Are you adapting to stress or simply getting better at suffering?

After recently getting a beating physically and mentally by a fully charged trip to the chaos that is London, hustling among the zoned-out zombies and rushing robots hurtling around being ‘busy’ with ‘stuff’… I can honestly tell you, that pace of life and intensity is not good for my health (or yours) and defo not sustainable.

I mean, you can find balance and some folks have a pretty sweet routine – right? Well, it’s

possible to fend off the stress, have a great ‘diet’, get to the gym every day, find some zen in a

yoga class, be in great shape, meditate twice a day and still pay your bills… but I don’t know

anyone, that’s nailed it!

Maybe it’s more relatable to see yourself as the other sort of human… Up and down with your

health and fitness mission (or maybe you’ve never even bothered to consider paying it any

attention?) getting caught up in ‘life’ and prioritising other things that we feel are important?

The reality is that at some point you are likely to have to take your wellbeing seriously because

of sickness, injury, your body shutting you down etc, then you have to do something about it.

But why wait for that to happen? What if you could add a few healthier habits into your daily

routine that could not only get you onto a better path physically but also nourish your mental

health? After all they are both just as important as each other, right?

Don’t just get better at suffering or settling for your life and health remaining the way it is, if

you’d like to change something… you have options and they don’t have to cause huge

disruption to your world. Why not just look at the time you put in as a valuable investment to

your future, after all no matter what your plans are, whether it being successful in business,

world domination or being the best tiddlywink champion, you are not going to be at your best if your health is not top of your list of priorities. Wherever you’re starting from, a little adjustment and effort will go a long way.

'‘Train your mind like you would train your body. When the two are working together and are both cared for in the same way…magic happens’.

To all my brothers out there… this is especially aimed at you. We can look great by hitting the

gym if that makes you feel good but make sure you are taking just as much care being gentle

with yourself and allowing the body to recover and repair. Mental health and physical health can be trained together, we just need to give it time and find your flow with it and that’s where you will really see your growth. Yoga and breath-work is not just for the girls, boys need that time too.

If you’d like to come hang with me and step out of the madness for a while…check out some of the short practices I recently filmed with AXA PPP healthcare for the #headstrong campaign to get you on your way. (one just below…)

https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/headstrong/
(This is a sponsored post by AXA PPP healthcare)

Or hit me up to go a little deeper…

ARE YOU HEADSTRONG? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

I’m a big fan of helping create a safe space to open up and share what they are dealing with so they can get the right help and support. 'Mental Health Awareness Weeks’ are awesome but let’s work on this all year round!

With the hype of getting ‘fit’, shredded, six pack abs, hitting the gym and seeing your social feeds full of glam buff selfies 24 hours a day, we all know we need to move more and move better, but we've been neglecting something we can no longer ignore. It’s now the fight with mental health that we need to bring to the front line of fitness and put both in the same light.

No matter what you’re hoping to build in this life, if you don’t take care of you physical and mental health, you are limiting what you are truly capable of and putting yourself at risk, finding that ‘balance’ is key and it doesn’t have to be such a huge task. Eating a nutrient dense diet and plenty of exercise is one element, yes, but working at the art of 'mindfulness' keeping your stress levels in check and taking control of your mind is a game changer.

I’ve faced my own fights with mental health over the years and wow it’s been a wild ride, I’ve seen it tear up my own family and lost a few close friends in the battle. Nothing makes it more real that seeing it destroy your loved ones lives and feel helpless. 

Over the last few years teaching a combination of Yoga, Mobility/functional Movement, Meditation and other breath-work practices.. It’s become very clear that these are a huge part of the puzzle, we just need to see where and how we can bring it into our lives.

This affects everyone in every industry and in all walks of life, so we must take better care. 

Why would you not want to learn how to adapt to stressful situations, find lazer focus when your head is busy, calm nerves before important meetings, perform better and boost your energy when your feeling low?

I’m excited to share that I've recently partnered with AXAPP healthcare on a campaign called #headstrong that is set out to tackle this matter head on and I’d like to lead the charge.

This is a project I’m very passionate about so please show your support and share with those around you.

For more information
(This is a sponsored post by AXA PPP healthcare)

Stay safe, be cool.

Always good to talk… :D

Love. 

