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A Lifestyle choice magazine for the young men of today

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OLD NEWS Heart disease in the UK is on the rise. This year the NHS announced that coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK’s biggest killer and that it causes 82,000 deaths a year. It is estimated that one in five men will die from heart disease each year in the UK. At the minute in the UK it is estimated that 2.7 million people are living with CHD. It is a slightly worrying that men under the age of 50 are more likely to have the disease than women. Coronary heart disease can have no symptoms before it is diagnosed, it is a killer and frighteningly it can be a silent killer too. CHD is caused by the blood supply in the body to the heart being interrupted by a build up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Amanda Treanor is a cardiac nurse at the Royal Hospital Liverpool. She has been a nurse at the hospital for three years. Amanda treats people of all ages, she was asked by choice magazine if she has seen an increase in the number of young men coming into the hospital for treatment. “I think there definitely has been an increase in the amount of ment that I persoanally have seen in the hospital being treated for CHD.” Lifestyle choices affect the body more than we realise. Younger males are now taking more alcohol and smoking more cigarettes and as such their bodies are rebelling. Amanda says that lifestyle choices and changes are definitely affecting the intake of men into the hospital. “Regular heart check ups are important for everyone.”


LOOK AFTER NUMBER ONE What We Do 1 Everyone says a glas s of red wine after a long hard day’s work is good for you and helps you to unwind. So we should do this every night before bed? NO.

What we should do Research has shown that having alcohol before bed can increase the risk of sleep apnoea and therefore the risk of heart disease and endothelial dysfunction

You can read it anywhere, 2 oily fish is the way to a healthy heart. Every and any oily fish. It is true that they are rich in heart healthy omega-3.

Mackerel and tuna have been deemed as being very high in mercury and so are not as healthy as previously thought. Stick mainly to salmon and sardines.

3 Take choline supplements which are proven to help endurance training and also to help with maintaing a healthy functioning brain

These supplements whilst boosting brain function also boost cholesterol. according to menshealth 0.5ml of peppermint oil can increase your time to exhaustion by 25%.

So now we know about old nasty CHD, what else should else should we be worried about? Endothelial dysfunction is a relatively new discovery and it’s not just another fancy name to stop us all over eating packets of crisps and drinking bucket loads of beer. It’s a deadly silent killer that is the result the lining of your blood vessels not dilating properly, which results a restriction to your blood flow. Probably the most dangerous and worrying thing about the dysfunction is that unlike other heart diseases it is undetectable by traditional means. Being overweight, having high blood pressure or cholesterol is in no way an indicator of this silent assassin. It is really a matter of watching your cholesterol. As if you weren’t bombarded already with campaign after campaign about watching your cholesterol here is another reason to worry about it. The dangerous thing about cholesterol is it leaves deposits in your arteries. It means that looking after your heart just got a whole lot harder to do. The table on this page shows some ways in which you can change old habits to help take care of your heart. (information courtesy of the Health Journal UK, Menshealth Magazine and Cardio Health UK.)

Turn over to read about a very tasty hangover cure...



The cause of and solution to... or maybe not It’s the drug that you are most likely to use, and you don’t even realise how much of it you use. Alcohol related illness and accidents cost the NHS £6bn a year. Alcohol has become a staple in the diet for those people who have suffered a stressful day but depending on alcohol to get you through stressful times could be doing you a lot more harm than good. Alcohol’s placebo effect works a treat for millions who believe a glass of red wine or a pint helps them unwind after a stress filled month, week or day. It is important to note that alcohol is a depressant. Scientifically speaking this

means that it slows down the brain and the central nervous system to lesser operating rate than that required for normal bodily functions to occur. Barry McMenamin, a mental health professional working with alcohol dependants in Belfast City Hospital says: “Alcohol intervenes heavily with neurotransmitters in the brain, these are essential for a good state of mental health.” So if it seems that alcohol helps you deal with stress in the short term it can lead to states of depression which in turn can make stress harder to deal with. As well as being a depressant, Alcohol

is a highly addictive substance and alcohol dependency is estimated to affect 9% of UK men and 4% of UK women. An alcohol dependent person has been defined by the NHS as someone who believes alcohol is an important factor in their life or indeed the most important factor and they may feel that they are unable to function properly without it. For many young men in the UK alcohol is one of the key ingredients to a good night out with the lads. Alcohol however has a very negative effect on the body and binge drinking for young adults can lead to many problems later on in life.

