POND's Age Miracle Double Action Serum - Review by Laura Scanlon

Hey Guys,

I love teaming up with RubyBox, South Africa to test some new skin care products on the market. This time around it was with Pond’s, a brand that has been here or years and has a great reputation. I am a big believer in serum so I was really happy to trial the latest offering from Pond’s.

About - POND's Age Miracle Double Action Serum

  • Instantly primes and renews skin.

  • A concentrated blend of powerful Retinol-C Complex boosts skin’s natural ability for hydrated, radiant skin and enhances the overall radiance of your skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Pond’s Age Miracle with Intelligent Pro-Cell Complex™ contains special ingredients that boost collagen production while preventing dryness– giving your skin up to three times more cell renewal power.

  • Boost collagen production

  • Preventing dryness

  • Three times more cell renewal power



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My Thoughts after 4 weeks.

The serum has a lovely light feel to it with a fresh light smell. I felt my skin really liked the texture of the serum and that it gave an instant silk sensation to my skin. I take good care of my skin so seeing a massive difference was not what I was looking for but I did notice a glow. Along with a healthier looking complexion, I have to say for the price of the serum (R189.00), it is amazing value and the quality is fab. I would highly recommend this serum. See my images for my no make up skin after 4 weeks using the serum :)

So if you’re looking for a great cost-effective Retinol based product then this is your new BFF.

Laura xxxx

P.S. See full IGTV video review on my INSTAGRAM

The Importance of Strength Training by Laura Scanlon

Hey Guys,

The owner of Runners Blueprint Blog has kindly shared a very informative (infographic) post on the importance of strength training. We hope you enjoy :)

The Importance of Strength Training

If you’re serious about reaching your full athletic potential while reducing the risk of injury, you need to strength train.  And this is the case whether you swim, bike, do yoga, or, more importantly, run.

Plenty of research has found an undeniable link between strength training and overuse injury. Not only that, strengthening your running muscles can also boost your running speed, improve fatigue resistance, and help you become a more well-rounded athlete. What’s not to like.

But what kind of strength exercises you need to achieve these goals?

Fret no more. You’re in the right place.

The following infographic shares with you the seven most efficient resistance training moves to add to your workout plan. The routine can be performed two to three times per week, taking at least 48 hours of recovery between each session.

If you feel like you can do more, then do more—as long as you’re staying within your fitness skill and listening to your body the entire time. The rest is just detail.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

Keep training strong.

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5 Foot Exercises For Building Strength and Flexibility (Infographics) by Laura Scanlon

Hi guys,

I have teamed up with Walsh Brothers Shoes to share a super informative blog about building strength & flexibility for your feet. We hope you enjoy.

5 Foot Exercises For Building Strength and Flexibility (Infographics)

https://www.walshbrothersshoes.ie

Learn how to get your feet fit with this helpful infographic guide!

When trying to improve our health and fitness, it’s important to create a workout that targets every body part from head to toe. While many of us pay lots of attention to our arms, legs and core… the humble foot tends to go unnoticed and unloved. Our feet work hard - carrying us approximately 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Yet we tend to give our tootsies little TLC in return.

This infographic guide from Walsh Brothers Shoes (below) outlines five simple foot exercises that you can fit into your routine to build strength and flexibility. Taking the time to exercise can help boost your overall foot health and has been shown to have many benefits including:

· Improved balance

· Reduced muscle soreness

· Prevents toe cramps

· Reduced stiffness

What’s more, studies show that strong feet face a much lower risk of injury. This is crucial when you consider that nine out of ten people suffer from some form of foot injury at some point in their life.

Looking after your feet will also help to boost the health of your whole body. This is because your feet serve as the “foundation” as your body, and so when your feet hurt you are more likely to experience problems in other body parts. For example, your back and your joints can both suffer as a result of foot pain.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to exercise your feet whether you’re at home or at the gym. All it takes is a few minutes and you don’t even need any fancy equipment! Check out the infographic below to learn five quick and easy ways to start building strength and flexibility in your feet today!

For more information visit the link below.

https://www.walshbrothersshoes.ie

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How much water should we be drinking? by Laura Scanlon

Hi guys,

I recently teamed up with Image Magazine Ireland to write a blog post on “How much water should we really be drinking”. This is a great question and there is no one size fits all especially if you bring exercise into the equation. Click the link below to find out more.

Fitness Fact or Fiction: How much water should we be drinking?

“Drinking enough water is crucial for your health, your organs and your mind,”
Dehydration is a common side-effect of our busy lives, and Scanlon pointed out that we should look no further than our own bodily functions when trying to gauge how hydrated we are.
— https://www.image.ie/life/fitness-fact-or-fiction-should-you-drink-more-than-3-litres-of-water-a-day-if-you-exercise-146811



4 Movements to Loosen the Hips by Laura Scanlon

Tight Hips

They say the hips dont lie and this is very true if you have a desk job or travel a lot. The iliopsoas is the strongest group of muscles in the hip flexors, it connects the spine to the femur. The more you sit the more the iliopsoas shortens. For example runners who have desk jobs will find their hips become very tight when they go to run after sitting all day so they need to do necessary movements to make the hip flexors more fluid. While I have touched on this subject before in previous blog post “Run Better In Just A Few Weeks” It is an area that all people should spend time on, whether they are active or inactive.

To make it simple and something you can start to improve today, add these 4 movements into your daily routine.

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4 Movements to loosen the hips

Crescent Lunge on Knee

Crescent Lunge on Knee is typically a yoga pose but I love to do this movement as a warm up exercise. This movement provides a deep stretch for the hip flexors, groin and legs and opens the front of the body including chest and shoulders.

  1. Begin in a plank position with hands directly below shoulders.

  2. Step your right foot between your hands and gently lower your left knee down to the mat.

  3. Tighten your abdominals & glutes as you reach arms straight overhead and bend front knee to a 90 degree.

  4. Exhale and deepen forward into the lunge, bending the right knee more if possible. As you do, your left hip comes closer to the floor.

  5. Breathe and hold 30 seconds. Repeat both sides


Glute Bridge Hold:

Great for opening up the hip joint as well as strengthening the glutes.

  1. Lie faceup, arms extended by your sides, knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor.

  2. Press through your heels to lift your hips up and walk your feet in a few steps toward your body, keeping your feet and knees hip-width apart and your feet directly underneath your knees.

  3. Interlace your fingers underneath your body and press your fist into the mat.

  4. Hold for 15-30 seconds and low down slowly.


Runners Lunge:

The runner's lunge is a deep stretch for the hips, hip flexors, groin and legs. It allows you to rest your hands on the floor so that you are able to sink the hips deeper into the stretch to achieve greater benefits.

Begin in a plank position with hands directly below shoulders.

  1.  Step your right foot forward to the outer edge of your mat next to your right baby finger.

  2. Relax through your hips and back, letting them sink toward the ground.

  3. Breathe and hold for 30 seconds. Switch sides.




Low Squat Hold:

Great movement for stretching the inner thighs and hips.

  1. From a standing position place your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor, toes facing out. Your torso should be upright.

  2. Place your hands in prayer position in front of your chest, elbows pointed out to the sides.

  3. Use your elbows to press your knees open.

  4. Move around in this low position keeping the knees pushed out.

  5. Hold for one minute


Make a conscious effort to add these movements into your current regime. Always ensure you have warmed up the muscles before stretching. I would recommend at least 2 rounds of all 4 exercises.

Laura x