My Fitness Routine

So I got told recently that I started working out at the wrong time because we are approaching winter, and apparently when the days get shorter, you’re supposed to stop trying to get fitter??? Sorry huns, I’m about to break it down for you.

PEOPLE CAN WORK OUT WHATEVER TIME OF THE YEAR.

Great, now that that’s over, let’s get on with the blog post?

I never thought I’d be one of those people who would get home from a long day at work, and that killer commute (to all my fellow Londoners, I feel your pain!), and want to go out for a run. I swear, I don’t even recognise myself!

I used to go to the gym, but I found myself going less and less, and I thought the £30 a month could go to better use (bottle of red wine anyone?).

So I started running. Yes, it really was that simple!

I really wanted to write this blog post more to just outline how easy it is to get into a fitness routine. Also I’m definitely not a fitness blogger and I’ve found that I have started to enjoy it more and more.

The first thing I did was research on what was the best way to get into running. I kept seeing the app ‘Couch to 5k’, and some of my favourite bloggers and Youtubers were using it too, so I really wanted to check it out. I kid you not, it is incredible. It basically starts off with you running for 1 min and then walking for a minute and half for around half an hour, which you aim to do around 3 times a week, and then it gradually increases. You also choose a trainer (I have Sanjeev Kohli, whose Scottish accent I find very motivating!), but there are some great choices, like Sarah Millican or Michael Johnson. There are 9 weeks of 3 sessions and you can do extra sessions but I’ve found myself actually enjoying going for a run now!

Another tip that I would give is to invest in some good fitness gear. They don’t have to be expensive, I get majority of my fitness clothing from Primark! But it’s important to buy a couple of outfits that fit you and make you feel good. I’ve basically bought a couple of good quality black and grey leggings, definitely some comfortable sports bra that fit well (no-one likes being boob-slapped whilst jogging), and some loose-fitting t-shirts. I usually buy thin t-shirts that are in the sports clothes area in Primark, they don’t feel as sweaty and are very good value for money! People often forget that as well as a sports bra, comfy underwear is also very necessary! I was so excited when I got sent this pair of SueMe knickers*, because in all honesty who runs with a thong on?! They are super comfortable and very affordable too, £20 for these cute shorts and I just know they’re gonna last for ages!

I mentioned previously that I haven’t been to the gym recently because I wasn’t going often enough and it was a waste of money. But I was invited by Fusion Lifestyle to try out a gym class at my local leisure centre, where I opted to try out a HIIT class which was just insane. I’ve never tried it before, but I really enjoyed it because it was short bursts of high intensity workouts so you don’t have that much time to think before you move on to the next workout. If you also wanted to try out a free class, today is your lucky day! Now the summer is over, Fusion Lifestyle’s new Autumn campaign ‘Focus on Fitness’ aims to encourage people to try something new to find the activities they love most.  With a huge range of facilities on offer, Fusion centres are the perfect place to do this.  To register for a free visit, just head over to: https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/offers/free-pass.

One things I struggle with is what to eat before and after working out. I always come home after work either starving or I scoff a banana on the train and then I feel too sick to go running. It’s a bloody catch 22 this fitness stuff eh? Well, I got sent some cute little shots (unfortunately they don’t start with t- and end in -equila, but one can dream!), from Whitworths* and they seem bloody perfect for a workout. I got a selection of flavours to try out and I haven’t tried them all yet but the Toffee and Pecan, and the Berry and White Chocolate are screaming out at me as potential faves. Of course, fruit is still my favourite go-to but these alongside a banana would just be ideal!

Are you a fan of exercise? What kind of fitness tips do you live by?

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES, BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Pampering Yourself: 10 Top Tips for a Spa Day at Home

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Man this post has been a ~long~ time coming!

If you’re a longtime reader of The Dizzying Heights, you will know that I’m a huge lover of self-care. It’s so important to take time out for yourself and reconnect with the things you love doing that you may not have time for in your busy schedules.

