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Helen

About Helen

Having worked in IT in London for 15 years I was made redundant in 2009. I had trained as a gym instructor whilst working and decided I would rather spend the rest of my career doing something I loved than look for another job in IT. I furthered my qualifications with a Certificate in Advanced Personal Training from the highly regarded Premier Training. Many personal trainers are generalists covering all areas of fitness but I took the decision to specialise in the over-50s and therefore went on to do a CYQ Award in Functional Training for the Independent Older Adult Level 3. My focus is on overall health rather than fitness. I believe that making small changes can have a long term positive effect on health and well-being.

Osteoarthritis in the knee and exercise.

13Nov

Exercise can play a vital role in managing osteoarthritis. People are often fearful of exercising the affected joint in case it causes further pain and damage yet this review of studies done on exercise programmes states  “People with OA should be … Continue reading

  

Yoga and Lower Back Pain

4Jul

In a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center researchers found that yoga classes specifically designed for chronic lower back pain (my italics!) helped patients feel better. In light of this those with non-specific Lower … Continue reading

  

Tips for exercising safely in the sun

19Jun

Photo of sunny beach

Don’t use the sun as an excuse not to exercise but use these handy tips to ensure you stay healthy. 1)      Keep hydrated – make sure you have a water bottle with you and take sips during your session and … Continue reading

  

Just an hour a week….

15Jun

Photo of a weight, towel and bottle of water

New research has shown that just an hour a week of resistance exercise can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). You don’t have to leave your house … Continue reading

  

Do you feel to old to start exercising?

14Jan

post exercise

According to the findings of a study from the University of Dundee, published in the journal Age and Ageing, the most powerful ‘deterrent’ among the over-65s is a lack of interest, and disbelief that exercise can enhance and/or lengthen life. … Continue reading

  

Chichester Pilates Class: Core Pilates Review

2Mar

Core Pilates Firstly a mild correction, I was slightly misleading on Friday apparently it wasn’t a Fitness Pilates class it was Core Pilates. It was stated as Core Pilates on the timetable but there was no accompanying link to the … Continue reading

  

Out of my comfort zone: Fitness pilates

27Feb

fitness-pilates

Trying new things: Out of my comfort zone I am an advocate of finding the exercise that works for you, it may be running, lifting, swimming, cycling, circuits, chair based. Whatever gets you moving is what works. If possible throw … Continue reading

  

Keeping it simple – Change4Life

5Jan

Eatwell plate, health, nutrition, paleo

Nutrition is a hot topic and people can, and do, spend hours arguing about the best way, the correct way, the healthiest way to eat and about how certain foods are evil and we should tax them (yes I’m looking … Continue reading

  

Choose a Mental Wellbeing resolution in 2015.

2Jan

mental wellbing

Last year when I wrote about New Year Resolutions it was about choosing a change that you wanted to make and not what you thought you should be doing What do you Want to Change?  This year I am going … Continue reading

  

No pudding until you have eaten your fruit and veg.

1Apr

Happy fruit and veg

The news today is full of the study that showed that the current government recommendation of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables may not be sufficient and that we should be aiming for 7+ (preferably made up of 5 vegetable … Continue reading

  

Never stop moving.

19Mar

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” -Albert Einstein. So the government recommendations on exercise are as follows for the over 65s (taken from the NHS Choices page for Physical Activity guidelines for … Continue reading

  

A bit of fitspiration I found online…

6Mar

Do what you love.

Do what you love. Additionally WHO have updated their physical activity/exercise fact sheet which can be found here The post A bit of fitspiration I found online… appeared first on Whole Life Fitness. +377   

  

Whole Life Fitness on Facebook

4Feb

Hello, hope everyone is feeling happy and healthy today with at least 10 minutes of physical activity planned. Now the friendly reminder is over this is just a quick post to say that I have a facebook page which I … Continue reading

  

The health hazards of sitting

22Jan

I’ve added this to my news feed but I like it so much I’m going to repost it here so you all get to see it.. The Health Hazards of Sitting A tip to remind you to move more. The … Continue reading

  

Do you spend too much time sitting down?

15Jan

If so then here’s a great tip from one of the ladies who attends my Friday class. Set your alarm for every 30/45 minutes but, and this is the important bit, make sure you leave the alarm in another room … Continue reading

  

What do YOU want to change?

