Fighting Fit in Pregnancy & Beyond: Part I The First Trimester

Those who know me from my clinic will know how passionate I am about getting our bodies aligned so that they can resist the strains and pressures of our active lives, keeping us feeling well and pain free.  It is especially the case with women who have had children.  I cannot count the number of women I see who have musculo-skeletal problems, pelvic floor dysfunction or pain that link back to how they hold their bodies.  We dig a little deeper and they often trace right back to when they were pregnant.  ‘Oh my body is just trashed since I had the baby’ is not an acceptable state.  Either are Tena Lights for life – no ‘Oops’ moments please.   Yes, your body goes through huge amounts of change during those 9 months but how many women have the time or inclination to get their real ‘pre baby’ body back?  Focus is on weight loss, but focus needs to be wider than this.  We need to get aligned again so we can stand tall and strong against gravity and all that life throws at us.

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Self Help Sunday: Self ‘Energise’

While enjoying the balmy 18 degrees of sunshine in London today I bumped into an unusual character  – an American Bull Snake on the 10th tee box at Chingford Golf Club… seriously!! (see picture for proof!)  Kind of freaked out I asked the man sitting looking at him if he would be scared and bite me if I hit the ball when he duly informed me that there was no risk as his snake was simply ‘energising’ himself in the sun and was feeling pretty lethargic after a long winter.
What a thought?  Is that all its takes to ‘energise’ ourselves? If you were lucky enough to be out in that sunshine today I bet you are feeling energised, awake and quietly content right now?  Who didn’t smile when they felt those warm rays on their skin today?  Well I certainly did.

Sunshine is a natural anti-depressant, it raises serotonin levels reducing stress, anxiety and leaving us with that ‘feel good’ factor.  It can be hard coming out of our winter shell.  We, like the snake have maybe been feeling slugglish of late, a little down, tired or cranky but we have the ability to lift ourselves up and out of this slump and face Spring with a bounce in our step.
In case you are not convinced here are some awesome reasons why  a good walk in the Sunshine is the easiest way to improve your well being:
   ~ Sunshine increases the oxygen levels in our blood and the delivery of oxygen to the tissues of the body helping to keep our muscles feeling good and filled with energy.
   ~ Sunshine increases vitamin D levels in the body which in turn helps us absorb calcium, making our bones stronger.
  ~ Sunshine helps the body heal and can even kill bacteria! A natural disinfectant.
  ~ Sunshine boosts your immune system helping you to keep the sniffles at bay.
  ~ There is even some research pointing to Sunshine reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
I think that is reason enough to get outside and make the most of the Spring sunshine, don’t you?
See you next Sunday!