Pregnancy Fitness with Zoe

Around six months ago I learnt the delightful news that Zoe, a friend from the Glossopdale Harriers running club, was expecting her first baby. As we chatted I could tell she was 100% committed to keeping herself active and healthy throughout her pregnancy. She made the decision to be proactive in her approach to pregnancy fitness, and to be honest, I wouldn’t expect anything less from her. I was delighted to have her on board for Pregnancy Fitness. Zoe is a regular runner both socially and competitively, and was up for trying anything that would make pregnancy more comfortable and the birth … Continue reading

Preconception Fitness

We believe that there is no better time to take control of your physical and mental health than when you are considering getting pregnant.   Undertaking regular exercise can go a long way towards ensuring normal conception and a healthy, happy pregnancy. If you are healthy then there’s a good chance your eggs will be too, and your womb will be in the best condition to receive the egg and lead to a viable pregnancy. And don’t just think preconception fitness is only for the woman – men need to be producing healthy sperm – making babies is a two person thing! Being fitter, stronger, and at … Continue reading

Training vs Rest

The problem with training hard for any sport is that once you get to a certain point, you aren’t necessarily getting healthier. You may be getting fitter, but healthy? Perhaps not. Alongside this, the warning signs are there, but are mainly ignored. As athletes we know that training again and again, putting ourselves back into the hole, is the best way to adapt, to become better, faster and more competitive. When we finally over-reach ourselves, something gives. Something breaks. Our ability to compete, or even train, goes down and we are faced with potentially a long, slow road to recovery. … Continue reading

3rd Age – The Perimenopause & Menopause

As a 40- something year old woman I’m now approaching (or maybe I’m in the middle of) ‘the change’ – commonly known as the menopause.  As physiological changes occur, and because I’m inquisitive, I want to understand what these might be and how they may affect my body. Should I change how I exercise, and are there any nutritional changes I could make that will ease any symptoms? Alongside my personal interest, I’m also a women’s fitness/wellness professional. I see women before, during and after pregnancy for remedial massage and exercise in personal training sessions. So I see it as my duty to be clued up … Continue reading

Top 5 reasons to get a Personal Trainer

I’m often asked why people have a Personal Trainer. It is true, you can go out for a run or to the gym and exercise on your own. Many people do that and are perfectly satisfied and motivated to put in the effort. But, many people aren’t and don’t. Personal Training will bring BIG Benefits to most people. Here’s our Top 5 reasons to have a Personal Trainer:   1. Motivation – Lots of people the lack of motivation to exercise, even if you’ve the desire to get fitter/healthier or the need to prevent a medical condition developing/getting worse (for example the potential onset or management of … Continue reading

The Misconception of the Due Date

Personally I don’t like referring to the date a baby is expected to be born as the ‘due’ date. It puts so much pressure on the situation and expectation that the baby WILL be born on that particular date. If baby doesn’t arrive on that date then what? …Waiting, anxiety, increased stress? The gestation period for a baby is around 39 weeks. Some arrive before that, some arrive later. Setting parents expectations (based on average statistics) to one day out of potentially a 3-4 week period is not necessarily helpful, and, in my opinion, wrong. So, I’m going to call it the … Continue reading