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Last year we were fit... 2018 we will be fitter!

A new year and a new you!

By Article, Health and lifestyle

Well, it’s that time of year again!

“New you”, “This diet has to work”, “2018 exercise challenge”, “I’ll try the new shake or no carb fad to lose 3 stone”. You get the gist!

Ditch the short term motivation and learn to “Love Your Lifestyle” long-term.

I often think that although the new year is great as a fresh start and new found motivation, people often make the mistake of going one extreme to the other. This results in giving up to quickly because it’s too hard, losing motivation because it’s taking too long, and losing faith all together because it seems impossible to keep it up. Sound familiar??

My advice, no quick fix, no short term goal which needs an extreme change. Simply, a gradual change of lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If you’re a complete beginner you can’t expect to hit the gym for a gruelling workout 7 days a week and cut out all sugar and expect to sustain that. I recommend to my new clients to gradually introduce exercise into your daily routine, perhaps a gym session once or twice a week initially to get you going. The thought of a gym and being surrounded by those perfectly already toned and fit gym go-ers may make you feel sick to the stomach??! It’s not actually all like that…trust me! Everyone has to start somewhere. Alternatively, I also train some clients out in the great outdoors on the beach or in the parks. Away from other people, with the use of steps, benches and zigzags to get the heart rate up, tone up that body and burn some serious calories!!

The most important thing is to be active by doing things you enjoy. The list is endless, go for a walk, even better go for a long hike. Go for a swim or to a dance class. Anything you find fun, you are more likely to stick at it and look forward to doing it! Another great idea is to find an event that you can attend with friends, incorporating your exercise with your social group means the best of both worlds! You can sweat together, complain together.. and eventually, feel amazing afterwards together!!

Hike N’ Beach 2018

A must do in 2018 if you really do want something new is the “Hike N’ Beach” Workout Weekend with HayleyPT!!  A 3 day event based in Bournemouth, consisting of beach Cardio workouts to increase your FITNESS and BURN CALORIES, a full day HIKING over the Jurassic Coast along stunning coastline views, a Strength Conditioning circuit designed to SHAPE your body and a Stretch and Relax session by the ocean.  Combine this with some beautiful restaurants for your evening meals with your friends…it’s a weekend not to be missed!

May 11th-13th – SOLD OUT | June 1st-3rd – LIMITED SPACES


The same goes for nutrition. Ever heard that phrase “you are what you eat”? It’s cliche, but true. Eat sugar, sure you’ll get that boost, but you’ll come crashing down after. That’ll cause you to want more sugar. It doesn’t mean to say cut it out completely. Ever tried it and ended up binging less than a week later? Thought so. It’s too extreme and the body can’t cope due to your current eating habits. Again, gradual changes. Perhaps cut down on sugar 5 days a week and allow yourself a treat at the weekend. This way you aren’t denying yourself of everything, and you will still see a difference. Hydration is also a huge contributing factor. Water aids digestion and bodily functions, it clears your skin, it prevents you mistaking thirst for hunger. The list goes on. Carrying a water bottle with me everywhere is a must, it keeps my energy levels up high and helps prevent sugar cravings from dehydration. Next time you get a sugar craving down a glass of water and see how you feel. You’ll be surprised! Thank you Acquablend for my amazing fruit filter bottles, I use them all the time especially when on the go and when I’m hiking.

Whatever your goal for 2018, add your exercise and healthy eating gradually into your daily life, remember it’s not a quick fix…it’s a long term positive change. It’s a lifestyle thang!

HayleyPT – “Love Your Lifestyle”

Hayley and team with Acquablend bottles

“Hike N’ Beach” Workout Weekend with HayleyPT

By Article, Health and lifestyle
Burn over 2,900 calories. Walk more than 37,800 steps. Hike further than 24km over some of the most stunning coastline the UK has to offer, all in one day.

Increase your fitness, burn body fat and enjoy the fresh air during a Cardio Workout on one of England’s stunning sandy beaches. Change your body shape, tone up and get lean during a Strength Conditioning Exercise Circuit by the ocean. Release your muscles and your mind, increase flexibility and mobility completing a full body Stretch & Relax in the heat of the sun. Read More

Hayley PT - love your lifestyle

New Years Resolution… put simply… is to “Love Your Lifestyle”

By Article, Health and lifestyle
Let me guess, it’s a new year so yet another promise to yourself that this truly will be the year that you lose that weight you’ve been talking about for who knows how many years?! Perhaps it’s the year you’ll take out a new gym membership and actually go for longer than just January and February until you get bored or give up because you’re not noticing any changes. Another classic, you are going on a diet this year and you will actually stick to it as well as drinking only on special occasions and keeping well hydrated with water instead?! Did I guess fairly close for your new year resolutions?! Read More

Raw Chocolate Mouse

Raw chocolate mousse

By Article, Healthy recipe ideas

At this time of the year with festive treats all around us probably the last thing on our mind is to stay healthy, so this raw chocolate mousse recipe will help you indulge and remain healthy.

