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How to start exercising

Exercise can be viewed as a chore by some, with bad memories from school, years ago, being forced out on cross country runs or that dreaded gymnastics lesson, but it doesn’t have to be a negative event, or something worth dreading. It would be hard to ignore the...

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Life at a desk and its effect on posture

Here at Body Happy one of our main goals is to help people engage in and enjoy physical activity with a view to it being a lifelong, sustainable and positive experience. We have a great set of members at the studio and within that membership a wide range of abilities,...

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When is the best time to exercise?

We all have our own internal circadian rhythm.  Your circadian rhythm is a 24 hour body clock following a daily 24 hour cycle, this effects our physical, mental and behavioural changes throughout the day. For example, at times we are full of energy, other times we...

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Body Mass Index

Your BMI, or Body Mass Index is a representation of your body fat from an equation using your height and weight. BMI = height (squared) divided by weight (you can do this using metric measurements or 'old school' measurements) The following table will represent your...

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Top Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels Naturally

To help reduce cholesterol levels there are three main factors to focus on; improve your diet, exercise more often and find ways to de-stress. Sounds like an over simple explanation but it really does work!   Diet – What do I eat and what should I avoid? Foods to...

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Commit to Get Fit

At the start of the month I was asked to give a talk at the University of Sussex as part of their 'Commit to Get Fit' month. Sussexsport, the health and fitness team at the University of Sussex, provide free facilities to staff that sign up for the month of May....

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Inspired by the Brighton and/or London marathon?

Spring is the perfect time to start running.  The days are getting longer and warmer, and it is so much easier to want to get out the door when the sun is shining! It’s daunting to start running though, isn’t it? When you see people pounding the streets of your town,...

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Exercising with COPD and Asthma

Have you been diagnosed with a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Do you have asthma? Are you thinking about starting to exercise but not sure if this will help or hinder? Read on, this blog hopes to help answer some questions you may have.   We all know...

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The Benefits of Chocolate

Let me start this with by saying “Not all chocolate is created equal” The potential health benefits of processed, highly sweetened chocolate are slim to none but the health benefits of dark chocolate are numerous and quite impressive. A 100g bar of dark chocolate with...

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Preventing falls in the elderly

You may have heard on the BBC news today that due to an aging population the amount of hospital visits due to falls is on the rise. Falls not only affect us physically – resulting in broken hips, wrists and legs, but can mean becoming housebound, as confidence to go...

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Five bodyweight exercises to do at home

Are you thinking about starting an exercise program but not sure where to start? Worried that by joining a gym you will not know which exercises to do? If you are unsure of where to start and want to take some steps to increasing your exercise knowledge to increase...

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10,000 steps or less?

Recently, I have found myself becoming rather attached to some wearable technology. As part of my life insurance policy, in order to receive benefits I have to record my activity levels through a Garmin watch, which means I am constantly looking at my stats and doing...

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Exercise For Older Adults

We all know that exercise is something that we should be doing throughout our lives due to the many health benefits associated with exercise. As we age we tend to drop away from sports – athletes and sports performers in football, rugby, hockey are thought to be ‘past...

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New Year Fat Loss: Don’t try to spot reduce

Happy 2018 to you, your family and friends It is that time of year where we start January targeting our New Year's resolutions - one of the main ones is to lose body fat. Before you accept any monthly challenge of completing 'X' amount of sit ups per day, your time...

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Fitness Over 50 Blog: How I discovered HIT, Ladder and Pyramids

I had been attending the local gym for about fifteen years. I have also been treated by a Chiropracter for a stiff back, tight hamstrings and some issues with posture. About a year ago my IT band became inflamed and I stopped going to the gym to give my knee time to...

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Healthier Holidays

Temptation, it's everywhere at Christmas time: to go for drinks with everyone and anyone, to snack on a mince pie or three and eat everything in sight at the work 'do' as, after all, it's Christmas. However, before you completely over-indulge, consider the following:...

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How to deal with the ‘what ifs’

Training for an endurance event is hard.  It takes an awful lot of time, will power and selfishness to get through the 16-odd weeks of training to make it to the start line of a long distance race like a marathon.  And the thing is, not matter how much you plan, how...

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Seven Tips to Survive Winter Marathon Training

Seven Tips to Survive Winter Marathon Training Because, like many of you reading this, I am a little unhinged and have decided to run a marathon in the spring, I have also decided to run through the worst months of the year. There’s no getting round it: it’s dark,...

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How to build muscle

What is muscle hypertrophy?   Hypertrophy is an increase in the size of tissue or organ due to growth of individuals cells, without an increase in the number of cells (Kent, 2006). The following are different forms of hypertrophy:  First of all you will have...

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Roll with It

What is Roll with It? Are you lacking in flexibility? Have muscle soreness? either from sports, sitting at a desk or sedentary lifestyle? The roll release class is a way to learn how to perform myofascial release on trigger points. These trigger points are sore spots...

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Body Happy Circuits

If you’re new to exercise or haven’t been active for some time, check with your GP for your safety and peace of mind.  He or she probably knows about Circuits and will encourage you to participate to improve your health and fitness. What is Circuits? Circuits is an...

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Pilates Classes for Strength and Vitality

Pilates is unlike any other method of exercise.  It’s non-impact and therefore ideal for anyone at any age and at any level of fitness or strength.  Each one-hour class is limited to 8 people, enabling Jenny to correct your posture and technique; you will be amazed...

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Personal Training “Getting Personal”

Knowledge Check out which qualifications they have. Personal Trainers can be operating without any qualifications: there’s no official body checking on your behalf as a client. Knowledge is King, but don’t let them confuse you with jargon. As a qualified PT, they will...

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