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WALKING AND THE BRITISH OBSESSION WITH THE WEATHER…

A few interesting facts about the British obsession with the weather.

Did you know that a survey has shown that the British spend nearly six months just ‘talking’ about the weather. Apparently we are obsessed with the English weather. It’s one of the most common ways to start a conversation, which check-out staff at supermarkets have to listen to time and time again.


We spend almost five times a day talking about it and spend longer discussing it than we do discussing sport or work!!


Women talk about it more than chatting about their men, love lives and gossip and twitter gets around 500,000+ tweets a week about it.


Older people apparently have three times as many conversations about it and still believe in old wives tales, such as , cows sitting down (rain comes) and red sky at night (shepherds delight). Even Twitter gets over 500,000 ‘tweets’ about it.

These findings prove that we are a nation who is totally obsessed with the weather and how we can go from one season to another in one day.


But, no matter what the weather walking or cycling in it, are the two most popular ways at the moment to keep fit. With watches and phones that can count our steps for us some of us become obsessed with trying to get in our daily 10,000 steps. Even health companies have got on board who will reward you if you keep up with your steps.

For me personally, I do have a watch that counts my steps and I do check it regularly to see how I am getting on and if I do not manage to get out for a walk due to the weather !! (I’m not one to walk in the rain) then I do try to do a few more steps up and down my stairs but 10,000 is out of my league. My back just doesn’t like me to do more than 7,000 but I feel the benefit of that so it’s better than nothing.

The NHS point out that walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

The British Heart Foundation has some walking plans you can follow and other programs available online are Weight Watchers, or you could sign up and walk for your favourite charity. I am sure Captain Tom has inspired many people to do,just that.

Walk for Water have set up challenges for March for people to walk 4, 8 or 12 kilometres for their charity. Walk where you can, when you can, and raise funds to help make clean water normal for everyone, everywhere.

Walk for the millions of women and children who walk distances like this every day to get the water they need to survive.

All distances reflect a walk that women and girls around the world have to take each day to reach water. Women and girls like Tiyamike, Majory and Felisberta.

When you Walk for Water, you’re helping to give Tiyamike, Majory, Felisberta and others across the world the power to change their own lives, forever.

Lots of other charities have walks you can sign up for including Memory Walk, for Alzheimer’s, British Heart Foundation, Help the Heroes and lots more to choose from online.

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DIARY – A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BACK PAIN SUFFERER AS WE HEAD INTO ANOTHER LOCKDOWN…

Check out my latest diary page on The Bad Back CompanyA Day in the Life of a Back Pain Sufferer as we Head into a New Year and another Lockdown…

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BPB ALERT – TINNITUS AWARENESS WEKK 3rd-9th FEBRUARY…

I recently wrote an article on Ear Problems & Fibromyalgia with sufferers clearly suffering from Tinnitus so this week’s awareness of the condition may help someone struggling with Tinnitus.

This Tinnitus Week (1-7 February), Tinnitus UK are campaigning to make sure that everyone with tinnitus gets the right information, from the right place, at the right time.

Sadly, they know that a negative start to your tinnitus journey can have a serious impact on how you manage your tinnitus and your mental health. From being told to just learn to live with it by a medical professional to reading incorrect and potentially harmful information online.

They know that this is not the case for everyone, but they want to make sure that it is not the case for anyone.

Keep up to date by following Tinnitus UK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Tinnitus is the term for the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external sound. Symptoms of tinnitus are you may hear different types of sound, for example, ringing, whooshing or humming or buzzing in the ear. These can be continuous or they can come and go. The tinnitus might seem like it’s in one ear or both, in the middle of the head or even be difficult to pinpoint. Some people may think the noise is coming from outside and hunt for it until they discover it’s actually inside them!

Occasionally people have tinnitus that has a musical quality and can seem like a familiar tune or song. This generally occurs in older people who have a hearing loss and a strong musical interest. This type of tinnitus is known as musical tinnitus or musical hallucination.

Some people with tinnitus may find they have greater difficulty getting off to sleep. It may be that the shift from a relatively noisy daytime environment to the quietness of the bedroom makes the tinnitus noises more noticeable.

Many people with tinnitus do in fact sleep well and see sleep as a refreshing escape from tinnitus. Those who sleep well do not seem to have different tinnitus from those who have trouble sleeping. But those who sleep badly worry more at night than people with tinnitus who do sleep well. The beliefs and worries that you have about the quantity of sleep, or about the effects of not sleeping, or about tinnitus generally, have more of an impact on sleep problems than the sound of tinnitus.

Some people find having some low level sound can help mask tinnitus. This is often referred to as sound therapy.

You can find out more information on what to do at night if you have tinnitus, including a list of dos and don’ts at bedtime, on Tinnitus UK’s tinnitus and sleep disturbance page.

One company out to help people with sleep and ear problems is AcousticSheep LLC designs and manufactures SleepPhones® and RunPhones® who brand headphones, which are soft comfortable headphones in a patented headband design, with an emphasis on using environmentally-friendly materials and manufacturing processes. They strive to use local resources, stay technologically-savvy, and be socially responsible as they create a world of happy, healthy people. SleepPhones are the world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping.

The luxuriously soft headband contains thin removable speakers to play any type of music, audiobooks, meditation, white noise, or talk radio. Regular headphones and ear buds are simply not comfortable to wear all night long. SleepPhones® are fully padded with nothing sticking into the ears and are comfortable even for side sleepers. Lightweight, washable, hypoallergenic, and RoHS/CE compliant with the highest standards for electronics and batteries, SleepPhones® come with a 1 year limited warranty and satisfaction guarantee.

They are great as a music therapy to help you sleep where you could listen to meditation, hypnosis, or bedtime stories like audiobooks. Or, block snoring by listening to ocean waves, white noise, or a stream to help block out the snoring.