Wednesday, 30 March 2016

How to have a Happy, Healthy pregnancy

For many women, health and fitness seems to unravel once kids arrive on the scene. Sleepless nights, lack of time, fussy eaters and the juggling act that is parenting can really see the strongest of resolves crumble. So it’s a snatched bite to eat here and an extra biscuit at playgroup instead of breakfast there – followed by an early evening collapse onto the sofa with a glass of wine once your little cherubs are finally tucked up in bed. But the reality of the situation is that in the UK nearly 50 per cent of pregnant women attending their first maternity appointment are already overweight or obese.

And a recent poll undertaken by The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) found that there is a lot of unhelpful and conflicting information out there, with almost half of mums-to-be thinking that it’s OK to ‘eat for two'. The research also revealed that one-third of respondents felt they did not receive enough information to help them make good decisions about their diet when expecting. In fact 46 per cent said their midwife/GP didn’t weigh them in pregnancy and 68 per cent did not receive any advice on weight gain from their midwife or GP. Not surprisingly, the poll also found that 39 per cent of pregnant women aren’t taking any supplements and just under half made no changes to their diet after finding out they were pregnant
Which is why the ITF have produced a simple guide with the right advice – rather than just all the ‘don’ts’ so often bandied about. The resource is available online, and outlines the ten steps all women can incorporate into their day-to-day life, before and during pregnancy. 

After all... becoming a parent is the perfect time to reassess and improve your eating habits and your level of exercise – and so set up a healthy lifestyle for both you and your growing child.

Follow the ITF’s Ten Steps For a Healthy Pregnancy...


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Treat yourself - but choose wisely!!

A little bit of what you fancy does you good...but if you're indulging in some Easter eggs this holiday you might be interested to see this handy guide provided by Discount Supplements. It neatly sums up all the fat, sugar and calorie info of many of the popular eggs you'll find on supermarket shelves so you can decide which one to plump for.


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Brush up on your home security

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It's time to set things in order!
Brace yourself - Bank Holidays are coming! With spring officially in the air and a few spare days at home, it's natural to want to improve your surroundings to give yourself a well-being boost. 

And there's no doubt that a spring clean can be good for your health - particularly if you have asthma or allergies. Everything from airborne bacteria to mud, pet dander and mould spores can accumulate while we shut out the cold winter air, so make an effort to throw open your windows and clean carpets, furnishings, bedding and curtains! But decluttering and organising can be great for your mental health too. first up it solves that frustrating problem of  looking for misplaced items! It also helps you focus on important tasks, by getting those smaller chores out of the way and thus relieving stress. And you might be surprised at how else a serious seasonal sort out can put your mind at ease...

Monday, 14 March 2016

Speaking up for others

Today I'm taking a break from writing about health and fitness, because I really can't be happy when the situation below exists. Please read this blog post, do what you can to help and share on the info. 

Man's best friend but is the opposite true?
Puppies - cute right? And looking at - or cuddling one - simply makes your heart sing. The soft fur, the over-excited waggy tail and the wriggly body. Who could resist? In fact, healthy puppies embody all the traits that generally make our life worth living; joy, trust and hope - all wrapped up in a cuddly, unquestioning bundle of love. So it's not surprising that dogs have been mankind's most faithful of companions for thousands of years (in fact some fossils suggests that 'domestic' dogs existed as much as 32,000 years ago).

But somewhere along the line, we've let these four-legged friends down. We've started to take them for granted, and stopped seeing them as living creatures that deserve our respect and love - instead often regarding them as possessions and accessories. Maybe it's about what they can give us - maybe it's about how we'll look as we parade them around with us. Which is why we have rescue shelters full of dogs that have failed to fulfil our - at times - unrealistic expectations - perhaps proving to be too demanding, not as expected, or just not quite what we wanted after all. Other times our life moves on and we simply leave them behind. Well shame on us.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Easter-inspired workouts!

Pop-up Easter cards by Yellow Moon
If you've spent a lot of this year, sticking firmly to the health and fitness goals you set in January, the last thing you want is to be scuppered by the choc-fest that is Easter! But if you use your imagination, the upcoming holidays can get you fit rather than fat. Eschew over-eating for these active ideas and you'll skip into the next season with a Spring in your step...

Friday, 4 March 2016

The top 3 ways to improve your bone health

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Reduce your chance of osteoporosis by ensuring bone strength
Photo courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Bone health is something that all women should be aware of – and something worth considering when you are bringing up children. Like most health issues, our genes play a key role in deciding the potential strength of our skeleton, but how healthily you live at all ages can affect how strong bones become – and stay. As we age it’s inevitable that we will lose some bone strength – but if you ‘bank’ enough and develop positive lifestyle habits you’ll decrease your risk of osteoporosis - a condition that causes bones to weaken.

The bad news is that after the age of 35 our bones begin to lose their density, and this is what can lead to osteoporosis – which affects around three million people in the UK. Women tend to suffer from the condition more because bone loss happens more rapidly in the years following menopause.

So how exactly can you reduce your risk of osteoporosis – and keep your bones as strong as possible?