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Top Tips to staying active when life gets busy

The silly season is just around the corner so what better time to share our top tips to staying active when things start to get busy. 1. Anything is better than nothing. You may have planned to do that double class or go for a 10km run but that window of time just got squeezed. Don't feel guilty - take action and do something active. Even it's taking the dog for a walk or a quick set...

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Your Core

We talk alot about the Core muscles but what exactly are they? The abdominal muslces attach themselves to the pelvis, ribs and indirectly to the lumbar spine. They offer support, while the muscles of the back are layered, with each separate layer working to balance the spine. The deep abdominals, otherwise known as postural muscles, are commonly referred to as the core. Essentially, the 4 major core muscles (described below) connect your upper body to your lower body. 1.   The Transversus Abdominis...

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Power of the Pose: Crow

Why is it that many of us find arm balances so scary? The good news with this one is that you stay close to the ground and it's actually easier than it looks! Crow pose is a great way to tone and build strength through the arms, wrists, core, upper back and legs as well as opening up the groin. Regular practice will also improve balance, concentration, body awareness and control. Start in a yogic squat with your heels a few...

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8 time saving hacks for working mums

As working mothers there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get it all done. Try out these realistic hacks to bring the balance back into your life: Prioritise your sleep. We all know that functioning on too little sleep can lead to irritability, inefficiency and ultimately, health issues. If you do nothing else, ensure you’re getting the right amount of sleep. Schedule bedtime like any other meeting (and ensure the kids...

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The Importance of Healthy Snacking

Mid-meal snacking is the most challenging part for people when it comes to making appropriate choices within their daily dietary pattern. This is where most of us tend to stray from our otherwise healthy diet and undo all our awesome work.  Saying this, snacking between meals is extremely essential: To maintain balanced blood sugar levels; To keep you satisfied for longer and manage appetite control; To maximise energy levels; To maximise concentration levels; and, When done right, maximise beneficial nutrient...

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10 Good Reasons to Keep Learning

Many of think that learning stops once we finish school or university but scientists are continuing to discover the importance of learning in brain function and our mental health. Here we share 10 reasons to explore, discover and enrich your world. 1. Avoid boredom It’s easy to become disinterested and unmotivated when we’re not stimulated. Boredom is one of the main causes of bad decisions. 2. Maintain brain health You exercise your body why not your brain? Keeping your brain...

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Power of the Pose: Warrior I

There are 3 warrior poses in yoga, which probably in itself sounds counter-intuitive. Isn't yoga supposed to be non-violent? Actually, one of the oldest yoga texts, the Bhagavad-Gita discusses two warriors, Arjuna and Krishna and is set on a battlefield with both armies keen to do battle. The Warrior pose celebrates the 'spiritual warrior' who does battle bravely with 'self-ignorance' which is explained as the ultimate source of all our suffering. HOW: Start standing, step left foot back...

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5 Interesting Facts About Pilates

Love Pilates? Here are 5 interesting facts about Pilates you may not know. (1) Pilates was founded by Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1880. After a sickly childhood, Joseph was inspired to work toward becoming healthy and strong. (2) At the age of 32, Joseph left Germany bound for England where he worked as a professional boxer. In addition, he worked as a circus acrobat and taught self-defence to detectives at Scotland Yard. (3) While interned...

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Zucchini, Corn and Cheese Muffins

What a delicious treat! These are not only delicious, but also nutritious because: * Parmesan, cheddar and whole milk are a great source of calcium. * Calcium is vital to building and maintaining bone density as well as being needed for our nervous system to function optimally. For instance, without calcium our muscles are not able to contract and relax, nor are our blood vessels about to contract and expand. With thanks to our amazing nutritionist, Nereda Merrin. Ingredients 2 cups...

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Power of the Pose: Squats

These pop up in a variety of classes from Yoga (as chair pose) through to Barre, and for good reason. A powerful low impact exercise, squats will work deeply into the glutes, quads and core primarily. Start with feet hip width apart and feet parallel. As you lower, stick your bottom back, keeping the spine straight and knees inline with the feet. Engage the core, open through the chest and come as low as you comfortably can....

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