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Combating Holiday Weight Shame

This made me laugh, points well made. People quick to point out the so called ‘flaws’ of others are usually the ones with the most work to do on themselves. If one chooses to have a closed mind, please choose to have a closed mouth as well. About everything really. That is all.

Dances With Fat

You Forgot Your BullshitThe article “Tell Loved Ones They are Overweight This Christmas” is making the rounds again. I will not be linking to it because I have no interest in driving traffic there. I will say that should my loved ones take this advice the follow up article will be “I Told My Loved One She Is Overweight and She Told Me to Sit Down, Shut Up and Mind My Own Damn Business.”

The article says that in a poll of more than 2,000 people, 42% of 18 to 24-year-olds would not tell a loved one they should lose weight because of a fear they would hurt the other person’s feelings.

According to the article, this suggests that ” too many people shy away from the issue”.  According to me this proves that 42% of 18-24 year olds have common decency and/or realize that it is impossible for a fat person in…

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Pilates…I’ve Got Your Back!

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He was a poorly child and suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, thus prompting his lifelong ambition to find optimum health. Joseph believed that poor breathing techniques and bad posture were the root of all health issues and started developing his training techniques through studying yoga and forms of martial arts amidst being a gymnast, diver, bodybuilder, boxer and self defence trainer at Scotland Yard. He was interned during World War 1 and provided resistance training for bedridden patients by rigging springs to bedposts, creating the first ‘reformer’ (Pilates apparatus equipment.) He stated that anyone he trained would leave stronger than when they arrived, and the influenza epidemic of 1918 which killed thousands of people but not a single one of Joseph’s trainees is a clear indication that this was a man who clearly knew his stuff.
Pilates is widely used as a popular training method for those looking to strengthen their cores, realign their bodies and elongate their silhouettes. It is popular in dance communities the world over. Joseph and his wife Clara ran their studio from the exclusive New York City Ballet. Many dancers had inadvertently been practicing Pilates without realising it! It was first used by Rudolf Von Laban and Hanya Holmand and is still used in their techniques today.
Physiotherapists refer patients as some of the movements treat certain back ailments, though programmes are obviously tailored to suit each individual’s needs. As a vast percentage of spinal issues are caused by lifestyle (sitting for long periods, carrying heavy bags on one shoulder etc) the act of realigning posture and bringing the body back into balance is a simple way to stop backache becoming a pain in the a*s! The body is worked biomechanically through it’s natural range of movement, targeting areas which are sometimes neglected through more compound work or no work at all!
I first wondered into fitness myself upon discovering that I had scoliosis (an ‘s’ shaped curvature of the spine.) A brace wasn’t an option for me and the surgery would have involved breaking then resetting my back with a 50% chance of paralysis. As I’d always harboured dreams of becoming a dancer and was quite partial to being able to walk, I decided to explore other avenues. I used to experience excruciating pain in the lower back and my clothes hang slightly longer on one side, but for the most part I am 99% ok which I can live quite happily with. As a Pilates instructor I have witnessed many times my participants increase strength and mobility and eliminate pain to the point that they no longer need osteopaths or chiropractors. Again, everybody is different and Pilates needs to be modified for people with disc problems. I advise people with neck problems to sleep flat with no pillow so that the neck is in alignment with the spine. Sciatica sufferers would benefit from sleeping on their sides with a pillow between their knees to keep their hips stacked and parallel, releasing pressure on the lower back. Supplements such as Glucosamine Sulphate strengthen the joints and mimic what is naturally inside the body. It is a sugar found in and around the tissues and fluids that cushion the joints. Arnica oil is a homeopathic muscle relaxant which rapidly eases aches and tension. As does a long hot bath. Enjoy.

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Yogaaaaagh!!! And breathe…✌️❤️

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Some Like It Hot! Bikram Yoga 🔥✌️❤️

So what is hot yoga? More traditionally referred to as Bikram yoga (a type of hatha yoga) which is a series of 26 poses or postures (asana) and 2 breathing exercises (Pranayama) performed in a studio heated typically to 40 C (105 F) or over. There are different types of hot yoga classes to choose from. Power yoga is either in a Vinyasa or Ashtanga style and synchronises movement with breath and is more dynamic.
Vin Yin is power yoga followed by Yin yoga postures which are usually performed seated to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system aids digestion allowing the body to replenish and recover and slows the heart rate which reduces stress levels. This is also where a chemical called acetylcholine is produced which is the key to relaxation.
Flow styles demand more stamina and participants learn and use a breathing technique called ‘ujjayi’ breath.
With the ever increasing demands placed upon us by everyday life, never before has it been more important for us to learn how to de stress and relax. The simple art of breathing slowly, deeply and evenly has an instant calming effect on the body and the mind and is a form of meditation in itself.
There is no ego in yoga so you work at your own pace and take rest in ‘child’s pose’ should you need to. Some of the many benefits of hot yoga versus normal yoga are increased deep stretches (though some argue that muscles are artificially and therefore overstretched due to the increased heat, I would say as in all fitness classes, observe your body and don’t overdo it) detoxification through heightened perspiration, increased oxygenated blood to every part of your body and an increased production of white blood cells making the body efficient in fighting infections. Yoga fuses the body and mind and raises awareness on the emotional, physical and psychological levels. It enables a deeper understanding of self. You learn the art of ‘surrender’ and how to be connected in the present moment without the mind racing to the future or the past. We are , after all human ‘beings,’ not human ‘should be doings!’ By giving yourself kindness and permission to relax and just be it becomes easier to extend this quality to others. At least, that’s been one of my many benefits.
Be sure to hydrate yourself before, during and after a class. Electrolytes (vital salts) are lost during hot yoga classes due to excessive sweating so be sure to have a potassium rich post workout meal or snack and include banana, green leafy vegetables, avocados or coconut water.
And breathe…

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The Weight Is Over…

Ok, so your hips don’t lie but the scales do! Check out approximately 5 lbs of fat on the left versus 5 lbs of muscle on the right.
Scales also don’t show you what percentage of the overall weight is fat, muscle, water or skeletal.
Use a tape measure or do a weekly trouser test instead for a more motivating way to track your progress!
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Made My Day…

So there I was, going about my daily business and hurting people for cash and fun (joke) when one of my Pilates ladies who’s leaving today (boo) presented me with this beautiful card and rose plant. She has lost 10 lbs and advised me that she’s never felt better. She wished me a life of happiness and peace and thanked me for giving her the same. I felt both choked and humbled and was reminded of all the reasons that I started working in the fitness industry, more years ago now then I care to remember. Gratitude is beautiful. Love and light XOXOXO
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