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Why World Class athletes now practise Yin/Slow Yoga

“You don’t use the body to get into the pose, you use the pose to get into the body” Bernie Clark. There are so many different types of yoga out there from Vinyasa, Hatha and Purna to Bikram, Ashtanga and Kundalini but when people ask me what makes Yin or Slow different from any of these the answer is simple.  If we look at yoga on a physical level only, Yin promotes joint health. And that’s...

Emma Ritchie

Protecting the largest joint in your body

Which one is the largest? The knee – the strongest but also the hardest working joint in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in sitting, standing, running and any vertical movement.  Unfortunately most of us have experienced knee pain and injury at some stage. Here are our top tips to keeping your knees healthy. Don’t ignore pain. If you have knee pain the sooner you have it assessed the quicker you can begin a plan of...

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Bloating

As a nutritionist I find I spend a fair bit of time talking about bloating. Many of my clients find it awkward, annoying and confusing. But it's also preventable, predictable, and even kind of normal, sometimes. Today I'm answering common questions about bloating that you might be too shy to ask. You might be surprised by what you learn.  1.  What exactly is bloating? What causes it? Most of the time, bloating is due to a build-up of...

Nereda Merrin

The Importance of Using Resistance

We've all heard that building resistance into our exercise is important, but what exactly are the benefits? Here are our 10 best reasons to pick up those weights! Remember to start light and increase the weight or resistance as your strength builds. (1)  Improved tone and muscle strength helps to protect the joints from injury. (2)  Helps to maintain and increase flexibility, joint mobility and balance, essential as we age. (3)  Increases stamina so you can keep going longer. (4) Helps in the control and...

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Carbs after 6pm?

Carbohydrates After 6pm Will Not Make You Fat Carbohydrates are something that many people fear and tend to avoid when trying to lose or manage their weight. The fact is carbs don’t make you gain fat, and the silly myth that eating carbs after 6pm will make you fatter is drivel. Last time I checked, food cannot tell the time, so let’s do-away with this thinking right now. The time of day you eat your carbohydrates makes...

Nereda Merrin

Let Your Breakfast Eating Time Be Guided by Your True Hunger Signals

Did you know there is no conclusive evidence (as yet) that breakfast is the most important meal of the day despite what we tell our children.* Breakfast has been linked to improved memory and concentration, lower risk of developing T2D, unnecessary weight gain and obesity as well as a myriad of other chronic diseases but confounding factors could be involved, so an unequivocal causal relationship with breakfast cannot be proven. For instance, it could be that...

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Effective releases for the tightest hips

Hips can be an area of extreme tightness in the body making many yogic hip openers a challenge. The structure of your hips helps to support and stabilise your body weight, connecting your torso to your legs. Your hips are composed of these main components: the inner hips, the hip flexors and the outer hips. Essentially, your hip flexors draw your legs toward your body. Your inner hips are there to draw your legs toward each other...

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What a delicious twist!

If you suffer with a tight, sore lower back, this is a wonderful way to relieve the tension. To start, lie on your back, hugging the knees to chest. Release the knees and let them gently fall to the left side. Stretch your arms wide and look over your right shoulder. Ensure that the full extent of your arms and shoulders are in contact with the mat. Breathe and release further into the stretch. Take it to the other side...

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Are You Healthy The Size You’re At?

How you look in your favourite jeans or dress does not indicate whether your body (and mind) is healthy. It merely indicates that you are happy with your appearance in relation to the cultural norm.⠀Good health is about so much more than how you look but so often a person’s lead reason to change their dietary pattern is weight loss because their body no longer fits the media-determined mold. How do you tell if you...

Nereda Merrin

Why We Need Resistance Exercise

We've all heard that doing resistance work is beneficial, whether it's using weights, resistance bands or our own bodies. But what parts of the body does it help? 1. Bones: Resistance exercise helps to build strong bones and with great bone density we can avoid weakened bones and osteoporosis. 2. Heart: Improved heart health comes from including weights or resistance work into your exercise program. 3. Posture: Especially when we work on areas such as core, back and upper...

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