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How To Get The Perfect Body With Minimal Effort

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Most of us have a desire to look good, but it can feel almost impossible to get in shape when you spend all day sitting at work. If you spend long hours sitting down most days for a long time, your body will adapt to suit what you ask of it. Your body is an incredible machine that adapts to the activities you repeatedly ask of it. It responds to what you eat, how you think, and how you spend your time. Genetics play a part of course – you can’t really change your height or base shape, but you’d be surprised at all the possible forms you could take on.

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15 Minute Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

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This 15 minute teriyaki salmon recipe is a show-stopper every time! I use it as a quick and easy weekday option, but it’s also perfect for impressing friends and family at dinner, and brilliant on a BBQ (cook it in foil!). ​

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Training For A Healthy Retirement

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“Mel explained that my goals did not need to be in purely fitness terms. After a lengthy and in depth discussion we established my goals and attitude to exercise. Essentially my aim, after more than 40 years (I am 62) in sedentary and stressful jobs, is to enjoy a healthy retirement when the time comes.”

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15 Tips For Better Sleep

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We need sleep to survive and thrive as much as we need food and water. Humans spend around a third of their lives sleeping, but not all of us are getting enough quality sleep, and that’s a problem I’d like to help solve.

Today I’m going to run you through what actually goes on inside of our bodies as we sleep, provide some recommendations on how much sleep you need, plus a bunch of tips on how you can improve the quality of your sleep and boost your mental, physical, and emotional health.

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How To Recover Faster After Exercise

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During training, we cause stress and microscopic damage on a cellular level in our bodies, fatiguing us and actually decreasing our performance for a short period. This stress and damage acts as a catalyst for change, forcing us to adapt. As we recover, we improve, which means we’re able to perform at a higher level next time we work out.

That means gains are made during recovery, not training.

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How To Test Your One Rep Max

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To work out your 1RM, you have to perform a one rep max test, which I’ll talk you through today. This type of test is considered the fitness industry gold standard in measuring a person’s physical strength.

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How To Track Your Nutrition Intake

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I speak to people all the time who want me to write them a better training plan because they’re not seeing the results they hoped for. In reality, I often find that there’s nothing particularly wrong with what they’re doing in the gym (sure, I can always optimise their programme), but the real reason they’re not seeing results is because they’re not backing up their efforts with good nutrition.

For weight loss you need to ensure you’re in a sufficient and sustainable calorie deficit.
To build healthy muscle tissue you need to ensure you’re getting enough calories and protein.
For athletic performance you need to ensure you’re getting the right amount and types of carbs at the right times.

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Why Diets Don’t Work

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I totally get that cleaning up your diet and getting in shape can feel overwhelming. Whilst it makes sense to follow a prescribed diet for direction and to keep things simple, the drawbacks massively outweigh these initial benefits. Unfortunately, diets are generally ineffective in helping people make better food choices and live healthier lifestyles long term. Here’s why:

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Guidelines For Exercising With A Cold

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A cold is an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by a viral infection. They’re pretty common – most of us experience them from time to time, but what does this mean for our training?
 
I get a lot of questions from clients this time of year around the topic of colds, flu and other illness:
 
“Can I still exercise? Should I take a break? How much? What can I do? How can I get well quicker?”
 
It’s important to remember that I am NOT a medical professional, but as an exercise professional and wellness coach, I can give you the following recommendations… 

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Khao Soi Chicken Noodle Soup With Chilli & Garlic Broccoli

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This Asian chicken noodle soup recipe is one of my favourite meals of all time! I discovered it on a trip to Thailand and it’s taken me months of trying since I got home to perfect the recipe to taste just like it did in Chiang Mai! Every time I make it I feel like I’m on holiday again =)

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