The Stork Stand Balance Test

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I'm studying a course at the moment - Senior Fitness Specialist - with the American Council on Exercise, and as part of the posture and fitness assessment within this course the Stork Stand Balance Test is used as a measure of static balance ability for 'higher functioning' older adults. It is a highly challenging test, so is not to be used for older adults who suffer with very poor strength o...
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Extreme measures…..

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The hot news this week was that of the NHS prescribing 800 calorie liquid diets, to help reduce type two diabetes and associated obesity. This has been trialed and has been proved to be successful in reversing the effects in over half those trying it. The NHS have been set targets for national reduction, and this is just one measure. Type 2 or adult onset diabetes is different ...
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Do The Bear Crawl

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I've been using an exercise called the Bear Crawl with some of my clients lately. It really seems to challenge them aerobically and strength-wise and forces the core to work quite hard to stabilise the hips while crawling. Here is a tiny clip from ACE showing you how it's done. No equipment needed; no claws, fur or fangs, though a growl could lighten the mood! Why not crawl around you...
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Are you being realistic?

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I’m currently sitting quietly upstairs at the high performance center at Loughborough University. I’ve been watching the hustle and bustle of all the athletes, and am in awe at their dedication. We watch these athletes in the grand arena, at the pinnacle of their careers, with little understanding or knowing of what effort went behind their performance. I suppose I’m lucky to ...
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Human traits!

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I have just got back from a fascinating day, hosted by British Athletics, in which both parent and athlete,(myself and my son), where taught and induced, about the Athletics Academy of Sporting Excellence programme. This is performance pathway programme for 16-18 year olds, who they believe have potential to compete as a senior, internationally. The course is over two years, ove...
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Tea Break exercises

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Take a five minute break from sitting with these exercises in the kitchen, whilst the kettle boils. Sustained sitting is best broken every hour with five minutes of light activity. This has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels, harmful fats in the blood, and increase HDL. (see older blog entitled Benefits of just five minutes activity every hour of sitting - Good News!) Lisa :)
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‘Resetting’ the body and mind!

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This week I’ve had a number of clients coming in for a pre planned high energy exercise session, that’s had to change drastically. The beauty of personal training of course, is that we can embrace spontaneity, and adjust instantly, to an individual clients needs. The clients in mention, had had combinations of tough work schedules, disturbed sleep, low energy, and stress, to name b...
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Full fat milk – “it’s gotta lotta bottle”

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We recently reverted to the old fashioned method of receiving milk via doorstep delivery, which one could say is in fact the most modern way of purchasing milk, considering the lower impact on the environment of using glass bottles. A short article in my fitness journal drew my attention yesterday to the benefits of drinking the full fat variety of this wonderful white fluid  and I'm always ke...
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The balance of Ying and Yang

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I’m sat here, high up on the cliff tops, in a first floor room of a beautiful bed and breakfast, looking out to sea, through an expansive window. As the light dims, I’m almost hypnotised by the waving palms and the pattern of rolling waves. Switching off, getting away, relaxing, whatever you want to call it, as I’ve got older I’ve recognised the huge importance of this. Obvious...
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