Cardiff Half Marathon/London Marathon Training

I haven’t been able to run properly for around 5 to 6 weeks now. Unfortunately a few weeks back, I injured my leg and have been trying to my best (despite the odd ‘test’ run) to rest. Being injured is very frustrating, even more so when you’re training for an event. On October 7th, I’ll be running the Cardiff Half Marathon. I did it last year for the first time, and completed it in 2 hours 29 minutes and 3 seconds. I even got injured in training last year as well! This year, my goal is to complete the Cardiff… [Read More]

How much life insurance do parents need?

It seems like for most of us our disposable income is constantly being squeezed. As a result, our regular outgoings, such as utility bills, TV subscriptions and food shopping need to be monitored and where possible savings made. But what about our life insurance cover? As a parent, I appreciate how important life insurance is in order to protect the financial future of our loved ones. But how do we ensure our life insurance is as comprehensive and cost-effective as possible? We asked the award-winning broker Reassured to help identify how much life insurance to take out and importantly how… [Read More]

How to look after your health when exercising outdoors in summer

In summer we all tend to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sun and making use of the hot weather. Summer is also the best time of the year to exercise outdoors, from cycling to hiking and playing tennis, there are many outdoor activities we can do in summer to keep fit and stay active. But it’s worth keeping in mind that all the outdoor activities can be risky too and you should take certain steps to ensure your health is not compromised when exercising outdoors. Here is what you should consider: Road pollution  Road pollution is especially relevant to… [Read More]

The delicateness of life

The older I get, the more worried I become about potential situations we could face. 2018 hasn’t been an easy year for my husband and I. He’s been plagued with ill health for much of the year. At beginning of 2018 he was diagnosed with high blood pressure following a stroke, and since then he’s been in and out of doctors appointments, hospital visits and has been prescribed various medications that all have different side effects. I think it’s fair to say that 2018 hasn’t been a great year for us. This has made me look at life in a… [Read More]

The Benefits of Using a Humidifier

A humidifier is a device that helps to increase the amount of moisture in a room. This helps to prevent dryness that can cause irritations in the body such as dry skin, dry throat, headaches, nose bleeds, cracked lips and other similar irritations. A humidifier can also be used to ease the symptoms of flu, and sinus congestion. It can actually be the difference between staying healthy at winter or getting a cold. Whilst using a humidifier sounds like a great idea, it’s essential that a humidifier is used correctly. Overusing a humidifier can potentially make respiratory problems worse, and… [Read More]

Is Body Positivity Making Obesity the Norm?

I’ve recently seen an increase in the number of social media posts about body positivity. Women and men of all different shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages etc, sharing images of themselves with captions about body positivity. Whilst I think this is great in some aspects, other aspects make me wonder if what this movement is actually doing is normalising obesity? I’m all for loving your body the way it is, and I’m no stranger to being overweight. I’ve lost two stone, taken up running, am more aware of what I eat and I’m now considered a healthy weight for my body… [Read More]

5 Tips to helping a family member with a chronic illness

People suffering from chronic illnesses especially friends tend to be secretive about it. They see it that all hope is lost and engaging you into their problems would be unfair. In this case they opt to suffer in silence. On outward appearance, they seem fine but the illness is killing them inside slowly. The results are fatal as the illness progresses faster and by the time you realize it, it is already too late. This however should not be the case anymore. There is hope and good news to all those affected. The struggle no longer has to be their… [Read More]

Myths about Menopause

Firstly let me start this article with a brief explanation of what menopause is. The Bupa website says: The menopause is the time when a woman stops having periods, and she’s no longer able to get pregnant. It’s common to have symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood changes when you go through the menopause. The age at which women go through the menopause varies but it’s usually between 40 and 58. Sometimes women younger than 40 experience symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, and can go without a period for more than 12 months. This is called perimenopause,… [Read More]

Is Tap Water Good For You Children’s Health?

A lot of parents get caught up in the debate as to whether or not they should give their children tap water. Some people swear by it and say it’s cheaper than bottled water, and can actually provide some health benefits. Other people say that bottled water is the way forward as it’s naturally cleaner and safer than tap water. Who is right? Is tap water good for your children’s health or not? To try and suss things out, we should take a look at the pros and cons of tap water: Image Source Cheaper Than Bottled Water I think… [Read More]

How To Stay Energised In The Summer Heat

It’s easy to burn out during the summer. You’re facing some really hot days, and at some point, the energy kind of just sizzles out of you. The summer heat can be so intense that it knocks away any will you might have had to do literally anything.  The good news is that there are ways of energising yourself so that you can withstand the summer heat. It really all comes down to incorporating a couple of small dietary and lifestyle changes that can help prep your body to last longer in the heat.  Want to learn how to stay… [Read More]