Health

SIMPLE GYM SKINCARE ROUTINE

Whether you’re a high-intensity city worker who likes to pound pedals during a 6am spin class or a super chilled yoga-bunny who ends the day with some Vinyasa Flow, we all share one workout in common- lugging around a heavy gym bag! 

Since you can’t really discard your trainers and sports bra other areas need to be streamlined to alleviate some strain.  Having the right beauty products means when you’re exiting your kickboxing class you look like someone who’s about to walk on stage, not someone who’s been avoiding flying kicks. I'm using Simple Limited Edition range which as it says on the tin excels as simplicity.  The new Limited Edition edition range includes a three-step skincare routine that is perfect for pre and post workout.  The packaging looks just how I want my skin to look, new, clean and fresh.

simple cleanse wipes

1. PRE-WORKOUT CLEANSE

I particularly hate mascara & eyeliner running into my eyes during a sweaty workout so use the Simple Limited Edition Fitness Cleansing Wipes pre-workout to remove makeup.  These wipes cleanse skin quickly and thoroughly with just a few sweeps of the wipe, meaning there’s no need to tug at your skin. This ensures clear skin as your makeup is not clogging up your pores when working out. 

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2. POST WORKOUT WASH

After I've been worked out I have a shower (obvs) and use the Simple Limited Edition Fitness Moisturising Cleansing Wash on my face to cleanse and rehydrate my skin not to mention removing every remnant of sweat from my skin enabling me to feel confident that I'm leaving odour free.

Simple 3 step cleanse

3.  POST WORKOUT GLOW

I use the Simple Limited Edition Hydrating Light Moisturiser to lock in moisture and fully rehydrate my skin. The moisturiser even contains Pro-Vitamin B5 and is perfect for even sensitive skin.

Gym Skincare Routine

So there you have it. Make space in your gym bag immediately! 

This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with Simple Skincare. You can shop the range by clicking  here.

Get To Know: The Launch

People say it’s not what you know but who you know, but I think it’s a healthy measure of both! I am launching a women’s events and networking series called Get To Know with two female powerhouses Adrienne and Hayley and I’d love you to be part of the launch event at The Hoxton Hotel.

Hoxton Holborn London

Our inboxes are full of questions and queries from passionate motivated women all in need of the necessary info for success that you can't find on Google.  Get To Know aims to be the go-to platform where aspirational women can come together and learn from the experts as well as one another.

LEARN

We are going to provide direct access to women who have made it to the top within the industries of their choice so each event will have guest speakers discussing essential topics such as branding, self confidence, money management, fitness and health, everything you need  to know will be covered.

At our launch event a panel of guests will be giving talks and answering questions from the Get To Know community. Once the talking is done and all your questions are answered it will be P.A.R.T.Y time with some baddass female DJs and every attendee will go home with a Get To Know partybag. 

Hayley Adrienne London AJ Odudu

Get To Know: The Launch is on Thursday 21st September at The Hoxton Shoreditch at 18:30.  If you have even the smallest flame of burning desire to fulfill all you can be then come and join us. We would love to Get To Know you. Click here for tickets.

XOXO

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WHEN: Thursday 21st September, 18:30

WHERE: The Hoxton Shorditch Hotel, 81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU

HOW: Click here

The Beginners Guide To Aerial Yoga

Anti-Gravity or Aerial Yoga uses silk hammocks to support your body and suspend you in mid air allowing you to do challenging stretches you’ve never done before.  It’s like being a trapeze artist without the threat of plummeting to your death in front of a large crowd of people, which is good with me. 

Dancer Pose Yoga

I absolutely loved my first Aerial Yoga class at The London Dance Academy and so thought I’d share my 4-step guide to aerial yoga for beginners. Get ready to fly!

STEP 1. Don’t Eat Or Drink Within 2 Hours Before Class 

In class you’ll be twisting, turning, hanging upside down, swinging and literally spreading your legs. Avoid feeling queasy by taking it easy on the food before class.

