Browsing All posts tagged under »Physical exercise«

Get creative with cards

February 25, 2013


I was listening to The Jillian Michaels Show earlier and specifically, a segment on keeping fit when on the move. She shared a great fitness game, using a deck of cards, which I have to share. We all find ourselves far from home, for work or for play, and falling out of a routine. Combine […]

Conservations with the core

February 1, 2013


OK so I know I probably talk too much about how important it is to be self-aware and listen to our bodies … but I tend to talk about this most in the context of running and training rather than life in general. Truth is, our bodies are smart. Very smart. Very very smart! On […]

Body beautiful

October 3, 2012


A week ago today, I was in the Blue Mountains with my partner in crime, HK Adventure Baby, and amongst our many discussions covering everything from work and play, boys and toys to hopes and dreams, we discussed negative body image and the constant mental battles that girls can face. We talked about how ultimately […]

Tai Chi-tastic

September 28, 2012


This morning I had a sweet little run around MacRitchie Reservoir, a gorgeous lush green network of trails in the heart of Singapore and just a stones throw from my sister Rosie’s house. When in this city, it’s always top of my agenda. As the sun started to shine through the thick, dense clouds and […]

Are you tripping?!

August 15, 2012


There is a definite pattern when it comes to me and my place in the world of supplements. First I read or hear about something that is today’s ‘must-have’ and I wonder how I ever managed to survive without it. (Similar to how I felt when GHD’s were invented) I then embark on my own […]

A stitch in time

August 2, 2012


My run this morning lasted precisely six steps, I kid you not!  Post my ritual of caffeine, banana and a scan through my inbox, I left the front door then promptly did a 180 degree about turn and collapsed on a sun lounger by the pool for an hour or so. Feeling sleepy and a […]

Stay F.I.T …

July 19, 2012


As written for and published on – 09/07/12 (F.I.T … Forever in Training) We’re in the midst of July … the humidity has been rising like a phoenix from the flames and Ramadan is around the corner, which, for many of us, means one thing … time to escape to cooler climes and take […]

Priceless art

April 17, 2012


Today I had an eye-opening discussion with Amir Siddiqui from Symmetry in the Gold & Diamond Park.  Fascinating.  One of those guys who just seems to command attention, Amir has a presence and an authority that makes you listen.  He also has a knowledge about fitness, nutrition, health and wellness that quite frankly makes a mockery […]

Time to get T.U.F.F.

October 20, 2011


I’m enormously excited about being sponsored with a Fitness First Platinum Club membership going forward. ENORMOUSLY.  I love the clubs, always have done … the gyms are great, the classes unbeatable in terms of both quality and quantity and the staff are always über friendly. And when I was at FF HQ last week, both […]

In vino veritas

August 29, 2011


Many of the greatest health problems amongst populations today are direct consequences of sedentary lifestyles. Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity … these and many more so-called lifestyle illnesses could more often than not have been totally avoided if it were not for the distinct lack of physical activity … or simply movement in general … […]

The rules of the road

August 25, 2011

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The rules of the road and the trends of training are forever changing. Much like the dating game I guess … and whilst some stand the test of time, others just get gently modified along the way … tweaked following research reports, extensive observation or blog posts from such ground-breaking resources as fit chicks & […]

Baby fit

August 7, 2011

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As published on …. and no mum … don’t worry, I am not expecting!!! The editor of our favourite style site LOVESTYLE.COM will soon be swapping her Jimmy Choos for baby shoes … a baby after all must be the ultimate fashion accessory! With this in mind, this weeks post is all about mums […]

Thai Tai Chi, Cocktail Frocks & Collagen Coffee

July 6, 2011


I had my last BKK run for a while this morning so fitting then that it was one full of action and adventure. I planned a route to and around Lumpini Park … a lush piece of land in the heart of the CBD … the Bangkok version of Safa Park I suppose. And Lumpini […]

Love you

June 27, 2011


As published on This week, LOVESTYLE divas, is a post about loving the way you look.  Dubai is a city full of beautiful women; we’re a young population and compared to other cities, we have high disposable incomes so have no qualms about treating ourselves regularly at spas, beauty salons and the malls. But […]

All hail to aqua with Gail

June 19, 2011


Last week, A PT friend mentioned to me that she’d checked out Gail’s Aqua Aerobics and loved it.  I’d already arranged to go this morning but Marianne’s review just fuelled my anticipation as once upon a time, I associated aqua with purple rinses and a class full of people either very overweight or very pregnant. […]

Workout @ work

June 18, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE As the weather gets hotter it becomes more and more tempting to ditch going out for lunch … ditch any lunchtime activities requiring much energy or outdoor time all together … and opt instead for a desk-delivered gourmet picnic from our local sushi joint. And whilst this may save our spending […]


