The Great Outdoors. Scientifically Proven to make you feel AMAZING!

The Great Outdoors.  Scientifically Proven to make you feel AMAZING!

We all have an innate feeling that being outside is good for us.  At The Strength Temple, we think it's based on our evolutionary response to our environment; and the science doesn't lie.  Even if you look at pictures of woodland scenes whilst exercising indoors, various physiological metrics prove it's better for you than exercising in an urban environment.  Our resident Doctor and Sports Medicine Physician Dr Dan, looks at the subject and we hope he will encourage you to get outside more.  Doctor's Orders! ;-) .......

The Science of Stretching & Flexibility

The Science of Stretching & Flexibility

Should you incorporate a regular flexibility programme? There are various opinions on the internet around stretching.  Some say do it before activity, some after and some not at all.  We asked The Strength Temple Director, Doctor and Sports Medicine Physician, Dr Dan Roiz de Sa about it.  He has provided the following information and advice; it’s the current thinking on stretching and joint mobility from a professional, not a google warrior!  Over to you Dr Dan….

Our Mind Technique to tap into your Limbic System and Upgrade the way you FEEL!

Our Mind Technique to tap into your Limbic System and Upgrade the way you FEEL!

We wanted to give you an insight around thoughts and feelings today and we encourage you to really take this one on board as it can literally change the way you are feeling in an instant!  Thoughts create feelings.  Feelings can create actions.  Actions  create outcomes.  Outcomes create new thoughts.  Repeat.  Just ponder on that for a moment. OK, got that?  Good then, let’s move on and define a term we often use called "Self Talk" before we tap into a visualisation technique to transform how you feel..........

Nutrition Jargon Decoded - Did you know you’re made from Star Dust?

Nutrition Jargon Decoded - Did you know you’re made from Star Dust?

We’ve all been gifted with an incredible machine.  It’s taken billions of years to evolve.  It self heals, it protects, it can think & reason.  It’s also made from star dust!  Yep - that’s right.  If you go right back to the essence of where the elements in your body come from they are only formed in the furnace of stars.  Click through and learn about the types of fuel you need for your machine.  We decode the nutrition jargon and provide ways to feed yourself rocket fuel!.......
 

Steps to make “some" people less annoying!

Steps to make “some" people less annoying!

Here are 2 powerful insights into how to change your feelings around small annoyances that can snowball into major differences.  These lessons have literally changed the life of the people who have applied them, and we want to share them with our community.  Find the full article here and start to feel more free and less stressed in just over the time it takes to read it!  Probably about 5 minutes....

Our key to being Happy more of the time

Our key to being Happy more of the time

Our mind is truly an incredible thing.  It takes experiences and classifies them based on outcomes and how they make us feel.  It then decides whether to gravitate towards that experience again and looks for ways to create more positive feelings in our lives.  The thing is that if we start to allow ourselves to feel profound disappointment at the passing of happy moments, our brains can associate this as being too difficult for us and actually moves subconsciously to make sure we don’t experience this pain again.  By doing this we can actually start to avoid some of the deeply happy moments in our lives!  For more see full article.........

Dragon Fruit #PurplePower

Dragon Fruit #PurplePower

Our founder Director, Richie Norton, has been in Malaysia recently training some racing drivers on the GP2 scene.  It’s been challenging keeping on top of clean eating with many of the dishes available deep fried, but we love the purple vibe of the Dragon Fruit which is plentiful in that part of the world!

Do you need a #TempleDay?

Do you need a #TempleDay?

Have any of you slipped during your progress with resolutions or goals?  I’d say 99.9% of people who answer with integrity and truth will say yes.  Well we’re here to tell you to relax!  We’ve come up with a method to get you back on track and overcome limiting behaviour.  We call it our #TempleDay and it’s a practice that once incorporated into your regime will ensure you can bounce back from any setback.  Full details are here…..

Setting Goals & Your Best Year Yet!

Setting Goals & Your Best Year Yet!

OK folks.  It's that time of year when we all jot down a load of New Year’s Resolutions.  There is something very powerful about the turn of the year from one to the next.

This could be one of our most important articles for you.  It's the one that gets you motivated to achieve everything in your life you deserve.  It's an awesome exercise in designing a future that will deliver endless joy and power to your life.  It's an exercise that can be done at any time of the year.  Don't delay.......

More Plants, less Pants & Green Smoothies

More Plants, less Pants & Green Smoothies


The Vitamins and Minerals in Green Vegetables are imperative for so many metabolic functions within the body that whenever a client asks me for weight loss advice, I will always increase their greens. Especially leafy greens. It makes a difference to their body composition, energy levels, complexion ... the list goes on.  To make things easy for you, here's an amazing green smoothie recipe that will have you hotting your green targets with ease.....

