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Enjoy life and find a balance

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

I was recently reminded of a blog I wrote almost five years ago about dieting around Christmas time and how it is important to enjoy life and find balance.

I spoke at length to someone about it and how this construct of exercise takes on varied meaning depending on a person’s life views and experiences.

Long story short, the gist of the blog was you only get typically less than one hundred Christmases so life is too short to be fretting about calories at this time of year.

A few weeks later someone sent me the writings of a local coach who wrote a retort to this saying such a “relaxed” approach was naïve and counterproductive to getting “results”.

As I approach almost 40 trips around the sun and countless hours of working with people on their own journey towards their own health and fitness goals, have my views changed and have I perhaps become less naïve?

Funny enough, no, not one bit. It’s amazing how time and experience can change your perspective on life and what exactly health and fitness means in the grander scheme of things.

As the conversation continued we spoke about people who are always looking for “the next thing” in health and fitness.

Yes, novelty and a change of scenery does help sometimes and if that is a reason to change things up then I think it can be a really positive thing.

But if someone is looking for “more” in fitness I can say from experience there is “no more” to fitness. The more is always and was always contained right within you.

The key is always consistency and contentment in yourself. I’ve tried so many forms of exercise and found different elements of joy in them all.

Not everyone is geared that way, and it really is a case of do what makes you happy, as what makes you happy will keep you consistent.

That young coach who spoke of naivety at the time probably looked at things like contentment and enjoyment as “nice to have” features of a programme that was geared at a “before and after” photo. What experience will teach them (or hopefully since has) is that contentment and enjoyment are the cornerstones of a successful exercise modality.

As the saying goes; “intensity adds, consistency multiplies”.

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Help reduce the appearance of cellulite  

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help us look and feel better about it.

Yes, people often assume it’s down to a weight issue but it is associated with diet and exercise. It can affect all ages, male and female. There are many ways to help reduce and eliminate it.

Nothing can substitute for eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. Just as with other signs of ageing, cellulite is best managed first and foremost by focusing on maintaining a healthy weight long term. But certain topical treatments may help it become less noticeable and improve skin’s overall appearance, if used regularly. Dry body brushing is one technique to try by brushing upwards every day towards the heart for increased blood circulation.

Using anti-cellulite products can help if you are doing regular exercise and watching your diet, but if you feel you need a boost to get you headed in the right direction, there is a few different salon treatments that can be of benefit.

The Universal Contour Body Wrap is a great treatment which results in inch loss due to the detoxing effect of the sea clay or also the Electro Cellulite Massage rollers (ECM) by CACI Machine, which is a 12-session course over four weeks, this is recommended for desired results.

Pilates is always an amazing lifestyle choice. Having the toning tables for the past 30 years in Killarney, we are lucky to hear the amazing results from our clients past and present. Some have even been with us since we started! The male and female reviews have reported reduced cellulite with weekly appointments, improved posture, increased energy and mostly reduced cellulite.

To book an appointment or to find out more information, call 064 6632966. 

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Car dealers are now hubs for Ukrainian donations

Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine. Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages […]

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Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine.

Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages that have signed up for the project.

Under the scheme, the garages will be used as collection hubs for essential equipment that will be transported to the war torn country.

“We have a very large and loyal customer base and we are appealing through them to make donations,” Adam’s of Tralee General Manager, Marcus O’Shea, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Any dealer could have signed up for this but we are one of only two in Kerry to do so.”

The garages, following advice from humanitarian agencies in Ukraine, have created a very specific list of what is urgently needed out there.

These include generators, solar battery chargers, batteries, power banks, flashlights, drones and tablets.

Medical equipment like First Aid kits (NATO standard) and other medical items are also sought.

People can assist by either dropping goods to the two garages or by making a donation via www.safeharbourforukraine.org.

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