Standing Splits Aerial Yoga

STEP 2. Sit Back

Postures that look like they’re not of great benefit are doing more than you think. My favourite one was the chair pose which is said to help relieve lower back pain and improve posture.

Chair Pose Aerial Yoga

 STEP 3. Try Every Posture

It’s easy to look at certain demonstrations and doubt that you’d be able to do it but you shouldn’t feel intimidated. Moves that look intricate to begin with are quite often the postures that you find yourself in seconds later as the teacher takes you through them step-by-step. There’s a lot of room for progression and poses that you find difficult on the floor become much easier in the hammock. I mean just check out my upside down dancer pose; I couldn’t do this on the floor!

Aerial Yoga Pose

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Let Go

There were certainly times in class that I strongly doubted that the harness was going to be able to carry my 10.5 stones of body weight and instead rip the ceiling down.  I like to take the roof off when DJing but when it’s your body mass that’s responsible it’s just embarrassing.  Thankfully, the harness is designed to hold up to 2000lbs in weight which is the equivalent to 10 baby elephants, though holding any more than 4 elephants at a time means the range of positions they can do is extremely limited. So as the Frozen princess sings: Let It Go!

Anti-gravity yoga

So there you have it. A class great for your body, mind and Instagram feed. Happy Swinging. 

XOXO

What I’m Wearing: Primark top &  leggings

Yoga Matt by Primark

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Primark | #PrimarkSetGo

I'm Running The London Marathon

I’m running this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April and I’m both excited and terrified in unequal measure (currently the excited to terrified ratio is 1 to loads). Yes, I enjoy running. Yes, I have good fitness levels already.  But I’ve never ran 26.2 miles in one go before and I’ve never had to face the potential humiliation of being over taken by a novice dressed as a chicken.

Run London

Over the past 5 years I’ve attended many marathons and have become very good at them.  Spectating really is an underrated discipline. I’ve watched from mile 8 where the runners look strong, happy and totally at one with their costume (or at two if they’re a donkey).  But I’ve also watched from mile 25 where the scenes are somewhat different. Bleeding nipples, tears of pain, sweaty banana suits peeling off, and, if your spectating skills aren’t as tuned as mine, you might accidentally look down and clock some soiled undies. So I know what I’m getting myself into.  My three main priorities are; 1) don’t hurt myself 2) don’t ruin a pair of undies and 3) to trip anyone dressed as poultry.  

Tower Bridge London

So why am I taking on such a challenge?

Five reasons:

1) There’s really something special about thousands of people coming together to run for fantastic causes in one direction: forward.

2) My spectating coach says I’ve pushed spectating as far as I can.

3) I watched my friends over the years try and fail to win a ballot space so now that I have one I can’t wimp out!

4) My friends that have ran it have all said “you see the city how you’ve never seen it before”. Perhaps they missed out "through squinted eyes and a layer of sweat" ...but I'm still keen to see it for myself.

5) The feeling crossing over the finish line.  It will be my biggest physical achievement to date and I can’t wait to cock my head back and scream at the top of my lungs “Thank f*** that’s over!”

The London Eye

As a complete Marathon novice I’d really value your support; training tips, podcast and music suggestions to listen to whilst I’m running, recovery tips and motivation so Tweet me @ajodudu or follow my progress on Instagram @ajodudu . Currently I keep telling myself this:

The London Marathon

But I need positive mantras coming out of my ears!

Big thanks (?!) to adidas for getting me a spot. Closer to the time I will announce a charity that I will be running for but until then...send help!

Virgin London Marathon 2017

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XOXO

 

 

2017 | Three Ways To A Fresh Fit Start

You’ve hammered the Christmas parties- hard. You’ve hammered the chocolates- lard. And New Year’s Eve was so boozy your flatmates walked in on you licking the base of an empty tin of Celebrations. We’ve all been there.