June 18, 2011


IS WITHIN ME NOW! This was one of the many affirmations I chanted this morning but before I get to this and the others that featured, let’s go back to the beginning. I got in touch with Yvette of Breathe Believe Pilates via the wonderful Noura whose yoga I’ve been to (see Ironing out the […]


June 12, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE.COM Some of us swear by stretching … incorporate it diligently in our every workout.  Others bypass it all together … become forgetful or complacent as injury has never struck so why start now? As for me?  I sit firmly somewhere in between.  I talk about stretching, I have great intentions to […]

Twinkling eyes & secret smiles

June 6, 2011


Yesterday my friend Emily was asking me about how I like to run so much, what I think about and how I keep my busy little mind occupied for so long. My answer ….? It’s my time to get creative, brainstorm, set goals and plan adventures, sing along to cheesey tunes, listen to audio books […]

Beat the heat

May 29, 2011


 Published on LOVESTYLE This morning (note: written & first published last Sun!) LOVESTYLE divas, you will have noticed that the dreaded humidity has arrived … it’s 80% today which equates to a good 8/10 on the FH (Frizzy Hair) scale resulting in a mass of hair that even our GHD’s struggle to tame. So needless […]

Real rocks

May 23, 2011


The last time I paid a visit to Real Pilates, I fell in love. My post Time to get Real said it all. Fast forward a few months and I returned this evening, this time to check out the reformer classes. Different class, different instructor, same results; I fell in love all over again. Here’s […]

Fit for fashion

May 22, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE.COM This weeks post, LOVESTYLE divas, is about looking good whilst you work out. Check out the chicks around you in any gym and you have some, you divas I hope, who wear great threads in gorgeous colours with a cute polish to match. Others however, seem to reserve the cool kit […]

The tragedy of the treadmill

May 15, 2011


Dedicated to AJ. You know who you are and you know what you need to do! Now that Summer has reared it’s hot head on our shores, I’ve had more than a few runners lament over moving inside and taking to the treadmill. Just the word fills me with horror so this post, Tragedy of […]

TRX is the real deal

May 11, 2011


I covered TRX in my Outdoor UAE column not long ago and prior to that in my Top 11 for 2011 in Aquarius but … Last night I went to a new TRX class with a fab new teacher … and thanks to being with my friends Briony and (another) Tori who are TRX newbies, […]

Dubai’s CrossFit Queen

May 10, 2011


Candice Howe of CrossFit LifeSpark was one of the few amazing chicks that featured alongside me in Good Taste’s No Limits feature in March. She’s Dubai’s one and only CrossFit queen and last night, at long last, I went along to one of her classes to find out what it’s all about. CrossFit …. explain?! […]

Burn off the Bunnies

May 8, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE OK LOVESTYLE divas, Easter is now a distant memory which means it’s time to polish off the final chocolate egg if you haven’t already done so. And whilst chocolate in small quantities, especially dark chocolate, is full of disease fighting antioxidants, it still takes its toll on the size of your […]

Born to be fit?

May 1, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE LOVESTYLE divas come in all shapes and sizes so surely it makes sense to find the routine that fits you and not necessarily the masses. Genetics play a lead role in determining our basic body shape and whilst ambition is good, so is realism. Genetics will ultimately determine our metabolism and pre-disposition […]

Gym rules

April 17, 2011


As published on LOVESTYLE.COM This week LOVSTYLE divas, is a post on the most common mistakes seen in the gym. With our super busy lives, the shoes to buy, the malls to trawl, the nails to paint never mind the endless Dubai parties to attend, you need to make your workouts work for you so […]

ViPR & LBD’s

April 15, 2011


This morning I checked out ViPR. It’s my birthday after all and what better way to start a new year by trying new things and … as was the case, finding new muscles that I never new existed! Never heard of it? Neither had I. It’s fresh out the box and brand new to our […]

Ironing out the kinks

April 5, 2011


It’s no secret that yoga is great for running … any high impact, intensive sport really, but I find running in particular benefits, thanks to the improved breathing, alignment, posture and balance that yoga brings. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s a pretty great antidote to life full stop, the day-to-day […]

No time to train?

April 4, 2011


Try Tabata. The concept couldn’t be simpler. Nor the time it takes be any shorter. Yet somehow you finish a session with Hanan dripping in sweat, gasping for breath, aching throughout yet at the same time FEELING FANTASTIC! Fitness experts the world over know all about Tabata. The method is named after a Japanese researcher […]

Back to basics

February 17, 2011


The Times Of Oman newspaper ran a thought-provoking article the other day. The key points were these: Our society today is crazy about fitness. Just look at Dubai; case in point. Not a week goes by without a new fitness company, class or get-fit-quick-programme gracing our shores. No one cared about this 100 years ago […]