Author: FlexBody

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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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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HIIT vs. LISS

Most of us have heard of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) but how many of us know about LISS? Low Intensity Steady State training (LISS) is hugely popular on social media but what is it all about? Essentially, it is low intensity exercise (aim for 50% increase on your resting heart rate) performed for a sustained period, typically 30-60min. So, what are the benefits? * Reduced Injury: With many high intensity training styles, the risk of injury is high....

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Power of the Pose: Side Plank

This exercise is often overlooked in favour of the regular plank pose to build a strong core. This version of plank pose will ensure you target the quadratus lumborum, part of the posterior abdominal wall that plays an important role in avoiding back pain. Finnish researchers discovered that people with deficient muscle endurance in their lower backs were three to four times more likely to develop on-going lower back problems that those who have fair or...

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3 Good Reasons to Learn Something New

This month we're encouraging you to run with your curiosity and try something new. Step out of your comfort zone and take the plunge! Here are 3 good reasons to give it a go: 1. Science:  The white matter in our brains (called myelin) helps to increase our performance and becomes more dense the more we learn new skills and thus, more efficient, further increasing learning. 2. Creativity:  Curiosity and creativity are linked and new ideas can stem...

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