Health and fitness trends in UK

Britain is obsessed with slimming. Whether it’s celebrity weight loss challenges, glossy figures in magazines or health and fitness trends that sweep the country, we’re a nation trying to get slimmer. New data released by Slimming Solutions, a weight loss retailer, sheds some light into how we’re trying to lose weight.

Ages

Across a year of sales, the most popular age for buying weight loss pills was 37, or those born in 1979. This was closely followed by 47 year olds born in 1969. In third place, 31 year olds were most likely to buy weight loss products.

Regions

According to NHS data, the regions with the highest percentage of overweight men and women are:

  1. The North-East (68%)
  2. North-West (66%)
  3. West Midlands (65.7%)
  4. East Midlands (65.6%)
  5. Yorkshire & the Humber (65.4%)

How do these overweight regions compare with Slimming Solutions’ top regions, the areas where most people buy their weight loss products? These are:

  1. Belfast – the most popular region for weight loss products by sales was Belfast. While not featured on the PHE report, it was reported in January that six in 10 people in Northern Ireland are overweight.
  2. London – the second most popular area for weight loss products was also in the bottom of the NHS’ top 10 regions (57.3% overweight).
  3. Birmingham – the wider Birmingham area, including Solihul, Sandwell and Walsall, is the third most popular area for weight loss products from Slimming Solutions. This ties in with the West Midland’s position as the third most overweight in England.
  4. Manchester – The fourth most popular area is Manchester, which sits in the North-West, England’s second most overweight area.
  5. North East – In fifth place when it comes to buying weight loss products, England’s most overweight region seems to be lagging behind when it comes to shedding the pounds.

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5 High School Experiences You Actually Apply Into Your

Your high school years may not have been the most amazing in your life. However, that doesn’t mean that you didn’t have some spills and thrills that you can apply to your real life today. Everyone grow sup and realizes certain things were actually beneficial to them, and now we can say with certainty that we’ve found five that everyone will agree on.

Slipping on A Banana Peel (Or Anything For That Matter)

Everyone, at least once, slipped and fell in front of their entire class or potentially the entire school. The embarrassment was enough to make you not want to go back to school ever again. People didn’t let you live that spill down for years, but now you can see what it has taught you. If only someone had known what was back then. In the present day, you don’t have to worry about someone with the cure for cancer slipping on a dirty floor and lose their research forever.

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The Smelly Locker Room

Let’s face it, every locker room in every high school smells terrible. There’s no way around it. The place just smells awful. You either lived in that locker room for four years playing sports or you went in there once to use the bathroom and nearly suffocated. Either way, you learned an appreciation for air freshener and continued cleanliness.

Dirty Lunch Tables

Everyone sat down at a high school lunch table at least once with their glistening new shirt on and laid their arm right in something really disgusting that stained their beautiful, new shirt. It ruined your day. Actually, it might have ruined your week. Now you see why tables have to be wiped down and people who are on cleaning crews have to be so diligent. Continue reading “5 High School Experiences You Actually Apply Into Your”

Family Time: 6 Activities That Will Help Build That Lasting Bond

The more technology becomes a part of our lifestyle, the more complicated our lives become. One thing that should not get lost in the turmoil is family time. Setting aside time for family sharing is critical for supporting and nurturing your relationship.

Plan activities you can do as a family and schedule them as often as you can. Here are 6 ideas to get you started.

Enjoy Nature

This can be as simple as taking a walk together after dinner, or you can plan hikes, bike rides, scavenger hunts, bird watching or canoe outings. Some families sign up with community efforts to pick up litter or beautify a park. Many children today do not spend as much time in nature as kids once did, and sharing family time exploring the natural world nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity, provides play time, supports their health and development and allows the entire family to discuss and learn about the environment.

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Hold Family Dinners

Families that eat together have been shown to have better relationships. A recent study found that frequent family meals were significantly associated with lower depression, fewer risk-taking actions by young people and overall better well-being.

Play Games

Family game nights are a perfect way to share time together. Each family member can have a turn at choosing the game or you can rotate among a selected number of choices. Whether you choose board games, video games, card games or computer games, make sure every member can participate at some level.

Cook

What better way for everyone in the family to learn more about nutrition and the food they eat than to prepare and cook it themselves. Food preparation and cooking are important skills for children to learn, and even young kids can stir or add ingredients to a recipe under supervision. Continue reading “Family Time: 6 Activities That Will Help Build That Lasting Bond”

Work out like a movie star- get Ben Affleck buff

As The Accountant hits our cinema screens, we see Ben Affleck playing a muscle-bound accountant who lives a dangerous secret life unbeknown to the people around him. It’s not the first-time Affleck has bulked up for a Hollywood role, and it seems to come naturally to him, just like his acting and screenwriting.

You don’t need to have a Hollywood pay packet to be able to build the same kind of muscle as Affleck. What you do need is commitment and determination alongside the right training plan and clean diet. MaxiNutrition has used their nutritional knowledge and understanding of good training techniques to put together their top tips for you to follow so that you can have a physique as good as Mr Affleck’s.

