Fitness

Preventing muscle loss

The saying goes there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. But we should also add loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) to the list. Research suggests we reach our peak muscle mass in our 30s after which it starts to decline.  By the time we are hitting our 60’s that muscle loss can be…

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FIND time

Too busy to exercise? I get it, you’re working full time, you have a family that needs you 24/7, the house needs cleaning as it looks like a bombs gone off and you’re up to your ears in washing. How on earth can you fit in exercise when you have (what feels like) no time?…

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10 tips to boost your metabolism

Rev it up! Ask anyone watching their weight and they tell you they need to boost their metabolism. But, how fast your body burns calories depends on a number of things. Some are born lucky: They may have a naturally fast metabolism Men – they burn fat faster than women For most of us, it…

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What is a Barre class?

Barre class is the ultimate full-body workout. click here to see a short video about Barre: BarreAttack studio It is a low impact, high intensity workout combining the best standing Pilates work, short cardio intervals, to dance moves in a ballet class. This dynamic fusion of ballet, Pilates and fitness provides an all over body…

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Lift yourself powerful

Running, cycling, swimming etc are our major fat-burner workouts! Right? Wrong! Resistance training; aka lifting weights; body weight work; strength work; pumping iron etc is the key to a strong, supple body. Other benefits include: Bone density better muscle tone (less jiggle, more power) increased metabolism (think slimmer, weight control) fantastic posture (walk taller) better…

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Core issues

Core control, engage your core, weak core… Argh! What do all of these terms mean? Why do I need control over my core? How do I strengthen it??? Sound familiar?  Read on! So, what exactly is the Core? Many people think core refers to the abdominal (aka tummy) muscles, but it’s much more than that.…

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in sickness and in health… or not?

So, the dreaded lurgy has caught up with you! Do you hit the gym to “sweat it out” or stay home? Read on to help you decide what to do next time a cold or flu hits you. A quick overview of the immune system: This is the hard working part of the body that…

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How to modify Plank

You are in your favourite exercise class, the instructor tells you to get into plank position.  You know that you have pelvic floor dysfunction or risk of dysfunction or it makes you feel like you need to go to the bathroom. What do you do? Don’t feel obliged to do all the exercises that the…

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Exercise, depression and anxiety

Exercise, depression and anxiety Many of my clients have struggled with differing levels of anxiety and depression and since one in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some point in their lives, I thought it would be useful to explain just why exercise can be helpful. Depression is more than…

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Sugar makes you old!

Wow! you look amazing vs Are you ok? You look tired? Which would you prefer? Daft question I guess – nobody wants to look old before their time, in fact we’d probably all prefer the “Wow, you don’t look old enough to…” type of comments. Most of us know the usual suspects in the ageing…

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