Ageing – it’s normal!

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While running on Saturday I thought how difficult it is to accept the fact that I cannot run as fast as I could a year or two ago. I've been thinking for a while 'why does running always feel so hard?' and 'there must be something wrong with me'. My husband says, 'it's probably that you're just getting older'. Mm, yes, thanks. It's true though, that senescence (the process of deterioratio...
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Aaaand sleep…..

As a trainer of many people over the years, I’m constantly surprised at how prevalent clients poor sleep is!  I think it’s partly a combination of clients working longer hours, trying to fit more in, having heightened stress and anxiety levels, having irregular routines and having different eating patterns that inhibit it.   Having efficient and effective sleep makes you ...
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Time-efficient whole body circuit movie!

Short of time but want to get all your muscles firing in a multi plane circuit? Look no further. Try two sets of 10-15 of each of the exercises in this little video and you should be pumped up and perspiring lovely. I use my 3kg medicine ball and to get an aerobic feel I do it without stopping. You could have breaks between each exercise and use a heavier weight to focus more on strength. ...
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Recuperating!

Having just come back from a break away, albeit a small one,  I can heartily recommend the importance of prioritising down time,  and incorporating rest & recuperation (R & R).  Of course you don’t have to book time away to switch off and relax,  but it definitely supplements planned, regular recovery time out in your normal week. Interestingly, ...
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Fond farewell to Esther

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On Monday we say goodbye to our sports massage therapist Esther Verlaque, who has been providing her treatments at Personal Space for over three years. Esther is getting married this month, and then jetting off on a six week mega honeymoon, followed by a season of ski instructing somewhere snowy and gorgeous. Esther lives about ten metres away from me, across the street. At a house pa...
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You’ve got to really want it

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A client and I this week discussed her motivation to exercise and eat more ideally to shift some weight. After deliberation she decided that she didn't really mind enough about carrying some additional fat around her middle to engage in eating a lower carb diet. She knows that eating less carbs works for her in terms of lowering body fat but she struggles to maintain that way of eating long t...
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Not being perfect…

I’ve been thinking of writing about this for a while now, mainly as it’s very prevalent in my own life at the moment.  I much prefer to write about positivity, happiness and fitness,  but I feel I have a platform to write with these blogs. I’m hoping writing about it, will help someone else, or least make someone think differently.  Personally, seeing my mothers health and mental st...
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Aren’t physios brilliant!

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I just love physios. They really see the body as an interlinking set of muscles, tendons, ligaments and limbs, which work synergistically to provide optimal (or sub-optimal in my case) movement. I love the way they can solve problems with seemingly weird 'exercises' and manual prodding and pulling. I went to my physiotherapy clinic this week after suffering some quite intense, sharp pain ...
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Infra red therapy!

As my sons training schedule starts to ramp up again, both technical and strength and conditioning, I was looking for research to help get him quicker recovery, in between training sessions.  I found a meta study, which reviews research studies, which provided a consensus statement on muscular recovery.  I was very interested to read that alternating heat and cold therapy, appears to s...
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Sand between the toes

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'A little sand between the toes always takes away the woes' a sign said on the loo door in the seaside cafe we visited yesterday. It certainly helped for me, my Dad and my sister. My sister and I took my Dad to Ogmore by Sea in south Wales for a walk along the beach, as he said it is the thing for him that would most relieve feelings of stress. It was a beautiful day, and the sea sparkled...
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