Category Archives: Health & Fitness

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Having a mental breakdown, or watching someone have a mental breakdown is unparalleled. You need to learn what to expect in order to ease the situation in these difficult times.

So, you or someone you know is having a breakdown. Who can you call? – Whether you need advice, or just an ear to talk to there are several charities readily available. Firstly, Samaritans’ free helpline (116 123) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Secondly, there is the Mind Infoline (0300 1233393), this service is only available 9-6 Monday to Friday, they provide a range of topics which you can talk about in depth. Thirdly, there is the CALM (0800 585858) help line, which is readily available especially for men from 5pm to midnight 7 days a week. Read More

The drivers of obesity

Did you know that over a quarter of all adults in the UK are obese? There are multiple factors which all correlate to obesity both in the UK and around the world. The following factors have their own effect on increasing calorie intake and/or reducing activity levels.

Let’s begin by looking at sociocultural factors. These include:

– Lack of education

– Social pressures to eat and drink

– Advertising and media exposure pressure.

All these factors are essentially out of our control as we can’t affect and decide what our friends and family eat or drink, yet neither do we have a say in what products are being promoted on a regular basis. However, with determination we are able to educate ourselves on what foods we are eating and what we could be doing better to either reduce our weight or ensure we don’t end up obese. Read More

How much do you sweat when working out?

For years we have believed that the amount of sweat produced during our workout, was a sign of how hard we’ve worked. That’s now not entirely true.

Indeed we have all regarded the sweatiness of our sessions as a result of how hard we’ve worked, as we lay there at the end of our workout in a puddle of burpee sweat. However, it turns out that it’s not actually 100% true and there isn’t always a correlation between sweat and effort. For a certain type of gym-goer, the sweat patches are worn like a medal, for another the sweat patches provide embarrassment as it gives the sense that those fitness levels aren’t quite what they used to be. Read More

Imagine getting paid to workout…

You don’t have to imagine it anymore! The “Sweatcoin” app has come under scrutiny in recent weeks and months however we’ve decided to give it a review and make it easier for you whether it’s worthwhile downloading!

The UK is currently in the middle of an obesity epidemic, with WHO (2014) reporting that over 62% of the population is overweight or obese. Since health and wellness is a regular New Year’s Resolution for many, having that financial incentive may be the push we need to continue those resolutions. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – What can you do to help?

So you may be thinking, how else can I help those with a mental health issue? Well, the best way you can get involved is through an active challenge!

By taking on an active challenge with the help of Mind, you can ensure no-one ever has to face a mental health problem alone again! Joining Mind’s team against mental health is one of the best decisions you can make in 2019. Read More

What is Blue Monday and why is it the worst day of the year?

‘Blue Monday’ is on the 21st January, and it is referred to as the most depressing day of the year! In a battle against mental health, Mind are proposing everyone wears bright colours to get rid of this stigma!

1 in 4 people experience mental health issues at some point in their lives. Leeds Mind promotes mental health and well being, by providing those who need is valuable support. Mind aim to support individuals into using their own resources to aid their own recovery of poor mental health in ways which inspire and allow them to pass on the mental health promotion and give support to other in need. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Bereavement

Bereavement is something which is likely to occur to us all in our lifetime. The sense of loss felt because of the death of a loved one can also be referred to as grief.

Bereavement can have a negative impact on our mental health. People respond in many different ways to death and losing a loved one, and because of this there are multiple symptoms which people can experience including; shock, numbness, overwhelming sadness, despair, guilt and anger. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Self harm

Self-harm is when an individual injures, damages or hurts themselves intentionally as a way of dealing with difficult feelings and/or experiences. This is done in an attempt to block or distract themselves from feeling these emotions.

People may self-harm to punish, to feel normal, to be in control of their body after a trauma, or to feel better due to adrenaline rush it provides. The most common method of self-harm is using an a sharp object to cut the skin. Read More

Mental Health Awareness – Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms.

Symptoms of schizophrenia- Hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that don’t exist– Delusions – unusual beliefs not based on reality

– Muddled thoughts – based on hallucinations or delusions

– Changes in behaviour – Some people think schizophrenia causes a “split personality” or violent behaviour. This is not true. Read More

Types Of Muscle Action

Muscles work in different ways. They can contract & shorten, contract & lengthen or contract & stay the same length, with no movement occurring. They can also relax & lengthen or stretch. To lift a weight for example, the muscles shorten. To lower a weight the muscles lengthen. To hold position, e.g pausing an activity the muscles stay the same length.

Here we are going to look at a number of terms used to distinguish between these different types of muscular activity

Isotonic – Describes muscle actions involving movement, i.e. concentric & eccentric Read More