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Why isn't cannabis legal?

4 months ago by MaddieAdmin

Why isn't cannabis legal?

Our friends across the pond have seemed to hop on the trend of legalising one of the world’s least harmful drugs. The UK has often debated whether or not the legalisation of marijuana would be useful in society. Whilst many think that the fact it isn’t already is ridiculous, others seem to take the opinion that once “the devil’s lettuce” is legalized this country is bound to head into a downwards spiral. In today’s blog I’m showcasing the arguments which I think best explain the two opposing positions.

One of the strongest arguments for the legalisation of marijuana is because of the fact that it’s the most widely used illegal drug in the UK, selling it is a huge market solely controlled by gangs and gang culture. It’s impossible to tell exactly how much money they are making because obviously they aren’t paying tax on it and registering it. However, the most conservative estimate that I could find for how much money legalisation would raise in taxes was £1bn (not to mention the jobs it would create, and save the tax payer money on police resources as well as taxes spent on the judicial system and prisons). Another strong argument for the legalisation of "weed" is the fact that in many circles it is considered less harmful than alcohol. For example, you can die within five minutes of binge drinking, however no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. Although some do experience anxiety and panic attacks, it’s impossible to die from marijuana alone. Alcohol can interact with medication that’s already in your body, which may cause an accidental overdose or slow down the drug’s effectiveness, "weed" doesn’t have this problem. Excessive alcohol use can lead to liver cancer as well as many other health problems, and thus far the only suggested impact of marijuana (not yet proven) could be issues with reproduction. There are no known medical benefits for alcohol consumption, however there are many known medicinal uses for marijuana. Compounds found it directly treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and many other diseases. 

However, there are other arguments that suggest its legalisation could be a detriment to society. It’s a fact of life that anyone can become addicted to anything, and it’s suggested that 10% of regular cannabis users become addicted and can even experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using the drug. In a society where there are already so many issues with alcohol and tobacco addiction do we really need to add another vice into the mix? By legalising we are only encouraging it’s use and the rate at which people are getting addicted. Furthermore, unlike alcohol, it is incredibly hard to verify whether or not someone is “over the limit” or “too stoned” to drive. One case in Massachusetts (a state in the US where recreational use is legal) proves this. A driver was pulled over for having his tail lights off, and when the police officer approached the vehicle he said he could smell marijuana and could see it in the car. Whilst the driver was able to count backwards from 72 to 65 and recite the alphabet from D to Q, he was unable to stand on one leg for long and do 9 steps and turn. Because of this he was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, which his lawyer has been fighting for months. There’s no clear scientific consensus for driving under the influence of marijuana because the problem is so modern, and even though the amount of crashes that happen under the influence of cannabis is incredibly slight (akin to driving in the dark compared to driving in the light), if someone could get away with a crime and it was convenient for them, they’d probably be more likely to commit it. We already have a problem with drunk drivers, should we be adding "stoners" to the road?

I’m sure the debate will continue for years to come, and with the younger generations generally pushing for its legalisation I don’t think it’s crazy to say that we could be looking at legalisation within the next decade. When asked whether or not marijuana should be available recreationally 33.4% of Viewsbankers said yes, 20.8% said no and 37.7% said it should only be available medicinally. 

Some of our favourite comments were:

  • “Yes, it should be allowed in the UK, this will stop crimes and also help people who has who actually need it for medical reasons”
  • “I would rather be a stoner than an alcoholic, that's for sure. Alcohol destroys you, but marijuana relaxes you. The CBD helps relax muscular functions and the THC helps you mentally feel relaxed and helps calm you and bring you back during depression.”
  • “I believe in a society that helps each other to become better in every way, using anything that detracts from that is, for me, a hinderance, not a help.”
  • “The "each to their own" comment is pretty much how I feel about it too... I am quite happy for people to impair themselves in any way they see fit, as long as it doesn't impinge on other people.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments! 