New Year

So it’s fair to say the season’s festive hurdles have been a serious impediment to your progress at the gym- I get it. My gym lately has been ghost town. Even the ghosts have been slacking. So we just need to put the guilt behind us. It’s now all about the new year and the word on the street is it’s 2017! Here are three simple things that you can do to kick start the next 12 months and engage the “new you” ethos. *Fit kit at the ready*

1. Single leg kick backs

Many people sit at desks most of the day, which allows their glutes (butts) to get weak because they're not using them. An effective exercise to tone your glutes is single leg kickbacks. Do this exercise two or three times per week for 8-12 reps and 3-5 sets and not only will you notice your legs are stronger, but your derriere will be perkier. This exercise will also work your hamstrings. Let’s kick it!

Single Leg Kick Back

2. Run

If you can; RUN! Not only does it benefit your cardiovascular system helping to improve stamina and function with all internal organs, but it also combats mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. If you’ve never ran before, grab a bottle of water, your headphones, press play and walk for  1 minute before breaking into a light jog for 1 minute and repeat for 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised how quickly you build the stamina and confidence to run. 

Run

3. Flex & Smile

To most of us flexing is somewhere between vain and embarrassing, yet I can’t help but smile when I pop my hip out and bring on the “gun show”. Research shows that smiling is really good for you as neurotransmitters called Endorphins are released when we smile and they’re responsible for making us feel happy and even help to reduce stress. So my advice? Find somewhere outside the gaze of judgemental strangers, get your favourite fit kit on and get FLEX HAPPY! 

Flex Friday

Happy New Year everyone!

XOXO

Wearing New Look Crop Top & Leggings, Trainers from Next

New Look Fit Kit

There’s nothing like a brand new fit kit to incentivise your workouts.  Thanks to the nice people at New Look I’m now covered in bold prints, matching co-ords and slogan tees which are light and comfortable. New Look has managed to create a range that is performance focused whilst looking completely awesome and very ‘now’, and what’s more, I got to be apart of their campaign video!

The shoot was one of my favourites I’ve done in ages for many reasons. For one, I got to hang out with two of my best fit friends Adrienne and Kim. Adrienne taught me a badass dance routine in between takes. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen on my story.

Adrienne London, Tone What You Own

Then, I got to punch a bag. I never knew I’d feel so smug afterwards!  That bag will think twice now before giving me a dirty look.

Boxing + New Look

Plus, I got to take home my favourite pieces from the collection, including the Marble Print Leggings and top below.

New Look Marble Print Leggings and Top

Life’s too short for a boring fit kit and I think New Look got the memo. What do you think of the collection?

XOXO

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with New Look

Top 5 Buddy Workout Benefits

Like most people, I can quickly become bored when doing the same fitness routines over and over, so my secret to keeping on track is to opt for fun ways to stay active that never really feel like working out. A great and very simple way to achieve this, is by working out with a friend.

Buddy workout Tasha Greene

According to research from go ahead! we’re 74% more likely to stay on track with our fitness goals if we do them with a friend. Because of this, the team at go ahead! has teamed up with a squad of fitness and wellness experts (including little ol' me) for their go ahead! Summer Buddy Project.

The project encourages people to ‘buddy up’, to help make sure they stay motivated to keep on track with their healthy intentions. With this in mind, here are my top five buddy workout benefits: 

1. More motivation to get up and go if you're meeting a friend

You're less likely to cancel on your mate for a fit date than cancel on the gym if no-one is there to meet you. Nobody likes a flake (unless it's literally made out of chocolate).

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2. You get more out of your workout

 A bit of friendly competition helps you push each other to stretch your limits. You're more likely to do an extra rep or run a little faster with your friend.

3. Train together, stay together

Exercise can actually create a greater bond between you and your friend (catch up on all the gossip whilst sweating together) and studies show couples who work out together are happier in their relationship.

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4. It's a confidence boost

You're more likely to venture into that intimidating weights section of the gym, or try a new fitness class if you've got a friend with you for moral support.

5. It's fun!

You can definitely have a giggle with your mate during exercise, even if you're simply cracking a strained sweaty smile during a spin class.

