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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The Menopause: it’s rife!

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Recently I've noticed that, quite abruptly, I can no longer run very fast, I've put on a few kilos which I can't shift, and walking up hill gets me puffing all too soon. Some of my friends and clients are experiencing similar symptoms of the menopause, many much worse than mine. Although it's obvious we women will go through this, expect it and accept it, it can be hard to take, especially wh...
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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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Bank holiday cycle ride reveals my lack of fitness

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To enjoy the day off school and work yesterday we headed to the Malvern Hills with mountain bikes. I have not ridden my bike since August of last year, and I know my legs will be cursing me tomorrow. I didn't feel like going, as it was a bit cold and cloudy, but Mr. K overruled and off we set. We were on the Malvern Hills Trust mountain biking trail, medium route, starting at the North Qu...
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Getting a shift on

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I played in my son's rugby club parents v kids touch rugby session on Sunday and today I'm stiff in the legs, much more so than from my usual running. It's quite surprising as I only played for about ten minutes in total and I warmed up, (the only parent who did, and I'm sure I looked a fool running around, dynamically stretching, throwing a rugby ball up in the air and going through the motio...
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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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No more slouching!

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This week I want to show you three simple exercises to help achieve instant postural adjustment, that practised regularly can strengthen the muscles required to hold optimum posture, and loosen the tight ones that inhibit good posture. The first is pectoral self massage. Tight chest muscles can make it difficult to bring your shoulders back and down. Seated or standing, begin by rolling you...
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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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Cheap way to get fit – housework!

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If you want a cheap way to get fit then my suggestion is get your vacuum cleaner, cloths and mops out and have a thorough clean of your house. It's exhausting!   I did it in stages, getting distracted by old photo albums I pulled out from under the bed, and needing to take rests, but I tell you it's hard physical labour. We usually have a cleaner, but he's away this week, so, having...
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Why Kenyans are so dominant in long distance running

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I've just finished a book about a runner's investigation into how Kenyan runners are so fast. Adharanand Finn (Runner's World magazine contributor) travelled with his family to Iten in Kenya, the 'running capital of the world' and immersed himself in their culture for six months, trained with Kenya's top athletes in the Rift Valley and ran his first ever marathon in blazing heat in a time he n...
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