Coping with stress – How Pilates can help you

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The problem of modern day stress

Coping with stress can be challenging in our fast-paced society. But before you set out to confront stress, it pays to understand a little more about it.

Stress can feel like it is predominantly a mental issue. It can cause you to become irrational and irritable. Your thoughts can run at a hundred miles an hour and you start to engage in a negative internal dialogue. You believe that if you could only change your thinking you could cope with your stress.

But stress has many components and comes in different forms. As it has different triggers there can be different ways to cope. We look at the role Pilates can play.

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Coping with stress

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Common rowing injuries – and how to prevent and treat them

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The challenge of rowing

The types of injuries that are common in rowing occur as a result of poor preparation.

Rowing is great for all-around fitness. However, it is a challenge in terms of the complexity of the technique and the physical demands it puts on the body.

Inspired by the annual boat race, many people take to rowing for the first time. But the crews of Oxford and Cambridge make it look so much easier than it is.

You can spot a novice rower in the gym because their rowing will be all arms and very little legs. It’s an inefficient way to row.

The most common injury in rowing is to the lower back. But other injuries that affect rowers on a regular basis affect the ribs, knees, wrists and shoulders.

Let’s see what can be done to help prevent them …

Common Rowing Injuries

Common Rowing Injuries

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Cycling Safely – How to stay safe on your two wheels

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Riding along on your pushbike

Most people think they know what cycling safely is all about.

After all, the majority of us learnt to cycle from a young age. We’ve done it for years. We know what we are doing.

Cycling is enjoyable, it has massive health benefits, and of course, is a cheap and effective mode of transport. And with the advent of initiatives such as the Big Pedal and cycle to work schemes, more and more of us are cycling.

We are all for it. But just a few sensible tips could help avert any unnecessary accidents. Let’s explore how to stay safe.

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Cycle Safely

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Eat Less Salt – How too much salt can affect your health

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A closer look at salt

The vast majority of us should eat less salt. We will go into more detail throughout this blog. However, before we start, let’s get one thing straight. We don’t wish to demonise salt completely. After all, it is not all bad.

But as the recent Salt Awareness Week helped to remind us, it is becoming clear that excess salt is a serious problem.

So, what are the benefits? What constitutes too much salt? What problems can excess salt cause? And how can we all cut down?

Let’s take a closer look.

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Eat less salt

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London Marathon Plan – 10 Unusual Marathon Tips

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London Marathon 2019 – the countdown

It’s time to start putting together the last bits to your plan for London Marathon 2019. At the time of writing, the big day is exactly 6 weeks away.

Now is the time when you will be putting in those long runs. And although you are probably fatigued and short of time, it’s time to start planning for the lead up to, and for the run itself.

You have probably read many of the conventional tips and ideas for the Marathon. We thought we would share a few tips you might not have come across so far.

 

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Correct Cycling Position – how good ergonomics can help prevent injury

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Back in the saddle

Making sure you are in the correct position when cycling is a must.

We’ve reached that time of year where the days are noticeably longer.  It feels about time to dust down the bike. But before you try to harness your inner Geraint Thomas, think about your bike’s set up.

Bad ergonomics on a bike can lead to injuries. It is worth understanding how to adjust your bike in an appropriate manner.  One that will allow your body to operate efficiently and effectively.

Let’s find out more.

 

 

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Cycling Health Benefits – What two wheels can do for you

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On your bike!

The health benefits of cycling are an afterthought for many. But they shouldn’t be.

There is no doubt that the success of Team Sky and British cycling has increased cycling’s popularity. This has as much to do with being embued with competitive spirit as it does with any health concerns.

But it’s not just road cycling that is now big business. Mountain biking has seen a considerable rise in participants too.

Whichever form of cycling appeals to you the most, one thing is for sure. As John F Kennedy once said, “nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.

Above all, it’s fun. But if it can benefit your health, all the better.

We take a closer look at some of the benefits it offers.

 

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Cycling Health Benefits

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London Marathon Ideas that you may not have thought of

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It is getting closer

By now, you are probably searching for new ideas for your first London Marathon.

The big day is now less than nine weeks away. You’ve trained hard, and you want to be sure to get every last ounce out of your training.

After a while, the standard advice seems like old hat. You want to find some insider ideas to help you through the challenge.

We take a look at some fun ideas you may not have thought of so far.

 

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London Marathon Ideas

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How to prevent cycling injuries – some important reminders

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What to look out for

In order to prevent the most common cycling injuries, it helps to know what they are.

Obviously, in some instances accidents occur and injuries can be serious or sometimes fatal. However, we want to put your mind at rest. The media can portray cycling as a dangerous activity. It is, however far safer than many people think.

The vast proportion of bad accidents are caused by recklessness.  Sadly, there will always be thoughtless drivers. But good road sense, and being extra vigilant (especially at junctions) will vastly improve your chances of staying safe.

The fact is, the majority of cycling injuries are overuse injuries. The most affected areas being the knees, ankles, lower back and neck. We look at ways to guard against these more common injuries.

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Prevent Cycling Injuries

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Treating Tinnitus – How osteopathy might be of help

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is not the easiest thing to treat. This is because it’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause. Consequently, treating Tinnitus effectively has often proved elusive.

Furthermore, it manifests in different ways for different people. Many people associate it with a ringing in their ears. However, it can also sound like hissing, clicking, or even a buzzing noise.

It occurs when you perceive sound, but in reality, there is no external sound present. It is often a symptom that there is a problem with your auditory circuit.

The extent of the problem can range from mild to severe. It can affect one, or sometimes both ears. And it may be just temporary or fairly persistent.

It can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It affects how well you hear. But it can also disrupt your work life and your sleep as well.

 

Treating Tinnitus

Treating Tinnitus

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