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The Benefits of Sprint Training

April 11, 2017
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A lot of people are scared of sprinting and avoid it like the plague. It’s a form of high intensity exercise and it hurts! But like everything, the more you do it the more your body acclimatises and adapts and it becomes less of an ordeal. (I promise you!) It’s also a highly efficient form of training especially for those who are time poor. You can jog for an hour or sprint for twenty minutes and burn the same amount of calories and what’s more, your body’s metabolism will accelerate for hours after upon completing a sprint session. Sprinting is a form of anaerobic exercise which means it doesn’t require oxygen as its energy source. … Continue reading...
Fitness

My 24/7 Yoga Trainer

April 4, 2017
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I love yoga and I love being outside. So now that spring has sprung and the sun is shining, I’m pretty happy taking any opportunity I can to workout in the parks or my garden. Yoga is something I haven’t ever prioritised but whenever I do it I feel so much calmer, more flexible and restored both mentally and physically. So when FeetUp sent me its nifty yoga trainer I couldn’t resist having a play! It’s super easy and quick to assemble and once it’s ready to go you’ll find that having it in the house is like having your very own trainer with you 24/7 – always looking at you as if to say “Go and do some yoga!” I’ve been loving taking the FeetUp Trainer into my garden and going through all the poses on the poster which comes with it.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Surrey Hills Escape

March 24, 2017
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When you live in a city like London regular time-outs where you can slow everything down and just enjoy the simple pleasures are a must. And for me, the most simple way to do this is to escape to the country. I can never resist the call of long walks in the rolling hills and crisp clean air, cosy log fires, long breakfasts with the weekend papers, and just generally being in nature. Having recently got back from Cape Town I was missing hiking in the mountains (and a lot more!) so I decided to book a weekend with my bestie in the Surrey Hills to get my hiking fix.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Take a Hike: Cape Town Mountain Series

March 15, 2017
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Cape Town is surrounded by mountains which makes for dreamy (not so) city slicker living. The two most popular hiking trails are Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Both offer easy and more taxing routes but whichever one you pick – I’m telling you – the views are out of this world! Table mountain will take you longer. I did the toughest most taxing route in just under an hour with some very fit friends. You basically climb massive boulders non-stop. SUCH an epic workout and it sure beats Barry’s Bootcamp or any indoor city workout any day. As for Lion’s Head – there are two routes to choose from when you get further up.… Continue reading...
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I’m Now a fully qualified PT thanks to Train Fitness!

January 19, 2017
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It was four weeks of intensive studying and training. The volume of work was vast (worksheets, learning, exams, assessments, client case studies…) and I had no idea that being a PT involved such a comprehensive understanding of physiology, anatomy and nutrition. BUT I  somehow got through it and I actually loved the time geeking up on the human body! (Nerd alert!) But seriously, the more you learn about the body the more remarkable you realise it is and the more you want to continue to learn. Before starting the Gym Instructor and Level 3 PT course Train Fitness provide you access to its online learning programme.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Currently In Training New Post Next Week!

December 12, 2016
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Hi guys! Just to let you know that I’m currently completing my PT qualification with Train Fitness (who btw are ACE). It’s full time and full on but I’m loving it! (And loving the treats after training too as this pic shows!) Apologies for the lack of posts whilst I’m in training but please sit tight because there’s lots of fab content lined up for next week including my trip to Zanzibar with Wild Fitness and more about the PT course too which I’d strongly recommend to anyone interested in developing their knowledge of health and fitness. Much love, Poppy x  … Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Meditation and Yoga Retreat at Epic Sana Algarve

November 1, 2016
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After a summer of indulgence and WEEK-long celebration for my sister’s wedding in Siena I was ready for some down time. The Quarter Life Health Project (see previous posts) had been my saving grace and much needed peaceful interlude preluding summer’s final hedonistic finale which left me well and truly spent! Morning breaks. View from my room. I arrived at Epic Sana Algarve, located on Praia da Falésia beach just 35 minutes from Faro airport, on October 1st for a week of yoga, meditation, beach walks and general bliss. Oh and the opportunity to bask in October’s sunshine and 28 degree celsius heat suited me just PERFECTLY too!… Continue reading...
Fitness

Don’t Sweat It

August 19, 2016
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Ok I’m going to talk about deodorants and antiperspirants BUT STICK WITH ME I promise this is interesting and useful stuff! On a daily basis I tend to wear a natural, fragrance free deodorant. But for those occasions when you want to ensure that no sweat ruins your carefully curated #OOTD (say you’re at a wedding, on a date, or you have a photoshoot) then personally, I want to be in a no-sweat zone. So what’s the best product for the job? There are lots to choose from but Perspirex caught my eye for a few reasons. (If you’ve got sensitive skin then I’d opt for the Perspirex Comfort rather than the Perspirex Original.… Continue reading...
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POPPY’S SECRET IS OUT!!

July 5, 2016
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After an admittedly long time coming THE secret is out on iTunes! But all the best secret’s are worth waiting for and I can’t wait to hear what you think! Please do share your thoughts using the social media addresses and tags: Instagram @poppycross #poppyssecret Twitter: @poppyphilomenac Facebook Group: Poppy’s Secret I really hope this ebook benefits you. Be strong, be determined, be healthy and be happy. You deserve it. Much love. Xx CLICK HERE FOR THE EBOOK… Continue reading...