Health

Getting back to 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 summer evenings out with friends, 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...

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Delicious Blueberry Smoothie

(Makes 2 glasses) 1 cup blueberries ½ cup coconut water 1 frozen banana a big chunk fresh ginger, minced juice form 1 lime 2 tbsp coconut flakes a handful of walnuts Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Taste and add more ginger if needed. Delicious. Recipe thanks to Green Kitchen Stories...

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Weight Bearing Exercise – Why is it so important?

In a nutshell, weight-bearing exercises create bone density which in turn helps to prevent osteoporosis. We’ve all heard that before, but how does this work? Our bones grow, remodel and regrow themselves when there is an impetus from external environment. Essentially, bone is formed after a stress has been placed upon it. This results in bone cell migrating to the stressed area where they start the process of laying down new bone. The bone cells manufacture and...

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7 of the best morning yoga poses

By taking just 10 minutes every morning you can set yourself up well for the day ahead. Releasing the fatigue, stiffness and tiredness you usually feel for a positive, energised start will have you enjoying less stress and better concentration throughout the day. You can use these 7 poses alone or as a starting point for a longer practice. (1)  Child's Pose: A gentle way to ease the body into movement each morning and also a fabulous stretch...

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Have you fallen off the wellbeing wagon?

It's easy to do over the summer holidays but the important thing is that you clamber back on. Here are our 3 easy steps to help you: 1) Admit it: This is the first and most important step. Admitting and wanting to do something about it will set you on the right course. 2) Review it: Now to set you up for success. Have a good think about what went wrong and what you can do to...

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Switch to Mixed Salad Leaves

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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