#nationalfitnessday

#nationalfitnessday.
Age 64.
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Its important to stay flexible as you grow older.
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Not necessarily as flexible as myself as I have hyper-mobility which is not a good thing so I have to be careful to not over-stretch.
Especially as I had a hip resurface ( like Andy Murray) a few years ago.
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However exercising, stretching and moving every day, even if its just a 20 min dog walk will make a difference to your body, how you feel and also your mental health.
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Age 64.
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Its important to stay flexible as you grow older.
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Not necessarily as flexible as myself as I have hyper-mobility which is not a good thing so I have to be careful to not over-stretch.
Especially as I had a hip resurface ( like Andy Murray) a few years ago.
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However exercising, stretching and moving every day, even if its just a 20 min dog walk will make a difference to your body, how you feel and also your mental health.
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My old body feels and moves so much better when I do a minimum of 1 Pilates class a week

My old body feels and moves so much better when I do a minimum of 1 Pilates class a week. .
3 classes would be optimum but when both work and social life is busy, it's difficult to fit everything in and motivation to get up at 6am for a 7am class is less strong after a few consecutive nights out and just a glass or two of rose. ......
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Reformer Pilates Scissors exercise using only one strap at a time for core stability, abs and hip flexors.
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Making sure that the hips stay still, back stays in neutral and lower abs and glutes remain switched on. .
With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios
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3 classes would be optimum but when both work and social life is busy, it’s difficult to fit everything in and motivation to get up at 6am for a 7am class is less strong after a few consecutive nights out and just a glass or two of rose. ……
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Reformer Pilates Scissors exercise using only one strap at a time for core stability, abs and hip flexors.
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Making sure that the hips stay still, back stays in neutral and lower abs and glutes remain switched on. .
With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios
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Wednesday

Wednesday.
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Strong, optimistic, positive and ready to face the day. .
#positivity,

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Strong, optimistic, positive and ready to face the day. .
#positivity,

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Still keeping supple at age 64

Still keeping supple at age 64.
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Not necessarily the most flattering position but hey... at least the body is still mobile, even with the left hip re-surfaced a few years ago and various other injuries.
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For my fitness regime I try to do Pilates, mat or reformer, 3 times a week. Anything else is in addition or if I can't get to a Pilates class.
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My Pilates posts aren't always real time so don't believe I am a fitness fanatic and exercising every single day - I'm not! .
If I'm in the Isle of Wight I love to horse ride on the beach.
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I also do occasional dance classes which can help memory as well as fitness, as  concentration is needed to remember routines.
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Boxing mixed with HIIT in the gym is great for cardio and fat burning and also concentration as I dont want to be punched on the nose  
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Not necessarily the most flattering position but hey… at least the body is still mobile, even with the left hip re-surfaced a few years ago and various other injuries.
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For my fitness regime I try to do Pilates, mat or reformer, 3 times a week. Anything else is in addition or if I can’t get to a Pilates class.
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My Pilates posts aren’t always real time so don’t believe I am a fitness fanatic and exercising every single day – I’m not! .
If I’m in the Isle of Wight I love to horse ride on the beach.
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I also do occasional dance classes which can help memory as well as fitness, as concentration is needed to remember routines.
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Boxing mixed with HIIT in the gym is great for cardio and fat burning and also concentration as I dont want to be punched on the nose
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Wednesday Pilates

Wednesday Pilates.
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Shoulder stand.
An exercise challenging the lower abs. 
Using the lower tummy muscles to get the rise up rather than just momentum.
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When I post a video clip of an exercise I've done,  I notice how I could have done it a bit better. .
I had felt I was right up tall onto my shoulders with my body more perpendicular than it was. .
Once up in the air, this exercise can be continued with the legs then going further backwards, toes to the reformer over the head and then reversing back over again. .
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With thanks to
Luke
@absolutestudios

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Shoulder stand.
An exercise challenging the lower abs.
Using the lower tummy muscles to get the rise up rather than just momentum.
.
When I post a video clip of an exercise I’ve done, I notice how I could have done it a bit better. .
I had felt I was right up tall onto my shoulders with my body more perpendicular than it was. .
Once up in the air, this exercise can be continued with the legs then going further backwards, toes to the reformer over the head and then reversing back over again. .
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With thanks to
Luke
@absolutestudios

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Punching my way into the weekend

Punching my way into the weekend.
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And in case you're wondering why the trainer called me Bella? He was talking to my daughter Bella who was training with me! .
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And in case you’re wondering why the trainer called me Bella? He was talking to my daughter Bella who was training with me! .
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Reformer pilates

Reformer pilates.
Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

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Filling the plate with lots of green vegetables

Filling the plate with lots of green vegetables.
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Protein and low carbohydrate home cooked lunch.
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Halibut pan fried with skin on,  in extra virgin olive oil, with pea shoots, tomatoes and asparagus.
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Protein and low carbohydrate home cooked lunch.
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Halibut pan fried with skin on, in extra virgin olive oil, with pea shoots, tomatoes and asparagus.
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Do you have a “happy place”?

Do you have a "happy place"?
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Mine is on the beach, riding the local riding stables pony Casper.
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Being at one with a horse by the sea, with whom you have a rapport and a mutual trust is such a special and priviliged time.
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It's easy to understand how interacting with a horse or a dog can help those with special needs, autism or mental health.
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We all need metime and downtime from the stresses of everyday life and especially an escape from social media, being judged by others and mobile phone addiction. .
When everything in life seems currently to be so turbulent, unsettled and uncertain, a short escape from day to day reality is revitalizing and reboots a positive mindset.
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Mine is on the beach, riding the local riding stables pony Casper.
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Being at one with a horse by the sea, with whom you have a rapport and a mutual trust is such a special and priviliged time.
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It’s easy to understand how interacting with a horse or a dog can help those with special needs, autism or mental health.
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We all need metime and downtime from the stresses of everyday life and especially an escape from social media, being judged by others and mobile phone addiction. .
When everything in life seems currently to be so turbulent, unsettled and uncertain, a short escape from day to day reality is revitalizing and reboots a positive mindset.
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Pilates reformer fitness Thursday

Pilates reformer fitness Thursday.
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This particular exercise is so much harder than it looks.
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It depends on a strong glute med, good turn out from the hip and core stability, .
I found it hard to do as I had a left hip resurface op a few years ago ( the same op as @andymurray has just had) and also tore the glute med subsequently.
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So the mechanics of how my left hip works, together with the hip flexors and glutes are not as they were before. Also at the age of 64 the body is slightly more worn now! .
But with hard work its possible to aspire to be the best you can be.
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 @absolutestudios 
With @rascal_physique_ instructor.
Thank you.
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This particular exercise is so much harder than it looks.
.
It depends on a strong glute med, good turn out from the hip and core stability, .
I found it hard to do as I had a left hip resurface op a few years ago ( the same op as @andymurray has just had) and also tore the glute med subsequently.
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So the mechanics of how my left hip works, together with the hip flexors and glutes are not as they were before. Also at the age of 64 the body is slightly more worn now! .
But with hard work its possible to aspire to be the best you can be.
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@absolutestudios
With @rascal_physique_ instructor.
Thank you.
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