RUN LIKE THE WIND!

By Stephanie Banya
Over 20,000 people gathered at London’s Wembley Arena to showcase their hard work of training at the Vitality Half Run Marathon. The stadium was filled with supporters, campaigners, and other groups to cheer on their friends and family members who were taking part in the charity’s fundraiser. As the day took off to a sudden start, tube staIMG_5830tions were packed with hundreds of participants making their way to Allianz Park, Barnet. The race begun with the gold medalist, Mo Farah, who encouraged the runners and gave them some advice as a prep for the day ahead. “It’s exciting, lots of people have turned up today, it’s great”, said steward worker Jamie. “It’s a great turnout and it’s only the start of the day. Vitality UK are in partnership with the run series, with efforts to promote a healthy lifestyles, it is giving an opportunity for individuals to aspire to reach their goals, which thousands have done today. Not only do marathons such as the vitality half marathon help promotIMG_5809e fitness lifestyle but it allows many to raise money to support world renowned charities such as Cancer research, St Ormond’s hospital and the British Heart Foundation.

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IMG_5845As 19 of their participants take the roads of North London, the team from Stroke UK are doing the best to keep their cheers as loud as possible as they support their fellow Stroke runners. “So far we’ve only seen 5 of them put were looking forward t o seeing the rest”, explains. “We can’t wait to see them at the finish line”.

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1 (1)As midday approached, the clouds began to appear and rain drops began to fall but that did not stop the runners, the race continued. Stop off vehicles parked up at each stop to rescue people from any accidents, or an exhausted attempt “Common, well done! You’re nearly half way there now!” Stewards are at every point throughout the run to keep the moral of the race in more remote places of the running route. Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 21.45.28 Marathons continue to bring everyone together and John’s experience at the run has pushed him even further to focus on his fitness. The Londoner felt positive after making it to the finish line. “It’s been a great day I would recommend anyone to take part, starting off slow is the best way”. IMG_5851 As participants continue to reach the finish line, hundreds of supporters have made their own way to the line, where they are welcomed with a medal and goodie bag. They are greeted with cheers and smiles from the whole crowd. “It’s a great feeling”, explained John. The stadium awaits the next set of runners ready to fight their way to the finish line. With more than enough time to prepare, whether the motivation is fundraising or getting fit, all are welcome to enter the 2016 run and show everyone what they have.

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DIABETES IS KILLING US

By Stephanie Banya

Diabetes continues to be an alarming health issue across the country, as we head into the middle of the year there have been plans to combat it with full force. Estimates of one in 17 people in the UK have diabetes. 90% of people with diabetes suffer with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is the number 1 illness in the UK, in 2014 it was estimated that 3.2 million people were diagnosed with the illness. Studies suggest that 56% of all adults in the UK with diabetes are men and 44% of the population are women.

So how does this affect how we approach this battle? By 2025 it is expected that five million people will have diabetes, which is a concerning figure for the country.

Many years ago the concern was less likely to hit headlines but with the intense coverage of the health of young Brits, it has become a national threat. So what exactly is the underlying cause of these rising figures?

“There is a responsibility to help with this national issue and we are trying our best to spread awareness across the borough”, explained Councillor Catherine McDonald.

“It is very important for us to be involved in campaigns which help the local community, I am happy to be a part of it”.

Cllr McDonald has worked in the borough supporting the work of diabetes prevention as well as facing up to obesity. With concerning figures she understands that work needs to be done for the future of the UK.

Figures have also shown the rise of young people living with diabetes. There are an estimate of 35,000 children and young people under the age of 19 in the UK suffering with the illness. Although the first cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed in overweight girls aged nine to 16 in 2000, the rise in the last 10 years has been alarming.

Volunteer groups across London have been working hard to help sufferers of Diabetes and have found new ways to support those who are struggling to deal with it.

“We have almost 10 members, we offer counselling and various classes so everyone in the area and they can all help each other”.

Jennifer Otamo has worked at Islington Diabetes Voluntary group for almost a year. The group was set up with the help of the charity, Diabetes UK.

“We support local people and welcome people from any backgrounds, any areas across London”. Explained Jennifer.

