REALLY WARMING UP!

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I’ve written extensively about post-workout stretching, but not specifically on the importance of pre-workout stretching. Warming up is the key weapon in your anti-injury arsenal, as it maximises joint flexibility and blood flow to the muscles, all of which limits the chance of strain/pain which could put you out of action for some time! It gets you into the groove for the coming workout, massages the heart rate slowly upwards, and even contributes to the process of ‘recovery’ after your session. Click MORE to get one of my favourite warm-up routines, and see these pictures shot at the stunning Jardins Exotiques atop Eze Village…
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ACTIVE ESCAPE: LA CHEVRE D’OR !

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Healthy Girl Workout Trip Active Travel Escape France Eze Chateau De La Chevre Dor review riviera riview luxury travel blogger-55GAPAs part of my ‘Active Escapes’ series, I recently stayed at a destination so heavenly that it completely inspired and enthused me to author this full review. The historic and beautiful Chateau de la Chèvre D’Or, nestled amidst the medieval village of Eze, on France’s exquisite Cote D’Azur, enjoys what must be the most magical, celestial view of the French Riviera, and hosts an armory of active ventures for the healthiest of holiday-goers to enjoy. The hotel itself, Relais & Chateaux affiliated, is relaxed, quirky, charming, classic and respectfully staffed by masterful hoteliers. It was perfect for my 3-day European escape, from which I returned energised, focused and relaxed. Click MORE to see my extensive review of the epic grounds, broad facilities, the sumptuous food and impeccable service :)

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D.I.Y. NATURAL ICE LOLLIES!

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Summer temperatures are upon us, and that brings with it the need for refreshment… these might well be the best ice lollies I’ve ever had! A bold claim, but to my defence, the ingredients are a collection of favourites; fresh fruits and berries – bursting with vitamins and minerals, plus they’re naturally sweet and delicious! The advantage over shop-bought products is that you KNOW they contain no preservatives, colourings, flavour enhancing chemicals or artificial bits – plus they’re totally fresh! These ice lollies are all-natural, super quick-and-easy to make, and are perfect for children and adults alike on a hot summers day! Click MORE to get the recipe, and for the chance to WIN YOUR OWN VITAMIX, the ultra high-performance blender, which I’m giving away to one lucky reader :)

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QUEENS OF THE COURT!

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Girl Healthy Workout Health Nutrition Queens Club Tennis Monreal Mulberry British Sport Summer Andy Murray Wimbledon ChampionshipGAPLifestyle post alert: I went along to the semifinals of the Aegon Championships at Queens Club on Saturday and despite suffering some classic British summertime showers between sunnier spells, the experience reaffirmed my love for ‘tennis-as-cardio’! The generally accepted wisdom is that you can burn c. 4-500 calories during an hour of tennis, which might not be as significant as a hardcore ‘hill-sprint’ session, but a) it’s mentally engaging so the hour races by, b) competitively compelling, c) sociable, and d) the actual calorie burn varies ALOT with factors like temperature, humidity, experience levels, player weight etc, so 500 cal doesn’t need to be the ceiling! Click MORE to see pictures from my day!

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BODY CONFIDENCE !

Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Girl Healthy Body Confidence Triumph The One Campaign Eze France Bikini Travel Blogger Healthy WorkoutsGAPI recently had the super exciting opportunity to partner with Triumph, the legendary lingerie makers, for the launch of their #FindTheOne campaign, which is all about seeking out that perfectly-fitting, sumptuously comfy bra. Aside from being asked to bring to light one of my strongest beliefs – the importance of wellness and the associated lifestyle – it also made me think more coherently about ‘body confidence’. I’ve long been planning to write a piece on body confidence but the time hasn’t seemed right until now; this project gave me the perfect opportunity to broach the subject which matters to so many of us. Click MORE to see my videos from the Triumph campaign, to read my thoughts about body confidence, and to see which bra I chose… Fitness On Toast Faya Blog Girl Healthy Body Confidence Triumph The One Campaign Eze France Bikini Travel Blogger Healthy Workouts - COMPILATION Continue reading

SERIOUSLY HARD CORE !

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Abdominal strength is a popular topic – a significant chunk of the global population is in pursuit of the illustrious six pack. But aside from the aesthetics, there are countless physiological benefits associated with building a strong core (reduces risk of lower back pain, promotes improved posture, facilitates better motion etc.); however over the summer season, the aesthetic angle inevitably takes front seat! Through my work as a personal trainer, I encounter more and more people who, whilst becoming more health conscious (great!), still have under-developed core strength. It’s not unusual to sit in a slumped position at the desk for 9+ hours each day, which doesn’t require you to engage your core at all. As a common consequence, people develop problems with their pelvis, hips, lower back… This post is about the Side Plank, which is one of my favourite ways to train the muscular girdle around our midsections, and it’s a proper challenge against yourself! Click MORE to read about it… Continue reading

WORLD MEAT FREE DAY!

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Monday the 15th June marks World Meat Free Day which encourages people around the world to go meat-free for just one day. To my mind, it’s about recognising the importance of protein in our diets, and perhaps seeking out other ways in which to source your protein. As part of my Ambassadorship for Quorn, I created this cute little ‘Quorn Boats’ dish, which seemed totally appropriate for the occasion. As always with my recipes, it’s supposed to be quick, easy and healthy. Quorn is an excellent source of protein and this is a great little meal to consume post-workout to help repair muscles, or indeed to entertain friends with on the canapé platter! It’ll keep you fuller for longer and hopefully keep you from snacking too often. Click MORE to see the recipe and read more background…

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