photo (1)I read article after article telling me how free running is. All you need is a pair of trainers, a sports bra, something resembling a tracksuit and you are good to go. I used to be one of those people who believed that. In fact the first time I went running I had the all the requisite gear and off I went. I remember coming back, looking at my feet and wondering why they were covered in blisters. I did a little research and saw that it was probably my socks. Socks? I hadn’t even thought of socks.

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Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to go and try a Hiitgirl class in Highgate, thanks to BeFit:London and the #HHHChallenge I’m doing. Hiitgirl was founded by Susan and Stuart Dyson who wanted to create a workout that would fit into the lives of busy women who wanted an effective work out which wouldn’t take up a lot of their time.

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Earlier this week I went to a Get the Gloss and Boomcycle event – one all about the importance of food when trying to improve fitness. Called Sweatworking, it only came to my attention because of one of the women from the Be:Fit London’s Hot, Healthy and Happy Challenge community! I will always be grateful to her for bringing this event to my attention since I had a really good time.

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Yesterday I went to my first ever spinning class. When I tore the tendon in my knee years ago the physiotherapist told me that cycling was an excellent way of strengthening the muscles and tendons. Skip forward a good half decade and I finally decided to take her up on her advice. Part of the #HHHChallenge is to try something new and when they took over the whole of Boom Cycle’s Shoreditch (that place in East London which seems to be the epicentre of all things cool) Studio there was no way they could keep me away.

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BeFit London started the #HHHChallenge one and a half weeks’ ago with the goal of getting as many people as possible Hot, Healthy and Happy by Christmas. I love everything BeFit do and when I had the chance to join up, I did. It’s been a week and a half of a stricter diet and regular exercise and while this one its own would be dull but doable (maybe) it’s the community aspect of the whole thing that I have fallen in love with. The facebook page for this group is thriving.

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