Fitness: why practice makes perfect

Fitness: why practice makes perfect

  Whether we are starting a fitness journey, or a new fitness routine, we can easily end up using muscles that have not seen any action for some time. Often the body will struggle to adapt to a new and unusual stimulus to which it is not accustomed. The usual...
The power of Pilates

The power of Pilates

  Pilates exercise is based on stretching and strengthening the body to improve balance, flexibility, posture and muscle strength. It focuses on precise movements to target specific body parts and it is about the complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit....
How and why to bend at the hip

How and why to bend at the hip

  The ‘hip bend’ or ‘hip hinge’ is a movement we perform easily when we are toddlers, but as we grow older and our spine starts to develop, most of us allow this natural flexibility to lapse. This results in us using and depending upon the spine far more than we...
The case for the chest press

The case for the chest press

  The chest press is a vital compound movement that should be incorporated into every weight training regime. Whether you are using a barbell, dumbbells or a machine chest-press, the basis for the movement is essentially the same – a push is a push. Not just for...
How to breathe for physical and mental health

How to breathe for physical and mental health

  Breathing is an action we take for granted. It’s instinctive, requiring no cognitive thought. But what if, like dolphins, it had to be consciously done? What if, as part of our design, it should be consciously done? And if we decided to concentrate on it and...

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