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Which celebrities ranked top of who the world would like to see naked
 

Celebrities rarely show it all in tabloids or on entertainment news portals. Naturally, there are things anyone would rather keep private, especially celebrities. That does not stop fans thinking about what their favourite stars really look like, without their clothes on, so they ask Google.

Pictures of a nude Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Ariana Grande are particularly in demand, with 22,200 Google searches per month on average. That puts them way ahead of singers Katy Perry, with 14,800 searches a month, and Nicki Minaj and Selena Gomez with 12,100 searches.

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What stands out is that nude images of male celebs are far less popular than those of their female counterparts. The male celebrity British fans would like to see naked the most is Justin Bieber – with 12,100 searches. In second position in Jaumo’s ranking is Mel Gibson. In third position is Orlando Bloom (6,600 searches), followed by Leonardo DiCaprio (3,600 searches) and Kendrick Lamar (2,900 searches).

In comparison with other countries, it is quite remarkable how often the same names appear near the top of the ranking. Jennifer Lawrence, for example, is in a top position in most of the countries. German actress Diane Kruger is number one in the ranking in Australia, Argentina and Mexico. Actor Mel Gibson is in the top spot in the UK, France, Mexico and Argentina, while Justin Bieber tops the ranking in the US, Germany, Italy and Spain. Not surprisingly, the woman most US fans search for in connection with ‘naked’ is reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

 
Premier League legends, Cantona, Keane, Pires and Essien all to star in Soccer Aid World XI!
 

With over 500 Premier League appearances between them Robbie Keane, Robert Pires and Michael Essien all join the Soccer Aid World XI team strengthening the spine of the team!

The three Premier League legends all join the Soccer Aid team this year to strengthen an already outstanding Soccer Aid World XI - which includes the likes of Didier Drogba and Usain Bolt.

Essien returns to Stamford Bridge after 5 years away from Chelsea and will rekindle on field relations with former teammates Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho, whilst also going head to head with former teammate Joe Cole.

Watch the Soccer Aid World XI take on England at Stamford Bridge live on ITV Sunday 16th June,
Or, to buy your tickets visit https://www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets/ and www.socceraid.org.uk to find out more information.

Follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates

 
Eddie Hearn presents new podcast for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds
 

Eddie Hearn, one of the world’s best-known sports promoters, is to feature on a new podcast by BBC Radio 5 Live for BBC Sounds.

The podcast offers a glimpse behind the scenes of Eddie’s life at the top of world sport, as well as interviews with some of the famous names he meets.

The new podcast, No Passion, No Point, sees Eddie chat to some of the biggest characters from the worlds of sport, entertainment and politics, including Anthony Joshua, KSI and Wayne Rooney. He’ll hear about their careers and the dedication, hard work and hustle you need to get to the top.

The podcast is a unique insight into Hearn’s world, recorded on the fly wherever his work takes him - from the gym to the car, the office and even Madison Square Garden. He talks to successful people who all share his love of boxing and embody his mantra: no passion, no point.

The first three episodes of No Passion, No Point are available on BBC Sounds from today, Wednesday 29 May, and a further seven episodes will be released weekly.

The opening episodes feature world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua in the build-up to his title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on Saturday 1 June, Hearn’s first major event in the United States. Eddie speaks exclusively to Joshua ahead of this crucial moment for them both.

He also meets YouTuber and boxer KSI, who was part of the ‘the largest event in YouTube history’ in August 2018 when he faced Logan Paul in the biggest white-collar boxing match ever staged. And, in Washington DC, Eddie is joined by former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, who holds the record for most goals scored for both his club and country.

The series will also feature the likes of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, female boxer Katie Taylor and champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Eddie Hearn says: “I’m so excited to be working with 5 Live and BBC Studios on my first podcast. The idea evolved from a boxing podcast to one that encompasses not just the sport I love but also business, life and the drive to succeed. Passion is at the heart of what I do and I can’t wait to share the stories of this brilliant pool of talent who feel the same way.”

Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, says: “Eddie Hearn is one of the biggest characters in sport and this podcast is going to offer a fascinating and unique insight into the world in which he works. We already have a string of hugely successful 5 Live podcasts, from That Peter Crouch Podcast and Brexitcast to 5 Live Boxing and true crime series Paradise, and I’m sure No Passion, No Point will be a huge hit.”

No Passion, No Point is made by BBC Studios TalentWorks in partnership with BBC Studios Productions for BBC Radio 5 Live. Listen now on BBC Sounds.

 
Champion Boxer Anthony Joshua the Next Level
 

In the world of elite athletes, incremental gains and holistic training can (and usually do) make the difference between winning and losing, helping fend off season-ending injuries and leaving more fuel in the tank as the clock winds down. To Anthony Joshua, this approach means preparing both his body and mind to be in peak condition at 9 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 1, when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden to defend his world heavyweight championship belts against Anthony Ruiz Jr. 

For AJ’s stay, Winsper’s team outfitted his living quarters with premium products designed to maximize recovery during the resting state. Ambient lighting that adjusted to the time of day, bed sheets and Sleep Wear from the UA Recovery collection, a powerful air filter to remove microscopic particles that strain the lungs, and UA Recovery glasses – worn in the evening to mitigate the effects that blue lights from screens have on melatonin production – all worked together to create what UA calls the Sleep Sanctuary. This is the idea environment in which athletes should spend 8-10 hours each night. 

Each morning, AJ rose to the following messages on the wall: RISE READY. SEEK LIGHT. HYDRATE. STRETCH. JOURNAL. FUEL. WIN THE MORNING… WIN THE DAY.

Each element of the Sleep Sanctuary was calibrated to reinforce the athlete’s “dial down” and “rise ready” processes that balance the autonomic nervous system and align the circadian rhythm, helping the correct hormones and chemicals release at the required time.

AJ was also introduced to UA RUSH during this visit, and has been training in it ever since. The mineral-infused fabric is designed to enhance performance, giving athletes that extra edge by recycling the body's energy during moments of performance.

The high point of AJ’s week in Portland was an overnight trip to Mt. Hood for a pre-dawn snowshoe at over 12,000 feet. Winsper envisioned the trip as less about altitude training, and more about taking AJ out of his element and breaking up his training, shocking his system both mentally and physically. Winsper says, “Routine can breed complacency. In AJ’s case, there’s nothing routine about enduring single-digit temperatures with ice and snow blowing across his face while snowshoeing down the side of a mountain. It served as a great example for him that he needs to break up what he’s doing from time to time. We all do."

Before he returned to London, the Footwear Innovation team presented AJ with an innovative reimagining of a boxing boot, engineered to meet his performance needs and incorporating a new material upper that was not scheduled to be introduced to consumers for another 18 months. The fact that AJ smuggled a prototype pair out of Portland office speaks volumes about his reaction to the boots. 

By the time AJ landed in Miami for his final training camp ahead of the June 1 bout, he had spent six months following the roadmap laid out in Portland. The results were already noticeable, and Mike Watts from UA’s Human Performance Team was in Miami to keep AJ on track during the home stretch by recreating the “Sleep Sanctuary” and building out a separate rest-and-recovery room. 

 
Trans Athletes: Is it a fair playing field?
 

When Martina Navratilova called for an open debate about male to female transgender athletes competing in women’s sports earlier this year, a heated and passionate debate was sparked creating global news headlines.

In this one off special commissioned from Brook Lapping for BBC One, Martina sets out to open up the debate and find answers to some of her own questions by meeting a range of athletes, scientists and sporting officials to get to the heart of why the subject is so controversial.
Martina meets Dr Gemma Whitcomb and Dr Emma O’Donnell at Loughborough University who are leading the sports science research into transgender athletes and have a team dedicated to looking at the emerging issues around gender and fair participation in sport.

