fitbit activity tracker

Activity trackers and I haven’t always gotten along. I’ve had a Jawbone, which was terrible; a Vivofit, which was good but not hugely useful at the time; and a Nike Fuelband – that was more of a toy to compete with my friends than anything else. A year and a half ago, I said myself:

“I think activity bands are good for encouraging mainly sedentary people to hit movement targets”

Having always had active jobs (from a stable yard hand to retail assistant) I never dreamed I’d be one of those sedentary people – but now, seven months into my desk job, that’s exactly what I am. Sure, I train for around an hour and a half most days, but those hours being seated day after day can decrease metabolism and have also been linked with diabetes, cancer, and premature death. Eek.

I’m starting to feel the ill affects of being sat down, from slowly putting on weight to even tighter hip flexors than before. But what can I do about it? Do I just accept that now I have a desk job I should be sedentary?

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health and fitness jobs

For those who don’t know, I’m an SEO executive for Myprotein’s USA site. In plain terms that means I work to get us higher up the Google rankings in key terms related to our brand (which is a pretty big deal with Black Friday coming up), and I do this by writing content, optimising existing content, building links, and doing more technical behind-the-scenes stuff too.

I spend a lot of time sat at my desk – writing content, analysing reports, emailing external parties – and I spend some time in meetings. Even as someone who’s always had jobs where I spend most of my time on my feet, I even find the sat-at-the-desk stuff fun: I write about exercise, health and nutrition for a brand I love, and connect with others who have the same interests – it hardly seems like work!

I do realise not everyone is as lucky as me, but getting a job in health and fitness is not impossible. Read on my some of my top tips for getting to work in an industry you love.

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hitting fitness goals

Goals are so important not just in fitness, but in life, too. They keep you moving, focused, and above all, you get a huge sense of achievement once you’ve finally smashed those goals you’ve been working hard to achieve!

Running was my main sport, and it’s easy to set running goals – I want to run my first 5K, I want to run X distance in Y amount of time, I want to run the Manchester Marathon this year. Now I’m not entering road races or even running as much, I’m finding I have to be more creative about my fitness goals, especially if I want to make them SMART – that’s specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.

You may remember that a few months ago I set myself two goals – a 100kg deadlift and a sub-45 minute 10K time, both to be achieved by the end of summer. Okay, I realise end of summer is a bit vague, but I sort of did that on purpose as I wasn’t sure how my life was going to pan out over the next few months. View Post

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hair skin nails supplements

High maintenance is not a phrase I’d use to describe my beauty regime. My nails are bare, I wear as little make-up as possible – though eyebrows are a non-negotiable – and I let my hair air-dry. The last beauty technique is a risky one, as you never know how it’s going to turn out, especially after going to bed with a soggy head!

This isn’t because I think I’m naturally stunningly beautiful; it’s just because I’m lazy. If I’m not at work or in the gym I want to be doing pretty much nothing other than eating or laying still on the sofa, so my beauty regime maximises the time spent doing this.

I still want to look healthy, though I’m aware the natural look takes a lot of effort to look just that – natural. However, since I started working in sports nutrition and I’ve tried out more goodies, I’ve found some supplements provide surprising benefits other than sports performance.

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getting parents active

The ‘obesity epidemic’ is often in the news here in the UK, with inactivity as a child often being cited as a contributing factor, which is clearly worrying for parents. What’s talked about less often is how children feel about their parents’ habits, whether that be smoking, drinking, or inactivity, and recent research has revealed just how much kids worry about their mums and dads lifestyles.

When I was a kid there was much less information around about health and wellbeing, so I didn’t realise that my parents’ inactive lifestyles were an issue. Kids have an abundance of information at their fingertips nowadays, reading websites and the news on smartphones, and two thirds of the children involved in the research nag their parents over concerns for their future health. I know just how difficult this can be – my lovely mum has never much enjoyed sport or activity though she has a number of health issues which exercise and a good diet help to improve the symptoms of. But can I convince her to live a healthier life..?!

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flaky

My psoriasis first flared up when I was 17. I was just about to take my AS levels when big, red, scaly patches appeared on my body, but the worst area by far was my scalp. The stress of my exams meant I even started picking and pulling at it, and along with skin I’d pull hair out, too.

It took me a while to go to the doctors but it was quickly diagnosed as psoriasis, and I was given steroidal creams to help with the scaling of my skin. Since then my skin has never been that bad – sure, I’ve had smaller flare-ups, but nothing like I was when I was 17 – but my scalp has always been an issue. The worst part? Over ten years later, I still pick it.

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be fit london 2015

Be:Fit London is a yearly fitness festival which is focused on giving women everything they need for a healthy and happy lifestyle, be it workouts, food, or supplements. I missed out on a trip to Be:Fit last year due to work commitments so I was sure to book the day off this time, and I was so glad I did; early Saturday morning I made my way to London, worried that the train I’d booked home was quite late, but I arrived just after it opened at 10am and left as it was closing! There was certainly no need to worry about being stuck for things to do. I met so many awesome people, including blog friends Cantara from Gymbags & Gladrags and Natalie Johanna – plus found some new blogs to follow – and I got to try out too many different foods, workouts, and fitness gadgets than I could possibly write about, or even remember.

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