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Fitness Without A Face

You may notice from my instagram that until recently, I did not have my face in any of my pictures.  https://powex.co.uk/about-melissa/ of course gives you a bit more about me: Why no face you may ask…. Well this is for a number of…
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Protein

When we were growing in a womb, we developed as a result of our mother’s eating and taking care of us, which enabled us to grow. As we grow through life, food is one of the basics that we need. Comfort, cleanliness, safety and opportunity…
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Alcohol

Ironically I have been inspired to write/finish writing this blog post after a night out and I’m not feeling too hot. However, inspiration has come from remembering how different I was feeling from a period of 30 alcohol free days in January.…
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Fitness Principles

Gym life - When you look around the gym and everyone looks like they know what they’re doing (maybe they actually do, but maybe they don’t), it can really affect what ever confidence you walked into the gym with.  Having historically been…
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Balance

Balance is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as ‘An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady’. I fully believe in balance. I really like the message that is spread about balance in the health…
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Mental Health

The World Health Organisation (2014 online) depicts mental health clearly as ‘A state of well being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully,…
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Fitness is Therapy - Read with Caution

Ok – I’m going straight in with the negative.  First point.  Fitness is not therapy. I’m starting to see this message being posted across social media and it worries me.  I have spent 10 years working in mental health with incredibly…
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Fitness to observe progress

Why have I got into fitness and personal training?  The more I think about this, the more my explanation changes. 2003 – I put on weight at Uni. 2006 - I lost weight but wanted to eat nice food (not healthy food). 2007 – 2010 -…
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Diet and Nutrition

‘Diet’ - 'The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats' Oxford Dictionary.  This definition reflects to me a person’s choice about how and what they eat.  It does not reflect cutting out food, stop eating food,…
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The Pain's are The Gain's

‘No Pain, No Gain’ is a major part of the fitness worlds’ way to help us conceptualise why we would put our bodies through pain with exercising….I personally think, however, that the phrase doesn’t promote what we should be focussing…