Fresh As A Daisy – Fit For Freshers

Hey guys!

As part of my Fit For Freshers series I decided to do this Fresh As A Daisy workout – which is not how I felt after I was done filming I must say! It would be a good morning one – hangover permitting – because it really gets your heart pumping and that’ll help your metabolism right at the start of the day when it needs a kick. It’d also be a great way to burn off that lazy day feeling if you haven’t left the house yet and you’re starting to feel lethargic. It’s only three moves but you could always do a few rounds of it and then let me know how you feel! The first two moves are adapted from warm-up moves I use when training with my team.

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Tell me if you do this work out! Use #fitforfreshers or #freshfish and tag me on Instagram (@jessiefrisbee) or Twitter (@JessieFrisbee93). It would be super exciting to have someone join me and tell me if they love, or hate, these moves!

 

p.s. after watching the video back I was not a fan of how I looked during it but I wanted to share the moves! I use what filming set up I have available (i.e. none) and these are the angles I get – hey, who said workouts had to be glamorous.

Galloping Side Stretch:

Place two markers, they can be anything (mine were dead flowers), a few feet apart either side of you and stand in the middle. Then lower yourself down, semi-squat, making sure your knees never drop over your toes and have your hands poised at the centre of your core – as if you’re thinking about punching. You can be on your tippy-toes a little too if you want, I find it easier personally. Then you’re going to side step, quickly, to one of your markers, drop a little and hand your hand reach down and touch the marker on the same side. Then raise again and side gallop all the way to the other marker and have your hand touch that one too. Right hand touches right marker and vice versa. You can see how many you can do in 30 or 45 seconds or you can time how long ten of them take you. I love this, keeps you light on your feet.

What time/number did you get? J

Spiderman Crawl:

Start in a plank position with your abs engaged. Then raise your right leg up and out at a 45degree angle. This is a groin stretch so make sure you warm that muscle up. Your leg should be almost in line with your arms now but slightly out to the side. Here you can do a push up or half push up (if it’s easier you can spread your arm out wider here too, I usually do I just forgot). Then bring your leg back in line so it’s just behind your hand and walk your hands forward, till the other leg is level with it. Now do it on the other side. That’s damn hard to explain but I hope you get what I mean. You could do five or ten on each side…or more…

Punch, Crouch, Twist:

You can start slightly low if you like, comfortable punching position, with your core engaged. Punch to the left with your left hand; then perform a squat. As you raise up, take your right leg and twist it across your body in a standing crunch, coming to meet your left elbow. Now punch with your right hand; then squat. Then crunch your left leg across your body to meet your right elbow, abs engaged.

Do you love it? It took me a while to get into a rhythm as I tend to totally mess up complicated moves – my brain doesn’t always engage you see. Once I found the rhythm though, I was off, did many more than I planned. How many did you do? I suggest ten on each side and then keep going if you like!

Are you all excited for University/College? Have you started yet and how is your freshers week going?

 Sig

Anything you want me to talk about? Problem areas, nervous to start at a new gym, healthy eating? Confidence issues, work out gear, running tips? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you, even a friendly hello if you live in my local area (Manchester).

 

7 Things To Know Before You Start University! (FitForFreshers)

There’s a bunch of things that must be great to know before you start University; like how to cook 85 different dishes for under £10 and exactly what your alcohol limit is. Or how to juggle friends, boyfriend, a job and studies while still maintaining contact with friends from home. Or how to know which society is going to be right for you from the very start. Unfortunately, most of the stuff I’d like to know for my University life still evades me drastically. But hey, there are a few Freshers Tips I can give, safe in the knowledge that these are good things to know and things which I have learnt the hard way.

