Staying Safe Whilst Staying Healthy

As the country slowly begins to reopen, we are more aware than ever of the potential viral dangers of public spaces. Like all public areas where people like to gather; gyms and fitness centres are places where viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, can spread. From shared weights, to sweaty stretching areas and heavy breathing, it is understandable that people may be a little unsure about returning to their pre-COVID fitness regime. However, the NHS has highlighted the importance of exercise and nutrition to help in the fight against COVID-19 (alongside a host of other diseases), stressing the value of a fit and healthy lifestyle to strengthen your entire body, from your immune system, skeletal system, muscles, and organs, to your mental health and general wellbeing.

Research has shown that obesity-related conditions could worsen the effects of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, with health issues such as heart disease and diabetes also increasing the risk of complications. Meanwhile, data from the NHS has been shown to indicate that up to 75% of those that have been hospitalised with COVID-19 have been overweight or obese, with further research from the University of Liverpool suggesting that obesity increases the risk of death from SARS-CoV-2 by up to 38%.

With all of these risk factors in mind, it is no surprise that the government have chosen to push for a greater focus on weight loss in the bid to tackle the current pandemic, with Boris Johnson himself attributing his intensive care stay on his weight. In fact, exercise has been shown to be an excellent defence against a myriad of illnesses, from reducing the risk of heart diseases, to boosting your mood, and even reducing the risk of some cancers!

Exercise and nutrition are important now more than ever, with the pandemic forcing many into their homes for extended periods of time, increasing stress, and prompting some to rely more heavily on processed foods and canned produce with less nutritional value. A focus on good diet and exercise during this time and the coming months is likely to provide benefits which will not only help to combat COVID-19, but also lay the foundation for a healthier lifestyle with much more long-term effects. Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin to help boost your mood and help you to feel more relaxed, helping with stress management and to reduce the risk of depression, and this rush of chemicals can also help to promote a more permanent exercise regime. With gyms and fitness studios now reopened, there is no better time to invest in your own health and begin (or restart) your exercise journey.

So, what do you need to know about how to stay safe whilst visiting a fitness studio or gym?

Gym and fitness studios across the country have worked to put a wide variety of procedures in place to help their members stay safe whilst also staying healthy. As with all places of business in the UK, gyms and fitness studios are asking their members to refrain from attending if they or anyone in their household have experienced symptoms or COVID-19, or if they have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for the illness. It also important to check with your gym and to find out what precautions they have put in place, both to ensure that you know what to expect on arrival, and to ensure that you are confident that you will feel safe whilst you exercise. Deep cleaning of fitness premises and equipment is paramount, as well as putting procedures in place to maintain the cleanliness and safety of both the gym and its members. You may also be asked a series of health and safety related questions on arrival as well as a temperature check before entry. There may also be limits on equipment use and capacity in order to maintain social distancing and to help reduce possible infection rates.

As a visitor to a gym or fitness studio, it is important that you abide by the guidelines put in place by the individual company, and to try and minimise contact as much as possible. This could include arriving at the gym ready to workout, showering at home, and potentially wearing a mask (depending on local guidelines and gym/studio rules). It is also important to maintain proper hand hygiene and to try and avoid touching your face as much as possible whilst working out. You may also be required to clean your equipment as you use it, with many gyms providing cleaning stations to encourage member-led cleaning and to ensure the environment is as safe as possible.

One of the key ways to stay safe whilst also staying healthy is to abide by your local gym or studios guidelines, maintain social distancing, and to pay additional attention to your own health prior to visiting.

Orangetheory is currently running up to 10 classes a day, between 5am and 9pm, and has created a series of guidelines to help their members stay healthy when they visit the studio, with the health and wellbeing of members taking precedence. Those new to Orangetheory are invited to try a 7-day complimentary trial, to check out their science-backed, technology-tracked workouts and experience the heightened standards of hygiene & safety.

For more information & to claim a 7-day trial, visit

About Orangetheory
Orangetheory® ( makes it simple to get more from your workout. One of the world’s fastest-growing franchise companies, Orangetheory has developed a unique approach to fitness that blends a unique trifecta of science, coaching, and technology that work together seamlessly to elevate participants’ heart rates to help burn more calories. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory workouts incorporate endurance, strength, and power to generate the ‘Orange Effect’ – whereby participants keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after a 60-minute workout.

Orangetheory has over 1,200 studios worldwide and was ranked #60 in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List.

At Orangetheory we believe that you deserve more from your workout. It should transform you from the inside out. With technology to keep you on track and coaches that give you more tough love.

You want more results. More confidence. More community. And more energy. Because, the more you do at Orangetheory… the more you get out of life.

Orangetheory has two studios in Northern England location; Altrincham, Greater Manchester & Derby, Derbyshire, with more studios planned later this year. Try a complimentary class at

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Healthy Performance Appoints Non-Executive Director

Leading employee wellbeing specialists Healthy Performance are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Crampsie as a Non-Executive Director.

As part of our ambitious growth plans, Adam has been recruited to help support the implementation of the companies exciting strategy.

Wayne Campbell, CEO and founder of Healthy Performance said “We have seen really strong growth over the last five years and have an ambitious but very achievable strategy for the next five years. Having spoken with Adam over the last few months, and after sharing an outline of our plans, he was genuinely excited about how he could help us achieve this. With Adam’s commercial and wellbeing experience, he is the ideal person to help shape our future”.

