Why We’re “More Obese Than Ever” – And What To Do About It

We’re forever hearing that the country we live in, and the world in general, is fatter and lazier than ever before. Most usually in the media we see columnists chiding the general public about it. We’re a nation gone soft. Our grandparents wouldn’t have stood for it. Maybe we should go back to rationing! As someone who has only lived in this era, it can feel as though you’re being held personally responsible.

Part of the problem, of course, is that it’s pointless to compare statistics from today with those from our grandparents’ time. Things are different now. The way we live has changed. Even if you wanted to live the way people did in the 1950s, it’s really not possible. The jobs we do are different; nobody worked in IT in 1950 because it didn’t exist! We live the way we can live – which often means we don’t have the time for things our ancestors did.

Add to this the fact that food options are geared towards higher calories and convenience, and it’s no surprise if we are a little larger. Most of our jobs are more sedentary, so it’s hard to have time to exercise. Staying healthy is a challenge in itself.

So do we just give up? No, of course not, but we need to get more creative. If for no other reason than to shut those columnists up, right?

Can’t Get To The Gym? Bring The Gym To You!

Unless you have a very large house (another thing that’s harder these days), you obviously can’t fit a full gym in there. So you need to pick and choose exercise equipment and really make it count. An exercise bike is always worth having. So is an elliptical trainer. It’s worth reading over your options before you decide what to buy. As money isn’t always easy to lay your hands on, getting value is essential.



Set Yourself A Shopping Challenge

We always go into supermarkets with the best of intentions. We will buy healthy stuff. We will eat it, too, and not throw it in the bin after snapping and getting takeaways three days in a row. And yet, we find ourselves back in the same place time and again.

A lot of us need incentives to focus on behaving the right way. Plan a fantastic holiday or a purchase you’ve been coveting for months. But the catch is you can only have it if you stick within a harsh shopping and food budget for three or four weeks. Fresh fruit and veg are cheaper than you think – so it’s easier if you pick salads and healthy food.

Start A Healthy Eating Club At Work

It’s not news to anyone that cooking with fresh ingredients takes longer than putting something in the microwave. And we are more pressed for time these days. Sharing some of the burden of healthy cooking can relieve the pressure a bit.

Get as many people as possible to join in, and each week one or two of them can cook one or more meals, in large enough quantities for everyone involved. It allows everyone to eat a more varied diet, discover new cuisines and avoid junk food.

There are other options too – the more strings you have to your bow the better. It’s not easy staying fit these days – but it is possible.

My Regular Skincare Routine Explained

I’m not one to brag, but lately I’ve got really good skin. I turned 25 in October, so I decide to really make an effort with it. Not that I hadn’t in the past, but I just wasn’t prioritising it like I used to. The minute I decided to make it a priority again and be more consistent, it improved so much! Nobody believes me when I tell them I’m 25 anyway – some people go as far to think I’m still a teenager. Maybe they’re lying, but I’ll take it anyway. Here’s my skincare routine explained:

Cleanse With Face Wash

I cleanse with face wash first, both in the morning and at night to get rid of any dirt in my skin. I like face wash as I can really feel it working. If I really can’t be bothered for whatever reason, I use micellar water instead. However, I try to use face wash as often as possible. I always use a clean cloth to remove it, but sometimes just water and my hands too, although this can be a little harder.

Exfoliator Pads *Once or Twice A Week

I love exfoliator pads as they’re so easy to use, and can really help to smooth and even out your skin. However, you shouldn’t use these too often as it can be bad for your skin. Depending on your skin type, once or twice a week should be enough.


Face Mask *Once a Week

I usually try to add a face mask in once a week too. If I’m feeling like treating myself, I might book in for an oxygen facial to really brighten up my skin.


Use a toner to balance your PH after the first two steps. Toner should help to remove any remaining dirt too. Sometimes I like to use a spray on toner as they’re refreshing.

Serum – Important Step!

I only started using serum last year, but I have to say, it makes the world of difference to my skincare routine. A serum is designed to sink deeper into the layers of skin to moisturise, even out skin tone, and more. You don’t even need a super expensive one to make a difference. However, if you’re going to splash out on something, make it a serum!

Eye Cream (Something I’ve Recently Introduced)

I noticed some really, really fine lines around my eyes not so long ago. I’d never used eye cream before, but to prevent any deep wrinkles from forming, I thought I’d try. Depending on how thick it is, I either apply it before or after my moisturiser. As a rule, apply the thinnest solution first so that the thickest one can sink in afterwards. If you do it the other way around, your routine may not be as effective.

Moisturise (Day/Night)

I moisturise with a different cream depending on the time of day. It’s worth having a different moisturiser, as one can contain SPF for day and the other can be thicker and help skin to restore itself while you sleep. Occasionally, I’ll dab a few facial oil drops on top too!

Top Tip: Leave Each Product Enough Time To Sink In Before Adding Another

This is layering your skin care, and making sure you give everything a chance to work. Don’t just pile everything on top of one another, or the products won’t work as well!