Image by Jonathan Borba All non-essential businesses and storefronts were ordered to shut down on November 5 ahead of another month-long lockdown. While most shops obliged – (although reluctantly), a few small business owners continued to operate during restrictions. Lauren Sundre*, 27, is a personal trainer in Liverpool who continued to hold gym sessions despite the regional lockdown. “The main thing that made me continue was the fact that all my clients wanted to carry on. I felt this sense of responsibility to ensure they were able to do so. I felt very strongly of the fact that what I did posed no threat - but actually improved people’s health,” she told Westminster World. As a newly qualified personal trainer Lauren will not receive any financial support from the go
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The numbers for people who are obese in the UK again saw a record high in 2019; it is the fourth consecutive year that a new national record was set. Around 20 percent of UK's school children aged 8 to 11 are obese, according to the NHS’s National Child Measurement Programme. In other words, every fifth child is severely overweight. This puts the UK on rank 33 out of 191 surveyed countries (Global Obesity Levels). Obesity in childhood increases the risk of obesity in adulthood and can cause serious illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Often, it also triggers mental health issues such as depression or fatigue. Especially now that schools, playgrounds and gyms are closed due to the coronavirus, it is vital to provide a healthy diet and as much
Alice* is a senior lecturer in a very traditional career. She has been in the academia for ten years now, but since 2015 she is also performing as Zumba instructor. According to several researches and the campaign #ThisGirlCan, Zumba is an excellent exercise for people’s body and mind. Still, Alice does not want to disclose her hobby as she fears being taken less seriously in her work environment. It's Tuesday evening and Alice arrives in London wearing a formal office outfit. She just got off from the train that brings her to the city after a long commute. Alice has to change clothes quickly, she has a Zumba class to teach in half an hour. “It’s always nice to come when you have a Zumba class in the evening”. Alice did her PhD in London, got a full time job and then a position as
Christmas is a time of indulgence. So is it really necessary to have our Instagram food pictures highjacked by a fitness app? Health and fitness company Nomnom have been targeting Instagram users posting pictures of unhealthy food on their feeds. Cycling blogger Jools Walker, whose 87 week old post of a portion of chips was commented on by Nomnom's Instagram account, london.fitness.app, said: "Is this the new way for fitness apps to get you to join them? By shaming you on your Instagram pictures of food? "It's an incredibly insensitive strategy, if you can call it that, to try and get people to 'join your revolution' by commenting on photos like that - if your intention is to make people feel atrocious for eating ." Nomnom has distanced themselves from the strategy, saying...