If extraterrestrial life forms exist, discovering them is imminent

Belief in aliens differs from person to person. Without any sort of verifiable proof to some it seems illogical and to others a matter of fact. A minority even go as far as to believe that a reptilian race are secretly controlling the world, (in fact 12 million Americans and 7.2% of Viewsbankers agree). People who agree with David Icke for example, may accept alien life form as an absolute truth and believe the moon is simply a hollow space ship from which we are all being deceived via radio waves which disrupt our normal brain waves, so that shape shifting paedophile aliens can enslave the human race. Others think there might be primitive species and bacteria which we’ve just yet to discover. Either which way, we should know the answer before 2035. 

            One of the most compelling forms of evidence for life on other planets is the fact that one of the moons of Saturn (Enceladus) has all the necessary requirements needed for life as we know it. We can tell this because large organic modules have been blasted into space from the deep-sea vents from the moon, which NASA were able to briefly monitor before the space craft plunged to its death in Saturn’s atmosphere. Whilst this is not exactly evidence for life on the moon, it is proof of complex organic chemistry suggesting that life is possible.

            The most popular “evidence” for alien life forms is the famous “Wow!” signal discovered in 1977, in the Big Ear Radio Conservatory by Jerry Ehman. The name of the discovery comes from how striking it was in nature when it occurred. It was a 72 second radio signal much louder than any background noise they had registered in space previously. It had an incredibly narrow bandwidth making it extremely unique in nature, it had a similar bandwidth to the radiation produced by hydrogen gas in space. This “Wow!” signal went 40 years before it was doubted as a sign of alien life forms. It was only recently that a scientist at St. Petersburg University said that the radio signal was likely a bi product of two comets that had passed by at the time that had only recently been registered. This seemed enough to disprove the legitimacy of the radio signal to most, however, the scientist that discovered it fired back arguing that comets do not produce radio signals and therefore it couldn’t have been that causing the interference. 

            Whilst the debate over whether or not intelligent alien lifeforms rages on we can be satisfied in the knowledge that we should have an answer before 2035. Whilst originally the “SETI Radio” was planning to achieve this goal, China now have a radio which is three times as sensitive and more capable of searching space and tracking objects for up to six hours. They’re so dedicated to search through space that they’re relocating 9,000 locals so that they only have to deal with minimal human interference. Foreign researchers from all over the world will be allowed to use this radio in a combined effort to search the galaxies for any signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence and we can now go deeper into the universe than ever before. If they don’t find any evidence over the next 16 years using this highly sensitive radio, then there is a chance that it doesn’t exist altogether. 

We asked our Viewsbankers whether or not they believed there are aliens, and here's what they had to say:

  • "It would be arrogant to think we were the only life form out there."
  • "No signs of evidence so I don’t think so"
  • "Yes maybe anything is possible."
  • "If you see a blue police box give me a shout, been waiting for it for years!"

Do you think we are alone in the universe? Let us know in the comments! 

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Why is Elon Musk so controversial?

4 months ago by MaddieAdmin

Why is Elon Musk so controversial?

Elon Musk is quickly becoming a controversial figure with his outlandish claims and reprimandable behaviour. To some he is a philosopher who is pioneering the technology that will lead us into the future, to others he is childish and delusional. This week we are looking at the behaviour that has put Elon Musk at the centre of attention.

The first headline which made people think twice about the lovable tech wizard was the fact that his factory had an unusually high injury rate for car manufacturing. The initial response from Elon Musk upon hearing this was a promise to his entire company to visit each individual who had filed an injury, discuss exactly what happened and then perform their job himself in an effort to assess the risk. The press and general public seemed initially pleased with his response, until it had been revealed that none of the efforts had actually been made. Apparently one of the main causes of injury is the fact that there is very minimal hazard tape (traditionally bright yellow) because Elon doesn’t like the colour. It was also reported that Tesla wasn’t filing all the diagnosed injuries caused at the factory, even if they caused people to not be able to work. Whilst Elon shouldn’t have promised the world if he couldn’t deliver, it’s possible that he had the best intentions that his schedule just couldn’t keep up with.