Hangover blues? Who doesn’t hate a hangover? The main reason we become ‘hungover’ after a heavy night on the drink is that our bod-


ies are dehydrated and lacking in essential nutrients and electrolytes that we need to feel normal. This little cocktail won’t cost you

a bomb, and it can’t be said to be the perfect cure but it will replenish those lost nutrients and electrolytes that you need.



A recent study conducted by found that out of 1,093 students asked, 54% of those students admitted to having taken illegal drugs at some time during the course of their stay at university. However it is not just students in Britain that are hitting the narcotics at an alarming rate, it is now evident following a six year study by the government based UK Drug Policy Commission that the use of illegal party drugs are on the rise. The government has been quick to differentiate between the party and the hard drug, party drugs including the use of ecstasy or cocaine for example, then harder drugs being crack or heroin. It has been a part of the music culture in Britain for many decades, but why are so many lads turning to party drugs on a night out? David Smitten is a regular party goer and works as a rep for a nightclub in Liverpool city centre, he says: “Party drugs are a way for lads to loosen up that bit extra on a night out. In the job I’m in I see loads of fellas who are off their head and can tell exactly what they have taken. They say that nightclubs and the police are cracking down a lot harder on those who are using drugs but not from what I’ve seen. It just seems to be getting worse, I myself do them occasionally as well and I’m not afraid to admit it. To be honest I’d feel really out of place on a night out if I wasn’t doing coke or taking a pill.” This blatant disregard for one’s health and wellbeing is what is leading to more and younger men taking the plunge and trying that first ‘hit’. There are two main party drugs that nearly every man will come across at least once in his lifetime, either be asked to take it and refuse, accept or just be a witness to their use…cocaine and ecstasy. These drugs put a serious stress on the body but it is possible to create the effects of these drugs and give you a natural healthy high.



Cocaine or ‘charlie, sniff, powder, lemo etc’ is almost everywhere at the Ecstasy, ‘the party pill’ has been knocking around for years. It has been minute. Like in the above article David sees people night after night experi- commonly associated with a rock and roll lifestyle. In fact it has been said encing the effects of cocaine. that the music industry has glamorised the drug to such an extent it has Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant, and as such affects made it famous and poEpular to take. The effects of ecstasy on the body are every part of the human body. Cocaine affects the absorption of dopamine much like that of cocaine. in the body which in turn creates a euphoric effect. However, ecstasy creates a euphoria can last up to 6 hours, which can leave However this ‘buzz’ is short lived and the side effects include constricted a user feeling completely powerless over their own body. Side effects from blood vessels, increased body temperature and heart rate as well as higher using the drug include, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, poor muscle control blood pressure. and unsteadiness as well an increased blood pressure and heart rate. The long term effects from the drug should be enough to put any regular Ecstasy has been linked with several deaths throughout the UK, killing 27 user off, ranging from an irregular heartbeat to fatal strokes, heart attacks people a year. Some of the chemicals that have been found in confiscated and seizures. Sure, it’s only a ‘once in blue moon’ thing, but cocaine puts an ecstasy tablets have included bleach, rat poison, and in some cases floor varenormous short-term stress on our vital organs. By blending the ingredi- nish. By doing 3 sets of 10 reps at speed of these pike press ups you can rush ents in the chart below you can get a good feeling by replacing your micro dopamine’s around the body without popping a single pill. and macro nutrients.



