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Paul Rayner

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How to boost your health and immunity

Posted by Paul Rayner on 26-Mar-2021 08:34:23

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health and wellbeing to the forefront of everyone’s mind, whether that involves overcoming obstacles like the closure of gyms, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, or having the extra time to form some new, healthier habits.

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Topics: keep active, wellbeing, health, fitness

The importance of keeping our children active

Posted by Paul Rayner on 15-Mar-2021 19:43:15

Children’s activity levels are dropping, according to research, which is believed to be as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: online fitness, 1Life, children's fitness

Doing our bit in the fight against Covid-19! 1Life centres offering support to Covid-19 vaccine roll out

Posted by Paul Rayner on 10-Mar-2021 11:34:00

In these challenging times, we’re proud to be doing our bit for our local communities by offering the use of our centres to support the Covid-19 vaccine roll out.

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Topics: coronavirus, Covid19, 1Life

Top picks to make the most of Wellbeats

Posted by Paul Rayner on 04-Mar-2021 08:54:24

With a date now set for gyms to re-open (12 April) we are sure, like us, you’re counting down the days until we can all train together once again. Our new 1Life Plus membership is a great option to get the best of both worlds - train together in centre or at home alone using the Wellbeats online workouts. We’ve pulled together our top picks from the Wellbeats programme, which contains over 500 awesome online classes, which you can access whenever and wherever suits you.

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Topics: online fitness, 1Life Plus, Wellbeats

Making the most of on demand fitness

Posted by Paul Rayner on 24-Feb-2021 09:20:11

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we can enjoy a great work out in the comfort of our own home. In fact, it’s never been easier to access an amazing workout whenever and wherever suits you best.

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Topics: online fitness, 1Life Plus

Hacks for home-schooling and avoiding stress overload

Posted by Paul Rayner on 22-Feb-2021 15:13:02

For many parents, these are difficult - and often stressful - times.

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Topics: home schooling, online fitness

Lockdown love….Celebrating Valentine’s Day in lockdown

Posted by Paul Rayner on 10-Feb-2021 14:16:54

February is officially the month of love, but there’s no doubt that this year our Valentine’s Day celebrations will look a bit different. Even though the usual plans may not be possible, we suggest how you could celebrate the most romantic day of the year with some ideas to keep the romance alive in lockdown.

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Topics: lockdown love, Valentines Day

Three tips for enhancing your mental health and wellbeing during winter

Posted by Paul Rayner on 18-Jan-2021 15:59:07

With another period of lockdown restrictions currently in place and the coldest winter months on the horizon, it’s vital we look at how we can not only support our physical health in the coming months but also our mental health.

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Topics: wellbeing, mental health, winter

The importance of keeping active and healthy throughout the winter

Posted by Paul Rayner on 15-Nov-2020 15:51:00

During the winter months when the temperatures drop and the nights are drawing in, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated when it comes to exercise.

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Topics: winter exercise

Must try quick and easy healthy family meals

Posted by Paul Rayner on 30-Apr-2020 08:58:11

Life isn’t easy at the moment, especially if you’re trying to juggle work and full time childcare whilst the nation social distances. 

It’s hard not to scroll through social media and look with envy at some families who just seem to have their “stuff together”; creating amazing home learning experiences, enjoying wonderful family walks and bike rides, cooking what looks like gourmet meals and let’s not get started on how they are managing to still excel in their jobs!  Healthy eating isn’t always easy and we understand it can feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to knock up a gourmet meal.  Don’t worry, 1Life has your back! We’ve pulled together some ideas and inspiration to create tasty, quick and healthy family meals.

Cooking with fish

Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet and the tastiest. It’s bursting with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D (which we are all in need of at the moment – apparently!).  Fish is also the world's best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for your body and brain – perfect for those young minds when you’re home-schooling.  Fish is generally considered to be among the best foods you can eat for a healthy heart.  Some people can be intimidated by cooking fish so here’s a simple guide to give you a little more confidence;  https://www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/6-easy-ways-to-conquer-your-fear-of-cooking-fish?utm_term=.qax0K45PL#.wp14jOxrQ

Cooking with chicken

In general children has less cholesterol and saturated fat than other red meats but it is high in protein, which makes is a great ingredient for weight management.  It’s also packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins.  It’s extremely versatile and can be paired with most dishes and is often seen as a weekly menu staple.  Chicken is high in an amino acid called tryptophan, which gives you that comforting feeling after eating it.  And research shows that if you’re feeling a little down, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin levels in your brain, enhance your mood, blast stress, and encourage you to sleep well. Chicken is also rich in phosphorus, which supports teeth and bone health, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function. You can cook chicken on its own (bake, roast, grill, boil, bbq, steam or fry) and enjoy it with vegetables and potatoes or mix it with a stir fry or salad or even chop and dice it in a pie. You can create a lovely chicken salad or even a protein packed chicken sandwich …the possibilities are endless.

Cooking with pasta

Pasta offers a good foundation for healthy, nutritious and tasty meals the whole family will love.  Pasta provides a good source of several essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins. Whole wheat pasta can provide up to 25% of your daily fibre requirements and enriched pasta is fortified with folic acid which is essential for women of child-bearing age.

Pasta provides glucose, the crucial fuel for your brain and muscles. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provides a slow release of energy; a great lunchtime meal that will keep the kids (and you) going until dinner time. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, pasta helps sustain energy.

Cooking with beans, pulses and lentils

Beans, pulses and lentils can be a less expensive source of protein when compared to meat and fish.  Aside from protein, complex carbs and fibre, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc – they really are a superfood and there are plenty of tasty and quick ways you can cook and prepare them. 

Fruit and vegetables

Let’s not forget the importance of fruit and vegetables in our diets.  They provide us with a brilliant source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium as well as dietary fibre, which is what we need to maintain a healthy gut, prevent constipation and other digestion problems.

The NHS recommends you eat at least five portions of fruit and or vegetable each day due to the significant health benefits.

Look to pair meals with plenty of nutritious vegetables.  Snack times can be the perfect time to serve up some lovely fresh fruit or even vegetable crudités.  If you have fussy eaters at home why not make fruit smoothies or blend plenty of veg into soups or homemade pasta sauces.  A lot cheaper than buying these things from the shops and much more nutritious! What’s more, you’ll be surprised at how quick and simple it is to do! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pasta-sauce

For more ideas, meals and recipes take a look at these websites….

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/quick-and-easy-family

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/collections/family-favourites-recipes.html

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/fast-dinner-recipes-0

If you have any favourite family recipes we would love to hear from you; please share them with us.  Simply tag us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/1LifeUK

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Topics: Healthy eating