On the subject of good intentions, Elon Musk was also involved in the Thai cave rescue. He designed and shipped over a child sized submarine in the hopes that it would aid the rescue of the children from the caves. The divers decided that it wouldn’t be necessary for the rescue and continued on without it. One of the divers named Vernon Unsworth criticised Elon musk, claiming that it was nothing more than a PR stunt. Elon then responded by calling him a “pedo guy” over Twitter, before then deleting the tweets a few hours afterwards and sending out a seemingly half-hearted apology. 

A more recent point of criticism for Elon is the fact that he was joking about the recent massive stock crash for Tesla over Twitter. Whilst some found it endearing that he could joke (meaning he wasn’t stressed enough over the crash to actually be worried about it, signalling this is a temporary problem), others didn’t appreciate the fact that he was joking about the fact his investors were losing money and Tesla wasn’t meeting all the promises they had made as a company. Personally, I don’t actually think this is a point of criticism. Everyone reacts to bad news differently and considering the incredibly fast rate the company has grown at it was bound to take a hit eventually. Considering 10 years ago electric cars were kind of a joke and are now the pinnacle of fashion in a lot of circles I think it’s fair to say that company is probably ten steps ahead of everyone. We asked Viewsbankers if they would ever consider an electric car and 56.5% of them said that they either had one or wanted one. 

Here’s what they had to say:

  • “Tesla S 100D (the 4wd one with 'ludicrous plus' mode) is the one I have driven and been driven by. It's outstanding, in every possible way.”
  • “Batteries don't last forever and are very expensive at the present.  I believe it would cost me as much to rent a battery pack as I currently spend on diesel.  Will buy when batteries come down in cost.”
  • “I’m too scared.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments down below!

Also, whilst we have you, we are recruiting for international research projects in Switzerland, USA, France and Spain.The project concerns banking and exchange rates. If you would like to get involved or know someone who would please email Jennifer.Raynolds@consumerintelligence.com.

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3 ways to trick yourself into cooling down

5 months ago by MaddieAdmin

3 ways to trick yourself into cooling down

With this year’s heat wave set to stick around for another month, I know that I personally have been looking for easier ways to be cooler (because nothing else seems to be working). After some research I discovered there are things you can do all by yourself to feel cooler. 

1)   Wear Blue

Although most of us would have been told to be apparelled in white this summer, this may not actually be the way forward. Psychologists suggest that a light blue will keep you the coolest this summer, due to the fact that not only does it have a cold association in the brain (when your brains sees blue it automatically lowers heart rate, decreasing temperature) but it also reflects UV light. Also, as the most breathable fabric, linen is another fashion choice you may want to consider or combine the two and be a walking glacier. 

2)   Chew gum

We’re all very aware of the cooling effect that menthol can have on the mouth. This is most prevalent whenever you finish chewing some gum and take a sip of water. The cooling effect that menthol or mint has stretches far beyond the taste buds however, and it has a similar effect to wearing blue in the sense that you brain associates that cool menthol taste with being cooler, and therefore signals that’s you’re cooler then you really are.. Not only can you walk around with the confidence that you have superior smelling breathe to everyone else, but you can also reap the benefits of coping just a little bit better in this seemingly never-ending heat wave. 

3)   Think cool thoughts before bed

Although it seems almost cliché at this point to suggest that, research has shown that if you allow yourself to day dream about being cool or going to cool places that your body does actually react to it and cools itself down. We asked our Viewsbankers last week whether or not they ever “think cool thoughts” to try and cool down and there were lots of different opinions about the usefulness of this method. Here were some of our favourite responses:

  • “When I was a kid I'd hold my wrists under ice cold running water to cool down, so I close my eyes and remember how well it worked and it seems to work without the water too!
  • “No, I love the heat, don't want to cool down. It can stay like this forever and I'd be happy!”
  • “Thinking cool thoughts does work for me some of the time, but never in high humidity”.

 

What do you think? Let us know your comments down below!

