Thursday, 29 October 2015

Is being healthy in my genes?

health fitness
The myInnerGo kit - all ready for my DNA
As any TV crime show aficionado will tell you (AKA me), DNA can be taken by using a 'buccal' swab rolled around the inside of your mouth. And so it was with gratuitous excitement that I followed the instructions on my MyInnerGo kit to provide the company with a sample of my DNA for genetic analysis. I then popped my swab into a test tube for safe keeping and into the pre-paid envelope provided so that it could be posted off to the lab. What exactly would I discover about my health and weight control potential? I was fascinated!

If this all sounds a bit futuristic, that's because it is. Personalised medicine and genetics are an emerging practice that uses an individual's genetic profile as a guide to potential health and fitness. While lots of the lifestyle choices we take go on to decide our actual health, much of what we are - and what we can be - is pre-determined. Just consider that 40 to 70 per cent of body weight is affected by genes, and that genes also account for half of the variations in physical performance between individuals. Why waste time following a regime that just doesn't suit you - when with a little bit of self-knowledge you can find out what your strengths really are?

[Spoiler alert - there's a discount code at the end of the post!]

Monday, 19 October 2015

I moustache you a question...

All hail Movember! It won't be long before we start seeing social media posts from our male friends and colleagues as they grow a moustache (with varying degrees of success) all in the name of male cancer awareness (and other health issues that face the male of the species). In fact, it's likely that one in eight UK men will be effected by prostate cancer at some point in their lives - which definitely puts your loved ones in the firing line. 

My family have been effected - and benefitted enormously from up-to-date research and treatment options. And last year a friend and I ran the Muddy Mo 10k - dressed as Frenchmen with stick on tashes (since you ask).This November, as well as the run events and the facial hair growing, the Movember Foundation is also spearheading the MOVE 30/30 challenge - which challenges people to move for 30 minutes for 30 days (moving more can help prevent cancer and speed up recovery).

One of the supporters of the event, Discount Supplements, an online health and supplements supplier, has also produced a handy infographic which highlights the six ways men can 'escape' cancer - simply by being aware and checking themselves. Take a look at the chart - and encourage your menfolk to do the same. It outlines exactly what to look for - and can help save lives. It's often a concerned woman that forces a reluctant guy to see the GP about worrying symptoms - maybe you are that woman?

Discount Supplements will donate £10 to Movember for each blogger that posts a website link.

Monday, 12 October 2015

What's your excuse?

It's all too easy to think we don't have the time, energy or money to stay fit and well. And as the weather gets cooler and the sunshine dwindles it's not uncommon to loose all the motivation you had just a few months ago when the beach beckoned and it was BBQ and salad season. If you've lost your way lately, perhaps you recognise some of these classic excuses?

Excuse #1
I'm too stressed to eat properly or exercise

Hard times call for decent food and a healthy outlet. A workout will help you focus on something other than your problems and release some feel-good chemicals in your brain. The right food will provide the long-term energy you need too. And there's nothing more stressful than seeing all your previous hard work go to waste because you've let a situation beyond your control steer you off course.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Let's go outside

Make the most of sunny skies
with these stained glass kits
I feel thoroughly spoilt at the moment with the weather. Sunny days, clear skies and some fantastic sunsets have allowed us to make the most of Autumn's arrival. We've also been able to benefit from enjoying all that nature has to offer - from collecting conkers and acorns to talking an interest in native wildlife (which is the theme to class names in my children's school this academic year adding to the interest levels). We also recently got a puppy which has meant more walking amongst ripening berries and falling leaves. And plenty of time to admire the scenery as the little dog stops to sniff!

And since getting out and about in the fresh air can boost your health and your mood, I'm keen to encourage and celebrate the outdoors with some seasonal craft...