I can’t wait show you what we have been creating….Here’s a sneak peak…..

4 Top Tips for Recovery after a Marathon

4 Top Tips for Recovery after a Marathon

A marathon is one serious achievement. You spent many months preparing for the big day and you crossed the finish line, hugged your friends and family and relished in that endorphin high. So why, after investing all that time, do so many people neglect their recovery, setting themselves up for injury and pain! If you want to come back even stronger, follow our simple 4 step plan to a full recovery in no time…

Roasted Autumn Veg, Quinoa, Humus & Honey Lemon Dressing

Roasted Autumn Veg, Quinoa, Humus & Honey Lemon Dressing

It’s that time of year. The leaves are going burnt ocre and red and the woolly jumpers are coming out of hiding. We’re all loving focusing on our #environment pillar, going on windy walks and secretly wishing that soon we might see a little snow.

The day I almost died.....

The day I almost died.....

There's a fine line between risk and recklessness. I spend a large amount of my time trying to figure out how to navigate that gap. Risk is always a good thing. It's where we experience growth, and positive risk taking behaviour makes us feel alive and connected to our potential.

Local treasures - Find Food Heroes on your Doorstep

Local treasures - Find Food Heroes on your Doorstep

In this article we take a look at your Environment Pillar and discuss locally produced food. Have you ever thought about the number of miles your food travels before it lands on your plate? Have you ever considered the impact on losing local traditions and cultures by not supporting producers on your doorstep?

My Toughest Opponent.... Me!

My Toughest Opponent.... Me!

Our founder and Director Richie Norton shares his thoughts on the past year and gives you some insights into what's coming and how to prepare for your best year yet!  We also have a link here to our Strength Temple Goal Setting workshop.  This section is a detailed and tested way to set your goals for 2017 so they actually stick and turn into your dreams!  

Avocado & Poached Egg on Toast Masterclass

Avocado & Poached Egg on Toast Masterclass

Avocado and Eggs are a staple of the wellness industry at the moment.  What's not to like!  It tastes amazing, is full of healthy fats, a great source of protein and keeps you feeling full for ages.  Here at the Strength Temple we are always looking to improve things and we've recently been working with some tasty flavour combos to keep our Avo and Eggs interesting and healthier than ever.  Check out this recipe which brings together the zing of Chilli and all the health benefits associated with Pomegranate Vinegar and Fresh Parsley.  We think this is a winner and everyone should be eating it.  Check out the full recipe and method here.....

How to fuel your body for Energy & Strength

How to fuel your body for Energy & Strength

The past few months have blown my mind; literally. You may have noticed that I became a very proud NewBalanceUK ambassador as of April this year. Not only do I have another excuse to wear badass training kit all day but I’ve also felt inspired to push my own training to the next level. I’m feeling very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with them at such an exciting time.

The ONLY reason we are working with New Balance @TheStrengthTemple is because their equipment is world class!

The other thing I personally love about New Balance is that all their content and marketing is centred around adding value to their community.  To this end we've been working on some cool content and advice for you in association with them.  It's basically our training secrets from working with some of the best athletes in the game. Check out our article here to unlock your potential through nutrition and get into the best shape of your life..........

Training: Making it count & maximising your precious time

Training:  Making it count & maximising your precious time

Our in house Founder Director and New Balance Ambassador, Richie Norton, talks about his advice for runners over and above pounding the miles.  So many people think that simply running faster and further will achieve the results they desire.  However, the key to improvement lies in mixing up your training, getting the right mindset and focusing on often neglected areas such as flexibility and strength training work.  Click through to the full article to hear from Richie on how he is running further and faster than ever and his secrets to constant improvement.

Lead from the front and do it in style

Lead from the front and do it in style

During the years playing rugby week in week out, endless drills and lifting/throwing big weights around, I realise now more than ever that the key to my physical and mental development primarily depended on 3 things.. 1) What I put in my body (Nutrition) - If I felt energetic, I would work harder than ever. 2) The way I was training my body - If I felt strong and fast, I was unstoppable. 3) Which kit was being used - If I trusted the equipment and kit I was using, I was confident I had the edge to take anyone on. I've pulled together my current goto training shoe options for you.  I've tested them to destruction so you don't have to.  Here's my favourites.....

What is mindfulness and how can mindfulness help me?

