’t the best way to deal with your feelings.

Trust me I understand why people tell you that. If you fill up your diary with activities you’ll have less time to dwell on your thoughts, right? Now I think about it, this sentiment is very British, the whole ‘keep calm and carry on’ thing. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that people were urged to keep things bottled up and NEVER talk about their problems. God forbid they opened up about mental health!

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Book review: I am Malala

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cartoon image of Malala with quote about education

I’ve always loved reading and I really enjoy hearing other people’s reviews of books and their recommendation so I’ve decided to start writing a few book blogs. I’m not sure how often I’ll do this, because I’m quite a slow reader anyway, but we’ll see how it goes.

Just to clarify, this is nothing to do with health or fitness. Although, technically I’m exercising my brain power!

The last book I read was the biography of Malala Yousafzai titled I am Malala.

In case you haven’t heard of her; she is a young woman (born 1997) who was awarded the 2014 Noble Peace Prize for her campaigning for education and women’s rights to go to school. She was also targeted and shot by the Taliban on her way home from school when she was 15.

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Guest Post: Body Positivity

woman holding flower to heart

I’m really excited to share my first ever guest post with you guys! I don’t normally like to hand over the reigns to anyone else on my blog, my content is always written by me, but I literally couldn’t wait for this lovely lady to write me a post about body positivity! 

Today’s guest post is written by Vicky, she is an intersectional feminist, body positive activist and one of the funniest and loveliest people I know. We made friends through Twitter, and are yet to meet IRL, but hopefully we will later on this year*

I’ve been wanting to write a post about body positivity for ages, but had loads of trouble putting my thoughts down when it came to it. In the last year I have dramatically changed my attitude towards my body, including the reasons why I exercise and the way that I approach nutrition. I still really struggle with self-acceptance and I find it hard to love my flaws, but I find the body positive movement really inspiring and I hope that I can be fully confident in my own skin in the future. 

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