Ladies, wear a good Sports Bra! May 16 2013

My last blog brings me on the subject of the sports bra for this week... The amount of women I saw not wearing a sports bra last week.  A friend of mine used to be a Sports Instructor and she always used to say that you should invest in a good sports bra and unless you’re a man, there is no excuse for not wearing one when you are doing any form of exercise.  Now every time I see a woman exercising and not wearing a supportive sports bra, I just want to stop them and say, "Look, do you realise the damage you’re doing to your breasts?"  But for the fear of maybe getting a smack in the mouth and being told to mind my own business, I don’t say anything at all.  Unfortunately, so many women don't seem to understand the importance of wearing a sports bra during exercise because once those ligaments around the breast stretch, that's it, nothing can be done to shorten them.

Sports bras are expensive but I think it's better to shell out a little bit more than to opt for say, a Primark or Tesco sports bra just because it’s only £6 instead of £30.  Not that I'm knocking those shops in any way but you just won’t get the proper support you need with a cheap sports bra.  I asked my friends what brands they wear and most of them wear Shock Absorber which ranges from about £25-£40 and Marks and Spencer ranges from about £20-25.  Whereas, I wear Sportjock which is around £30-£40.

The Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra is a moulded cup but it's not padded or wired with a hook and eye fastening at the back and non slip adjustable straps.  It comes in the several different colours with sizing from 30A to 38F. Most of the girls I spoke to seem to favour this one saying how comfortable and how supportive it is.

The Shock Absorber

Marks and Spencer do both an underwired and soft high impact sports bra that again has a hook and eye fastening and adjustable straps that can be crossed over at the back depending on preference.  They also do crop tops.  Sizes go from A-GG cups in Black, White or Grey.

The Sportjock crop top top that has no fastenings and a racer back and it literally binds your boobs, they do not move when exercising!  The only thing with the Sportsjock is that it can be quite difficult to get off when you're hot and sweaty but I always manage it despite.  The Action Sports Bra is for A-C cups and Super Sports Bra is for C-F cups. It comes in many different colours and can be worn on its own.

The Sportjock

It doesn't matter if you're small or large breasted, just don't let gravity defy your lovely assets, make sure you keep your boobs as upright as possible and wear a good sports bra when exercising.  Not only will it make exercise more comfortable for you but it will also stop your bubumbas falling down past your waistline and heading for your knees!

So ladies please, please get me off my soap box and wear a good sports bra!

Spa Day April 24 2013

Today I went for a total relaxation and wellbeing at the Amida Spa at the David Lloyd Centre in Farnham with my friend Lorna.  All I can say is wow! There were 5 Indoor and Outdoor Saunas, 2 Steam Rooms, a Salt Grotto, an Ice Chute, a Hydrotherapy Pool, Plunge Pool and a dedicated Spa Bar. The list was endless!

The first thing that took me was the Ice Chute, the hub of the Sauna Rooms and Salt Grotto. In a darkened space, the beautiful chandelier hung from the ceiling which gradually changed colours and as it changed colours so did its mood it seemed. The whole point of this Ice Chute is to rub the ice on your skin to get the circulation going. I rubbed some in but not vigorously as it was blimmin freezing, even if I had just stepped out the steaming sauna!

The Salt Grotto didn't appear to do anything, then all of a sudden two gushes of steam came out and a smell of what I can only describe as the sore throat sweet, "Lockets" (Honey and Lemon) was deeply inhaled and seemed to clear the airways. 

Next stop was the Crystal Sauna, the maximum stay in this room was 10 minutes. Well, Lorna couldn't hack it for much longer than 5 minutes so we headed for the Plunge Pool. 

Now the Plunge Pool is not for the faint hearted and if anyone has ever been in a Plunge Pool, you'll know that the water is so-ooo cold you can hardly catch you breath while in it. I dared Lorna to do 5 seconds to which she then dared me to do the same. They were the longest 5 seconds ever, I'm sure Lorna was counting really slowly on purpose! Once my 5 seconds was up, I darted out the pool into a warm shower and I have to say the whole experience was rather quite pleasurable. We did this in between saunas about 5 times!

Then we were off to the Hydrotherapy Pool for a bit of floating relaxation. If you have any nicks or cuts, this pool will sting you as it is quite salty but not as salty as the Dead Sea so don't expect to be floating on your back reading the Sunday newspaper because you'll just sink and get your paper wet!

You name we tried it, the Outdoor Pool, the Outdoor Jacuzzi, even it had been raining, we would have tried everything! It was just so nice.

After spending practically the whole day there, we were exhausted! (It's hard work going to the spa!)  We decided to have little lie down on the heated stone beds in the Relaxation Room. Gently heated, we lay on the beds staring out the window at the clear Blue Heaven that lay above us wishing everyday could be like this.

Feeling very good about ourselves, Lorna and I went for a shower (not together I hasten to add!)  I showered with the luxury of Aromatherapy Associates (a favourite at home) that was provided by the spa, it was bliss, pure bliss, I didn't want to leave.  The whole experience and serenity was for me much needed.  I came home feeling totally chilled, wanting to feel this way forever...