Eat like a Hollywood star

You don’t need to be earning a Hollywood wage packet to be able to afford some of the best high-quality nutrition. To get the best muscle building results, high protein and a caloric surplus is key.

The first step is to work out your calorie maintenance level, which can be done via an online calculator. This is important to gauge your manageable weight gain. Ideally, you want to add between 500-1,000 calories to your daily intake.

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How to Deal With Mental Illness in the Family?

According to the existing studies, mental illness is one of the most common diseases in the world. It cuts across the demography and age and knows no geographical location.  If somebody in your family has been analyzed with any disorder, it is important to understand how to deal with it.

No blame game

The most common reaction to most people, when their dear one is diagnosed with a mental illness, is denial. Others take it as a personal blame, and they see like they have contributed to the illness. There are many mental disorders and there are tens of reasons and causes of mental disorder, and it is not possible to blame any one person or factor for such a misfortune. There are those that are hereditary while others suffer owing to a number of environmental factors. It is, hence; imprudent to blame any person or to blame yourself for when such an unfortunate thing happens.

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Acceptance

Most mental illness patients are victims of endless stigma and are looked at with suspicion. There are cases of even some of them being subjected to violence by a society that does not understand them.  The first step you can do to your family member suffering from mental illness is to accept the condition. It is difficult to overcome the emotions, but it is crucial to understand their condition and help them cope with it. The society is not yet prepared to accept people who are considered abnormal or who may demonstrate unusual habits. The stigma of mental illness is still very strong even at workplace.  It is hence important that you serve as the link between the family member and the rest of the community and help them understand what you are going through.

Support them

Most of the patients suffering from mental disorders are prone to many dangers in life.  You will recognize that most of them do not have someone to turn to and may suffer in silence after being neglected by the family and the community. It is, hence; important if you are a family member to support them both physically and financially. They may be undergoing medication and spending a lot in terms of medical bills and hence it is vital that you be there for them. Moral and emotional support too will help them in their struggle with the disorder and will help in the recovery.  They may not be conscious enough to do some tasks on their own, and it is important that you be there to show them the way.

Support group

You may be tempted to handle this task on your own but remember you are also a human being and you will need to share your experiences. Joining a support group of people facing similar challenges will not only give you a platform to share ideas, but it will also help you release pent up frustrations. You can also be a great help to the rest of the faction by giving them solutions to your problem. You can be sure your burden will be eased when you encounter people dealing with the same problems you are facing. Continue reading “How to Deal With Mental Illness in the Family?”

How To Get Help Taking Care Of Your Family

When it comes to taking care of your family, it seems like it gets harder and harder every day. The price of things go up, but how much you make on a daily basis never seems to grow. This can often lead to having more bills than money. It can be frustrating, trying to meet ends meet each and every month. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help you make the most of every dollar, and save money around the house.

A good place to start to learn about how to get help taking care of your household is to talk to your local Department of Human Services office. They can help you to begin the process to apply for various services that can help your family, from getting your daycare needs paid for, to even temporary cash aid.

These services are available to families in need, and they will all have different requirements. Most of them are income based, so you will need to make sure that you have any proof of income and your proof of residency available when you make your visit to your local Department of Human Services office.

Once you have these services, there are even more ways for you to get assistance and save money. We all know how expensive it is to have a cell phone. Thankfully, if you are approved for services, benefits and other services, you can likely be approved for Lifeline phone service, both in your home and on a cell phone. Continue reading “How To Get Help Taking Care Of Your Family”

Prevent Acne Build Up

Acne is a problem that every person will suffer from at some point during their life. Having visible acne on your face can make you feel worried about making the wrong impression. One of the first things people see when meeting you would be your face. As such, it is important for you to take steps to make sure that your face is as clean as possible.

Acne does not just make you feel uncomfortable dealing with people. It will make you more hesitant to make connections that you would have otherwise been able to. As a result, you will not enjoy the friendships that would have otherwise changed your life. Additionally, you may find it more difficult to find potential relationships because of your acne.

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Getting rid of the blemishes you have on your face would be the easiest way to ensure that you no longer have to worry about making a bad impression. Additionally, this would help you to focus on gaining the people skills that may be essential for making friends and creating strong connections in the future. If you would like to change the way you feel around people, you make to fix your complexion and remove the need to feel about the way that your face looks. Millions of dollars are spent on an annual basis in order to remove the appearance of acne. However, many of these products simply do not deliver the results they promise. If you want to get rid of your acne problems, the solution may be easier than you think.

 An outdoor sauna would provide you with the clear face you have been dreaming of. Instead of throwing away your money on facial products that do not work, you may want to invest in technology that is designed to keep you comfortable. Additionally, you will be able to make use of an outdoor sauna to relieve the pain and tension in your back and neck. Continue reading “Prevent Acne Build Up”