5 Ways to Self Medicate Stress and Anxiety

If you go out into Epping Forest today, you’re sure to spot one of our Fit School members self-medicating their stress or anxiety. Obviously there’ll be no actual pharmaceutical drugs involved, instead they’ll be conspicuous by running, cycling, walking, talking, thinking, listening or just being. There will also be a…

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101 Free and Fit (ish) days out with your kids

So you have your little darlings and you want to get out but there’s more to life (and fun with kids) than theme parks and traffic jams (not to mention cost to consider). We recently asked our Facebook Community for some top tips on days out (or mornings) with children in…

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How to Train Your Abs Whilst Pushing A Buggy

What if you could turn every day activities, like buggy pushing, nappy changing and food preparation into a mini workout? One of the biggest myths of post natal exercise is that you have to dedicate hours of each week to fitness classes and that if you aren’t a celebrity or someone…

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So This is Christmas. And What Have We Done?

It’s time for a little 2016 retrospective. Just what has the Fit School team achieved in 2016, in numbers? 1 charity marathon fitness day (Gina Morris’ next one is scheduled for 4th February, all welcome). 1 online Pilates programme – released in July. 1 article in the Guardian. 1 column…

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Hey You! You’re Doing Great.

Hey you – struggling with your business, parenting, your fitness, your [fill in the gap], this is a shout out from me, to you, to say: YOU’RE DOING GREAT! If you aren’t one for unbridled encouragement, switch browser windows now. If you possess that rare gift of unwavering resilience, you…

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Vintage Pilates: Why Age is No Barrier to Pilates

Age is no barrier to Pilates. It’s one of the lovely things about it. Pilates is fully inclusive. I’ve had participants from 8 to 80+ (younger if you count the odd 8 week old who attends with mummy in my post natal classes). BUT … for a while now I’ve…

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Why Does Pilates Make Me Fart? And How Not To.

It’s the dread of many attending their first Pilates class: Will I fart? Occasionally, even the most well bred and polite ladies accidentally let one go during the roll up. With 12 years of experience in front of a Pilates class, I’m here to de-mystify gas expulsions once and for all.…

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10 ways to shape up after the summer holidays

So you’ve survived six weeks (or more) of no school. You’ve possibly even enjoyed having the little nippers around. But when the kids go back to school, or sometimes even before, it’s not uncommon to notice a thicker waist-line, altered eating habits and a lack of motivation to move. Perhaps…

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10 Tips for a Happy Pregnancy

I’ve been a pregnancy and post natal Pilates and exercise expert for close to 12 years. Throughout this time I’ve trained women privately and in groups. I’ve coached group prenatal fitness but mainly prenatal Pilates. I’ve seen nearly 500 pregnancies, fairly up close and personal (as well has two of…

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Diastasis recti or abdominal separation. Can we fix it?

What is it? Diastasis recti (DR) is the medical way of saying abdominal separation. During pregnancy the line down the middle of your abdominals (the linea alba) will stretch to accommodate your growing uterus and baby. It often occurs to some degree during pregnancy but DR usually refers to abdominals…

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