If you’re not among the few lucky people that get to work from home on a regular basis, it means you have to spend a reasonable amount of time commuting. The average commute for a Londoner is 45 minutes to 1h one way, but there are many people (like us) who decide that their living standards are more important than the distance to the workplace and live much further away. I spend 3 hours commuting on every day I go to London, so doing something useful with those 3 hours is pretty important. Otherwise, they just go to waste. When we were living in London,Read More →

For the last three years I’ve been working out regularly, so I can’t say I’m a beginner. But still, Yoga and (mat based) Pilates require almost no equipment and most of my training sessions at the gym were personal training sessions, so all equipment was prepared for me, and I didn’t have to do anything but use it. A few weeks ago we decided to get a gym membership at our local gym in Hertford. We registered, and we started going to classes and use the gym floor for our exercises. And I realized that now I’m on my own. I don’t have someone to put theRead More →

There are many ways to exercise without paying for expensive gym memberships. Free videos, workout dvds, a small home gym and a few other ideas for self care.

Staying healthy can be expensive. Gym memberships can set you back quite a lot, and not all of us can afford it. During the summer months it’s not so much of a problem because you can get outside (park gyms are free!), but in winter, it might seem like there’s no way of getting any good exercise in. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of low-cost or even free options for exercising. Here are some of the best ways that you can keep fit without breaking the bank. Workout DVD’s and online programmes You don’t need to pay for expensiveRead More →

Since I started exercising, I’ve had many conversations with many people about this matter. Some were saying they couldn’t do what I do, some saying they should be exercising more but for all different reasons they don’t. I rarely found someone on the same page as me. I probably heard all possible causes for not working out, from serious ones to plain excuses. 7 Most common excuses 1. I don’t have time to workout “I don’t have time”, the mother of all excuses. We use it for *everything* – for not cleaning, not reading, not cooking, not exercising and the list is limitless. First ofRead More →

None of the two of us were heavily involved in sports activities during school. However, I believe that if our PE teachers had more interest in the future of their young students, they might have motivated us to pursue an athletic career. The turning point for our lives was the moment when we quit smoking. We were already doing some other changes in our lives (saving money for example) and we understood that by doing nothing out of the ordinary, we will achieve nothing out of the ordinary. So we had to take control of our lives and fill the void left by the missingRead 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 →

Oh wow, I finished PIIT28! 28 days of workouts and good food and it’s safe to say that my Christmas belly is long gone. At the beginning of January, I posted my monthly plan and mentioned PIIT28 and DietBet, and I also posted a weekly recap to keep me accountable. Go to Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 to see some of my favourite (or least favourite) exercises and the foods that helped me get to this day. It’s now time for a final recap and the dreaded weigh-in. What is PIIT28*? PIIT is Pilates Intense Interval Training, and 28 is the number of minutesRead More →

We’ve lived in London for almost four years now; we’re past the classic visits to the Big Ben, Tower of London or Hyde Park. So every time we have a friend visiting we try to do things that are also new to us. In Alex’s case, I wanted to do something involving sports, him being a fitness enthusiast as well. And I can say he’s even more hardcore than us, having already done a few triathlons and we’re far, far away from that. He stayed with us from Friday evening to Sunday morning, so we had one full day. Things to do if you haveRead More →

One of the best options for anyone to improve their running and social circle is to join a running club. But there are several options to consider when entering one, depending on your purposes. Benefits of non-affiliated clubs Firstly, there are two types of running clubs. On one side you have clubs that are affiliated with UK Athletics (actually, they are affiliated with the constituent country governing body, for example, England Athletics). On the other side, you have clubs that are run by sports shops or brands. These are non-affiliated. 1. Networking Let’s talk about the non-affiliated clubs. You get the social component – bothRead More →

You woke up one morning and decided to change your lifestyle! Good for you! You’re gonna get healthier, stronger, fitter. Excellent. Everything will take a turn for the better. And you have our support!!! Unfortunately, before it gets better, it gets a little bit worse. Whaaat? But you have to understand it’s normal, it’s just a phase you have to go through and you must not let it discourage you. 1. You will catch a cold. A bad one. I saw this happening to many people, including me. And it absolutely bums you out. You’re trying to get healthier but you get sicker? Yes :(.Read More →