Posts made in March, 2016


Mel Collie |Lies in the Fitness Industry Theres so many lies in the fitness industry, so many, I don’t know where to begin, I’m also worried that once I start ranting about them, I won’t stop and might just bore you to tears…so I will limit this post to just 3 of the main ones that really get to me: Adverts – if you believe the hype you need to wake up . Theres a company currently selling a thick double belt that you wrap around your waist to hold in your fat and make you appear slimmer. FFS. The tightness of this belt will compress and disturb your breathing patterns, and you will use your neck muscles to breathe, creating pain and dysfunction in your neck and lower back..expect that to happen if you buy it. Expect, also, to lower your self esteem even further by thinking that you will be a better person by being slimmer. Accept yourself as you are. Then change anything you want to by moving your body, its designed for that, rather than paying just under £20 for a belt that wont help you out at all…however, if you find movement difficult because of your size, start with changing your brainiest, your thoughts. This post hasn’t got the scope to discuss that in depth, but it doesn’t have to be complex, it does though involve a lot of realisation and acceptance, which can be really tough to do, if you choose to see it that way, many of us choose the path of least resistance , making excuses, blaming others, finding comfort in eating, realising that theres no one else to blame expect ourselves is a tough and bitter pill to swallow. Byron Katies work on managing your thoughts and beliefs and having realisations that will rock your world are available for free on her website and many videos on You Tube plus her books are very helpful – Loving What Is could just change your life. Once you realise something though, accepting it and releasing it can be the hard lessons.There could be tears shed along the way, but remember, to climb the mountain and get to the summit, you have to earn it, train, research, accept truths that flip flops and shorts aren’t the things to wear and you have to invest in some real equipment, ask those who have already been there and done it, ask for help, take the bits that work, discard the rest…every journey to the summit starts with one step, and each step takes your further to your goal, those steps are the most important, don’t...

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Mel Collie | 3 Ways to Reduce Belly Fat Firstly though, do you really want to reduce belly fat for yourself, or for someone else, because knowing why you want to achieve something and what it takes to get there are the real reasons you stick at something, show up when you don’t feel like it, realise that you will come across obstacles,life will get in the way and its not as easy as the celebs say on the dvd… Effort. Yes you need effort, realisation and a passion to really want this, willpower doesn’t work, it will fail you and you will reach for sugar and cancel your training sessions. Motivation , a passion and real reason behind your WHY is your key to sticking to your goal, you need more than “I just want to lose my belly”…peel the onion, peel back the layers and ask yourself why you want to…is it because you want to look great naked with the lights on in the bedroom…if so, why is that, so your other half will still fancy you, do you believe they wont fancy you if you have a belly, do they tell you that, is that thought true, if it is, who made you feel like that? This kind of peeling back the layers can be very painful, and induce tears sometimes, so be prepared to face your real truth, its liberating…but a bumpy ride for many of us as we face reality. Working in is just as important as working out. Shame really that sex sells…and things like meditation and breathing done make as much money, however, the tide has started to turn and people are seeking some peace and quiet in their lives. Belly fat stores cortisol, released from the arenal glands which sit on top of your kidneys, this means stubborn belly fat wont budge until you calm it down a bit. Working out for longer and every day may not cut it for you, might have done when you were younger, but if you are now stressed, hate your job, have low self esteem, think you aren’t worthy, menopausal and don’t celebrate the fact that you are alive and love your planet, then cortisol just might hanging around for too long. Yes we need that hormone, but not too much of it. Working in means breathing slowly and deeply a few times before you eat, touching your lips stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps with rest and digesting food, taking a 20 minutes walk everyday, loving sex with your other half (if you are single then yes, masturbation also helps reduce...

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Mel Collie | What should you have for breakfast? We want cheats and short cuts towards a leaner healthier body. As a health and fitness consultant, one of the common questions is ‘What should I eat for breakfast? ” As you a dieter, always searching for the solution to your problem, cutting foods, exercising more, wanting fast results in the shortest amount of time…is a dieters approach which you may have done before, and found yourself back at square one again. Frustrating isn’t it? Body change is not linear or predictable…nor is it fair…damn it! You are unique, I’ve said that to you before though… because its true. It takes time, change takes time, and effort, and your results will be different to your best friends efforts or even those results you got last time. Because life has changed, you may have more stress now – with the kids, the house, the job, your relationships, your finances have changed…all these everyday life things affect your hormones which in turn affect your cravings and energy levels. Your metabolism changes all the time, its not static, the world turns, things change, always.That means you change, every day, you are never the same person twice. Be flexible in your approach to your diet, your lifestyle, your mindset because you don’t want a one size fits all approach..you are different. Accept that, then you can truly untie the knots and listen to what your body is saying, what cravings are, if your sleep isn’t happening…why, if you are hungry after eating a carb rich breakfast …why, if you are tired after eating a sandwich at lunch time..why, if drinking coffee is a must to keep you awake and get you going in the morning…why.. Know what your struggles are, where it falls down and begin your journey of being a detective. I’m not a breakfast person, Im not hungry in the morning, if I do have breakfast I would like to have protein(eggs – omelette/scrambled/poached) and greens (kale/watercress/spinach)- because they fill me up and keep me full until late lunchtime – thats 1 or 2pm, and even then I’m not feeling so hungry that I feel I have to eat something, I can go on until dinner and not eat, just drinking water to keep me hydrated. This means that the protein and carbs I’ve eaten has kept my cravings and energy in check, I’ve found what works for me. These are my personal preferences, doesn’t mean that it works for you though, you have to be a detective and find out what works for you. Awareness is key, because you do what...

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Mel Collie |Is Plantar Fascia Just a Symptom? Your feet are hurting , maybe your heel is burning and keeps you awake at night, it could possibly be a plantar fascia issue..   You used to rub a tennis ball over the fascia and that did the trick…for a while, but it always came back.   It may be a simple test, but when I assess you for plantar fascia, I will look at your single leg stance.   What happens when you stand on one leg.   What happens to the foot, does it roll in or out, what happens to your toes..do they scrunch up?   Does the same thing happen on the other foot?   Do the muscles in your toes seek stability, they are probably doing that if they scrunch up, grabbing at the floor with the tips?   What happening to your big toe? Does it lift up, lose contact with the floor?   What is happening further up the chain, in the shin, the calf, the thigh, the glutes..the neck and the head.   Very often the foot pain is a symptom, and rather than place a plaster over it, would you like to know why , find the cause, deal with it and then understand the “why”? Our bodies are so amazing at compensating, that we don’t even realise it. Quite fascinating.   The patterns it has, the patterns that change, through injury or just bad movement habits picked up over the years, the brain will choose the path of least resistance.   Its my work to unravel the pieces and put back the jigsaw, but without guessing or going by the text book. By testing your bodies compensations and finding out its “why”. Because we are all unique.   Single leg stance testing  – its my favourite “go to” test to unravel a puzzle. You can try it out on yourself, you may find one foot pronates – flattens, you may find the other one supinates, lifts up, the arch increases. The muscles in the foot start in the lower leg. You may find the outer shin muscles can be quite tender to massage, its a good place to start though, by massaging the tender areas, it will feel like you are pressing on a bruise, for 2 minutes, be gentle though, until you feel the high toned area begin to “give” a little, then increase the pressure a little more. After 2 minutes, do a glute strength exercise, a standing donkey kick is a good one. Bending the knee, and kicking back to the wall behind, with a flat foot,...

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