Year: 2018

Getting Your Child Onto a Bike

Getting Your Child Onto a Bike

A great way to get your child more accustomed to cycling is by starting off with small steps.  A balance bike is a good crossover between a toy and a tricycle, offering the feeling of getting on a bike but without the pedals or gears of a bike. Toddlers can learn the movements of cycling as well as develop a better balance and posture when they use a balance bike. They can practice riding around but using their feet to propel themselves forward instead of pedals. This means they can easily learn to balance on a two wheeled bike when…

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Do I Need a Life Coach?  Deciding Whether to Take the Plunge

Do I Need a Life Coach? Deciding Whether to Take the Plunge

A life coach is someone who provides guidance to people who want to achieve certain goals but aren’t sure how to go about them.  Choosing a good life coach involves knowing your needs and goals, and finding potential coahes through either referral or personal references.  Make sure you research your coach carefully and perhaps try a sample session to see how it goes. When it comes to assessing your needs, life coaches often work in specific areas such as business, relationships, gried, mid-life issues etc.  Deciding what you want a life coach for is part of the equation.  It is…

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Why You Should Add Weights to Your Workouts

Why You Should Add Weights to Your Workouts

We all think we know what we are doing when it comes to getting fit and losing weight – but there is one key mistake many women are making in the gym.  They simply aren’t using the weights section enough (if at all!).  Lots of women are scared to lift weights because they are worried the extra muscle will make them look bigger, or bulky.  This really isn’t the case, as women do not have enough of the hormone Testosterone in their bodies to be able to “get bulky”.  It isn’t exactly easy for men to bulk up that much…

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Starting Out as a New Runner for Exercise

Starting Out as a New Runner for Exercise

Running is known to be a great exercise for people looking to get fit, lose weight and clear their minds.  It is not easy however, and simply getting out of the door and running may end up causing injury!  Here are the ways to ease into running gently to avoid hurting yourself. Start with a good pair of shoes – running trainers are built to support the foot better and prevent injury Begin slowly – start with a few minutes of walking and add 30 seconds or so of running, alternating with walking.  This allows you to build up your…

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How to Avoid The ‘Unhealthy’ Health Goals…

How to Avoid The ‘Unhealthy’ Health Goals…

When we are focussed on getting healthy, losing weight or becoming more fit, it is very easy to slip into unhealthy goals for our bodies.  Here are some ways to avoid sliding down the path to unhealthy body goals. Focus on health:  Instead of aiming for 100% perfection (which, let’s face it, is impossible!), we should aim for moderation instead.  Being so hard on yourself if you make a mistake during a diet, or overdo it on one day leads to feeling miserable and dejected, and you are more likely to give up on healthy eating altogether!  Much better to…

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How to Lose Weight Effectively

How to Lose Weight Effectively

Losing weight is a challenge that many people face, and there are all sorts of wacky methods out there!  From slimming diet shakes to cutting out whole food groups, there is a diet for everyone.  We think the best way to lose weight is to focus on stopping the negative habits which lead to weight gain, and develop more healthy habits which can last a lifetime. The first thing to do is keep a written diary of what you eat for a week.  See at the end of the week if you can identify specific times in the day when…

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Lower Your Sugar Intake for Better Results

Lower Your Sugar Intake for Better Results

If like me, you have been one to try all the diet plans going, but never really see results, I think I have the answer for you! SUGAR! Sugar is a sweet substance which we pretty much all love.  It is highly addictive and really, really bad for you.  The food companies know that sugar has a powerful hold on people, and they add it to many of their products to not only improve the flavour, but to get us hooked and wanting more. When you start your next diet, or perhaps when you look over your food diary, take…

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Exercise for Better Mental Health

Exercise for Better Mental Health

Did you know that exercise can make a big difference to not only your physical health, but your mind too?  Many of use work long hours and hold down stressful jobs which need a release every now and then.  Exercise is a great natural stress buster! When we exercise, our bodies release hormones called endorphins.  These are the body’s natural stress busting hormone.  These endorphins make us feel good and help to relax us after a long day.  Other things also release endorphins, like eating a chocolate bar, hugging a close friend or pet.  Exercise is a better option because…

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Exercise – Morning or Night?  We Decide Which is Best

Exercise – Morning or Night? We Decide Which is Best

When it comes to exercise, there are always people who say that morning is best, and others who prefer evening workouts.  The real point is that any time is better than not exercising at all!  Timing will suit different people, so considering your lifestyle and exercise goals will be a huge deciding factor for you. Think about when you have the most energy – if you struggle to get out of bed in the morning but have bundles of energy in the late afternoon, you might suit a later workout than someone who is exhausted by lunchtime but full of…

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