Beware virus vigilantes!

Beware virus vigilantes; members of the public assuming the role of police, in seeking - in their eyes - breakers of Covid rules. Their penalty for behaviour that they don't like ranges from polite exchange to aggressive abuse. My client and I experienced the latter while exercising outdoors in a park. During lockdown, personal training is permitted, on a 1:1 basis, outside in a public a...
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Time on your own

I cannot overstate the value of spending time on my own in nature. I love to take in the beauty and it gives me the quiet space I need to recharge my mental batteries. During lockdown, when it's possible to be surrounded by family all day long, it's imperative (to me) to get out walking or running and escape the noise of whirring computers, teachers' voices and Zoom meetings (no offence meant...
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The power of the ten second hug

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I am reading a book about the menopause, as I am probably in perimenopause and want to discover in detail what I'm in for. I have read much before on the subject in relation to exercise, but there's so much I didn't know (or forgot!) and the comprehensive information is astounding. It's quite 'sciencey' which is great, and I am trying my best to remember all the important info, much of which ...
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The last resort

The book I have just read called 'Breath' purports that one of the best ways to stop snoring is to 'mouth tape' so that one can only breathe through the nose. We have experimented with this notion for one week (on a willing volunteer; well, strongly persuaded) and the results are brilliant. No snoring whilst taped up. The idea is based on much scientific evidence the author relates, which...
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1 leg dishwashing!

My friend, neighbour and one time Personal Space sports massage therapist, Esther, and I were chatting today about all things human movement related. In essence, and among other thorny issues, we decided that the best way to get exercises done regularly is by surreptitiously inserting them into one's day. Also, by depositing exercise equipment around the house in handy spots so that you are m...
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Hoorah for the little things

One of my successes this last few months has been the growth of these flowers, called Cosmos, in my vegetable patch. I planted them from seed and didn't expect much to happen, but as you can see from the photo they have blossomed into a spectacular display, as high as a door. I even cut them down to about one metre when they got too big, and they came back in abundance. It's ridiculous really...
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I’m not perfect; are you?

When I meet someone new and they ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I'm a personal trainer, invariably the response is "Oh, you must be really fit then!" Well, not really! I'm not the type of trainer to use my clients' time to upgrade my own fitness, bashing out thirty flash press ups while my client is struggling away. I used to be quite fit but, since children, (yes, I'm blaming...
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A personal account of how running helps mental health

I am sharing an account of my client's experience with anxiety and how running has helped her manage and raise money for mental health charities while doing so. As interesting as theory is, it's always better to get on-the-ground proof of the power of exercise. Here is Jane's story : “The day starts as the previous day did, and the day before that. I vomit the moment I wake up yet there is...
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Weight crept up in Lockdown – join the club!

Nearly all my clients have reported weight increase during lockdown, and I have to say the same is true for me. A combination in the early months of lazing around, working sparsely or not at all, chained to your home and eating a little more, every day, has been the cause. What can we do? Are you ready to meet the challenge of getting a grip on the issue? Firstly, we should recognise that ...
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My top tea, manufactured at home

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My all time favourite tea is fennel. We have always bought fennel tea in bags but now I am excited to be making it at home, in 15 seconds flat per batch. Maybe it's lockdown making me stupidly excited about little things, but this is really brilliant. This is a definite case of 'Why on earth haven't we done this before?' There's three things that make this discovery heaps better than buyin...
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