Respect your body

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This New Year it has been quite interesting to see a backlash on social media to the typical ‘New Year, New You’ and ‘New Year resolutions’ rhetoric. As I heard about a year ago from a futurologist expert Morgaine Gaye, rebellion is a global trend that has just begun and will probably be around for many years. It is no surprise that the health and fitness industry had its own mini rebellion movement this New Year just as we get bombarded by messages telling us we need to get on a diet, loose weight and get fit.

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Active Pregnancy Guide 3rd Trimester

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Prologue

Whilst there is a lot of talk about postnatal exercise (which also drives me nuts for different reasons!), there seems to be a lack of guidance during pregnancy. My Active Pregnancy Guide will give you the low down as simply as possible and hopefully you will grab some tips and be motivated to keep active! Regular exercise and eating a balanced healthy diet will help the development of the baby AND equip the mother’s body to do it’s job as best it can pre and post birth. Each pregnancy is different so you need to listen to your body and follow its lead. Do not compare yourself to anyone else.

This is happening to you and it is your unique journey.

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5 top tips for having a happy, healthy holiday!

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Loads of us love Christmas and look forward to the food, drink and the relaxing time spent with family and friends. However, how many Christmas’s have you had where you feel bloated, sluggish by the time it’s New Year’s Day? I imagine the answer is yes for most people! Well, it does not have to be like this. You can have your mince pies and mulled wine, but feel healthy and energised by the end of it all.

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Top 3 Classical Pilates exercises

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The benefits of Pilates are experienced by a huge number of people from an array of backgrounds and abilities. Here are 3 exercises from the Classical repertoire which you can try wherever you are. To mix things up, you could incorporate some of these exercises into a more general training session. Adding hand weights and/or a Pilates circle will also make the exercises harder.

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Active Pregnancy Guide 1st trimester

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Whilst there is a lot of talk about postnatal exercise, there seems to be a lack of guidance during pregnancy. My Active Pregnancy Guide will give you the low down as simply as possible and hopefully you will grab some tips and be motivated to keep active!

Regular exercise and eating a balanced healthy diet will help the development of the baby AND equip the mother’s body to do it’s job as best it can.

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Cacao Nib Oat Cookies

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Cacao Nib Oat CookiesInspired by one of my clients who bakes delicious cookies, I adapted a recipe from Baker Bettie to make (almost) sugar free, healthy cookies!

There is a little bit of butter and a little bit of sugar just to make the base of the cookie mixture. If you divide that amount out over 16 cookies though it is hardly anything. The best thing is that they are mainly oats and cacao nibs! They are pretty filling because of the oat content which means they keep you fuller for longer.

 

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Courgette and Potato Frittata

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2017-05-15 12.05.21Frittatas are quite simply fantastic! They are quick and easy to make, you can throw any kind of vegetables in it as you like. It also taste amazing the next day (cold or hot) for a quick healthy lunch.

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Gentleness

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Since 2017 began I have thought a lot about my own physical recovery since giving birth and the time it has taken to finally get back to feeling strong and confident in my body. It is only since January that whilst exercising I have felt I can physically push myself and even get back to my pre-pregnancy nutrition plan.

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The Pelvic Floor Challenge

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focus-kegel-exerciseYour Pelvic Floor is one of the most important parts of your body. It supports your internal organs and your posture whilst aiding you in the simplest tasks such as going to the loo (for a number 1!) to the most complex physical challenge of giving birth. Strengthening your pelvic floor will help you now, and in the future as you age.

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Pilates, why should I do it? Your no nonsense guide to exercise

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Pilates has been incredibly popular in the UK for the past 30 years. It has grown and developed and become a staple of the exercise industry. Many people have been recommended to do Pilates for a variety of reasons, but many do not take up this advice because they do not know what it actually is.

Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates (yes that is actually his surname!), who was born in Germany in 1883. Joesph was a very sickly child suffering from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. He in fact was so ill that the doctors at the time said he would not live very long. This spurred Joseph to get as fit as possible and train in Yoga, boxing, weightlifting and martial arts. 

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