She discusses the complexities with Joanna Harper, a Medical Physicist who specialises in research into trans athletes and is a trans woman herself. Joanna knows first-hand the impact of gender transition on athletic performance - an elite runner all her life, Joanna explains how her run times dropped by 12% when she transitioned from male to female in 2004.

The film also includes contributions and opinions from elite female athletes like Sharron Davies, who has been very outspoken on the issue, as well as medical experts and sporting bodies.

Martina Navratilova says: “I hope that this documentary enables everybody to be more knowledgeable about the overall transgender and sport debate and hopefully brings us closer to a solution that makes as many people as possible happy.”

The programme was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of Content and Emma Loach, Commissioning Editor, BBC Documentaries and will be executive produced by Emma Hindley, Creative Director, Brook Lapping.

Emma Loach says: “The programme will fully explore a topic which continues to hit the headlines. We’re thrilled that Martina will bring her much respected insight and sporting experience to the discussion - gaining fascinating input from all sides of the argument.”

Emma Hindley says: “This documentary will be a fascinating insight into the heated debate around transgender and female athletes – it will leave no stone unturned in a quest for research and answers.

Trans Athletes: A Fair Playing Field? will air on BBC One at the end of June 2019.

 

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Game of Thrones most desirable characters
 

Fans had waited two long years to see the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, and whilst many main characters lost their heads over the course of the previous seven seasons, there was still plenty of eye candy, or at least that’s what viewers thought.

Dating app Jaumo (www.jaumo.com) surveyed its users to find out which characters the viewers found most desirable out of 15 remaining female and male characters.

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Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner, was considered the most desirable, with 95% of men giving her a yes vote. Daenerys Targaryen came in a close second with 92%, while 85% would date Missandei, the “Mother of Dragon’s” faithful companion.

The results showed that the character’s personalities had little bearing on their perceived attractiveness, as some baddies were almost as popular as the heroes and heroines.
Melisandre, also known as the “Red Woman” due to her sorcery, is a popular choice, with 88% of men saying they would date her, while 76% would go for the complicated Cersei Lannister.

Women more open to other women
More surprisingly perhaps is that female users found several of the show’s female characters more desirable than the males. While Jon Snow was the outright ladies’ favourite with 81% of the vote, 71% of women said they would date Daenerys, 62% would go for her sidekick Missandei, and 63% were keen on Sansa Stark.

Male users on the other hand were reluctant to vote for GoT characters of same sex, but they do agree that Jon Snow and Jaime Lannister are the most attractive males in the show.

Someone for everyone
One of the show’s appealing factors is the diversity of its cast, the complexity of characters and their unconventional looks.

Some women were drawn to bad boys, with 71% saying they would date Jaime Lannister. Despite his charm, wit and one-liners, Tyrion Lannister, mockingly referred to by some in the show as “the Halfman” due to his dwarfism, attracted just 34% of women.

Further down the scale, just 18% said they would date Samwell Tarly and a pitiful 2% would date bad boy Theon Greyjoy, also known as “Reek”

Men and women agree on most characters’ attractiveness
Men agreed that Samwell and Theon were the least desirable. But men and women had diverging views on Samwell Tarly’s love interest Gilly. 84% of men gave her the thumbs up but just 29% of women agreed.

And Brienne of Tarth scored likes from a respectable 61% of men, while only 38% of women could see her charm.

The full survey results can be seen here: https://www.jaumo.com/blog/game-of-thrones/

 
Three Fast Facts About The New Serena Williams’ Nike x Off-White Cape-Jacket
 

In a career spanning 24 years, Serena Williams has defined herself as a champion in many roles — as a mother, a woman, an athlete and a barrier-breaking icon. Williams’ full persona inspires designer Virgil Abloh, who channels her pioneering spirit through a cape-jacket designed in collaboration with Nike.

I love when fashion becomes a vehicle for sharing a powerful message. With Nike and Virgil, we’ve created pieces that aim to inspire a new generation of athletes everywhere.
— Serena Williams

Three fast facts about Serena's cape-jacket:

  • Translated from French, the words printed on the cape-jacket are “Mother, Champion, Queen, Goddess.”

