The Monday 9:30 and 10:40 autumn and winter class blocks are now on sale. There may be more spaces on the 10:40 as this is relatively a new class time. So please do spread the word if you know anyone who would be interested. My autumn term runs for 5 weeks, costs £30 and starts 26th August. My winter term runs for 9 weeks, costs £54 and starts 21st October. I am also offering single classes on 14th October and 23rd December if anyone was around. To book please register your name, email and mobile, (so I have your contact details), then click on the 'Buy' button. Any technical problems or unsure how to book, just get in touch.
As we are having a lovely heatwave across Scotland, I thought this NHS weblink was worth a share. Tips on Managing Hay Fever While there is currently no cure for hay fever, there are ways to ease your symptoms. Learn more about managing hay fever.
'Schools out for Summer' Looking for something for your teenager to do over the summer holidays then why not try a Body Pulse Class? I am running classes on a Monday from 09:30 - 10:30 am in July and August. The class will cost only £5 to get this discount put 'teen' in the 'Promo code' box then hit 'Apply Code'.
Over the summer months, I am running some drop-in classes on a Monday at 09:30. If free and interested they start on Monday 1st July cost £6. Just click the link for more information and to book.
I wanted to share this Ted talk, (19 mins long), by sleep scientist Matt Walker. Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get to sleep - and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code - as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.
Thought I would share as I'm certainly guilty of not sitting correctly when I'm working from home on my laptop ... If your work involves sitting a lot and using a computer, here are some tips, from the NHS, to help you sit correctly.
Sciatica is one of the most common, yet misunderstood, types of pain. As many as 40% of people will get it during their life, and it becomes more frequent as you age. Sciatica tends to get lumped in with regular back pain, but it is different. The pain originates with the sciatic nerves and often goes away by itself within a few hours or days. However, some attacks can come and go for several weeks or even months. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to prevent sciatica, as well as relieve the pain. Here are five tips from, Harvard Health, for coping with sciatica 1) Increase exercise Exercise is a key way to prevent or help relieve sciatica. Consider these types: Aerobic exercise: walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling can dancing, and other activities that increase your heart rate without causing more pain if you already have sciatica. Strength training: exercises using free weights or weight machines, or isometric exercises, which involve contracting muscles without obvious movement. Flexibility training: Callanetics, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and similar activities that increase both flexibility and strength. Really, any exercise that you can enjoy and do regularly is going to help. So try something new, go back to an old favourite, or both. 2) Strengthen your core It might not seem obvious that a stronger core could improve your spinal health. But your core is not just your abdominal muscles, even though they are key contributors to the stability of your spine. Muscles in the back, sides, pelvis, and buttocks also are part of your core. Strengthening all of these muscles helps to support your spine. Many types of exercise, including Callanetics, yoga and Pilates, can strengthen the core muscles. For example, planks and bridges are movements that target the core. 3) Avoid sitting for long periods Prolonged periods of sitting put pressure on the discs and ligaments in the low back. If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, take frequent breaks, or try a standing desk. Less sitting is better. 4) Manage your weight Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for sciatica. And people who have sciatica and are overweight tend to heal more slowly. Why? The increased weight puts pressure on your spine and can lead to herniated discs. Even minor weight loss will reduce inflammation and pressure on the spine. 5) Practice good posture Mum was right—slouching isn't good for you. But you don't have to walk around the room with a book on your head to practice good posture. Follow these tips: Pay attention to your body's position when you're standing or sitting. To prevent slouching, pull your shoulders down and back. Imagine your shoulder blades touching. If you work at a computer, take frequent breaks. Position your monitor so you can see it without bending your head down or tilting it back.
An interesting study on how a sedentary lifestyle can cancel the potential heart benefits of weight control. More reasons for us to keep moving - it's pouring with rain outside and I don't really enjoy running in the rain so I'm off to see if I can find myself a drop-in class. Have a lovely weekend everyone, D.x