Since mid-December my inbox (and my postman delivered junk mail) has been littered with get slim quick miracle products and the latest fads. The “health” market must cost consumers a devastating amount during the first quarter of the year especially which is sad considering the promises that are made rarely pay off.
I myself have been on a diet since I was eighteen, for medical reasons weight loss does not come easily to me and so I too have been enticed into wonder-cures and quick-fixes in the past too. What I have come to realise is that losing weight and becoming fitter is not about fad diets, it is about embarking on a new lifestyle and making positive and informed choices.
Exercise and diet go hand in hand when it comes to building an altogether healthier body. For those who enjoy exercise and have a regime in place the next step for many is often to look at natural health supplements. Despite popular belief sports nutrition and health supplements are not simply for those wanting to look like a body builder.
Fat burners for example are a well-known and much used product for those looking to be leaner as part of their health and fitness goals. Fat burners will not however melt away fat as you sit on the sofa and eat crisps (sorry!). The way these supplements work is to help you shed excess fat as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, incorporating a healthy approach to eating and increased activity.
The fat burners work to increase your metabolic rate. This is basically the rate at which our bodies burn up calories. If you are consuming more calories than your body needs and aren’t working any excess off then no, fat burners aren’t for you however for those serious about changing their habits and the way they look (and feel) this is one example of a nutritional supplement which will give you the boost you need.
Supplements are not wonder cures or magic potions; they are a boost to give you the extra power you need to meet your health and fitness goals quicker than you would without them.
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have the clean eating and healthy approach down to a fine art however couldn’t run if my bum was on fire. I walk miles each week and for me this ticks my exercise quota. I do know however that if I wanted to speed up reaching my end goal health and fitness-wise that I would need to put the extra in and there could come a time when using a product such as a fat burner or other associated aids might be appropriate for me.
So there you are, my task today was to dispel a myth and in this case it is the misunderstanding about health and sport nutrition supplements.
Caption: IMPORTANT: If you do decide to investigate the use of health supplements please make sure you buy them from a reputable and knowledgeable source to ensure you are getting a safe and quality product.
*This post was written in collaboration with the mentioned business yet is true to my own thoughts, feelings and experiences.
What they don’t tell you when you are pregnant with your first child is that when you welcome a child into your home and heart that along with fabulous fun, amazing memories and crayon on the wall behind the sofa, you also gain a bundle of “things” that you now have to be vigilant about. Alongside bumps and bruises, crossing the road safety and not touching anything hot, internet usage also presents dangers that many perhaps hadn’t considered before having children.
Don’t get me wrong, the internet is fabulous. I wouldn’t be able to do the work I do with it and Kieran especially (at 7 years old) uses it for homework research, learning and fun. Most of his friends also have access to the internet via tablets, the home PC , via Xbox Live or even their mobile phones.
The thing about the internet is that in order to stay safe online parents need to know more about their children’s usage, especially when it comes to social media access and how to teach them about safe usage and how they may monitor this effectively. Knowing the dangers that are out there is just the first step.
Knowthenet.org is an impartial website which has been funded by Nominet to offer information, advice and more to ensure that all of our kids can enjoy the benefits of having the World Wide Web available to them while staying safe, using the internet responsibly and of course legally.
Ass part of the Social Age Campaign Knowthenet.org interviewed over two thousand parents and their children across the UK. This social age study looked at the sites children were frequenting, what their internet habits really were and just how savvy these children ages eight to sixteen actually were about safe internet use.
This data, which was quite eye-opening, and more besides has gone into producing a number of resources which may be found on the website which supports parents in better understanding the issues and putting pro-active protections in place while still enabling their children to use the internet.
I sincerely believe that a child using the internet is a positive thing and opens doors which our generation didn’t have at the same age. Some parents who perhaps don’t spend as much time online as I do might find that their children know more about how it works than they do. Knowing the dangers and how to safeguard the kids couldn’t be more important in this digital age and so this campaign really is one which parents should have a look at.
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