05/10/2018 The Beauty of Holiday Body Confidence

This week I returned home after a week away in Tenerife on holiday. It was hot, hot, hot and sunbathers and beach goers were out in force. What struck me was how relaxed everyone was when it came to stripping off and walking around in their bikinis, swimsuits and trunks (sometimes less!) Thousands of different bodies all different shapes and sizes were proudly on display. No one batted an eyelid, no one cared.

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21/09/2018 My Mixtape

Dance Fit with Helen does Desert Island Discs! Here are 10 songs that define certain stages of my life, have had an impact on me and that I can’t stop listening to.

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14/09/2018 What Happened When I Stopped Wearing Makeup Monday to Friday

A few months ago I decided to go cold turkey on wearing makeup throughout the week. In the past I’d had comments like “Ooh you do look tired,” or “You look pale,” or “You look run down,” when I’d not made much of an effort with my appearance! However, I was determined to start a no makeup routine. Why? I was positive that it couldn’t be doing my skin any good wearing makeup when exercising. I hoped going bare-faced would improve the overall look of my skin.

By and large it has helped me keep a clear complexion though sadly I still suffer with milia just as much as before (those small white bumps which are sometimes mistaken for whiteheads but are actually keratin-filled cysts) Unfortunately no makeup doesn’t mean no breakouts. I’ve suffered with quite a few pimples recently which I am putting down to stress and tiredness.

You might be thinking why don’t you just go back to wearing makeup everyday then if it hasn’t made a miraculous difference going without? Well the simple answer is I don’t want to! Many other positives have come from going makeup free which don’t involve how my skin looks.

Here are the advantages of having a naked face on weekdays…

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07/09/2018 Fitspo Quotes That Are Just No!

I love a good motivational quote to get me in the mood for a workout. However, there has been plenty of discussion about the damaging effects of ‘fitspo’ (Fitspo meaning fitness inspiration) What should be a positive movement encouraging people to become healthier is being used in some cases to set unrealistic body standards and send out unhealthy messages.

 

Here are some fitspo quotes that I think we should all ignore…

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31/08/2018 5 Unexpected Benefits of Dance Fit

So you probably guessed that Dance Fit is a great form of cardio, it burns calories and it can help you to lose weight and get fitter. You guessed right! But the benefits do not stop there. Dance Fit is the workout that keeps on giving…

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24/08/2018 I’ve Been Crowned Best Dance Fitness Instructor in South Yorkshire 2018!

On the 9th of August 2018 I was over the moon to find out I had been awarded ‘Best Dance Fitness Instructor 2018 – South Yorkshire’ in the annual Yorkshire and the Humber Enterprise Awards!!! I found out I had been nominated for an award at the beginning of July however didn’t tell anyone as I didn’t think anything was going to come of it. You can imagine my disbelief when I found out I had actually won one! I was so surprised I kept the news to myself for a good few hours before telling a soul! After it had sunk in I was left feeling immensely proud of myself.

 

When you work for yourself there is no-one there to pat you on the back and say ‘Well done!’ or ‘Good job!’ I think this is why I felt so shocked and so grateful to have been recognised.

 

Big achievements always get you thinking and reminiscing about how far you’ve come to get to where you are now. This award has prompted me to look back, reflect and think about how my classes have grown…

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03/08/2017 Our Growing Obsession with Body Image

 

There has been so much talk about body image recently. What’s realistic? What’s unrealistic? What’s healthy? Are TV shows like Love Island lacking body diversity? Is social media giving us all body issues? Let’s take a look at this growing obsession and its effects…

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27/07/2018 Summer Workout Survival Guide

 

In this tropical climate we are currently experiencing, searching for workout motivation is like looking for a needle in a haystack. If you haven’t already complained about the heat at least 20 times today are you even British? “There’s no air,” “I’m sweating cobs,” “It’s very close,” “It’s stuffy isn’t it?” It would be quite easy to hang up your trainers, fold away your leggings and shove your sports bras to the back of your underwear drawer for the entirety of summer. However, whilst summer bodies may not be made in summer (so they say) they can be ruined in summer! Summer spells self-indulgence with lazy days spent sunbathing, cocktails by the jug load and barbecue food on tap. Exercising regularly is important anyway so we can’t just take a summer break from working out. We just have to approach exercise at this time of year differently. Here is my survival guide for working out in summer…

 

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