I try and do a self-care routine every week (may be excessive for some people, but I look forward to my Self-Care Sundays!). I chose Sundays because I generally don’t have plans to go out on Sundays so it’s the easiest day of the week for me to have a lie in and take care of myself. So I thought I would share my top tips for the ultimate pamper day and with the bank holiday weekend on our doorstop, you have no excuse not to indulge!

So here are my 10 top tips for having a lil’ pamper day of your own (obvs you can pick and choose / amend these to things that make you feel good etccc)!

1. Face Mask

I mean, this wouldn’t be a pamper day without a face mask would it?! They are one of my all-time favourite things to do on a chill day. I have ~quite~ a few face masks now, most of them are from The Body Shop – they really do have some of the best face masks on the high street – but if you have any faves that you think I should try, please do leave me a lil’ comment below! I quite fancy making my own face mask out of things that I have in my kitchen so when I get a chance, I shall definitely pop a recipe up on my blog! For this pamper day, I used an old favourite from Bloomtown – their products are some of my favourites and you can get 20% off with my code: DIVYA20 

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2. Eye Mask

I was sent this really cool eye mask* from Feel Good Contacts, and as soon as I opened it, I couldn’t wait to try it! I knew it would make the best addition to my chill pamper days! I also love the colour, it’s a gorgeous aqua blue and to me it’s the colour of calm – perfect for a day of relaxing. It helps with puffy eyes and headaches, and you can also use it hot (by warming it up in the microwave for up to 20 seconds) or cold (by freezing it for up to 2 hours). I tried it cold, and it had such a nice cooling effect. For anyone who regularly gets headaches or migraines, definitely give it a try!

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3. Hair Mask

In keeping with the theme of masks so far in this blog post (!!!), a hair mask is a must for me on a pamper day. I love having a clean face, and a clear head, so why should my hair be any different? I will be writing an updated version of my haircare routine, as I have acquired a lot of new haircare products, but leaving a hair mask in my hair 20 mins before washing and conditioning it just makes it so softer and feeling more healthy. One of my most simple and favourite hair masks ever is full fat mayonnaise – incredible! But this other home-made hair mask that I use is made using:

– 1/2 cup honey

– 2 Tbsp olive oil

– 1 egg yolk

– 1 whole avocado

You could eat it if you wanted to, not sure if you’d want to but you have the option!

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4. Manicure

I’m often a rubbish excuse for a girl, and most days I wear no nail polish because my nails smudge or chip almost straightaway so I just think there’s no point sometimes! But when I’m having a pamper day, I like going the full hog and pushing the boat out so I do like giving myself a manicure. I also love watching nail art videos on Instagram, especially the bit where they paint the clear top coat, so satisfying to watch!

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5. Foot Soak

If I’m going to treat my hands, I might as well treat my feet right? Our feet walk us around all day, and I don’t know about you but I rarely treat my feet to any kind of relaxation. I do have a foot massager, but I use this great 15 min foot soak that you can basically make with things you have lying in your kitchen. It makes my feet feel super soft and relieves muscle pain.

– 1/2 cup mouthwash

– 1/2 cup vingar

– 1 cup water

Feel free to paint your toenails after thoroughly drying your now fabulous feet!

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6. Having a Bath

This list of things certainly isn’t a timeline of events! I actually am not the biggest fan of baths, I prefer a quick 15 min shower to do everything I need to. But when it comes to relaxing, I do think that having a bath is one of the best ways to do it. I personally can’t have the water too hot, otherwise I start sweating and let’s face it, that’s not fun for anyone! Throw some Radox in there and you have yourself a par-tay (not really, you have yourselves a bath, but you get the point).

7. Water + Lemon + Mint

When you have a hot bath (like I can’t stand), I have to have some cold water besides me so that I don’t overheat! I always pop some lemon and mint in there, basically because that’s what they serve at the spa ha. But it genuinely makes water tastes super fresh and I love sippin’ on this! I usually leave the mint and lemon to infuse in the fridge overnight, but it doesn’t matter if you add it last minute either!

