Are you healthy? Health is not really something most people think about often or even at all. It is something we take for granted, forgetting that our bodies are magnificent beings of living tissue performing thousands of processes automatically without us even thinking about it. Keep throwing a spanner in the works, and overloading your body with disease producing chemicals and at some point it will become overloaded and will be unable to protect you any longer.
In 1954 Julian Rotter, an American psychologist, coined the phrase Locus of control. The degree to which people believe that they can influence their life through the choices they make. Those with an internal locus of control take responsibility and praise or blame themselves for the levels of success or failure that they have reached. Hard work brings positive outcomes. Those with an extrinsic locus of control rather tend to blame factors outside of their control for their success or failure things like, luck, fate, destiny and other people or circumstances rather than themselves.
A college student with a strong internal locus of control will associate good grades with a sense of hard work and effort and not natural born talent. An athlete with a strong internal locus of control will blame a lost race on his own lack of effort and level of preparation instead of bad luck.
Locus of control has been the subject of research for many psychologists over the last few decades and studies...
“It takes just five seconds to change your life,” says Mel Robbins author of the bestselling book The 5-Second Rule. This does not sound feasible but according to Mel, it is science, you change your life one five-second decision at a time.
Mel created the rule at a time in her life when everything around seemed to be falling apart, her marriage was on the rocks, her finances, her career and her self-esteem. She was at an all-time low, so low that to climb out of bed in the morning became a struggle.
The reason why was a simple one, she just did not feel like it.
This behaviour is what researchers call a “habit loop.” Mel would roll over and keep hitting the snooze button and that simple behaviour became a pattern encoded in her brain.
One night a TV commercial caught her attention, a rocket launching into space to be exact. Intrigued by the methodical five-second countdown, 5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off! Fire and smoke filled the screen and the rocket launched off into space.
“Mens sana in corpore sano,” a latin phrase, translated as “a sound mind in a sound body” or “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” This simple phrase is widely used across many sporting and educational platforms primarily to drive home the fact that physical exercise is an essential part of mental and psychological well-being.
The phrase can be traced way back to the Roman empire when a poet by the name off Juvenal was trying to teach his fellow Roman citizens the virtues that he believed the gods had bestowed upon them to enrich their lives in different ways.
Today, somewhat removed from its original context the phrase has acquired a range of different meanings. Some interpretations understand it as meaning that only a healthy mind can lead to a healthy body, then again perhaps it means that a healthy body can produce and sustain a healthy mind.
Whichever way you look at it, a healthy body, and a healthy mind, are inextricably linked; joined by an invisible thread that weaves them togethe...
I sat down on the couch to find my eldest daughter Melissa watching a new series on Netflix called “Vampire Diaries”. My first reaction after finding out it is a horror with a *18 rating, “This is a load of hogwash, switch it off and do something more productive!” I’m no horror fan.
Then I met Stefan and Damon Salvatore and learnt about their story of undying love with a beautiful teenage girl called Elena Gilbert.
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural teen drama series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and is based on the popular novel written by L. J. Smith.
The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia and it follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl who has just lost both parents in a car accident. Elena falls in love Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) a 162-year-old vampire. Their relationship gets more complicated when Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) Stefan's older brother appears on the...
When I’m feeling a bit down and out of control I reach for chocolate. It’s always chocolate, Rolo’s, Aero, Tex, Chuckles and Cadbury’s Hazelnut and Topdeck slabs are among my favourites. Somehow, within a few minutes it lifts my spirits and I start to feel better
That’s only a short term effect however, until I realise how many calories I have consumed and how much fat I have just added to my hips, not to mention the persistent cellulite thigh zone that has never cooperated with any diet plan or fad eating habit I have tried.
I’m definitely not a lone recovering chocoholic in a sea of junk food addicts.
Most of us know that chocolate is junk food and junk food increases your risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and the list goes on. Studies have shown that there is a link between chocolate consumption and depression. Maybe you already know this.
Dr Natalie Rose and her colleagues from the University of California carried out some research and pu...
In terms of your overall health, your body fat percentage is probably one of the most important numbers available to you. It tells you exactly how much of your body weight is made up of fat. This reading tells you a lot more about your health than your BMI (Body Mass Index) and body weight ever can
What exactly does a 12 week health and wellness program have to do with a mule?
There is an old story about a farmer whose mule fell into a dry well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ — and soon discovered his misfortune. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer decided that the mule wasn’t worth the time or expense needed to save it. Instead, he called his neighbours together and told them what had happened; and asked them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical and started kicking! But as the dirt continued to hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up! Load after load of dirt hit him in the back No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!
Measuring your health and fitness progress has always proved to be a challenging concept and we simply carry on doing the same things day by day unsure if they are making a difference to our health or are simply leading us down a dangerous path and making us sicker. Now you can measure and track the effectiveness of your diet and lifestyle programs and find out exactly what shape you are in.