Taboo or not Taboo, that’s the question.

by Andrew McKenna There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding the issue of mental health. The words themselves, ‘mental health’, are terrifying to those who know nothing about it. It is difficult for most people in today’s society to open up and listen to issues surrounding mental health. The leading mental health organisation in the UK has declared that an astonishing 1 in 4 people will suffer from sort of mental health issue in the course of a year. The problem for most people is that they associate a mental health problem with hospitals, the criminally insane, senile people, padded cells etc. A lot of this sort of opinion comes from people see on TV and in films. In actual fact it is a lot more to do with people who are suffering in silence. Most people suffering from a mental health problem do not talk about and therefore to the public, friends and family they do not seem to have anything bothering them. For young adults, this problem is amplified. Many young people suffering from a mental health problem never mention a thing to anyone until sometimes, unfortunately it is

too late. Young adults (20-25 years) have been found to be more likely to hide a mental health issue such as depression form friends, family and professionals for fear of embarrassment or being looked upon differently by those who are close to them. In the past three years depression in minor or major form has risen to 1 in 5 people. 1 in every 8 young adults will experience a certain degree of depression between the ages of 20 and 25. It has become something of a cliché for the media to talk about how the media has changed the way in which people today look at themselves. It is a two edged sword, magazines, television shows, films and the internet all show pictures of or talk about healthy young men and women. As a result young men and women who don’t conform to this sort of portrayal may feel out of place of different from that of their peers. Growing up and going through the ‘delicate’ stage of puberty is hard on all people. A person’s mental health stems from these years of their life and even if it seems to an individual that there is nothing wrong with them underlying problems

develop and can become serious psychological problems later in life. Mental health in Britain is now a major issue, with problems in mental patients resulting in an increased rate in instances of suicide and selfharm. The most alarming of the newly released statistics being that the rate of self-harm in the UK is now one of the highest in Europe with 400 in 100,000 of the population self-harming due to a mental health disorder. The biggest problem surrounding mental health in young people is the fear that they are unable to talk about it to anyone about what they are going through. Young women have been found more likely to seek treatment for their conditions than men. This could be because, when asked, women are more likely to report symptoms of common mental health problems (Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study Of The Mental Health Of Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics, 2003). The following is three accounts from three different people about the effects of depression.

exactly clear why to me though, I had been seeing a girl that I really liked for a while and when that ended I think I started to sink even deeper into confusion. It got to the stage over the course of the next few months that I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning; I missed so many classes just due to not wanting to even see anyone. When I did I would lie around doing nothing or go drinking or taking drugs. “ “Cocaine became like an every weekend sort of thing for me, I couldn’t leave the house without sorting some first. I knew then that something wasn’t right and that I was definitely depressed. Knowing your depressed doesn’t help, to be 20 years old and depressed I thought was the most embarrassing thing in the entire world, seeing everyone else go about their life and you have this internal turmoil that is just bubbling away under the surface 24/7. It takes over and rules every decision you make, I gave up so many opportunities in sport and events because I just didn’t want to do anything ever.” It is not uncommon for people who suffering with depression to turn to drugs or alcohol. Men are more likely to turn to the bottle, 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001) Tom’s situation is like that of any person suffering from a mental health problem, not knowing and letting the feelings gather can

only result in a further physical abuse of one’s self. We asked Tom about the help he received, when he decided to talk to someone and how it affected him: “There was no way that I was going to talk to anyone, I was so embarrassed and ashamed of the way that I felt that I just couldn’t bring myself to say anything to anybody, especially not my friends. It got the point for me that absolutely nothing mattered anymore. Whether I got my degree that I had worked so hard for and paid so much for, whether I even paid the rent on our flat. I was spending all my rent money on drink and drugs and I didn’t care. My mates just thought I was going on a bit of a bender but after four odd months of it I think they began to think that something was definitely up. It was one morning I woke up and had blood on my hands and face and I had no idea where it had come from that I decided I had to stop what I was doing. It turned out that the blood was mine, I had been vomiting blood during the night whilst I was drunk and whilst I was sleeping in bed. My mates told me all about it; they all told me to go see the doctor. When I did he told me that I had lacerated my stomach lining through an excessive intake of harsh substances. So when I was there I just broke down and told him everything, straight away he handed me a box of tissues and told me to calm down everything was going to be fine. He told me I was suffering from severe clinical depression and that he was going to put me on a course of antdepressants. I couldn’t believe that I was going to have to take happy pills but I wanted anything

