Firstly; a quick apology. The Urban Warrior Princess has been a bit pre-occupied of late and I have been neglectful of my blog while concentrating on my first and second module of a university degree course at the tender age of fifty-seven. Under the watchful and helpful eye of the Open University, I have signed up for a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Psychology. It has taken me a good eight months to get used to the study regime and the ability to time manage my workload. So now let’s get down to the subject matter of this post;
PERSONAL PROTECTION AND AWARENESS SHOULD BE INCLUDED AS PART OF ANY WELLBEING STRATEGY.
Everywhere you look, there are references, adverts and people promoting health, fitness and wellness strategies. Whether it is on mainstream television, online, celebrity fitness personalities, public and private gyms – you cannot fail to have been aware of the promotion of fit and healthy lifestyles.
Obesity is now more commonplace in the British Isles than ever before and the diet industry is a multi-billion pound behemoth. That industry relies on a person using a particular weight loss formula for a limited period of time in which to lose a set amount of weight before they stop – hail their fantastic new weight loss and……..then return to old eating habits that were the cause of their weight problem to start with. It is a vicious cycle and I have known many people who have tried many different diet regimes over the years and they yo-yo; they lose weight – they gain weight – they lose weight – they gain etc etc. This is what keeps the diet industry healthy but the rest of us, unhealthy. What is needed is not a diet but a
COMPLETE CHANGE OF MINDSET
Don’t be a slave to food and the diet industry; change your mindset and change your relationship with food. Take regular exercise and, as well as nourishing the body properly, you need to regularly nourish the mind.
A good healthy food intake does not have to be bland and boring but you should seek to take into your body the right nutrients and food choices that will better suit both your metabolism and the goals that you are setting for yourself. Once you have chosen a good food regime, don’t do it over a limited period of time; keep to it. Some faddy diets aim to cut out certain food groups entirely, but this can be detrimental to your body in the long term. Totally cutting out carbohydrates, for example, as some diets claim, is actually impossible as there are carbs in all foods in varying percentages. You need a good balance of fats, protein and carbohydrates for your body to work to its optimum level. You also need to remember to hydrate your body throughout each and every day; taking in at least two litres of water a day is the recommended amount by many Doctors but it can vary. I personally drink three litres a day and only two cups of coffee. But I am not here specifically to talk about food; that is not my area of specialisation, which I will come to shortly.
Regular exercise is also a priority. Not everyone is a sports and fitness fanatic but you do not have to be. Regular exercise can mean anything physical three to four times a week, such as walking, jogging; even walking the dog
gets you out into the fresh air and less obviously out in to the world with other people. Do not isolate yourselves*
*Please note that the above was written before the Covid-19 virus struck the world and currently I would urge you all to follow the guidelines given by health professionals about self isolating and social distancing.
Wellbeing appears to be the buzzword for health at the moment. Many people go to a Doctor to check their weight, blood pressure, health and other related issues, but there are places out there now, that offer these services as part of an overall wellbeing, health and fitness package. I personally tend to only go to my General Practitioner when I have a medical symptom or clinical problem that needs to be identified and treated. If I want to have a general body M.O.T. and maintenance regime, I will go to my gym and wellbeing centre.
Now to my own area of specialisation;
SELF PROTECTION & AWARENESS
I have been in love with fitness and sport from a very early age and was extremely lucky to attend schools that positively promoted a myriad of sports and fitness opportunities. This continued after I left education and entered the work place.
In February this year, I will have been studying the Japanese martial art of Aikido for forty years. I have been a teacher for thirty-three of them. I was a police officer for over a decade and alongside Aikido, I teach Control and Restraint for Police Officers, Conflict Management and Physical Intervention in the Security Industry, Self Defence and Self Protection and Awareness for Women and Vulnerable Adults and training for door security supervisors (UK and Jersey).
My belief is that, if any gym and wellbeing centre wants to have the overall wellbeing package; the complete formula, they should consider a self protection and awareness offering.
This offering could be in the shape of regular seminars on various self protection and awareness subjects, an integrated self defence/fitness class module, dedicated and strategically placed short or longer self defence classes (eg. six, eight or ten week slots) or a combination of all of the above.