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A little bit of self-care goes a long way

Do you feel that you are constantly at the bottom of the list when it comes to self care? Perhaps you work long hours, have dependents or a relative who needs to be cared for? Maybe you are the one who others rely upon when a favour needs asking because they know you will always [...]

Dedication is all it takes

You can never judge a book by it's cover and that is true when it comes to working with clients in the fitness industry. I have been pleasantly surprised and impressed by the dedication one of our Boxerciser's has shown since the start of the year. This particular client hadn't exercised in a while and [...]

Should runners strength train?

Are you a runner? Maybe you’ve only just started or maybe you have been running for years. Doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, if you run once or 5 times a week,  you are a runner. Although there are many benefits to running, if that’s all you do then you run the risk [...]

Healthy eating out guide: Part 3 Lunch and Dinner

This article focuses on tips for how to eat more healthily when going out for lunch or dinner. BE AWARE OF HOW THINGS ARE PREPARED Avoid anything fried or that’s described as crispy or crunchy, and choose things that are steamed, grilled, roasted or poached. BE WARY OF THE BUFFET All-you-can-eat places are bad for [...]

Healthy eating out guide part 2: Breakfast and Brunch

Following last week’s article on the four basic rules for eating out, here are eight tips to help keep that first meal of the day as healthy as possible when not making your own at home. START WITH FRUIT If you are pushing the boat out for breakfast, start off with some fruit before the [...]

Your guide to eating out healthily, part 1.

There’s a common misconception that if we want to stay on top of our health and fitness goals, whether that’s losing weight or training for something specific, we have to lock ourselves away in our houses with our lemon water and ditch our social life. It’s true that restaurant meals tend to be high in [...]

Back pain and exercise

Have you ever had back pain? I have and it was one of the most debilitating conditions I have ever had having sprained ligaments in my lower back so badly that it took over 2 years for me to become completely pain free. I have been amazed at the number of people I know who [...]

Is the weekend your downfall?

It’s fair to say that summer seemed to take forever to get here but once it did it certainly arrived in style. The warmer days and longer evenings often mean we are out and about more, having barbecues, family gatherings and probably attending a wedding or two and because our weather is totally unpredictable we [...]

What does success mean to you??

I write this having just finished my local Parkrun. For anyone who doesn’t know what this is, it’s a 5K free timed event every Saturday at 9:00am open to all abilities. It’s the first one I had done in a few weeks and although it felt hard work I felt stronger than I remembered at [...]

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