Did you hear that the Inner Warrior camps I did back in August drove a massive 3,500 women to pick up a rugby ball for the very first time?
If you didn’t get chance to try rugby then – or gave it a go and loved it – then I have some great news for you. Warrior Camps are back for 2018! The camps are running 12-28th January 2018, encouraging women to kick-start their fitness routine for the new year and challenge themselves to take up a new sport.
Some awesome stats came from the last wave of camps – over 10,500 women attended camps since January 2016 (way in excess of the 8,000 target) which meant that 41 new female contact rugby club teams began in 2017.
I covered the benefits of playing rugby after my first rugby training session, but if you’re unwilling to get on the field during the winter, here are some of the benefits of getting outside to play during the cold weather that will hopefully change your mind!
This post is in collaboration with England Rugby Warrior Camps
Sweaty Betty headband / Sweaty Betty tank / Adidas leggings / Nike Lunarglide 5
The past few weeks have been totally crazy for me, at work and at university – and I have finally come down with a cold. Boo to you, body! I decided to be kind to myself though and take a few days off training in the hope my body will heal in enough time for a 5K park run on Sunday.
At least this gives me chance to share photos I took a few weeks ago, when the sun was shining and my boyfriend and I did plyometrics in the park. It also gives me a chance to give you the lowdown on my recent kit purchases!
The Sweaty Betty Athlete Workout vest was my purchase in Harrogate. I couldn’t really afford it, but how could I leave such fantastic ice-lolly colours behind?! It’s comfortable and sweat-wicking, though the issue I have with all Sweaty Betty tanks is that they are very clingy around the midsection. I get that you don’t want your top riding up during an inverted yoga pose, but I had to get a medium so that it wasn’t too tight, which means that it’s baggy up top. I can get over this slight niggle though as it’s such a fantastic print!
My next most recent kit purchase were these snazzy Adidas leggings. I’d had a faulty pair of gym leggings I sent back which were £60. I picked these up for a mere £30 instead so had enough change for an extra PT session! These are a real showstopper and I’ve had people stop me in the gym to ask where they’re from. I don’t think they will last forever – the waistband is already a little overstretched with bobbles on the fabric here and there – but for thirty quid for a pair of fashion leggings, I really don’t mind. FYI these are a small – size down if you’re between two sizes.
Now, let’s hope this cold clears up and the sun continues to shine, so we can squat, push-up and run in the great outdoors!
A “rest day” may sound like an excuse to lay on the sofa eating chocolate, but the best way for your muscles to recover is to gently use them – to get the restorative blood and nutrients flowing to them, and also get rid of any lingering toxins like lactic acid.
Last week I went away to Harrogate and I used this as an excuse to take a couple of active rest days (granted, on the middle day I hit the hotel gym. But it was still leg day, whether I was on holiday or not!). The hotel I stayed at, Nidd Hall, is set in 40 acres of land and within there is an outdoor fitness circuit you can follow. These were very low impact exercises, like a gravity walker, bodyweight leg press and hip swinger thing, and it was lovely to get outside in the fresh air and have a chat with my boyfriend as we tackled what was basically an outdoor playground.
I kept my food as clean and tasty as possible, and factored in a couple of cheats, such as a trip to the unmissable Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate centre, and a nightly half bottle of wine. Breakfast was a particular favourite of mine – how beautiful is the yoghurt and granola in a martini glass?
I also got a chance to do a little of my favourite active rest day cardio, shopping. And at my favourite store Sweaty Betty too! My purchase will be revealed in a later post.
Harrogate is also the start of the 2014 Tour de France – so this is an ideal opportunity to visit if you’ve been thinking of a Yorkshire trip! The town is lovely and it’s so easy to get to the Yorkshire Dales, York, and Ripon.
Near my boyfriend’s hometown is a Natural Trust forest, Alderley Edge – rather ominously nicknamed The Edge (no, not the guy from U2). It’s a maze of pathways through trees, up hills and down gorges, all ending up at a sharply jutting rock formation which really does seem like the edge of forever. It’s supposedly the home of witches, where Merlin the wizard is buried, and also has an abandoned copper mine – you can see the evidence in the mint green coating on the ground and cliff faces – which all make for quite the epic running environment.
Since we were visiting my other half’s grandad this past weekend we decided to get some real fresh air in our lungs and go for a run around The Edge, not with any particular route in mind, though for this run it really felt best to go randomly: with hills and obstacles, not to mention the boggy pathways which in my opinion only added to the fun.
This run was approximately 6.5mph for 30 minutes, with a quick stopoff for photos on The Edge.. But who’s counting when it’s this fun and you get this caked in mud?!