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HomeDNA at Home Genetic Testing Review – Healthy Weight

HomeDNA at Home Genetic Testing Review – Healthy Weight

*This post was written in collaboration with HomeDNA. 

 

A little while ago I was contacted by HomeDNA to try out their at home genetic testing kits. I’ve always been intrigued by these services and so I jumped at the chance to take the Healthy Weight test. Like many other women before me, I’ve always been conscious of my appearance and have spent many hours in the gym, trying to shed those ‘extra’ pounds. I was curious to find out how my body works and what I can do to aid staying at a healthy weight.

 

What did I have to do?

 

First of all, HomeDNA send out a test kit to complete at home and send back to them. The test kit comes with four swabs that you use to collect cells from the inside of both cheeks. It’s so easy to complete the swabs and all you have to do is seal them in the envelope provided, fill in all of your details and send them over to the lab for testing. This process is super simple, then all you have to do is sit back and wait for your results to arrive in your inbox!

Once your test has been analysed, you receive a report with detailed explanations into each area of your genetic makeup, in reference to maintaining a healthy weight. The report makes is really easy to understand the ins and outs of what is going on with your body and it also gives you pointers on what you can do to enhance your lifestyle, helping you to achieve a healthy weight!

 

An insight into my results –

 

The healthy weight test analyses four body traits;

  1. Weight loss ability.
  2. Food.
  3. Nutrients.
  4. Response to exercise.

As someone who has spent a hell of a lot of their adult life in the gym, the response to exercise sections was something I couldn’t wait to find out about. The test gives you an idea of the kinds of exercise that your body responds to, so that you can create the perfect exercise plan for you. I’ve also tried many diets over the years, so I thought it would be good to find out what foods are good for me personally, when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.

When my results came back, I was pleased to read that my weight loss ability is ‘normal’, that means that there are no more excuses! So if I feel like I’m carrying a little extra weight, it’s because I need to watch the kinds of food that I’m eating. Not because my body isn’t functioning as it should. My weight fluctuates naturally and since I’ve had children I’ve found weight loss harder to achieve. From taking this test I’ve realised that my body hasn’t changed irreparably and I can’t blame having children for an increase in weight, it’s just about balancing things out to maintain my healthy weight.

I also learned from taking this test that my fat loss response to cardio is ‘low’. Now, most of my exercise regime is made up of different types of cardio. I swap and change my plan between the exercise bike, the treadmill and the cross trainer. These days I do this around 4 days out of 7. Actually according to my results, in order to notice a difference from cardio training I should be exercising 5 – 7 days a week at a moderate to high intensity and for a minimum of 300 minutes per week. This was a real eye-opener for me as I’ve often commented on not seeing results from exercise and it seems there may be a reason for that.

 

The verdict –

 

These are just a few of the results from my test, the ones that really jumped out at me and what I was most curious to find out about. The report itself is pages and pages long, this test really doesn’t leave any stone un-turned. I still find myself going back to my results, this helps me to make the appropriate changes to my lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight is something that always has and always will be important to me. Even more so now that I have two girls to keep fit and healthy for!

I’m so pleased I took the healthy weight test from HomeDNA and I’m even more impressed with how in-depth and informative my results are. There are other tests that HomeDNA do too, including ancestry tests. I’m pretty sure they’ve not seen the back of me!

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Lapasa Yoga Leggings – Review

Lapasa Yoga Leggings – Review

Keeping fit is one of my favourite things to do. For me it’s not necessarily about being thin, it’s about being physically fit enough to keep up with our girls. Now that I have two toddlers running around, it’s really important that they can’t out run me!

Over the years I’ve tried so many different workouts. From the gym, to running and swimming. Recently though I decided I would try my hand a Pilates and absolutely fell in love with it! I did find however, that the workout gear that I usually wear is far too restrictive for Pilates. I was sure leggings were the way to go, when I was contacted by Lapasa to try out their new range of yoga pants, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

Lapasa, a company originating from Canada, produce underwear, sportswear and casual clothes. One of the great things about Lapasa is that they spend quality time with sporting communities, to determine exactly what’s needed in terms of sportswear. Their gear is made with the consumer in mind, meaning that style, comfort and using the latest technology is at the top of their priority list. The aim of Lapasa is to make you look good whilst maximising your performance at the same time!

 

Lapasa Purple Space Dye Leggings

I spent some time perusing over the different types of leggings that Lapasa have on offer, in the end I went for the full length leggings in purple space dye. I usually go for plain workout gear, but Lapasa have such a wide range of amazing colours that I just couldn’t resist, after all sports wear doesn’t have to be boring!

 

 

When my leggings arrived I was really impressed with the packaging. They come in a compact, branded box and you can tell immediately that they’re going to good! Attention to detail, even down to the packaging, really makes a difference. When I got the leggings out of the box they felt super soft and of excellent quality. I loved the mix of colours and that the waistband appeared thick, in comparison to other brands where often the waistband is too thin for comfort.

