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Stress: Could it be stopping you reaching your goals?
The human body is pretty clever. It heals itself from minor (and sometimes major) trauma, can grow and support another life, and can achieve major feats of endurance, strength and resilience. Its capacity to adapt and respond to changing stimulus in the environment is incredible. All of the aforementioned situations promote a stress response in
The Secret to Achieving Life Changing Goals
During my discussions with clients about goal setting, we spend a fair chunk of time talking about ‘realistic’ and ‘tangible’ goals. We also spend a fair amount of time agreeing the order of priority for those goals. The most difficult point of discussion is when it comes to recognising why a goal may not have
The Extreme Approaches to Postpartum Recovery
It can often feel quite overwhelming when contemplating a return to training or exercise postpartum. There can be so much information out there and, quite often, conflicting advice on what’s best for new mums. Knowing where your focus should lie can be very confusing. In the fitness and health profession, the approach to postpartum recovery
Reflecting on The LiftOff Lockdown Experience
The announcement of a nation-wide lockdown on 21st March 2020 and, along with it, the closure of gyms, came as a massive shock to many. While we were all aware of its necessity to safe lives and combat the threat of Covid-19, it still hit us hard. Regular gym-goers were left with a pretty big
Understanding the Buzzwords: “Scaling” vs “Individualising”
There’s a constant stream of buzzwords that do the rounds of gyms and the fitness industry in general. It can often be a case of playing Chinese whispers with the latest health and fitness terminology. This isn’t helped by the saturation of coaching on social media and indirect communications from person to person. It can
Taken Up Running in Lockdown? Why Preparation is the Key!
I’m sure the vast majority of us would agree that lockdown has had its high points and its low points. One of the upsides for many has been having more time to ourselves. We have gained precious hours through the absence of commuting to work or battling the school run. As a coach, I have
Children get stressed too!
More than ever we are being taught how to relax and wind down, how to cope with external stressors. Whether it be in seminar or podcast form, regular classes or counselling. We are taught how to listen to our bodies and ‘look within’. Meditation. Mindfulness. Breathing exercises. All useful coping strategies for our everyday, busy
Mindfulness and Nutrition
Let me ask you about the best meal you’ve ever eaten. What made it so memorable? Was it the smell that hit you first? The taste of the components of the meal? The texture and the way the food felt in your mouth? Or was it the environment, the company you were in, or the
Motherhood: Self Care isn’t Selfish
The moment a child is born, a mother is born too. She didn’t exist before. The women existed but not the mother. A mother is something completely new. We all imagined what motherhood look like. We had 9 months to do nothing but think right? Imaging that first encounter with our baby. Speculating what kind of
Understanding your Body Clock and the Power of Rhythm
Do you remember your parents advocating the importance of your body clock, just as their parents did for them? The advice was always “go to bed at the same time, have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time”. These days the theme I hear is more along the lines of “grab a quick snack