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14 stretches on a matt

Stretching is most beneficial at the end of an exercise program, or after any period of physical activity. When we move, the fibres in our muscles contract or shorten and so, for optimum health and performance, should be stretched (to lengthen the fibres back out) as part of a cool down routine. This will help …

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11 standing stretches

There are many reasons to stretch. These include: relaxing tense muscles stretching out (lengthening) the fibres of a particular muscle post exercise stretching out a particular muscle following injury or a period of inactivity improving flexibility improving posture simply because it feels good This series of stretches can be done completely in a standing position, …

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21 Day Challenge – review – Megan and Avril

Megan and Avril recently completed the 21 Day Challenge, a 3 week program for anyone who wants to start improving their health and fitness in a manageable, sustainable way. The personal challenge continues even though I am ‘finished’. Thank you Nick, this has been a good experience. Megan Our 21 Day Challenge is designed around …

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Rhythms and Rituals

Our bodies are innately wise and are happiest (and healthiest) when we live according to daily rhythms – and the consistent every day rituals that we create around these. The term circadian comes from the Latin circa meaning “around”, and diem meaning “day”. Circadian rhythms – sometimes called diurnal rhythms – are the foundation of …

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Energy is everything

Imagine your body is like a battery – one of those typical orange and black ones – positive at one end, negative at the other. When you wake up in the morning, step one leg at a time out of bed and stand up… you may just feel a bit low on energy, like your …

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Caveman in cave

Cavemen rock! Has modern man got it wrong?

Ten thousand years ago, cavemen roamed the land hunting and gathering, ‘surviving’ from day to day with a hand to mouth existence, often going days without proper food and then gorging on the meaty spoils of a successful hunt.   They are often portrayed as wearing shaggy animal hides, armed with rocks or clubs, unintelligent and …

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How to stay young!

Ageing is an accumulation of all the stresses we pile on our bodies. Brett Hill from The Wellness Guys summed up ‘healthy ageing’ with a great analogy:   “Growing old should be like a candle burning evenly to the bottom, with only a slight flicker at the end and then the light goes out!” Brett Hill …

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