 

  1. You can’t shop and cook like your parents do. You just might have to give up Heinz beans in favour of Basics Beans and salmon is probably off the menu for a while. You can get really creative with cooking though, and basic meals do not have to be micro-waved or taste hideous. Meat and fish can be pretty expensive too so I usually opt for a veggie pasta dish – for me at least, it’s the tastiest thing there is. Learning to cook cheap and healthy is definitely an art form.
  2. How to clean a toilet…ain’t nobody gonna do that for you. Thou shalt learn.
  3. It’s cheaper to hang your clothes to dry inside than to pay for the drier – they may end up smelling of burnt waffle, or whatever the of the day may be, but it’ll save you a couple of little pounds. I never used the tumble-dryer is first year and it also saved me the pain of shrinking all my clothes too. My sports clothes I needed so often I just hand washed and it’s better for the material too. For some reason I never seem to be able to hand wash socks satisfactorily though.
  4. The fast food isn’t as cheap as it looks, it’ll fool you for a while but not for long.
  5. Tupawear is your friend. Since cooking for one can be pretty tough to judge maybe don’t even try, scoop up the remainder of that bad boy and stick it in the fridge. And if you’re not hungry, you will be later – never chuck food. Smart students like tupawear in their fridges and freezers. (Chinese takeaways have the best boxes, save those, you can microwave them). The tupawear is also great for pre-packing lunch and snacks for the day, which brings me too…
  6. Pack your own lunch and invest in a flask. Plastic boxes, cute lunch boxes, sandwich bags; whatever you care to transport your lunch to Uni in during the day will definitely save you a lot of money. Yes Uni canteens and shops are subsidised, some more than others, but the Star Bucks opposite your lecture hall sure as hell isn’t! Sad times. A flask full of coffee could save you over £4 a day and homemade sandwiches are always a billion times cheaper than supermarket ones and definitely have less salt content.
  7. Now is not the time to be a cosmetics snob. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that especially my favourite hair products can be damn expensive. Uni taught me to buy what was on offer. And if that’s not working for you Wilkinson’s is an amazing shop for the cheapest hair care, personal hygiene products, perfume and cleaning products for your flat. You’ll end up loving it! (Oh, I also bought a hand mixer from there this year and it was super cheap – I am loving it!)

What would you tell yourself if you were to go back to first year of Uni or College now? Any tips to add to mine? I’d love to hear them – Let me know!

Fresh Fish – Fit For Freshers!

s to me) I’ve created a workout specially for Freshers Week and I’ve called it – drum roll – Fresh Fish! Because, I mean, what’s fresher than fish? (One hopes!).

This work out is 6 moves, all named after fish-esque things and they can all be done with no equipment. This is important to me because during my first year at Uni, and my first few years teaching myself how to work out, I didn’t have equipment or the money for a gym pass. I still don’t have that much equipment now and I think it’s really important to ditch the excuses for not working: not having equipment, not being able to afford the gym and being embarrassed to work out in front of other people. These are all no worries if you can do everything at home! I still love to work out at home and the only thing you could need is a nice yoga mat to stop you getting bruised on the floor, but I used to just use rugs and they were fine – grrr toughen up! (hehe).

Tell me if you do this work out! Check in my #fitforfreshers or #freshfish and tag my on Instagram (@jessiefrisbee) or Twitter (@JessieFrisbee93). I can’t even tell you how cool it would be for one other person to try this and let me know, whether you’re a fresher or not!

Sushi Roll:

This is a side plank – you can bend one knee if you find feet stacking tricky, I have those days too! Your hand is pointing up to the sky, your supporting hand should come straight down from your shoulder not stick out at an angle. Then you roll round by reaching your hand under your belly and poking it out the other side.

X 10 (one side)

Pulling The Nets:

Make like your pulling in a biiig fishing net. Okay, long shot name-wise I know. Start on all fours and raise your right leg and left arm, sort of like Superman. The stretch is part one, part two is crunching your knee up to your chest, bending your leg and bringing your arm in too. Then you kick pack again, focusing on your Glute (the butt muscle) as you do. I suppose you could do this with a small hand weight if you wanted to.

X 10 (each side)

Sea Horse:

You look a bit like a sea horse – believe it! Sea horses are ace. So you’re on your belly, not curving your lower back up too much, supporting yourself however is comfortable with your arms. With your legs together and straight raise them a little off the floor, this should burn. Now hold this while you bend your legs at the knee and curve your feet towards your bum. Now uncurl so they’re held straight again. Then you can drop them back to the floor.

X 10

Crunch-y Seaweed:

Crunch it out! You’ve got this.

X10

Row Your Boat:

Up in a boat position, also known as a V-sit position. It’s basically a regular V-sit, if you’re having one of those days where coordinating hands and legs simultaneously is a problem – I feel ya – then just ignore the hands. Otherwise when your knees are up, your hands are down by your feet. As you straighten your body towards more of a line, you stretch your legs out, keeping abs engaged, and hands go back to your chest.

