Love Your Body Health Hub

Hackney may be well known for it’s crime, estates and emerging youth culture but the borough has more to offer than what meets the eye. Quickly becoming one of London’s most sought-after spots to live, the Love Your Body Health Hub is providing even more reason to love this infamous location.

The Love Your Body team held an open day of free classes and I was quick to sign up. Participating in three consecutive sessions may sound like something that only a crazy person would do, but I was determined to get a taste for as much of the gym as possible.

First up was the Inversion class. I wasn’t too sure what I was letting myself in for with this one, or with any of the classes for that matter, but it turned out that I was going to be involved in some very interesting yoga. Personally, I’m not the biggest yoga fan and tend to avoid it at all times possible. However, after the hour was up I was pleasantly surprised. From the usual downward dog position to headstands and handstands, I left the class feeling stretched and elongated, as well as my tummy aching slightly from all the giggling when first attempting the headstands. A good start to the day!

Next was Tabata! A form of high intensity interval training (HIIT), helping to burn calories fast. Placed in pairs, we squatted, jumped and burpeed our way into working up a sweat. A lot of sweat. In fact the whole class worked so hard that the windows steamed up. Definitely a sign of a good session. Then it was time for the final class…

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Cave Man. Seriously a class like no other. If you want to test your limits and see your fitness reach new heights, this is the one for you. A combination of indoor exercise stations and outdoor sprinting; we spent two minutes working flat out indoors and then outside for two minutes of sprints, indoors again for the next station, then back out and so forth. The indoor activities ranged from box jumps to bar weights to rowing and ropes. A strangely enjoyable hell on earth, with heavenly body results!

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Overall, the day was great! Fun fitness with friendly people, what more could you really ask for? If you fancy trying out any of the Health Hub classes (I would strongly recommend that you do), then find or contact them here. Classes range from £6-£10 depending on what time of day you go, or membership costs £50-£65 and fruit is free! Maybe it’s time to Love Your Body like never before. xx

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Whole Wheat & Fruit Pancakes

It’s Pancake Day tomorrow but that doesn’t mean that the more health conscious of us should have to miss out. Try these whole wheat and fruit pancakes for a healthier (and super yummy) alternative.

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What do you need?

  • 3/4 cups (105 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups (105 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups (295 to 350 ml) milk, whole or 2% reduced fat milk are best
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet
  • Fruit of your choice (I recommend blueberries, strawberries and raspberries)

How do you make them?

Whisk flours, sugar, baking powder and the salt in a medium bowl, set aside. Warm the milk until lukewarm, not hot (you should be able to dip in your finger without being burnt). Whisk milk, butter and the egg together until blended.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Pour milk mixture into the well and stir with a fork until mixed and only small clumps of flour remain. Add in the fruit and mix again. Do not over mix batter.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Once warm, lightly brush with melted butter. Spoon a 1/4-cup of the batter onto the skillet and gently spread into a 4-inch circle. When the edges look dry and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surfaces of the pancakes, turn over, about 2 minutes. Once flipped, cook 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.

Your pancakes should be golden with fruit throughout the middle (heaven!). You can serve them with any topping of your choice. Try fruit, honey, freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice or melted dark chocolate for the healthiest finish!

Happy Healthy Pancake Day guys! Enjoy xx

Glowing Skin- The Simple Way

After a long winter, it’s no surprise if your skin is looking tired and dull. Chances are, it’s crying for some well deserved TLC. Spring may be in sight, promising the sunshine and freshness that our skin needs to be it’s best, but it’s just not close enough!

I’ve found a solution and it’s from one of my favourite skin care brands, Simple. Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream is a light moisturising face cream with vitamins, gradual tan and it’s kind to your skin. I’m not really one to use tanning products, but Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream builds a soft natural glow rather than an obvious tan and leaves my skin feeling soft and ready to take on the world (or the hottie I spotted around the office)!

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I have very sensitive skin and feel no worry to use Simple, which refuses to use artificial colours, perfume or harsh chemicals. This product is a god send and will be part of my beauty routine until the sunshine arrives. Vary the amount of times you apply this moisture cream dependent on your skin tone. I have olive skin and use two to three times a week, but to all girls with lighter skin, it’s fine to use more!

For a natural glow to make your skin healthy and happy, try Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream for just £4.99 (or currently in Boots for £3.33)! xx

Go Get It.

Happy Sunday and Happy February! The Tigeress Lifestyle January Fitness challenge has come to an end and a huge congratulations to anybody who gave it a good go!! You should be super proud!

With January 2015 gone forever, how do you feel? If you were to live the month again what would you change- anything or nothing at all? Did you give January your full efforts? Did you make yourself proud? January has been and gone, very quickly I must say, and there’s absolutely no going back. Did you make the most of the month?
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The point that I’m trying to make is that your life is what you make of it. If you put 100% into meeting the goals that you want to achieve and tackling the challenges that you are faced with, then it will come. Be that working flat out in your exercise class to earn that top bod, running that little further than usual to push your fitness to new limits, cutting back on the tasty (and unhealthy) treats to improve your health or giving your all into making your dreams a reality. Anything is possible if you want it badly enough and the only person who can make it happen is you.
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Don’t make your life something that you look back on and wish you did differently. Push your limits. Be your best. There’s a new month ahead of us with new challenges to embrace. Hello, February… What have you got in store? xx
All images by the talented Dean Martindale.