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Exercise as an outlet for stress / frustration

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I've been slow and steady with my reading of 'Why zebras don't get ulcers' by Robert M Sapolsky, and I am learning an awful lot in the process about the effects of chronic stress on the body. It requires much concentration to take in the physiology, but it's so interesting and I am hoping that some of it will stay embedded in my brain. One key factor in reducing the effect of a stressor is ...
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Exercise and ME / Chronic Fatigue

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I was very interested and moved reading Lara's story in Stu's blog last week. It is inspiring to hear that she overcame this major health setback and that exercise was part of her recovery. Personally I can relate to Lara's situation having suffered with ME / chronic fatigue in 2012 for about a year. I had flu, and didn't recover. The first few months were pretty terrible, and it would have...
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Simple but profound thought…..

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Just a short, but hopefully poignant blog this week. Not only a reminder to myself, but hopefully a way of ‘reframing’ your own way of thinking and improving overall wellness. It’s easy to be personally affected by many things around you. Things you have read, what people have said directly or indirectly to you, life’s twists and turns that test you, even the way people react aroun...
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Achilles fortifying part 2

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Following on from my blog about Achilles tendinitis and exercises to help, here is my second favourite, also taken from sports newsletter Peak Performance. This is to help develop flexibility and eccentric strength in the calf muscles so that the Achilles tendon can cope with the forces of running. If you've had tenderness in the Achilles, wait a week or two for it to calm down and then beg...
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Client success story – Lara Hollander

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--------------------------- I am 26 years old and work as a social media manager for the indie club night Propaganda. I trained in professional dance at London Contemporary Dance School and CalArts, and play flute and piano. And I have two house rabbits! I became ill with glandular fever over 5 years ago, not long after my graduation. I didn't recover, and was soon diagnosed with myalgic enc...
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Exercising in the heat – why’s it so hard?

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My client and I had a little chat about why exercising in this hot weather feels so hard. My thoughts were that blood needs to be pumped to the periphery in order to dissipate heat via the skin, much more than usual, therefore exercising muscles are receiving less of the red stuff, and therefore less oxygen. A quick read of the subject in an Idea Health & Fitness article backs this up, ...
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You are what you think!

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I was speaking to a client this week about how her eating habits were going. Her reply was ; Oh, so, so, but I don’t hate myself enough to do anything about it at the moment! And this is a common issue and a genuine problem. Whilst people tend to be motivated by pain, or avoidance of pain, the issue is hating on yourself. What you think and tell yourself affects your wh...
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How to avoid / treat pesky tendinitis of the Achilles

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Achilles tendinitis is a common complaint among runners, involving pain in the Achilles on motion, tenderness, and sometimes warmth and swelling to the area. Stiffness and pain on getting up in the morning is a symptom. It is a chronic injury, i.e. an accumulation of stresses leading to the tendon being overloaded. Causes can be worn out shoes, training on road or uneven terrain, and, most lik...
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Appreciation of life!

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Life. It can bring about many twists and turns. We shouldn’t be surprised really, as it’s these events, whether good or bad, that wake us up, and appreciate life just that little bit more, than we did before. The very sad passing of my father in law just recently, is case in point. Of course, with our busy lives, we often can take life for granted, and get bogged down in the nitty grit...
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How exercise helps my friend K cope with the challenges of having a son with autism

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I know how useful exercise can be to help people manage day to day stress. I know how uplifting it can be to go for a run and think of nothing except where my next stride is landing and how beautiful my surroundings are. It certainly helps me feel calmer. As I ran recently with my friend K, whose 14 year old son has autism, I asked her if exercise was important to her in coping with the pressu...
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