Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Turn Your Passion For Fitness Into A Career

Hi everyone

Most people who currently occupy professional roles in the UK health and fitness industry will tell you that they got into their current business because they were interested in health, fitness and exercise and were regular gym users or sports practitioners.
If you have an interest or passion for any aspect of health and fitness, you might like to consider turning your interest into a career.

The first step is to think about what you envision yourself doing in your new career. It will probably be something related to whatever currently interests you about fitness. Maybe you just have a general liking of sports and exercise, or perhaps you’re interested in something specific like Pilates or sports massage therapy.
Another thing to consider is whether you’d prefer a role in which you train a single person at a time, or whether you’d be comfortable teaching fitness classes consisting of a large number of people.
There is, unfortunately, no legal requirement that people have any sort of professional qualification in order to work in the UK fitness industry, but without an accredited qualification, no fitness establishment will hire you, as there insurance won’t protect them against injury claims from people injured while under the care of any of their staff members who aren’t properly qualified. 

You also won’t be able to get limited liability insurance for any business you want to set up yourself, such as that of a freelance personal trainer, meaning you’ll be personally liable for the cost of any injuries anyone sustains while under your supervision. In worst case scenarios this can land you in debt for the rest of your life.

Once you’ve thought about all these things and have an idea of what sort of fitness career you’d like to forge for yourself, it’s time to compare the different vocational training providers and find the right qualification to start you out.
Something to be aware of is that there are different levels of qualification in the fitness sector, and that some of the more complex level 3 or 4 courses require you to also have achieved a level 2 qualification. 

For example, if you want to be a personal trainer, you’ll need to complete a level 2 gym instructor course before you can take the level 3 personal training course.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to undergo two periods of training, however, as many providers will let you study two courses in a combined training package, so for example study a level 2 gym and a level 3 personal training course at the same time.
Some roles in the fitness industry can filled by persons with only one qualification at the entry level, such as an aerobics instructor, a position which requires only a level 2 exercise to music qualification.
Once you’ve identified the qualification you’ll need in order to begin your new career, you need to consider the matters of scheduling and funding.

If you have existing work or family commitments, it might not be practical for you to put everything else on hold while you undergo two or more weeks or full-time study at a training centre somewhere.

It is for precisely this reason that training providers allow flexibility with their course scheduling. Most give their aspiring fitness professionals the option of full-time or part-time study. Some are so flexible that they allow all of the course material to be studied online.

Regarding funding, fitness industry training courses can cost anywhere from a few hundred to more than a couple thousand pounds, depending on the specific course you do and the training provider you do it with.
If you’ve got savings and can pay your course fees in one lump sum, that’s great, but many people prefer to apply for a finance package that will let them pay for their training with monthly instalments.

Most training providers offer finance to students, but the terms will be differ with each provider. Some providers will provide 0% finance; others will add interest onto the monthly payments. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of any finance package thoroughly before purchasing.

Any provider will likely require you to undergo a credit check before being accepted for finance, so if you need assistance paying for your course, it helps to have paid off any outstanding credit card debit you’ve accumulated. 
If you’ve never paid for anything on credit before, you might not actually have a detectable credit score, in which case you should take out a credit card, use it to buy something relatively inexpensive and pay off the debt amount immediately. Doing this should generate an initial positive credit rating that will make you eligible to receive finance for a fitness industry training course.

Once you’ve completed your training and are a qualified fitness professional, you’ll be eligible to enter the fitness industry and find work. Some newly qualified professionals set themselves up as entirely independent businesses right from the start, instead of working at a fitness establishment or for an existing fitness business.

Most industry experts would recommend waiting until you have a guaranteed means of income before going it alone. This usually means waiting until you’ve got a list of clients who have indicated that they are willing to pay for whatever service you provide for the foreseeable future.

Finally, do not expect success and clients to come automatically just because you have a qualification. The fitness industry is very competitive, and to be successful, you need to work smart as well as hard. Learn as much as you can about how to market yourself and grow your client list using both physical and Web-based marketing methods.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

My secret shhhh

Hi everyone, 

Well, it's a rainy day here. So I thought I would share with you a little secret. 

I love to play online bingo. I always spend responsible but I love the thrill of playing online and I like to keep updated with the latest and greatest sites find more out here 

I like to think I am buying a dream. I always look at the jackpot and dream what I would do with it. so, I thought it would be fun to share my dreams with you. Usually, every game has a different prize amount but I thought I'd round it to the nearest round number. 

A bottle of prosecco for me and the girls 

New dog harness for my girl Millie 

A meal out with our best friend for curry and beer after biking, 

A spa break with the hubby and pups. Nice meal and nice massage BLISS

A big biking splurge getting a whole new wardrobe for me and the hubby and a few more dog toys of course. With a weekend in our favorite hotel for biking in Peebles. 