  • The material was developed for Serena by Nike as a performance seersucker nicknamed “Ever.” (Conversely, her sea-green bodysuit for Melbourne was made out of a Nike-specific material nicknamed “Greatest.”)

  • A skirt with matching print completes the outfit

In addition to the cape-jacket, Abloh and Nike have created a limited-edition T-shirt and hat. Shown above, these items will release on nike.com in Europe and North America and sell at Nike Champs-Elysees and P75 in Paris once Serena takes the court.

 

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Top tips for making the most of your day
 

With 89% of consumers not drinking enough water on a daily basis, Highland Spring has teamed up with Harley Street Nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert, to help people understand the facts about hydration and provide some expert advice on staying hydrated to make the most of the day.

1. Drink enough water The body is approximately 60% water and it makes sense that we need to keep this optimum level topped up. Most of us should aim to drink two litres of water a day - having a bottle of water on you will help you track your daily water intake. If you prefer some flavour in your drink, then add a squeeze of lime juice and you won't feel you're missing out.

2. Get enough sleep Sleep deprivation hurts you both physically and emotionally, yet the myth exists that we can do our jobs just as well on four or five hours of sleep as we can on seven or eight. Set aside some time to wind down into your sleep routine. Turn your phone off 30 minutes before bedtime and leave it outside the bedroom. Take a hot bath, change into dedicated pyjamas and drink some water to help you relax.

3. Think nutrients, not numbers Calculating every single meal and restricting what you really want to eat based on calorie counting is not going to nourish your body or mind. A balanced plate will help you achieve optimum nutrition, be free from cravings and will satisfy your body’s every need. As a general rule for everyone, you can follow hand portion sizes:

• One palm of protein, such as tofu, chicken and fish

• One handful of carbohydrate, such as rice, oats, starchy vegetables and fruit

• Two handfuls of non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach and peppers

• One thumb of healthy fats, such as olive oil, butter, coconut oil and nut butter

4. Make time for exercise

Exercise offers benefits that can improve nearly every aspect of your health. Regular physical activity can also increase the production of hormones that make you feel happier and help you sleep better. You can get health benefits even if you split it into a few short bouts of exercise a day. Try incorporating more walking into your commute, or taking up a hobby you’ll enjoy, such as swimming or dancing.

5. Stay motivated There is the goal-setting theory called SMART, which can help us set better goals. It states that for a goal to be truly motivating, it should be: smart, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. What this means is a clear and easily measurable goal that is realistic for you and set within a specific timeframe. By creating goals that meet these criteria, you will significantly increase the success rate of achieving them and you may even get superior results.

6. Don’t diet Almost half of all Brits have tried to lose weight at some point, with the figure rising to as high as 57 per cent for just women. And almost two-thirds of dieters say that they are pretty much on a diet ‘all or most of the time’. But what faddy diet peddlers don’t share is that the true measure of a diet isn’t how you feel hours, days or even weeks later; it’s how you feel after months and years. I want you to live a life where food has no power over you, except to bring you nourishment and joy.

7. Moderation is key Believe it or not, having the odd indulgence can be really good for you, just try to make sure it’s not all the time. Your relationship with food and your body will only benefit from a relaxed approach. I tend to live by the 80/20 rule: I am ‘healthy’ 80 per cent of the time and then for the other 20 per cent I don’t worry about it.

Hydration: The Facts

• 60% of our body weight is water, so even mild dehydration can reduce our ability to concentrate

• Excessive amounts of caffeine can be dehydrating

• Our brains are 73% water: poor hydration can affect how our brains function

• Dehydration affects physical performance

• Adults are recommended to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

 

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TV presenter and wellbeing advocate Melanie Sykes on feeling fabulous
 

Burgen bread has teamed up with TV star and wellbeing advocate, Melanie Sykes, to call on Brits to discover new things and go for the good stuff. Whether that’s playing around in the kitchen with new ingredients, to throwing yourself into a new workout routine.

