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Workout your gym needs in Hull!

“A person who is fit is capable of living life to its fullest extent.”

Exercise plays a vital role in mental health while also making you less prone to medical conditions. There are now over 9.7 million gym members in the UK, an all-time high of 14.9%; when will you find the gym that’s right you?

 

University gym

  • £19.95 per month
  • 120+ classes
  • Free access to lawns gym

This package is the most convenient choice for students; with facilities available on campus and at the lawns there will always be a uni gym guaranteed next to any university owned accommodation. This is perfect for busy/lazy individuals who don’t want to waste too much time commuting.

 

Xercise4less

  • From £9.99 a month (12 month contract)/ £19.99 per month
  • 200+ classes
  • Free access to 50+ branches nationwide

This package is the best for those looking to get value for money long term. This is the cheapest membership available in the city and with other sites nationwide it is perfect for those looking to gym away from uni too! Be prepared to commit to membership as customer service is minimal.

 

Fit 24

  • £249 per year/ £5 per day
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 24/7 access

This gym is popular amongst fitness enthusiasts who enjoy regularly going or those wanting a high end gym. It offers less free classes compared to the others but this reflects the number of members. It is a quiet gym perfect for those who desire privacy or dislike sharing equipment. If you have the money this is gym can cater for all tastes.

 

Top 3 ways to relax when stressed

We all get stressed, there’s no way of avoiding it.

A bit of stress is good, but beyond optimal point it is spells trouble.

So, how to reduce bad stress?

  1. Stop Demanding Perfection of Yourself

When we do something, we usually imagine how the end result will look like, and it is usually a perfect one. We don’t account for errors and mistakes therefore the end state is usually not what we expected it to be.

And that is completely fine!!!

We are just humans and we are doomed to make mistakes, do not dwell on them. Instead learn from them and try to do better next time.

It will never be prefect so stop putting expectations on yourself that you won’t be able to fulfil.

Be realistic!!

  1. Exercise

Ah yes, the enemy of all people, exercise.

I am sure that you heard all the scientific and psychological benefits of exercise.

And I am here to tell you…

… That they are all true!!

So go for a run, pick up some weights, and release all of your tension with exercise!!

  1. Talk it over with a Friend

We usually get stressed because we misunderstand or interpret things in a wrong way.

So the best way to handle that, is to get a different perspective.

A trusted friend can help you, but remember that if the problem is more technical rather than emotional, it’s is best to take into account their capabilities.

Let me know how you deal with stress below 🙂

Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

Staying Warm in Cold Weather tips from China

Although already in March, Britain is still as cold as winter.This blog will introduce you three methods from China to keep warm.All of these methods are simple and have no side effects. Why not try it?
1.Eat hot pot

The heat form Hotpot can play a role in the fight against the cold, hot pot fiery also make people warm, hot food makes our stomach is also very comfortable, while the nutrients of foods which in the hot pot will not easily drain, almost All nutrients in the food can be absorbed by the body.
2.Drink ginger red/brown sugar water

Add ginger and brown sugar in the cup, then add hot water, a cup of ginger brown sugar water is done.There are ginger and brown sugar in Chinese medicine have a warm spleen and stomach, cold pain effect. When you drink such a cup of warm water, the stomach is warm, and sometimes the nose tip also slightly sweating, which can help you clear the meridian, remove cold.
take a foot bath with ginger powder

Foot bath with hot water is one of the contents of traditional Chinese medicine foot therapy. This method not only recovers from fatigue and conducive to sleep, can improve local blood circulation, get rid of the cold, promote metabolism, and ultimately achieve the purpose of health care.Ginger powder is added because ginger’s unique “gingerol” can make the blood vessels to dilate, blood circulation to speed up. take a foot bath 20-30 minutes before going to sleep every day is the recommended method.

