It's Thursday so that means it's time for a fitness post and something important to me, real life fitness.
My recommendation this week isn't the hottest London class or technical sport it's to get outside and get active the regular old-fashioned way. I constantly hear people say they'd love to lose weight but they don't have time to go to the gym or they can't afford a gym membership. That's nonsense. Firstly, losing weight isn't all about spending hours in the gym it's about having a proper diet. A good diet will help anyone lose weight (by diet I definitely don't mean "go on a diet" I mean the food you eat daily) and secondly getting active doesn't have to take place in a gym.
If you're reading this and you're worrying about how you're going to fit the gym into your Christmas schedule then I have a few ideas to help:
1. Call a friend and go for a brisk walk - it's freezing out at the moment so you'll have to walk at a good pace to keep warm. Plan a fun route home maybe via some Christmas lights, get off social media and give someone you love a call. Catch up with an old friend, confirm Christmas plans with family or give your gran a call and make her day.
Here's me out walking with my number one side-kick, Gatsby.
2. Go for a run - don't plan anything too ambitious, just a 20 minute route will do. Try and think of one with a hill, sprint up the hill, sprint between lamp-posts. Make that 20 minutes tough and make it count.
Gatsby does not look excited about option 2.
3. Crank up the Christmas tunes and have a boogie - my best friend came over to my house a few weeks ago and we started playing potential songs for her wedding play list. After a number of runs through all of Steps' greatest hits, the Macarena, Cotton Eye Joe and B* Witched we had been dancing for about 90 minutes and we had to open all of the windows we were so hot. It was probably one of my most favourite workouts ever.
Finally try and remember that there's more to life than the gym. Get outside in the fresh air and snow ?! (fingers crossed) I'll be out for a short run on Christmas Day to make room for a huge plate of turkey. I hope that you all have a fantastic festive season, that you eat and drink lots and that you have a wonderful time with friends and family. Merry Christmas!