For the last few years, there has been a lot of media attention surrounding the prevalence and impact of Type 2 Diabetes on both our personal health, and the healthcare system.
Busy school run, long commutes, deadlines to meet, urgent emails just a click away, all whilst trying to keep the family running – modern life is somewhat hectic and full of stress.
The 1st November is World Vegan Day, a day when we generally see a rise in the number of people who identify as vegan. A recent survey suggests that there are now around 3.5 million vegans in the UK, up from approximately 540,000 in 2016, meaning that 7% of our population are now choosing to live their lives free from animal products. This is now a significant number of people and a rising voice for the future. But why do so many people choose to become vegan?
An obvious reason for veganism is the cruel and inhumane conditions for mass-farming animals for foods and other products. However, a large portion of this shift can be attributed to people choosing to benefit the environment. It has been said that your food carbon footprint can be reduced by 73% if you choose to eat a vegan diet. If everyone in the world as to switch to a vegan diet we would free up farmland equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia and the EU combined and this would have a massive effect for our environment!
If you’ve not tried yoga, or sometimes even if you have, you may think you need to be incredibly flexible, lithe-limbed and able to bend into seemingly impossible positions. Viewed by many as a female-dominated fitness class, the images of yoga in the media and on advertising can make many people think it’s not for them.
With nearly a third of UK children aged 2-15 classed as overweight or obese, and with children becoming obese earlier, encouraging children to exercise is both necessary and responsible.
With World Obesity Day taking place on 11th of October, there isn’t a more appropriate time to be thinking about this now common condition. It is a well-known fact that obesity is becoming more prevalent today, but let’s have a closer look at the facts.
With the autumn weather and colder temperatures drawing in for the next few months maybe it’s time to take your exercise indoors, into a nice warm environment and get some autumn activity in, in the pool.
“I’ve just had a heart attack. I can’t believe it!! Will I ever be the same again? I bet there are lots of things I won’t be able to do now!”
I hear on a regular basis the health benefits around physical activity. When you work in the sport and fitness industry these messages are key for us as there is so much evidence emerging about the benefits of remaining active (and we are all advocates for exercise). But how can we encourage and educate people to get our message across and explain that physical activity really does help?!
Swimming and time in the water is one of the best experiences you can share with your baby! Babies have a real affinity with water, having spent nine months growing in the aquatic environment of the womb, and many mothers choose a water birth as the most natural welcome to this world. Water is known as a warm, helpful environment during labour and offers a natural transition for the baby to the outside world.