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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...

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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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International Women’s Day

Started in 1911, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. We asked a number of women in the community this question: What does International Women's Day mean to you? Here's what they said...

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Benefits of Foam Rolling

Scientific evidence lags behind popularity of using the foam roller but the limited research suggests it does do what we hope for: 1. Less fatigue in exercising when foam rolling is used as part of a warm up. 2. Foam rolling helps reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), hence boosting performance in later work outs. 3. Foam rolling increases muscle flexibility and a short term increase in range of motion. How does it work-the theories: 1. Myofascial self release. Adhesions...

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Eat Like You Love Your Body

So many times, I see people who eat like they don’t like their body, they treat it poorly, not giving it the nourishment and care that it needs to perform at its best. I want you to think about a life of eating like you love yourself. Here’s what that means to me.  1. It means not skipping meals, just skipping the junk and the ultra processed 95% of the time. I work with a lot of...

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Fascia

You may have heard the term Fascia used – but what exactly is it? Essentially, fascia is a clingwrap-like substance that wraps around all our muscles and organs, bones, arteries and nerves providing support and reducing friction in everyday movements. Structurally, fascia is like fairy floss, tightly woven and web-like. 'Myofascial release' is a series of exercises that aim to work the fascia, gently smoothing and stretching it to ensure your body is able to function at...

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The Link Between Stress and Gut Health

Stress. It’s a struggle for all of us at one time or another, but did you know that recurrent stress, that heightened sense of urgency, anxiety, fear or even adrenaline that is often present in your fast-paced modern lives can chip away at the foundations of your health. In particular, it can chip away at your microbiome, with research showing that ongoing stress can negatively affect the trillions of healthy bacteria in our gut resulting...

Nereda Merrin