Women's Health

Instyle Magazine's Best Fitness & Wellbeing Blogger

Thrilled to announce that I won Instye Magazine's Best Fitness & Wellbeing Blog in the Project 13 Awards. I've not won an award since I was 8 years old (it was a Mars bar FYI) so a huge thank you to everyone who voted.

AJ Odudu Insyle Magazine

To me, winning is beginning and I'm so glad I started AJODUDU.COM, now an award winning site. EEK!

Instyle Project 13 Award Winner

I receive an actual trophy in London soon but in the meantime, here are images from the winners magazine photoshoot which was awesome. Shot in London by two of the most talented photographers around Luke + Nik, I got to jump around in a posh, red frock worth over a thousand pounds (which I of course had to give back to the stylist :)

Instyle Magazine AJ Odudu

These images were published in Instyle Magazine's final December print issue 2016 along with a lovely little interview.

Final Issue of Instyle Magazine
Luk + Nik

You can check out my online interview with Instyle magazine, where I share some realistic fitness motivation tips, gym wear hacks and confirmation that I do indeed, eat!

Thanks again for the votes.

XOXO

Photography by LUKE + NIK

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

Buddy Up: The Best Partner Workout

I'm delighted to announce that I have joined forces with Women's Health Magazine to share brand new fitness and wellbeing content as part of their #WHSquad. I will be featuring all kinds of tips and tricks to help you on your fitness journey, including fun exercises.

Tandem Bicycle Crunche

I know how tricky it can be to find motivation to workout so how about you grab a mate and train together? That way you can catch up on all the juicy gossip, work up a sweat and encourage one another at the same time. Bingo!

Try the six body weight exercises that I did with my friend Carly Rowena below. You'll need nothing but a partner. 

XOXO

Top 3 Foam Roller Moves

Work hard and sometimes, rest harder. Did you know that stretching and resting post workout is often overlooked? Yet it's an important way to avoid the risk of injury and is the quickest way to rebuild, repair and recover your muscles, enabling you to be at your best during your next workout.

I've teamed up with New Balance to share ways that you can use your rest days to the maximum and to show that running and resting really do go hand in hand. This is why I'm bringing you my top 3 Foam Roller Moves, especially essential for runners.

1. HAMSTRINGS

Hamstring movement using a foam roller

2. QUADS

Quad movement using a foam roller

3. Calves

Calve movement using foam roller

Foam rollers act as a 'self-massage' reliving muscular soreness even further and they are a great tool for the development of a more supple body. These top 3 moves are particularly great for runners as they focus on your hamstrings, quads and calves so roll on and find my step by step guide on how to do them safely by clicking here.

In this post I am wearing the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 Trainers, New Balance Racer Back Bra Top and the New Balance Printed Impact leggings. 

Photos by Duncan Nicholls

#IAmTheCompetition

XOXO