On the other hand, it is also the time when viruses such as the flu are most easily transmitted. Fortunately giving our immune system a boost doesn’t have to be daunting task, and it doesn’t mean giving up on some favourites like chocolate mousse either. In fact, it can easily be done in the kitchen with a few healthy ingredients. This vegan friendly recipe is a healthy alternative to chocolate mousse, and has three key ingredients that make it the perfect treat: avocado, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

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HayleyPT with Acquablend bottle in the Alps

Hike ‘N Alps with HayleyPT

By Article, Health and lifestyle
One of my favourite hobbies is hiking various mountains around the world. They don’t have to be high, (although I personally love a challenge!) but just getting active and outdoors, being surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery it’s easy for you to see why. Hiking certainly burns a lot of calories, after a 4 hour hike for example, I have been known to burn 2000 calories. The constant climb up a mountain, and the mixed terrains whether it be grass, rocks, soil or sand, will certainly help strengthen your legs and give them great shape!
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Team 'Blended Effort' - Cancer Reasearch UK

Buy a bottle and help beat Cancer!

By Acquablend, Article

Acquablend are proud to support Georgina, Karen and Nicole of team ‘Blended Effort’ in their efforts to raise money for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the Pretty Muddy Run, part of the Race for Life campaign, which takes place in Clapham, London on 15 October.

Acquablend are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle through their fruit infusion water bottles, promoting fruit infusion as a sensible and healthy alternative to sugary drinks that will keep you hydrated and help you recover from illness and stay fitter for longer.

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Healthy goji energy bars

Healthy goji energy bars

By Article, Healthy recipe ideas

I want to share a great recipe from the Acquablend website for healthy Goji berry energy bars!

I just love this recipe, but I have to double up on the ingredients here, because I always seem to run out quickly, as they are ultra scrumptious. I think the main benefit for me is that I am making them and that I know what has gone into them. I don’t have to worry about travelling to a shop, or the ‘over-packaging’.

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Lentil thins lined up in a tin after being baked

Lentil thins recipe

By Article, Healthy recipe ideas
This is a recipe that I have put together from a variety of recipes, trial and error and general tinkering.

Lentil thins are great treats – much healthier than crisps and other snacks – and the flavour, if you season well, is just as nice. Depending on how thinly you roll the pastry they can be crispy or just crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. Either way – they are a great replacement for my usual tortilla crisps and nuts, whilst still getting me the necessary pulses and fibre I need in my diet. Read More

Hayley, a young athletic woman, training in a park with kettle bells and a fitness ball

Men, women and your body shape

By Article, Health and lifestyle

Since becoming a Personal Trainer back in 2005, I have worked with a combination of male and female clients of all ages, abilities and body types. Learning and understanding the human body and the physiological differences between the two genders is a fascinating part of what I do. I firmly believe a very important aspect of my role as a Personal Trainer is to be able to appreciate these differences and know how to work with them and achieve the responses that both men and women want from their bodies. So I’ll explain a bit more about men, women and your body shape. Read More

Hayley, a young athletic woman, stretching on a fitness ball in a park

Love your London lifestyle

By Article, Health and lifestyle

LONDON LIFE is hard!! The social scene is huge, networking for businesses has never been busier, week night work events and after office drinks is more and more regular. No wonder it’s a struggle to keep a healthy lifestyle, to shift that post Christmas half a stone, and start preparing your body the way you want it to look for summer! Having enough time to exercise on a regular basis enough to actually see some results is rare for most Londoners!
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Malika Faye, an athletic woman, sat against a mirror in her gym holding a jumbo fruit infusion water bottle with a push-pull top.

Acquablend help champion mum Malika on her WBFF journey

By Acquablend, Article

Acquablend, the premium fruit infusion water bottle company, have confirmed Malika Faye as their new sponsored athlete and brand ambassador. The tenacious 32-year-old mother-of-three has turned her challenges into triumphs since becoming a surprise winner of the Acquablend bottle competition at Be:Fit London last year.

Acquablend see their collaboration with Malika Faye as an important step in developing their UK brand profile and championing the benefits of fruit infusion water as a nutritionally smart choice and a sensible natural alternative to sugary and fizzy drinks. Read More

Fruit and veg on forks rich in antioxidants.

Top 6 Foods Rich in Antioxidants

By Article, Health and lifestyle

The toxins in food, air, and water have a negative impact on our health and may cause life-threatening diseases. Certain foods, such as broccoli and berries, reduce the damaging effects of free radicals and toxins. They can neutralize the oxidation process, slow down aging, and prevent illnesses. By adding them to your diet, you’ll enjoy better health and have more energy thanks to these top 6 foods rich in antioxidants.

Here are top six foods rich in antioxidants.

