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Quick Question – Can I take paracetamol and ibuprofen together?

Do you have a favourite pain killer that you reach for when a headache, toothache or back pain strikes? What happens when the pain doesn’t seem to ease? A really common question that I’ve been asked is whether you can take paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time. Is it ok to do that? Is it dangerous to take ibuprofen if you are already on paracetamol? It’s great that people are wary and questioning when it comes to drugs because certain drug interactions can be harmful.

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Quick Question – Is it ok to exercise with a cold?

I’ve lost count of the number of times people have asked me this! It can be incredibly frustrating when you’re in the swing of a fitness routine and suddenly, out of nowhere (or straight from the nose of a helpful friend or relative) comes the common cold virus. Is it ok to exercise with a cold? Will working out when you have a cold make you more ill? Could exercising with a cold actually make you feel better? Can you ‘sweat out’ a cold?

Quick Question – Why does my nose run when I exercise?

You’re finally out the door for a brisk walk, jumping around in your gym class or bouncing your ball on the netball court and before you know it you’re searching for a tissue. Just a quick question. Why does exercise make your nose run? How can you stop that exercise related runny nose? Is there any treatment for a nose that runs when you exercise?

Quick Question – How soon can I swim after giving birth?

Welcome to the first post in my new series Just a Quick Question where I answer every day concerns, niggles and frequently asked health questions. I have a long list of things that people have asked me over the years and decided it would be helpful to put them all in one place on my blog. Just a quick question … How soon can I go swimming after giving birth?

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Change is hard – how to make successful changes.

Changing your behaviour is a very difficult thing to do. How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution only to break it before the end of January? I’ve done this countless times. You have good intentions and even when you think you’ve set a pretty realistic goal you just don’t seem to be able to sustain it for any length of time. 

What I learnt by having a social media detox on holiday.

I decided to have a complete break from social media while we were away on holiday this year.  I use my phone and computer A LOT. I run social media (FB, Twitter and Instagram) for three accounts and little and often seems to be the only way I can manage that, so although I do schedule some posts, I’m frequently checking the feeds and interacting with people. I also have numerous email accounts for all my different work roles. Much of the work I do crosses time zones so when most people’s email goes quiet, mine fires up. I absolutely LOVE my jobs and didn’t particularly feel I needed a break from them but I felt I simply had information overload and wasn’t being as productive as I could be.

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Tips For Being Active When You Work From Home.

Data from the Office of National Statistics showed that in 2014 there were 4.2 million people regularly working from home. With studies demonstrating reduced stress, increased happiness and increased productivity,  it’s no wonder that this figure is increasing all the time. As you may know, I had a recent change in career direction and I now find myself working from home 90% of the time. I love it. I love my house and enjoy spending time in it, I work well there. I have however found that I have to make an effort to be active during my working day. I don’t have colleagues to walk over to talk to, a coffee room to visit and I don’t need to nip out to get a sandwich at lunch time. I don’t have a commute, there’s no stroll to the bus stop, no crammed train to stand on and no brisk ‘late for work’ walk. So, whilst I’m happier, I’m aware there’s a risk I may not be healthier.  Reducing our sedentary time is an important part …

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Tips for Healthy Running- Guest post from Alexandra Merisoiu

I’m delighted to welcome Alexandra Merisoiu to the blog today. Alexandra has a background in Martial Arts (she still competes at international level) and a fascination with how the body moves. She is a Running Coach, specialising in running form and technique. She works with runners of all abilities to help them run faster, further, more efficiently and most importantly, with fewer injuries. I still frequently hear, “Running hurts my knees” so I thought it would be helpful to have Alexandra share some of her wisdom about minimising the impact of running. Head to the Merisoiu Technique Institute  to find out more but in the meantime I will hand over to Alexandra to share some of her top tips for healthy running.