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Your gut microbiome is a vast community of trillions of bacteria and fungi that inhabit every nook and cranny of your gastrointestinal tract, and have a major influence on your metabolism, body weight, propensity to illness, immune system, appetite and mood. Each of these bacteria require different combinations of the chemical compounds found within our food, hence we need a diverse dietary intake to keep the bacteria nourished and alive. An easy way to add diversity to your...

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How do Yoga & Pilates help to prevent injury?

We often hear that a combination of Yoga and Pilates is good for preventing injury. But have you ever wondered how? We decided to look at the 3 most common injuries – knee, shoulder and lower back, and investigate further. Knee Injuries Injuries to the knee are probably the most common of all injuries sustained. The knee joint absorbs a huge amount of pressure and if not well supported results in ACL, MCL and meniscus damage. The best...

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“I can’t do yoga – I’m just not flexible”

If we had $1 for every time we’ve heard this comment… Let me ask you – do swimmers improve their times by not swimming… do golfers reduce their handicap by not practicing or do yoga instructors become flexible through not practicing yoga? No doubt you get the point. There isn’t anyone who can’t benefit from yoga, it’s just about finding the right type and most importantly, getting started.  It really doesn’t matter what your starting point is....

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An Interview with Lynne Robinson

A fascinating article about Lynne Robinson – Pilates guru, trainer and author, from The Telegraph UK. Lynne Robinson, 65, lives in a village called Leigh, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent with her husband, Leigh, a businessman. They have two grown children Rebecca, 39 and Emily, 37 and two grandchildren, Amy, 5 and Evie, two. Lynne is the author of 16 books about Pilates, has trained the likes of Liz Hurley, Hugh Grant, Sophie Dahl and Pat Cash and is...

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Our 3 Top Tips to Maintain a Healthy Body

Life is busy. It seems now we have less time than we did 10 years ago. So how do we maintain a healthy, active body and mind the older we get? It’s time to put a few key habits in place to ensure we maintain the healthy body and a strong, sharp mind. 1.  Maintain a strong core. Yes, you guessed it – more plank poses! A strong core will not only help to prevent back and neck...

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How to Maximise your Energy Levels

Our energy levels can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster, especially at this time time of year. Here are our 6 top tips to help you maintain more energy to do the things you love:  1. East foods rich in iron We all need iron for the production of energy from glucose, essential fuel for the brain and body. Maximise your intake of iron-rich foods including lean red meat, eggs, fish, chicken, wholegrain cereals and breads, nuts, green...

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Building a New Habit: Use Smaller Plates

Studies have shown that people will eat 92% or more of what is on their plate, whether they are hungry or not. Simply using 24 cm plates instead of 32-cm plates can help you easily eat up to 27% less food. So tonight, switch to a smaller plate and pay attention to if you need a second serve or if you feel full after the smaller amount that the smaller plate holds....

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Strengthening your back with Bird-Dog

While it may have a silly name, this exercise is anything but. Building strength into the back not only helps to alleviate back pain, it improves posture and helps to maintain the main support structure and stability of the body. Bird-Dog helps to find length through the limbs while working primarily into the erector spinae, glutes and rectus abdominis. Start on all fours with knees positioned under hips and wrists under shoulders. As you exhale, sweep the...

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Stand Tall: 4 Top Tips to Better Posture

Not only will better posture give you a couple of added centimetres, you’ll feel more confident and aligned, both physically and mentally. Stretch:  Tight muscles and joints hinder good posture. Include a good chest opener like this one. Interlace your hands behind your back, drop your shoulders drawing straight arms away from the bottom. Develop a strong core:  This will not only protect your lower back, it will give your upper body the support it...

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Eat Screen Free

Eating while you're distracted can lead you to eat faster, feel less full, and mindlessly eat more. Whether this is watching TV, listening to the radio, or playing a computer game, the type of distraction doesn't seem to matter much. For instance, one research study found that people watching television while eating their meals ate 36% more pizza and 71% more macaroni and cheese. Plus, it seems that the longer the show, the more food you're...

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