As local areas continue to work at helping those experiencing diabetes, other boroughs are on a mission to preventing it. The National Diabetes Prevention Programme will be the first major programme supported by a local borough and will aim to reduce the four million people in the UK who are expected to have Type 2 diabetes by 2025. Many are welcoming the plans with open hands.

There is hope that the programme will be successful in reducing the amount of diagnosis of Diabetes and other boroughs in the country will be able to work together to take recognition in illnesses such as Diabetes and promoting it in various ways.

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TAKING A WALK CAN ELIMINATE SWEET TOOTH CRAVINGS

By Stephanie Banya

No one wants to be told that they can’t eat their favourite treats, from a cheese cake to a bowl of ice cream, we all know they are not the best thing for us but how can we help ourselves from craving them so much?

A new study conducted at the University of Innsbruck in Austria have found that urge of a snack can be eliminated by a brisk 15 minute walk. The studies tracked 47 overweight people and were requested to take a walk whereas the other half was asked to sit quietly.

The results, which were published in the Public Library of Science Journal, showed that the non-exercisers reported stronger cravings than those who took a walk, as well as a faster pulse rate when handling snacks.

IMG_5905It’s undeniable as to how much people enjoy a sweet treat and is said to be the most damaging feeling amongst individuals. Often considered as a thought process, there is a more psychological background to it than often thought of.

“We wanted to publicise the importance of obesity and cravings have a lot to do with it” explains Nicola.

Nicola Burgha, worker at the Science Museum in South Kensington, has played a significant part in the development of an exhibition showcasing the effects of cravings.

“It has a psychological effect with an interactive approach to teaching people about studies which have taken elements of differentiating cravings”.

The exhibition takes you through a psychological experience of how many people’s minds work on cravings. With studies to show what is happening in your stomach during all the over indulging, it is a unique way of exploring the dangers of particular cravings.

“The exhibition is open until next year, as obesity is very topical, we decided to go on an idea that would draw people to the area”, explained Nicola.

People experience cravings but it was found that it is experienced more in women than in males. An average of 97% of women and 68% of men experience cravings. They areIMG_5899 often a result of various situations and are said to be a cause of stress, boredom or just as a habit.

“It’s important for people to know the difference between indulging and cravings, and what cravings can lead to”. Explains Nicola.

“That’s what we are trying to cover, establishing the difference”.

Craving is often related to over eating and obesity but cravings also involve other habits such as smoking and drinking, which are also known as bad habits.

One of the biggest struggles can be keeping away from all those sugary treats that we see after walking home from a long day at work. So how do we quit our cravings and reach are diet goals? Trainer, Kemi Orolletem believes it’s all in discipline.

“It’s just like with working out, you need to have discipline and you have to be determined about reaching the end goal”.

Kemi, who trains at Peckham pulse gym in South London believes that it’s all in the mind, however that’s not a thought process often experienced by many cravers.

From treats, fizzy drinks, alcohol to cigarettes and sweets it is found to be difficult to ignore. As these studies have shown, although treating your self can be good at times, over indulging can have an effect on your body in a very negative way?

“If it’s too difficult one thing I tend to do is look at my body inspiration and ask the question, would she? Usually by then I have left the shop”, laughs Kemi.

In light of the university study, there is hope that awareness of obesity causes continues to rise and exhibitions such as Cravings and studies continue to develop new ways of evolving healthy lifestyles across the UK.

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FITNESS AND FASHION, DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

By Stephanie Banya

Were all so used to the regularity of packing our gym bag with the most basic attire possible. For some it will be the biggest t-shirt we can find, some may prefer the tight vest in their wardrobe but be aware, and fashion in fitness is on the rise.

Some would say fitness is the ‘in thing’ but of course all the fitness junkies out there would argue it has and will always been the ‘in thing’. Well, high street shops across the world are slowly introducing a whole trendy fitness range to attract all fitness junkies. So how well does it work?

“Fashion has always had a place in society and in the last two years it is being introduced more and more because it’s doing well”, explains shop assistant at New Look, Oxford Street. “People want to feel good when working out, I don’t blame them”.

Shirley has seen the amount of in interest in customers for fashion clothing rise. Online shops such as Miss guided, ASOS and most recently forever 21 are all trendy shops, which have incorporated fitness and fashion. So why has it becoming so important?