Melanie recently spoke exclusively to the bread company about how her fitness journey began, revealing that she hasn’t always led the active and healthy lifestyle she does now.

Melanie went on to tell them, “It was only about 10 years ago when I realised I wasn’t having time to myself at all and it wasn’t healthy. So, I joined a gym and it was from there that I developed an interest in nutrition and health.

“It happened when I was in my mid-to-late thirties and research shows, that’s also when people start looking at their lifestyles and the impact it has on their health.”

Below are some of Melanie’s golden rules for feeling fit and fabulous at forty-something:

1. Make time for me-time

The older I’ve become, the more time I put in for myself. I suddenly realised it’s not a selfish act, but it’s really crucial for my wellbeing. If I’m not feeling good, then I can’t perform and be a good mother and do all the things that I do.

I plan my week in terms of food and when I can fit in exercise, it’s actually in my diary! It changes every week because my schedule changes every week, but I’ve learnt to do it over the years. 

Rhiannon Lambert - Nutritionist comments:

“Hearing Melanie talk about this is so wonderful and refreshing because we do need to be prioritising these things. I think our health is dependent upon it.

I think this is one of the big problems we now have - we’re running around from A to B at such a fast pace. There’s no such thing as a “nine to five” anymore and we’re working around the clock.

Having a bit of me-time is something I know a lot of people aren’t prioritising and that has a knock-on effect on our health.

2. Carbs are not evil

That’s what I have heard for years [carbs have become the most vilified food in the industry] - especially in gym situations with PTs. All of a sudden, you’re looking at a roast potato like it’s the devil and you can’t have your toast and marmite - it’s just ridiculous.

I’ve discovered Burgen bread. It’s exciting for me because it has protein in it, which I know I need as someone who works out all the time. It has linseed too, so it contains really good fat. It’s good for me and I can eat it guilt-free, which is just heaven!” 

Rhiannon Lambert - Nutritionist comments:

Carbs are always essential for life. It’s important to remember that glucose is the brain’s first source of fuel, so essentially that’s what keeps us going every day. It keeps your energy high, it fuels you and it keeps your mood at a good level. When it comes to picking the right kind of carbohydrate, you really want to be looking at things that contain good qualities and complex nutrition - wholegrain, lots of fibre etc. 

I always say think of the two Q’s - think of the quality and the quantity of your carb, so just remember those because you can eat anything in moderation.

3. Don’t get whipped up in fad diets

I don’t tend to get whipped up in fads luckily, I’m quite a grounded and logical person, believe it or not! Know the basics health-wise and follow your instincts. 

Rhiannon Lambert Nutritionist says:

If something sounds too good to be true, it kind of is a bit too good to be true.  Don’t take headlines for your nutritional information, you need to take that from actually reading the text and reading between the lines.

4. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

Not everything is doable all of the time and I think the pressure of that is quite difficult. Some weeks aren’t as healthy as others and some weeks I don’t train as much as others.

The worst thing you can do is drive yourself crazy with an expectation of yourself. We all do that, don’t we? It’s more about an internal competition that we have, and you need to drop all of those things.

Rhiannon Lambert Nutritionist added:

We’re creating this internal dialogue in our head and we’re constantly building up this stress, that also has a knock-on effect on our health, our bodies and our minds for longevity.

When it comes to living a busy life, it doesn’t mean you have to turn to unhealthy convenience foods, because convenience can mean anything these days. It could be a smoothie that you’ve whipped up in the blender in the morning and you’re out the door with it in your hand. It could even be a pack of microwavable pulses, lentils, grains and keeping leftover bits of bread and things in the freezer. We’ve got the tools now, we just need to start putting them into place and getting organised with them.

5. Mix up your exercise

I’ve got a lot of friends in the fitness world, so if anybody’s coming up with a new concept, I’m the guinea pig! I try lots of new things - it’s just great fun and I don’t know what I’d do without it! I do some high intensity workouts and I discovered hot yoga this year. I’ve never regretted any exercise that I’ve done.