8. Candles

You’ll know I’m a huge candle fan based on the insane amount of candle blog posts I’ve done on this blog (read them here and here) so I won’t be banging on about why candles are so amazing – you already know that! So if you need to relax, you can’t go wrong with lighting a couple of lovely scented candles and enjoying the ambience.

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9. Netflix & Chill

Giving this phrase a whole new meaning! If you haven’t noticed me banging on about how much I love sticking Netflix on, then where have you been?! Depending on what you’re watching (see my recommendations here and here), it can make you feel super chilled, and there’s nothing better to unwind from a long week!

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10. Sleepy Tea

I’ve spoken about this amazing tea before (read that post here), but to finish off the best pamper days mean getting the best night’s sleep. Everytime I drink this tea before bed, I have the most peaceful sleep, and wake up refreshed and energised for the day ahead. When you do this routine on a Sunday, it’s perfect because it preps for you the week ahead!

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So that is my pamper day! What does your pamper day look like?

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES, BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

 

Bollywood Fusion Dance Class with Kiran Kishore

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So when I was contacted by the lovely Kiran to try out her Bollywood dance class in Vauxhall, I was so up for it! I brought a few friends with me, as I’m not the most confident person in the world.

The class was a 5 min walk away from Vauxhall so it’s super accessible and it was from 6-7pm, which meant that I was a teeny bit late as I had to leave work early ~whoops~, but we made it there in the end and I have to say that it was one of the best classes I’ve ever done.

Kiran was an amazing teacher and we learnt the moves to an entire famous Bollywood song in one hour which I was so impressed with! Also it was one of the the easiest workouts I’ve ever done, because it was so much fun that I didn’t even realise how much exercise I’d done!

If the exercise and fun wasn’t enough to entice you to try out this class, Kiran donates the proceeds of her class to Help Refugees so there’s that too! If you’re in London, you should definitely try this class out.

Do you do any dance classes? What are your favourite ways to keep fit?

Kiran hosts dance classes every week at Pineapple Studios on Wednesdays at 7 – 8pm and every Thursday at Base Studios at 6 – 7pm
*I was kindly invited to try out this class, but as usual all of my opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer for more info

Feeling Good with Teapigs

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It’s probably not a huge secret and being British it’s possibly expected, but I am a huge tea fan. I just love the stuff, whether that’s first thing in the morning, last thing at night or bang in the middle of the day. My favourite is the typical classic English Breakfast tea, just because you can’t go wrong with it! Bit of milk, and two sugars YUM. Since working in central London and in a busy office, a caffeine hit has become too frequent for my liking.

So you can imagine my total surprise and joy when teapigs contacted me to ask if I could try out some of their new range of #feelgoodteas*. The #feelgoodteas include: the clean n green tea, the up-beet tea, and the snooze tea. I’ve also started to look out my health and fitness a lot more (which you can read here), so the fact that they were #feelgoodteas were just perfect!

My first reaction when opening my parcel from teapigs was the incredible smell coming from the package. All three teas had beautiful strong smells, and even now when opening my cupboard it’s the first thing you smell. The packaging is also lovely, it’s their classic packets of tea, but the tea temples are so different to any other tea I’ve tried. The tea itself is so colourful and the temples feel very luxurious!

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I have been drinking the teas everyday for around a week now so I thought it was the right time to write up exactly how I felt drinking them. The teas were designed to fit in around your average day wherever you work or even if you don’t work at all! The green tea is to be consumed in the morning, the up-beet tea is for an afternoon hit, and the snooze is for bedtime.

Clean N Green Tea

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 By drinking this tea first thing in the morning, it is designed to help you detox, and boy does it! The tea is made of lemongrass, ginger, green tea, liquorice root, coconut pieces, dandelion leaves, lemon peel, natural flavourings, and marigold flower petals. All of these unique flavours give it a light and slightly sweet taste. It is not as strong as I thought it would be given the smell of the tea itself, and it was really refreshing. The really great thing is that you can have it hot like you would with a normal tea, or iced by making is as normal and adding ice cubes. Genius!

