Beauty of early morning exercise

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My brother-in-law woke at 5:20 a.m yesterday and decided to set off on a mountain bike ride in the Chorley countryside in glorious early morning sunshine and reported an epic ride. My client reported waking at 10 to 6 a few days ago and heading off on an unprecedented early morning run on the Downs, and said how lovely it was at that time. My son decided to mountain bike across the bea...
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Crushing lows to amazing highs!

Crushing lows to amazing highs, all pretty much in a week!  Wow! This life certainly brings about such twists and turns, and certainly confirms that  I’m living!  After trying to prepare myself for mums passing (if that’s really a thing?!- although she amazingly survived), I find my emotions being tested totally the other way, with my son Toms English Schools...
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Park Life

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Have you seen outdoor exercise equipment in your local park and thought "that's good" and walked on by, never to think of it again? Well, I have, thinking that I do my own strength exercise at home and therefore won't be needing the park machines. However, a few times lately with my home routine a little out of order, I have used the machines on my way back from the shops. It is SO conveni...
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The good and the bad…..

Well, I can only describe this week as a total and utter rollercoaster, and an extremely tall, fast one at that!  It’s dominated the latter part of this week, so I feel compelled to write about it.   I’m not too sure why I’m sharing this really but it’s affected me majorly and I always feel it’s good to share, and maybe just share the good with the bad.  It al...
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Building and retaining muscle – it’s crucial!

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Stu mentioned this week the importance of building muscle mass to help you lose fat. I have seen first hand this week how losing muscle mass can have a devastating impact on quality of life.  Maintaining your muscle mass as you age is paramount to controlling your body fat and also to being able to live an active life. Without the strength we once had so much of our daily lives are af...
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Calorie f#*cking deficit!

Ok, this has been bothering me for a while now!  I keep reading and have seen lots on social media recently about the ONLY way to lose weight is by creating a calorie deficit.  In fact some of the arguments seemed so convincing, it got me questioning my own knowledge!  However I wanted to share my thoughts as to why it’s PART of the equation and not the whole, desp...
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Think yourself full!

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A British study (2017) by the Psychological Society has shown that the way we perceive the meal we have eaten can affect our feelings of fullness and consequent meal choices and consumption later in the day. It sounds unbelievable but what they found was that study subjects fed a three egg omelette for breakfast - but were told it contained two eggs -reported hunger feelings earlier and a...
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Follow your own path!

Hey! Guess what? We are all different! There might be commonalities between us, but fundamentally we are all unique! So why do we still strive to know and understand what ‘works’ for ALL as a whole?  It’s actually impossible to work out a diet or a fitness programme that categorically works for all the same, so the sooner you accept that, the further you will get down the pa...
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Yo-yo dieting tied to heart problems

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Consistently high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels have long been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, but when these biomarkers fluctuate over time, as can happen with yoyo dieting, the negatives escalate. A huge study of 6.7 million people in the US, as reported in the journal Circulation, discovered that subjects with the most fluctuations in bodyweight, blood pr...
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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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