Rhiannon Lambert Nutritionist added:

It’s variety that’s key. The more different things you can test your body with, the better. There’s a myth that says an hour’s exercise is better for you then fifteen minutes of exercise, however it depends what you do in those fifteen minutes. You could be putting way more effort into fifteen minutes than your hour. Every little helps – even just focusing on elongating your posture as a break from sitting down all day and looking down at our phones!

An example day in the food diary of Melanie Sykes

 Morning:

Turmeric latte with non-dairy milk

Burgen Soya & Linseed toast with bananas, blueberries, chia seeds and nut butter

Lunch:

Grilled fish with salad or vegetables 

Dinner:

Seafood linguine (the kids love this!) 

Sweet treat:

Dark chocolate

 

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This Mental Health Awareness Week renowned hypnotist Chris Hughes and a host of celebrities hold a unique charity event
 

According to a recent Mental Health Foundation survey, nearly two-thirds of Britons (65%) say that they have experienced a mental health problem. This figure rises to 7 in every 10 women, and in young adults aged 18-34 and people living alone. Each week we read stories indicating a significant rise in anxiety in our society, particularly in young people.

As a practicing clinical hypnotherapist for 15 years, Chris Hughes is all too familiar with this phenomenon and has decided to use his talents and celebrity connections to make a positive impact in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week this May.

“Stress and anxiety are taking a massive toll, particularly on the younger people in our society and I am seeing it daily. So many people feel trapped by their anxiety, but I believe understanding why, is the key to finding a solution and taking back control of their minds,” he says.

It is this insight that led Chris to come up with a unique charity event concept. #SocialTrance - The Body Image and Anxiety Workshop will see Chris joined by a host of celebrities for a journey into the mind. Through discussion, exercises and group hypnotherapy, guests will be able to uncover the sources of anxiety and bring them to light.

“I work with a lot of celebrities both on TV and in therapy and many of them feel very close to this issue and wanted to make some kind of contribution, even simply by sharing their own experiences,” says Chris, “With actor Paul Danan,  Big Brother 2018 contestants, Akeem Griffiths and Tomasz Wania, First Date’s Jay Watkin and Ben Jardine of Married at First Sight on stage there’s sure to be a few laughs and plenty of entertaining banter to balance out the more serious discussions.”

Other celebs lending their voices to the cause include musician Shane Nolan, presenter Nadia Essex, reality TV star White Dee, Para-Olympian Micky Yules and actor Thomas Turgoose.

Chris himself is well-known for his TV appearances where he often teams up with celebs to demonstrate the power of hypnosis in varying situations. As entertaining as these feats can be, Chris is also a certified clinical therapist, specialising in helping people with anxiety.

chris hughes hypnotist

“I am a strong believer that hypnosis for entertainment is not a bad thing if done in a safe way with proper training. Most people get their first introduction to the power of hypnosis through, for example a stage hypnosis show at university. So, I use these demonstrations to not only provide fun for the guests but also as a way to demonstrate the power of suggestion.” 

At this special event on the 14 May, Chris will use volunteers to demonstrate how negative thought processes and phobias are created and show how they can be overpowered through simple techniques. 

While he assures that there is absolutely no obligation to take part in any of the activities, he invites guests to simply attend to listen, laugh and learn, as well as contribute to a good cause. All proceeds from the event will be going to the Mental Health Foundation.

Guests will have the chance to meet the celebrities and have photos after the show.

Social Trance - The Body Image and Anxiety Workshop

Tickets: Adults £17 | Under 18s / Students £10

Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

Doors: 6.30pm / Event starts: 7.00pm - 10pm

Tickets can be purchase here http://bit.ly/2XCaJml

About Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, the Mental Health Foundation, has raised awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship. This year’s theme is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Find out how you can support Mental Health Awareness Week here:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

 

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Joshua Patterson On Setting New World Record From John O’groats To Land’s End In 19 Days
 

On April 23rd 2019, model and television personality Joshua Patterson set off on his journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End by wheelchair. This was in attempt to set a new male World Record time by completing the trip in just 19 days – the equivalent of roughly two marathons each day (38 in total).

