BRONZE AT COWES WEEK!

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It’s almost impossible for me to believe, but last weekend myself, along with three other novice sailors (all of us bloggers) took Bronze position in the Cruiser B Class at Cowes week – the oldest and largest sailing Regatta in the world. We came in with a time of 2:53:41 which was actually second to the first placed 2:49:07 but factoring in the third-placed boat’s ‘handicap’, it meant we took home bronze. It’s a pretty mind-boggling achievement for us, following a solid year of training, study, toil and practise which went into our efforts, with our Helly Hansen family making the whole thing possible! Click more to read about and see the experience, with beautiful photography courtesy of Anthony Potts on the day! (more…)

OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY !!!

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It’s the big one – the greatest sporting occasion on the planet, the ultimate crucible where sport legend is made and dreams are fulfilled – and I was there in Rio De Janeiro, watching it all begin!!! I was gutted to have missed out on London 2012 (my home city, d’oh!), so this was my first in-person Olympic Opening Ceremony. Initially, after getting off the phone with my adidas family who’d asked whether I was keen to join in, I had a mini-breakdown with excitement and curled up into a little Swedish meatball! Fast-forward to the night of the ceremony and it became clear that this was to be the greatest adventure my blog had yet taken me on! This post is a unique perspective on what I saw on that opening night, and what I think it all means…

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UNLOCKING LONDON: BENEFITS OF CYCLING

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You might recently have spied a trail of breadcrumb-pictures on my Instagram where I’m riding London’s eponymous Santander Cycles, meandering my way around what I think are some of our wonderful capital city’s most picturesque parts; the gorgeous Little Venice area of Regent’s Canal, the Outer Circle in Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill… The Cycles are a ubiquitous and awesome fitness resource which anyone can use to see those parts of the city they’ve not visited before: I.e. go discover London for less than the cost of a green juice and get fit at the same time, it’s the perfect combo!!! For example – and it’s a bit of an unusual example – I recently attended a mind-blowing special spin class ABOVE the iconic landmark Tower Bridge, hosted by (and ON) Santander Cycles. The 80m glass walkway housed myself and 9 other lucky invitees as we Santander-cycled our way through an hour-long sweaty BOOM Cycle class whilst watching a deliciously romantic sunset over the Thames and St Pauls. (more…)

TOP 6 TIPS: HEALTHY TRAVELS!

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I completely adore travelling, as you may well have figured from the bursting travel section on my blog! In chasing the semi-nomadic dream of always being on the move, I’ve amassed a few tips-and-tricks around how to stay healthy along the way and thought I’d share my top 6 with you here. I’ve also included this little stop-motion video I put together with my friends at Garnier, who’ve been equipping me with awesome wellness & beauty solutions for my active travels for the past 9 months. I thought I’d showcase some of them! Click MORE below to see the full Top 6 Tips!

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HEARTCORE IN KATE SPADE NEW YORK !

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I’m regularly asked what classes I love in and around London, and we’re totally spoilt for choice here! Given that variety is one of life’s multiple spices (and also keeps the attitude towards training fun and fresh), I’ll typically try a couple of new classes on a monthly basis, which I thought I’d start to share with you here. I’m kicking it off with a session at Heartcore, a 55-minute dynamic pilates class which I tried this weekend in the heart of St Johns Wood. I’m wearing all Kate Spade New York in these pictures, a couple of super cute pieces from of their Beyond Yoga  activewear collaboration! Click MORE to see my full take on the class, the clothes and the rest of these images!
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DELICIOUS FISHCAKES!

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It’s 2016 & we all lead time-pressed lives! To cater for the time-poor yet health-rich reader of FitnessOnToast, here’s a relatively quick and easy, nutritious and full-flavored little dish. These fish cakes feel like real, indulgent ‘comfort’ food, but are more like a Jedi mind trick. I served mine with a kale and quinoa salad, but they can also be served in a bun if you fancy a fish burger! It’s a great dose of protein and omega fatty acids along with an infusion of a flavoursome hit, right when you need it! Click MORE for the full recipe… (more…)

ADIDAS AMBASSADOR + ULTRABOOST UNCAGED!

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Back in January 2015, I was thrilled to join my friends at adidas for the global launch of the UltraBOOST, which has since become the hottest casual running shoe in the world! Now, 18 months on, they’ve developed generation 2.0, the UltraBOOST Uncaged; a new and improved version which is a reaction to the way it was being custom modified by enthusiasts! As a self-confessed shoe fiend; I feel privileged to have been one of the first to road-test these as part of my ambassadorship with the company.

Growing up I was relentless in pleading with my parents for a pair of trainers! So, when I finally got hold of my long sought after Stan Smiths, I would cherish them and wear them every single day, until they were falling apart, but I didn’t care.  I’m now working with the brand I have loved and admired from such a young age, and as corny as it may sound it really is a dream come true. I’ve always been heavily into sports and living a healthy life, and to work with a company with such a strong, complementary ethos is quite unbelievable! To me, adidas represents a passion for sport – functionality, style, quality; it speaks of so much heritage whilst constantly innovating and delivering new technology to further the athletes out there! Massive thank you to the adidas team for allowing me to channel my innermost excited 8-year-old sporty self! To kick off, this post is a collection of thoughts on the new shoe, as well as some pictures we shot on the marvellous Croisette in Cannes, along which I ran every morning to put my pair (in Ray Red camo) through their paces!
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WHY DO I WRITE THIS BLOG?

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Last week, I read a super thought-provoking short article in the British Airways Business Life magazine about Simon Sinek’s ‘Why, How, What’ thesis, which rose to prominence in his celebrated TEDx talk. In short, it’s 3 simple questions which the best companies and politicians in history could/can compellingly answer without ever being asked. The answers unveil their raison d’aître with total honesty and validity, and I feel it’s important to try and do the same. Whilst Fitness On Toast remains my passion project, and I’m certainly no politician, I wanted to explain not just the What and How, but share my ‘Why‘… The driving force behind me putting myself outside my comfort zone almost every day. For those who want to read it (which I recognise won’t be everyone), this post is an open and genuine distillation of my drive and ethos. Click more to see it all! (more…)

MAKE YOUR OWN FRO-YO TREAT!

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Whilst summer hasn’t quite made it to the UK yet amidst the bizarre confusion of seasons and temperatures currently making up our climate, I’m still hopeful! In fact to show my intent, I decided to make my own home-made Frozen Yoghurt Ice Creams which on a hot sunny day will go down an absolute treat. ‘No hot days in sight’? ‘This is England Faya’? Don’t worry, as it turns out they’re equally yummy on cold rainy British summer’s days when maybe you’re just in need of something delicious nonetheless! (Better to make believe its summer than the alternative!) This recipe is so quick and easy, and best of all it doesn’t rely on any refined sugar to taste so great; rather, it’s berries and fruit that provide all the delicious sweetness here, as well as a multi vitamin hit! Click MORE below to see how you can whip up your own batch, as well as getting the outfit details from this Jaeger look!

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BTS: COMPETITIVE SAILING!

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You might remember this post from my recent trip to Barbados as I learn to sail ahead of Cowes Week in August, where I’ll be competing with team Helly Hansen! Whilst trying to figure out my Spinnakers from my Schooners, I was under the expert guidance of Team Concise‘s Captain, Ned Collier Wakefield; an award-winning, record-breaking professional ‘Competitive Offshore’ Sailor, who I thought would be perfect to tell the story of the physical and psychological challenges, as well as the fitness requirements of doing his job full time! Click more to see our interview together, and see if it can persuade you to dip your toe in the water, so to speak :)
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