My name is Andrew Bentley, I come from Melton Mowbray and I work as an Acupuncturist at Abbey Park Health Care in Leicester.
I’m a keen runner, a cyclist, an occasional climber and since my early teens, I have spent most of my spare time participating in a variety of different outdoor activities. I spent 10 years training in martial arts and I’m also really interested in functional strength, conditioning and body-weight training. I tend to find that I am drawn towards activities that can be done anywhere with a minimum requirement for equipment or special facilities.
I compete in running, cycling and mountain marathon type events a few times a year but my main focus is in enjoying what I do week in and week out, regardless of competition. Over the years I have come to realise that maintaining regular exercise is easy when you find activities that you really love and for me, being outside is an important part of this as it provides physical and psychological benefits which cannot be found in a gym.
In my personal and professional experience, I have found that quick-fix approaches to exercise and diet that prioritise physical appearance or athletic performance above health inevitably lead to illness, injury or motivational breakdown. I tend to discourage people from following generic diet plans or set exercise regimes as they give no regard for the needs of the individual they can often discourage people from paying attention to how their body is actually responding to the methods that they are following.
To stay healthy, I believe that it is important to develop a basic understanding of how your body works and then learn how to listen to it and adjust your lifestyle and exercise habits to suit your individual needs and constitution. As you develop these skills, you will become empowered to make positive decisions throughout your entire life and learn how to identify when something isn’t right. Acquiring this knowledge can be tricky and part of my motivation in creating this website is to point people towards high-quality souces of information.
Throughout my teens, I became increasingly interested in learning how the human body works and I was drawn towards Chinese Medicine in particular, due to the way in which it examines the impact that our lifestyle choices can have upon our health. This eventually led me to begin my degree at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, and since graduating I have developed a particular interest in the prevention and management of pain, sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions.
I have a degree in Mechanical engineering, and maintain my career in the manufacturing industry alongside my Acupuncture practice in Leicester. I work at Abbey Park Health Care, which was established by my friend Mel Koppelman and I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s main regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture.
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