Ok, this one is a bit weird but pay off the council tax for the year. I would love this having the extra money every month that would be awesome. 

A new car for me. Last year we bought a new family car for us and the dogs, it is bike friendly and loads of boot space for Millie and Mylo. My car is very old and is just a runaround but I would love to update it. I wouldn't buy a new one just a new run around that fits my massage bed in better. 
Plus a holiday to the Alps biking, taking both our dogs and our besties. 

The ultimate dream. Buy a house, car and dream holiday around the world. I would train to be a physiotherapist. My hubby would retrain as a bike mechanic I think and buy a bike shop somewhere.

I think gambling online is fun as long as you are sensible and only spend what you can spare. 

What would you buy? 


Friday, 9 June 2017

Six Tips To Make Your Diet a Success

Hi everyone, 

Dieting is hard, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil. Whether you’re doing it for health reasons, to change your appearance, or to fit a dress for a special occasion, it can be hard to stay on the right track. But, it’s such a vital part of losing weight. While exercise is great and helps a huge amount - not much will change if your diet doesn’t. If you’re already dieting, and want some exercise tips, then why not check out a recent blog post about the best gym equipment to have at home?

If you’re struggling to stick to your diet, don’t worry. Everyone who’s ever dieted has been there too! Here’s some top tips to help you stick it out.

1. Make achievable changes

If you’re going to diet successfully, there’s no point choosing one that’s completely unachievable. You need to make changes that you can stick with, and not ones that are completely unreasonable. It’s unlikely that you’ll never eat a pizza or chocolate bar again - so don’t start thinking you can. ‘Cheat nights’ are fine - as long as they happen very occasionally! If a diet is to be sustainable, it has to be enjoyable too. You won’t stick to it if you can’t eat nice meals. But there are plenty of methods out there that let you eat tasty meals - you might just need to experiment and see what works for you.

2. Learn new recipes

It can be hard to diet if you don’t know what to cook. If you’re tired and hungry, you just want simple comfort food that you can whip up in a second. And that’s where most diets go wrong. So, invest in a good recipe book. Find one that deals exclusively with weight loss, and pick out some meals that sound good and within your skill level. Then, get practicing! It’ll take a while before you can make them without reading the recipe, but the more you can learn, the better armed you’ll be. Here’s a few to get you started.

3. Control those cravings

Sugar addiction is just as real as smoking or alcohol. And that means it can be quite hard to kick it. Try to find suitable replacements - sweet fruits, maple syrup, natural honey and natural jam are a good place to start. And, as mentioned below, if you don’t have it in your home, hopefully you’ll be less tempted too. Apple cider vinegar is another trick to try - it’s said to help curb any sugar cravings, so if you’re struggling, give it a go. This is a great article to help you cut those cravings out for good.

4. Shop sensibly

If you don’t have it in the house, you can’t eat it! So, once a week you should sit down and write out a meal plan, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a few snacks in between. Then, write your shopping list using that. Hopefully, if you’re controlled when you shop, you won’t sneak any sugary treats into your basket! And then if there’s nothing in the house, you’ll be made to eat healthily - until it becomes habit, rather than through will power and force.

5. Give your diet a boost

All the celebs are doing it, so why shouldn’t you? One easy way to help your diet succeed is to try diet supplements. Packed with natural herbs and fruit extracts, they’re a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs, without eating too many calories.

6. Drink plenty of water

Many people confuse hunger with thirst. So, next time you’re feeling hungry and it’s not a meal time, try drinking a glass of water. This will make you feel full, and it’s great for your health. You should aim to drink six to eight glasses of water a day, but you might need more depending on how much exercise you’re doing!


6 Natural Ways to Maintain Beautiful Skin

Hi everyone, 


There may not be a fountain of youth where we can bathe our skin in on a monthly basis, but the food we eat and products we use all have an effect on the state of our skin. Your body needs nutrients to fight off damage and vitamins to reproduce cells. It’s not just our mental health and stress levels which benefit from fruit, veggies and a good night’s sleep, but our physical appearance too! Here are my top ways to give your skin a boost, without putting any nasty chemicals onto it.

Stay hydrated

Being just a little bit dehydrated causes your body to not work at its optimum level, and when your body needs water, your skin will be dull, loose and flakey. The recommended amount of water per day is 3.7 litres, but if you exercise frequently or live at altitude or somewhere hot, you will probably need to consume more.

Limit sun exposure

Small amounts of exposure to sunlight are good for your skin, and vitamin D is good for our wellbeing, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Overexposure to the sun can cause irreparable damage to your skin and can be the culprit of scarring, premature ageing and sun spots. If you must be in the sun for long periods of time, don’t forget to use a high SPF sunscreen and to wear a hat.

