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31 December 2014 By In Blog

It's new years eve and I expect you are just putting the finishing touches to your party buffet or are busy getting showered and ready to go out for a midnight celebration! Have a fabulous time everyone..........

This may not be the exact time to start planning your fitness routine for tomorrow and beyond in 2015! Some of you may be super organised and already have your new year fitness regime ready to rock and roll, however for those of you that haven't even given it a thought yet, here are some suggestions as to how to begin planning a fitness regime in the new year! A routine that you are more likely to stay with into spring and the rest of your year.

06 November 2014 By In Blog

Sunday Brunch,channel four,chatting to Dr.Steve Peters, 21st September 2014

Dr steve Peters has worked with many high level elite athletes such as Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Ronnie o'Sullivan and the England football team.

It was mentioned by Dr.Peters  that we can feel flat and clinically depressed after great achievement, not just elite sports people but professional people such as newly qualified Doctors. This is not an easy or comfortable subject for many of us to discuss as there is still stigma attached to a perceived unwell mind, particularly in this world of strong athletic role-models who we normally see at the peak of their career and we never really see at their most vulnerable. Steve talked about helping up to 20 members of the Beijing 2008 Olympic team (athletes and staff) after the Olympics who felt they had clinical depression.

I can talk from firsthand experience as an Olympic swimmer when I will admit to anyone now (maybe not 15 years ago when I retired from the sport) that I suffered depression, anxiety, sadness, almost a sense of bereavement for many years. Particularly as my life from the age of 13-30 years old was all about elite level performance in swimming and being judged by your performance in the pool both personally and by the media.

30 September 2014 By In Blog

This article will take a look at our feelings of happiness and how that can affect how we are on a daily basis.

Most of us rate happiness as the thing we would most like from life, although money does come a close second to this. Certainly we all feel at some stage of our life that money would ease our daily problems and would give us perhaps more breathing space to be able to have more time doing the things that make us happy without worrying about the monthly bills . However you may be surprised that one American study has suggested that just £9000 per annum can be enough to give you happiness! To have significantly more than this raises happiness levels only slightly. This however is no where enough money to actually live on so perhaps this means spare cash to use as you please which in reality may still be no where enough to give us the things that we think will make us truely happy !!

For those lottery winners and even those of you who love regular shopping trips, it is the instant gratification we get after winning money or buying something that makes us ecstatic for a while and then that feeling wears off and has to be found somewhere else. Research has also found that there is no significant relationship between how much money a person earns and whether they actually feel good about life. This again can be something we may not understand until we have more money and then perhaps find there are still some problems in our life that we still find difficult to live with. Some 80% of self-employed people are satisfied with their jobs because they can control their hours and working environment. However weather you believe that more money or less could make you happy it has also been shown that people with a happy outlook to everyday life are healthier and may indeed be able to rise up further in their career choice and earn more money because of feeling happier!

It is also shown that family genetics play a part in how positive and happy we are naturally on a daily basis. Some of our happiness can also be within our interaction of family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours. Most experts agree that to make sacrifices in our lives to be more social with family or friends can make us happier. Many people (60%) of British adults have claimed that their friendships were more important to them than career, money and even family.

07 May 2014 By In Blog

Sleep is as natural and essential as breathing and eating.
How much do you sleep? Eight hours is about the average amount we should have to function with enough energy throughout the day, but nowadays we tend to have six hours or less due to increased hours at work and trying to 'fit in' more activities with the family or friends.

At a basic level sleep is a natural response to fatigue. The activity of the body slows down and the body and the brain are able to rest. The body is also able to slow down its metabolism, conserving energy and use resources to fight any infections there may be. Sleep is also very important for facilitating growth and development, especially in children as growth hormone is released. The growth hormone continues to be important into adulthood also as it enables the body to renew and repair itself. The body's skin blood and brain cells are all renewed faster during sleep than when we are awake. Sleeping during illness or infection can help us to fight infection and recover more quickly. Adequate sleep may play a role in helping us to resist infection. In studies it has been shown that even moderate amounts of sleep depravation can reduce the levels of white blood cells which fight infection, therefore reducing the effectiveness of the body's defence systems.

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