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How long does it really take your body to recover after pregnancy?

The female body takes time to recover after 9 months of growing a person and squeezing it out of a very small hole, or even out of the sun roof. But just how long? Weeks, months or years? The doctor can sign you off as soon as six weeks post birth when initial recovery has […]

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Outdoor exercise – why it’s so good for you!

Exercising outdoors makes you happier Huffing and puffing your way round the park may not sound like an instant mood-booster – but research suggests otherwise. Just five minutes of exercise in a ‘green space’ – such as your local park – is enough to make you feel happier and less stressed, according to recent research, […]

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Postnatal Exercise for the first 6 weeks

I am often asked ‘what exercise can I do in the first 6 weeks after birth?’.  While it isn’t advised to begin a formal exercise programme, there are still some things you can do to give yourself a head-start back into fitness.  Here are some common questions and answers: Do I need to exercise in […]

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What’s the best exercise to flatten your tummy?

This is the most common question I get asked – ‘What’s the best exercise to flatten your tummy?’ There are lots of exercises that will help strengthen your core muscles. But no amount of situps will flatten a flabby belly – a flatter stomach will come from one thing….. GOOD NUTRITION! All the sit ups […]

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Rebuilding Your Core After Pregnancy

A common concern among new mothers is how to get rid of their jelly bellies and regain flatter, more toned stomachs. For some women, re-strengthening their core seems an easy task, but for most it is an uphill battle that takes many months, even years. With proper exercise and diet the process is not as […]

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Postnatal Depression

I really wanted to post something about this, as it is something that I and 2 of my close friends have suffered with.  At 17 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby Niamh (who is now about to start Reception!) I started to suffer with horrific lower back pain. I went to see my GP and […]

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A great blog from Burrell Education re the Perfect Breakfast!

OK, so I think we’re all on the same page regarding…..BREAKFAST?  Basically, if you start the day with a sweet, carbohydrate dominant breakfast like cereal, orange juice, toast and jam etc., guess what?  You’ll crave carbs and sugar ALL DAY LONG!  The more you eat, the more you want!  And unlike the governments FOOD PYRAMID […]

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What we mean by ‘the core’

So many times we hear this term bandied around and I know I use it ALL THE TIME in classes and sessions! “I want to strengthen my core” “engage your core” “my osteo says I need to work on my core” “I’m doing Pilates to work my core” sounds familiar?! But what is ‘the core’ […]

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