Exercise

Exercise is vital in recovery, but you have to find a form that you love doing. If you think of it as a chore then you will find a reason to not do it.

I am the type of person who loves to do two jobs at once so I cycle whenever I need to pop into town. I also go for a cycle ride first thing in the morning usually before the rest of the world has woken up. I go to the beach and give thanks for all that my life has become. I so enjoy my "me" time before the day really starts.

Dr Mercola recommends a form of exercise called Peak 8, but most research now seems to show that this works best for men.

The shortened version, if you don't want to read/watch all of Dr Mercola's presentation, is to have 8, 30-second sprints, followed by a recovery period to get your heart rate back to normal. You can use whatever form of exercise you like, running, stairs, bicycle or rowing. The whole session takes just 20 minutes.

It is recommended for women that more even sustained exercise is best and if you think back to our ancestors and how they lived, then this fits in perfectly.

The way Dr Mercola suggests you do Peak 8 Exercises is to go flat out for each of the 8 repetitions. This is the best way to get the maximum effect but very difficult. Phillip Day suggests that for 7 of the repetitions you workout at between 70% to 80% of your maximum heart rate and on any one of them you go as hard and fast as you possibly can. The whole point of doing this is heart rate variability.

Yoga is amazing but I can't quite gel with it, however, 3 times a week I do a form of stretching called Pilates with my Pilates Reformer. There is a picture at the top of the page. My greatest friend Karen Marshall is the most amazing Pilates and Yoga teacher around and has classes in Kingsbridge and Paignton.

http://pilogafitness.co.uk/