Up-Beet Tea

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If you have ever felt that insane lack of energy after lunch, then this is the tea for you! This tea is designed to give you a boost and it is perfect for a pre-gym workout, as well as a great replacement for a coffee or sugary drink that I would normally drink when I feel that all-too-familiar post-lunch slump. Made from hibiscus, ginger, green tea and beetroot (hence ‘up-beet‘), it wasn’t my favourite taste. However it does taste quite sweet and I got used to the taste even if it wasn’t my favourite. I definitely wasn’t craving any sweet drinks or snacks for a good few hours!

Snooze

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In case you hadn’t guessed from the name, this tea helps you sleep. This tea was the one I was most excited about because I’ve struggled with my sleeping pattern. I am going to write a longer blog post about my recent insomnia as I’ve been using some new products for it so watch out for that! This tea is made with chamomile, lavender and apple, and it smells quite strongly of lavender, which did at first slightly put me off. But I got used to the smell because it doesn’t taste at all strongly of lavender, so it’s just like having something great to smell at the same time! I can definitely confirm that it sends you straight to the land of nod – if anyone is having trouble sleeping, you have to try this!

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Have you ever tried teapigs tea? Which tea is your favourite?

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info

The Start Of My Fitness Journey with Lapasa Leggings + Giveaway!

From the title of this blog post, you may be thinking that I have only just begun my fitness journey, but the truth is that almost 9 months ago, at the beginning of the year, I made a promise to get more into my fitness. You may have noticed that this is the first post in the fitness category here at The Dizzying Heights (lol). Well let me tell you that it is here to stay (hopefully).

It didn’t happen straight away and things happened in my personal life that made me never want to step inside the gym and eat all the junk food, but nevertheless I gradually became more and more inclined to work out and I have slowly fallen in love with it. I love the adrenaline rush that I get from it and I feel a lot better for going as well.

Another thing that I have loved since going to the gym and working out, is buying outfits. In truth I have become a bit of a workout clothes hoarder, something I never thought would happen! And just when my Mum told me that I had no more space in my wardrobe for any more sports stuff, Lapasa got in touch, and asked if I wanted to review a pair of their leggings*. I mean I could hardly say no, could I?!

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Lapasa is a Canadian-based yoga brand which provides comfort, good quality and high-tech apparel. They cooperate with sports, yoga and outdoor activity communities, using their self-developed new technology and material to produce better products with the world’s best manufacturers. They produce underwear, sports gear and casual clothes. Lapasa’s mission is to provide products using advanced technology, they focus on quality material that look good while maximizing performance.

Lapasa’s clothes are simple yoga clothing that feel good on, moves with the body, and makes you look hot too. When it comes to their sport bras, they look comfortable, yet still offer good support and shape. I haven’t tried their sports bras but I have read a lot of reviews and they will definitely be my next purchase.

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I love the different patterns that Lapasa have to offer, it’s so important to have work-out clothes that make you feel comfortable because it really effects the way you feel and gives you a boost of confidence. I feel like they’re also very good value for money, especially when it comes to the quality of the product. They feel much more expensive than they are; they are a thick material but not too thick, and not thin enough to see your underwear. I wear a size 6/8 on my lower half so I ordered a size S which fit perfectly, they were slightly baggy around my crotch area (hopefully to prevent any unwanted camel toes!). The only thing I didn’t like is that it was quite loose around my ankles and I had to roll the bottom of the leggings up a bit so they were a bit tighter as you can see from the pictures.

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The other great news is that Lapasa are giving you the chance to win your own pair of leggings or sports bra! All you have to do is retweet this tweet (which will also be pinned to my Twitter) and be following me by 30th September.

If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can purchase your own pair of leggings or sports bra which I have a 10% discount code for: DIZZYING10 – enjoy!!!

YAY!

What are your go-to workout clothes?

*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info