New year – look forward, not back

I have recently seen an array of social media posts documenting people’s success of their last decade.  Of course, I think it is important to recognise your achievements, but I personally prefer to look forward with eager excitement and anticipation of what the next decade may bring. For me, 2020 is an exciting year.  When…

My post-natal core strengthening

In my last blog I said I would write more about the specific deep abdominal strengthening exercises I did in the first 6 weeks post partum so here goes…. Your Transversus Abdominus (TA) muscle is the deepest abdominal muscle and sits under your Rectus Abdominus (6 pack muscle).  It is described like a corset around…

The first six weeks

As a person who enjoys exercise I find it quite difficult in the first few weeks post baby being instructed to take it easy and not do anything too strenuous. This is even harder if you have 2 other children at home to look after. However, we need to be mindful that after giving birth,…

I’m back

My third son was born 5 weeks ago and so the dust is beginning to settle and a feeling of normality is returning. I am patiently awaiting my 6 week post-natal review so I can really get started in my return to a healthy body (and therefore a healthy mind).  In fact, my long term…

The Restorative Nature of Holidays

I have just returned from a week on holiday in Malaga and thought with the summer holidays fast approaching, now would be a good time to share my musings on how a holiday can be extremely restorative.  And that’s even if you are travelling with little people in tow. Escape from the daily grind: Wherever…

2 days to go – Last minute top tips for The London Marathon

Having ran, worked at and spectated at a few London Marathons, I am well aware that nothing can fully prepare you for the emotions of your first marathon. So, I have compiled a short list of last minute tips: Sunday is going to be a warm day so ensure you are on top of your…

Back yourself to get your back better

I have enjoyed seeing the revelations around the effective management of back pain headlining the national papers today with titles such as; ‘Back Pain Care is Useless’ (The Times) ‘Lower Back Pain Being Treated Badly on a Global Scale’ (The Guardian) ‘Many Back Pain Patients Getting Wrong Care’ (BBC news) This is not news to…