‘Why zebras don’t get ulcers’ – first glimpse

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I have been lent a book called Why zebras don't get ulcers, the acclaimed guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping, by Robert M. Sapolsky. I am on chapter one; here are a few snippets I have learnt from it so far: "We are now living well enough and long enough to slowly fall apart" says Sapolsky. Many of todays diseases where damage accumulates slowly (cancer, cardiovascul...
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Keeping it real!

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I was driving into work today and it was a beautiful morning, one where you know it’s going to be a good day! This already helps to frame my positive day! I use my commute to work to partly think through my oncoming day, just as I use home-time to reflect on what has been. So this morning I was thinking about mental health. There’s been a lot of media attention recently on menta...
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How to lower your BP without drugs

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The UK guidelines for blood pressure (BP) are as follows: Under 120 / 80 is desirable, 120 - 140 / 80 - 90 is elevated, with >140 / >90 being classed as hypertension stage 1. Recent revisions to US guidelines are slightly different, with >130/>80 now described as hypertension, in response to the increase in people with high BP. More than one in four adults in the UK have high BP. ...
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The gift of life!

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I strongly believe that life is a gift. I do think a lot of the time we take it for granted, but it’s when you consider the odds of you being alive, you realise you really are, one of the lucky ones. On researching I found out that the chances of you being born are like 2.5 million people, rolling a trillion sided dice, and ending up with the same number!! Wow! Just Wow! So do we...
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mountain biking thrills

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Rock Shox, berms, "give it some air" (I didn't), front suspension, drop-offs (not for me!), padded baggy shorts, special shoes, mud, knobbly tyres, back wheel skids (no fear!). All terms I've been introduced to on my first real mountain bike excursion in Wales, other than family trails. In glorious sunshine we climbed for forty minutes in Cwmcarn forest, South Wales - the route up was a nic...
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Man vs Mood!

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I will make no secret of the fact I’ve been struggling with my mood lately. Whilst I try and give myself a good talking too, it doesn’t always work! So in my self talk I’m like “ right Stuart, you cannot carry on like this, something needs to change! Right! Get the food back on track! Cue change. With fluctuating moods and energy it’s much harder to stay on the line you want....
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Al fresco smoked tuna lunch

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The sun was out at 12:30, so lunch on the decking was tempting. Needed a puffer gilet on, it's not that warm yet! I have just discovered smoked tuna slices from Lidl, which are delicious. A good protein option to go with avocado & salad. The only problem is it's not Marine Stewardship Council certified, which is a shame. :( Lisa :)
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Muscular development!

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I had a young lad in this week with a goal of putting on some muscle. Despite popular belief, its really hard to put on appreciable muscle, unless you are chemically assisted or have gifted genetics. It can be done, and done well, but it just takes a lot more perseverance, a little longer time, and continued application. It’s not common knowledge, but I had a training partner who...
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Matt runs the London Marathon for MIND

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Running for MIND A local parent, Matt Newman, who I see most days on school runs ran in the London Marathon yesterday in aid of the mental health charity MIND. I saw him today proudly wearing the medal he gained around his neck. It's beautiful. He was pleased to say he had finished in 5 hours 50, within his target of 6 hours. I asked Matt if he would like to write a little for my blog, explai...
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Free Yoga event @ Personal Space

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FREE YOGA EVENT SUNDAY 29th APRIL 10-3pm AT PERSONAL SPACE, REDLAND Rd Book in to experience a 30 min 1:2:1 yoga class to see how you can start this ancient practice of moving meditation. Already practice? Have you got a pose you really want to achieve? Maybe you have an injury or want to find more flexibilty or strength to support another sport. Do you find yourself stressed or fee...
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