X10

Crab Claw:

This looks a bit like the pincer motion that crabs do. Start on a side plank again (same side as your first plank) but with your lower knee bent for support. Upper leg is straight and raised slightly off the floor and your non-supporting arm is resting on your ear, stretched above your head. You swing your raised leg skyward, dropping your hip slightly (your leg can come forwards a bit too), and your raise hand goes to meet it like a closing pincer. Then you return to the first position.

X 10 (one side)

Now go right ahead and repeat that on the other side, go for it twice if you’re feeling ambitious. Hope those Freshers Tummies are looking toned!

Sig

Anything you want me to talk about? Problem areas, nervous to start at a new gym, healthy eating? Confidence issues, work out gear, running tips? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you, even a friendly hello if you live in my local area (Manchester).

 

Fit For Freshers!

I am getting extremely excited for starting my fourth (and final) year in University. I fell in love with Manchester University and ever since I started here I’ve had the absolute time of my life. I live in a hell of a city and I’m so thankful that I study a course I love and have had a ridiculous, unexpected, emotional and thoroughly fabulous time here. I thought I’d try something new this year and incorporate all my buzzy, fuzzy excitement into this blog with – Get Fit For Freshers.

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Are you just starting University? Excited to head off to Freshers Week or Welcome Week or whatever your University likes to call it… it will always just be ‘Freshers’ to us students? Or are you heading for a Re-Freshers (or Re-Re-Re-Freshers, if you’re as old as me!)? You know you want to look your best.

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Freshers Week is the first week of term and it can be mad and emotional, it can be amazing fun and it can be tiring. It’s where you start to meet your potential new friends, your new house mates and your future crushes (don’t lie!) so it’s a fantastic time to be looking and feeling your best. And I know what you’re thinking, that Freshers is all about the booze (welcome to UK University Life if you’re a foreign blog reader!); but it’s not. It is a great time to bond with people, over a beer, over a hangover, over a coffee, over a run in the park – it’s about you not about a Freshers Stereotype of any kind. It’s a good time to have your confidence up though, whether you’re far away from home or just round the corner it’s still going to be tough meeting new people – of course it is, but you’ll manage and you’ll love it – so it’s a fantastic time to look great and feel great, inside and out.

I will be posting right up and through September on health and fitness and lifestyle to hopefully help inspire some of you to feel great and Fit For Freshers. I will post First Year Tips, work out ideas, motivation, maybe some low-calorie cocktail recipes (oooh yes!), some healthy Fresher Friendly Meals and tips to beat that Freshers Flu. If you like the sound of it then please follow my blog, or follow me on bloglovin to keep up to date with all my posts.

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Got that Fresh Feeling? I do! Tell me all about it below, where you’re heading and why you’re excited or even nervous. If you know someone else starting Uni or College this year, or already there, please pass this post onto them I’d love to connect and share tips, tricks, ideas and recipes!

Keep up to date with my on Instagram @jessiefrisbee and use the hashtag #fitforfreshers if you want to send me any pictures (that would be dead cool!). Same applies on Twitter, I am @JessieFrisbee93

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P.s. As always, I am not a professional fitness trainer and I’m not qualified for…well, anything, but I’m certainly not qualified to give medical or nutrition advice. Take everything with a pinch of salt (not literally) and understand that I’m just telling y’all what I do, and constantly asking you guys for advice too, not saying it will necessarily ‘work’ for you. But I hope you feel, at the least, inspired.

Can you not gain weight at an All Inclusive?

No.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m joking of course! It’s actually very dependent on will power I must say, which is probably obvious, any buffet eating usually has me so excited by choice that I feel the need to have five plates (come on, it’s all you can eat) and everything possible on each one. Me and Chinese buffets are a very terrible idea. But this time I had a whole week, so that ‘oh my gosh I’ve got to eat everything right now’ feeling was quelled slightly by knowing there was going to be this much food every day.

Aside: I don’t know why I get so excited when there’s so much food, I’ve never been starving or anything, I just like food a lot.

So how did I cope with the All Inclusive and not put on weight?