According to a study conducted in 2014, people feel more comfortable when working with and good about themselves. We guess the shops are taking a step in the right direction. As difficult as the gym can be sometimes a bit of motivation can work for an extra push, and fashion seems to be the thing.

“It makes you feel good” explained Marjorie, “When I see some really cool pair of trainers or some funky leggings, it makes me want to show it off and head to the gym”.

“I think it’s always something that’s been there but now it has been seen as a way to make money and I guess that’s good for them”.

Many women like Marjorie express how the clothes they way to the gym has an effect on them but it is not the same for the men of the gym community who are quite confused about the whole idea.

“Never thought it was important, but I do notice that the females make more effort but I just thought it was a female thing, laughs Josh who works out at Pure Gym.

As fashion seems to be the highlight of fitness in the fashion industry others believe that gym should be a place of distressing without having to think about what everyone looks like.

So whatever it may be, if it’s your favourite pair of leggings or the oldest shorts in the history of your wardrobe, whatever you’re the most comfortable will work for you. Keep in mind, if there is a day you want to feel better about you hard earned abs, the outfit is out there for you.

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JUMPING ON THE GYM BANDWAGON

First it was skin sleek leggings, then natural hair. Now gym workouts seem to be the latest trend to affect young women of this generation. Some women jumped on the bandwagon without even realising they had done so as it made its way into our lifestyles. So what’s up with this newest obsession that has nearly everyone between the ages 18-35 wanting to be just as fit as the boys? HIS&HER Health was eager to find out why!

By: Leanna Lambert

Do we hit a certain age and a light bulb goes off saying, “It’s time to get healthy”? Or could it be the countless advertising explaining what we should eat or not to eat and when to exercise – everywhere you turn. Whether consciously or subconsciously one thing is for sure, more and more young people have jumped on the gym going bandwagon and according to gym owners business is booming.

“Young adults, at the moment, make up a nearly two thirds of my overall gym memberships. I never thought I would see this in all my days.”

25-year-old Cruise Chiwoko has been a personal trainer for over nearly 3 years. Over that time he has built up a very diverse cliental, consisting of both young and older men and women however he shyly admits majority of his clients are young females.

“Now that the world has become more self-conscious, the younger crowd has adapted to the whole look good feel good trend which has almost forced them to come to the gym and keep their body in good shape.

“Nowadays it’s all about the look,” he explains.

But he’s not complaining. His busiest months are usually in the early months of the year – January and February – as this is the time everyone is making their New Year’s resolutions. Gradually people fall off but the ones who stick with it do for a number of reasons, such as striving for summer bodies, or hopes of participating in competitions and marathon races.

“As non-traditional sports becomes more recognized in society, for example body building contests, more people are motivated to be a part of its requirements, therefore training is intensified,” he said.

Meanwhile, 27-year-old Shanae Henry is a newbie gym member and jumped on the bandwagon 2 months ago in hopes of living a healthier lifestyle – just in time to get fit for bikini season.

“Going to the gym (for me) is to lose weight – just like everyone else I suppose.”

Acknowledging it was more of a mental decision to gym train rather than going ‘because everyone else was doing it’ Shanae believes some, if not most, are going entirely for the wrong reasons.

“When you live in a world where we constantly ‘scroll’ through social networking sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, it’s hard not to want to be and physically look like some of the celebrities we see.

“People have become obsessed and when they make the decision to go to the gym, it’s not because they genuinely want to be healthy but more because they want to look like the celebrity that is getting a heck of a lot of attention”, she says.

“We live in a narcissistic world. It’s just the sad truth.”

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THE ‘IF’ LIFE

First it was calorie counting – that bombed. Then there was the no carbs, no sugar (no anything it felt like). And finally we decided to give the ‘eat what we want but workout’ plan but the pounds still were not dropping as fast as we gained them. Just before you call it quits again, HIS&HER Health is challenging you to try the Intermittent Fasting 30 day plan. We assure you it won’t be as painful as the rest (hopefully).

