Saturday, 11 November 2017

Christmas kit and caboodle!

dance wear, workout, kit, catsuit
Choose your perfect workout
wear this Christmas

Now the pumpkins are in the compost bin, it's officially okay to discuss Christmas shopping. And the great thing about people that like to stay healthy and work out is that they're super easy to buy presents for! 


Here are some great gifting ideas for the fitness fiends on your list (which might well be you too!).

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The best and worst children’s menus

The Soil Association wants high street
restaurants to improve the service and food they offer to children 
The Soil Association’s Out to Lunch campaign is back. Working with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, it has launched it's latest League Table, ranking 25 of the most popular chains to reveal the best and worst children’s menus at UK restaurant chains. And published today (11 October), on World Obesity Day, the league table has uncovered continuing widespread poor practice with a number of chains failing to serve fresh food or healthy choices.

On the upside, the research (carried out by secret diner families) shows that children’s food on the high street has undergone notable improvement since the Soil Association launched the campaign in 2013. There are now 13 chains serving a portion of veg or salad with every meal (up from 6 chains in 2013) and 12 chains that include organic ingredients on the menu (up from 4 chains in 2013). 

Rob Percival from the Soil Association believes many restaurants are now prioritising child health and investing in healthier and more creative meal options, but says there is still a national scandal, with some chains 'dishing up super-sized calorific junk, undermining national efforts to tackle childhood obesity.'

The good, the bad - and the ugly!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Know the signs and symptoms of gynae cancer

cancer, woman's health, gynaecological cancer
Search #KnowYourBody for more
info on The Eve Appeal's campaign.
September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month, and cancer charity The Eve Appeal is determined to smash the taboos that surround gynaecological health and raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of gynae cancer. 

Stats show over 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed each year with a gynaecological cancer - that's 58 diagnoses each day. Yet, research conducted by the charity shows awareness levels of the five gynae cancers among both women and men are startlingly low. 

A major aim of The Eve Appeal is to break the wall of silence that exists around the issue - particularly between women and girls - and the men that love and care for them. Celebrities like Nigel Havers, who lost his wife Polly in 2004 to ovarian cancer, and Dr Christian Jessen from Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ are urging people to to discuss women-specific health issues – from periods, to menopause and even what to call the female reproductive organs. Girl Guiding UK has got involved to help spread the message.

And since early diagnosis can literally save lives, Eve Appeal’s Chief Executive, Athena Lamnisos would like to see an end to the stigma that surrounds these issues - because the devastating impact of a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer affects not just the woman involved but also her partner, her family and her friends. 

'As the month comes to a close, we’d urge everyone to continue with open conversation, encouraging women to see a healthcare professional if they are at all concerned', says Athena. 'There’s not a woman alive who isn’t aware of breast cancer and at least one of the key signs – and our aspiration is for the gynae cancers to be just as well known', she continues.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancer?

Monday, 18 September 2017

Meet your new health philosophy - 'Lagom'

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Buy the book at Amazon 
I'm guessing you've all heard about 'hygge' (pronounced 'hoo-guh')? The Danish term was everywhere last winter and loosely translates as 'cozy'. It was even on the short list for the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year in 2016. It's also an official lifestyle trend that has been used to sell us everything from bedsocks to knitting classes.

But you can't spend your life sipping mulled wine and cuddling under blankets by the light of an Ikea candle (although you can spend some of your life like that) - particularly if you'd like to keep fit and healthy despite the rather early winter weather we're having. But fear not, there's a NEW Scandi-term in town - and this one might just help you with portion control!

You need to learn about 'lagom'...

Monday, 11 September 2017

Stay safe in winter sun

sun, sun safe, sun protection, SPF, ageing, winter sun
Pop your fave SPF cream into the canister
& away you go
Right now our early summer heatwave and beach holidays seem a distant memory. But if you're missing the sunshine there's always the chance of an Indian Summer - or maybe even a little bit of a winter sun or a ski vacay snuck in over the half term and Christmas breaks. If that's the case, you'll need my latest 'new product find' - the Solar Buddies roll-on, child friendly, less-mess sunscreen applicator (thankfully a lot easier to use than adequately describe in just one breath!).

Devised by fellow mums Kelli Aspland and Laura Griffin, Solar Buddies are the antidote to squirming kids that hate having SPF slathered over them - or those that diligently take a tube of sunscreen to school in their bag, and leave it there untouched! Which is most of them - am I right?

The nifty little device allows children (and anyone really!) to apply sun protection easily themselves - making it far more likely to become a healthy habit. It's so easy and portable - it's also the ideal way to ensure that children stay protected from the sun when they are away from their parents' beady eyes, whether than be during school hours, on holiday or when our unpredictable British weather suddenly gives us a burst of Vitamin D!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Pilates in Motion!

pilates, workout, weight loss, cardio
Pilates + cardio =
an all round workout!
If you're a fan of Pilates but would like to take your routine up a notch, the new DVD from Caroline Sandry, is for you. 'Pilates in Motion' gets you up off your mat (although don't chuck it just yet, you'll need it for a few of the exercises!) and artfully combines the benefits of both Pilates and walking (and a little bit of jogging too if you fancy it) to improve your posture, burn calories and shape up. 

Model turned Pilates trainer and TV presenter, Caroline loves Pilates because of the way it offers conditioning and balancing for the body, but appreciates how important it is we move our bodies more (think reaching that 10,000 steps per day  target) - and use resistance training to stay healthy, strong and flexible. So she got to work applying the principles of Pilates to walking and movement - creating an all-round workout you can do at home. 

So of course I was happy to try it out...

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Health campaigns that are here to help

#oursquad #sgwadni #thisgirlcan TeamUp ActiveGirls Us Girls RFU
#OurSquad - getting fit in Wales
Women's sport is having a moment. England's female team have just won the Cricket World Cup and female rugby and football teams are finally getting some of the media attention they deserve. Just a year ago UK women picked up medals for sports as diverse as hockey, triathlon, boxing, athletics, sailing and taekwondo at the Rio Olympics. But it's not just our top athletes that are getting all the attention - there's increasing support to be found for the average girl and woman that wants to get and stay active in both individual and team sports.

Take a look at these initiatives designed to help you get you off that sofa and into some sweats, whoever and wherever you are. Which one is your perfect match?