Author: Kimberley Smith

‘’Hi! Are you alright?’’

As Yorkshire folk I think this is probably our most frequently used greeting when we meet friends and family, but how often do we ask this of ourselves? As a nation we have endured years of change, adaptation, anxiety and loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent cost of living crisis. For many, some of the changes to everyday […]

How can Physical Activity help you sleep?

Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and staves off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This can impair your abilities and reduce the ability to concentrate, think clearly and process memories. Most adults require between 7-9 hours and children and […]

The Male Menopause

When the word menopause is mentioned, we mainly think of how it affects women, but many males encounter the Male menopause which is also known as the ‘andropause’. At times it is made light of as “mid-life crisis but it is very real. The male menopause is when age-related changes (age 50 or older) occur in male hormone levels. The same […]

What is Obesity?

The term obesity is used to describe a person who is very overweight and carrying a lot of excess body fat. This can in turn impair health and increases the risk of other health conditions developing. The most widely used method to check if you’re a healthy weight is by using the body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of […]

5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.   Connect with other people Be physically active Learn new skills Give to others Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness) For more information visit 5 steps […]

The Female Menopause. What is it? And how can Physical Activity help?

The menopause– means the last menstrual period, which is caused because the low levels of oestrogen and progesterone do not stimulate the lining of the womb (endometrium) in the normal cycle. Hormone levels can fluctuate for several years before eventually becoming so low that the endometrium stays thin and does not bleed. Perimenopause– is the stage from the beginning of menopausal symptoms to […]

Pilates or Yoga?

What happens in a Pilates or yoga class? There are mixed ideas about Pilates and Yoga are and what benefits they reap as many GPs, nurses and physios recommend these activities not just for injuries but to relieve stress and improve our mental health. These sessions are sometimes aided with background music and no previous experience is required. The ability to […]

Fall Prevention

Falls can happen in the home and when we are out and about, sometimes they are unavoidable, after all we have all experienced a momentary trip for many reasons and hopefully we recover our balance before we topple and thereby avoid injury. However as we age we can become more vulnerable and at risk of falling, the aging process can lead […]

Physical Activity and Your Mental Health

Many people exercise for the physical benefits such as getting stronger, fitter or losing weight but physical activity can be very powerful in helping improve mental health in people as well. How many of us have completed a workout or have been for a long walk and felt good after? Your body might be aching and you’re desperate to sit down […]

What are the benefits of physical activity?

There are many benefits to being active and taking part in physical activity/exercise. Some can be physical, such as weight loss or management, reducing the risk of disease or long-term health conditions. Activity can also be used to manage your health conditions, and maintain independence to carry out individual tasks. However, physical activity can benefit your mental health, such as reducing […]

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