The Sufferer: The following part of this piece is an account from a 21 year old male student, living and studying in Liverpool. Obviously for privacy reasons he wished to remain anonymous, so for the purposes of this story he will be referred to as Tom. Tom moved to Liverpool from his home town of Brighton in 2008 to start his university degree in maths. It was his first time away from home for longer than a week. Tom was asked what his life was like before he went to university: “I had a pretty average life in Brighton. My parents were kind of strict my whole life but in a good way. I was never punished or anything when I stepped out of line it was more of a respect for everyone kind of up-bringing. I played a lot of football and went out with my mates the usual stuff for a lad of 17. My A-Levels put a lot of pressure on me, but I was always good at coping with pressure, then I finally got my results and was accepted into university. To be honest I was absolutely buzzing to go, a lot of my close mates wanted to go to Liverpool as well so I knew I wouldn’t be at all homesick.” When asked when Tom started to know that there was something the matter with what he was feeling he replied: “I went through my first year not a problem, I passed with flying colours, went home for the summer and couldn’t wait to get back to Liverpool to get going again. My best mate though, didn’t make it through and this worried me slightly because we did everything together. It must have been just after Christmas time of my second year there that I knew I wasn’t as happy as I used to be. It wasn’t


Health to stop me feeling the way I did.” “It wasn’t a quick fix and I am still taking regular doses but now they are in smaller measures. I am not entirely ‘mended’ but I am so much better within myself. I told my friends and family about it all too which took a huge weight off my shoulders. They were all so understanding I should never have worried about it.” “I had to repeat the year at uni but I didn’t mind as long as I was getting better. If I can get one thing across to people from all of this is that it isn’t embarrassing to admit there is something wrong, even though it may feel that way. Do talk to someone as soon as you feel the slightest bit different within yourself. Nothing triggered my depression, certain things made it worse but it began all by itself.”

“I want to say to all people suffering from that terrible disease, because that’s what depression is, it’s a disease that you must speak to someone. Do not let yourself get so wound up in your head that you can’t speak to anyone. Eimear was the happiest girl in the world and she was jus too afraid to say that she felt any different.”

The Professional:

