It has been truly amazing to work with Sarah. She came to me in Jan 2016. She was in a place of massive frustration of where to go. The route that she had found available to her was constantly giving her the excuse that of course she was finding balance difficult – she had MS (Multiple Sclerosis – Click here to find out more about MS)
We decided to take the approach that Sarah was a client who had essentially had bed rest for a number of years and so had lost strength. She had had hip surgery to add to the complications and had not been given proper rehabilitation because there was always a concern of her MS – A confusion as to what was caused by the MS and what was from the surgery. We have worked together with regular training sessions often twice a week to regain strength and to rewire the neurology and firing order of her muscles. We have broken down every day moves into tiny bite sized pieces and have then built it all back up again. In 2016 Sarah would use a wheel chair if any sort of distance was to be covered. Now … I don’t think she even knows where her wheel chair is. We have gone back to two sticks to encourage her to be straighter and to stand tall and weight bear more evenly. She was getting all sorts of aches and pains in her lower back and we don’t seem to get that any more. Her neck has grumbled a bit lately, but that is something we are working on because she is still not functioning quite straight enough and is still not as mobile in rotation and as stable in her hip as we would like.
I am sharing a video here of her progress over the last few years. If you look at the walking style you will see the improvement.
Diseases like MS are not to be bowed down to. We need to fight and stay strong physically and mentally. Sarah’s strength is herself, and her resilience and her determination to be constantly improving. She practices and practices what we work on – she is the one who does all the work I am just the guide.
Britain is not doing so well on Sugar intake, but we have already taken steps to tax soft drinks – currently running 3rd after Mexico and USA!! SA is the country to implement the tax and of these listed it is at the bottom! Click here for more
Sugar is one of the main sources of fuel for bacteria and disease aside from the fact that it is the main contributor to obesity and all its side effects.
FACT: You cannot reduce fat/obesity by exercise alone, but you can by dietary intake – you have to watch what you eat to stay healthy. Exercise keeps you fit and strong, nutrition keeps the balance of fuel right.
I was asked this question when I bought a new horse in July and was planning on hunting it 3 months after settling him into his new home.
“How are you going to get him fit?” ….. How would I get a human fit I thought. I would write a training diary and regime and use the heart rate as a gauge as to how fit the animal was.
On looking into this I realised horses and humans are animals and whilst having the obvious differences they are essential muscle, fat, bones, organs and water. They need the same dietary requirements of protein, fats and carbohydrates for the same things. Food sources are different obviously. But we can learn a lot about ourselves form our furry neighbours – we find similar things too much as well – sugar, starch and fats … should be in limited supply. Protein – the big question is always how much because we have to get rid of what we don’t need which is where it taxes the system.
So on the exercise – how do I know how puffed he is – the perceived rate of exertion with humans is about talking to the client and seeing how fatigued they are. I can look at his demeanour or see how much puffing he is doing, but to really know I need a Heart Rate monitor, then I can see when he is getting anxious, when he is tired, what he looks like when he is concerned – I can learn my horse much quicker. So I spoke to a contact at “Polar”, we use their equipment in the gym. They have two different types of monitor, a belt like us – but this is actually quite hard to use with a girth and saddle or even a lunge roller. So they have devised a system with just sensors which you poke under the girth. I have yet to try that, but have definitely learnt the merits from using this equipment so far and can now make my training more meaningful and more specific.
For more info google “Equine Heart Rate monitors”, for use and how to etc.
This is Disgusting!! I mean what are these people thinking when they make this stuff – definitely not of the health of the Nation – but of their wallets and how to make more money fast. It is shocking … wonder why we have no money in the NHS – well we are NOT meant to eat this stuff!!
What a fabulous film – it puts on the screen everything we speak about from a nutritional and healthy stand point. It is not rocket science what we should eat and drink, we would feel and function so much better if we paid more attention to this. However society conspires against us with marketing that tells a myth about so many things in life – all disguising the fact that the objective of the food industry is not food but it is of making money on our misunderstanding what we should be doing.