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Reflections on the journey to race day

Guest Blog: Written by Fozia Roked, paediatrician interested in high dependency care, mum, born and bred in Birmingham. Interests: human factors in NHS, baking, war journalism, sports.    6 months ago, we brainstormed ideas for a ladies challenge to raise money for The Olton Project. We had some doubts; how many people would actually sign […]

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TOP Session 4: Reflections.

I can’t believe it’s nearly the big day. Thanks to Fozia for taking the 4th training session all the way up to Sutton park and giving everyone an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the route. Fab work. I’d like to bring this little period of movement, connection and community to an end with a practice […]

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Holistic Resolutions:Taking it Deeper

It’s time. The energies of Winter have naturally drawn us inward.Rest,recuperation and reflection seem to come easily. And after the shortest day of the year, we really feel the trek towards a new year has truly begun.We feel the pull towards the growth and vitality of spring. And so it is only natural that we […]

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Move your Body

I’m not anti-gym…no I started there…but my goodness, I ain’t going to stay there…and God forbid, end there! Being within the fitness world and industry and yet far enough out of it to see it for what it is, I can honestly say that we have developed a really warped way of looking at how […]

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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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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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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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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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