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Read story: The Relationship Between Sleep and Exercise
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The Relationship Between Sleep and Exercise

It is no secret that we live in a progressively fast-paced society. With us constantly moving from one thing to the next and balancing many responsibilities, we often find ourselves neglecting certain aspects of our lives. Typically, we are conflicted with making the decision of losing sleep to exercise or not exercising to sleep longer. Although it is common knowledge that both sleep and exercise are important, a majority of adults are not meeting the recommended daily guidelines of 7-9 hours of sleep and approximately 30 minutes of exercise. By disregarding these two factors, individuals are making themselves more susceptible to certain health conditions such as, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and depression. With this being the case, physicians and scientists have recently begun to examine the relationship between sleep and exercise and how these two factors impact overall health and well-being. Sleep is an important aspect for superlative health. The average adult should attain anywhere between 7-9 hours of sleep, however, only one-third of American adults meet this requirement. Research demonstrates that active adults need between 9-10 hours of sleep. This increase in optimal sleep time may be related to the need to recover from exercise conducted during the day. Contrary to popular belief, sleeping is a very detailed process. Our sleeping patterns are contingent upon the circadian rhythm, which serves as our body’s internal clock. A major function of the circadian rhythm is to send a signal

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Sep 4, 2018 · 4 min read

Read story: Exercise and Immunity
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Exercise and Immunity

The gym can be a great place to get expert advice and meet fitness buddies, but it’s also a germ mecca because the person on the treadmill before you may have left you the start of a nasty cold. The irony, of course, is that exercise is actually an immune booster. Studies have shown that regular exercisers have a lower risk of catching the common cold than nonexercisers. Even if they do catch a cold, it’s usually not as severe.

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Aug 28, 2018 · 3 min read

Read story: Sunscreens 101
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Sunscreens 101

If I could go back in time and do only one thing differently for my skin, it would be diligence with sun protection. I was raised in a sun-worshiping culture, and knew very little about photodamage— this occurs with exposure to sunlight and manifests itself in advanced aging, wrinkling, and uneven skin. Thankfully, it’s never too late to start a new healthy habit.

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Jun 28, 2018 · 3 min read

Read story: Gemma Atkinson
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Gemma Atkinson

I’ve always been into fitness since the age of about 10 or 11. I used to run for Manchester girls’ athletics team and I did hockey, netball and rounders at school. I wanted to do sports therapy at college but then I got the part in Hollyoaks when I was 15 so I had to make a choice because we were filming long hours and I couldn’t keep up with the training. I’ve been doing Thai boxing for about seven years but I was always a bit fearful about lifting weights because I was worried about getting bulky. It was only when I started training properly with a trainer in the weights section of the gym that I started to notice a massive change in my body.

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Aug 26, 2018 · 4 min read

Read story: Healing Tinnitus
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Healing Tinnitus

Even if you did listen to your parents about not playing your favourite music full blast through your headphones, you could still experience tinnitus. In fact, it’s a highly common condition that can be temporary or last a lifetime. While exposure to loud noises is a known cause, there are numerous others, from head injuries and age, to bone disorders and medication.

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Jun 21, 2018 · 4 min read

Read story: Only the Beginning
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Only the Beginning

hate to think people are out there with problems, who don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or family, and don’t know what to do or where to turn,” says Lucy Watson, who first came to the public eye in 2012 when she joined the cast of Made In Chelsea, and has since made a name for herself as a businesswoman, author and animal rights activist. “I would recommend counselling to anyone,” she continues. “It’s the best thing you could ever do for yourself.” It’s a warm lunchtime in May at our cover shoot, and Lucy is perched on a makeup stool, biting into a vegan brownie and chatting about her experiences with counselling, breaking into the family business, and what she’s most known for now: the wonders of vegan cooking. With her award-winning debut cookbook, Feed Me Vegan, along with a vegan eatery under her belt, and a brand new book – Feed Me Vegan: For All Occasions – launching soon, she’s somewhat of an expert on the subject. I tell Lucy how excitedly my friends flicked through the pages of her first book, recommending their favourite recipes. “That’s the thing with these books, they’re not only for vegans,” she says. “They’re for everybody.” Having bought it myself, I can vouch for that. I’m not vegan, but the recipes are delicious, nutritious and simple to make – not to mention affordable. And that’s one of the things Lucy wants from these books; to make vegan food more accessible. All you need is a taste for flavour and a willingness to try something new – something Lucy recognises with her own transition to veganism. “As you learn more about food; the nutrients you get from plants and how healthy it can be, I think you start to appreciate vegetables a lot more,” she says, and having become vegan two years ago, Lucy is aware there is still so much to learn. “I’m on a journey myself and I think the people buying the book are on the journey with me.” The more I speak to Lucy, the more I realise who she is. The tough, strong exterior we saw back in the MIC days certainly remains, but there is so much more to her. She is determined in her business ventures, but also a passionate, sensitive woman who loves animals and wants to do all she can – in her own life and the world around her – to protect them. Given that Lucy spent much of her childhood living on a farm, her love of animals comes as no surprise. And while this passion has influenced her career and taste for vegan eating, this wasn’t always the case. She recalls being much more difficult as a child – with less culinary flair – living on a diet consisting mostly of macaroni cheese and pancakes. Her dad Clive – chairman of the City Pub group and an experienced businessman – was more traditional when it came to mealtimes though. Meat was always a part of their dinners, but when Lucy learned exactly what it was, she was devastated. “I remember being very upset,” she says. “I was hurt and angry – I felt tricked.”

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Aug 16, 2018 · 11 min read

Read story: Pilates
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Pilates is a muscle-strengthening activity, which can help you maintain a healthy weight. Classes can vary in intensity, they can be gentle or dynamic, and offer a solid workout for your body. Due to its low-impact form of exercise, injuries are uncommon.

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Apr 2, 2018 · 2 min read

Read story: 5 Habits For Better Sleep
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5 Habits For Better Sleep

Not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of U.S. adults don’t sleep for the recommended seven hours a night.

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Aug 29, 2018 · 2 min read

Read story: Growing Out My Roots
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Growing Out My Roots

There comes a time in every child’s life when their

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By Holl and Lane
Jul 23, 2018 · 4 min read

Read story: Keeping Active When Summer Comes to an End
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Keeping Active When Summer Comes to an End

The weather outside has been so nice for so long that I worry about how I’ll adjust when normal British service is resumed. It’s temporarily drizzling as I write this, but I’m merely taking the opportunity to wash my beach towel, clean sand out of the car and rub after-sun into the overcooked bits of my suntan.

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Aug 30, 2018 · 5 min read