I’m Lorna, a health and wellness blogger who lives in Preston. I’m also a fitness instructor, personal trainer, vegan nutritionist and freelance writer.

Although, in an ideal world, I’d be living in the countryside surrounded by cats and stroking kittens for a living.

My short bio looks something like this:

Kale and Kettlebells grew from a love of health, fitness and travel. It’s a healthy living and vegan lifestyle blog, covering a range of topics including health and fitness, well-being, vegan lifestyle and travel. Encouraging people to get fit and healthy, explore the great outdoors and make more conscious lifestyle choices is where my passion lies.

I enjoy active travel, and whether having a stay-cation or travelling overseas, you’ll always find me either hiking a mountain or going for a run. I like self-catering apartments, comfy beds and finding places where I can eat tasty vegan food.

If you want a more in-depth bio, you’ll find it below.

Female runner stood next to a lake

Female hiker looking down on Wolfgangsee in Austria

From P.E. Hater to Fitness Professional

I’ve been hooked on exercise since I was 15-years old. As soon I discovered Kathy Smith’s Fat Burning Workout in my local library, there was no turning back!

But my real journey into fitness began when I started college and discovered I could get a free gym pass for my local leisure centres. Even though I wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing, I loved the way exercise made me feel. I felt like I could take on the world, and it’s been my coping mechanism for pretty much everything ever since.

My fitness career started in my early twenties, when I found myself training as an aerobics instructor. It was pretty much my dream job. Shortly after, I also began teaching body conditioning, step aerobics and spinning. As the years went on, I found myself training and then working as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and more recently, a vegan nutritionist.

For a girl who used to avoid P.E. as much as possible – I think I’ve done pretty well!

My qualifications are with Premier Training, and the Central YMCA.

My Lifestyle

I do my best to live an ethical and compassionate lifestyle. I became vegetarian in 2009 and switched to a vegan lifestyle in 2016. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, and just like every other vegan, I often daydream about opening an animal sanctuary! You can read more about my vegan journey here.

Well-being is important to me and I find looking after my mind just as important as looking after my body. Although I feel most at home either running or lifting weights, I still take time to meditate and spend some time in reflection each day.

Exercising daily is non-negotiable for me. I like to hit the gym or go for a run while most people are still snoozing. It’s my favourite way to start the day and once my workout is done, I can tackle anything.

Female runner in the mist

I’m an outdoorsy kinda girl and when time permits, I love nothing more than heading up to the Lake District with my husband and going walking. But more recently, I’ve been enjoying the landscape a little closer to home in Lancashire. I’m also partial to exploring the wonderful gardens that the National Trust have to offer.

Growing up, I was always encouraged to either put on a cagoule or wrap up warm and make friends with adventure. Some of my happiest memories are of me clambering over boulders at the seaside: searching rock pools, looking for crabs and anything else that may have survived after the tide had made its retreat. I think this is where my love of the great outdoors comes from.

When I’m not sweating it out at the gym, or hiking up a mountain, you’ll find me renovating our 1950s bungalow or curled up with a good book.

You can contact me via Social Media, on either Instagram or Twitter.

If you’d like to work with me, please head to my Freelance Writing  page and drop me a message.