So there you have it; pop on your gym kit, grab a buddy and enjoy your workout!

fun fitness with friends

For even more tips check out the go ahead! Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as right here,  on my Youtube Channel and daily fitness updates on my Instagram!

XOXO

This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with go ahead! :)

How To Stay Fit & Fresh | Perspirex

I've got a new BFF that is always there for me and never let's me down. It goes by the name of Perspirex, an anti perspirant that comes in the smallest of packages yet keeps me smelling fresher for longer.

Perspirex Original

Firstly, I've not been desperately seeking a new anti perspirant but I do like to change it every few months to ensure my pits don't become immune to my current one.

Arm pits

Secondly, Perspirex Original and Comfort costs £8.49. With that price tag tag, I thought that it must be pretty special and require special treatment. I wasn't wrong. 

It comes with precise application instructions and my initial reaction to this revelation was *yawn* but luckily it’s pretty straight forward. All you need to do is;

  • Apply it before bed to clean, dry and unbroken skin

  • wake up and shower as usual. No need to re-apply.

  • Smell fresh despite having not re-applied for up to 3-5 days

Obviously this sounds far too good to be true so I put it to the test in the sweatiest of workout sessions  (the Third Space Elevation Challenge) to see just how good this under armour is.

During my fitness challenge  I did  1 speedy kilometre on the rowing machine, followed by burning 50 calories as fast as I could on a bike, a 1km run and then finished it off with 10 burpees.

Rowing Machine

It was just under twenty minutes of sweat-inducing exercise yet my agreeable odour lasted. I then went to shower, didn’t re-apply and was still smelling AOK. Seriously! I even got my mate Chris to give me a sniff test and he approved of my “aroma” too.  

Perspirex Sensitive

Perspirex is a great way to protect yourself if ever you forget your anti perspirant and is small enough to pop in your hand luggage when travelling. It is even clinically proven to reduce skin irritation under your arms which in my opinion makes it a bonafide magic stick. Now that’s how to stay fit and fresh without even having to say “abracadabra”. Enjoy!

AJ Odudu Smelling Fresh

XOXO

This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Perspirex.

How To Sleep Better | 3 Tips For Good Sleep

No joke; beauty sleep is a legit thing! After all, puffy eyes were made for sleepy heads but as well as your appearance, sleep is heavily tied to your physical and mental health. It helps to balance your hormonal wellbeing, stabilise your blood pressure and repair your muscles.

Everyone has different needs but here are three simple ways to reward yourself with 7-8 hours of the good nights kip that you so well deserve.

How to sleep well

1. UNPLUG

Sorry to spell it out but your bed should only be reserved for sleep or sex. I know it’s easy to get distracted by Instagram and YouTube videos right before bed but using your bed as a home office can keep you up. Avoid that by not watching TV or using your phone in bed, responding to emails in it, eating in it (...you get the gist).

2. MAKE SURE YOUR BED IS COMFORTABLE

Your bed could be the cause of your lower back pain, your plateauing fitness performance and your mood swings so investing in your bed is really important.

I recently got a great Sleeping Duck mattress and love it because;

  • It was easy to order: You simply choose your size, how firm you want your mattress and then voila, you’re ready to place your order.

  • The delivery was quick: My mattress was tracked and came vacuum packed in a (very heavy) box within 1-3 working days.

Sleeping Duck Mattress
  • It stays cool at night, especially important on warmer evenings and
  • You don’t need to try before you buy because Sleeping Duck offer customers the opportunity to swap the firmness of your mattress free of charge within 100 days if you feel your selection was not right for you.

How to find the perfect mattress

3. MAKE A FEW SMALL CHANGES

Wear an eye mask, read a book, drink some camomile tea, try going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time 6 days a week and treat yourself to a lavender filled bath a couple of hours before bed to help send you off.

Sweet dreams!

Camomile Tea can help you sleep

XOXO

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with @sleepingduckhq #SleepHappy