♥ You’ve got to like it to keep doing it … ♥

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One of my clients who has only recently begun training with me reported this week that he actually looks forward to coming to the exercise studio now. This is mega news. In addition, he is starting to like the cross trainer machine - wonderful. If this progress is continued in a linear fashion he will soon be able to say that he really likes exercise. This is what we as personal trainers are s...
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Switching Off!!

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I took the decision this week to deactivate my personal facebook account. This can be picked up at another time of my choosing, but for now its on pause. It’s a double edged sword really because social media does help my business, and I do enjoy keeping in touch with friends, BUT I felt it was affecting my mental status in a negative way. I’ve set up a business face book account (...
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Benefits of just five minutes activity every hour of sitting – Good News!

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A review of a research study on the amount of light activity that would result in benefits to cardiometabolic measures is highly encouraging. The study by L.C Dalleck, PhD, and his team in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology Program at Western State Colorado University investigated the optimal frequency, intensity and duration of activity to improve blood glucose levels, blood pressure and d...
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A BIG THANK YOU!

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Honesty.... It’s quite interesting when I look at the statistical analysis for my blogs to see how many people each one has reached. Without fail, it’s the ones where I’ve laid my heart on the line, that have reached the most people. To me, I try and be honest and transparent as I can be, because I want it to be real, true to form and touch people, even if it’s just in some sma...
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25 minutes Gym Ball routine at home

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To raise my spirits on this rainy day I decided to exercise at home with my gym ball, and I have listed the exercises below. The whole session took 25 minutes (minimal breaks between the ten exercises; twice through the set). It nicely challenged my abdominals, upper body and legs. Warm up - Flights of stairs alternating between one step at a time runs, two steps at a time walk, and one ste...
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Life hack #5 -Question everything!

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One thing I've learnt over the many years of Personal Training, reading reams of material and going on many courses/seminars/ conferences, is that you never take things for face value. Question everything. It's a good premise to start from. Research advances, new methods and ideas are found and developed, and old ideas debunked. As much as we like to compartmentalise everything i...
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Please don’t try this at home !

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Alarm bells rang in my head while visiting my parents today when Mum told me she does sit ups as part of her exercise routine. I have never ever suggested she does sit ups. I asked her to show me and she laid down on the floor, and before I knew it she had clasped her hands behind her head, brought her elbows in, pulled her head in and swiftly raised her upper body up to her knees. I gasped in...
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Life.

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I had a little message sent over to me this week from my lovely aunt Sal. She was having a sort out and came across the very photograph you see in this blog. It's a beautiful shot of my mum and dad captured in the throws of a kiss, and fully encapsulates their love and devotion for each other. I look at the photo with both happiness and sadness. Happiness because it reminds me of that...
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How to preserve good memories

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A series of programmes lasting fifteen minutes every day last week on Radio 4 called How to Have a Better Brain highlighted various behaviours and foods that can have an impact on prevention of memory loss and other brain functions. It was all very interesting and encouraging, not least the ingestion of dark chocolate before cognitive tests leading to improved scores. Nice one! One thing...
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Fat loss truth bombs – part 2!

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This is the second part (of 3) installments of the fat loss truth bombs series, with highlights taken from a 2 day seminar from a world expert on hormones. Be aware of your overall stress levels and individual stressors. Activity and exercise whilst beneficial is still an additional stressor to your overall system. Be in tune with your body's needs in terms of activity/exercise an...
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