 

Working Out with Lapasa

Even though the product looked and felt great, the proof of good workout gear is in the wearing and I wasn’t disappointed! I always find buying clothes online difficult when it comes to gauging what size to buy, but Lapasa have really nailed their sizes and they fit perfectly. They are honestly the comfiest leggings I’ve worn to date. They’re extra stretchy, making my Pilates sessions easier than ever and the material helps to keep you cool as you workout. I’ve also found that after a few washes they’re still looking and feeling fabulous!

 

 

I’ve been really impressed with my new leggings from Lapasa. So much so that I’ll definitely be investing in more sportswear from them in the future. They’re comfortable, stylish, fun and practical. I’ve never looked so good working out!

If you fancy purchasing your own Lapasa workout gear, don’t forget to take advantage of 10% discount by using the code thetale1 !

 

The guys over at Lapasa would like to give my readers the chance to win a pair of their own leggings, all you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do take a peek at the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

Lapasa Leggings Giveaway

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Lapasa. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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BusyLizzy Family Club, Baby and Toddler Classes with a Difference – FREE CLASS

BusyLizzy Family Club, Baby and Toddler Classes with a Difference – FREE CLASS

What do you think of when you hear ‘baby group’ or ‘toddler class’? Does it send shivers down your spine as you picture the chaos of old school groups, where none of the toys are working and the tea is tepid at best? If so, then I have the answer to your prayers! This week I’ve teamed up with Busylizzy Family Club, to showcase their new and revolutionised baby and toddler groups for the under 4s.

 

What’s on offer?

Busylizzy split their classes into three different groups; baby classes, mini classes and active tots. Each group offers the correct level of activity for the age group. therefore bringing out the best in your little ones from the outset!

Baby classes – these classes are specifically designed to provide a calm and supportive atmosphere for you and your little one. You can choose from a range of music, baby sign, baby massage and yoga among others. With so many different activities to try out, there’s no chance of tedium setting in!

 

 

Mini classes – these classes are aimed at children in the early stages of toddlerdom. You and your littles can choose from a variety of classes including mini Monet art classes or mini explorers with obstacles and excitement galore as well as many more. All of these classes are designed to teach colour recognition, counting and coordination. All in a fun and multi-sensory environment!

 

 

Active tots – these classes have been created with the older toddler in mind. Busylizzy have an amazing range of classes including languages, music, drama, ballet and yoga to name a few. All of these classes give you the chance to join in with your little ones and it gives them the perfect opportunity to let their wonderful characters shine through!

 

Mummy Fitness

Postnatal fitness is a great way to regain your confidence in the months after giving birth. That’s why Busylizzy offer the bee’s knees in mummy fitness classes! Depending on the type of workout you’re after, you’re free to choose from aerobics, yoga, pilates and buggyfitness to name just a few. The best bit? You take your little one along with you! There’s no need to worry about childcare and it offers perfect bonding time for mum and baby.

 

How are Busylizzy different from the rest?

The beauty of becoming a Busylizzy member is that is offers an incredible amount of flexibility when it comes to choosing classes. Your schedule does not have to be set in stone, one week you might enjoy a little ballet and another hip hop might tickle your fancy. Busylizzy offers a unique approach to attending classes, allowing you and your family to pick and mix at your leisure!

As parents themselves, the guys over at Busylizzy also appreciate that life doesn’t always go according to plan where children are involved. For this reason they give you the option of cancelling and rescheduling your classes up to as little as two hours before it begins. This also means that paying for classes whilst you’re on holiday is a thing of the past!

As well as all of that, Busylizzy gives you the chance to meet and socialise with like minded parents. Having a baby can be a daunting time, but surrounding yourself with friends can make you feel much less alone!

 

Do you fancy trying out a Busylizzy class completely FREE of charge? Find out where your nearest class is HERE and claim your spot today!

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Busylizzy Family Club.

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Five Reasons You Should Exercise More

Five Reasons You Should Exercise More

I’ve always loved exercise, fitness and I are no stranger.  I’ve spent most of the past year working out at home, but with the Littlest turning one this month I’ve been feeling like it’s time to get back into keeping myself fit and healthy with a passion!

After re-joining my pre-baby gym, I spent a few days finding my feet with the equipment.  I then had a program drawn up by one of the trainers.  Having always trained by myself, this was a real eye-opener for me.  My trainer put me through my paces for around an hour, reintroducing me to the world I know and love!

Even though I have continued to exercise, doing it in the gym feels different.  The environment makes me work harder and the latest equipment makes working out much easier than you’d think.  So in light of my reignited passion for working out, here are five reasons why you should get more exercise:

Exercise boosts your energy levels.

When you first start exercising it can seem completely knackering.  Stick with it though, because once you start to become a little fitter your energy levels will increase.  You’ll eventually want to work out even more.   I for one always feel more lethargic if I haven’t been active enough during the day.  Even if it’s just a walk around the block, I guarantee it’ll make you feel alive!

Exercise reduces blood pressure.

This can only be a good thing, right?  In this day and age our lives can be so stressful.  Juggling work, children and everything else in between can see our blood pressure rising.  Taking a little time out to exercise can help to reduce stress and bring blood pressure back down to where it should be.