How to stay safe when out in Hull

When Hull was announced as the UK’s City of Culture for 2017; it attracted flocks of attention from students and tourists intrigued to see what hull truly had to offer. The harsh reality however is that Hull still retains a crime rate higher than the majority of areas consisting of similar size; and walking alone at night time in certain areas can be anything but a walk in the park.

Have a buddy system – Walking back home from a nightclub alone might seem like a good idea when you’ve lost your friends and are short on money but you never know who is lurking on the side streets. Always pair up with a friend if you have to walk back from a night out, but if this isn’t possible simply letting someone know when you are going somewhere different can ensure more safety.

Always carry student card – Many students don’t know this but if you ever run out of money and need a lift home the majority of taxi drivers in Hull will be happy to accept your student card as leverage until you can afford to pay them.

Dress and behave appropriately – It might seem attractive to dress flashy or talk arrogant; but you don’t just attract partners, you attract trouble. Please don’t jeopardise your health in exchange for some attention; not everyone has experienced privilege and if they don’t respect how you got it they will have no guilt taking it away.

Stay safe!

 

References

https://www.police.uk/humberside/69/performance/compare-your-area/

It really works! A Mobile App for Alzheimer’s Patients

Have you ever experienced to talk with alzheimer’s patients?

If not, you should try once and will intuitively know the difficulties these patients face in their daily lifebecause of the memory loss.

As the disease progresses, these patients start to forget things and can hardly recognize people around them, even their child.

It is not the worst, this illness will gradually cause them to lose track of time and control their bodies and even the daily activities. Family members can only set up visial aids to reminder them something important, such as phone number, date, medication information and so on.

Emma Yang, a 14 years old little girl, faced the same problem happened in her gradma and kept finding ways to help her, but there were no useful tools in society will improve this kind of patients’ daily life.

Thus, she took the challenge into consideration.  Then she started learning how to code in Swift, and Timeless appeared at that time.

Timeless is a first of its kind, simple, caregiver assisted, easy-to-use mobile app for Alzheimer’s and dementia that helps them remember events, stay connected and engaged with friends and family, and recognize loved ones using artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology (Aims from Timeless Facebook).

Patients can use touch ID or face ID to log in the apps rather than the passwards.

What’s more!

Timeless is seeking the fundarising support, the funding needs and development plan are put below.

Your every support will improve patients’ daily life! Thank You!

 

References

https://www.facebook.com/app.Timeless/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/timeless-a-mobile-app-for-alzheimer-s-patients#/

Life Without Memory

The First App for Alzheimer’s Patients — Made by a 12-Year-Old

 

 

 

 

 

The art of giving up

In 2016 I made the bold decision to challenge myself to give something new up every day of the month, this was to challenge the idea that it takes 21 days to break a habit. When looking back on that year I found that I remembered it being rather easy, maybe some months were harder than others (cheese was a big one) but it was definitely doable! This was going to be easy right?

Wrong.

In order to make this challenge a bit more – well – challenging, I decided that each thing had to improve my life in some way, so I decided that for the month of January I would attempt to live waste-free.


(Photo source: Myzerowaste.com)

To begin with this challenge was easy, I started with simple changes such as swapping cotton buds for flannels when removing make-up, stocking up on Lush products (the packaging consists of 90% recyclable materials) and buying loose fruit and vegetables… then I made it to the meat aisle. Looking through the the local supermarket I found that almost everything I bought was wrapped in non-recyclable materials.


(Photo source: Independent)

This month forced me to take a look at my shopping habits, think about how to approach products in a different way, and forced me to make the extra effort that would benefit not only myself but the environment.

This challenge so far has been difficult but had proven to me that I am able to adjust my life for the better, but I must admit, the second the clock hit midnight on the first of March, I ate an entire bar of Dairy Milk. Some things just don’t change.

The Traditional Chinese Cuisines

• Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, which includes cuisine originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. Imperial, royal and noble preference also plays a role in the change of Chinese cuisines.

• The preference for seasoning and cooking techniques of Chinese provinces depend on differences in historical backgroundand ethnic groups.

