I have a confession - I have never been a gym person. I hate it, the noise, the sweat, other peoples sweat - just no. Don't get my wrong I have spent a fair amount of time in gyms when training for a half marathon in the winter or that time when I was addicted to spin classes - oh how times have changed! I personally find that the gym and routine can get boring although I know some people love it. Where do you workout when you get bored of your current routine?
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Walking and Exploring - I love to walk, it's such a good way to get outside, explore and see some amazing views if you decide to go for a hike. Whenever we are on holiday Matt and I walk for miles, so much so that our legs ache and our feet are dusty by the end of the day. Putting on a pair of walking boots or trainers and just setting out for the day in a gorgeous place is always a good thing to do. You'll exercise without even knowing it (unless you are scrambling up hills following my Dad, yes this does happen on a regular basis!), you'll breath in fresh air and reconnect to nature.
Bouldering - As a yoga teacher I find that I use a lot of my own body weight so to mix things up climbing and bouldering can be so fun to do and because you are pulling up your own body weight you are working different muscles to the ones you use in yoga. On my brothers stag do I ended up going along and we all did the Via Ferrata Xtreme in Honister Pass, this was the most terrifying experience of my life but I loved every minute! So if you want to mix up your workout routine why not give something new and scary a try?
Horse Riding - As you will know if you have been reading my blog for a long time I grew up in Cumbria where the weather is wild and the landscape is stunning so I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, mostly riding horses. Horse riding will work muscles you never even know you had and the connect that you have with your horse is one of openness and trust - it's magical!
Quick Sports Bra Recap
I was recently sent two sports bras from Shock Absorber which I took with me on my holiday in Europe to try out. I wore them while hiking, exploring and practising yoga. On a side note I always prefer to wear sports bras when I know there will be a lot of walking and sight seeing, I personally find them much more comfortable and let's face it - when the weather is HOT and sweaty we all need as much comfort as we can get. Okay back to the bras, the quality and support that both bras gave are great. For yoga I usually go for light support but as a girl with a bit of a bust (I'm a 34C) I really liked the extra support that both the Ultimate Run Bra and the Active Zipped Plunge Bra gave especially when I was hiking or running around after my niece and nephew. The detailing is super cute and I love a racer backed bra so they were a win win really! The final thing I loved about these bras is that they come in actual bra sizing rather than small, medium, large - so you can be confident that you are ordering the correct size