2Jan

So it’s the New Year and I’m a personal trainer so I’m going to talk all about resolutions and eating healthy and moving more. Nope. You get that in my blog the rest of the year. I’m not against resolutions, … Continue reading

  

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

16Dec

This is a visual lecture by Dr Mike Evans called 23 1/2 hours. If you have a spare 9 minutes and 18 seconds please watch it. The post 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can … Continue reading

  

Highest risk group for cardivascular disease was the metabolically unhealthy but normal weight participants

5Dec

As you may know there is  new research out which has caused the following headlines… “Being fit is no help if you’re fat as well: Scientists say healthy obesity does not exist”   Daily Mail, December 3 2013 “‘Healthy and overweight’ … Continue reading

  

Get Going Together

26Nov

Get Going Together is a health and wellbeing programme helping older people take part in physical activity. According to Age  UK (and me!) “Exercise brings physical and mental benefits and gives people the opportunity to socialise with others.”   It’s organised by Age … Continue reading

  

Winter warmer – Porridge

25Nov

Right I know I’m probably late to the party with this suggestion but the other week someone told me a new way to cook porridge and it’s DELICIOUS. It tastes like it has been made with cream and not semi-skimmed … Continue reading

  

Exercise acts as a drug

23Nov

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while physical activity saves it and preserves it” (Plato) Instead of writing a post I am just going to link to an article in the British Journal of Pharmacology, … Continue reading

  

10 tips to help you be healthy

20Nov

I understand that not everyone has the desire to make big changes to their lives, that a glass of wine with supper is one of life’s small pleasures and you may not want to run a 5k. However here are … Continue reading

  

Do you know one of the best forms of exercise for your health is free?

7Oct

Yes, FREE!!! and who doesn’t love a bargain? So what’s this secret exercise? Walking.  It can help transform people’s health according to The “Walking Works” report by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. “Walking works. It makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy … Continue reading

  

Exercise vs Drugs

2Oct

A study (the Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study) published recently in the British Medical Journal found that exercise could be as good as drugs for certain conditions. The conditions that were studied were secondary … Continue reading

  

Otago Exercise Programme to help prevent falls in older adults

18Apr

The Otago exercise programme was developed to help prevent falls in the older adult. It was researched and developed by the Falls Prevention Research Group at the University of Otago Medical School. The programme reduced the fall rate by 35 … Continue reading

  

Adding weight to your workout part 3 – The back

14Mar

Important muscles to exercise as we age are the upper back muscles to prevent that hunched over look where the chest muscles are too tight and the upper back muscles are weak. Exercises that don’t use any equipment to work … Continue reading

  

Adding weight to your workout. Part 2 – The Squat

26Feb

I am going to nominate the squat as one of the most important exercises you can do whether its the wall slide, body weight squat or squat with added weight. To prove how important it is one of the most … Continue reading

  

Adding Weight to your Workout at home – Part 1

20Dec

I was asked the following question after my (slightly ranty) post about celebrity trainers and weight training. “I’ve never thought about lifting weights. How does one get started, and how do you work into a cardiovascular work out?” Some people … Continue reading

  

Why women should lift heavy weights.

22Nov

Last week I bought a womans magazine. Now I gave up buying woman magazines about a year ago and both my bank balance and my attitude towards my body has thanked me. However this issue had a free nail polish … Continue reading

  

Four behaviours than can help you age successfully

8Nov

A report recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) shows that practising the following healthy behaviours in midlife (42–63 years of age) makes it significantly more likely people will stay healthy as they age. not smoking moderate alcohol … Continue reading

  

Why you should step outside.

13Sep

There is more to health than eating right and exercising. To be truly healthy you should have feelings of wellbeing, positivity and happiness with your life. If you have read my blog you will know how often I exhort getting … Continue reading

  

Why you should make exercise a priority as you age.

17Jul

A question has just been asked of me on Twitter: “How can I get my parents to ignore Homes Under The Hammer on tv screens at gym & focus on working out?” I tend to view exercise similarly to giving … Continue reading

  

Get active at your local gym for free on Tuesday 10 July!

2Jul

“Age UK in conjunction with Bannatynes, David Lloyd Leisure Ltd, LA fitness and Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre’s (including Greens Health and Fitness) present Age UK’s Gym Open Day on 10 July 2012. Go along to your local participating … Continue reading

  

So Aqua Aerobics, why?

14Jun

So Aqua Aerobics, why? There are a multitude of benefits of exercising in water instead of on land. The stress and strain on the body is reduced because waters density means  that 90% of a body’s weight is supported (if … Continue reading

  

Exercise Referral Schemes

7Jun

This post is going to talk me out of business but it was bought to my attention that not everyone is aware of what their GP can offer them in regards to support to increase physical activity. The GP Exercise Referral scheme … Continue reading

  

Muscle Monday – Grip Strength an indicator of life expectancy.

28May

  Unlike the biceps or the chest muscles the wrist flexor isn’t seen as a very sexy muscle (not many photos of men flexing their wrists around)  but the wrist flexor (flexor carpui radialis) is very important as it allows … Continue reading

  

Do you have difficulties getting out of a chair?

8May

The ability to stand up from a chair is a key skill to maintain independence and mobility. As you get older you lose strength in the hip and knee extensors which are the muscles that help straighten our legs. In this blog … Continue reading

  

The Importance Of Exercise As We Age

1May

The World Health Organisation identifies 50 years of age as the point in middle age at which engaging in regular physical exercise can prevent or delay the onset of many of the physical, psychological and social hazards that are associated … Continue reading