Why Love Island is basically the Stanford prison experiment

Why Love Island is basically the Stanford prison experiment

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Love Island (I have personally found it inescapable), however not all of you may be aware of the Stanford prison experiment. In 1971 the psychologist Philip Zimbardo rounded up Stanford University students and randomly allocated them to either take on a guard or prisoner role within his fake prison. The idea was to test how the dynamic would change their behaviours, and whether or not they would adapt to their roles. Their behaviour took such a drastic change that they had to finish the experiment early for everyone’s safety. Believe it or not, this experiment has alarming parallels to the nation’s favourite reality TV show.

The first similarity that jumps out is the layout of the villa and the prison are designed to encourage certain behaviours. The fact that the contestants are only allowed to sleep in double beds incites a reaction which they want because it makes good television. It’s almost like testing a hypothesis even though you know the end result because it’s always the same (they’ve literally tested it themselves through seasons of television). We know exactly what happens when you force young, single and attractive people to sleep in the same bed as each other, the same way that Philip Zimbardo was familiar with the concept of a “power trip”. Whether you are forcing someone to share a bed with someone or live behind bars you know for a fact that you’re inciting a response. 

They also both have big brother style monitoring, non-intrusive cameras that are designed to be forgotten. Everyone goes in knowing the rules, but once you get there no one is monitoring them. At its core it’s forcing people to behave a certain way, filming their reaction for gain (either knowledge of the human condition or essential viewing for reality fans) and having them lose touch of social norms and their usual behaviour. The only thing that becomes important is the game that they are playing, instead of the way that they are presenting themselves to the world, whether that be taking on the role of the guard a little too seriously or doing everything in their power to couple up with someone that they would never normally like. There was money to be made through success in both instances which acts as a massive motivator even though some people may not admit it. I’m fully aware that Jess and Dom stayed together and had their big TV wedding in swimwear (I think we can all safely assume that was definitely for love with zero ulterior motives). 

Obviously, there are massive differences between the two, one reduced people to their primitive forms and the other was a psychology experiment. The Stanford prison experiment was cancelled after six days and Love Island never seems to go away. 

Do you watch Love Island and agree with what was said in this blog, or just have any opinions? Let us know in the comments down below! 

3 things to think about before you book your holiday

3 things you need to think about before you book your holiday

1.Check prices on everything 

Lots of places will claim to give you the best deal, but it’s normally never the case. For example, you may think that you have found a particularly cheap Airbnb and are happy to stay there instead of a hotel. However, by the time you add up the costs of the flights, cleaning services and other hidden charges that can sometimes be found, this isn’t necessarily always the case. 

It’s important to look everywhere, places like British Airways do package deals which include flights (with checked luggage) and hotel rooms with rarely any other hidden costs. You should always be comparing the total cost of your vacation to package deals such as these to make sure you really are getting the best deal on what you want. 

Also, it may be worth trying to be a bit flexible with your dates, changing a day or two can sometimes mean major savings. If you’re like 31.7% of our Viewsbank users and you prefer to stay in the UK, then whilst travel options are predom

inantly cheaper than going abroad, it’s still important to compare cost vs comfort. Driving is normally an easy option but not always the quickest, whilst coaches tend to be average for comfort and a bit slow, but regularly unbeatable in prices You also don’t want the beginning of your holiday to be ruined by a cancelled train, so try to plan ahead. 

2.Popularity of a destination 

Whilst this may seem like an obvious point, some places go in and out of favour in the tourism industry. For example, Amsterdam is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe at the moment, and that wasn’t necessarily the case five years ago. 

If you want to be left alone and don’t feel like being bothered by hordes of tourists, then I’d recommend doing a quick google search to see how popular your destination is. Same goes for if you want a busy holiday with lots of people and things to do (e.g. places of great cultural significance like Rome are guaranteed to be busy).

It’s important to think of what you’re going on holiday for and then pick a destination accordingly. Whether it’s to see a bit of history, relax or go exploring. 

