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Author: Stuart Dollery

Here’s to the Dads!

Well, Father’s Day is upon us and it arrives with mixed feelings.  On the one hand I feel incredibly grateful for my amazing family and the love around me, on the other, sad that it’s the first Father’s Day, without my own father. I realise this can be true for many reading this but it’s a new experience for me.   I feel alas, the old saying “you don’t know what yo...
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A Round Tuit!

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life it’s don’t wait. Don’t put off tomorrow, what can be done today. Of course though, it’s never that easy, is it?  It’s a time versus tasks issue. I think we can all appreciate just how time flies and also just how busy modern life is. Despite being in my 50’s now, and especially as I don’t feel anywhere near that (apart from the odd...
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Life.

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life- to be happy- it’s all that matters”. Audrey Hepburn  Well Audrey, I must say I wholeheartedly agree!  For me, true happiness makes you the richest person on earth, there is nothing quite like it.  Of course different things make different people happy, it’s a very personal thing.  When I was younger, I did thin...
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Exam pressures!

My middle daughter Ella, is starting to feel the pressure now the A level exams have started, I can remember those days, (just about!) and it felt very much, all encompassing.  Of course exams are important,  and it’s just one bench mark we are measured by, but it’s not the bee all and end all - despite the fact I felt  that it was at the time.&nbs...
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Help IS out there

I feel compelled to write this week on mental health. At first I wasn’t going to publish this but it’s close to my heart and very prevalent at the moment, so worth talking about.  I have heard of 3 young males taking their lives, in almost as many weeks, just from my clients, and those around me.  I thought suicide was on the increase but actually the stats say they are at an ...
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Retro eating?

I read a report this week about our eating in the 1970’s. What struck me firstly was that eating was structured around 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and supper, and generally no snacking. Secondly, that it tended to be ‘normal’ unprocessed, unrefined foods and drink. Growing up the only ‘fast’ food establishment was wimpy (but still served on a china plate!) and it was really on...
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S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g!

Personal space training Bristol S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g! It’s an often misunderstood and misinterpreted area of fitness, that I think needs greater understanding and clarification. Should you stretch? Why do you stretch? When do you stretch? What are the benefits? What are the pitfalls? I have read a number of media articles on this area but unfortunately they tend to be ve...
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None of us are getting out Alive!!

I’m sat here in my car, at Loughborough University after having just come out of a lecture, put on by British Athletics, as part of Tom, my sons, Athlete Academy of Sporting Excellence. Not only am I super proud of his achievement, but I also feel very honoured and grateful, to be part of his amazing journey so far. The lecture was on how to be a ‘model’ parent to support your burg...
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Just do it!!

I’ve just come back from another inspirational day at Loughborough University, with my son Tom. I love watching the athletes train and do drills, as their movement quality is really on point, I’d say ‘balletic’. To look and perform like this generally implies hours and hours of doing the same techniques. This hones their movement for their sport so when required, the body pe...
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‘Just’ walking….

This photograph was taken early this morning, on a glorious spring day, along the sand dunes in Brean and Berrow, just along the coast from where I live. Leo our ‘puppy,’ although not very puppy like in stature now, loving being able to bound up the sand dunes and dart in and out of the tall grasses. I’m very lucky to have this so close to my doorstep and I now realise just how ...
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