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Why 50 has become the age the average Brit gives up on their health



Maintaining our health and wellbeing is a lifelong journey.

From diet and exercise to activities that support our mental wellbeing such as meditation, there’s very little we won’t do to keep our minds and bodies in tip top condition.

But now new research has revealed that Brits are actually hitting the pause button on all of the above at the age of 50 – and the reasons why may come as a surprise.

In the nationwide study of British over-65’s carried out by leisure operator Everyone Active, 50 was revealed as the age most Brits give up on taking steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

A staggering 78 per cent of the over 65s questioned said they had thrown the towel in on doing enough exercise to maintain their fitness levels.

A further 9 per cent of Brits in this age group said they spent the majority of their day either sitting or lying down, while 19 per cent said they don’t do any physical exercise at all. It comes as no surprise then that just 34 per cent of those questioned admit to feeling fit and healthy.

In fact, rather than looking positively towards their health and wellbeing future, 79 per cent admitted that they would love to go back in time and urge their younger selves to take their health and wellbeing more seriously. 36 emerged as the age the average Brit felt the best physically.

But it seems that while some over-65’s aren’t being proactive about their health currently, the study reveals that many wish they could exercise to be stronger and fitter as they age.

MORE: The best exercises for your age, whether you’re 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70

Many also understood the benefits that exercise could bring to their lives. 46 per cent said that doing more exercise would make them feel good about themselves, while 40 per cent it would help them enjoy more of their life. 37 per cent said it would improve their mental health, while the same percentage felt it would help them sleep more soundly.

Further insights from the data show over-65 men are more likely to hit the NHS exercise guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week than over-65 women. This was 26 per cent compared to 18 per cent.

Additional figures from the study showed over 65s across both genders would even be willing to hit the gym, to get on top of their fitness, but only in the following circumstances:

  • If classes were run aimed at the older generation (40 per cent)
  • If classes were being run by someone of their age (21 per cent)
  • Being able to afford it (33 per cent)
  • Being able to attend the gym with a friend (13 per cent)

If you’re keen to improve your fitness levels, try the tips below:

  • Find your nearest Green Gym, which will help you work up a sweat as you volunteer for various conservation projects.
  • Visit – the interest-led organisation for those in their ‘third age’ – and search for fitness groups in your area.
  • Download the Active 10 app (free, Apple Store and Goggle Play) which shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more.


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Susan Choi and Sarah M. Broom Score Top Honors at the National Book Awards




Top honors for the 2019 National Book Awards went to women. Susan Choi took home the fiction award and Sarah M. Broom the nonfiction award. The Los Angeles Times reported on the ceremony, held last night in New York.

Choi was recognized for her fifth novel, “Trust Exercise.” Set in the ’80s, the story centers on a group of friends at a performing arts high school. Choi’s other books include “A Person of Interest” and “American Woman,” the latter of which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Fiction finalists included Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s “Sabrina & Corina: Stories,” a collection of stories centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry, Laila Lalami’s “The Other Americans,” a murder mystery about a Moroccan immigrant, and Julia Phillips’ “Disappearing Earth,” which takes place in the aftermath of two young sisters disappearing on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia.

Broom was celebrated for her debut memoir, “The Yellow House.” In it, she revisits 100 years of her family’s history, and explores their relationship to their house in New Orleans.

Tressie McMillan Cottom’s “Thick: And Other Essays,” an exploration of beauty, media, and money, and Carolyn Forché’s “What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance,” which sees its author’s life forever changed when a mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep, were among the nonfiction finalists.


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How Anifa Mvuemba Is Cultivating The Intersection Of Fashion And Versatility




As a contemporary women’s wear designer who creates statement, curve inclusive apparel for women, Anifa Mvuemba, who was previously known as a customs and alterations seamstress, has gained a great deal of recognition as the founder and lead designer of Hanifa. Since the launch of the brand in 2012, Anifa has designed collections featuring an array of styles, colors, and textures that cater to a woman’s body.

Her desire is to glorify God with her fashions and her creativity. Thorough and chic, Anifa Mvuemba is a Congolese, DMV raised visionary who is as thoughtful as her designs.

I got a chance to chat with Anifa as we discussed money management, the power of taking the road less traveled and scaling and expansion.

