The modern day human spends an disproportionate amount of time seated; at a desk, in a car, by the computer or watching TV at home. Often, this means slumped shoulders, a curved neck, and generally ‘weak posture’… and then eventually, the scourge of ageing Britain, back pain. Whilst some muscles will naturally grow tighter and others weaker, there are exercises and stretches you can perform to encourage a stronger core. The word ‘core’ mainly describes the central band of the torso, and the purpose of training it, is to encourage better support and protection for the load-bearing joints in and around the back. Almost every move the body makes relies on the core – balance, running, reaching, lifting, kicking. Therefore it’s crucial to build and maintain well-conditioned core strength. This post is about doing exactly that! Read MORE to see 4 flavours of plank…
This post documents my own little ‘Moon Salutation’ sequence beside the Kasbah Tamadot’s pool on my trip to Morocco; a cooling and quieting session of nocturnal Yoga. I’ve always loved Yoga as a form of exercise for mind & body, but having not practiced for far too long, I felt like a true novice once again. On this silent, misty mountain night, I remembered why I love it so much. To my mind, Yoga is an ethos unto itself, and a way of life – the goal is to achieve total health rather than just an aesthetic result. Below is a collection of my 10 fave, basic yoga poses alongside some photos and notes to explain each movement briefly. In the past, I’ve found it a fabulous beginner’s routine to practise on a daily basis. For my session, I’m wearing some favourites from the Sweaty Betty’s spring/summer ‘yoga retreat’. Click here for more….
You guys asked for it, so here’s my first ever attempt at a ‘Blog Trip’ video 🙂 Whenever I travel abroad, I make use of the hotel gym and train outside as much as I can, so I wanted to include some workout ideas in the video for you. Pool, stairs, furniture… whatever you can find – they’re all gym equipment!
It’s set in the breathtaking arena of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, at Richard Branson’s sumptuous ‘Kasbah Tamadot‘ which includes my personal favourite – their gym which is built INTO the mountain side!!! I hope you like it 🙂 Faya x
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As part of my prize for winning the Sweaty Betty blogger styling event for their SS14 collection (you might remember it from my previous post HERE), I had the opportunity to interview their design team (Lisa, Laura and Julia) over at SB HQ in Fulham. The picture above is me in full-on ‘interview mode’. Organised over 3 floors, with a yoga studio, a shop, full corporate infrastructure and a strict ban on using the lift, the headquarters reminded me of a mini-Asos office; buzzing, creative, young and very cool! There are fabric libraries, mood walls, rows of iMacs, hair straightener zones, and a growing collection of award plaques…
Below you’ll find the transcript from my interview. There are some fun pictures to go along with it, which give you a flavour of how their ground floor studio-space looks, but this post is really meant for the keen fitness fashion enthusiast. It provides a rare insight into how the people that create our ‘sports looks’ think about the design process. A huge logistical and creative effort gets underway every single season, and as western consumers, we tend to take that ‘in-store-availability’ and ‘newness’ totally for granted; we’re totally oblivious to what’s going on behind the scenes, to get the product onto our shelves. The Sweaty Betty team are developing a world-class approach to the process, and I found it a fascinating experience to get a glimpse of the construction. I hope you enjoy reading it (or maybe just browsing a few of the shots) 🙂 Faya x
Just a quick Fitness Fashion post in response to the emails I’ve had asking for details on the Grazia outfit. I was asked to put something together comprising SS14 collection pieces, so I reached out to some of my favourite sports apparel brands for their new collection pieces to feature. Here’s an inventory:
JACKET: Nike ‘All Over Flash’ Women’s Running Jacket, available now HERE
SPORTS BRA: Sweaty Betty ‘Stamina’ Sports Bra in Lime Green, will be available from www.sweatybetty.com
TOP: Monreal wide-mesh cotton sports top with Lime Green trim, will be available from www.matchesfashion.com
LEGGINGS: Vevie ‘Brunswick’ satin ruche, as I’d featured in this previous post and available HERE
BAG: Sports bag, £850, Monreal London, will be available from www.matchesfashion.com
SHOES: Gel-Super J33, £100, Asics, will be available from www.asics.co.uk
And for anyone wondering about the other shoes I was wearing which they’d featured, the fabulous rainbow-multicoloured ones, they’re Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 8’s, available right now, HERE! See more detail shots from the photoshoot here… (more…)
So the 25th has come and gone, but the Christmas break isn’t quite over yet! I’m still enjoying the festive holidays, lounging around with friends and family, so I like to wear something comfortable for the occasion. The way I feel right now has inspired (more…)
This week I was invited to attend the SS14 blogger/press preview day of one of my favourite sports apparel brands, Sweaty Betty. Here’s a short post with some pictures from the event; I’m very excited to see the full collection in store! I loved some of the inspiration, especially the marine / nautical feel running through most of the collection, which really chimed with me as it had quite a Swedish feel to it! The outfit above was a combination of my favourite pieces from SS14; the materials are just impossibly soft! Thanks Sweaty Betty 🙂 Faya x
Whilst we’re on the topic of fitness fashion, I am a big fan of the British acitve-wear brand, Sweaty Betty, and often find myself scooping-up entire training outfits there when I was just planning on an innocent browse. I’ve always been particularly taken by their ‘yoga’ range, because the clothes are so incredibly relaxed, the fit is flattering and the materials are usually super comfy – great for either lounging around or being active. Also, their ‘workout wear’ (which I’m wearing in these photos, shot for a Facebook banner) is very functional too, with summery, fun bright colours & prints that aren’t too garish to actually wear! Its a feminine-looking range of clothes, with technical materials that I think justifies their slightly premium price-point.
I know new outfits can encourage me to go to the gym if I’m lacking motivation to train; it’s not a catwalk but you are allowed to look and feel good at the gym, plus dedicated training gear can often be designed to enhance your performance (e.g. oxygenating / breathable / moisture-wicking fabrics etc.) – though that’s also just a good excuse to go shopping 🙂
See more about the Capri Pants, Top and Vest, (with extra pics) HERE…