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Category: Tips and Advice



The Worst Exercises for your Back and Pelvic Floor

Not only will they NOT give you a flat stomach,  you are probably  causing damage to your lower back, neck and pelvic floor. Here’s why? These exercises cause the superficial upper abdominals (the six pack rectus abdominis) to bear down into the deep stomach muscles (transverse abdominals) which then press down on the pelvic floor. If you don’t […]

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HIKING ETIQUETTE

Sections of my next adventure Te Araroa have been deviated due to several incidents and few inconsiderate hikers crossing  farming properties! This got me thinking is this inconsiderate or just hikers without a clue? Given that so many novices are now taking up hiking,  here’s a few Hiking rules to follow so everyone can enjoy the experience for a […]

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How to prepare for your Independent Multiday Hike

So what’s the major difference between day hikes and independent multi day hikes? Lot’s and lots of preparation, planning the right gear and experience go a long way. On a multi day trip when you have been dropped into location by a small plane, or to a remote start point by transport, there is always that final moment as you sign the […]

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10 Secrets to Weight Loss

‘If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.’ From experience I see this time and time again, if the only goal a client has is to lose xx kilos,  nothing changes long term. If and when the weight goal is reached for that special event, generally […]

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Overcoming Fibromyalgia

Are you tired all the time, have achy joints, headaches and can’t seem to remember anything?  In 2008 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia following years of chronic pain and extreme fatigue. Because nothing was evident on blood tests, Dr’s could not diagnose the problem, so I was left to deal with the pain/fatigue  and continued to try and perform all activities as normal; but the more I […]

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Don’t use Injury as an excuse for not exercising

INJURY PREVENTION and/or INJURY REHABILTATION Once we sustain an injury we tend to suffer from fear avoidance and stop exercising entirely. This can sometimes be an excuse for not exercising for years on end particularly if it’s a back or knee issue (for example). But is it always the best thing to do? If it’s an […]

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MINDFULNESS – What is it?

Whoaaaa ,slow down – LIFE  is way too busy.  You will hear the term MINDFULNESS  more and more often, so what it is? I think we can all agree that our lives have got busier with each passing decade. There is relentless communications, social media, the expectation of constant contact and demands of daily life personal and […]

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The Worst Exercises for your Back and Pelvic Floor

The Worst Exercises that you can do for your lower back and pelvic floor have just been named and shamed in this month’s Member’s Newsletter. It should be noted that at least half of those exercises are Pilates based, so are you keeping your back and pelvic floor safe? Want to learn more? Join us for our New 7 Week Spring Health and […]

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Is 50 the new 40 or is it even better?

Fifty is definitely the new 40. So if you are about to turn 50 (or perhaps if you are already there) it’s certainly not the time to stop exercising, in fact quite the opposite is true. At least half of the age related diseases and injuries are caused by disuse and misuse. We should therefore be building strong bodies […]

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De-Stress with Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Sodhana)

Nadi Sodhana is a breathing technique that has a direct link to balance the hemisphere’s in the brain. It can de stress and quieten the mind, release tension and anxiety through the body and may also help with restful sleep. Practiced on a regular basis, it is particularly useful for those with depression, PTSD, anxiety, […]

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