Social interaction and bonding, whether with peers in the same group, team or class, or with a partner or a child, all have been shown to be beneficial for your health. Emotions such as affection and trust characterise bonding.
Group fitness classes bring a social element to exercising which helps with motivation and commitment. The bonds that you build with instructors and other members should grow stronger over time. [Read more…]
After giving birth to my son in October, I was not surprised to be told by my Midwife to start doing the old pelvic floor squeezing to tighten up my lady bits! I was however shocked by the vagueness of this statement.
As a trained pre/postnatal fitness expert, who enjoys keeping her education on this subject matter up to date, these squeeze and lift exercises in recent years have most definitely changed.
There are many answers like drinking hot drinks and adding additional layers but why not consider stoking your inner fire by practicing some yoga.
Our circulation decreases in the cold and in turn this slows the effectiveness of the organs which causes a further decrease in our body’s temperature. [Read more…]
Yes, today we are talking about balls. Now that we have your attention, let me tell you, that the kind of balls we are talking about in this blog are energy balls, power balls, energy bites or what ever you like to call them. These little morsels are packed full of good for you fuel and are increasing in popularity on a daily basis. It really isn’t a surprise considering the simplicity and the health benefits. [Read more…]
Recognising when you are happy and remembering what that feels like makes it easier to recreate.
In this day and age, it is very easy to analyse our unhappiness, faults and flaws in order to find the causes and make improvements. Have you ever thought about analysing your happiness?
As humans, we have the ability to observe our emotions, meaning we can recognise our feelings of glee and contentment. This allows us the power to harness and savour these moments and to take time to be grateful for them. [Read more…]
Taking a break can be good for you.
The holidays are coming and how are you going to juggle everything from family, social events, cooking, shopping and even the wrapping? During this festive period, it is often difficult to make exercising a priority. Please don’t beat yourself up over this, as taking a break from your workout routine is not a bad thing and chances are that you will probably more than make up for it in the New Year. [Read more…]
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la! As the festive adverts paint a perfect family Christmas, for some the pressures at this time of year can be all too much.
The reality of endless shopping whether trawling the high streets or plugging in and purchasing online, cooking, dealing with relatives, excited children and trying to cram in a very hectic social calendar can result in a stress overload. Beware anxiety is likely to occur. [Read more…]
Your decision on how you manage stress can have a massive impact.
Did you know that stress is actually a fight or flight response? It is automatically activated when we sense that we are threatened by someone or something. The response causes our bodies to increase both heart rate and blood pressure. As a result, our reactions are faster and our strength and agility increase.
Stress is not the perceived threats or demands made on you but rather your response to those perceived threats or demands. [Read more…]
Will you benefit from a Pilates class?
So, you wake up with a sore back, neck ache, stiff shoulders or some other ailment. What is the one thing you should not make an excuse not to do? Well the answer is, avoid going to a Pilates class. So why is that?
Since Pilates is a total body workout, it can prepare and help to repair your body for the challenges of everyday life. Pilates is a specific type of exercise that focuses on both the mind and body to achieve optimum performance.
Keeping it brief, here are some of the major benefits: [Read more…]