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Menopause – Break The Silence

As someone going through the menopause myself (Kate), I understand first-hand how much it helps to be able to speak about it openly and honestly. And trust me – it doesn’t always come easily; it sometimes feels embarrassing and uncomfortable to discuss, it feels like I’m just using a boat load of excuses, and worst […]

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A Personal Trainers Training Story

Kate recently shared a social post on what our personal trainers goals are here at Motive8 North. This got me thinking a bit about my goals, why and what I train and my fitness journey. Unlike the rest of the team, who seemed to be working towards a competition, one of my main goals is […]

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Navigating Nutrition: Ultra-Processed Foods and Your Health

Our predictions of fitness trends for 2024 included a focus on ultra-processed food and your health. And we were right! These energy dense, low nutrient, additive filled, convenient and reasonably cheap foods; are widely available and may already form part of your diet without you even properly realising it. But surely everything is ok in […]

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Mindful in May – Breathing stress away.

Recently, I (Emily) was invited to a corporate client to lead a weekly mindfulness/breathwork session, to promote Mindful in May. Breathing is usually regulated through the autonomic nervous system but we also have the ability to control it consciously. Different states of being have different breathing patterns, for example, when we are stressed the breath […]

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The Power Of A Morning Routine.

What sort of a morning person are you? Start work at 8am out of bed at 7:30am; rushing out the door half dressed, stressed and straight to StarBucks for your morning caffeine hit before work? Or maybe you’re the opposite and in the gym for 5am, followed by meditation and a healthy, sit-down breakfast. Which […]

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Move More, Sit Less

Did you know that pre-covid, adults were sitting on average 9 hours a day? Would it surprise you if we said that post-pandemic, adults were now sitting on average 12 hours a day!? Hybrid working has its advantages, but it also has its disadvantages! Here are our top tips for people working from home to […]

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Change & Mindset – How to keep your training fun and dynamic!

It’s common for people to say they don’t like going to the gym because they don’t know what to do and eventually get bored. Similarly, people may start training, and be making good progress, but eventually they find the same old routine is just not exciting enough to keep them engaged. Then they find reasons […]

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Mental Health and Fitness – A Complicated Relationship

Today I wanted to write about a topic slightly different from the usual blog. Often, especially as a person working in the fitness industry, it is easy to have blinders on and only focus on the technical aspects of training: nutrition and health. We become so focused on HOW you should be training that we […]

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Exercise, Activity and Movement – How much should I do?

When it comes to exercise it’s easy to feel lost in a sea of information, all of differing quality and sometimes offering completely opposing advice. Specifically questions about exercise, daily activity and movement can all cause huge amounts of controversy as well as information overload. So today we’re going to have a look at some […]

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A yoga teacher’s guide to starting yoga….

Have you ever muttered the words “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible enough”? As yoga teachers, we hear it a lot. Guess what? You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Flexibility is more of a side effect of yoga. Let me break some things down for you to give you a better […]

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Seasonal Goal Setting

How many people do you know who maybe don’t take their food and exercise as seriously over the Winter months? Then before we know it, Winter comes to an end and we start to look for our Summer bodies (they’re there, just protected under a little extra layer!). Spring is a perfect time to get […]

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What is the best diet for me?

It’s really tricky nowadays working out what kind of diet is right for you. There is so much information, accurate, bogus or contested, that circulates all over our social media, the TV and in our conversations with others. Today I’m going to break down some of the essential information for you to make an informed […]

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Meet our New Gym Instructor Courtney

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce our new gym instructor – Courtney aka Mr Core! He’s a passionate fitness instructor who is also qualified in Sports Massage Therapy. Courtney is looking forward to being a motive8 family member and is fully dedicated in improving client’s health and fitness. What was the attraction of […]

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Can fitness apps be as effective as a personal trainer?

A recent BBC article posed the question “can fitness apps be as effective as a personal trainer?” In this article there was a discussion on the use of new fitness apps over face-to-face 1-to-1 personal training with a human instructor. Now of course I believe that personal trainers are more effective than existing fitness apps, […]

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Keeping well over Winter

Over winter we all get little sniffles, colds and illnesses that make the already chilly weather and dark evenings that much more miserable! As much as calling in sick, wrapping yourself in blankets and whacking Netflix on sounds like a dreamboat, if you’ve already gotten yourself ill, even this winter pastime can be ruined. So […]

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