Home workout : HIIT

HIIT is everywhere, since the likes of Joe Wicks exploded over youtube and insta a good 3ish years ago, High Intensity Interval Training is THE buzzword in the fitness industry right now.

I have been incorporating a HIIT workout or two into my weekly routine for about 3 years, throughout my pregnancy and not missing a session post pregnancy. This way of training, raising the heartbeat and working to your maximum for only 20-30 minutes is such an appealing trait; no slogging for hours in the gym when you can achieve some major fat burning in the comfort of your own home.

30 minutes won’t give you enough time to get bored especially as the programme usually has 40 seconds on and 20 off…40 seconds to squat jump your little heart out and trust me that’s enough when you are putting in 100%!

I recommend subscribing to Joe Wicks (The body coach) for some killer videos, a good starting point and then once you have been bitten by the bug, its easy to make up your own routines.

Some tips on creating your own routine :

  • Download an interval timer – I use the app ‘IntervalTimer’ and pre set it with my length of exercise (1 minute) and length of rest (30 secs) and repeat it however many times desired. These apps will take care of the timings allowing you to just focus on the workout.
  • Write down your planned routine, make it easy to read with varied moves then save it somewhere for when you have a quick 20 mins spare
  • Pay attention to moves that make you really sweat- I always start my HIIT with a sprint on the spot to really raise my heart rate. Burpees is another killer move that I love to hate!
  • Work all over the body- I love picking moves like jump squats to really work the lower body and press ups to target that chest/ arm area, make sure you target all different areas for maximum benefit.
  • Research moves and their techniques – Spend time to look online or through other videos on how to perform a move, technique is important to prevent injury and also of course research will make sure you are getting the most out of your workout

A good HIIT session will get your body moving and blood pumping in the convenience of your own home, garden or hotel room (yep I love a good holiday jump around) without eating into too much of the day. I like to mix up my sessions with body pump, running and spinning; that way I wont get bored and my body doesn’t get used to just one form.

Disclaimer: I’m no way a qualified expert, just a keen bean when it comes to exercise and a mum looking to make my life easier!

Love Harriet x

 

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Mask it….My fav Facemasks at the mo

I would love to be that girl who indulges in a face mask once a month, a girl who really takes the time out to do the ol’ cucumber on the eyes, slathering that detoxing putty on but I’m not, I am a open the draw ‘oh there’s a facemask, lets do this’ kind of person!

Recently I have been trying to add a mask into my skincare routine, just every so often but its something I am consciously doing to make sure I give my skin a really good cleanse and remove any toxins that maybe bubbling under the surface. I have been using 3 very different products all with the same goal or creating blemish free glowing skin but very different method of achieving it!

Elemis Active Fruit Peel

I have always been a big fan of Elemis and got given this mask a while back, its clear fruit formula smells amazing and goes onto the face really easily. Instructions say to leave it on 5-10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. There’s a tingly sensation and I do feel an instant brightness once its off but as far as working deep within the skin, I’m not so sure?!

Aztec Indian Healing Clay

This is not for the faint hearted and clearly states that you will feel your face pulsate once applied….yep you really do! There is a lot of ancient method behind this clay product such as not using anything metallic when mixing the formula,  the metal then wont interfere with the reaction the powder and water has. Once the paste is created, apply to the face and the challenge is to keep it on for 5-10 mins, by 5 your face will be feeling all sorts of weird but that the magic happening!     Once removed (its quite tricky to do that) you are left with quite red skin but that lovely feeling of a deep cleanse!

I think this mask is fab for a once a month maintenance to keep the blackheads at bay but be warned to really hydrate your skin after use and not to leave the product on more then 10 minutes.

Sukin Anti Pollution Facial Masque

A friend introduced me to Sukin and their amazing natural/ protecting the earth ethos, so I desperately wanted to love their product and enjoy a guilt free pamper which Sukin 100% provided! This paraben free product packed with bamboo charcoal, willowherb and rooibos tea draws out impurities whilst a whole host of natural ingredients work to balance the complexion. The texture of the mask is perfect, not too drying and not too runny, easy to apply and hardens within a few minutes plus super easy to wash off. I kept the mask on for 10 mins plus and it didn’t irritate which is a bonus! I would recommend this one for an easy maintenance mask.

Its hard to see which masks really do have a lasting effect, you need to be super consistent! Let me know if you have tried any masks that I need to get my hands on!

Love Harriet x

 

 

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Sonny you are 2!

I literally can’t believe it was a year ago that I wrote Sonny’s first birthday post ! 730 days you have been with us and my goodness you’ve grown into such a little character! I look back and think that first year was such a shock to the system, some days felt super long but the months altogether went quick! We were learning so much and speeding into this massive world of parenthood.

Fast forward, year 1 to year 2, don’t get me wrong hasn’t been easier but it hasn’t been harder, we’ve learnt that we actually are making such an impact into your little life. The affection that you show has surely come from what you’ve received? Your knowledge and development is so rewarding to witness, you really are giving back to what we are so happy to put in.

Everyday we are amazed at something you’ve done or said and you have that power to stop us in our tracks…my heart skipped when you sang ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ on your own whilst walking down the stairs or when we spot diggers and you shout ‘I see it mummy’ literally my womb aches!!

Of course I have never needed a more peaceful evening cup of tea or sweated as much (even after many HIIT sessions) as I do when you sprint off towards a busy road, throw your dinner all over the floor that I literally just cleaned or throw a tantrum in a very public place…you really know how to rise the ol’ body temperature!

18 Months onwards has really taught me patience, I mean repeating ‘hitting hurts’ ‘don’t bite mummy’ ‘you’ll break your toy if you throw it’ a million times a day will push even the most zen of people over the edge!

All that being said I take the repetitive talk and the massive task trying to teach you right from wrong on, I’ll take that as the flip side is so worthwhile, your little face when you get excited over ‘Bing’ or we treat you to an ice cream is just too adorable! The excitement you show us is just way too bloody cute!!

So my little friend roll on 2-3 years, I cant wait to go on more adventures and just generally have more conversations with you, you really are amazing and such a little mate!

Happy birthday for the 17th!

Love you Sonny x

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A little Headspace….

As I get further into my twenties (only 6 more months of being able to say that!..ah!) I’ve started to really understand the importance of looking after my mind as well as my body.

I’ve exercised hard for well over 15 years and consciously eaten for my body but its often our minds..one of the most important parts!..that gets neglected, it needs a dose of TLC, a little breathing space in order to keep healthy and I feel like its only now that its all suddenly clicked.

There is no hiding from the fact that the pressures of everyday life are increasing at a rapid rate, with anxiety at an all time high and mental health discussed so openly, more and more of us are turning to mindfulness to undo our muddled minds or calm the traffic in our head.

After being an avid list maker to calm my thoughts and firm believer of a problem shared is a problem halved, I realised that sometimes this isn’t enough and maybe I needed to learn how to take myself off to a quiet space and just ‘re-set’ myself. I downloaded the app ‘Headspace’ and have been following the guided mediation programme. One session a day, 3 minutes long, it was so simple and surprisingly easy to follow, the voice taking you through the session is gentle and relaxing plus the programme itself acknowledges that this may all feel strange to begin with but encourages you to stick with it.

After quite a few sessions I can honestly say just having a bit of quiet space and time to focus myself has been really amazing! I feel calmer, stronger and feel a similar buzz to after a sweaty workout. I 100% recommend trying this app, just give yourself a few minutes of you time!

Let me know if you try it!

Love Harriet x

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