  1. Don’t eat every meal! Seriously this place offered three main meals plus unlimited burgers, chips and snacks all day and unlimited alcohol after a certain time of day. I don’t even know if I could eat so many meals but thankfully we left the hotel every day so I was never around for lunch. It’s good to remember that just because it’s all paid for it’s not all obligatory.
  2. Go for the salad first. If you’re like me you’re eating more than one plate of food, Fo Sho! So, when you head up for your first plate, head to the salad bar first so you can grab plenty of healthy veggies and cous cous etc to fill you up before you head back to the more dangerous realms of fried food and big kebabs.
  3. Consider going veggie. Temporary veggie I call it, it limits what I can shovel down my throat basically. I still eat a lot I just eat a lot of vegetables, and that ultimately can’t be a bad thing. Sure the veg can be fried, roast, covered in cheese or whatever but it’s definitely going to be leaner than if you were eating a burger too.
  4. Avoid the stuff you can get in Mcdonalds. If they are offering chicken burgers, nuggets and things to help keep everybody happy then try and avoid them in favour of healthier more local options – provided you like said options of course. It’s a great way to avoid those nasty, deep fried things, especially when they’re breaded too. You can opt for a grilled fish or something as an alternative and you have a much healthier meal.
  5. Maybe don’t have 8 beers… yea, I know drinks are all inclusive (woop woop!) but beer contains a lot of hidden, or not so hidden, calories. Opt for a juice sometimes or a chilled white wine, gin and tonic – anything less calorific really.
  6. Head out for one meal. If you feel like you have the money (I know not everyone even takes cash with them on all inclusive holidays) maybe head out to avoid the hotel lunch and have a lighter snack option. I personally don’t need three full meals in a day (I could have them, believe me) so I chose to have an afternoon snack out. You’re paying, so you’ll consider more carefully what you ‘need’ and there will be a range of restaurants to choose from, so you can head straight for somewhere healthier. Or a kebab shop… your call ;)

My favourite things to eat at the hotel were: melon and watermelon, salad and especially olives, some chilli rice thing they made, grilled fish with lemon juice, grilled aubergines, a spinach salad.

Can you go to an All Inclusive and not end up regretting it? I was pleasantly surprised; after the first night at least, I managed to exercise some self-restraint. Want to read more about Turkey or my paragliding experience there?

Things I Thought I’d Never Do…6000ft to Floor

On the list of things I’d never have imagined doing, throwing myself of high objects is pretty high up. Near the top. A paralysing fear of heights pretty much has me kicking and screaming up average sized mountains so as I was perched on a seat in a warm, careering mini-bus being pelted towards the 6000ft (1600-and-something metres) high Badabag Paragliding Station I was pretty surprised at myself for having even handed over the dosh and got in the vehicle.

I talked to a few people sat around me and was pretty impressed that a bunch of them also considered themselves scared of heights – question is, why are we all doing this to ourselves? I had been assured, however, that there was no jumping involved.

At the 'start line'

At the ‘start line’

Badabag Take-Off 6000ft

Badabag Take-Off 6000ft

The top of Badabag was teeming, it’s the Piccadilly Circus of paragliding at this time – the sunset slot, although the sun seemed stubbornly far away from setting – and I was simultaneously reassured and terrified by the hordes of people drifting up into the distance as we disembarked. The instructors are fabulous at not giving you time to think (I only saw one person wimping out, he kept sitting down on the floor every time they tried to get him to take off, I do hope he made it eventually); they just chuck you in a harness and helmet, keep you talking, demand a quick selfie and then make for the steepest bit of concrete that is free.

It’s been paved up here for take-off but there is something quite alarming about the concrete just falling away  into nothing; it may not be a sheer cliff face but it’s damn steep. Before you know it a spot has become free as some other helpless dangling body sails off screaming into the orangey sky. They clip you in – ‘when I say walk, we walk forward, maybe I say run, then we run yes?’. Erm… yes?! It was this point I could feel my stomach plunging and twirling in anticipation and I thought I might just say no and stop but you can feel the adrenaline kicking in too and mine was enough to hold down the fear.

