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Ten Habits of Happy Women

It’s often the little things that can tip the balance from being stressed, worried and tired, to feeling in control and happy. Here are some habits of happy women that when put in place have big impacts.   1. DON’T SAY YES WHEN YOU MEAN NO This bad habit is a joy-killer. If you prefer a cosy night on the sofa rather than drinks with a friend, stay home. Take control and don’t commit to things that you don’t...

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Resilience

We all know the importance of resilience but sometimes life throws a curveball and stops us in our tracks. So, is it possible to move on and how do we keep going? Stories abound of people who have experienced financial ruin, war zones, abuse, devastating grief or tragic health events. It can be hard to believe that anyone can come out of these situations alive, but if you can search inside and dig out a grain...

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Top Ten Benefits of Barre

We love Barre classes, but exactly how do they help us? Barre makes you stronger:  Isometric contractions make up the bulk of a barre class and occur when the muscle tenses without changing length. What’s great about the small, incremental movements is that you can hold a posture and benefit from continuously engaging the muscle, plus you get a mini-recovery with each pulse, so you can stay in the hold longer. Barre will target multiple muscle groups at once:  It is...

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5 Top Tips to Glowing Skin

Sometimes we feel tired and less than our best - but no-one wants this reflected in the mirror! Here are some quick tips to enjoy glowing skin all the time. 1. Hydrate: Dehydration is one of the biggest reasons for skin looking lacklustre. Up your water intake and slap on a hydrating mask overnight. 2. Fake a good nights sleep: Soy milk has a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling, while soy proteins hydrate the skin to soften the...

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Scoliosis and Pilates

We all know that Pilates is great for the body, but what does it mean for people who suffer from the spinal condition, scoliosis. Having Scoliosis means that a section (or more) of the spine curves sideways. This condition is usually picked up in childhood and is not, as commonly thought, caused by carrying heavy schoolbags, poor posture or a lack of exercise. Once the skeleton stops growing the condition rarely gets any worse. Research says that up...

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Incidental Exercise – What is it & how does it help?

We can make a considerable difference to our health, fitness and weight just by incorporating more movement into our day. Not only does regular motion keep the body more supple and the mind clearer, every movement uses energy. Becoming more sedentary as we get older means we lose this valuable and beneficial effect on the body and mind. So how do we include more incidental exercise? Walk more. Leave the car when possible and walk to the...

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Why do we need strong glutes?

We talk a lot about the importance of having stong glutes. But what is it about this major muscle group that's so important?   The 'glutes' are actually made up of three muscles - gluteus maximus, medius and minimus (you can guess the size order) together making up the largest and strongest group of muscles in the body. Their job is to keep our upper body erect, mobilise the hip and stabilise the pelvis. Here are the top...

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Feeling Fatigued? Have A Think About Your Iron Intake

One in four women have low iron levels. Low amounts of iron in the blood can starve cells of oxygen, causing fatigue, low immune function and in severe cases, iron-deficiency anaemia. Certain people are at increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia, including women (due to loss of blood during menstruation), children (who need extra iron during growth spurts), frequent blood donors and vegetarians (whose diet doesn’t include easily absorbed heme-iron). If you have been experiencing ongoing fatigue,...

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Overcoming the Overwhelm

Why you’re feeling overwhelmed – and what to do. If, like many of us, you have a ‘to do’ list that reaches from here to infinity and it just keeps growing, it’s time to make some changes your list. LISTS The first step to not allowing this to get you down is to recognise that your to do list will never actually be ‘finished’. And let’s accept that that’s ok! By just focusing on what you’re doing...

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Forget the Fads

Do you feel exhausted by yet another health fad? Sometimes it feels we’re being constantly bombarded by advice on what we should and shouldn’t do.  It feels like yesterday we were packing in the proteins with Atkins and jumping around in step aerobics. Today we’re adding goji berries to everything, juicing our lunch and grabbing a turmeric latte on the way to goat yoga (yes, that is a real thing). Confused? You could be suffering...

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