National Simplicity Day: 12th July

Every month the trainers at UR take it in turns to write a blog.  For inspiration I turned to the internet and started searching for important days in July.  Other than my birthday (LOL) I came across National Simplicity Day which falls on the 12th July.

National Simplicity Day is a holiday in honour of Henry David Thoreau who was born on this day in 1817. He was known for many things, one being an advocate for living a life of simplicity and the need for wildness as a tonic for the spirit.  I would think that living in the 1800’s would be simple but in 1845 Thoreau spent 2 years, 2 months and 2 days in a wooden cabin in a forest on the shores of Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts.  He saw the experience as an experiment in simple living and kept a daily journal which was later published.

It got me thinking about our lives today, in 2019 and how many of us are not living a simple life. Continue reading “National Simplicity Day: 12th July”

Exercise: Fit For Mental Health

This blog has been written by Aimee Kingsbury, friend and member of Unique Results.

We know that physical exercise can be used to really improve the body’s physical health, but did you know that the impact on mental health could be just as great?

1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their life. This means that even if it isn’t you, it’s highly likely that you’ll know someone who is. It’s important that people seek the help that they need through professionals such as doctors or therapists – but exercise is something else that you can do to help ease the symptoms for yourself, or for someone else. Continue reading “Exercise: Fit For Mental Health”

The Mind Is A Powerful Thing

Today’s blog has been written by Nikki Fischr  – Admin Manager and Personal Trainer here at Unique Results.

My blog is about MINDSET and ties in nicely with our January and February blogs on Goal Setting and Motivation.

So what is MINDSET?

The dictionary definition is – the established set of attitudes held by someone.

There are two main types of mindset – FIXED and GROWTH

Most people have a FIXED mindset and these people believe they are or aren’t good at something, based on their inherent nature, because it’s just who you are.

However, those people in a GROWTH mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions. Continue reading “The Mind Is A Powerful Thing”

Do You Stretch Everyday?

Do you wake up in the morning with muscles feeling tight from the previous days activities, or during the day when performing a task, do you feel your movement is restricted and lacks range?

If this is you then you should consider introducing stretching into your daily routine and if you partake in any type of fitness regime / programme then you should definitely ensure you stretch well before and after exercising. Continue reading “Do You Stretch Everyday?”

7 Life Lessons from Mauritius (Part 2).

Following on from last weeks post (which has become our most shared and liked Blog of 2016) I am going to finish with the final 3 lessons I will be bringing back from Mauritius with me.

As said previously, things are obviously very different when we return to our ‘normal’ routine but I am going to endeavour to keep up these routines and patterns of behaviour when back at work because I see (and have felt) the huge value in them. As with the previous blog, if any of these points will help you please give them a go or share with friends/family that they may help. Nothing amazing, nothing new, nothing revolutionary just good old fashioned common sense which sometimes slips by the wayside.

Here we go………. Continue reading “7 Life Lessons from Mauritius (Part 2).”

Sports Massage Is Good For That!!!

Written by Mark Laybourn – UR’s Sports Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer & Pilates Teacher 

“Sports massage is good for that!”  You’ve heard me say that many times in the past, in jest.

So, lets think about that. What’s the first thing you instinctively do when you “hurt” or “pull” a muscle? You rub it!

That’s the first step to experiencing a form of massage to aid repair and rehabilitation to a muscular injury or tight and tired muscles.  When you exercise, you’re obviously getting fitter, stronger and achieving goals that you’ve set yourself along the way. However, as you get fitter and stronger your muscular structure will fatigue and get tighter at some stage. This occurs as muscle fibres adhere together, causing the “knots” we find from time to time. Continue reading “Sports Massage Is Good For That!!!”