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Do it to feel good and reduce stress

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Exercise counters stress because it generally makes you feel good. Studies resoundingly show that exercise improves mood. Partly due to the release of beta-endorphins during and after the exercise, which are feel-good hormones. Also, the resulting feelings of achievement and self-efficacy (I CAN do this stuff) are part of the picture. Your body's stress response is to prepare it for a sudde...
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Daily time restricted eating helps weight loss and health

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I have been reading about the benefits of restricting your daily food intake to an 8-12 hour window and thought I'd share the gist of it in this blog. I know Stu has blogged about this before, so hopefully my points tally up with his. In essence, it's about timing your food intake to match your circadian rhythm, which is driven by the daily planetary cycle of 24 hours. Getting out of sync wit...
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Holidays – sometimes produce fitness and health improvements!

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Holidays sometimes produce fitness and health improvements! Well..... sometimes. Obviously depends on what you like to do on holiday. My clients this week have had quite varied responses to their summer holiday period. One gained 3kg in two weeks, felt sluggish and less fit from constant lounging by the pool in the admirable pursuit of reading books, another lost a stone by spending her time f...
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How did he do that?

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Just a bit of fun this week, as we are off on holiday tomorrow for a mega camping adventure and I am a bit busy sorting and packing. This is Alfie's work for Art class. PS - not photo-shopped PS - don't try at home ;) Have a wonderful, active summer. Lisa :)
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Exercise as an outlet for stress / frustration

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I've been slow and steady with my reading of 'Why zebras don't get ulcers' by Robert M Sapolsky, and I am learning an awful lot in the process about the effects of chronic stress on the body. It requires much concentration to take in the physiology, but it's so interesting and I am hoping that some of it will stay embedded in my brain. One key factor in reducing the effect of a stressor is ...
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Exercise and ME / Chronic Fatigue

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I was very interested and moved reading Lara's story in Stu's blog last week. It is inspiring to hear that she overcame this major health setback and that exercise was part of her recovery. Personally I can relate to Lara's situation having suffered with ME / chronic fatigue in 2012 for about a year. I had flu, and didn't recover. The first few months were pretty terrible, and it would have...
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Achilles fortifying part 2

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Following on from my blog about Achilles tendinitis and exercises to help, here is my second favourite, also taken from sports newsletter Peak Performance. This is to help develop flexibility and eccentric strength in the calf muscles so that the Achilles tendon can cope with the forces of running. If you've had tenderness in the Achilles, wait a week or two for it to calm down and then beg...
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Exercising in the heat – why’s it so hard?

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My client and I had a little chat about why exercising in this hot weather feels so hard. My thoughts were that blood needs to be pumped to the periphery in order to dissipate heat via the skin, much more than usual, therefore exercising muscles are receiving less of the red stuff, and therefore less oxygen. A quick read of the subject in an Idea Health & Fitness article backs this up, ...
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How to avoid / treat pesky tendinitis of the Achilles

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Achilles tendinitis is a common complaint among runners, involving pain in the Achilles on motion, tenderness, and sometimes warmth and swelling to the area. Stiffness and pain on getting up in the morning is a symptom. It is a chronic injury, i.e. an accumulation of stresses leading to the tendon being overloaded. Causes can be worn out shoes, training on road or uneven terrain, and, most lik...
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How exercise helps my friend K cope with the challenges of having a son with autism

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I know how useful exercise can be to help people manage day to day stress. I know how uplifting it can be to go for a run and think of nothing except where my next stride is landing and how beautiful my surroundings are. It certainly helps me feel calmer. As I ran recently with my friend K, whose 14 year old son has autism, I asked her if exercise was important to her in coping with the pressu...
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