This is a guest post by Katrina Rice. Thanks, Katrina! Running is one of the best cardio workouts that can be practiced by everybody. But experiencing knee pain while and after running can be due to many different factors. The most common would be misalignment of your femur bone, knee cap stress due to excess weight, uneven platforms, using the wrong shoes, health problems like arthritis, gout, sprains or old injury, and many more. Pain at the front of the knee is the most common pain there is during and after running. It commonly affects teenagers, female and older athletes. In most cases, the painRead More →

A lot of people think that it’s too late for them to make changes to their lives and believe they will just have to live with the regret. But it’s never too late if you want to step up and improve your health. And a lot of people end up in the best health they have ever been. But if you do want to make a difference, it’s time to do it now. After all, so many people say they will make changes tomorrow. But then another bunch of excuses arrive. Here’s why you need to make changes to your life today. You could live a longer lifeRead More →

A few weeks ago I received a trial pack of Omni Superfood to try out and review. I’m usually reluctant when it comes to products labeled “superfood”, but why not give it a go? The product has 2 versions, male and female, so of course I got the one designed for women. Why use supplements? You know we always promote a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds and healthy fats. And of course exercise, for both your body and your mind. But that doesn’t always happen as planned, we don’t eat enough of the good stuff, some minerals areRead More →

If you have been running, hitting the gym, swimming or focusing on your yoga over the winter months then congratulations you! Everyone knows that exercise is tough and keeping to your routine isn’t always something that comes naturally. Trying to maintain this when the mornings and evenings are darker, it’s freezing cold outside and most of our runs are damp and muddy, deserves a medal! Winter takes it toll on our bodies for a variety of reasons. Lack of natural sunlight means reduced Vitamin D which is a feel good vitamin helping boost our positivity and energy levels. It’s not unlikely we have over indulgedRead More →

My preparation for the South of England Cross Country Championships was going smooth. I have finished my intensive training with a 24km of hard work of keeping myself at the threshold, broke my half marathon PB and all this gave me the uplifting confidence I needed before the race. But then the unthinkable happened. I picked up a throat inflammation that peaked on Tuesday and Wednesday. I usually try to let the body do its job and not intervene with medication, but this was a case when I was desperate to run the race in my top form. So I topped up with loads ofRead More →

For both Alin and I the last health check happened 4 years ago, before moving to London. In Romania you get a mandatory blood test every year, ordered by your employer, so we got to check ourselves regularly. Since this is not the case in the UK and we didn’t have any other issues except for a cold, we haven’t set foot in a consultation room since 2013. After losing weight and recently becoming vegan, we were very curious about a few things – cholesterol, any vitamin deficiency (especially B12), VO2max, male/female specific cancer tests and body fat percentage. For our current lifestyle, these resultsRead More →

I’ve gone through many changes – I quit smoking, I’ve been on a diet, I lost weight – and I’ve been successful each time. You may say that happened because of my superhuman will power, but it was actually because everything was very well planned. And not once did my journey start on a Monday. Don’t set yourself up for failure Let me give you a perfect example of an epic fail. If you live in a big city, especially London, you’ll get it. It’s Friday, you finished work and you’re unhappy (with how you look, with how you feel, with whatever unhealthy habit ofRead More →

1. There is no magic pill or tea. Weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. Yes, both are important and it’s you who has to put in the work. Sometimes I wish I could workout all day and just eat whatever I want, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like this. 2. The only diet that will work is the one you can keep forever. If you opt for short fixes (“lose 10 pounds in 1 week”), the results will also be short term. Think about it: if you only make some changes for a week, you will only see results for aRead More →

We know that being healthy is more than exercising 3-4 times a week and being careful about not eating too much sugar. It’s also the little things that you do every day. We made a list of *our* little things. If you have any other ideas or tips, please, let’s make the list bigger. Physical Health Use natural products. From your toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel to beauty products. The industry has evolved enough for us to get what we need without the added chemicals. The brands that we’re using all the time are Jason, AloeDent (which is a fluoride-free toothpaste), Lush (I can’t think aboutRead More →

We just did and never looked back :). That’s the short version. Truth is that it was a good combination of lucky shots later proved as very good tricks, plus a really good dose of willpower. We still consider it one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves and we hope quitting at that moment in life was enough to stop any long term damage to our bodies. First of all, we knew the moment will come months before. We planned we’re not going to linger for too long into smoking so that we’re as clean as possible when a child would popRead More →