Exercise vs Mental Health

Exercise is more than just the physical health of our bodies. Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your sex life, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active….

Get Active Blog… Ok, I’ll stop now!

Over the last six days, I’ve run three times.  I’ve really been struggling on all three runs, feeling low on energy whilst running. So after another struggled run last night I decided to do as I am being told… stop, for a few days.  I am being told my body to take a break, so…

Get Active Blog: Moving on up

I took a long weekend last week to give myself a little headspace, but also to give myself an opportunity to drive out and run somewhere different. I am glad I did. I ran around a country park, around a beautiful lake and through the woods.  The change of scenery was really refreshing after months…

Get Active Blog: If you feel unwell, rest up.

We live in difficult times. There are ups and downs. I was so relieved to receive my first dose of the covid vaccination on Friday, but then my exercise training has taken a hit as I was rather unwell with side effects. But this downtime gave me some much needed thinking time. Exercise is good…

Motivation: so what is it?

Motivation – it is something we need in life to progress. It can cover all areas of life from exercise, to our social life and even our careers. Motivation – a definition Motivation is a reason for actions, willingness, and goals. Motivation is derived from the word motive, or a need that requires satisfaction. These…

Couch to 5K

New to fitness, but don’t know where to start? Want to give running ago, but not quite sure how to progress? If you answered yes to either of those questions you might be interested in the couch to 5K running programme from the NHS. Over a nine week period it will help you start a…

Get Active Blog: The Journey

I often get asked why exercise is so important to me.  Mainly I enjoy it, the escapism, the challenge and the feeling of progression.  Not only that, it helps me manage a medical condition and it has been essential for my mental health since 2007. My fitness journey has never been about just one thing,…

Get Active Blog: I’m Resting Up

Today I’ve had to take an extra rest day, after weeks of higher intensity training, the muscle soreness has caught up with me… significantly.  I am not new to exercise, and therefore I plan workouts carefully to have higher and lower intensity days, whilst maintaining one full rest day per week.  But over time it…

Get Active Blog: Adaptation

Adapting your workouts is key to keeping active whilst also factoring in life. Life is messy and is largely out of our control, basically sh*t happens. Adaptation of our exercises can allow for us to work through these times. Winter is a great example of this. If you enjoy running, as I do, the weather…

Article: Christmas & Fitness

December is a time for eating, drinking and being merry as the festive season draws in. This also means the holiday period is notoriously difficult for our healthy eating habits and exercise regimes. Lets think about Christmas… Many people abandon fitness and workouts during the Christmas period (or even December as a whole). Staying active…