Hello…sorry it’s been so long

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Hello,

I can’t remember the last time I blogged – deadlines (lots of ’em), keeping fit and regular longer runs have very much got in the way. However, I’ve been nudged into getting back on the horse (so to speak) by hearing that I’ve somehow made the VoucherCodesPro Top 50 Fitness Bloggers list.

Those lovely people rate my blog because they say: “every post is well researched and very clear so even novices will be able to gain useful information from them”. They then go on to explain why you should follow Happy Talking Health…”this blog is all about targeting every aspect of health, not just what you eat or how much you exercise, which is something we should all take notice off” – kind words indeed.

I’m very flattered (and also a little ashamed that I haven’t posted on here for so bloody long).

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Christmas gift ideas with a health twist

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If you’re stuck for gift ideas and growing ever panicky with each ‘it’s…days to Christmas’ notification – relax for a moment, grab a cuppa and take a look at my top three wellbeing-inspired present suggestions…

SS13 Pastel Patent1 Healthy Back Bag – if your mum, sister or friend regularly complains about having back pain, this one strap bag, which is very kind to the spine, could be just what they need. HBBs are designed to distribute weight asymmetrically and contour to the spine, thus reducing stress on the neck and shoulders. They come in stacks of different colours and designs, from sporty to snazzy, with prices starting at £29. I’ve had one for a while now and they really are as good as they sound.

img_46801 Fitbag – it can be tricky to find the get-up-and-go to keep fit in the winter, no matter what recent research suggests. It’s cold, it’s dark and those two factors alone can be a big deterrent for some of us. The Fitbag is a tone-up-at-home kit with a difference. The bag contains six items: skipping rope, dumbbells, ab roller, resistance band, resistance tube and a thigh master. It also includes a detailed workout plan and costs £37.99. Fitbag live classes are also being introduced – simply turn up with your Fitbag and get into your first class for free.

lux_fruit_basket1M&S Luxury Fruit Basket – put down the box of chocolates you’ve earmarked for a loved one and give the gift of fresh and seasonal fruit instead. On average, we consume an astonishing 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone. In addition, all our extra festive nibbles can add up to a weight gain of 5lb. You can choose from the luxury option (£39.50) or a traditional basket priced at £29.50. If your recipient has overdone it on the party food front (which most of us will), they could be very thankful for this healthy treat!

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Are you a lunch break skipper?

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I must confess I’m not great at taking daily lunch breaks. I’ll usually stop to grab something from the kitchen, occasionally I’ll even be super organised and prepare it the night before, then usually I’ll hot foot it back upstairs to return to my laptop screen and what I was doing.

The trouble with taking this approach on a regular basis is: it’s bad for your health and your waistline.

Research from Bristol University reveals how eating at your screen can lead to you eating twice as much as the day continues. The reason for this is, not too dissimilar from why it’s bad to eat your dinner in front of the TV too; the distraction of focusing on the screen makes you eat more.

When you decide not to take a break to eat your lunch and choose to cram in eating around reading emails or watching a soap repeat for 30 minutes, your tummy does not realise when it’s pleasantly full. Instead, you continue to feel a little peckish and will be prone to snacking in the afternoon. On this front, I’m guilty as charged, as I’m currently eating a biscuit while typing this.

My next week resolution starting Monday is to start taking a lunch break every day…who’s with me?

 

Are we putting looking good before our health?

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New research from Benenden Healthcare Society has unveiled a worrying trend among us ladies – four in ten UK women are more concerned about their looks than the state of their health.

The study of women aged 18-65 found that quite a few of us are more than happy to spend money on instant products which give the impression of health rather than buying products which are essential for a healthy lifestyle such as healthy foods, supplements, vitamins and gym/fitness activities.

Around 19% of responders confessed to crash dieting, eight in ten would be happy to continue with their unhealthy ways if they received a compliment, one in five would do anything to fit into a size eight pair of jeans – and worse still – one in 20 women confessed to laxative use as a helping hand to ease into tight-fitting clothes.

Staggeringly 93% agreed that Britain is an unhealthy nation, so why are some of us continuing to take health risks just to look good? It’s utter madness.

Are we getting too fixated on cheats to looking good rather than being savvy with our lifestyles? I’d love to hear your comments on this one ladies…

 

Gizzi Erskine Q&A (celeb health)

Rather than endlessly telling you what I’m working on – I thought I’d share some of the features I have already written starting today. So, hopefully (if I have done this right!) above you should find my chat with the very lovely and inspiring Gizzi Erskine…