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Realistic Expectations

In today’s world, everything is marketed at us as being available right here, right now and we’re told we can get results straightaway.  But this is rarely realistic, and here at Body Happy we want to help you have realistic goals, and realistic expectations....

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World Photo Day

It’s World Photo Day today so we’re celebrating by writing a blog about it! Photos can mean a lot of different things to us. They can be lovely mementos of great times shared with loved ones. We often use them to document the major events in our lives – weddings,...

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Meet the Team

Although a lot of you know our trainers and talk with them every week you may not know what their hobbies are, or even why they got into the fitness business. So, here we go, introducing to you the Body happy team: Jenny Day As the owner of Body Happy, I’ve always...

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Flexibility

We all get told to stretch, but why? What benefit does it have? When I first started out in the fitness industry, stretching before and after a workout was just ‘what you did’. Maybe it’s still what you do? What if I told you that research on stretching appears to...

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Mental Health

As part of Samaritans awareness day, we asked Kevin and Claire at Run Things to write us a blog about mental health. Kevin kindly sent us the following. The reason Run Things was set up was to bridge that gap between physical and mental health. There has been such a...

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National Best Friend’s Day

Adds Years to Your Life The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing studied almost 1,500 seniors for a full decade. One interesting finding: having good friends increases longevity even more than having close relationships with adult children and other family. And...

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Simplicity: KISS

‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ A little harsh maybe? It’s the KISS principle (the acronym spells KISS) which originates from the world of computer programmers and was first used at the end of the seventies by mathematician and computer scientist Edsger Wybe Dijkstra. Since...

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be brought about by any situation that an individual finds traumatic. We often hear about PTSD in the news with people who have been serving in the military, any one of us can suffer from PTSD, it can be brought on by health...

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Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key to our health and well-being, it is however something we often neglect. We worry too much about the food we consume, carbohydrates, fat, protein, salt and sugar content, neglecting our hydration. We can survive up to 3 weeks without food where as it...

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Exercise and Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects our insulin secretion, action or both. There are three types of diabetes with only two regularly making the news. Type I diabetes is often referred to as insulin dependent, child on-set or juvenile diabetes. Type I...

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Blood Pressure and Exercise

You may have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure or know someone who has and is thinking what can they do? As well as medication, exercise is great for helping lower and control blood pressure.   Blood Pressure Blood Pressure, also known as...

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No Tobacco day – 31st May

At Body Happy we thoroughly enjoy seeing all our clients and the people around them improve their overall health and lead a healthier life. But there are some factors that we can and cannot control, for example we can help them to stop or reduce the amount they smoke...

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Do You Meditate and If Not Why Not?

Wednesday 15th May was World Meditation Day so prompted us to focus a blog on the subject of meditation.   Do you regularly take time out to meditate or are there a number of excuses you’ve given yourself for not doing so? If you are making excuses are they...

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Why go vegetarian?

I need to start this by saying I am not a vegetarian, I do mainly eat a vegetarian diet, as my wife is a vegetarian. I still eat meat a couple of times a week, but I wanted to write this blog to improve my own understanding eating a vegetarian diet, as well giving you...

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Mental Health

The invisible illness The illness that no one can see, mental health. Everyone has their ups and downs, but no one can see or imagine how low and secluded a person can become when fighting their own demons. Whatever the cause - we should all unite to support and...

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Exercise and Asthma

World Asthma Day was established in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma and takes place annually on the first Tuesday of May. The purpose of the memorial day is to raise awareness of the condition amongst physicians, patients and the general public. In...

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Marathon Day

If you’ve ever watched a marathon, you know there’s something magical about 26.2. It’s the stride of the winner, cruising down the finishing strait, looking like they’ve barely broken a sweat.  It’s the kids on the sideline, willing someone to give them a high...

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Sleep Disturbance: stop snoring

The whole population know exactly how it feels when we have not had a decent night’s sleep, we feel fatigued and drained all day yearning for our beds only to be bad tempered, lack concentration, and usually irritable. Bed partners who consistently put up with snoring...

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Good News – Chocolate Is Good For You!

As Easter Sunday fast approaches, I thought you might like to know the good news that chocolate is good for you!   Health Benefit Claims of Eating Chocolate   Anti-Inflammatory Chocolate is a derivative of cocoa beans which are full of health benefits. They...

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Exercise and Parkinson’s

What is Parkinson’s? When people hear that someone has Parkinson’s disease, they generally, imagine someone with a tremor, and this is one sign of Parkinson’s disease, but not the only symptom. This blog is going to explore Parkinson’s in more depth, to...

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Stress Awareness

STRESS!! In a recent survey of 2000 people in the UK, 85% said they experienced stress regularly. That seems a scary number to me and even scarier is I know I could count myself among them. In this modern world of instant gratification, more and more both women and...

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Step Count

In recent years we’ve all heard that we need to increase our step count 10,000 steps per day is the goal which roughly equates to 5 miles per day. Now a vast percentage of the population own some kind of wearable technology such as a Fitbit (other brands are...

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Skip Yourself Fit

As it was national skipping day earlier this week, we are bringing you back to your younger days - playing with friends, riding your bike and maybe even skipping! You may not have known or even thought about it, but there are many benefits of this enjoyable activity....

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Healthy Sleep and Why It’s Important

Many of us have busy lifestyles and frequently place less importance on our sleep, cutting back on it to enable us to pack more into our day. It is however important that we recognise just how important a good night’s sleep is. Regular good quality sleep plays a vital...

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Race Preparation – 48 hours to go

It is only the Brighton Half marathon this weekend! This blog is to try and help you plan and prepare for race day. Over this week you will have tapered and eased off the training. You can still do a few things over the next 48 hours to help ease the nerves and...

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Exercise and Epilepsy

What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a medical condition that effects the brain. We can all have a one-off seizure however people are diagnosed with epilepsy if they have more than one seizure. The common form of epilepsy we all see and know is when someone has convulsions....

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Depression: an open account

Depression. It can catch you at any time in your life. For me, I was only 19. It was my first year at university; a year that should - according to everything, everyone – be the best of your life. And yet, my first year was a dark, dark cloud of unhappiness. 10 years...

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The Exercise Myths of I Can’t, As We Age

Are there things you simply don’t try doing because you’ve already decided, for whatever reason, that you can’t do them? If so, are you really justified in your reasoning or are you simply making excuses? Could it be that if you actually tried doing some of these...

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How to Create Habits of a Lifetime

A habit, be it a good one or a bad one follows the same pattern. A trigger is the first thing that initiates the behaviour, followed by the behaviour itself and then ultimately the resulting reward from carrying out the behaviour. Habits are usually automatic...

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