Exercise can improve your mood.

Depression and anxiety can be difficult to over come.  A lot of the time exercise will be the last thing you feel like doing.  However, if you can find it in yourself to push towards doing even a little, it often helps to lift your mood.  As an anxiety sufferer, I can vouch for the benefits that exercise has had on my mental health.  I find working out gives me the focus I need to distract myself from anxious thoughts and feelings.

Exercise can help you get better sleep.

This ties in well with the improvement of mood through exercise.  Not only are we wearing ourselves out a little more than usual, but our minds and bodies will feel more rested.  No more going to bed with an overactive brain, imagine the benefits you’ll reap from a good nights sleep!

Exercise can be fun!

Not all exercise is hard or boring.  There are so many different things you can do: classes, swimming, walking, running and many more.  You may have to try a few different activities to find what you like most, but wouldn’t it be great if you were exercising and having fun at the same time?

 

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Why Podcasts are my New Found Love

Why Podcasts are my New Found Love

Whilst driving and in the gym I’m always plugged in, usually to the radio or the never ending playlists on my phone.  I’m not into any specific genre, so I often vary the station I listen to or the playlist I shuffle through.  However, of late I’ve noticed myself skipping tracks and stations.  I’m bored of the endless rattling on the radio and beat of the latest songs.

Ever since I had children I’ve felt like my brain has needed a little nurturing.  I’m not saying being a parent doesn’t require the use of our brains, it definitely does – just in a different way.  So with my recent falling out of love with music and radio, I’ve ventured into the world of Podcasts.  What a lightbulb moment!  Not only are my workouts and car journeys more interesting, my brain is also getting the exercise it’s been longing for.  I’m learning so much and I love it!

My favourite Podcast so far is Mad World with Bryony Gordon.  Mad World is piped over to us by The Telegraph and each week we get an insight into the mental health of a different guest.  The first episode lets us into the life of Prince Harry, I won’t give away too much but he portrays himself so very well and in my opinion, it’s a must listen!

In the second episode Bryony chats to Mandy Stevens, the former NHS Mental Health Director.  This instalment is so insightful, Mandy leaves no stone unturned when discussing her own battle with clinical depression.  Now well on her way to recovery she is living proof that depression can affect anyone, but also that it can be conquered!  This episode will stick with me for a long time and again in my opinion, is a must listen!

The world of Podcasts is such an exciting place, I find myself searching for new content to listen to at every opportunity.  I’ve also started to listen to them more when I’m working and even just pottering around the house.  I’m about the venture into blogging Podcasts, hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two about what I should actually be doing with my little corner of the internet!

Do you listen to Podcasts?  Please leave your recommendations in the comments below! 

 

 

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How to Burn Easy Calories at Home

How to Burn Easy Calories at Home

The New Year is upon us, and up and down the country many people will be hitting their new exercise regimes harder than ever before.  The problem with waiting for January 1st to adorn yourself in your fancy new kit, before heading to the gym with good intentions in tow, is that it’s never going to last.

I appreciate that this sounds super negative, and it won’t happen like that for everyone.  However, fitting a gym visit into you’re already incredibly busy day often becomes a chore.

There are easier ways though!  Ways that you can easily incorporate into your day around naptimes, school runs, work and cooking the tea.  Not to mention everything else you have to do around the house.  With these easy to do exercises you’ll increase your heart rate, build up a sweat and burn those stubborn calories!

Stair climbing: 

Now lets keep things real, I’m not talking about running up and down stairs like a crazy person.  A) that’s  boring and b) if you have  neighbours they would not be happy!  Step up and down on the bottom step at a respectable pace, put the laptop a few step up with you’re favourite boxset on and you’ve cracked it.  This may not seem like a great exercise, but whilst you’re catching up on Netflix’s finest you could burning up to 200 calories in  20 minutes.  That’s definitely not to be scoffed at!

Running on the spot:

Again, this may not sound that appealing but running on the spot could burn up to 100 calories in 20 minutes!  All you have to do is remember to get on those feet, maybe when your favourite program is on?  Maybe when the kids have gone to bed or are having one of those rare occupying themselves moments?  Finding the will power isn’t always easy but I guarantee you, if you keep it up for a couple of weeks you will start noticing your body change inside and out.

Skipping:

This is one of my favourites, especially on Summer nights after it’s cooled down a little.  Getting your skip on could burn up to 100 calories in just 15 minutes, and once you get into a rhythm it’s great fun!

Walking:

The old faithful, and one that you can get the whole family involved in!  I don’t think there’s much better than getting outside for a bit of exercise and fresh air.  Depending on your pace, walking is a great calorie burner at around 90 calories for every 15 minutes you have your power boots on! I must admit I do find it harder to get out in the Winter.  I’m not a fan of the cold but gearing up and biting the bullet always makes me feel better in the end.

So there you have it, super easy ways to burn calories at home.  Not only is it easier than getting to the gym but it’s cheaper too!

 

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