Jaws, Adam Amin & The Human Spirit

Jaws, Adam Amin & The Human Spirit

About a week ago I was sitting reading BBC news at the end of what had turned out to a an awesome week and I saw some surf story had made the most read chart.

So I’ve seen this article and am immediately drawn to it.  If you didn’t see it I’ll just give you some background.  It was about a man called Adam Amin from Sidmouth, Devon (UK).  He was 19 and had 5 years surfing experience and followed his dream to ride one of the most notorious waves in the world - JAWS........

Spicy Coconut Rice with Poached Eggs

Spicy Coconut Rice with Poached Eggs

OK so it’s a real quick recipe today.  I’ve just knocked this up for breakfast and it was absolutely amazing.  I’m planning on doing a pretty intense workout this morning and needed some carbs to get me in the mood!  It's got everything in it to give you a boost.  Wild Rice, Poached Eggs, Watercress, Coconut Milk.  It's absolutely delicious, full recipe inside.....

#Video: Sun Salutations from our #yogi Shona Vertue

#Video:  Sun Salutations from our #yogi Shona Vertue

So this will be the shortest post so far.  Short is good.  Short is to the point.  Short of vibrant energy and happy smiles is what you WON’T BE if you follow The Strength Temple #7Pillars 😉  Here's some wisdom from our resident Yoga Guru; Shona Vertue.

The foundation of every yoga posture lies in the Sun Salutations.......

Clean and Green - Kickstart with Chlorella

Clean and Green - Kickstart with Chlorella

So we're staying on our green theme with this article today.  We’re doing this because IT’s SO IMPORTANT and we want you to live a long, healthy and energy abundant life!

Phytonutrients give foods their colours, flavours and aromas and include substances like carotenoids and flavonoids.  These essential building blocks of life are linked to prevention of certain diseases including cancer.  We explore this area with an article below from our wonderful contributor Elizabeth McQuillan......

Immune Boosting Eastern Soup

Immune Boosting Eastern Soup

This soup has just gone down an absolute STORM on our social media platforms.  I guess it’s that time of year (in the UK) where we need this stuff to fight the bugs and fortify our bodies against the cold.

Having said that, this would be awesome in the summer served chilled from the fridge with some crushed ice mixed through as a type of gazpacho.  We’ll definitely be doing that in 6 months!  In the mean time, here’s a note from Richie Norton on this awesome concoction.  ENJOY!……..

Let's focus on your Glutes ;-)

Let's focus on your Glutes ;-)

Not only are glutes apparently 'on trend' right now, they also make for a strong, healthy and pain free body!

Women especially are very much at risk of having under developed glutes because we wear high heels.  Although high heels do a lot to make us feel sexy, they actually bring our weight forward to the balls of our feet, causing us to make every movement a knee dominant one, rather than a hip dominate one (**knee dominant movements predominantly use Quads and Hip Dominant movements predominantly use gluten and hamstrings).  Combine this with lots of sitting in chairs and you have yourself a very under-active and potentially weak Gluteus Maximus or worse, a saggy bum.  Here's what you need to do.......

The Power of NO!

The Power of NO!

Well there’s an interesting title.  "No" is usually associated with bad people.  It’s something we don’t look forward to hearing as it means we’re not getting what we’ve asked for.  It’s used by people stopping our progress.  People who just aren’t team players; but HANG ON ONE SECOND!  The power of a kind, well placed and diplomatic no is one of life’s greatest lessons and it’s careful use can open a gateway for your growth and ultimately a better outcome for everyone.  Let’s explore how you can use this often underused word to make everyone happier in the end; most importantly YOU!.....

Anchors & Healthy Chocolate Thick Shakes!

Anchors & Healthy Chocolate Thick Shakes!

So we’ve already discussed Anchors and their importance in controlling behaviour in some of our Mindfulness articles.  We caught up with Shona Vertue for an interview on how Anchors affect us in our day to day lives, and how she’s made some simple changes to move from limiting habits to great habits.  Her technique is an important lesson as it doesn’t fight the anchor, and uses it in an extremely positive and empowering way through redirection.  Oh - and she shares a version of a chocolate milkshake that will blow your socks off!  Enjoy…...

Breath - are you going deep enough?  Try this...

Breath - are you going deep enough?  Try this...

Few of us pay much mind to our breathing. Like walking or talking, we accept it as something that just happens, an incidental adjunct to getting on with life. However, each lungful of precious air has the capacity to help us heal, burn fat and energise the entire body.

Sadly, we just don’t do it very well....

Read on to hear about how to activate your breathing and feel the benefits!.......

Are you throwing away your Avocado Seeds?

Are you throwing away your Avocado Seeds?

We all love Avocados.  They are so good for us and taste amazing (especially when sprinkled with some soft flakes of Malden Sea Salt.) The secret though is that people are throwing away the most nutritious parts and it's just so easy to prepare if you have a decent blender...