Tiddlywinks revival!

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Looking for a competitive, mindful, exciting activity to lure kids away from their smartphones? Try Tiddlywinks! My son Thomas looked for a game to play and came back with Tiddlywinks, which we haven't played for years, and we had such a laugh. OK, it's not EXERCISE, but there were many other elements of SPORT within the game, like concentration, fairness, skill, speed, accuracy, enjoymen...
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Running targets to keep you on track during winter

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If you are struggling for motivation to get out running now that colder weather is upon us, why not enter yourself into a 5k or 10k event. If you are a seasoned runner then 10k or half marathon is a sensible aim, whereas newer pavement pounders would find a 5k run plenty to enjoy. Here are some ideas to ponder briefly then enter quickly before you change your mind : If you fancy running dr...
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Tom Dollery interview part 2….

What does an average week of training look like for you? My training through the season can change but currently it looks like this;  Monday’s I train mainly technical and some conditioning for 2 hours in the evening with one of my coaches, Mark at Andover Athletic club.  Tuesdays in the morning, I work with the strength and conditioning coach in the gym doing mainly Olympi...
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a little more on ageing ..

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My blog last week was about how I feel slower when running, and I put that down to ageing. I am reading an article in my Fitness Journal which is about high performing athletes overcoming ageing to some extent. There are some interesting stats in their introduction : The 'potential for peak physiological capacity' is generally recognised as being in one's mid- to late 30s. After this point...
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Tom Dollery interview part 1…

This is the first of a series of interviews that I’m doing. The aim is too dig a bit deeper into a person of interest and to see what can be learnt and applied for your own benefit. The first one is actually my son, Tom, who for somebody of only 17 years, has already achieved many incredible things.  How did you get into sport? I tried lots of different sports before I settled o...
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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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