Ten things I’ve learned from 10 years in the fitness business

Ten years ago I quit my career as a journalist and re-trained as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Here are some of the key things I’ve learned in that time. 1. Fitness should be fun. Exercise isn’t about punishing your body. It’s about celebrating what it can do. Find an activity that you enjoy and you’re half way there, whether it’s heavy lifting or yoga, marathon running or pole…

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September is a great time to get outdoors.

The new January

During the last couple of weeks I’ve been inundated with enquiries and new clients – something that usually only happens at the beginning of the year. Perhaps it’s the fact the holidays are over and everyone is getting back into a routine or maybe people are trying to lose the extra pounds they put on during the summer. Whatever the reason, September is the perfect time to reassess your fitness…

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How to train like an Olympian

The Olympics are in full swing and while you may not be as fast as Usain Bolt, when it comes to training, you can learn a lot from him and his fellow Olympians. Here are our top tips for training like an Olympian. Goal setting Athletes spend years preparing for the Olympics. Their training schedules are planned months in advance with very specific performance goals in mind. While that’s not…

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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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Find your fitspiration

I had an amazing week last week, thanks to a strange quirk of fate which saw renowned Pilates teacher and author Miranda Bass staying in one of my cottages. I knew Miranda’s work through her book The Complete Classic Pilates Method and she was kind enough to spend some time with me in the studio. My first Pilates experience was with a teacher who had trained in New York with…

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Stress – why exercise can be the best medicine

We all experience stress and anxiety at some point in our lives but how do you cope when the little niggles you experience each day start to become overwhelming? Stress is a normal physical reaction to events or circumstances that are upsetting or threatening. The nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which increase the heart rate, tense the muscles and sharpen the senses –…

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Strategies for successful weight loss

Losing weight can be a long and difficult process. Following on from yesterday’s post about understanding the process, here are a few strategies you can adopt to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Set realistic goals You will feel a sense of achievement when you attain your goals and will be encouraged to progress to the next phase of your programme. Losing one to two pounds a week…

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Avoiding fat and maintaining fitness over the festive period

So December is here. I’ve already been to my first Christmas party where, I must confess, I slightly over-indulged. Even the most devoted fitness fanatic finds it a struggle to stay in shape during the festive season and, according to research, most of us put on at least 0.5 kilos due to over-indulging and a lack of exercise. From the office party to the kids’ selection boxes, temptation seems to…

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Sabotage – just say no

It’s a familiar story – you start a diet or new exercise regime but give up too soon or don’t get the results your want because someone is sabotaging your efforts. They may be the work colleague who brings cakes into the office, the spouse who comes home after work with takeaway or the friend who’s supposed to be going to an exercise class with you but persuades you to…

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Motivation – how to find yours

When it comes to exercise, getting motivated isn’t always easy. Millions of people start fitness programmes each year but the vast majority of them fail to achieve their goals. The difference between those who succeed and those who fail isn’t the exercise programme or diet they’re following but their state of mind. I know this all too well. Since I moved from Australia to Cornwall two years ago I’ve renovated…

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