If you have Osteoporosis "Be positive about what you CAN do rather than what you can't do!"

Definition: Osteoporosis is a medical condition where bones become brittle and fragile. It is sometimes known as 'the silent disease' as often you don't know you've got it unless you fratcure a bone even with a minor bump or fall. Loss of bone tissue can affect your posture leading to the muscles feeling achey.

There are plenty of Pilates exercises that someone with Osteoporosis can do e.g. Table Top, Plank, Arm Weights. Focus on those rather than getting annoyed with what you musn't do.

Pilates strengthens bones but helps improve general...

Stretching is an important part of any exercise plan and is often neglected in favour of strengthening and aerobic exercise. Stretching a muscle isn't about challenging it. Stretching creates length between the two attachment points of a muscle to release tension and keep the muscle from becoming shortened and prone to injury. 

Why Stretch?
  • Stretching keeps your muscles supple and improves your range of movement. This in turn, decreases your risk of injury when you do sport or other activities such as gardening
  • Stretching prepares the muscles for sport. A pre-stretched muscle resists stress better than an un-stretched...

How many excuses can we come up with to avoid doing exercise, even though we know we will feel better for it afterwards?

Here are 10 simple steps to get motivated for Pilates

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started". Mark Twain

1. Choose your Goal. To achieve you have to know what it is you're aiming for. Why do you want to exercise? Perhaps it helps your back or you want to get toned for your holiday. Reminding yourself of your goal each time you procrastinate is motivation in itself.

2. Make your Goals Achievable. Make your goal realistic. It's better to set several small goals which ultimately lead to a bigger goal....

Fat is Back!

This isn't a title one expects from me as fat isn't generally associated with healthy living. The "Food Programme" on Radio 4 last week, titled "A Fat Lot of Good" revealed how scientists have come up with data showing that saturated fats aren't the demons we are all led to believe.

Dr. Michael Mosley has recently looked into how the composition of saturated and polyunsaturated fats change when heated with food. He collected oils after cooking and sent them off to a laboratory for analysis. The results showed that some oils produce high levels of dangerous aldehydes.

Different oils produce these aldehydes in varying...

I recently went on a foraging course and have become fascinated by the varying uses of nettles. I'd heard of people making nettle soup and tea but it was all rather weird for me. However,  one recent evening, when I realised that the cupboard was empty, I thought I would go and collect some nettles, make some soup and give it a try. Nettles apparently contain more calcium than cheese, more iron than spinach, more Vit C than any other vegetable so what could be more nutritous. Being edible doesn't necessarly mean 'tasty' though but I was prepared to see for myself.

When collecting nettles you only pick the crown or top 6 leaves of...