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Decolonising Fitness: Reclaiming Health

I’m a British Pakistani, a Muslim mum, a middle-aged, brown-skinned, softly curved woman, a fitness professional, an exercise instructor and wellness educator. Where do I fit in this industry of fitness and health? As Women of Colour (WOC) it’s time to have a conversation about the challenges we face and how we could work together […]

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Salat: A Mindful Movement Therapy

It has been known for centuries that certain practices form the basis of good health and happiness. Yogis do Yoga, Taoist do TaiChi, Sufis Spin. Whether it is defined as a philosophy or a religion or a set of rules, every practice has a commonality, that is, to delve deep into understanding how to accept […]

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Exercise in Ramadan: an alternative view.

It’s a question that gets asked a lot….”exercise during Ramadan?”  Google it and you will see a hundered posts on the benefits of maintaining your exercise regime (if not a little reduced), the best times to workout, the best type of workout,the best pre workout snack, post workout protein etc etc….hey Ive even written a […]

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Breathe Calm

The breath is the most powerful tool to help control how you feel .There is no right way to breathe. But in modern society we have developed poor breathing patterns in response to the stresses and strains of life, high levels of inactivity, too much sitting and a general lack of awareness at the importance […]

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The Power of Swimming

  Dip into the cool water Become aware of the temperature against your skin Settle, and start to move, gently cutting through the water Find a steady rhythm in body and breath And soon you begin to to feel it…the flow The external noise subsides, stiffness in the body releases, the stresses of the mind […]

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What Should I Eat? Food, Simplified.

What should I eat? Paleo? Primal? Low carb, low fat, low carb +low fat (NO!) high fat +low carb, Atkins, raw, vegan, GI, Macro-tracking, calorie-counting, intermittent fasting?????? No wonder we are confused. Conflicting messages and TOO MUCH INFORMATION. While trying to absorb it all and follow plans and diets, in reality our daily food choices […]

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Is Yoga an exercise?

Today someone asked me something. It blew my mind. So much so that I’ve taken to my blog. Its been a while..blogging. “Is Yoga actually an exercise? It’s too slow and it’s just stretching.” Wow, I thought. It took me a moment to just digest the question. How far removed from the concept of inner […]

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Walking Works for Exams

Those who know me know how I feel about walking. It is the most perfect form of exercise. Not just because its free and acheivable for most of us, or good for the imagination and creativity, or stress-relieving…NO, its because, done properly it loads the joints perfectly, with just the right amount of impact, not […]

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Exercise Manmade

I recently had the privilege of delivering a workshop as part of the innovative Manmade programme designed by Terry Rigby from Forward for Life. And I say privilege because I feel I have been part of something quite amazing; a service that focusses on delivering health and wellbeing awareness to an often over-looked group – […]

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Free Exercise Classes this March

We are really proud to announce that thanks to funding from Sport England and the #ThisGirlCan campaign, Bloomin Health is putting on a few free exercise classes to give you a chance to try something new. iFitWalk @ Highfield Community Club,Highfield rd, HallGreen B28 0HS Indoor walking workouts to Bollywood, Bhangra, Afro and Pop beats […]

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