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Author: Lisa King

“No chocolate at lunch, Mum”

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"No chocolate at lunch, Mum" said my son, reminding me of  my promise to reduce my calories. "Oh yes, you’re right, thanks" I say and sadly put the chocolate back in the cupboard. Both my boys have been most helpful in encouraging me to stick to my new dietary rules, and I’m starting to see the results. During lockdown I've been having a teeny glass of red wine for health at lunch wi...
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More or less exercise in lockdown – which is it with you?

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At this unusual time you may be indulging in much more exercise than normal or you may be so busy that you haven’t as much time as you’d like to exercise. It’s different for us all. I hope that if you are one of the lucky ones and find yourself with free time then you might be using it to engage in an activity that is not normally on your list. Have you started a new fitness habit, such a...
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We’ll meet again ….

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Happy VE Day! Another scone anyone? I hope you have enjoyed a neighbourly or family VE Day 75th Anniversary celebration today with a few tasty scones or Victoria Sponge with a nice cup of tea. It's been lovely to share a good-spirited ambience with fellow street members, and forget about the virus for a while. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, with the prospect of lockdown ...
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Bored of lockdown yet?

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I have to admit I have felt moments of boredom in the last few days. The rainy change to the weather didn't help, but here I am on a gorgeous walk near my house on a bluebell bedecked hill in my waterproof gear. It was drizzling and the sky was very grey, but it was so refreshing to get out of the house and exercise in beautiful surroundings. 'Green exercise' has been shown to be more ben...
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E bikes rule OK

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Electric (e) bikes have become really popular in the last year or so and even more so now that we are in lockdown and exercise is the only thing we are permitted to do outside of the house and garden. If you've ever considered having one, now may the time to indulge yourself. The mountain bike community are appreciative of them, accepting that it's a way for riders to continue to push the...
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Things to do in your garden – Number 1 – play badminton

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What can you do as a family in your back garden? Many things, including the brilliant, energetic badminton. Whilst the sun shines, and the wind stays calm, badminton is a fine choice for activity. Most people can take part, young or old. It can be competitive if you have a net and can score, or just knock about until you're shattered. There's plenty of lunging, reaching, stretching overhead, ...
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Making the most of it

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Notwithstanding the heartache that Covid-19 is producing, the awful worry it is causing, the huge impact it is having on our life as we know it, I think we can make the most of the enforced free time. I took the above pic yesterday when out on a solo bike ride through country lanes, in beautiful sunshine. I was taken by the gorgeous crocuses glimmering brightly as I sped / meandered past an...
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Your fitness may protect you

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In these troubling and uncertain times it is helpful to remember that your fitness and physical activity levels may protect you from getting a virus such as Covid-19 through enhanced immunity. So, it could be important to maintain or even increase your exercise participation now, especially as many of us will have plenty more time than usual on our hands. The following information is take...
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Fighting for the duvet

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My client complained of pain in her back which she had suffered during the week from an unknown trigger. A week later she discovered the cause - fighting for the duvet when in bed with her other half. We all know the scenario : other half turns over in bed, pulls most of the duvet with him and resumes snoring, while we frustratingly yank the duvet back. It’s an easy way to a strained muscle o...
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Cancer and resistance exercise

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CPeople who are living with or recovering from cancer can be reluctant to exercise for various reasons, but it is important to aim to preserve muscle mass with resistance exercise. It is associated with maintenance of normal daily activities and less fatigue. On reading an article by the American Council on Exercise (2020) I have taken the following information. The American College of...
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