• Geographic features including mountains, rivers, forests and deserts also have a strong effect on the local available ingredients, considering climate of China varies from tropical in the south to subarctic in the northeast.

• Modern “Eight Cuisines” of China are Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.

• Color, smell and taste are the three traditional aspects used to describe Chinese food,[4] as well as the meaning, appearance and nutrition of the food.

• Cooking should be appraised from ingredients used, cuttings, cooking time and seasoning.

• Tastes of Chinese food are traditionally categorized into five flavors: salty, spicy, sour, sweet, and bitter.

• Chinese emphasize “he” harmony of five flavors. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the harmony of the five flavors can not only improve taste enjoyment, but also have the function of achieving balance to promote health, as well as treating diseases and aiding recovery from injury.

• Of course, the seasoning of cooking food is also very important, if you have the opportunity to taste Chinese food, certainly not to miss the following 12 kinds of Chinese seasoning!

1. Salt
2. Soy Sauce
3. Oyster Sauce
4. Sesame Oil
5. Rice Vinegar
6. Rice Wine
7. Chili Sauce (or Chili Paste)
8. Soybean Paste
9. Star Anise
10. Five-Spice Powder
11. Chili Powder
12. Sichuan Peppercorn

Dear friends, welcome to China to taste Chinese food!

Long-haul flights: A survival guide

In recent years, travelling and the benefits of experiencing new cultures has become increasingly popular. If you are lucky enough to be exploring far off lands any time soon then hopefully these suggestions can help make your flights a little more comfortable!

1. A Travel Pillow
Whilst this may seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how often this vital piece of carry on is overlooked.


(Photo source: The Independent)

Putting your posture under large amounts of pressure, can cause significant long-term damage – with 88% of people complaining of neck pain following a flight. You can find a list of the best travel pillows here.

2. Snacks
When the reputation is so bad that chef Gordon Ramsey will refuse to eat on a plane it’s safe to assume that aeroplane food is – at best – edible.


(Photo Source: Buzzfeed.com)

With food being prepared between 12-72 hours before, you can’t be blamed for wanting to avoid it. I find that before the flight it’s best to raid the duty-free sections for over-sized chocolate bars or a sandwich, whilst this may not be the reach of culinary excellence, at least you know what you’re getting.

3. Moisturiser
In the UK we often enjoy humidity of around 50%, when cabins can reach lows of around 10% it’s no surprise that spending hours in this environment can lead to dehydrated skin.


(Photo Source: Clinique.co.uk)

Keep your favourite in your carry on or bring a sheet mask, providing you take the time to moisturise your skin will thank you. Find the best moisturisers of 2018 here.

Do you consider these travel essentials? If you have any more then let us know!

4 Tips to Personalise your Meditation

Stressed? Overwhelmed?- have you tried meditation?

Simply, Meditation is training your mind to be peaceful; it’s a way of focusing on your breathing or a mantra and clearing your mind so that once you come out of meditation you are more mindful in everyday life. With practice, meditation can improve emotional and physical health.

However, there is no perfect or correct way to meditate, here are tips to personalise your own mediation programme.

  1. Length: A quick five minute mediation can sometimes be suffice enough to focus your breathing and be at peace; throw the clock out and take the time you need.
  2. Location: Yes, there’s tons of glorified meditation images that show mediation done on beaches or in serene surroundings but honestly all you need is somewhere that’s comfortable and quiet.
  3. Position: The true cliché is that you have to sit crossed legged, with index finger and thumb together chanting omm, and whilst you can, it doesn’t mean this is the only pose, any position that you find comfortable will work; I sometimes lay flat in savasana so that I can completely focus on my breathing.
  4. Atmosphere: Be it the time of day, whether you need background music or a guided meditation, just create a space that you can feel completely comfortable and peaceful in.

Following rules will only restrict the peace you’re creating; it was once said –

“Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Buddha