Is it possible to think yourself fit? Can you imagine yourself into the healthy physique you really want? Envisage your glowing skin and lithe limbs into existence? We use visualisation techniques all the time. Anytime you've played out a difficult conversation in your head or imagined yourself on the summer holiday you want to book, you're actively visualising your goal and the steps you'll take towards it. Years ago I heard of a Pilates Instructor who encouraged clients to
Please note: If you're reading this from the weekly email, open up the full article to click through to the pdf and vids which accompany it. What's the weirdest exercise regime you've come across? Last year we saw 5km daily run, planking and abs challenges. You'll find them played out in full view on social media along with the cursory admonishments by health and fitness professionals that they don't constitute real or balanced exericse. Here's a fun and slightly kooky worko
This week's message is very brief. It's all a matter of perspective! Imagine you're a smoker. When you want a cigarette, you feel uncomfortable. When you have the cigarette, for a moment you feel good. You're moving from survival to comfort. Obviously, if you don't smoke you understand that the smoker is only temporarily feeling normal, they're experiencing the absence of withdrawal. They feel the relief of the nicotine replacement. So actually they're moving from crisis to s
We've been having fun with the softballs in Pilates lately. If you'd like to order a set to use at home, they're £9 for a pack of two (blue and green). I'll put an order in at the end of this week so just email here to let me know. I can also buy some thicker and longer mats for anyone who wants. Here's a link to the one I'd recommend. I can place a bulk order which would bring the cost down from £18 +P&P to £15 per mat. Again, please email to let me know.
Why is it that you can sometimes discern a single sound through a maelstrom? And how can you hear your name being called through a crowded pub? It's because your brain knows this is important information to you. There's a little part of it which never sleeps and always listens out for the things that'll keep you safe. It's been compared to the personal assistant for a busy manager whose job it is to get the right information to the boss. It's called the Reticular Activation S
Whenever I tell people that I'm a Personal Trainer, there's always the same response. They turn slightly sideways, purse their lips and say, "Oh, I could do with your help..." Besides the fact that they may be slimmer than me, or that they have no intention of becoming paying clients, there's an immediate guilt pang shooting through their minds and it's obvious they're thinking "Am I Fat?" I understand that this is the last thing you want to discover for sure in public with a