3.Excursions

If you plan on doing any excursions on your holiday, always check online for recommendations. It’s easy once you arrive anywhere to get enticed by sweet talking locals. Just keep in mind that it is very likely that you’ll be approached in the street because they haven’t got anyone else to fill in their tour. If you’re interested in doing any sort of excursion, then check online and read all the reviews. If at all possible, try and use a third-party website so that all the bad reviews aren’t hidden by the tourist company. 

See what some of our Viewsbank members had to say when we asked them whether they preferred going on holiday in or outside the UK:

·      “I have a favourite place in Majorca, but I also have places I love in the UK especially in Devon and Cornwall”

·      “My dream would be 3 weeks in New Zealand then 1 in Australia visiting family. The reality is 2 weeks in the Highlands, and that's great too.

·      “Always loved the Pontins and Butlins”

Do you have any other great tips you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!

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Why are Students So Stressed?

5 months ago by MaddieAdmin

Why are Students So Stressed?

Why are students so stressed?

The most recent A-Level season has just seen a record breaking amount of students seeking medical attention for stress related problems.  We thought we would ask our Viewsbank members exactly what they thought about the different factors which are stressing students out. 

Is it always this stressful?

A major problem affecting students (especially those around A-Level age) is the work they’re putting in for what may potentially not be the most exciting reward. What if they’re stressing themselves out for something which will have no place in their lives after? This exact question is driving students all over the country to do apprenticeship work instead of pursuing higher education41.4% of our Viewsbankers found that they had forgotten most of what they had learnt at A-Level, and what they remember now is just mostly general knowledge.

One member said, No. I might have more general knowledge than I had sixty years ago but I doubt I could pass any exams today”.

Is the debt worth the qualification?

Obviously, this is a very subjective question with a subjective answer. With the interest rate spiking to over 6%, 39% of you said that it depends on what you plan on studying that makes it worthwhile. One member even went as far as to say, The amount of debt is irrelevant as many won't pay it back anyway”.

How often am I really going to use this?

In the US, only 27% of university graduates use their field of study in their graduate jobs. In fact, the majority of people (37%) when asked, responded saying that they definitely couldn’t pass their A-Levels (or equivalent) tomorrow if they had to retake them. One of our members said I remember a Teacher telling me that 95% of what you learn at School you will never use. I think he was right."

What are your thoughts about the amount of pressure put on young people studying for their A-Levels? Let us know in the comments below. 

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3 Top Tips for Saving Money Online

6 months ago by MaddieAdmin

3 Top Tips for Saving Money Online

When it comes to money saving online, it feels as though it is easy to get flooded with irrelevant information. According to a recent poll, 36% of you could spend up to 20 minutes looking for deals online, with 24% saying you could look for up to a whole hour and only 8% saying that you never look for deals. 

Most of us like a bargain, but with the lack of time available in our busy schedules, it can be hard to discover those amazing deals that are definitely out there.

With the help of our members and research of our own, we’ve come up with 3 top tips to help you save more money online.  

 

1)    Use cashback websites

Cashback websites are free to join and, according to our most recent poll, the most popular amongst our users is TopCashback.co.uk, with 22% saying that they use this website exclusively. Essentially, how it works is that you use their website to browse thousands of retailers and whatever purchases you make they earn commission on. This is then added as cashback to you so that you can make earnings on your shopping. One of our users said, “Anything I'm going to buy from an online shop, I check if they are on a Cashback site before purchasing and then you get the same deal plus a little bonus. No brainer I think.”. Another popular site amongst our Viewsbank members is Quidco.

2)   Plan holidays using money saving websites

Whilst planning a holiday it’s easy to get enticed by the first flights we see, especially if we’re excited to just get away! It’s important to be aware that the first deal you see isn’t always the best.  There are lots of websites out there that will do all the digging for you. Companies like Skyscanner and Expedia will compare everything for you, with one of our users saying, “£480 return to Cambodia. Skyscanner did me proud!”. 

