Author Archives: Claudine
Author Archives: Claudine
The Heel Raise is a great exercise to stabilise your ankles and improve your balance.
In this short video (only 2 minutes!) I talk you through the heel raise, give you technique pointers and we do the exercise together.
When you are trying to follow online exercise videos at home, it's really frustrating if you can't hear the instructions clearly.
You aren't sure what you are meant to do and end up with your legs and arms in the wrong place at the wrong time. You feel confused and embarrassed (even though no-one can see you!). All you want to do is to concentrate on the exercises without worrying about hearing the instructions...
Do the joints in your hands and fingers feel stiff or sore? Do you have less mobility in your hands or find it harder to move your hands and fingers?
These exercises will help reduce stiffness and get your hands moving. You don't need any equipment and can do them anywhere...
The Heel Walk is a great exercise if you want to feel steadier on your feet. It will strengthen the muscles at the front of your ankles. These are really important for walking well and avoiding trips and falls.
This video is less than 2 minutes long... Just watch to start with, then have a go if you think it would work for you.
The Tandem Stand is a great balance exercise. We do this all the time in our classes and it's really popular.
This video is only 3 minutes long so perfect whilst your bath is running or your coffee is brewing... Give it a try and let me know how you get on!
Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment and remembered an important question on the way home?
This happened to me recently. The appointment was for a minor issue and my doctor is very warm and easy to talk to. I wasn't too worried but there was something I really wanted to ask her.
We get asked this question a lot, and it’s an important one. In this article I will share some guidelines to help you understand whether you should see your doctor before starting a new exercise programme.
Many people ask this as they are worried about the possible risks of exercising. However, for almost everyone, performing the right type of exercise, at the right level, is one of the best things you can do for your health. The benefits of exercise almost always outweigh the risks.
For the last 60 or 70 years, you never gave walking a second thought; you just got on with it.
Now you find yourself having to concentrate when you are walking. You are paying attention and trying hard to stay steady. Instead of enjoying your surroundings, you find yourself looking down and worrying.
Having good balance means you feel more confident. You can get out and do the things you want to do. You are less likely to trip or fall, and more likely to stay active and fit.
This Level 2 Challenge home exercise video only takes 9 minutes. The exercises will help you to improve your balance and feel steadier on your feet.
Geoff was anxious as he had been having trouble with his balance for some weeks (probably several months, once he stopped to think about it). He felt unsteady on the stairs and was even sometimes wobbling when he was standing still, which he hadn’t experienced before.
While this was concerning to Geoff, he wasn’t sure that it warranted a doctor’s appointment. He thought the symptoms would probably pass in another week or two. In the meantime, he didn’t want to waste his doctor’s time.