All posts filed under: Mind and Body

How sleep affects weight loss

This is one of the most popular questions about sleep that is asked on Google, which is interesting as I think it’s an under-appreciated aspect of weight loss. The fact is, sleep plays a major role in fat loss (and in muscle gain as well). Sleep is a critical factor for almost every aspect of our health. So how can a lack of sleep affect weight loss? There are three major implications to a lack of quality sleep – and they’re all linked to hormones. Ghrelin Ghrelin is a hormone that regulates our appetite – its nickname is the hunger hormone. Ghrelin tells our brain that we’re hungry, and when it’s working well, we can rely on it to steer us towards food when we need it. It’s like following your intuition – you’ll know what to eat and when to eat. When you’re sleep deprived, there can be too much ghrelin in your system, causing feelings of hunger. This makes you far more likely to overeat and gain weight. Leptin Leptin is a hormone …

New social netball league in Dulwich

Playnetball will be running a ladies recreational league on Tuesday nights, starting on 27th March from 7-9pm. The season will run for 12 weeks. This league is suitable for players who are returning to netball after a break, new players with a little experience picking up the game or players who just want a bit of a run around without it being too competitive. Contact Kerry for more information or to sign up: interest@playnetball.com or 07895 790025 or find Playnetball on Facebook JAGS Sports Club Red Post Hill SE24 9JN Image: Kerry Brooks SaveSave SaveSave

Are you SAD? Do you suffer from the winter blues?

As the cold weather and the darker nights and mornings draw in do you suffer from a lack of energy or low mood? Do you find it harder to get up in the morning and generally lose a bit of motivation and ‘lust for life’? Do you find it more difficult to focus on work or generally just feel a bit ‘down in the dumps’? If the answer is yes to any of the above you may be suffering from a bout of winter depression; the medical name of which is SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder). There’s sound scientific evidence to support the idea that the season can affect our moods and it’s thought that SAD affects 1 in 15 people in the UK. What causes SAD? We don’t know for sure what causes these changes in mood but scientists believe that part of the problem is due to the reduced hours of daylight. The theory is that when light enters the eyes it alters the levels of hormones in the body. Light is thought to …

HOT YOGA PECKHAM has a new home

Since 2015, Stevie Jamieson has been teaching popular hot yoga classes at various venues all over SE London. Over the past few months he’s being lovingly restoring a little corner of Peckham Rye to create a new calming and energising yoga space. They’ll be opening their doors on Sunday 18th February between 10am and 2pm can’t wait to welcome you to Studio 54! Pop along for a first look, a chat, an Old Spike Coffee or even try out their first class – half hour Espresso Yoga at 12 o’clock for a fiver! “I always say to people coming to yoga for the first time, all you really need is a big heart and a big smile – just enjoy it!  I’m a firm believer that yoga can help everyone, regardless of age, shape or ability and I strive to make my classes informal and friendly, where everyone feels comfortable to practice at their own level.   My favourite quote at the moment is ‘don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga; practice yoga to get better at living.’ …

The 7 secrets of a successful health transformation

Why is it that some people manage to transform their health and others don’t? Here’s what you need to consider if you want to reach a successful outcome. You are fully invested Successful people know that to succeed, you need to invest, and I don’t just mean in time and money. A client who has what it takes to transform their health will be fully invested emotionally, physically and intellectually and very focused on their desired outcome. You have patience Implementing lasting and sustainable changes is a slow game. Think a marathon not a 100m sprint. You need to be patient, and focused. Appreciating that things take time is essential to the outcome, and you won’t be in a rush. You trust the program Holding on to preconceived ideas and limiting beliefs damages the chances of success. Trust in the person you’ve hired to help you. Believe in the power of two people focused on a common goal with an unswerving desire to make it happen. Allow yourself to be guided. You make it personal …