Meditation – why do it?

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My friend and I had a discussion about meditation this week, something that I currently don't do and that she swears by. I asked if she would write a short blog on why she does it, and here is what she says: "I started meditating about 6 months ago on a random basis for about 20 minutes once a day. It has now had such a positive impact upon my life that I now meditate twice a day for 30 min...
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Just do it!!

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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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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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‘Just’ walking….

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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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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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SAS or SAD?!

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Why do you exercise? Serious question. For the majority of my clients, I’ve found it tends to be ‘weight’ change/ body composition improvements, or just ‘physically’ looking better. So, despite the obvious benefits of many exercise forms, especially from a health perspective, it’s ‘appearance’ that is a primary driver! I have to admit here, I would have included myself wi...
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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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February in reflection….

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Well, here we are then- March!! 🐣 In reflection, February for me was a good month! I feel more organised, have more energy, and feel better mentally. I think my break away helped towards this. (See picture of Lisa in the wonderful bath!!) What have I accomplished to make me feel this way? Firstly, I’ve joined a new gym which I currently go 4 times a week. My progra...
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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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Freddy Mercury and the swimming duck!!

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I’ve just finished watching the Bohemian Rhapsody, the film about the band Queen and Freddy Mercury - Wow! such a poignant film- I loved it! Tinged with both elements of sadness and happiness of varying degrees within the film. What struck me though was that underneath the public persona of the happy go lucky, party animal, was major inner turmoil and angst. But what can we...
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