Asthma & COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

As a L4 Exercise Specialist, I work with clients on the Active for Health Exercise Referral Scheme in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.  I am also having my work validated in a research project with Sheffield Hallam University.  One of the pathways being studied is COPD and Asthma.  Here I share some stats, signs, symptoms, pathophysiology, medications, and exercise benefits and guidelines for both of these diseases. If you are a L2 Fitness Instructor or L3 Personal Trainer, I encourage you to gain the L3 Exercise Referral qualification (Envisage offer a great course - and the…continue reading →

High cholesterol levels & high blood pressure

Cardiovascular Disease – today’s modern society has brought about many positives, but it’s also created the perfect environment for cardiovascular disease (CVD) to increase.  The cardiovascular system has the essential role of supplying the body with oxygen and nutrients to support life.  However, this system is being destroyed by excessive food consumption and inactivity. There are many different aspects of CVD – in this article I will cover Hypercholesterolemia (high levels of cholesterol in the blood), and Hypertension (high blood pressure). I’ll give you some stats, look at signs & symptoms, risk factors,…continue reading →

Long-term medical condition? Exercise helps!

I currently work as a L4 Exercise Referral Specialist (Obesity, Diabetes, MSK / Low Back Pain, and Falls Prevention / Postural Assessment) on an Exercise Referral Scheme (Active for Health) in Rotherham.  Before this job, I worked as a Personal Trainer in two Sheffield gyms.  I came across many, many members who had chronic (long term) conditions. I achieved my Exercise Referral qualification with Envisage, and now teach the course with them. Through my L3 Exercise Referral knowledge, I enjoy helping clients to get fitter and healthier with condition-specific exercises. The L3 Exercise…continue reading →

‘Out of Control?’

Today is Day 10 – thankfully the last one – of my enforced ‘posturing’ following major surgery to reattach my right retina.  Posturing involves lying on my left side for 45 mins out of EVERY hour during the day, and sleeping on my left side at night. The 15 min breaks I get every hour, I have taken to calling my ‘party time’.  These highlights are meticulously planned so that I can fit as much of normal everyday life in to them: meal prep; eating; drinking coffee; toilet breaks; eye drops; painkillers; social…continue reading →

“Oh no, I’ve blown it AGAIN!”

“Oh no, I’ve blown it AGAIN!!” - Ponderings on Catastrophic Thinking So, 18 days into this New Year, how’s it going?  If you made any New Year Resolutions (as opposed to Solutions), then I suspect you may have already blown them and totally given up on the initial resolution.  That diet, which was going to get you your dream body, isn’t working out at all now; you’re back smoking the cigarettes; ‘dry-January’ is getting rather wet; and as for that new gym membership – well the card is at least being put to…continue reading →

Solutions, not Resolutions

Yesterday, New Year’s Eve, my dad had a double heart bypass operation.  I’ve seen him twice since his op, and I’m very grateful and in awe of the superb care and attention shown to him by the nurses, doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists, and everyone else involved in his recovery.  We are truly blessed to have the NHS here in the UK. On the way in to visit him today, I bought a copy of the Daily Mail (other papers are available!).  On page 9 was a short interview with Elle Macpherson. One sentence in…continue reading →

Obesity – the biggest threat to women’s health

So, today saw the Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies give an interview to the BBC about women's health.  The headline read "Obesity - the biggest threat to women's health".  This caught my eye for three main reasons: a) I'm a woman, b) I used to be morbidly obese with a BMI of 52, c) I specialise in helping women who are overweight and obese to become fitter and healthier. According to the statistics she gave, 62% of women aged between 45yrs and 54yrs are either overweight or obese.  What does that mean…continue reading →