Use natural skin products

Many skin care products contain harsh chemicals which dry out and irritate your skin. By choosing organic skin care, you are choosing to cover your skin in nature’s best gifts. Be sure to check the packaging for a list of ingredients to be sure that what you are buying is good for you first.

Consume antioxidants

Antioxidants are the best chance we can give our body for fighting off infection, disease, and ageing. These foods all work to decrease inflammation and wrinkles, meaning that it really is true when they say you are what you eat. Some of the best sources of antioxidants are:
  • Acai berries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Spinach
  • Raspberries
  • Goji berries
  • Organic green tea
  • Dark chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Purple grapes

It is also important to remember that your body and skin need a full range of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants to stay healthy, so when you are thinking about your meals, choose foods which are bright in colors rather than just beige!


Your skin rejuvenates and repairs at night when you are sound asleep. If you are tired and unrested, you will likely have dark circles around your eyes and your skin will look as dull and tired as you feel! Where possible, try and get in a full eight hours of snoozing a night.

Exercise often

Exercising isn’t only good for your fitness and health, but your skin too. By exercising and sweating, more oxygen circulates, and antioxidants make their way through your pores and onto your skin, which makes it both clearer and firmer.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Monthy Faves

Hi everyone,

Oh my gosh where did the last month go?
Let's chat monthly faves!


I'm back to fitness( well kinda still having physio). So it's back to healthy food and treats! OH My the protein cookies are insanely good. I got the two flavours chocolate chip and double chocolate. They are both really nice super filling treats and perfect for having in your back pocket on a ride. The double chocolate is the best. It's melt in the mouth delish. You get the best of both worlds great taste and 10g of protein for muscle repair and recovery! £16.99 for a box All vegan and gluten free too. 

As you might have guessed I have been a bit snack happy this month and I need to mention 
Vanilla protein booster Yum Yum Yum with 13g of plant protein and a great taste this has been my work snack go too. Love the taste and it really stops me reaching for the biscuit tin. I love Pulsin whey protein isolate starting at £11.69. 

I have been making my morning smoothie with this. 
I add one coffee pod with ice a scoop of this powder and a banana and blend. If I'm super hungry I add some oats this is the perfect breakfast for on the go. It's so tasty and packed full of goodness Plus a much-needed coffee boost. 

I never really got into the whole fibre mascara thing. This is really great I am going to do a full review of this soon but I needed to let you know about it. cougar beauty products have released this amazing mascara. It gives you the same effect as false lashes but without the drama of having to apply them. Basically, the best going out mascara in the world. No more eyelash glue stuck to your hand! what more could you ask and under £20!

Fleur de force lipstick with Mac cosmetics. I have followed Fleur since her beginning and she is my favourite YouTuber so when she got to bring out a lipstick with one of my all time favourite companies I had to have it! I was really worried this was going to be a lippy I have in my collection but never use. But it has been my go to daily. I was one of those on the Mac website daily checking for it and I was very lucky to grab one. I wish I had ordered two now though as they sold out so quick.  The colour is a my lips but better nude and in creamsheen formula so not drying at all. Last ages on the lips what more could you want. 

You know I love makeup brushes and have more than I require but as a makeup artist, I can never ever have too many right? Are fast becoming my go-to brand for makeup brushes. The brushes quality is insane for the price! 

F06 This foundation /contour brush has been used daily since I got it! I sue it for powder and I have to say its heaven. It super soft and so pretty. It blends powder on your face like no other I have in my collection. I have tried it with bronzer and It really gives you the best finish on your skin. At only £13.15 Get your hands on it before they sell out. 

Let's talk about the F33 contour brush. When I first saw this I was totally like, aw another gimmick. Great that's, that's all we need. Until I got hold of it and used. This is an industry game changer brush. Where has this brush been all my contouring life?????
This makes contouring so easy. its the perfect shape for cheeks and nose contouring and the brush is soft and the quality is just above and beyond! 
I use the super pointed side for accurate contour line and flip around for blending. this went straight in to my favourite all time brushes collection! Again only £13.15 why waste your money on anything else! You will thank me if you have the chance to grab one of these. 

As you know I have tried hundreds of brow product. I feel like I am on a never ending search for a brow product. 

Until I found Fab Brows DUO I am in love with this powder! It is the best brow product I have ever tried. It last all day with no budging. 
Not even a day on the mountain bike trails moved this product. 

The little brush it comes with is amazing they have put so much thought into this product. Normally I use my own brushes but this one is so good and accurate that I didn't need to! If you love your brows, You need this in your life. My biggest problem is finding a shade for my brows. I have blond hair and I find it a really struggle as I don't want really dark brown. The light/medium is perfect and I have been using it daily and had so many compliments and only £20! Go get it!