In 2017, Josh’s best friend Ben Tansley was involved in a motorcycle accident after visiting Josh when his daughter India was first born. It left him paralysed from the waist down. During his recovery Ben asked Josh to complete the Berlin Marathon with him in a wheelchair to understand both the physical and mental challenges that he (and many others) face. Josh agreed, eager to embark on the marathon with his best friend, and the pair completed it in September 2018, crossing the finish line together despite a number of challenges along the way.

Since completing the Berlin Marathon, Josh has continued to raise awareness and support those who are in wheelchairs and hopes that by completing his latest new challenge he can raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), RMA-The Royal Marines Charity’ and Heads Together, charities that are all close to his heart.

Joshua commented “Completing the Berlin Marathon with Ben was tough but a truly humbling experience. Whilst Ben isn’t with me throughout this challenge, he’ll be cheering me on during the route and helping me to raise funds for these incredible causes.

Although I am not disabled myself, Ben’s accident has given me a greater understanding of the daily challenges that he faces as well as the wider disabled/wheelchair community.

After completing the marathon in September 2018, I wanted to continue to raise awareness and support for both Ben and the SIA.’

 

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Nadiya Hussain shares her journey through her first course of therapy
 

Since Nadiya Hussain won Bake Off in 2015, she’s rarely been off our screens. Despite her incredible success, Nadiya has been living with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks since childhood. In Nadiya: Anxiety And Me, she shares her journey through her first course of therapy.

For a long time, Nadiya has kept her anxiety a secret. After years of struggling in silence, she is ready to find out where her anxiety comes from and how to treat it. Nadiya hopes her openness will inspire others to seek help and fight the stigma associated with mental health issues.

While Nadiya is sure that she has some sort of anxiety disorder, she has never been fully diagnosed. A GP refers her to a specialist for a course of cognitive behavioural therapy. Her raw and honest therapy sessions help her to reveal the buried memories and key moments from her past that have led to her anxiety.

Nadiya meets others who also have her condition in the hope of understanding her own issues and how anxiety is affecting the nation’s health. Nadiya also learns about the range of treatments available from medication to online support groups.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to experiencing anxiety. Nadiya meets students at Hove Park School in Brighton which takes an unusually open and proactive approach to supporting the mental health of their students. Nadiya emerges hopeful that the next generation will be better equipped to cope with the pressures on their mental health.

When did your mental health first become a concern in your life?

It’s a feeling that I have had since I can remember. Undiagnosed, I always just thought it was my personality until I started having what felt like moments of stress that left me immobile and I couldn’t breathe and I would feel light headed. It was debilitating and that didn’t feel normal.

How has talking openly and publicly about your struggles with mental health helped you? Do you think it can help others who may be going through the same?

It has helped to talk about it publicly but equally it has also added to the anxiety. I think by speaking out and being honest and transparent it will help others to realise that they are not alone on this journey.

Why is it so important to seek help and treatment about mental health issues?

It is so important to recognise it early and to seek treatment and support which will be beneficial to your overall mental health in the long run.

If you could give any mental health advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Talk to someone. I bottled up all my emotions and forced myself to grow up faster than I needed to.

What advice would you give to people who want to help loved ones who struggle with their mental health?

Have an open mind and realise that you may not always understand or ‘get’ what they are saying. It’s about listening, not judging and saying ‘what can I do to help’? Often it’s so hard to get to point where you are even talking to someone about it, so to get that far is a massive step for most people and that in itself is a huge leap. It’s important to understand the courage that it takes to get there.

Has the community or background that you are from impacted the way that you have dealt with your mental health issues?

Absolutely, however the label or tag ‘mental health issues’ comes with a stigma attached to it no matter what community you are from.

Why did you want to make this documentary?

