At some time during our lives most of us have listened to or sung along with “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Its specific origins are not known, but it possibly began as a Twelfth Night memory and forfeit game. The song itself may originally have been a French carol going as far back as the 1700’s.
What is Twixmas? Well, you know those twilight days between Christmas and the New Year, when most of us barely make it out of our pyjamas and we eat our own body weight in chocolates and leftovers? That’s Twixmas.
The word itself stems from the old fashioned word ‘betwixt’, meaning between. It can be a peculiar few days, between the 27th and 30th December, when families are often thrown together and the dangerous combination of too much food, drink and boredom can have unpleasant consequences!
Of course we know your core isn’t really one muscle but a collection of muscles which impact on virtually all types of movement. A strong core will help your posture and help to protect your lower back. Read on to find out more about which muscles make up our core and how to train them. Continue reading
What and where is it?
Commonly known as your glutes, the gluteus maximus is the outermost buttock muscle. It is regarded as one of the strongest muscles in the human body. It is connected to the coccyx, or tailbone, as well as other surrounding bones and is responsible for movement of the hip and thigh. It works alongside the other key muscles in this area, the gluteus minimus and gluteus medius. Continue reading
Dear Santa (or ‘Other Half’)
I’ve been very good this year, so I thought I would write you a letter to remind you of some of my best moments. I’ve found your glasses, keys and wallet every time you’ve lost them. I’ve let go the men’s only cycling holiday and the rugby matches; I’ve even taken your mother shopping. As you know, I’m a practical soul, and I really don’t want to sound ungrateful, but the supermarket bubble baths, just aren’t going to cut it this year.
So, let me help you out with a few more imaginative suggestions: Continue reading
November’s Healthy Recipe – Hearty Beef Stew
We are well and truly into autumn now and the dark evenings and colder weather tend to mean we all want to eat more. But there’s no need to turn to unhealthy, stodgy meals.