First shot, way up there

First shot, way up there

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It’s a weird feeling as the wind takes the slack in the large brightly coloured wind sock behind you and attached to you; you get tugged and you’re walking forward  whether you like it or not. There may also be a blokey helping with take-offs who will grab the front of your harness and begin to drag you – it helps the general feeling of, ‘whether I like it or not’. Then you’re running and you’re gone. It’s so simple I laughed much more than I screamed (although one or two profanities may have slipped past my lips), there’s no jumping or plummeting sensation or moment of agonizing fear, there’s just sailing up like a balloon. Gentle as you like. You can rearrange yourself to sitting now and it becomes obvious why this is a tourist attraction; it’s pretty comfy up there, you have nothing to do except get an adrenaline rush and the view is phenomenal. The beach is tiny. The hotels are almost invisible. The sea is so blue, turquoise in the shallows and rich, almost-navy a little further out.  Then sun is spreading a warm haze over everything and my tandem partner explains a little about the thermals that are to thank for carrying us around up here. From and living in the nearby town of Fethiye, he has been doing tandem flights for 12 years, and begun gliding at the age of 14, which I consider an impressive resume, when this route becomes unusable in the winter the paraglide from a venue further west. Non-stop flying, seven days a week, all year.

Into the sunset

Into the sunset

Side shot

It might make you feel sick, even if you have a strong stomach; my partner asks me to warm him as he has a bag for this very scenario. ‘Sometimes people don’t warn me, then they spewy in my face’ – an exact quote I kid you not. When you’re not feeling slightly motion sick, as you might in a simulator, it’s very relaxing and just immensely peaceful up there, riding the thermals, the envy of all below (probably). Then sometimes it’s not. He asks me if I want to spin and my brother did so I can hardly refuse and be one-upped. I get video footage to prove it. Spinning is optional but it’s one hell of a rush. No roller coaster can match up; you drop rapidly, sometimes angled so the fabric of your trusty ‘chute is actually below you and you’re hammering round and round. There is no way you can feel sick doing this, there’s too much else to feel: the wind, the G-Force, the sheer adrenaline, I could even feel my flailing feet going numb it was incredible.

Views of the bay

Up in the sky

Landing is also not unexciting. You sway quite dramatically into a steep drop towards the street below, where tourists may or may not get out of your way. You are aiming for a patch of grass on the open sea front but if you over shot you’d only hit the beach. The instructor’s feet hit the floor first then you stand up too, usually staggering a bit with the plain shock of dropping to the pavement at such an alarming rate, even with rather handsome young men running alongside to grab your strings and make sure you’re properly grounded. I was certainly not grounded. Not for a while after doing that. What a buzz! I would certainly repeat it – and 100% recommend it.

Over the hotels

You can see my hotel from here

Finished!

Finished!

P.s. I’m counting this as another new sport I’ve tried, although I cannot afford to take it up full time!

Gravity Paragliding Experience

If you’re interested I flew with Gravity, one of many fairly equally priced companies you can find on the high street of ölüdeniz. They are all rated pretty well, I wouldn’t be in a position to recommend one over the other and besides, they’re all sharing facilities and being pretty friendly, there’s no hard sell or company-bashing here. It cost 370 TL to fly plus 140 TL to have my photos and DVD – so no, it’s not cheap, but it was definitely worth it, and well worth weighing up.

Not To Be Sneezed At!

I guess it’s a punishment for the amount of air travel I’ve been doing lately but in my first week back home, with a running schedule in mind and core fitness plans and blogging plans galore, I developed the worst cold I’ve had in a long time. Coughing, runny nose, terrible dry skin, sore throat, blocked ears and more mucus than a two-year-old; I pretty much had the works this week, thank god it’s nearly over. Everyone knows there’s no cure to a cold apart from to sit it out, but there are ways you can feel healthier and fitter while you’ve got it and hopefully recover quicker too.

Everyone has their tips, usually inherited from their parents and then adapted to their own generation, so I thought I’d share mine.

