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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 00:00

New years health and fitness tips

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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.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

Psychology of the retired athlete

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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.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00

Happiness

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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.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00

Sleep

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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.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00

Water Facts

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Imagine you are on holiday and the weather is very hot and obviously you want to enjoy the sun. You are lying beside the pool for about four hours and feeling maybe that you fancy an alcoholic drink or two, It may seem that you have quenched your thirst after these drinks but you actually find that you are starting to get a headache and feel dizzy. This you cannot understand as you are quite relaxed and usually feel fine after two alcoholic drinks. To add to this you have not been to the toilet for many hours and do not feel you need to. This whole scenario has been happening each day of the holiday.

Stop to think for a moment. When was the last time you had a glass of water?

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Posture know how

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As young children we are able to move freely, with balance, fluidity and less tension in our bodies. The stressful and awkward environments that we begin to encounter as an young adult and then as we age causes us to start to adapt to incorrect patterns of tense awkward movements and holding of bad postures.

Badly designed car seats, very comfy sofas, poor mattress support in bed all contribute too enhancing an already stressed body posture. On top of this add in emotional and work stresses and before we know it we have a recipe for overworked global (larger muscles) and weak under-used postural muscles. Most of this will happen unconsciously and develop over a period of time before we actually become aware of the change are selves. Long-term bad posture can cause back pain and other areas of the body to become strained inflexible and less mobile.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Confidence

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How confident are you? Confidence is not the same as happiness but if you are confident in your appearance, attitude and ability, to an extent this may contribute to a certain level of happiness. Be aware by fixing things such as outward looks and appearances you can indeed give yourself a welcome boost of self-esteem, but if it is fear of being in certain situations and coping that affects your confidence then this is only a quick fix and not a long term solution to addressing your inner needs.

A wave of low self-esteem is affecting us from an early age. Nine out of ten teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies and are obsessed with looking like their favourite (mostly adult) celebrities. Four out of ten young girls have considered plastic surgery. Only eight per cent of girls as young as thirteen had no complaints about their figures. The trend for perfect slim figures and attractive facial features is making this generation of teenagers want a new body and personality before their own has fully grown and developed. It is not suprising that teenage girls are wanting to follow the way their mums are turning to plastic surgery as a means of 'fixing' the ageing process or to perhaps find a new look to feel better about their relationship or career. As an adult, it is personal choice as to finding the things that will work for you within the areas of your life that could need a little injection of esteem and confidence, it is not just looks that count.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

Brain Food

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The next time you are over - reacting to something trivial or searching in the recess of your brain to remember some information that you should easily recall consider what you have eaten prior to this.
Certain foods can have a powerful effect on us emotionally, mentally and physically. Foods which contain excess sugar, starch and refined white flour are associated with a dip in blood glucose shortly after eating them, inflicting a blood-sugar imbalance and this can cause a fluctuation in our moods. These fluctuations can cause us to become anxious, irritable, confused, lacking in concentration and to have a headache. An amino acid called Tryptophan, is present in certain foods and has a role in regulating our moods. It helps the brain to produce another chemical called seretonin ('the feel good chemical') which keeps us satisfied, calm and helps sleep regulation. Foods such as wholegrain cereals, oats and breads will enable the brain to have a more constant release of the seretonin, providing calmness for longer. Fresh dark green leafy vegetables and celery contain magnesium, which helps to calm and fight misery and confusion. . Other foods to help with promotion of seretonin are apricots, bananas, honey and nuts.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Tips on Appetite

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Meaning- a strong physical desire to satisfy a bodily need (e.g. for food)

Appetite is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain. Signals from the brain make you want to eat, especially if your store of energy is running low. When you have eaten enough, signals are sent to the brain for you to stop eating anymore. Appetite is influenced not only by the quantity of food but the type eaten. Fatty food can give us a comforting feeling but it does not make us feel full so we can feel hungry quite soon after. Carbohydrate and protein are much stronger appetite suppressants than fats. We must eat to live but when our eating habits become inconsistent and there is a desire for junk food this can not only cause weight gain but also health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other factors that can contribute to overeating are emotions. They can cause us to eat when we are bored, unhappy or stressed and this is not necessarily meaning the body is hungry but that it needs comfort. It is also possible if you have cravings that you suffer from blood sugar imbalance or even a food allergy, which is worth checking.

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