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5 weight loss fruits, grapefruit, Avocado, lemon, kiwi and blueberries

Top 5 Best Fruits for Weight Loss

By Article, Fruit infusion

Want to spice up your diet and lose stubborn fat? Are you tired of eating the same foods every day? If so, add more fruits to your meals! Although most dieters avoid fruits because of their high sugar content, this doesn’t mean you should do the same. Strawberries, blueberries, avocado, grapefruit, cherries and other fruits can actually slim you down. These foods are full of flavor and contain vital nutrients that boost your energy and stamina. Here are the Top 5 best fruits for weight loss.

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Dried goji berries in a bowl

The Antioxidant Power of Goji Berries

By Article, Health and lifestyle

Have you ever tried goji berries? Considered the most nutritionally dense food on earth, these tiny fruits can add years to your life. They have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits, and provide only 90 calories per serving. Recent studies have found that this ancient berry can help prevent diabetes, obesity, cancer, and age-related mascular degeneration. In Asian countries, goji berries have been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Find out about the antioxidant power of goji berries.

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Are Bananas Really Healthy?

By Article, Health and lifestyle

With their sweet flavour and rich texture, bananas are some of the most popular fruits in the world. Rich in simple and complex carbs, they make the perfect post workout snack and can successfully replace a meal. These fruits are naturally sweet and contain large amounts of fiber, keeping you full longer. Despite their health benefits, they are avoided by many dieters because of the high sugar content. Yet, there are many other fruits that pack more sugar and calories than bananas. So, are bananas really healthy?

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5 antioxidants-rich fruits, apple, prunes, strawberries, blueberries and cranberries

Top 5 Antioxidant-Rich Fruits

By Article, Fruit infusion

Antioxidants play a key role in human health. These compounds delay aging and boost your body’s natural ability to fight free radical damage. They are especially good for your immune system and may help prevent cancer, cardiovascular problems, colds, flu, and viral infections. Most antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables. Research indicates that blue, purple, red, and orange foods pack the most powerful antioxidant punch. This includes blueberries cranberries, oranges, cherries, tomatoes, and leafy greens. Seafood, fish, and meat contain small amounts of antioxidants too. Here are the Top 5antioxidant-rich fruits.

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Does Grapefruit Aid Weight Loss?

By Article, Fruit infusion

Considered one of the best weight loss foods, grapefruit is a staple in many households. This vitamin-packed fruit lowers insulin levels in your body and increases satiety due to its high fiber content. It’s low in calories and extremely high in vitamin C. Although the mechanism of weight loss is largely unknown it is still beneficial to include grapefruit in your diet. So, how does grapefruit aid in weight loss?

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Angie Greaves sat on a stool holding a laptop next to a sign reading Feeling Fab with Angie Greaves

Award-winning radio presenter Angie Greaves to appear as Acquablend Ambassador at Be:FIT London.

By Acquablend, Article

Acquablend, the premium fruit infusion water bottle company, have confirmed Angie Greaves, the popular Magic 105.4 radio presenter and Feeling Fab founder as their brand ambassador. Greaves, who has enjoyed a twenty-five year radio career, will also make a special appearance on Sunday 3rd May 2015 between 12pm – 2pm in her new role at Be:FIT London health and fitness event at the Business Design Centre in Islington taking place from Friday 1st May to Sunday 3rd May 2015.

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Why You Should Eat Lemons Every Day

By Article, Fruit infusion

Lemons are packed with nutrients and boast unique health benefits. In ancient times, Egyptians were using these fruits as a cure for poisoning. Modern research indicates that lemons possess strong anti-viral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and immune-boosting properties. Their juice cleanses the liver, improves digestion, and regulates the body’s pH levels. Also referred to as the alkalizing powerfood, this fruit is being used in kitchens everywhere.

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Drummer, Gareth Tyler, at his drums holding his drumsticks in the air

Drummer embarks on tour of Europe with his band The Dash

By Acquablend, Article

A drummer has embarked on a month-long European tour with his band The Dash.

The post-punk band is supporting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis as they perform to crowds in 11 different countries.

Gareth Tyler, of Leverstock Green, has been with The Dash, which in 2013 filmed an advert for lady’s deodorant Impulse, for two years now.

The band of four took to the stage in Leeds to open the European tour on Sunday before heading to Manchester.

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Drummer, Gareth Tyler, at his drums holding up a flip-top fruit infusion water bottles

Drumming to the Rhythm of a Healthy Beat

By Acquablend, Article

Gareth Tyler on why the Acquablend bottle has changed his life.

Drummer Gareth Tyler cannot get enough of water these days and he has the Acquablend fruit infusion water bottle to thank for energising his daily work routine.

A chance meeting recently at the local gym with Tony Herbert, the man behind the Acquablend fruit infusion water bottle, has not only given Tyler a new sponsor, but changed the way he now goes about his preparations before gigs.

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