Sinead O’Hagan is a mental health nurse in Liverpool. She is responsible for the overseeing of patients who are suffering from severe depression to minor mental ailments. She told us how her work has affected her life and why she does the work that she does. “I started out training as a nurse, to work on the wards, like you would see in A & E. After completing my training I decided that I wanted The Parent: to further my work by helping those who are Depression can go unnoticed for very lengthy mentally ill. At first I was told by a lot of people periods of time, but longer for those who are when I suggested what I was going to do that not directly affected by it. Celine and Seamus I should think long and hard about the future Sludden were the parents to two children, until because working with the mentally ill can be their daughter Eimear tragically took her own a daunting experience and a lot of people who life in November 2008. This is an account of work in the area are left traumatised and ill what they went through, a before and after story affected by what they have seen and what they of their daughter’s life. have to deal with.” “Eimear had always wanted to be a nurse, so “Mental health patients are always being when she was accepted into Queens University branded or named by the public as lunatics to study nursing she was over the moon, as were or whatever. It’s only when a person is themwe all. She had always had an extremely caring selves personally affected by a mental health nature and would do anything she could to help problem, be it a family member who suffers, a anyone and I suppose that’s what lead to her close friend or they themselves that they begin wanting to become a nurse eventually. “ to truly understand. I am not saying all people “Before Eimear left for university she was view the mentally ill in this sort of manner, but heavily involved in the GAA in our community even today I will get people asking me, “how’s and as well as church activities. So when she left things in the loony bin” or “what happened with we knew that she would be fine and respect herthe special ones today?” I hated it all at the start self as well as keeping a respect for us and those and couldn’t stand that sort of talk but now I am around her. She made friends very quickly with able to shrug it off because I know that the work a lot of the other nurses, and by all accounts she I am doing is worth it.” seemed over the moon to be there and to be Mental Health professionals, carers and nurse friends with all those new people that she had have come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years met. over the way that they that they have treated The onset of depression, especially in teens patients. Sinead says that these people represent and young adults can be very sudden, sparked a fraction of the mental health professionals in by an event that causes distress or in Tom’s case Britain that value their job and the work that previously nothing can be the one cause but a they do. build-up of emotions that gather to create an “All the nurses that I work with are fully overwhelming feeling of sadness or despair. trained professionals and act accordingly. What Eimear’s parents were asked if they noticed people see on television and read in newspapers any changes in their daughter after she left for is real and definitely does happen, but for 99%of university: care workers their job is their life. You can’t just “Like we said, Eimear seemed very happy switch off at the end of the day, and in some there was no talk of her feeling any sadness or cases you can be attacked or verbally abused for home sickness, nothing like that at all. It was a whole 13 hour shift. A lot of nurses will talk only at the end of October that we seemed to about this stuff happening to them but not many notice that she perhaps was a bit quieter around will complain because they know its part of the the house when she was home at the weekend. job. You certainly won’t hear any nurse that We put this down to the fact that she was due to values her job and what her career stands for say start her placement at the start of November and that she reacted and struck out.” this may have made her nervous. All seemed Young men in the UK find it a lot harder than well apart from this however she was still going women to go and speak to someone about their out with friends and playing football.” problem, Sinead says she deals with young “It was the end of November and Eimear was males all the time but they are often the most on placement at the Royal hospital Belfast. It difficult to work with. was like any other day. All other students from “Part of the job is to go front of house. Well, other degrees had went home for the Christmas that’s what we call it, every once in a while a period but being a student nurse Eimear and her mental health nurse will be sent to deal with friends couldn’t because of work commitments. people who have just called in to their GP for a That evening we received a call that Eimear had chat about their depression or what have you. I been found dead in her room in the halls where see young lads coming in all the time but they she was staying. She had killed herself. It’s very just sit there, it seems almost physically imposhard to talk about, but we know now after the sible for them to open the mouths to tell me letter that she left that she was very depressed what the problem is. When they do eventually and had no way of telling anyone, we were there talk it’s like opening the flood gates. Men hide but we never seen anything wrong she could things all the time, they seem to keep everyhave spoken to us about anything. “ thing bottled up, not all men but certainly in

my experience a lot more men than women. Keeping feelings of depression bottled up is very unhealthy for the mind and can take a serious toll on the body too. Problems for the men range from a break-up to something like a death of a child. The thing about depression is it doesn’t matter how severe the problem seems to everyone else, to the person suffering it is the single most important thing in their life and it is wearing them down. “ “I would have to say to all men who think after reading this that they might be suffering from any form of depression or mental instability, go and speak to someone immediately, there are 24 hour phone lines that can help and walk-ins and GP’s offices. Someone will listen, not judge and do everything to try and help.”

The Facts: These are some of the facts that are associated with mental helath in the UK: • Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men (29% compared to 17%).This could be because, when asked, women are more likely to report symptoms of common mental health problems. (Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study Of The Mental Health Of Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics, 2003) • Depression is more common in women than men. 1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared to 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. It has also been suggested that depression in men may have been under diagnosed because they present to their GP with different symptoms. (National Institute For Clinical Excellence, 2003) • Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Of people with phobias or OCD, about 60% are female. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001) • Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol or drug problem. 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

Help: The most important thing to do when feeling particualry low is to talk to somebody. It’s evident from the testimonies above that it is difficult for some people to go and search for help, especially if that person may be close to you and revealing a secret such as depression could make them shape another opinion. So, if you wouold prefer to seek professional help here is who you should call, do it now: • Mind 0300 123 3393 •

The Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

Rethink 0300 5000 927



Are we what we eat? By Andrew McKenna additional words by Patrick Doherty We all know how important a balanced diet and keeping ourselves fit is. We are told constantly that obesity rates in the UK are sky rocketing. However the truth is it is very important that we understand how harmful an unhealthy way of life can be for us. The medical profession are waging war on fast food advertising campaigns in an effort to get them to stop trying to lure the younger generation into a cycle of dining on the move. It is true that we are enticed by the advertisements we see on TV and in magazines and newspapers and especially online, a certain fast food outlet even offers a discount on burgers when you purchase a bus ticket. If we were to be properly educated in the benefits of a good diet and exercise regime could we really benefit and change ourselves for the better? Choice Magazine’s resident personal trainer, Patrick Doherty tells us how we can improve our lifestyles and also speaks about his own experience with weight loss and making other people’s health his main priority. “It’s obvious that everyone when they get to a certain age knows the things they should and shouldn’t be putting into their bodies. It doesn’t take a genius to know that if you eat fast food every day of the week you will gain weight and harm your insides. I am not a believer in the word ‘diet’. I think it gets thrown around all over the place and people think if they stop eating bread then they are on a ‘diet’. Your diet is what you eat not what you don’t eat. I know from experience and from the people I have coached and trained that with a good mental state and most importantly and healthy and informed attitude towards food, then people can have a healthy lifestyle and achieve weight loss and fitness goals.” A government policy document, aimed at reducing obesity and improving diet was published on the 25 March 2013. It contained details of the state of the obesity crisis in England presently. In England, most people are overweight or obese. It has been revealed that 61.3%of adults and 30% of children aged between 2 and 15 years of age are overweight or obese. These figures are astonishing, and the result of such a huge amount of people being overweight or obese is more deaths and over £5bn every year being spent by the NHS to treat health problems that have come


as a result of people being overweight or obese. 7.00 AM Patrick himself fought off his own weight problems when he started his degree to Omelette: 2 Whole eggs and 3 egg whites with peppers, spinach and mushrooms. be able to start his own business in personal training when he was qualified. “I knew that if I was overweight and attempting to coach people into a better way of life for themselves they would never go for it. I needed to sort 12.00 PM myself out so that people would take me seriously so I began, I trained every night, I ate right and I just kept my head down as best I could. Now I Green leaf salad with smoked haddock, cottage cheese amd nuts am not going to say that I didn’t falter or give in to temptation. Anyone who says they won’t eat this but they will eat that, is setting themselves up for failure. The brain automatically craves what 3.00 PM it knows it can’t have. For example if you say I’m Chicken breast with broccoli salad not going to eat any snacks today, then your brain will generate a feeling of craving all day because you created the image of snacks for yourself.” In an attempt to tackle the epidemic of 4.30 PM obesity the government has put in place Fillet steak with Roquefort and some plans which it hopes will help decrease the level of obesity in the country. cauliflower mash It has rolled out its Change4Life programme which will give people advice on a healthy diet and activity. They also hope to im12.00 PM prove the labelling on products in shops so Chicken breast, sweet potato and salad people know exactly what they are eating. If you don’t fancy going into all that detail then Patrick has provided Choice Magazine with a simple typical example of an average day of eating for someone who just wants to look after themselves.

“The brain automatically craves what it knows it can’t have”


Which gym is the gym for you?




David Llyod operates 80 clubs in the UK. There are two sites in Liverpool. one in Knowsley, the other in Speke. David Llyod prides itself on having unrivalled facilities and service levels. The David Llyod group operate a strict members policy. It has at present, over 450,000 members, and has a health and fitness team of experts of over 1,800.

The Gym Group’s main attraction is that it is open 24/7, giving members the option to work out whenever they choose to. They also promises price for life policy, which means the price that you pay on sign up is the price that you will pay for the remainder of your time as a gym member. The no fixed contract policy means that you may terminate your membership at any time.