On making yourself marketable: Social media is such a powerful tool. If you’re a business today and you’re selling a product and you don’t have an Instagram – it’s almost like suicide to your business. In terms of marketing – it’s really important to understand your business, your product and understand how you want the world to perceive it. The biggest thing for me is my photos. Before a customer even gets to feel the fabric or try on the garment online they see the images first. Every time I put an image out into the world, I want someone to feel like “I have to have this.” I spend a lot of time on my imagery.

Using your resources:  The year that I started Hanifa I received a really nice tax return. I was 21 at the time and I  knew that I could either go out and blow it or use it towards my business. I didn’t have the most solid financial background so I used that money as my first investment. A lot of people feel like to start a business you need to have $100,000 – you can literally just start with what you have. Also, there’s so much information out there – I like to refer to myself as The Google Queen – you can find anything on the internet.

On effective money management: Without some type of understanding of your financials – you’ll be in a constant cycle of making money and then losing money. I went through that. I had to get real with myself and start to understand what was happening with my money. I got an accountant and financial advisor and began to take small steps towards learning my financials. Once you dive deeper and start to learn more about how money works it’s really not a scary thing. You can sit in meetings with investors and breakdown your finances with ease.

On taking the road less traveled: The most important thing is to always have a vision. Also, always remember why you started and remain as authentic and genuine as possible. If that stays consistent then that’s what’s going to bring the clients, funding, or whatever you’re seeking in your business.

What does the next 5 years look like for Hanifa? We opened our first brick and mortar in January of this year. We’re working on transitioning out of Baltimore and into D.C. Also, working on a manufacturing company where I help emerging designers (like myself) find the resources they need to thrive in this industry.

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WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE: Winter Wardrobe Minimal Outfit Ideas with Everlane [AD] | Mademoiselle




AUTUMN/WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE: Winter Wardrobe Essentials with Everlane [AD] | Today I’ve partnered up with Everlane to share an Autumn/Winter Capsule Wardrobe (as well as a peek at my maternity style). I’m sharing six key winter basics from Everlane, and showing how I pair them in over 20 outfits. Everything featured is linked below! x

Everlane are offering free shipping for Thanksgiving! Starting Weds 20 November at 9pm PT ending on November 21st at 9pm PT, you can get free 2 day shipping on all U.S. orders and free express shipping on orders $100 or more.




Everlane re-cashmere stroopwafel mock neck sweater in ‘heathered sand’ (size S) –
Everlane alpaca sweater in ‘almond’ (size S) –
Everlane black mock neck top (size XS) –
Everlane boucle sweater in ‘blue lagoon’ (size S) –
Everlane cashmere ribbed mockneck in ‘heathered chai’ (size S) // COMING SOON
Everlane white cotton shirt (size US4) –
Lilysilk black silk blouse (size M) –

Glassons black/white polka dot dress (size NZ10) // old – OR
Country Road black ribbed midi dress (size XS) –

Realisation Par leopard skirt (size S) –
RP leopard skirt affordable dupe –
Jeanswest bf jeans [maternity] (size AU8) // sold out
Jeanswest skinny jeans [maternity] (size AU8) –
ASOS black maternity pencil skirt (size UK8) –
Staple the Label black midi skirt (size S/AU10) // old –

Babaton black blazer (size XS) –
Everlane re-wool coat in ‘charcoal’ (size US2) –

Everlane black editor boots (size US9.5) –
Isabel Marant black suede heels (size FR41) // old – OR
Sam Edelman loafers (US9) – OR
Vaneli two tone pumps (US9) –
Stuart Weitzman OTK boots (US9) –
Veja esplar sneakers (size EU40) – OR

Parisa Wang enchanted bag –
Everlane day tote mini –
Polene black numero uno bag –
JW Anderson logo bag – OR
Everlane black wool/cashmere scarf –
Isabel Marant belt (size S) –

WEARINGEverlane alpaca sweater –
Realisation Par leopard skirt –
RP leopard skirt affordable dupe –
Ania Haie earrings –
Ania Haie bracelet –

Thank you so much for taking the time to watch this video. I hope you enjoyed it! Please note that some of the links used are affiliate links, which means if you choose to make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. Thanks for your support! 🙂


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