I have started to feel really stiff and tight in certain areas of my body due to the amount of running and gym training I do. In fact, it was one of the gym instructors who pointed out how tense my shoulders and upper body appear to be whilst I’m working with weights! If I’m honest, I don’t remember the last time my body felt relaxed or light; I kind of grew to accept that tightness is a side effect you need to deal with if you spend the majority of your time crouched over a desk at work and/or you do regular, vigorous…

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The beauty of this no-fuss workout is that it requires minimal or no equipment therefore you can do it anywhere you like – in the gym, at home, in your hotel room, in the park, on holiday… It is a great half an hour full-body workout to get your heart pumping and to get your energy levels up, so a great all-rounder. Each station takes between 7-8 minutes to complete and comprises of exercises that work a different area of your body. You are guaranteed to burn the calories equivalent of a main meal! Equipment needed The only pieces of equipment you need…

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Since I started running, I have learnt that unfortunately, injuries are inevitable when you run a lot and you run frequently. PERIOD. The thing with injuries is that they can not only impact us physically, but also mentally. Take my ability to run away, and my mental anguish is just as painful as the injury that set me back. This is because for many of us, running is more than just a ‘way of getting fit’, it is a ‘way of life’. Coming out ‘on the bright side’ from an injury is just as important as the physical rehabilitation (cross-training…

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The 1,000 Rep Challenge is one of my go-to workouts to track my progress and to measure my levels of fitness. I do this workout once a month in my gym, using the same weights to see if I can get any closer to reaching 1,000 reps in total, or at least attempt to beat my previous number of reps. Quite frankly, I have never met anyone who got a 1,000 reps in the end, but I usually manage over 900 reps which gives me hope that one day I can get there! What is the 1,000 Rep Challenge The circuit…

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I have set myself the challenge to complete 12 half marathons in 12 months. I ticked off my first one last month, at Hampton Court, and I was really looking forward to my next one in March. The Ridge Off Roader Half Marathon is a new race in my area, which was organised by a local primary school to raise funds for their charity, the Bledlow Ridge School Association. This race turned out to be a slightly different kind of beast to tackle in every respect, as you will soon find out! Let me just say it upfront that this…

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