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Author: Lisa King

Happiness

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Today, March 20th, is International Happiness Day. I have just finished reading an epic book entitled Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari. I have loved this book, which is an account of our story from apes to rulers of the world, describing many revolutions along our journey, including the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions. Near the end of the book Hara...
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The little things that mean a lot

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This week my previously de-conditioned client reported another significant change in a daily activity that demonstrates an improvement in how his body moves: doing up his shoes with more ease. This is wonderful. He can now reach down to tie laces whereas he previously struggled with this action. A little thing that can mean a lot. His improvement has come about due to regular exercise for t...
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1 x 5 reps matches 2 x 12 for weight training benefits

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A recent study from ACE showed that a high intensity weight training protocol (HI) of one set of five repetitions of ten weighted exercises produced similar - and in some aspects superior - results when compared to a moderate intensity protocol (MI) of two sets of twelve reps, over a six week programme. The two groups were also compared to a control group. All groups refrained from normal exer...
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My favourite stretch of the week!

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My favourite stretch of the week is this side stretch pictured above. It stretches multiple muscles down one side of the body including the hard to reach iliotibial band (ITB) which runs from the top of the hip down to its attachment just below the knee. The ITB is actually a fibrous band with muscles attached to the upper part such as the gluteus maximus. This stretch works on many of the ...
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Welcome Nicole Vignola to the Personal Space team

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Stu and I are thrilled to welcome personal trainer Nicole Vignola to Personal Space. She hails from London, and as well as working with us she will be studying the fascinating subject of neuroscience at Bristol University for the next few years. Nicole says: Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I am very delighted to say that I have just started working at Personal Space as a personal t...
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Half term shenanigans!

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Half term is nearly upon us - well, it feels like it, because of all the organising to be done ahead of the actual week in order for smooth running of children's and adults' work and activities. Depending on the ages of one's little ones, childcare arrangements can be tricky but essential if you are planning to do at least a little work and exercise. Mine are both now at senior school so leavi...
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Early rewards for new exerciser

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My new client, (NC for short) has had two personal training sessions with me. Walking, gardening and fishing aside, he has not exercised in many years. We have discussed his lack of mobility, posture deviations from ideal and his stiffness, which is of no surprise. During the week between NC's first and second visits he performed daily dynamic stretches, pelvic tilts on a ball, Cat/Cow, sup...
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Something is better than nothing

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'Something is better than nothing' is a perfect saying to use regarding exercise and other healthy behaviours. Individuals whose typical mindset is of the 'all or nothing' style have difficulty believing that it is okay to do half a workout, or to eat a healthy meal in the evening when they've already had a sugary snack earlier in the day. "It's Friday already and I've not exercised all week, ...
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Oooh me knees! How household cleaning can have a positive effect.

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A family friend, and our son's football coach, Simon, tells me about how his new role in the family cleaning business is helping to decrease pain in his knees. Simon says "I'm a 48 year old man with the knees of an 80 year old, according to my consultant! From my school days I was a gifted sportsman and played several sports at a high standard, but football was my passion and I usually train...
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