Adam commented, “I am delighted to join Healthy Performance as a Non-Executive Director. Health and wellbeing is a passion of mine and something I have dedicated my career to. Healthy Performance has such a great proposition for the workplace wellbeing market, alongside industry-leading technology, so the decision to join was not a difficult one! I am excited to work with Wayne and the Healthy Performance leadership team to further grow the business to become the UK’s leading wellbeing provider”.

Healthy Performance are a specialist Employee Wellbeing provider who deliver a range of online and onsite solutions to leading global brands and SMEs across the UK.

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To connect with Adam and discover the wealth of experience he is bringing to Healthy Performance please view his LinkedIn profile.

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Healthy Back Bag – Frontline Heroes

Our Frontline Heroes

HBB give away hundreds of bags to frontline workers across the UK

For the last 2 weeks, The Healthy Back Bag Company has been asking the general public to nominate their own Frontline Heroes – and the response has been amazing with 1000s of nominations pouring in.

The initiative originated in early March when the team discussed how they could support all of those key workers putting themselves at risk every day and it was decided that they would give away 150 bags to those whose stories moved them the most.

Very soon though, with personal tragedy hitting the team this initiative took on far greater meaning as Dan Luxon, HBB’s Head of Business Development explains:  “Not long after we had come up with the idea of a Frontline Heroes campaign my mother-in-law caught the virus. Although physically fit and well, within 4 days she was taken to hospital and sadly died 2 days later.”

Dan goes on to explain:

“The shock to our family was extreme and the circumstances of not being able to visit and family members being isolated was heart wrenching which made the amazing support and comfort we were shown all the more powerful. The paramedics who came within minutes to her home, the staff at The Royal Free Hospital, those in contact with the family following her death – these people were truly amazing.”

Our frontline hero nominations have come from all areas of the country across a huge range of industries, from NHS staff to pharmacists, delivery drivers, checkout staff, care workers and so many others…

Some of the heartwarming stories from those who have received our bags:

Michael nominated by his friend Rosalind
“Michael is a paramedic… The current crisis means wearing uncomfortable protection gear, being called out not knowing what they will face and with the likelihood that a percentage of their pick up will not make it. They risk their lives to do it. Michael does this so willingly without any thought of his safety, shift after shift. A little boost to morale will go a long way”

Amanda nominated by her daughter Chloe
“I nominate our hard working mum. Who works different day evening and night shifts in SSD Craigavon Area Hospital. Mum never complains, but I can see on her face she is worried and tired, her smile is always there but her eyes say different. I would love this surprise for mum, she wouldn’t ever expect this

Eduardo nominated by his mum Sandra
“Eduardo is my 18 year old son, one of the youngest frontline works in the QMC hospital where he works as a phlebotomist. He works day In day out, staring Covid in the face… He gives up his days off as he says the patients need his help more than he needs his rest. He is always there for his team, that are so short staffed. He has grown up into a beautiful human and I’m sooo proud of him. He is our HERO”

See more of our nominees on

Frontline Heroes Campaign will continue for the next two weeks and the company will give away 150 HBB Expedition Bags®.

About The Bag

The Expedition Healthy Back Bag is made of strong, water-resistant cotton twill with nubuck leather trim, burnished brass hardware, and a fleece-lined strap for extra comfort

features a full size internal zipped and padded security pocket for valuables.

About The Healthy Back Bag Company

Who created The Healthy Back Bag?
When Margery and Irwin Gaffin set themselves the challenge in the early 1990’s of creating a single-strap bag that was comfortable to wear and actively good for your back, they stumbled across a unique idea. ‘I wanted a bag which looked good but also worked with my back rather than against it’, explains Margery of her dream. As a leather craftsman and designer, Irwin set about creating a teardrop-shaped bag with no rigid elements which enabled it to curve to the spine and after collaborating with health professionals, The Healthy Back Bag was born. In 2004, the bag winged its way across the Atlantic with Priscilla Chase heading up the UK and international business. Healthy Back Bags now sell in over 27 countries worldwide.

10 Reasons to pick up a Healthy Back Bag

1. Looks great – 100’s of different colours and fabrics in several sizes
2. Versatile – Wear it 4 ways, on either shoulder or cross-body
3. The Shape – Always contours naturally to the curve of your back
4. Organised – Multiple cleverly configured pockets
5. Distributes weight – Those clever pockets also help to distribute weight around the bag
6. Life-proof – Water resistant and durable
7. Easy to clean – wipe with a damp cloth. Some are machine washable
8. Every bag has a silver lining – Reflects light and helps you find what you are looking for
9. Secure and safe – The main zip is always against the back, accessible only to you
10. Because your back works hard enough – So be kind!

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Did you know in the U.K. According to the Stats over 24% of the population of consumes Alcohol on a regular basis and we all know it is at the end of the day of course something that it is meant to be enjoyed and responsibly as well.

We are all aware of the new guidelines set out by NHS which mention no more than 14 units a week for both men and women. But does really meaning cutting back attribute to a healthy body; I mean isn’t there something that can be done to use natural methods to maintain your health and still drinking or even not drink at all as per your preference.

Well there is a way my friends of what I have found or something that a lot of people can benefit from. Now of course nothing is to be taken for medical advice here always consult your doctor nor do I necessarily promote the consumption of alcohol; but the reality is it is something that a lot of us partake in here in the U.K. And If I could use my knowledge based on my own experience to help and only to help people to have some kind of tool or website they can consult when it comes to the drink my friends your prayers have been answered and yes it is possible to stay healthy based discussing natural substances as prescribed through Ayurvedic Medicine that can help you to maintain a healthy body; because at the end of the day health is something most people want now days and of course and with alcohol being there in everyday society I said to myself why not combine both?
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