Saturday, 18 February 2017

Anywhere Anytime Fullbody HIIT Workout

I'm off for a little winter break in Dubai in a couple of days. I'll definitely be vlogging the trip and as usual I'll try and be as active as possible on social media, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@wellemmaa). Although this week has acutally been rather nice weatherwise and for example on Wednesday I spent three hours outside in the sunshine teaching ice skating (made me remember why I wanted to become a physical education teacher), I couldn't be happier to take some time off, say hi to the sun and go explore a completely new place to myself. I've obviously made sure our hotel has a gym, but there's no guarantee of the quality of it and I probably won't have time to go to a separate gym while I'm there. So I decided to put together some hardcore bodyweight movements, which should make your body burn and heart rate up in a very short time. Perfect to do in a hotel room or just generally anywhere. Here's how it works:

Monday, 13 February 2017

Healthy & Active Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's day is approaching and I thought I'd think of a few active and just generally a bit different ideas for dates. Personally I love sitting down for dinner or going to the cinema with a huge bag of sweeties (and my But if you really want to spend some quality time with a special someone, is really sitting down quietly the best way to do so? I came up with some alternatives  and while trying them out you can also stay dedicated to being healthy and active even on Valentine's Day.


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sweat & Smile

My latest post on motivation, January and just the general atmosphere around exercising have got me thinking a lot about why people workout nowadays. The pressure to look like somebody on social media or a famous person can be overwhelming and sometimes it seems like many of us workout only to look more like them. People want round bums and flat tummies. And they'll do hundreds of squats and crunches daily to achieve their "dreams". While I too enjoy seeing the results of training in my body, I think this is all a bit wrong.


Friday, 20 January 2017

How to stick to your goals and stay motivated

It's no secret that gyms and fitness classes are packed up at the beginning of the year. There are loads of resolution makers on the move and each and every one of them wants to be fitter this year. For some reason though, the crowds are gone by the time summer starts. It takes some effort to stick to goals and the only person who can decide to reach for them is you. You can hire as many personal trainers as you like, and for sure they can help you in many ways (getting you to do your workout, planning workouts for you, even giving you meal plans). But you need to decide to stick to those plans and do something about them.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Fitness Story

I guess this is a good place to start with the new direction of my blog: to tell you where I am now and how I got here in terms of fitness. I've certainly had my own ups and downs in the past years and I'm a bit nervous about publishing this. But I really want to share my story, so here it is. Enjoy!

As a child and adolescent I was a skinny little thing, who always managed to make all the doctors and nurses concerned about my weight. I didn't do it on purpose, I was just a very active kid. I think I ate like a horse but was also a picky eater. E.g. If we had fish for dinner, it had to be "pink" (also known as salmon). At the age of nine I started gymnastics. It went from a second hobby to a very serious activity, which took all of my time. I loved it, but was planning on quitting almost every year because of the team I was on at first. My mum had a better idea, and when it was physically possible, I changed teams and loved my dear hobby even more. Training got very intense and my team practiced about five to seven times a week, three hours at a time. Needless to say, when you train that much you're physically in very good condition. I even won the junior world championships with my team.
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