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Getting back into Exercise

Has it been a while since you last exercised? No problem… whether you’re now ready to get back into it after an injury, illness, a run of late nights at work or festive season nights out, you’re likely to be a little apprehensive about taking that first step back through the studio door. Whatever the reason, the good news to consider is that taking a break from your exercise programme can sometimes be a blessing to...

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Top Your Breakfast With A Seed Mix

Whether you have a sweet or savoury breakfast, top with a mixture of seeds (I use chia, ground flaxseed, sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds). For instance, sprinkle over porridge or your toast with avocado and tomato, top your scrambled eggs with a sprinkle of seeds and some chilli flakes. Seeds provide concentrated levels of nutrients and fibre, additionally they allow us to diversify our dietary pattern without adding too much bulk to a meal. Having a diverse...

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Power of the Pose: Standing Forward Fold

There are so many variations of this pose to choose from it's easy to keep it fresh and interesting. You'll find the benefits not just physical but mental as well with increased blood flow to the brain, decreased stress and anxiety levels and relief from fatigue. Start with your feet hip width apart, grounded comfortably into the ground. Roll forward, keeping a soft bend in the knees and bend forward from the hips (not waist). From here...

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Top Tips to staying active when life gets busy

The silly season is just around the corner so what better time to share our top tips to staying active when things start to get busy. 1. Anything is better than nothing. You may have planned to do that double class or go for a 10km run but that window of time just got squeezed. Don't feel guilty - take action and do something active. Even it's taking the dog for a walk or a quick set...

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Being Positive

We all know people who are sunny and optimistic and those who seem to be constantly moaning and groaning. Admittedly, depending on how we're feeling sometimes both can be annoying. By being more positive about our outlook on life we bring more positivity into our lives, through people, our interactions and our enjoyment of everyday situations. Here are a few quick tips to help you re-frame and bring more positivity into your life: 1. Surround yourself...

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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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