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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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How To Recognise Your Body’s Hunger Signals

One reason that many of us are not at the best weight for our body is because, somewhere along the line, we stopped listening to our body signals that naturally tell us when we're hungry and when we're full. The signals are still there, but we're out of practice when it comes to paying attention to them. Learning to recognise those signals again can help you get to your best weight and stay there. The...

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Power of the Pose: Bridge Pose

You've probably experienced variations of this pose in Yoga or Pilates classes. While known as a beautiful heart opener, what investigate a few more of the benefits. (1) Strengthens the lower body: Your hamstrings, glutes and adductor muscles will all strengthen as you draw the knees in together while pressing the hips up to the ceiling. Hold the pose, taking a rest and rolling the spine to the floor if you tire. (2) Opens the hips: The...

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Building your Immunity

Your Immune System Marches On Its Stomach. Like any fighting force, the immune system marches on its stomach. It needs good, regular nutrition to stay strong if it is to offer protection from seasonal illness like the flu and other nasty sniffles that circulate through late autumn, winter and early spring. If you are restricting your food intake, don’t eat the recommended 5+ vegetables per day then you could have lower levels of the key nutrients your...

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Delicious Breakfast Crumble

INGREDIENTS Stewed Fruit 1 kg apples, cut into small chunks (I love to use pink lady or golden delicious) Generous splash of water 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tsp. - 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon Crumble 1 cup rolled oats ½ cup desiccated or shredded coconut ½ cup almond meal ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped ½ cup almonds, flaked almonds 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup 3 – 4 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted Serves 8-10 portions METHOD Stewed Fruit Wash the apples and cut into wedges...

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Do you struggle with breakfast?

Many people struggle with breakfast and it's very easy to fall into the habit of consuming a processed cereal or piece of toast with a topping for breakfast; it's quick and easy. However by spending just 10 minutes more on your breakfast you can add a lot more variety to your dietary pattern which will benefit your overall health significantly due to the greater mix of macro and micro-nutrients that will be provided to your...

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