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Sneaky *astard!

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The catalyst for this weeks blog stems from my year ketogenic/Banting experiment and that fact I feel my results have slowed a little. This is an extremely common and frustrating phenomenon, but one in which I'm going to give you some key pointers on what to do! You know what they say - fight fire with fire! Think of your own metabolism as a balance board - step one way and t...
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A challenging core exercise; a nice variation on the side bridge

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This core exercise, courtesy of the American Council on Exercise, is called a Side Bridge with Star Crunch. Begin in a side plank position on your forearm. Your legs can both be extended or you can take a modified version with the bottom leg bent and knee down. Lift your top leg as you extend the top arm overhead. Begin to laterally flex your spine as you pull your top elbow towards your to...
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Summer exercise anywhere programme!

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One of the barriers towards getting more active is the proximity of a place to do it - worry no more! This workout uses only body weight and you can do it anywhere in just a mat space! It lasts just 20 minutes total including recovery time and gets your muscular and cardiovascular system working out all at once! This is starting to sound like an infomercial!! I give th...
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What gets you off the settee?

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After years of encouragement from me for my Dad to exercise more he is finally getting himself off his settee and doing some specific exercises to help strengthen his back and legs. No thanks to me - oh no - it's because he's seeing a physiotherapist, a young and attractive lady he adds, who has prescribed the exercises, which happen to be almost exactly the same as the ones I gave him many mo...
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Keto eating experiment – 15 weeks in….

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Just thought I'd write up my learnings so far from the last 4 weeks of the ketogenic/Banting eating plan. I have to say firstly I'm feeling really good - better energy, clearer thinking, mentally better overall, feeling tighter/lighter and hardly ever hungry! (how liberating!) Managing well on less sleep overall but I'm sure I would feel better with a little bit more! (This is mo...
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Beautiful 5k run at Nant yr Arian, Wales

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One of my best runs for views a few days ago at Nant Yr Arian mountain bike trail centre. (The pic shows our boys mountain biking near the trail I ran on). I ran a 5k route, which was very well sign posted through flat paths on the steep hillsides, up a few forest slopes, and some top sections with nearly 360 degree panoramas of stunning mountains. I've been on some beautiful runs in northern ...
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Gratefulness….

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I think today's sunny weather combined with a welcome break mid afternoon, made me, what my school report called, 'a daydreamer!' Despite what I feel was highlighted as a negative then, (especially where mindfulness is so topical), it is, in hind-site, actually not a bad thing to do occasionally. Switch off, let your mind wander, and your thoughts float away. In a world that dicta...
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Soul searching….

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This week I've found there's been a bit more client soul searching than normal. There's a lot more to personal training than just the physical aspects. In fact, in reality in a lot of cases, it's more the mental side that takes precedence. As a coach I try to help clients to find their own solutions, by asking them the right questions and teasing out realistic solutions. It's n...
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Be competitive with yourself!

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I was thinking this morning about how competitiveness may aid exercise adherence. The desire to better your previous performance in an activity, whether that activity is of a sporting nature or is a mental task, can be strong enough to encourage you to try harder, put more into it, or even to just do it rather than not.  You don't have to get involved in races to be competitive; I'm talking ab...
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My 11 week results from Ketogenic eating

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Eleven weeks into my one year Ketogenic/Banting experiment (although I already feel it's going to be a lifelong plan), I thought I'd report my findings so far for those that are interested in learning more about the process. Here's my main summary; I'm very rarely hungry now- which is huge! When I had more carbs I was hungry a lot of the time and my mind was focused on my next m...
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