My love hate relationship with cycling

This is a collaborative post. I remember having my first bike as a child. It wasn’t much of a bike, a second hand monstrosity with a broken seat that my dad had mended with building foam. But nonetheless, I learnt to ride it and eventually graduated to a slightly larger second hand pink bike. It was here that my love of cycling started – and ended. The accident Well by adult standards, it wasn’t a proper accident. But to me as a six year old, it was nothing short of a disaster. I got on my pink bike on our little road…

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10 benefits of childhood sport that stay with you into adulthood

I wrote recently about the benefits of exercise for children. I thought it would be an interesting follow-up post to look at the benefits of childhood sport that stay with you into adulthood. 1. Enjoying sport As adults, we are encouraged to stay healthy and active. But if there’s no particular sport that we enjoy, this can be difficult. Let’s face it, going to the gym can be soul destroying – unless you love it. And it’s hard to motivate yourself to participate in any sport if you don’t enjoy it. So knowing that there is a sport you loved…

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The benefits of exercise for children

The benefits of exercise for children are indisputable. It enhances their physical and mental health and prevents obesity. It even helps their learning and concentration. And yet, a recent study conducted by the British Journal of Sports medicine found that children’s exercise levels were declining from the age of seven. How much exercise should children be doing? The NHS guidelines suggest that children under 5 years old shouldn’t be inactive for long periods. The only exception is when they’re asleep. This really surprised me. Especially because children start school at four years old, and from then on they spend a…

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10 family friendly ways to exercise

I’m guilty of over-indulging during the festive period. And now it’s finally January, I really do need to engage in a rather healthier lifestyle. I’ve entered a half-ironman for June and if I’m not ready, it’s going to finish me off. I’m going on a sugar detox but like most parents, I struggle to find the time to fit in exercise. At the moment my husband is away, so popping out for a run in the evening isn’t an option. So I’ve come up with 10 family friendly ways to exercise. 1. Go walking as a family The likelihood is the…

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The health benefits of work-life balance

Blood pressure is often cited as a factor associated with your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  It is also widely accepted that exercise is a key factor in lowering blood pressure. And over the past few days, the European Society of Cardiology has revealed the results of a study about daytime sleeping.  It turns out that napping during the day can lower your blood pressure significantly. In turn, this lowers your risk of having both a heart attack and a stroke. And yet, when it comes to both sleep and exercise, life tends to get in the way. I know…

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Why don’t I want to run?

Serious question, and I am hoping someone out there has the answer.  Lately, my exercise levels have gone through the floor. There is a genuine lack of time reason for this, but there is also a genuine bout of laziness.  I’m not trying to make out that this is the first time this has happened to me. I definitely go through stages with exercise. But I recognise my weakness, so at any other time I make sure I enter an event to make me train:  I am reluctantly inclined to agree with my husband about the fact that I’m constantly…

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Prioritising

I’ve never been very good with time management or prioritising, and I’ve actually written a post about it quite recently. The problem is, I’ve cut out everything that wasn’t essential and now I’m scratching around to try and find more time.  Over the past few months, I haven’t managed to exercise as much as I wanted to. I’ve found the time to do something every day this month, but most days it has been a minimal amount.  I did manage to get down to my normal weight after having Lia, but the lack of exercise and my fondness for eating crap…

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