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Self preservation at Christmas

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With such a challenging time at the moment personally, it makes me think of the importance of self. It’s not something that comes naturally, as I have engraved in my DNA, ‘put others before yourself’. I think I have to challenge this well engrained belief system now though!! Yes, help and do good for others, but not to the expense of yourself. If I think a bit deeper on th...
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Exercise preserves cognitive functions

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An article in the most current Fitness Journal (Idea Health & Fitness Association) claims that overwhelming research shows that cognitive function in old age reflects how people live: nutrition, stress, environment, physical activity, relationships and individual views on ageing play a role. Recent advances in neuroscience suggest that ageing adults retain their ability to improve neural n...
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Blood test supplementation!

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You can see all of the tablets that I’m taking in the picture to improve my overall health, based on the full blood spectrum test, that I had this year. Each one has a specific purpose, and I’m taking all at different times throughout the day. It’s hard to say which specific one might be helping, but I will report back more after 3 months. Here’s why I’m taking these supplements (and...
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Wake up and smell the coffee

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A client decided to cut down on sugar in his coffee, and has been so successful at this that I wanted to ask him a few questions and share his answers with you. His answers are in blue. How long have you been having sugar in your coffee? Since I was a teenager, thirty years ago! How much sugar were you having in each cup? Up until last year, three heaped white sugars H...
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Moody.

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Wow! What an interesting period of time I’ve had over the last month. Categoric proof that what you eat has a profound effect on overall mental status! Over the last month I hadn’t followed my ketogenic eating as religiously as the rest of the year. And what an effect that had! When the workload and life pressures build up, food is an easy crutch to use, to try and lift spirits a...
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♥ 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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