Outside of work I seem to have been mostly going for walks on the marshes and eating ice cream!
We went to visit a friend in Copenhagen for the weekend and had a great time! I expected it to be a ‘nice’ city but it was much lovelier than I imagined. We also took a day trip to Malmo and Lund in Sweden, which are a short train ride away.
This weekend I am off to IndieTracks festival to enjoy ales, indie music and steam trains. I’ll be back at work on Wednesday at 3pm.
Tested on: Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
What they say:
“Habits are no more than routines which you perform subconsciously. To build one – train yourself. To break one, find another one which is similar, yet different and nicer, and repeat it until it sticks.
To assist you with this HabitBull lets you set reminders for each habit and displays them on days when you need to be successful. This is especially useful if you have a to do list with repeating tasks or if you want to be reminded to do the same thing every day. It can also be used as a calendar planning tool or checklist, but also as a very effective repeating reminder (e.g. to drink water every 2 hours).”
What I say:
+ Reminders help you stick to new habits and record them.
+ Visual representation of successful days is very encouraging!
+ Colour coding each habit makes it easy to keep track of your progress
+ Very flexible – you can pretty much set this to record anything.
– I couldn’t get it to link up with Google Fit so had to put in my number of steps manually.
– Too many options when setting up a new habit. It’s a bit confusing at first.
The bottom line:
Once you get started this is a handy app. It’s been helping me stay on top of my emails and Spanish practice, but sadly I need to try a bit harder to relax every day. They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit. Give it a go for 3 weeks and see how you get on.
Here’s a great exercise for those of you with frozen shoulder or stiffness in your shoulders.
This is originally an Alexander technique exercise which is excellent for resetting the shoulder position. This is good to do everyday:
1. Place a duvet or thick towel on the floor and lie on it, face up. Place pillows under both elbows and forearms. Rest the hands on your stomach, palm downwards (if that is not possible just rest the arms on the pillow).
2. Very slowly allow the muscles at the front of your chest to relax, allowing the shoulders to drop backwards, towards the floor.
3. Stay in this position for twenty minutes. (Listen to the radio or relaxing music).
Gradually try to lower the pillow to a few towels and eventually nothing.
Notes: - Keep breathing normally while you stretch. Do not hold your breath. - Stretch gently and slowly. You should be able to feel a stretching sensation but it should not hurt. - If a stretch becomes painful, stop immediately and seek advice from your therapist. - Only perform stretches which have been prescribed or approved by a qualified individual such as your GP, physiotherapist or osteopath.
June is one of my favourite months; the days are long, the weather is warm(ish), the festival season begins and I celebrate my birthday. While I’m sad to see the end of June, I’m looking forward to July.
Here’s my round up of this month’s health news and an update on what I’ve been up to.
Are you going to any festivals this summer? All that walking, standing, camping and carrying heavy bags can quickly lead to neck and back pain.
Don’t let it ruin your weekend! I’ve put together a short routine of essential festival stretches to keep you fit and pain free. You don’t need any special equipment or clothing, just space to lie down and 3 minutes a day.
Save the image as your phone wallpaper so you always have it to hand!
Regular stretching is great! It helps keep your muscles lovely and supple and can prevent aches and pains. Combined with good posture and regular breaks, stretching helps keeps your body in good condition.
I’ve shared lots of stretches on here in the past, many of which are great to do at work. To make things even easier I’ve created a 3 minute stretching routine. Book mark it or print it out and repeat every hour or so.
Try it for a couple of days and see how you feel. Which stretch is your favourite?
Here’s another great stretch for those of you who work at a desk.
1. Sit upright in a chair with your feet on the floor.
2. Cross your right knee over your left leg. Place your left hand on your right knee.
3. Turn your upper body to look over your right shoulder. You can hold on to the chair or support your low back with your right hand. Take care not to lean forwards or backwards.
4. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
5. Return to your starting position.
6. Repeat on the opposite side.
7. Perform 3 times on each side, once a day.
Keep breathing normally while you exercise. Do not hold your breath.
Move gently and slowly. Exercises should not hurt.
If an exercise becomes painful, stop immediately and seek advice from your therapist.
Only perform exercises which have been prescribed or approved by a qualified individual such as your GP, physiotherapist or osteopath. This information is provided for reference only.
Busy month here – we have booked our wedding venues and chosen our photographer. We need to give notice next month and we’ll be almost done, leaving a whole year to concern ourselves with making a brilliant playlist and stockpiling prosecco.
I went to the Harry Potter experience and was not impressed with the butterbeer. Here’s a selfie from the great hall:
I went on a Beginner’s Sewing Class with my friends at Make Thrift London and made this snazzy tote bag and zipped pouch.
Had a nice walk in the rain over the bank holiday weekend. Listening to: Lovely Eggs – Food
Tested on: Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
What they say:
“Glow is the world’s best ovulation calculator, period and fertility tracker. Glow’s menstrual and ovulation calculator help women learn about their fertility, whether avoiding or attempting pregnancy. Glow is a ovulation calculator that also records your period, mood, symptoms, sex, and medications, and assists those undergoing fertility treatments like IVF or IUI.
Winner of 2014 Webby for best Health & Fitness app, Glow is an elegant, data-driven ovulation calculator and period tracker designed to help you take control of your reproductive health.”
What I say: Pluses:
+ Can be used to aid or prevent conception, or just to monitor your cycle.
+ Very easy to use.
+ Option to track a lot of data, including your mood, physical symptoms, temperature, exercise and sleep.
+ Notifications when you are due to ovulate and when your period is due to start.
+ Helpful daily health tips and reminders.
+ Fairly active and supportive community.
– Some of the tips and insights are a bit obvious.
– You need to log daily for it to be most effective.
– There’s a small bias towards encouraging conception, which can get a bit annoying.
The bottom line:
If you are want to feel more informed and in control about your menstrual cycle, this is the app for you! It is easy to use and very informative. I highly recommend it. Download it from Google Play or iTunes.
I had been suffering from severe knee, leg and back pain for some months and it got to a point where some mornings the pain would wake me up out of my sleep and I would be in tears with the severity of the pain. This would happen day and night and some days I would need to use a crutch. My Gp sent me for X-rays and MRI scan and diagnosed arthritis of the hip and knee. One day at my local church a osteopath gave a lecture about what they do, after that I had been passing by Ashlins and took down the number and booked an appointment with Sarah. I have had two treatments from her and I can honestly say thank God she knows her stuff. The pain is reduced tremendously and I feel like a new woman. She has given me hope and a new lease of life. Highly recommend her. She is a great listener, friendly and very caring too!!
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