Healthy & happy

This weekend I took part in my second ever colour run. Anyone who’s taken part in one of these runs will know how much fun it is – seriously, if every run started and ended with a rainbow of colours thrown in the air then I’d run a hell of a lot more!!

Taking part in the run got me thinking about the things that make me happy and how I try to pick myself up when I’m feeling down. Now, I don’t know about you but I’m constantly striving for a happier and healthier life. That’s not to say I’m unhappy with my current state of affairs but I struggle with anxiety and often get myself into a cycle of negative thinking.

As difficult as I find it at times, I do believe that it’s important that we stay present in life; focusing on the here and know, enjoying every moment of it. So what can we do right here, right now to ensure we’re leading the happiest & healthiest lives possible?

I’ve listed my top 10 ways to start leading a happier, healthier life now.

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walking for health

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I love walking. Now it might not be the coolest thing in the world but bear with me a minute.

Up until a few years ago walking was one of two things for me. A necessity or a bore. The thought of going for a long walk around the countryside was not at the top of my to do list and I would much rather be beasting it out at the gym, or having an afternoon drinking session with my friends. Fast forward three years though and what’s changed?

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I have a love hate relationship with running. I love running at my leisure, with no set pace and length in mind, but I hate despise running during a Crossfit WOD or race. I love running when the sun is shining (and even in the summer rain) but I hate running in the cold and the dark. I love running outside but I hate running on the treadmill. 

At the start of 2017, I set the goal to mix up my workouts a bit more and try something new every month. Now running isn’t new to me but it is something I don’t work on enough, so when John Lewis got in touch to send me some trainers for their website I jumped at the chance.

What better motivation right?

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Eating healthy on a budget

Life is pretty hectic at the moment, not only have I just gone and bagged myself a new job (Wahoo!), but I’m also in the midst of buying a new house. The last couple of weeks have been crazy with mortgage applications etc. (fingers crossed!) and I’ve really had to be a bit more conscious about all the money I’m spending, especially when it comes to food. You may have already noticed that my Instagram hasn’t been super full of my latest inventions as I really have had to reign it in.

Although, it has got me thinking… is it really possible to eat a super healthy diet on a budget?

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Crossfit

If you religiously read my blog or follow me on social media you’ll know that earlier this year I competed in my first Crossfit competition (read it here) at The Rainhill Trials. Even though the weekend was insanely stressful and tiring I have to say it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages. I thought I would be self-conscious competing in front of the crowds of people as I’m not even a fan of coaches watching me in the gym (yes I have issues!) but on the day I completely forgot that the crowd was there and just focused on each wod, each rep and enjoyed every minute of it!

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