Exercise injuries – prevention and recovery

For some people, being injured provides the perfect excuse to swap their running shoes for slippers but for keen exercisers, an injury can be an incredibly frustrating experience. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been suffering with a niggling knee injury which, according to my physio, is down to a problem with my patella tendon. I’ve been resting, doing my rehab exercises and putting in a lot of Pilates…

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Fortysomething Fitness Part Two – Adrenal Fatigue

Have you noticed a bit of extra weight creeping on? Do you need caffeine or carbohydrates to get you through the day? If so may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are the foundation of the third age hormone system. They produce a number of hormones, most importantly adrenaline and cortisol (otherwise known as the stress hormone). These hormones have impact on all of the body’s systems affecting…

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Fortysomething Fitness Part One – Human Growth Hormone

I’ve recently completed a fantastic course about the perimenopause and while I process the information and start writing new programmes I thought I’d share some insights about the kind of activities we should be doing in order stay fit and healthy as we enter our forties. Today I want to explore the issues surrounding human growth hormone – what it is, how it affects you and what you can do…

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Take the plunge with wild swimming

I’m the first to admit it – I don’t really like swimming. I know it’s an extremely effective form of exercise but to be honest I find trudging up and down the pool boring and the chlorine plays havoc with my skin and hair. Recently, however, I’ve discovered outdoor swimming or as it’s better known these days, wild swimming. It started with a dip in the sea on a hot…

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Walk your way to health

If you’re new to exercise and aren’t sure where to start there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking on a pair of walking boots and heading outside. Walking may not be sexy or trendy but it’s an effective and accessible form of exercise no matter what your age or fitness level. In fact the humble walk has incredible health benefits. A recent study carried out by the University of Cambridge found…

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Staying safe in the sun

There’s a heatwave going on (finally) and I wanted to share a few tips for exercising during a hot spell. Having worked as a personal trainer in Western Australia for several years, I know just how challenging it can be but providing you take sensible precautions you can still train safely outdoors. We all know the risks of sunburn but working out during hot weather can also result in a…

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Pilates – benefits for all

Most of the clients at Joseph Pilates’ New York studio were professional dancers but the everyone can benefit from the method’s precise and controlled, low impact exercises. Whether you’re an elite athlete or just someone looking to become a little bit fitter, Pilates offers many benefits. Here are just a few: Perfect posture Pilates works the deep postural muscles, improving alignment and creating a sense of length throughout the body.…

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Exercising with diabetes

More than one in 20 people in the UK now suffers from diabetes. Being active not only reduces the risk of developing the disease, but exercising just three or four times a week can help manage diabetes and decrease the risks of developing diabetes-related conditions. Benefits of exercise for diabetics Improves cardiovascular function Enhances blood glucose control by improving the action of insulin and can help reduce insulin requirements by up…

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Fitness tips for the festive season

Here we are again. The festive season is almost upon us and with it myriad opportunities for over-indulging, missing exercise sessions and generally slobbing around on the sofa with a mince pie and a 12-hour box set. Faced with all that temptation, many of us give up on our fitness regimes over the Christmas period, waiting until January to undo all the damage with some New Year’s resolutions. But it…

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Exercise for bone health

With my 40th birthday looming, I’ve been thinking a lot about fitness and ageing. What does it mean to be fit as we get older? What are the benefits? What kind of exercise should we be doing? This week I want to talk about osteoporosis as it’s such a common condition and one on which exercise can have a significant impact. Weight-bearing exercise is important not only for those suffering…

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