Be sure to go through the listings as sometimes websites can be paid to place certain brands at the top of their listings, even though it may not necessarily be the best deal. 

3)   Price comparison sites

I’m sure we’re all very familiar with a certain meerkat, however, we had our Viewsbank members tell us exactly which ones they found the most useful when it came to actual savings. 14.6% of users told us that Comparethemarket.com was the only website they used when it came to finding bargains, and a close second was MySupermarket.co.uk with 12.7%. If you’re not like the 27.2% of users who will scour the internet until they’re sure they have the best deal, then our recommendation is to at least check those two. 

Here is what some of our members had to say:

“When I find a good price for an item online it gives me a little triumph”

“I’m an online shop addict”

“Love those meerkats!”          

How else do you save money? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

We should all be more aware of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

“Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.” – Unknown

There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and emotional well-being.

Mental illness is more common than most of us think. According to a study, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. 

51% of you told us that you have experienced mental health problems before, whilst the remaining 49% told us that you have never experienced mental health issues.

June is #PostTraumaticStressDisorderAwarenessMonth. For millions of people around the world, the most traumatic events of their lives have never left them. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD) Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about this struggle, and how we can help make sufferer’s lives just a little easier.

It is estimated that up to 3 in 100 people may develop PTSD at some stage in life.

In a recent poll, 35% of you told us that you either know someone, or have suffered, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is ‘a type of anxiety disorder which can develop after being involved in, or witnessing, a traumatic, stressful or frightening event including terrorist attacks, military combat, sexual assault or robbery’.

People who suffer from PTSD often relive a traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may also experience feelings of isolation, irritability and anger.

It’s normal to experience confusing and upsetting thoughts after you’ve had a traumatic experience, however, most people should improve over a few weeks or so. You should visit your GP if you or a loved one is having problems after a traumatic experience.


See what our members had to say when we asked them if they know someone or have suffered from PTSD themselves:

“Yes, and still suffer from it, although I have been taught through CBT how to better control it and how to get through situations where it may present. I've came leaps and bounds with mine since having CBT.”

“As a counsellor I have seen those who seem unable to get past it (a better term than 'get over it') and those who have done so successfully. One technique that really helps is called EMDR. You can get to the point where you don't even think about it for weeks or months on end, and when you do it's just the same as any other memory. I admit that not all victims of PTSD reach that point, but many do.”

Find a list of symptons and how PTSD is treated here.


So, is there still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health in general?

We also asked our members in a poll whether they thoughts that there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health in general. 35% of you said that there still is a lot of stigma surrounding it, whilst 57% felt that it has improved in recent years.


This is what some of our members had to say:

“People still seem to recoil when mental health conditions are brought up in conversation, but at least they are being talked about and there's more sympathy than there was in the past.”

“There is enough attention to it just not enough promotion towards the help lines and assistance.”

“There's less of a stigma now for sure, especially with well-known and well-liked celebrities being open about their mental health conditions.”

I think it goes without saying that we could all do a bit more to help combat the stigma surrounding PTSD and more widely, mental health in general. Life can be difficult, and we’re all human. Don’t ever suffer in silence, and never be afraid to ask for help.

I think you’d be surprised at the positive reaction you’d get if you just tried it.

 

How do you think we could help raise more awareness about mental health? Let us know in the comments below.

 

How to be fit and healthy: your A to Z guide

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” – William Londen

Being fit and healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to eat quinoa, chicken and steamed brocolli for every meal. In fact, there are lots of effective and less painful habits you can put into practice that will help you on your journey.

In a recent poll, we asked you how many times a week on average you exercise. The response was pretty positive, with most respondents doing some form of exercise each week.

16% said that they exercise more than 4 times a week, with 14% doing between 1 to 3 exercise sessions a week.

29% of you exercise between 1 and 3 times a week, and 15% exercise at least once a week.

It is evident that we’re doing more and more to try and live a healthy lifestyle, but there are definitely other steps to incorporate into our daily routines that are as easy as ABC.

