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Thai Temple Bunny Hops Challenge

This Summer I shall attempt to bunny hop to the top of the temple steps at  "Wat Phra That Doi Suthep" in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The steps are very steep and extremely long. There are 309 steps, this combined with 36°C and oppressive humidity should make this task very challenging. This mad nonsense will be posted to YouTube upon my return in August. If you find yourself in Asia this summer why not give it a go or better still find a temple with even longer steps and beat me.  

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What is the overhead Squat good for?

overhead press

I'm sure a lot of my clients wonder why I make them do the overhead squat, so here it is in a nutshell. MOBILITY AND STABILITY If you suffer with any of the following: A rigid thoracic spine that can't extend. A weak core. Inflexible hips, knees, and ankles or  pectorals that pull the shoulders and upper back forward. Then doing overhead squats can  help relieve these issues and make your body limber. THORACIC EXTENSION Most people sit hunched over a desk all day, this puts your torso into constant flexion, your shoulders and scapulae are pulled forward, making it uncomfortable when your arms are behind your head.

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Why Diets Don’t Work

Why Diets don't work

The problem with diets is that they invariably restrict the intake of certain food types (e.g. Carbohydrates). This leaves your body starved of energy and so it starts to break down your fat reserves to make up for the shortfall in your diet. This sounds great in principle and achieves the desired weight loss. BUT: To stay on these diets for long periods of time can leave you feeling tired all the time and be detrimental to your health. Moreover when you come off the diet your body says to itself “hello, carbohydrate… I haven’t had that for a while…I’d

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Benefits of eating Pearl Barley

Pearl barley and vegetable soup

So what are the benefits of eating Pearl Barley? Barley is a good source of molybdenum, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, dietary fibre, and selenium, copper, vitamin B1 and niacin. The Propionic acid produced from barley’s insoluble fibre may also be partly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of fibre. In animal studies, Propionic acid has been shown to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol by the liver. By lowering the activity of this enzyme, Propionic acid helps lower blood cholesterol levels. Barley Benefits for Post menopausal Women Eating a serving of whole grains, such as barley, at

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Good News for Red Wine Drinkers

Red Wine

Red Wine is high in resveratrol—a natural compound that lowers *LDL, raises *HDL, and prevents blood clots—red wine can truly be a lifesaver. A recent review in Alcoholism suggests that resveratrol may prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease. But limit your intake to two drinks a day. According to a study of 6,000 patients in the Journal of the American Medical Association, you’re 97 percent more likely to reach your 85th birthday if you keep your daily alcohol consumption to fewer than three drinks. Red wine is also a rich source of flavonoids, antioxidants that help protect the

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8 Super Foods – antioxidants

8 Super Foods kiwi fruit are a great source of vitamin C – even better than an orange when compared weight for weight. Kiwi fruit also contains vitamin K, potassium and magnesium. watercress is brimming with beneficial B vitamins and minerals such as iron and calcium. It’s a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, flavonoids, beta-carotene and glucosinolates which are believed to have a range of possible anti-cancer effects. It also contains some vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E. Mix them with pumpkin seeds for a healthy blend of beneficial omega-6 and omega-3 fats.

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