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Seven habits of consistently fit people

I’ve spent a lot of time with people of different fitness levels, with their own set of challenges and preoccupations. Some people identify the connection between exercise and the feeling of being fit, and form lasting habits that mean they can sustain their fitness; they naturally associate physical fitness with overall wellbeing. …

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Why I started drinking goat’s milk kefir to improve my digestion

Last month I drove a 400-mile round trip to visit Shann Nix Jones on her farm in West Wales. Why? Well, mainly out of curiosity. I suffer from poor digestion after eating certain foods, which manifests itself in belching and acid reflux. This is uncomfortable and unsocial, but bothers me …

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How to get more energy by focusing on your purpose

We all need energy, whether it’s to motivate us to get out of bed, to go about our daily tasks, play with our kids or pursue our careers. Energy is “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower”, as Dylan Thomas wrote. I get my energy from many …

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Why we are mentally malnourished and what to do about it

The subject of this blog is mental health, and specifically mental nourishment. To nourish: “to provide with food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition”, and our minds and brains need nourishment as much as the vital organs, cells, tissues and muscles do. Despite this, I think …

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What to do when you can’t get to sleep, and how to beat sleep disorders

Sleep problems are pervasive in today’s society and can cause a lot of problems with other areas of health such as mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness (what we call the Six Signals®). Sleep disorders come in many forms, although we tend to think of insomnia when we …

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Why high intensity exercise is important for health

We’ve often told that high intensity exercise is an important part of our weekly training regime, but have you ever wondered why? In this blog post I’ll break down the benefits of high intensity training, give you some ideas on how to incorporate it into your workout and issue a …

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What is gut health and the microbiome and how can I look after it?

There is much talk of the gut and the microbiome, with many claiming it’s the next frontier in health and wellbeing. In my recent podcast episode with Dr Becca Moore, it was even suggested that some scientists and doctors refer to the gut as the first brain (formerly known as …

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Why counting calories is the wrong way to lose weight

What is the best type of diet to go on? That’s the big question isn’t it, as everyone is searching for the best diet, the most effective way to “burn fat” or “get shredded”. I have an answer for that question, but first let’s explore why it has nothing to …

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The emotional benefits of exercise: 5 ways to relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety

Exercise is the most underused drug for mental health. I saw a fridge magnet with this statement on once and loved it (I think the other part of the quote is food is the most over-abused substance). We are waking up to the power of exercise and physical movement for …

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5 tips for improving your sleep

Sleep is the force multiplier for life; without the right amount of quality sleep, it’s very difficult to take care of the other key aspects of health – mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness (what we call the Six Signals®). The right amount of sleep is very subjective …

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