So here they are:

  • Avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners
     
  • Breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day. Focus on fueling your body with proteins, fruit and whole grains
     
  • Colourful foods. Set yourself up for success by making your meals as colourful as possible using a variety of vegetables, fruits and grains
     
  • Drink more water. Your body needs water to function properly. If you don't like plain water, try adding flavours using fresh fruit and veggies like cucumbers, mint, etc
     
  • Eat seasonally. According to a study, fewer than 1 in 10 Brits know when some of the UK’s most well-known fruit and veggies are in season. By doing shopping seasonally, you'll get the most nutrients from your food because it's at its freshest point
     
  • Find your local farmer's markets. This will help you eat more seasonally, and also encourage you to try out different vegetables and fruits
     
  • Get outside. Get yourself out of the house each day to soak up some natural Vitamin D. Maybe go for a walk, or get on your bike. This will boost your immune system and engery levels! Here’s why you should get outside every day
     
  • Hire a personal trainer. This isn’t for everyone, but it is a really great way to stay in shape and help you stay on track with your fitness goals
     
  • Imagine your ideal self. Focus on yourself and set achievable goals
     
  • Junk food cleanse. Go through your cupboards and fridge, and either throw out all the junk food OR make a pact with yourself that when it runs out, you will not buy more
     
  • Keep a food diary. By keeping a log of what you eat, you'll be able to see patterns of overeating, stress eating, etc
     
  • Lean proteins. Never underestimate the power of lean proteins. Focus on proteins like chicken breast, turkey, eggs, and raw nuts
     
  • Meal plan. Sit down for an hour or so each week and plan out your meals. This will help you stay on track and avoid having to improvise and end up with potential unhealthy meals
     
  • Nap when you’re tired (and able to!). Sometimes all we need is a quick nap. Taking short breaks for yourself is a great way of boosting your enegry naturally
     
  • Omega-3s. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, combat depression and improve mood and memory. Excellent sources include tuna, salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, leafy greens and hemp seeds
     
  • Prepare your lunch the day before. Often, when working in an office, it's easy to make too many trips to the shop or food stand. Try to pack your lunch to avoid buying unhealthy options
     
  • Quit making excuses. Living a healthy lifestyle can feel like a chore sometimes, but it really doesn’t have to be this way. Make a list of why you want to be healthy. No more excuses
     
  • Reduce stress. Reduce your level of stress by looking after yourself more. Don’t be afraid to take time to make yourself happy
     
  • Share your goals with friends and family. By doing this, you are making yourself more accountable
     
  • Treat yourself. It’s important to still treat yourself whilst living your new healthy lifestyle. It’s okay to have that slice of cake, or a glass of wine
     
  • Understand your body and your cravings. You’ll be able to combat your cravings in lots of ways with alternative food choices
     
  • Vegan or vegetarian once a week. Try to go one day a week without eating animal proteins (some people call it Meat-free Monday.)
     
  • Whole food diet. Try focusing on eating a whole food diet. This is a diet that includes lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
     
  • eXercise. Try and exercise at least 2 – 3 times a week as this can be extremely beneficial to your body as well as your mind. Schedule your exercise in to your daily routine to make sure you don't skip it
     
  • Yoga. Yoga is a great way to relax and strengthen your core. It really helps you focus your breathing and keeps your stress in check
     
  • ZZZs. This is a very important step. Make sure that you get plenty of sleep. Try to avoid looking at screens and searching the web until late at night. Maybe pick up a book, or do some meditation before bed
     

Here’s what some of our members do to keep fit and healthy:


“I use my bike about 5 times a week and do about 150 to 200 miles a week”

“I do 30 minutes a day on my exercise bike and go for a walk when the weather is fine but no hard graft”

“I exercise every day by walking my dog for at least 2 hours every day. On a normal day I will walk 5-7 miles a day”

“I go to the gym and walk the dog. Play tennis and badminton”

 

How do you stay fit and healthy? We’d love to hear what works for you. Let us know in the comments below.