LA Fitness claim to cater for people of all ages. They have 80 clubs across the UK an Ireland. Their mission statement reads, “a fun friendly and affordable plsce for our 200,000 members. Most of the clubs are equipped with their own spin studio, swimming pool, steam rooms and saunas

Equipment and Costs

Equipment and Costs

Equipment and Costs

The Gym’s in total have 12,500 exercise machines, over 150 swimming pools. The main attraction is the tennis facilities, the gym specialises in the coaching of the sport. David Llyod do not post prices on the internet, which is worrying for some potential clients. 3-month membership can be as much as £200+

The Gym claims to use only top of the range equipment and weights, with more than 170 items per gym. They offer daily free classes via a video link from trained experts. All the gym locations offer a monthly direct debit of at most £20.00 with a £20.00 one off joing fee.

LA Fitness gyms’ are equipped with the latest state of the art technogym eqipment and personal training machines. These machines cater towards the first time gym goer all the way to professional athlete. LA Fitness offer a 5-day free trial and at the minute are offering a three month contract for £99 9


Powders, Pills and Pounds The sports supplement industry in Britain is now worth an estimated £700m after being worth an estimated £670m in 2009. This growth in the market has meant that a lot of new companies have sprouted up and with so many options available to fitness fanatics it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to make the decision of which product to go with. Especially for people new to the fitness world it is impossible to make an informed decision on what to use and for what. Choice magazine’s personal trainer, Patrick Doherty takes us through the best products for each individual goal.

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DIFFERENT STORY... SAME SAD ENDING Deaths caused by drink driving in the UK have devastated families. Averages of 280 people are killed each year in the UK due to drink driving accidents. On top of this an average of 1,290 people are seriously injured. Promisingly over the past 30 years the level of drink driving accidents has decreased. However even after three decades of drinking and driving education around 80,000 people are caught each year for drink driving offences. In a lot of cases involving fatalities it is an innocent party who suffers, not the driver of the vehicle. In 2012 290 people were killed and not in control of a vehicle. Young males are more likely to drink and drive than any other group. So why after countless government ad campaigns would anyone take to the wheel after consuming over the legal limit of alcohol? Choice magazine had an interview with one man who is still suffering the consequences of getting behind the wheel whilst intoxicated. Stephen Mulrone was a promising young GAA player in county Fermanagh Northern Ireland, and although the sport is not professional he was set to make a decent living through sponsorship deals and oversees club investments from Australia. He spoke to Choice magazine about the choice he made on the night of his accident. “It was Christmas time, and as a GAA player you pray for Christmas to come as quickly as possible so that you can enjoy yourself, it’s the only time of the year that you don’t have training or matches. So when it finally came around to just before pre-season I decided to let my hair down. I met the lads in town, as usual I was driving like I always did. I used to park the car in the local public car park away from the pub, but honestly I never have any intention of drinking

and driving. This particular night we had no plans to move anywhere else but our local. So as the night went on I obviously had more and more to drink it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary just a load of mates enjoying themselves.” “Coming out of the pub I had the sudden realisation that I had parked the car up the town and as it was busy I wanted to move it to a quieter part. That’s all I had intended to do, and despite the calls from my mates to stop what I was doing I continued on and went to the car park. A few boys came with me as I went to move the car. Once I was inside I don’t know what came over me I just decided that I wanted to drive home. I had never before ever thought of it I as avidly against drunk driving. I asked the boys in the car if they wanted a lift, they all got out, and thank god they did. They tried to get me out but I got aggressive and started to speed off. I don’t really know what happened next it was a mess and I was in so much pain. I could see the lights of the police and everything but soon just blacked out. It’s hard to talk about really.” Stephen crashed two miles from his home and was left where he was until a passer-by spotted the crash. He had veered off the road and hit a tree. Stephen talks about how the crash affected his life. “I was left in a wheelchair for 3 months but I had been told that I would walk again. The injuries to my back were so severe that I had to have surgery. I was told that I would never play football again, and I have never got over it, but what’s worse is that if those boys had have been in the car I would have killed them too.” Information on drink driving is available online at


Choice Magazine  

A lifestyle choice magazine for the young man of today

Choice Magazine  

A lifestyle choice magazine for the young man of today