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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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Meet the team: Mark

Name: Mark Beresford Company role: Personal Trainer Favourite Quote:  What is something [people in our industry/niche] have to deal with that you want to fix? Social media – it is such a great tool for getting information out to people and showing others what they can...

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Obesity Awareness Week

On Monday 14th January it is the start of National Obesity Awareness week, a week encouraging people to improve their health, and to keep up with their new year’s resolutions.   The statistics for the UK as a nation are alarming. These stats were taken from the NHS...

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The Power of Three: move, eat, drink

I understand that this time of year is busy, stressful and you may not want to work out. I am not suggesting you HAVE to, but doing a little and looking after ourselves over the next week can have an impact on how we feel. This is not a blog telling you off, or being...

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Exercise intensity/load: does it matter?

In a weekly training group I lead, we try and have a focus each week – technique, load, helping others, etc. I noticed that when we were looking at the load, all athletes underestimated their strength, which I’m sure is something you’ve noticed when you’re training...

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Will I ever enjoy going to the gym?

There are many reasons we go to the gym, to lose weight, get stronger or maybe even to sculpt our bodies so the pretty girl (or boy) in the coffee shop gives us her special smile on the way to work each morning. Whatever our motivation, it can sometimes be a real slog...

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Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is made by the liver and is needed in order to function properly. Cholesterol made in the liver hitches a ‘lift’ on proteins and are transported around the body by our transport network – blood. When a lipid and protein combine it is...

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13 tips to sleep better

Do you find yourself struggling to get to sleep at the end of the day or do you experience periods of interrupted sleep? Modern day living finds many of us regularly failing to get sufficient quality sleep for optimum health. It is widely recognised that sleep...

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5 Nutritional tips for endurance athletes

It is that time of year, where those in and around Brighton start training for the annual Brighton marathon and we at Body Happy would like to share five nutritional strategies for you which you can use over your training period which may help you improve your...

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Meet the Team: Jenny

Name: Jenny Day Company role: Director Background: Born in Hertfordshire, degree in Sports therapy and sports science in London, Sports therapist and Gym instructor in London. Moved to Brighton: PT and Health club manager, then Sussex Uni, then Body Happy. Ongoing CPD...

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Diet: What does it really mean?

We have all heard the word diet; we hear it every day. But what does it really mean? There are two definitions in the dictionary: The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. "a vegetarian diet" synonyms: selection of food, food and drink,...

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Our health and material things

Last week I was invited to give a talk, where I discussed nutrition and physical activity and the minimum requirements for the average person. We’ve written several Body Happy blogs discussing the guidelines set by the government with regards to looking after...

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The importance of strength training

We’re constantly being told in media, on blogs (including this one!) and on Instagram about how important physical activity is, usually referring to moving: whether it’s the ‘Couch to 5k’ app, doing 10,000 steps a day, never sitting down. Without doubt, these are all...

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*Brenda’s story

Body Happy is a personal training studio situated in Hove. For over 4 years, Jenny Day has been running classes and personal training, and has recently expanded to a team of 4 in the past year - Jenny, Andy, Becky and Mark. We all believe in improving the well-being...

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Exercise Jargon

There is nothing worse than when you enter a gym environment, whether it be personal training or a gym, and you start hearing words thrown about and you are unsure what they mean. This blog is to break down a few terms that trainers and gym goers may use: Sets and...

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Training for Life

Firstly I’d like to make it clear that in no way does your age dictate what you can or can’t achieve within the gym; Fact! I know a person in their 30’s who has spent absolutely no time exercising over the entirety of their lives. I also know a person in their 70’s...

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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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