Should you be on the road alone?

Should you be on the road alone?

The Fitness Concierge mantra is simple….

EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

My experience is that people have always spent a lot of energy, time and money on trying to do more for their health, fitness and mental wellbeing. They are prepared to throw money at things that MAKE THEM ENGAGE. They feel motivation is what they need.

In the past it was Keep Fit Classes, Toning Tables, Slimming Groups, Expensive Health Club Memberships, Workout DVD’s. Now it’s cheaper gym memberships, YouTube, Live Streaming, Easy to access Personal Trainers, Supplements, Home Workouts and Food Tracking Apps.

What is apparent is that many of the people that have engaged in these things on and off for months, years, even decades for some. Have still not achieved the result that they are striving for. Many dislike the whole thing or go through love and hate phases. On top of that the people described above often have very little detailed knowledge about the subject at hand. Despite all of this investment in time and money. I think this is in some part down to the fitness industry failing people more and more. You Sign Up (Engage) and are often left with very little education on the How, What, Why, When. Although personal accountability is a major factor. GO AND FIND OUT if it is important to you.

Can you imagine having a driving instructor for LIFE!

Can you imagine never absorbing enough information or being educated and empowered enough to be given the freedom of choice to pass your test and go out in to the world. Imagine not being educated to a level of believing in yourself and knowing that you can adapt to whatever each journey and fellow driver throws at you?

What would it be like to have such limited knowledge about the task at hand that staying safe and accepting that some journeys just take longer than others never crossed your mind. What if you were sent out on your own soo naive that you couldn’t accept that some things are out of your control no matter how much you try short cuts your friends have used before. They just don’t work for everyone every time.

This is why i prioritise the EDUCATION process to get people through their test at the right time for them. Not everyone passes their attempt at achieving their goal first time and many insist on jumping straight in to the test with no lessons. Even if they fluke a pass they are certainly not set up for long term success. Once well educated and passed I find it beneficial to let people find their way with all of the tools needed to be self confident, low risk to others (no mood swings from lack of happiness) and able to choose what speed to go from A to B without consequences that are not in their own best interests.

Some people learned to drive years ago and have had a long time off of the road. Now they are ready to drive again they find the dynamics of the road and technology to get us from A to B have changed dramatically. Very daunting. Most would not consider hiring an instructor to show them the new methods even though it is going to be more efficient. They passed their test before. The ego gets in the way, they “know it all” and although they encounter frustrations daily and may even have to regularly adjust or abandon their plans to avoid embarrassment. They continue to muddle through alone.

☝🏾 This is most peoples health and fitness journey.

Lack of knowledge creates fear, Fear brings anxiety and anxiety is a huge barrier to people getting to where they really want to be. Getting educated around your goals and the various methods/options to getting there. Getting comfortable with the details at your own pace, removing the fear and approaching the journey without anxiety. Will mean you will embrace every step of the way to arriving at your destination stress free and smiling.

Learning is K.E.Y

KEEP

EDUCATING

YOURSELF

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Guest blog from Robert Pettingell, Osteopath , Pilates teacher and level 2 triathlete coach

Guest blog from Robert Pettingell, Osteopath , Pilates teacher and level 2 triathlete coach

So, what do I do as an Osteopath? Most people associate Osteopaths with bad backs, but in fact Osteopaths deal with all musculoskeletal problems.

As osteopaths we look to treat globally/ holistically that is, we will look at your general health and environment and see if and what you are doing at work, home or play is contributing to your problem.

When assessing your musculoskeletal problem we aim to look at the presenting symptoms but also the chain of muscles and joints above and below that area, for example if someone has a knee issue, examinations of the hips and lower back will also be undertaken as well as looking at the ankles and feet. These examinations both active (patient does the movements) and passive (practitioner moves the patient) as well as a detailed case history allows us to piece together not only why the injury occurred but why it maybe being maintained and not allowing the body to recovery. Our treatment strategies combine soft tissue massage, articulation of joints and HVT (high velocity thrusts- or the clicks you may associate with osteopaths!). These techniques aim to help the body’s natural process of recovery by decreasing pain (leading to increase movement and exercise), increase range of movement and improving blood/ fluid flow.

As a Pilates teacher and triathlete, I’m very keen on the patients doing flexibility and strengthening exercises to aid their rehabilitation and hence get back to work and sport as soon as possible.

How does osteopathy compare to physiotherapy and chiropractors?

Our treatment differs from chiropractors who look to make adjustments and treatment to aim to get a patient to a structural norm, whereas osteopaths look at the structure and function of each individual patient in a more global perspective. As osteopaths we look at factors that may maintain or predispose the injury and how we change these as well as the injury itself.

Both osteopaths and chiropractors normally are more ‘hands on’ than physio therapists, who do some soft tissue massage work and may use electrotherapy but mainly use exercise prescription for stretching and strengthening.

All three of these have cross overs and each practitioner will be different, some osteopaths work like physios, some chiropractors work like osteopaths and some physios work like chiropractors!

An Osteopath would have completed a 4 year full time degree, this full-time undergraduate programme equips students the underpinning knowledge, hands-on experience and multidisciplinary teamwork needed to be a competent osteopath.

Robert’s clinics are based in High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Long Crendon

www.castlestreetclinic.net

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Guest Blog from Nichola Shuttle Health and wellness coach and GB age group sprint triathlete

Guest Blog from Nichola Shuttle Health and wellness coach and GB age group sprint triathlete

“When you find what ‘smart’ eating means to you and how best you might like to move your body around, you set yourself up for a foundation of strength from which to ‘jump start’ each day”. Quote Nichola Shuttle Health and wellness coach and GB age group sprint triathlete…

I know that when I get these two elements right, it helps me to feel healthy, strong, positive and confident. I can’t ‘buy’ these feelings, but I can work on trying to find ways to release them because they are important to me and make me feel happy. I use this ‘integrative’ approach to be the best person I can be, to myself and others around me. When I feel seriously good about life, I know I can achieve anything, I feel less phased by the ‘uncontrollable’ and surround myself with a life that enhances my own existence. Immersing myself with family and friends who make me laugh and smile are just as important as what I eat and how I stay active. These connections are really important to me, they help me feel passionate about my beliefs and have become the underlying features of my life.

I am a GB age group sprint triathlete. I train between 2 to 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. I follow a training programme set by my coach that helps me try and achieve my goals so that I feel fully prepared to compete in races such as the European and World championships.

In order to support the energy I use each day, rest, repair and sleep well, I have to find a way to eat that nourishes me and my sport. I am still learning and playing around with what works best, it’s an ongoing experiment that forces me to review my habits regularly in order to feel ‘supersonic’ and try to perform to a high standard. 

Nourishing the body on the inside is paramount… as is nourishing on the outside!

Your skin is your biggest organ, using natural, environmentally friendly skin care, in my view is the ‘icing on the cake’, if you’ve worked hard to support yourself on the inside, don’t stop there… give your body what it deserves. I recommend ‘tigsandmoonaturalskincare’ who are dedicated to using products that are natural, trustworthy and do an excellent job! No harmful chemicals, no rubbish, just nature as it should be. 

The above is a small window into what helps me feel purposeful and what is important to me. If you resonate with any small feature of what I have written about or are wondering how to be your best version of yourself, please contact me at:

nichola@nourishlifelondon.co.uk 

or find me on Instagram

Nourish life London

I am a health and wellness coach and just love trying to help people find their purpose and passion for life.

Author Nichola Shuttle

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