Sunday, 28 February 2016

Dog Walk Fun.

Today, instead of a traditional blog post I just thought I'd share a little video of some dog walking fun we had at the park this morning. Given that Obi is part sled dog (he's half Alaskan Malamute) we've been experimenting with getting him to pull along my boyfriend on some roller blades...he's by no means an expert but it's gorgeous to see him having fun and getting some good exercise (yes, he's a little chunky, we're working on that one!)

I've edited some footage from our DBPower action cam (like a Go Pro but cheaper, you can find it on Amazon here), it's not perfect as I'm still learning how to get the best footage and getting in practice for when we hit the mountain again in the couple of weeks! But I'm fairly please with how it's turned out.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: My Thoughts - Thug Kitchen

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Friday, 26 February 2016

My Thoughts - Thug Kitchen.

Since I recently decided to make the transition to a fully vegan diet, I decided that I needed to expand my recipe book collection to incorporate some vegan treats. I know that there's millions of recipes on the internet, but for me there's something exciting about having a physical book which is easy to access, has great recipes and lots of drool worthy photos to boot. With that said, let me introduce you to Thug Kitchen.

My General Life - My Thoughts Thug Kitchen Review (Vegan)

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Five Ways to Have a Positive Morning.

Following on from my recent post on 'Creating Healthy Habits', I thought that I would share five ways you can go about having yourself a positive morning. If you want to have a positive day, it's really important to get the day off on the right foot and set things in motion for the day ahead.

My General Life - Five Ways to Have a Positive Morning

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Things I've Learnt from Aerial Hoop.

I bloody love aerial hoop, it has to be the most enjoyable form of exercise I've ever tried. Not only that, but it's challenging, has really helped to build my upper body strength and it pushes me to improve my flexibility. So having been a hooper for about 9 months now, I thought I'd share some of the things I've learnt.

I remember after my first class I was in so much pain, I couldn't even sit properly for a few days. But that's what happens when you're not used to dangling upside down by the back of your knees! The more you practice the more your skin and muscles desensitise to the pressure.

If you are thinking of taking up aerial hoop, prepare yourself now for being a literal walking bruise. And maybe side swerve short dresses for a while! I have found that over time I do bruise a little less, however, that's probably because I now cover myself up with long leggings and socks, but I still have pretty much permanent bruises on my feet and the backs of my knees. I like to think of them as trophies.

This is so important as your hands are really quite essential to moving yourself around the hoop and generally just clinging on for dear life. My hands are definitely tougher now, but when I first started I did get a few little tears. Sarah from That Squat Bot has recently posted on how to care for hands from a Crossfit perspective, but having also done Crossfit in the past, I think this is really applicable to aerial hoop as my hands are affected just as much. 

No matter what move it is, aerial hoop always makes for lovely photos and even the simplest of moves look can look mind-bogglingly complicated. Take one of my favourite moves - machine gun (the photo above), for example. It looks nigh on impossible to get in to...actually it's really not too tricky to do once you get your head around it and it looks insane!

Like I said earlier, aerial hoop is definitely the most fun form of exercise I've ever done. And it's also so easy to adapt to suit people of all level and abilities, meaning that pretty much anyone can enjoy it in some way, shape or form.

Have you ever tried aerial hoop? Or any other form of aerial skills for that matter? What did you think? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Creating Healthy Habits.

Humans are creatures of habit. I'm sure all of us have our little routines that we complete on a daily or weekly basis that are intrinsic to our day. Some habits can have a positive impact on our lives, for example, exercise, and some habits can have a negative impact such as smoking. Today I wanted to chat about how we can work towards creating healthy habits that will promote our well-being and improve our overall quality of life.

My General Life - Creating Healthy Habits

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Easy Dairy Substitutes.

I think for lots of people, myself included at one point, the idea or possibility of giving up milk products is a terrifying one. Most of us grow up drinking or consuming dairy in one way, shape or form. However, having now kicked my dairy habit (which was surprisingly easy), I thought I'd share some ways that I've found to simply substitute dairy, I promise you won't feel like you're missing out!

My General Life - Easy Dairy Substitutes - Vegan

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Let's Talk Annual Leave - #WholeVacation.

Did you know that the average UK employee only uses 77% of their annual leave each year? I didn't know this and quite frankly, it astounds me. I can't quite understand why someone wouldn't want to take all their holiday, after all you're getting paid to not be at work! But it happens and I'm sure there are reasons why it happens.

My General Life - Let's Talk Annual Leave #wholevacation

Friday, 12 February 2016

So I Started A Bullet Journal...

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I'd never even heard of a bullet journal. I saw a couple of posts on my Twitter timeline about them and thought "wtf is this...tell me more". So I hopped on over to the Bullet Journal website and immediately got drawn in by the possibilities. Ryder Carroll (the brains behind the idea) describes it as "the analogue system for the digital age". And I'd agree, there's something very old school about having a physical journal and diary with written pages and space to just be creative. 

My General Life - Starting a Bullet Journal - Lifestyle

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Learning to Snowboard - The Update.

At the beginning of October I wrote my first post on starting the journey to being a snowboarder (you can catch up here). Things have moved on a wee bit since then so I thought I'd give you a little update on how things are getting on and where I'm up to currently.

My General Life - Learning to Snowboard - The Update

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My Thoughts - The Microbiome Solution.

The Microbiome Solution* by Robynne Chuktan M.D is a newly released book all about, as the title suggests, our microbiome. Robynne is an integrative gastroenterologist with extensive knowledge on the impact of the gut microbiome on overall health, particularly in relation to inflammatory bowel conditions and the use of food as part of a holistic treatment programme.

My General Life - The Microbiome Solution - Book Review

Friday, 5 February 2016

Finding Balance.

Today we're talking balance. What is it, why it's important and how you can promote positive balance in your life. Think this is relevant to you? Then click that little keep reading button down there ↓

My General Life - Finding Balance - Health - Wellbeing

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Veganuary Round Up.

January is over, can you bloody believe it! That also means that Veganuary is now also over. Now I know I haven't done a full month of Veganuary as I started at the end of my holiday (around the 10th Jan) but I thought I'd do a little round up of my thoughts, well, just because I can.