11 Non-Fitness Facts About Me You Didn’t Already Know

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Who is this Squatbot anyway, where did she come from? What is she all about?!

I talk a lot about CrossFit, fitness and food on this blog, but I’ve realised I don’t talk an awful lot about me – something I’m trying to change with some more personal posts! I was nominated by Natalie of A Balanced Life to share 10 facts about myself on Instagram – but things actually started to get a little long-winded, so I thought I’d share the facts over here instead.

So grab a brew and a biscuit, and settle down to find out 11 facts (yeah, I just had to go one more) about me. I’ve tried to keep them as non-fitness as possible, but some bits have slipped in as it’s such a big part of my life! Were there any you knew already? How about any that surprised you? Let me know in the comments if you have any more questions about me and what you think of these more personal posts!

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5 Ways To Be Body Confident When You’re Just Not Feeling It

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Body confidence doesn’t come from being slim, or beautiful, and body confidence definitely isn’t something all of us feel all of the time, no matter how body positive we may be. It’s completely fine if you don’t feel body confident right now, so don’t worry about comparing yourself and your own body confidence journey to that of other people you might see on Instagram or in the gym.

Body confidence comes from respecting what you’ve been given, what you’ve built, and what your body can do – but this doesn’t come overnight. There are things we can all do to make ourselves feel more body confident each day, and what works for me may not work for you.  I’m going to share five ways that make me feel more body confident that you can do right now to work towards being body confident.

It’s worth noting that none of these things will make you look any different to other people – and you probably won’t see the difference in the mirror, either. These are things that make me feel great both inside and out. Read on to find out the things I do to work towards becoming a bad-ass body confident babe.

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7 Ways Weekend Walking is Wonderful for Wellbeing

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This blog is mainly about forms of high-intensity exercise – lots of jumping around, flinging heavy weights and moving as fast as possible – but lately I’ve gotten into something a little lower in impact: walking. Whether it’s come from being cooped up inside a car, office or gym all week, or whether it’s because I’ve turned the big 3-0 and my interests are becoming tamer, at the weekend I’m really enjoying getting out into the countryside for a leg stretch.

But is walking really all that weak, or is it actually really good for you? The more I thought about the parts that make up a good walk, the more I realised how many benefits it has. Read on to find out the 7 ways walking is wonderful for wellbeing. View Post

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Activity Trackers 2.0 | Can I Improve My Health Using A Fitbit?

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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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Supplements Surprisingly Good for Hair, Skin & Nails

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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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YOGA: Win Om Show Manchester tickets!

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As a new subscriber to Om Yoga Magazine I was pretty excited to hear their yoga show is returning to Manchester this year. The show has free classes and workshops, and an exhibition showcasing everything from mats to relaxing retreats; no doubt I will be on the search for a new pair of patterned leggings! I’m looking forward to the handstand workshop – which promises that by the end of the class everyone will have been upside down in some way or other – and the Saturday night yoga disco, which has yoga choreography but you are free to dance pretty much however you like.

I’m pleased to say I have the honour of giving away two pairs of weekend passes (yep, you can go both days) to the Om Yoga Show on the 10th & 11th May at Manchester Central.

To win one pair, just leave a comment below with a way of contacting you if you win! For the other pair I am going to do a RT giveaway on my Twitter, @sjharradine.

This is to win one of two pairs of tickets to the Om Yoga Show Manchester and there is no cash alternative. Please make sure you can get to Manchester 10/11 May – there are no travel costs provided. The giveaway closes on the 13th April so you have a full month to enter.

Namaste, and good luck!

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