  1. The incredible cold drink

I made this inspired by all the ginger I’ve been having in my tea in India. I am also not a fan of the traditional lemon-and-honey drink that I’m always recommended – I do like honey, I just don’t like sweet drinks too much. So I went for lemon and ginger in hot water.  I just took a lump of fresh ginger (what’s the official term for how you buy fresh ginger – root? Clump? Chunk? Stem?) and shaved strips off using a vegetable peeler. I tossed these in a mug with several strips of lemon peel, peeled the same way, and two small slices of lemon. I definitely put more ginger strips than lemon strips or the lemon gets overwhelming, but you can tailor it to your taste. Then I poured in the boiled water and squeezed a little more lemon juice in afterwards. The result is a diving, refreshing and citrus-y drink while still being warm and soothing on your throat. Of course it’s crammed with the goodness lurking in ginger (garlic would be the absolute best thing to boost your health but I don’t fancy Hot Garlic Drink personally) and that nice cleansing feeling that citrus leaves you with. I’m going to be drinking this from now on regardless of whether I’m ill or not.

Lemon and Ginger

Snuggly Lemon and Ginger

  1. The Steam

I 100% recommend this for feeling cleansed and like some of your cold, at least, has escaped your body. The only time I don’t like doing this is if my skin feels so dry and sore, especially around my nose and lips, that I shudder at the thought of putting water on them. Otherwise crack out that bowl of steaming water, leave it to cool and then pop a towel over your head. I normally hang out over the bowl, when I don’t have a cold, for fifteen to twenty minutes but it becomes more like ten minutes when I am feeling lousy. You can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, or Olbas oil – which is great for clearing out a congested nose – to help you feel a bit more refreshed, at least for a few hours afterwards. You should feel great and very clean but it may also dry your skin out a little more than normal, which brings me to…

  1. Hydration

Of course this is vital for your body anyway; plenty of water, juice and soothing hot drinks can never harm you and can only help while you have a cold. You may also find your skin is much drier than normal, to the point of flaky even, and needs some special TLC. My skin is positively oily naturally and this week I can’t throw moisturiser on it fast enough. Now is the ideal time to use up that slightly-too-thick moisturiser that you bought once and has been lying around, if your skin is feeling more sensitive a heavier, thicker moisturiser will definitely help keep it hydrated and less painful. You will probably need to apply a few more times a day too. The same is true of your lips too. I really hate heavy or sticky balms and I dislike the feel of Vaseline, but now is the good time to use a Vaseline-like product or a heavier, thicker lip balm to keep your lips from peeling away completely.

  1. The Softest Tissue

I don’t recommend a specific brand because…well let’s be honest it’s tissue. I just happen to think one of the greatest inventions, possibly all century for cold-prone people like me, is the Balsam Tissue; this super gentle, nice smelling God Of Tissues makes my nose feel a lot better and stops me being quite so Rudolf while I’m having my cold.

  1. Fruit and Vitamins

We’ve all heard ‘Starve a fever, feed a cold’ – who still sticks by this by the way? I feel like I do to an extent. I definitely believe in feeding a cold with lots and lots of vitamins. I find the nicest thing to eat to keep my mouth feeling fresh is citrus-y fruit, I mean, don’t go over board but I love to eat oranges and lemons (I’m weird I know) when I’m feeling gross. I also go all out on the tomatoes, because they’re packed with goodness, avocados and raw or fresh veg in general; it makes me feel clean. Now is a great time to take those vitamin tablets you always promise yourself you will take too. I go through phases of taking vitamin supplements but when I’ve got a cold I definitely remember to take a few of these bad boys in the hope of moving the illness along a little faster.

  1. Gentle exercise

I know it’s super tempting to stay still all the time when you have a cold. They can make you ache, feel heavy and generally horrible and usually completely exhaust you. Sometimes the only thing to do is stay horizontal but other times you will feel so much better and fresher. I didn’t keep up to my usual running program obviously but I found a felt surprisingly better if I did go for a gentle walk. About a mile is probably ideal, then go home and put your feet up again. If you find it’s mostly your lower body that’s exhausted and actually your arms feel alright, then a gentle arm work out with low-weight dumbbells (mine are very low weight) helps me feel like I’m not totally losing conditioning and fitness but it doesn’t set me back in recovery. Equally a couple of leg exercises, a few leg raises for the thighs perhaps, kick-backs for the bum, and maybe one or two squats. You could even just try a minute’s plank, or thirty seconds – all of these things just help you feel a bit fitter, I can’t bear the thought of totally stopping exercise so it’s definitely a mental pick-me-up for me.

 

If anyone else is having a pesky summer cold, I really feel for you! Do you have any cold tips to share or remedies that you like to eat or drink? I’d love to know and try them.

Love Jess X