2019 UPDATE

As some of you may know I'm headed out to Southern Africa soon. A region that has felt more like home to me than my own home, from the moment I landed there for almost 14 years ago now. Pretty sure I must have had a past life there! My journey will begin in Cape Town - a place I'd love to have a more permanent base one day. It'll be my third visit to the city and I must...

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Confessions of a former Fitness Addict

Author: Livon Yeow / Photo credit: Bruno Nascimento. My longest workout streak to date is something like 12 days. That includes multiple workouts on the same day. Lunchtimes, after work, occasionally before work too. Did I have a problem? Of course not. I was just being super fit and healthy! Does this sound familiar, either to yourself or somebody you know? In fact, I was exercising so much by early 2015 that I injured myself and was forced out of action...

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The only Fitness class I ever stuck to

What was this you ask? The 'Group Training' section of my site may give you a clue. I've been doing Orangetheory® workouts since Boxing Day 2013 where I was only 1 of 3 people who showed up to get a head start on burning off the Christmas excess. The Islington studio was local to me and I would walk past every day curious about what this venue had been turned into now! I finally went in a few days before Christmas and booked...

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The Choice to Move

What would you do if you were told that you wouldn’t have full use of your limbs tomorrow? Having a fully functioning body is something that most of us take for granted. It’s something we forget to be grateful for. There are a lot of things we don’t appreciate until they’re taken away from us, whether on a temporary or more permanent basis. In 2009 I was restricted to a leg cast for 6 weeks during the summer after finishing...

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CrossFit: In Summary

For those who follow me on Instagram or other social media, you’ll know that CrossFit has become a part of my regular training regime as of late last year. It has been likened to a ‘cult’ by some but I love it, and here’s why for those of you who may be are curious and/or have asked me: The training is very functional in nature and as the name suggests, crosses many disciplines. Workouts use a mix of bodyweight, gymnastics-style...

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Flat feet & MAGIC insoles

Here's the thing about flat feet. Chances are that if you have flat feet, or 'duck feet' as I call mine, then you probably don't like running or struggle with it more than the average person. Even if you consider yourself a fit and healthy individual. What I have found flat feet an advantage for however are squats! I do a good squat. As some of you may already know, I have a funny relationship with running. I've never considered myself a...

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Pilates HIIT & High Tea

One of the best things about Instagram is finding out about pop-ups and slightly more niche events that you wouldn't have heard about any other way. It was how I found out about this. I've been a fan of Hollie Grant at PilatesPT for a while now, but until today have been more of an armchair follower; through her website, blog and Instagram account. I had been hoping to catch her Reformer Pilates classes at PilatesHQ around 2 years back (after seeing a workout on...

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Getting outside of that comfort zone: My first skydive & 10k race

 “The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein. I kicked off 30 in a big way. It started with Las Vegas. No not the most original plan, but a new experience nonetheless. Verdict: it’s not like the movies. The trip was a fun one because of friends, but in all honesty it was pretty tame compared to previous European adventures. The city is definitely more seedy than glamorous, feminism doesn’t exist at all and we caught the end of...

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The Protein shake debate

Note: also contains product reviews. Both protein and protein shakes can be quite a polarising topic. Generally the UK diet, for most meat-eaters at least, consists of over the recommended amounts. According to healthy eating guidelines for the average (non-athlete) adult, protein should only make up 10-15% of your daily energy intake. The majority of us therefore don’t need additional protein supplements if we are only keeping to the ACSM (and NHS) recommended levels of activity below: Cardio: moderate 30min x...

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You snooze. You don’t lose.

Sleep

There’s something about London and probably all big cities that make for extreme busy-ness and nightmare schedules. FOMO is real. FOLO is real. Google them if you don’t know what I’m talking about (I had to do this with BAE recently. Seriously?). There just aren’t enough hours in a day. And so what happens? We don’t sleep. And then we want to sleep IN. Before we have to go to work. This isn’t exactly a groundbreaking new topic but one...

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