This article from Harvard Health describes some simple habits to help you move toward your healthy weight-loss goal: Set small, specific, and realistic goals Eat breakfast slowly — and mindfully — every morning
I am advertising a class 'taster' for new members on Monday 8th April. This class will cover a lot of the classic Callanetics exercises, there will, probably, be no music so we can focus on technique. Please do spread the word if you know anyone who would be interested. The Monday class 9:30 and 10:40 summer class blocks are also on sale. The full term runs for 10 weeks, costs £60 and starts 15th April and a half term runs for 5 weeks, costs £35 starts 15th April and again on 27th May.
I found this article an interesting read so worth a share. Young men obsessed with building muscles have higher mental health risks. They're at a higher risk for depression, weekend binge drinking, and unnecessary dieting. Focusing on the perceived shortcomings of one's body is an all-too-common road to depression and anxiety. Fitness selfies are one of the most common forms of self-promotion—and self-anxiety, it turns out!
Interesting article from Harvard Health on some tips and ideas to help you get a better night's sleep.
I've tried mindfulness but I just couldn't get into a daily habit. There was one time I attended a group meditation session where we all asked to focus on our breath. Yet, all I could hear was the person's stomach, sitting next to me, gurgling away, who was clearly hungry, took a lot of self-control to stop myself laughing! However, that being said, this could be a useful tool, it may help to provide a level of calm or some emotional control. Being able to focus on your breath, may give you that space to stop and think if you find yourself triggered by someone or something. So here's this free ten-minute mindfulness video - enjoy.
Now that it feels a bit more 'Springlike' I've been enjoying getting outdoors and running a couple of times per week. My body pulse classes focus on toning and tightening, improving strength and flexibility. Running, therefore, complements my class, by adding an aerobic element, which benefits my heart and lungs! If you would like to take up running the NHS Couch to 5K programme may be of interest, it helps you to gradually work up towards running 5K in just 9 weeks.
Interesting study on the benefits of pushups and how they are 'more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health'. We do pushups in the Body Pulse studio 'being able to press your body off the ground is an important indicator of controlling your bodyweight'. We also set the timer or count how many we can do, 'which feeds our love for goal-setting'. It's never too late we are 'resilient animals' who can 'train our cardiovascular system at any age'!
Do you have bunions? I do, mine are hereditary, my granny had them! Thought I'd share this article on 'what to do about bunions'. There were no surprises when I read that 'high heels can exacerbate the problem because they tip the body's weight forward, forcing the toes into the front of the shoe. This may help to explain why bunions are 10 times more common in women than in men'. I do tend to keep my heels low though on the occasional night out I will put on a pair of high heels! So, if you also have this affliction, perhaps your job involves a lot of standing and walking, like teaching or nursing, then this may be worth a read.