By: Leanna Lambert

Research has shown that instead of eating three square meals a day, a more scheduled eating plaFullSizeRender-7n involving ‘intermittent fasting’ could not just help fight obesity but could also prevent related diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, as well as Alzheimer’s, scientists say.

In the past, the fight against obesity heavily focused on consuming fewer calories – eating food such as fruits, vegetables, fibre, nuts and fish – and the reduction or elimination of snack were also pushed. Exercise more and you should be ok, or so we were told.

Evidence now shows, however that a major way to be healthier is to include when and how often people eat. A group of international researchers published an online article, Nov. 17 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggesting the most common eating pattern in modern societies of three meals daily, plus snacks, is in fact abnormal from the perspective of human evolution. And to much surprise, intermittent fasting holds more benefits.

There are various ways of intermittent fasting for example, the 5:2 plan which allows you to eat normally for 5 days and fast for two days. During this time you will need to cut your calorie intake – for woman by 500 and men 600 – while consuming plenty water and tea. There is also the alternate day fast, which simply you take one day on and one day off, still cutting your calorie intake on the day, which you are fasting.

The most recommended plan however is the basic version, which restricts your daily eating to a specific window of time, for instance, an eight-hour window. Once your body has adopted the new schedule it would shift over from burning sugar to burning fat as its primary fuel. You continue this until your insulin/leptin resistance improves (weight, blood pressure, cholesterol ratios, or diabetes normalizes).

38-year-old Walter Jackson, police officer has been intermittent fasting for 3 years and lives by the scheduled eating window plan.

“Intermittent fasting helps my body rejuvenate and repair itself. I was sceptical in the beginning having tried numerous diets while working out but this is the one that actually has improved my overall health.”

Meanwhile 25-year-old Andrew Trott has just started the intermittent fasting plan.

“I don’t work out,” he openly admits. “The thought of a gym bores me and I tend to eat whatever I can get my hands on at that time, but I figured as I get up in age I need to at least try and be healthier.”

Trott, a golf player, learned about intermittent fasting via the Internet and thought he’d give it a try.

“I figured why not. I like that it restricts my eating to a particular window that best suits me.

He explains he has chosen an eating window between the hours of 12pm and 8pm as this helps him to stop consuming large portions of food all hours of the night.

“It is a challenge but honestly I believe it will be beneficial to me in the long run.”

THE ‘BOOTEA’ INVESTIGATION

With the summer approaching, we all have a word in the mouth: slim! His&Her Health team do not escape the rule. The objective is not only to be sexy in bikinis but to also have a healthy lifestyle. We all have some kilos left from winter. We are far from the being overweight, but just have some curvatures that keep us warm (really warm).

It is on Instagram that His&Her Health discovered Bootea, a detox tea to lose weight. People have been posting photos of before and after having used the tea. We were surprising by the results, so we decided to investigate into the new phenomena.

According to Bootea, the present ingredients of their tea can burn calories and fats, convert the food in energy, limit the storage of fats, help in the digestion, reduce the appetite, improve the state of the skin and the quality of the sleep, clean and detoxify the body. It is specified as well that ingredients are natural 100 % and do not contain a conservative.

bootea-teatox-weight-loss-perdre-du-poids-1Lauren Green, brand representative said that the objective of the plan of Bootea teatox is to clean your body while facilitating considerably the loss of weight.

“Ingredients used in our teas were used for centuries for the health and the well-being but it is only now that we finally put all these powerful ingredients in a perfect product. Teatox is a word that impulse which we use to describe the way the body passes by a natural process of elimination, by deleting ‘unwanted’ toxin,” explained Lauren.

This cure consists of two tea in the different compositions, therefore in the different effects in the body. The tea Daytime Detox is for every morning and the tea Bedtime Cleanse is for evenings. All this for 14 or 28 days according to the duration of your choice. The brand strongly recommend to consumer to pay attention on their food and have physical activities to obtain good results in their weight loss.

Eutella Thomas, 23, opted the 14days Bootea, she is planning to travel around Europe the whole summer.  “I did not lose 10kilos but I won in self-confidence and that allowed me to begin to take care of my alimentation. It is really a very good way to take a new start, I really recommend it.”

A tea that help us to take care of what we eat, his&her health says; Why not?