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Why do we need protein?

We all need protein - an essential nutrient, responsible for many functions in your body, including the building of tissue, muscles and cells, as well as making anti-bodies and hormones.  Studies also suggest that as we get older we may benefit from eating more protein because it helps minimise the muscle loss associated with aging. How much is enough? For most people a recommended daily dose of around 0.8-1g of protein per 1kg of body weight is required. Strength...

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Tone those triceps

Often tricky to isolate, the tricep muscles are located at the back of the upper arm. They work together with the bicep in the bending and staightening of the arm at the elbow (tricep straightens and bicep bends). Did you know they are actually called 'triceps brachii' (three-headed muscle of the arm)? Given the job of the triceps are to straighten the arm, it makes sense that this action will be the key to strengthening and...

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5 Signs you’re emotionally stronger than you think

Emotional strength can seem like an abstract term. It’s an essential part of responding to difficult situations, but many of us don’t know we have it. When times get tough, it can sometimes feel like we can’t handle it. Emotional strength is an essential skill that most of us don’t see ourselves as having. Sometimes it can be hard to even know what ‘emotional strength’ even is. For some, emotional strength may be a high level of...

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Chocolate Chia Pudding and Berries

Serves: 4 Ingredients 1½ cups milk (coconut, organic dairy milk or almond milk) 1/3 cup chia seeds ¼ cup cacao or cocoa 6-9 dates, pitted (adjust to personal taste) ½ – 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional, adjust to personal taste) ¼ tsp. sea salt ½ – 1 tsp. vanilla bean extract (adjust to personal taste) Method Place cacao, vanilla bean extract, cinnamon, salt and dates in food processor and blend until a paste is created. Add milk and blend...

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Moderate Intensity Exercise

We often hear advice about taking moderate intensity exercise – but what does that mean? No need for fancy gadgets, use these 3 as your guide. • Increased heartrate • A little out of breath (so you can talk but not sing) • You feel warmer Did you know that the medical recommendation is for 150min of Moderate Intensity exercise per week. Just this amount will help to… * Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 40% * Reduce the risk...

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Why is flexibility always seen in black and white?

Most of us think of ourselves as either ‘flexible’, or, in many cases, ‘not flexible’. Wouldn’t it be great to reframe this and consider how we can ‘improve’ our flexibility. Let’s take today as a starting point – not last week, last year or what you could do age 25, today is the day you begin to make change. Why should we bother? Improving your flexibility will not only help you to feel more supple, it will...

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Yoga Slow, Yoga Stretch, Yoga Flow… what’s the difference?

We have three different styles of yoga here at Flex Body and we are often asked what the difference is between each. Let’s start with Yoga Slow, our restorative option. If you’re looking for a class to help you relieve stress while giving you an incredibly deep stretch with long holds, this is for you. This is not an active class and really is suitable for everyone. Our Yoga Stretch class is based very much on the...

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Our Three Beliefs

We believe that Flexibilty, Strength and Balance are the cornerstones of optimum mental and physical wellbeing. To live a healthy life we need: Flexibility:  Maintaining and building mobility in the body ensures a wide range of motion in our joints and muscles creating free movement and relief from tightness.  Mentally, this transpires to an open mind, being welcoming of new ideas and experiences as well as constantly learning. Strength: Building muscle and bone strength is crucial to...

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What are Good Fats?

The subject of fats can be incredibly confusing. We hear good, bad, trans, mono - how do we make sense of it all? Luckily, our nutritionist Nereda Merrin has done that for us. Here is the definitive guide to our favourites, the Good Fats. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats Good fats come mainly from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. They differ from saturated fats by having fewer hydrogen atoms bonded to their carbon chains. Healthy fats are liquid at...

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The 3 Best Yoga Stretches for Sitters

After a long period sitting, whether on a flight or at the desk, your body is usually not feeling the best.  Swollen legs, tight hip flexors and sore backs can cause discomfort and make it near impossible to get comfortable. Try these three delicious stretches to bring relief: (1)  Overhead stretch: Stretch arms high and interlace fingers, pressing the palms away from your head. Using this as your central point, keep hands interlaced, take them in all 4 directions....

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