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Get Nutritional Information From Google

We're breaking away from the CES 2016 reporting today because nothing has materialised that is of interest. I guess it's back to basics, but the basics are what get real results so grab a minute and check out this quick tip. 

If you're anything like me, you use Google on a daily Basis. After researching a topic about the Apple Vs Coffee debate, I came across Google's Database of nutritional information. 

Do a search in Google's search field for Apple vs Coffee and you get the following nutritional information in Google's results. This is a great way to compare fruits, vegetables, meats and drinks while balancing a healthy diet. 

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So give it a try and let us know what fun facts you discover. 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.

Happy New Year Blackheath

Ok people, it's the New Year and it's time to get fit. No excuses now. It's time to shake off those mince pies, any extra pounds and the winter blues. We're back to work and ready to kick off this year with a bang - book one of our personal trainers now.

We're the right side of the equinox so things are looking good. If you haven't had your New Year's run then now's the time. Running is such a fantastic way to motivate yourself. Do it today, take some time, 30 minutes or longer. Bust out those shiny running shoes and hit the road. The main thing is to enjoy yourself, fulfil that sense of achievement and complete the first step to a healthier you. You will thank yourself for it. 

These are our top tips for winter running:

Good running shoes make all the difference. You want them to be lightweight, comfortable and with adequate cushioning to absorb the impact of running. 

Wear tight fitting clothing or running gear. You want to avoid any flapping from loose clothes. 

Don't carry anything with you if you can avoid it. Keys, phones and wallets are extra baggage. They can be uncomfortable, noisy and a major distraction. 

Lot's of people run with music for various reasons and we love it too. But try this for size. Go without and focus on your breathing instead. Find the balance between your stride and breathing. Then enjoy your surroundings as you run, the sounds and the movement. 

The main thing is to enjoy yourself. Running is enjoyable when done right. Your body gets the exercise it needs and your mind has time to do its thing.

Nike Women's Winter Running Look

Nike Men's Winter Running Look

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.

How Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

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Water, water everywhere, but do you drink enough?

First of all, let's cover some basic facts. There is a lot of advice out there for how much water we should consume on a daily basis. We take our guide from The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). They recommend a daily intake of 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women, via food and drink consumption. Of this, they suggest that 70-80% of daily intake should come from drinks and the remainder 30-20% to come from food intake. Now, you're either already good at drinking the required amount or you're rubbish. 

So a few tops tips from us: 

Have a glass of water first thing when you wake up
Carry a water bottle with you, 
Have a litre bottle of water at work on your desk,
Take a glass of water to bed.

Basically, improve your access to water by always having it at arms reach. Try it! It works! Before you know it, you'll be easily knocking back the recommended water amount, no problem.

Just drinking the right amount of water brings these benefits:

  • Healthier skin
  • Healthier teeth and bones
  • Healthier joints
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Increased metabolism

So what's next?

Research is starting to uncover how much of a useful tool water can be for fighting fat. During a hypocaloric diet (a diet where you burn more calories than you consume), overweight participants who drank a glass of water 30 minutes prior to the main meals lost more weight than those that didn't. On average participants lost -1.3kg over a 12 week period. The idea behind it is drinking water prior to meals reduces the energy intake from the meal. By being conscious of your water consumption and matching it to your body needs, you can gain significant benefits. Just by drinking water! Have a look at what you're drinking on a daily basis. Take a daily diary if it helps. Then use our tips above to achieve a healthy, glowing you. 

Interested in finding out more? Check out the UK's Natural Hydration Council.

 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.

5 Tips For Staying Healthy For Longer

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It's inevitable as we get older, the risk of health conditions increases. Reaching our 40's, 50's and 60's offers us a perfect time for reflection. So we spoke with older citizens and asked their advice on what they do to stay fit for longer. Their advice boilded down to these 5 easy to follow tips. They are non-technical, simple steps to help your future self. 

Stay active

It's a no-brainer, that by being more active keeps you healthier for longer. Use it or lose it. The average lifestyle consists of largely being inactive. We spend 8 hours in bed, an hour sitting on our commute, 8 hours at work sitting, another hour sitting on our commute home, no doubt more hours sitting on the sofa during leisure time. It's a very bad lifestyle and very easy to become accustomed too. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Swap out inactive activities for active ones. Walk to the shops instead of driving. Walk up stairs instead of getting the elevator. Use a standing desk at work. Get out in the garden. Little tweaks to daily activities will mean your body gets the regular exercise it needs. 

Eat well

What you put in, you get out. Eating healthy is part of the keeping fit body mix. Unfortunately, we fall into the trap too often of convenience and lose track of what we're eating. By not preparing meals and not knowing what we're consuming is like spending digital money on e-commerce sites like amazon, we went to buy one book but ended up spending £100s on book bundles, a gift for a partner and household goods. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Don't 'bulk buy and check out' on your body too. Keep track of what you're eating. Keep it simple, fresh and well balanced. Often it comes down to simply being prepared so we don't have to reach for the first convenient solution. 

Cut out the crap

You're older and wiser. But you still do the things you know you shouldn't. Giving up on bad lifestyle choices like smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your health. This is the time to give up anything you know you shouldn't be doing but still do. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. If you're finding it hard to quit, you're probably in denial. Look to get support, there is plenty out there. If you're still struggling, come and speak with us and we will do our best to help.  

Manage stress

Mindfulness has become fashionable recently. You can even get apps on your smartphone to help guide you. When we're constantly influenced by external factors, these can all add up to negative stress levels on our wellbeing. We all handle stress differently and have different thresholds for it. So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Make time to have fun. Have a way to relieve stress, perhaps physically. Scream, shout or maybe zen out. Whatever works for you, find it and stick to it. 

Get checked

Sometimes health problems can creep up on us. As risk increases, it's important to take the time to get checked out. The health service fully supports regular check ups if you're not already doing so.  So here's our top tip from speaking to our wiser citizens. Don't delay, get checked up today. The immediate cost is your time, but the long-term reward is a healthy future. Getting regular checks mean you can identify early signs of problems and take the necessary steps to combat them. The early bird does indeed get the worm in this instance. 

I hope you enjoyed our no-frills, non-technical tips from our wiser citizens. We certainly enjoyed getting their well-tested advice. So there it is, 5 simple tips to stay healthier for longer.

 

With all our love,

The Blackheath Studio Team.