September
motivation

As Autumn comes in with September, a nostalgic feeling of going back to school brings about a renewed motivational urge to ‘start afresh‘. For most, this may mean getting back into shape, becoming fit or eating more healthily (perhaps all of the above). These feelings are commonly universal to those who want to redeem themselves after a Summer binge of gelato and rose. Therefore, an Autumn detox is more or less necessary to help prevent the accumulation of extra ‘baggage’  i.e. a comfortable layer of insulation for those Winter months.

Chi explores some ways to keep motivated with health and fitness on track…

Eat clean with a designer lunchbox

Make lunches more exciting with Yumbox who are all about eating a balanced and healthy meal. A range of colourful but practical lunch boxes for adults and kids allows you to balance and portion your meal with separate compartments for your main meal, side salad and fruit. What’s more, using a lunch box reduces plastic waste and the leak proof lid means no nasty surprises in your bag!

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Go refined sugar free 

Satisfy your sweet tooth through other ways. Try recipe books such as:

Deliciously Ella 

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Sensationally Sugar Free: Delicious Sugar-Free Recipes for Healthier Eating Every Day 

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The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger

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Treat yourself to some new trainers

Did you know that you should change your work out trainers every 6 months? (on average). If you are running, trainer experts at Asics recommend that trainers should be changed every 450 – 550 miles. Although this may be difficult to calculate with other work out sports which are not as high impact,  signs of wear and tear other than looking at the underside should be noted. This may be:

  • If the midsole shows excessive horizontal creasing or wear on the areas that absorb the most load – the heel and the ball of the foot
  • Try out the ‘press test’ – where you press on the outsole of the shoe and inspect for compression. If the outsole gives very little, that means that the material is highly compressed and is not giving any support to your feet at all.

 

Running 

For women

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For men 

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Work out

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For men

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Gym anywhere with ClassPass

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Now there is no excuse to say that your gym is too far away from your home, or your work place. Class pass allows you to go to any class that you wish around the world! Tried and tested… and highly recommended; from boxing to yoga to pilates. The range and variety of classes can maintain motivation to stay fit and healthy. As well s this, the flexibility of ClassPass means that you can book into a nearby gym class at the very last minute (provided the class is not fully booked).

Two membership options are either a base plan of 5 classes per month or an unlimited pass.

Set a goal

Having a fitness goal to work towards immediately motivates you to train hard in order to achieve the end goal. Therefore, setting yourself a challenge out of your comfort zone, and one that you would not usually consider, may inspire mental and physical motivation. Here are a couple events in the UK that may tickle your fancy:

Bath half marathon

Sunday 12th March 2017

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Sign up here 

London marathon

Sunday 23rd April 2017

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Sign up here 

Tough Mudder 

Established in 2010, with more than 200 events in the UK and attracting over 2.5 million participants, Tough Mudder is globally renowned as a challenging obstacle race for those who want a little more adrenaline and excitement than a marathon.

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Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course (20+ obstacles) taking you out of your comfort zone and challenging your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. There are no podiums, winners or clocks to race against, its not about how fast you can finish the race but rather a challenge that emphasis teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

There are a series of various events other than the original Tough Mudder (10-12k) to suit different preferences:

  • Tough Mudder half: test your physical skills first with this shorter 5 mile obstacle course before tackling the Tough Mudder
  • Toughest Mudder: 8 hour obstacle course between midnight – 8am
  • World’s Toughest Mudder: need to have qualified through the Toughest Mudder as this is an extreme 24 hour obstacle course challenge
  • Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder: for kids!

See event locations here 

Men’s health survival of the fittest

Choose between endurance races or adventure runs! For both men and women, solo or in a team!

Enter here

 

Spring is here.. what
to do in April!

April, the month of spring, blossom, Easter and hopefully lacking April showers!

Here are out favourite events for this month that cater to all ages and backgrounds and aiming  keep you as busy as a bee!

First of all, you can’t beat the best April / Easter food..

Food

  • Urban Food Fest

A Shoreditch car park is transfored into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.

While many of us will spend the Easter weekend up to our eyes in brightly coloured foil wrappers devouring chocolate eggs like our life depended on it, those with less of a sweet tooth might prefer to celebrate with a savoury snack, and what better way than with a Scotch egg?

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Kensington Place has created a twist on a Scotch egg, which will be served throughout the Easter break featuring smoked bacon and apple.

  • Hawker House

    Following last year’s fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast’s indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. New for this year is Neil Rankin’s Meat Hook, a three-metre whole-animal grill that’ll cook up Argentine-style meats to be served with shoestring fries and chimichurri.

    Canada Street , Rotherhithe Friday March 25 2016 – Sunday May 1 2016
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Drink

  • Easter cocktails at Duck and Waffle, meaning a trio of Easter-themed cocktails on pour at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower for one week only from Friday 25 March. Aimed at chocoholics keen for a liquid cocoa fix, the Nutella Negroni twists on the Italian classic via Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, vermouth and a Nutella infusion.

Also in line-up are shots of coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle served in hollowed out duck eggs; and the Beetroot & Chocolate Royalé, a sweet-savoury twist on a Kir Royale featuring beet and cacao liqueur topped with Champagne. All three cost £14.

ABQ Pop Up

If you’ve ever watched Breaking Bad, then you’ll know exactly why this pop up bar is letting you make cocktails with a chemistry set inside an RV.

Popping up until April, ABQ will put you inside a set of Walter White’s iconic yellow overalls and a gas mask, then let you mix three insane cocktails, including the Tripping (which changes flavour as you drink it) and a smoking martini (using whatever base spirit you choose to bring with you).

Details: Now – April | Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JE | £25pp, walk-ins welcome

  • London Coffee Festival

Returning for 2016, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.

  • Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar

The roof of Selfridges has been transformed into an autumnal woodland for this wintry pop-up thats here until the end of April!

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016

Activities

Relive happy (or traumatic) memories of sports day at riverside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour this Easter, which will be hosting an egg and spoon race along Butler’s Wharf. Also taking part in the race are Cantina del Ponte, Butler’s Wharf Chop House and the Blueprint Café.

The races begin at Cantina del Ponte with a 2pm start time for children and 2.15pm time for adults. Prizes galore await for the winners. Both Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have created Easter-themed menus running throughout the weekend including roast spring lamb and Easter cake.

The London Marathon – 24th April

With its throngs of cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers, the London Marathon is our very own world-famous running race. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April.

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Feast of St George

There’s a special Shakespearean theme to the Mayor of London’s party in honour of St George this year. St George’s Day started out in the thirteenth century as a national day of feasting, so look out for the live demos from leading London chefs as well as an English farmer’s market and banqueting area.

Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday April 23 2016