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Yo-yo dieting tied to heart problems

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Consistently high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels have long been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, but when these biomarkers fluctuate over time, as can happen with yoyo dieting, the negatives escalate. A huge study of 6.7 million people in the US, as reported in the journal Circulation, discovered that subjects with the most fluctuations in bodyweight, blood pr...
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Here’s to the Dads!

Well, Father’s Day is upon us and it arrives with mixed feelings.  On the one hand I feel incredibly grateful for my amazing family and the love around me, on the other, sad that it’s the first Father’s Day, without my own father. I realise this can be true for many reading this but it’s a new experience for me.   I feel alas, the old saying “you don’t know what yo...
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Quick Suspension Trainer workout

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Click the link below to see a 3 minute film which is a condensed version of a workout for home use with a suspension device. Exercises included, in this order, are 2 arm row, narrow grip press, 'open the curtains', arm extension, 1 arm row with rotation, sprint starts, biceps curls and hip drops. I suggest 10-15 reps of each then repeat if time. Minimal rest between exercises. https:...
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A Round Tuit!

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in life it’s don’t wait. Don’t put off tomorrow, what can be done today. Of course though, it’s never that easy, is it?  It’s a time versus tasks issue. I think we can all appreciate just how time flies and also just how busy modern life is. Despite being in my 50’s now, and especially as I don’t feel anywhere near that (apart from the odd...
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Core stability to get you out of trouble

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My Dad told me a funny story, which could have ended quite badly, where decent core stability would have saved a lot of angst. He told me he fell in a ditch on the common and couldn't get out, while cows snorted above his head and dribbled over him. He was aged 80 at the time, and was retrieving his model airplane which had flown into a field, when he fell into a roughly one metre high, na...
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Life.

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life- to be happy- it’s all that matters”. Audrey Hepburn  Well Audrey, I must say I wholeheartedly agree!  For me, true happiness makes you the richest person on earth, there is nothing quite like it.  Of course different things make different people happy, it’s a very personal thing.  When I was younger, I did thin...
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Relieve tight hips to reduce back pain

Most of us sit for too long, leading to tight hip flexors (muscles that attach from the front of the thigh to the anterior side of the lower vertebrae), as well as tight chest muscles and front of shoulders. Relieving tightness in hip flexors will help improve mobility and stability of the pelvis, reducing strain on the lower back. In order to promote stability and mobility in the various...
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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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