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

You're Never Fully Dressed Without An Accessory (Or Two)

Hi Everyone

When you’ve been working (and working out) all week, there’s nothing sweeter than getting to Friday or Saturday night, so you can go out and let your hair down. Whether you’re having dinner with friends, or are off to dance the night away; choosing what you’re going to wear and getting ready is all part of the fun. But, remember not to rush out of the door without your finishing touches, and plan your accessories before you leave (they’ll help you look and feel great).

Focus On Your Feet

Your feet might be tired after a hectic week in the office, or running around after the kids; so why not make them feel beautiful when you’re off on a night out. The shoes you decide to wear can pull together your whole outfit, and could infuse a pop of color and pattern into your final look.

Shoes are a chance for you to be playful and show off your fun Friday-side, and don’t worry; they don’t have to be six-inch stilettos (unless you want them to be of course). There are so many gorgeous flats and mid-heel height shoes available, all of which are fashion-forward, and will complete your outfit beautifully. Try and invest in a few pairs that you know will cover all bases when it comes to what clothes you’re wearing and how important your comfort levels are for the evening ahead.


Adorn Your Figure

When you’ve got your clothes and shoes on, you can’t leave out your neck, wrists, ears, and fingers! They deserve to feel just as beautiful; even if it’s not all at the same time. Whether it’s fine jewelry or costume, the shiny and sparkly touches you add at the end of getting ready can make all the difference. Before you (or a loved-one) invest in any fine jewelry, try and figure out what shade and finish are best for your skin tone, and, more importantly, which you like the most. Maybe a cool silver or platinum make your eyes light up, or you prefer the warmth of a gold vermeil finish to your necklaces and rings; either way, it’ll be fun when you go to try on a few things, to see what suits you the best.

Statement and costume bangles, neck pieces, and rings are an excellent way to introduce the very latest in fashion trends to your wardrobe, as they won’t cost a fortune, and you can layer them up to reflect your personal style. Have fun mixing and matching different pieces in the mirror to see what works and what doesn’t. Then pop them on and walk out your door with confidence.

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Wrap Up Your Belongings

Now, you’re fully dressed and accessorized from head to toe; however, you can’t forget your purse, makeup, keys, and phone! You need the right bag, that will carry all your precious essentials, and complement your outfit of choice. Much like all the accessories discussed previously, your handbag is a great way to add some playful fun, bright color, and on-trend pattern to your attire. Maybe you want more bling, so you choose an embellished clutch style, or perhaps you want a classic leather bag, but in a bright hue; the possibilities are endless. For some fun evening bag options, take a look here.

Whatever you decide to accessorize with; have fun in finding stuff, and take advantage of a great excuse to go shopping!


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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Top 6 Pieces of Gym Equipment For Your Home

Hi everyone, 
Having a home gym would be a dream come true for many of us. But if you don’t have the space or budget to fill your house with treadmills and rowing machines, don’t despair! A huge amount of the most effective equipment doesn’t have to take up too much room or stretch your bank balance. So, let’s take a look at some essential home gym equipment out there to help you get fit for summer.


One of the most versatile pieces of equipment out there, a good set of dumbbells should be right near the top of your list of items. There are literally hundreds of different exercises that you can do, and if you invest in some adjustable ones, you can increase the amount of weight over time so you are always improving. Try to complete your exercises in front of a mirror so you are confident that you are using the proper technique.

Pull Up Bar

It may seem strange to say, but pull up bars don’t have to be just for pull ups! There are a few different exercises that you can try, along with the classic technique itself. It is worth checking out some pull up bar reviews before you settle on one that is right for you and your home. There are some that you can put above your doorways, and these have the added advantage of always providing you with a reminder to do some every time you walk through!

Jump Rope

If you are looking for an affordable and lightweight piece of equipment to do some cardio work, look no further than a jump rope. If you haven’t jumped rope for a number of years, you may be surprised to find out that it seems a lot harder than when you were a kid. It also has the added benefit of improving your coordination and sense of balance. A durable rope is the best option if you are a beginner, while a lighter option is better to increase your speed.

Medicine Ball

A medicine ball is another fantastically versatile piece of equipment, providing you with a tool to work on your core strength. Just some of the common workouts include throwing it, carrying it or doing abdominal exercises. If you are doing exercises where you a throwing it about, you are better off choosing a softer and lighter model.


Probably one of the most popular pieces of equipment that has emerged in the last couple of years, kettlebells provide you with some workouts that you simply can’t do with other similar items. Try to choose some with some big, smooth handles to give you the best grip.     

Exercise Mat

A whole range of stretching and flexibility workouts require and exercise mat to give you a good base. If you are planning to go for some high-intensity workouts, it is better to choose one with thick cushioning. However, a thinner one is the better choice if you are planning to do yoga on it.  

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