What’s your WHY?

Why do you do the things you do? Why do you go to the gym or out for a run? What’s your passion? What fuels your fire and ignites your desires? What drives you to do the things you do, to exercise, to train? Are you a thrill seeker? Do you become enveloped with depression? Do you wish to lose weight or be able to keep up with your kids at your local parkrun? Would you like to put something back by entering an event and raising money for charity but are scared and excited at the same time when thinking about … Continue reading

Certified Pregnancy Fitness Instructor

We are pleased to announce that Lynne is now a fully qualified Pregnancy Fitness specialist. Pre-Natal and Pregnancy fitness plans are now available to help prepare you for your pregnancy and birth. Personal Training in the pre-natal period is tailored towards preparing your body for pregnancy, learning strategies to help you connect with your pelvic floor by strengthening (and relaxing) the pelvic floor muscles in functional ways. Each session builds on your overall and core strength, as well as safe weight loss if needed. All of these are key elements in establishing the perfect environment for your child. Pregnancy fitness evolves as your baby … Continue reading

5 Tips for a Healthier Pregnancy

1. Be as active as possible A combination of aerobic fitness and strength exercise is vital – you need to be fit for birth. If you’re unaccustomed to exercise there’s even more benefit to getting active – you don’t really want to lose weight when you’re pregnant, but if you’re pre-conception then that’s a great time to start working towards a healthy weight. During pregnancy, fitness levels can be boosted to prepare you for the demands of birthing and motherhood. Good activities to continue throughout pregnancy are brisk walking, running if you’re used to it, swimming and weight training. In addition, guided training on pelvic … Continue reading

4 Key Issues to Avoid during Pregnancy

Staying healthy during your pregnancy is vital for you and your baby. Here’s a few tips that should help you have a healthier pregnancy: 1. Dehydration: your blood volume increases; fluid is needed for the amniotic fluid that surrounds the foetus; you lose more fluids if/when you experience morning sickness through vomiting (hyperemisis gravidarium in extreme cases – the NHS information on this condition is worth reading) and you need to supply your growing baby with good nourishment. Reduced fluid intake will affect all of these areas. 2. Overheating: there is the potential to affect the development of your baby if your core temperature is elevated above normal. During pregnancy your … Continue reading

Pregnancy Fitness Benefits

I firmly believe that being physically and mentally strong prior to becoming pregnant will help you manage the challenging demands that pregnancy brings. If you are overweight prior to pregnancy then evidence suggests you are at greater risk of complications such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, thrombosis and urinary tract infections. In addition to preparing yourself for pregnancy, staying fit and healthy during pregnancy has many benefits, both for mum and baby. A Healthy Mum creates the best possible environment for a Healthy Baby The What’s and Why’s in more detail: Positive Mental Attitude: Challenging yourself through physically testing workouts is an ideal … Continue reading

Obesity: here’s few thoughts

The BBC’s recent article, “Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk” got me thinking. Why are there even discussions about surgery for weight loss to reduce anybody’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes? Why? Why not prescribe exercise and a healthy diet? I realise that may not be possible for some people, but surgery as an option? Surely for the masses surgery should be the last resort and the least likely option. “The UK NHS is considering offering the procedure [weight loss surgery] to tens of thousands of people to prevent diabetes.” Are we really living in an age when education about healthy food choices and … Continue reading