MOVEMENT

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It’s so important for our bodies to move around as we were intended to, but for many of us that’s lost from being seated much of the day. Learn more about functional movement, mobility, flexibility and stretching with #SquatbotMovement!

11 Ways Battle Cancer London Puts The FUN Into Functional Fitness

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It might not look like it on my face, but I LOVED Battle Cancer London and had so much fun! From a dancing warm-up and heart-warming moments, to the burpees that very nearly killed me, it’s an awesome day from start to end. Read on to find out exactly why the competition puts the FUN in functional fitness.

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Photos from a range of sources, including Active Stills, Jon Payne Photography, and Peter A Creative Guy.

The Benefits Of Reformer Pilates For Strength Athletes

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Reformer Pilates is something I’ve looked at many a time before and thought “that looks SO GOOD” but never got around to trying for one reason or another. When we moved to Withington I realised that the wonderful Holly Thrower’s studio was literally a 2 minute walk from our flat so it would have been rude not to try it out – and I’m so glad I did. Yes, I ached the day after (a lot!) but I felt a lot more conscious of how my body moved and felt I’d really made a difference.

Read on to find out the benefits of reformer Pilates specifically to strength athletes and why I’ll be going to see Holly each month from now on.

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Want To Try Aerial Hoop? Find Out What This Art Form Is + The Benefits

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Ever heard of aerial hoop? If you’re like me and enjoy finding new ways to move your body, then you’re going to LOVE this!

I tried aerial arts with a group of PT clients and friends as we were looking for something new to do, but the question I kept getting before our session was “what IS it?!” Honestly having never tried it before I wasn’t exactly sure, I just knew it looked fun! Really it’s an art form, but if it involves moving your body, having fun, and learning something new, then I’m 100% there. Read on to find out what aerial hoop is, what the benefits are, and how you can try it out.

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International Yoga Day 2018 | What My Yoga Practice Means To Me

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Picture the scene: it’s 2003. You’re in the pinkest teenagers’ bedroom you’ve ever seen (seriously, there are pink walls, a pink carpet, and pink bedlinen), the only colour variation being the bright yellow TV/VHS combination, upon which a crackly yoga class is playing. View Post

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Yoga For CrossFit Athletes | The Top 8 Postures To Stretch, Align & Cool Down

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Quitting your day job and going to India to practice yoga is a dream for many, but it didn’t just stay that way for my friend Marley – she’s not long home from 4 weeks in Goa qualifying to become a yoga teacher. As well as being a superstar yogi, Marley is a big fan of weight training, so she knows only too well what it’s like to be inflexible as those of us who lift heavy and put a lot of demand on our bodies very often are.

If you’re anything like me as a CrossFitter, as soon as the WOD is done and you’ve finished your standard laying-on-the-floor recovery, it’s time to get some food in you and chill. There’s no stretching and no real cooling down, other than walking across the box to pick up your protein shaker.

By consistently adding in the following moves, as recommended especially for CrossFitters by Marley you’ll increase your mobility and flexibility, slowly bring your heartrate down, and reduce risk of injury.

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What To Expect At Your First Chiropractor Appointment | My Experience

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Take a look at my back in the above photo. What do you see? Is it my chubby lats, forever evading a strict pull-up? Or is it my baby traps, slowly growing with hundreds of cleans? You’d be forgiven for not spotting my spine curving to the right and the protruding shoulder blade – after all, it was only a few weeks ago at an unrelated doctor’s appointment I became aware of my scoliosis.

I’ve always been a bad back sort of person – long before CrossFit, strength training and running, I was very horsey and spent a lot of time in my teens mucking out and falling off spectacularly. I even smashed up my shoulder when I was 11 and have a pin in it! I always thought it was normal for people to have a bad back, and had mainly ignored it, until CrossFit really brought the problem into focus – from my lack of mobility in simple things like squats to pulling my hamstrings on three separate occasions – and I decided it was time I got my back problems sorted once and for all.

I’d had physio and had been having regular sports massages, so I knew I had to try something different to make the change – I was recommended to try a chiropractor, so last week I visited Sam at Davies Chiropractic CareView Post

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7 Ways Weekend Walking is Wonderful for Wellbeing

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This blog is mainly about forms of high-intensity exercise – lots of jumping around, flinging heavy weights and moving as fast as possible – but lately I’ve gotten into something a little lower in impact: walking. Whether it’s come from being cooped up inside a car, office or gym all week, or whether it’s because I’ve turned the big 3-0 and my interests are becoming tamer, at the weekend I’m really enjoying getting out into the countryside for a leg stretch.

But is walking really all that weak, or is it actually really good for you? The more I thought about the parts that make up a good walk, the more I realised how many benefits it has. Read on to find out the 7 ways walking is wonderful for wellbeing. View Post

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