It is no surprise that life expectancy has increased. With advances in technology, people are increasingly aware that fitness and health have progressively led people to live longer. There is a plethora of information prioritising regular exercise and proper nutrition that sustains our bodies and keep us healthy. However, despite many areas of advances in human health, these are not matched by progressive improvements in our mental health.
One of the most common questions people ask us is “how many sessions do you think I’ll need?” The answer is always remarkably longer than the question! That is because there is no easy answer and I explain some, definitely not all, of the factors that can affect the timeframe – such as, severity of the problem, how long it’s been there, how good you are at doing the exercises, whether you’re still training or not, what your diet is like and then explaining the classic - ‘everyone is different’. Then you get into talking about maintenance treatment and the answer gets even longer.
Mathieu Rossano BSc (Hons) Ost Med DO ND
Registered Osteopath and Practice Principle
Health experts are now forecasting the prospect of life-expectancy taking many of our patients into their 10th and even 11th decades of life. But such eye-watering longevity is only worthwhile if we can secure the conditions of mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body – for that same period of existence.
When it comes to getting motivated to go to an exercise class or the gym I believe it is fair to say that there can be a reluctance for quite a lot a people. Best intentions to be fitter and healthier often coming second place to old habits. I think we’re all guilty of saying “I’ll start next week” when talking of a new regime.
One of the more memorable health initiatives that the government has publicised over the last 10 years has been the 5-a-day campaign. This campaign was born of the World Health Organisation’s recommendation that people should be eating 400g of fruit and vegetables every day in order to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Low fruit and vegetable intake is among the top 10 risk factors for global mortality and is responsible for 14% of gastrointestinal cancer deaths, 11% of heart disease deaths, and 9% of stroke deaths.
Deborah Kerr BACP UKRCP
Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist Is there a difference in the male/female networks when it comes to supporting personal goals? What ‘kicks’ are those close to us getting when they’re looking to derail your goals – is it intentional? “Just have one drink / one cigarette / a night off from the gym”. Can we use both positive and negative responses to our plans to boost our performance overall?
We all have aspirations to improve our health, whether we view it this way or not. Even the most ‘unhealthy’ of us will want to eat one less takeaway a week or cut down on a few cigarettes each day.
Whilst there are known social obstacles to our health goals (your best friend persuading you for a catch up over an Indian, an impromptu after-work drink(s) on your Pilates evening...), one of the biggest obstacles can be our own will. Who hasn’t talked themselves out of that 5k because it’s raining? Or thought, ‘I’ll start the diet next week’ because there are too many yummy treats knocking about in the cupboard?
Mathieu Rassano BSc (Hons) Ost Med DO ND
Registered Osteopayh and Practice Principle
If you have journeyed with us in our 2019 newsletter editions, you will agree we now have our health journey mapped and our health strategy nailed! We’ve overcome procrastination, considered our health objectives at every angle and created a dashboard to measure progress.We will not even let chronic conditions deter us from aiming for improved wellbeing.So, we’re on course for success? Well almost…