5kg Dumbbell Arm Workout

Happy Thursday everyone,

Ok, so I’ve done up another arm workout, this time the workout includes some 5kg dumbbells. If you enjoy working out at home, or don’t have a gym membership, I highly recommend purchasing some dumbbells as it will allow you to add some extra resistance to your workouts when your body-weight is no longer challenging enough for you. Light weight dumbbells are also very affordable, I picked up my 5kg set for €12.99. There are so many exercises you can do with dumbbells alone, so they’re definitely worth the purchase. I’ll be adding a lot more dumbbell only workouts in the future to give you some ideas so make sure to call back to check them out.

Before you ask (if you are a woman), the answer is no, lifting weights will not make you bulky. It will actually do the opposite.  Lifting weights accelerates fat burn, builds lean muscle (which is what you want if you want to look toned) and as a results having more lean muscle will increase your metabolism. So, to achieve those lean toned arms you’ve always wanted, lifting weight/resistance training is essential. Trying to achieve this look with body-weight alone can be done but it would take much longer to see results.  Continue reading

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Health Foods: Should we be eating coconut oil?


Coconut oil has exploded in recent years as a healthy alternative to cooking oils such as olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter. But is it really good for the body? I always get curious and do my own research before falling for another marketing hoax. The questions I ask; is coconut oil really that good for you, or can too much of it cause damage in any way? What are the different types of coconut oil? What nutritioun can it provide for me? Should we be consuming it?  Continue reading

Health Foods: Why I have been having Cinnamon everyday

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Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices, and it just so happens that it’s extremely healthy for you. Cinnamon is derived from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum and is nutrient dense with little calories.

Some herbs and spices, including cinnamon, are so rich in antioxidants that just a small pinch can double your antioxidant intake for one meal. Cinnamon is also one of the cheapest source antioxidants you can buy, and is widely available in most supermarkets. It’s definitely one spice that every one should have in their kitchen.  Continue reading

Quick 21 Minute HIIT Workout #1

Hello Monday! Here we are,  a new week, another chance to set yourself some new challenges. To improve yourself from from last week. I’m going to start posting weekly body-weight workouts that require little to no equipment that can be done anywhere so that means you have no excuse not to shred some sweat whenever you get some free time.  All you need is yourself and some motivation to get it done! I’ll try to keep the workouts nice and short so that if you have a busy lifestyle, you could do them on there own, or if you have the extra time you could pair this circuit workout with some short cardio like running, cycling, swimming etc. to challenge yourself even more.

This workout targets the lower body, so if you’ve done a leg workout in the last day or so maybe give it a miss as you don’t want to over train the leg muscles.

What you need: A timer/stopwatch

Instructions:

Complete each exercise for 30 seconds, once you reach the 5th exercise take a 1 minute break then repeat the same circuit again for 2 more rounds. Complete circuit 1 in full first, then move on to circuit 2.

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Plant based diet: High protein foods


This post is inspired by some of my friends who have been asking me recently about meat free dinner ideas that they could start to incorporate into their own diet. For me, being on a plant based diet for over two years, if you handed me some beans, lentils, grains, greens and all that good stuff, I could easily think of multiple delicious meat free meals I could make from them. But for my friends, when I start listing these foods to them, they are a little bit puzzled on what they could make from them. Of course this happens to everyone, if you gave me something I had never cooked with before I would be a bit clueless too. There’s also the aspect of getting used to a meal being complete and satiating without meat. However, that comes with time.

So this post is for any curious person who still eats meat, and wants to explore some meat free options but they don’t know where to start. Continue reading