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The benefits of an electric toothbrush

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We’ve all heard it… look after your teeth and they will look after you. But sometimes it’s just not that easy. We skip brushing and fall asleep, we brush too hard or not for long enough and every time this happens are teeth pay the price.

If you’ve ever thought about getting an electric toothbrush, it could be one of the best ideas you ever had. Establishing a thorough dental hygiene regime for both you and the kids ensures the health of all your teeth is protected and an electric toothbrush can be found at the heart of this.

 

It’s quick and easy

Brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush couldn’t be simpler. It requires absolutely minimum effort to get amazingly noticeable results in absolutely no time at all! A brush like the Oral B trizone can really help get into the places other brushes can’t reach and leave you feeling great and your teeth looking lovely. There is even a very large selection of toothbrush heads which can dramatically improve your dental health when used daily.

 

Brush at the right speed

Whilst brushing your teeth is very important, how you brush them is even more important. If you brush them too hard they may become sensitive with your gums irritated. You may also find that if you brush them soon after eating, you risk jamming small pieces of undigested food under the gums, causing problems later down the road. With an Oral B toothbrush you can adjust the speed at which the toothbrush head vibrates, ensuring you get a thorough clean that does not do any damage.

Great for sensitive teeth

If you have very sensitive an electric toothbrush is perfect. Their gentle action works around teeth slowly so as not to cause pain. Many dentists even recommend using an electric toothbrush if you suffer from sensitive teeth so it’s worth considering.

 

Feel great for less

Electric toothbrushes are also extremely reasonably priced. This means that not only will your teeth be kept as clean and fresh as possible but you’ll feel great too! Good teeth are a major benefit to people’s confidence and just a few minutes every morning and night will let you start to feel the difference.

Combining this with gentle, whitening toothpaste is also a great idea. This way your teeth will look healthy, feel healthy and leave you beaming all day long.

 

Week 7: Getting Fit

Have been a bit lax at updating this recently, sorry. Things are still going well, I haven’t seen any dramatic weight loss or anything like that but I’m starting to really appreciate that it’s not just about that. Sure, I do need to lose weight but I’m feeling so much fitter and am really enjoying the sessions. I’m noticing a lot of the exercises are easier now: the plank that I could only manage 15 seconds of in the first week can now be held for a minute and a half – woo! My clothes feel looser too so I think it must be doing something and I have lost a couple of pounds, so it’s going in the right direction. I need to get better at being good with food to really benefit from the sessions as recently we’ve been a bit naughty, especially with half term and my husband being home – lots of meals out etc.

I never thought I would say it but I actually really look forward to the sessions – Zoe keeps them fresh and fun, and they get a bit harder each week, though never so hard you feel like you’re failing. Gentle encouragement is good for someone like me who needs a push but baulks somewhat at being told what to do. I’m even starting to consider joining in with some other classes too as I enjoy the sessions so much, and really do feel very invigorated and good after doing them. This is a whole new world for me!

For more information about Zoë and what she does, check out her website Fitbugs.net or come and ask her a question in the Ask the Trainer section of the forum

Getting Fit: Week 1

Well, I’m still alive. Just.

I had my first training session with Zoe yesterday and it was actually a lot of fun! Hard work but fun, and in all seriousness I actually feel pretty good. I’m a little stiff and sore, but I feel like my whole body has done some good, hard work.

The session was an hour long and it felt like we managed to fit so much in, it was infinitely better than trying to do a DVD or something at home, which is what I’ve done in the past. I’m a little too self-conscious of my general unfitness, lack of ability and co-ordination to attempt a class yet (plus I don’t really have the time), and the one-on-one attention was just perfect for me. I was worried I might feel a little silly but I didn’t at all (well, maybe once or twice).

We started out using a Bosu ball, which is something I’ve never used before. It was like a halved squidgy exercise ball, something last used by me when trying to get labour going with my daughter! Zoe had me stand on it and get balanced, which is easier said than done at first, then when I’d managed that (with only one ridiculous nearly-fall), started me moving my heels up and down – it sounds simple but because the ball is rather like a giant jelly, you can really feel it on the legs.

After that was one of my favourite parts of the session – putting on boxing gloves and punching things – yay! Okay, well, punching pads, but it was still fun. I’m honestly not a violent person, but I do like hitting things. Is that bad? I also quite liked using the kettlebell – it was hard work but I think I’m more of a fan of simple, strong, rhythmic exercises than anything that involves any real flair.

I found having Zoe there, with her know-how and encouragment made me work a lot harder than I would do if it was just me. Even something fairly simple like using a resistance band became a better exercise than I could do on my own – she was able to correct any mistakes I didn’t know I was making, push me that but further than I might normally go, but also keep it within a level that is attainable by me, thus avoiding me feeling like I was failing. She’s encouraging in a nice, honest-sounding way not in a clapping and jumping ‘woo, go you’ sense, which would probably drive me mad.

We also did various stretches and talked a lot about how I felt about each exercise, before moving on to the part I was dreading: core exercises. Since my first pregnancy, my stomach muscles are dreadfully weak and I find core exercises really hard. We tried a fairly simple (and I imagine easy for most) plank, and I did really struggle – it was probably the hardest part of the session for me, but by doing it in shorter intervals I managed a minute or so. Probably doesn’t sound like much, but it was a lot for me.

Following a good stretch (so much nicer when someone else is stretching you and pushing you that bit further than you could do yourself!) we finished for the day and I did feel pretty shattered, though half an hour later I walked to collect my son from school and really did feel good. I also talked endlessly to anyone who would listen about it too, which I think must be a good sign!

Now I’m looking forward to next Wednesday (no session on Monday because of the bank holiday) and feeling more motivated than I have in a long time. I even skipped having a glass of wine last night despite a dreadful bedtime strop from my son. I did have a curry though… but it had lentils in it, which is good, right? Right? Ah well, one step at a time!

 

For more information about Zoë and what she does, check out her website Fitbugs.net or come and ask her a question in the Ask the Trainer section of the forum