What is mindfulness and how can mindfulness help me?

Here's an article from our #NewBalance #Ambassador; Richie Norton.  Read about mindfulness, what it is and how to start practicing.  We've been advocates of Mindfulness as a means of living on a daily basis for some time now, but did you know that mindfulness has been an active part of human culture for thousands of years in one form or another. If you've heard about it and just need more info, or if you're a seasoned mindful pro - check out what Richie has to say.  There's something for everyone.

New Balance "You Are Your Toughest Opponent"

New Balance "You Are Your Toughest Opponent"

The Strength Temple are super pumped to be working with New Balance!  Our Director Richie Norton is one of a select team of New Balance Ambassadors running with their latest campaign which explores how we are our own toughest opponents. This subject is close to our hearts and Richie has been working hard to bring hints and tips on peak performance with the New Balance team to take your training and performance to the next level.  In this article Richie talks about how he's feeling about the Ambassador role and what to expect as the campaign evolves.  Get involved!  #iamthecompetition

Peanut Butter and Jelly Inspired Super Porridge!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Inspired Super Porridge!

This is one of the best flavour blasters we've created to date - pure food alchemy!  Beautiful soft porridge made with special milks, bombs of organic nut butter with a super fresh fruit salad vibe spiked with coconut, ginger and cherry topped off with the odd blast of salty pistachio!  We talk about old habits of processed white bread with sugar saturated jam and move you to a while new way of tasting this classic flavour combination.  It makes us feel great and is our power packed post HIIT breakfast of champions!  Come take a look......

Doggy Style! Why you need a Dog in your life......

Doggy Style! Why you need a Dog in your life......

You may not realise it, but there us a theory that we have evolved to rely on dogs for protection and thus, when we are in their presence we feel calmer and more relaxed.  That is unless they are chewing your favourite new pair of shoes or making a mess of your sofa!  Check in with us to get some insights into why you need a dog in your life and what to do if you don't, or can't have one....

Water Water Everywhere..... BUT are you Drinking Enough?

Water Water Everywhere..... BUT are you Drinking Enough?

Anyone else a bit baffled concerning all the hype around hydration?  Amid all the old wives tales and unsupported so called "facts" on the internet, check in with us to get the low down on what you should be doing.  Hydration is so important and we have the facts.  How much should you be drinking?  What should you be drinking?  Do plastic bottles matter?  Is tap water OK, or should you go filtered?  All this and more from Dr Dan in this fact filled article from The Strength Temple #HydrationPillar

The #TempleWalk and changing the way you feel in an instant!

The #TempleWalk and changing the way you feel in an instant!

Come with us and try this one out right now - and no we don't mean the flying press-up!  It will take you about 3 minutes to read this insight and then 30 seconds to 1 minute to try the excercise.  We PROMISE you will be FEELING AWESOME by the time you've finished.  Open yourself up to new ideas and try this stuff out.  Come on, live a little.  It really works!.....

Thai "Temple" Green Curry

Thai "Temple" Green Curry

This is my signature dish.  Everyone loves it, and it's often requested when I ask people what they'd like me to cook when I invite them for dinner.  It's also super healthy and a great way to get your greens hit. I really don't care what your relationship is like with greens; you will LOVE this dish.  It can be made Vegan super easy as well and is my go to dish for vegetarian guests.  Give it a try, I promise you will absolutely fall in love with it. Full details and recipe here.....

Introducing the #EnvironmentPillar and how to set up your “Work" Place

Introducing the #EnvironmentPillar and how to set up your “Work" Place

Today we want to devote a little time to your Environment Pillar. What’s it all about? What are we going to focus on?  How can you start to become mindful of your Environment Pillar and make some progress towards developing your awareness of this area of your life and it’s significance in your overall feelings of wellness, peace, calm and happiness! We'll cover an introduction to the pillar and also go into some detail around making your work environment super awesome.  It might not be about what you think!  Come with us on this journey........

Salad Vibes

Salad Vibes

Yep; we LOVE a salad at The Strength Temple.  This one is pimped with some blue cheese and avocado.  It can get a little challenging coming up with new salad ideas, but it's so important.  Variety really is the SPICE of life when it comes to food.  Try this little bad boy combo to freshen up your palate and prepare to feel amazing after you've eaten the whole lot!......