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Overcoming Exercise Barriers in South Asian women

According to statistics , as a woman, over 40, a member of the BME community, of South Asian heritage and Muslim, I should be as good as stationary! But let’s be fair, it’s not just Asian women that are not active enough, trends indicate that women on the whole just don’t get enough exercise to […]

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Exercise in Ramadan: a Rough Guide

EXERCISE IN RAMADAN Ramadan is a perfect opportunity to “reset” oneself mentally, physically and spiritually. These three pillars of health are intertwined, each one profoundly affecting the other and rarely does a chance arise where we can attend to all three together! Before going into detail, some basics facts to be aware of: Ramadan is […]

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Healthy Eating in Ramadan

The guidance for diet in Ramadan is no different from a generally healthy diet any other time of the year but the key is to start planning well before Ramadan commences. You can find some tips on planning here However,some tips specifically to reduce the risk of complications during fasting can be found below. The […]

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Stay Calm: Plan for Ramadan

  Making small adjustments to your lifestyle and being mindful of your food choices and eating habits 4-8 weeks before Ramadan begins will empower you to change unhealthy habits.  Not only will that help reduce the risk of weight gain during and after Ramadan but also increase the spiritual benefits of the holy month. If […]

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Laughter is Medicine

Laughter Yoga and the Happy-Loop Today I learnt something new: You can “fake it” and it still feels like the real thing! Laughter, that is! Thanks to GINA, an awesome new social enterprise, I was able to experience my very first Laughter Yoga session. The session was led by Sandra Wathall of Laughing Hearts, based […]

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BMC Equity Symposium 2014: Breaking Down the Barriers

I have just returned from attending a weekend long symposium held by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). I am invigorated and enthused with new ideas. The BMC are committed to help with addressing the barriers facing the most underrepresented groups, namely women and girls, people with learning disabilities and those from black and ethnic minority […]

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Women’s Charity Bootcamp Challenge

We are really excited to be collaborating with Orphans in Need to bring you  a fabulous fitness challenge all while raising vital funds for young children in desparate conditions around the world. What better way to spend just ONE hour of your time!! When:  Saturday 12th April 3:30-5pm and Sunday 13th April 11am-12.30pm Where: Bodytone […]

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Walking with Kids

It started about 5years ago Me: “Right kiddies, we’re walking to school!” Kids: “Noooo, muuuum, do we have to?” So, the odds were stacked against me. Two children age 6 and 9, the Great British weather, a 30 minute walk, and a school where 98% of the pupils were driven there.But, I was determined and […]

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Stop stressing! A Quick(ish) guide to managing stress

The other day, I asked a GP friend of mine what, in his opinion and experience, was the biggest risk factor to bad health generally. I expected him to say smoking, or obesity , perhaps lack of exercise but without hesitation he said “stress”. It got me thinking and stressing about stress and how it […]

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A Clinical study in understanding and promoting Physical Activity in South Asian women by Sonia Begum (Msc Health Psychology)

Guest blog by Sonia Begum (Msc health Psychology , Aston University) Using a combined intervention to understand and promote physical activity among the South Asian population  Motivation to exercise can be a huge challenge! However there are so many ways people can do this, for example, reminding oneself of all the various health benefits of […]

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