I made this documentary because the biggest problem with having a mental health illness is the lack of talking and communication. If I break my finger, I go to accident and emergency. If I have a cold, I go to the pharmacy. If I'm broken inside, where do I go? So, to help myself heal, I felt the best way to do this would be to talk, to share and to better understand what it is that I have. In doing so I was hopeful that I could find a solution, a cure or a way out. I had to be honest and speak truthfully and share that I, like anyone else, can suffer. I keep going on about talking and sharing and here I am bare, no frills, sharing, talking.

 

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Are you swapping booze for therapy like Fearne Cotton?
 

Fearne Cotton recently revealed that she's swapped partying and alcohol for therapy, admitting, "I really prefer life without it."

And more and more Brits are choosing to do the same.

Our experts have a tool kit, which could help those wanting to kick start their mindfulness journey on a budget....

The radio presenter who has been open about her battle with depression said, “I don’t go to clubs. I spend any money I would have spent on a therapist every week.”

Speaking of her husband musician Jessie Wood, she added, “My husband is a recovering alcoholic so it helps that I don’t drink. I really prefer life without it.’

And you might be surprised to hear that Fearne isn’t alone, with Britons drinking less alcohol.

According to a study of 189 countries’ alcohol intake published in The Lancet, one in seven (15 per cent) people in the UK abstained from alcohol in 2017.

We all know us Brits love a good drink – the temperature only has to go above 10 degrees Celsius and we’re down at our local pub garden ordering a jug of Pimm’s.

And then there’s Christmas, which is pretty much an excuse to drink Mulled wine and eat mince pies daily.

So why are Brits drinking less all of a sudden?

While there are many factors behind the choice to cut out alcohol, such as the cost and the dreadful hangovers, according to The Alcohol Information Partnership, the study showed more people in the UK are “now drinking responsibly than harmfully” with “old negative stereotypes increasingly a thing of the past.”

Asides from physical health issues, alcohol misuse and abuse has been linked to mental health issues.

While some reach for a glass of wine to calm their nerves, it’s actually been proven that heavy drinking can lead to depression, anxiety and make stress harder to deal with.

So, it’s little wonder Fearne has packed in the booze for her own mental health.

But what about those who haven’t got the resources to visit a shrink every week?

 Fear not! Our experts have the answer…

Introducing, ThinkWell-LiveWell – the new mindfulness Toolkit for Practical People.

As an ever-more stressed society we’re constantly on the lookout for support and solutions.

Self-help books have reached record sales and wellbeing and mindfulness apps seem to be everywhere – but are they really helping as many people as they could?

Mick Cassell, an experienced therapist, former advertising psychologist and the brains behind ThinkWell-LiveWell aims to meet people’s real needs in a practical, accessible way.

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The ThinkWell-LiveWell ‘Mindfulness and More’ tool kit (https://www.thinkwell-livewell.com/) draws on Mick’s own multi-modular approach as a therapist to add and combine leading techniques such as cognitive work, NLP, hypnotherapy, guided meditation and dream-work, delivered in both online and offline forms.

“Mindfulness on its own does not bring about targeted change in specific areas, which is what many people first look for. However, by blending and combining it with other methods and disciplines, as often happens in face-to-face counselling, people can achieve rapid, meaningful results, and their tentative interest can be converted into a long-term, life-enhancing habit,” he explains.

ThinkWell-LiveWell further breaks the mould in the market by offering users a highly personalised experience. “Personal development should be just that – personal,” says Mick.

Users can experiment with key personalisation filters that greatly affect the subconscious impact of their experience, from enjoyable ‘Ways In’ to the mindful state to a choice of musical backing tracks, scientifically designed to augment each stage of the online sessions; even the wording of those sessions is tailored to a user’s sensory preference, whether visual, auditory, kinaesthetic or ‘logical’.

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Mick explains, “Any therapist, counsellor or coach has a duty to adjust their delivery or methods according to the individual in front of them. Our technology mirrors this online for the first time.”

Qualified psychiatrist, yoga teacher and health & fitness coach Suzy Reading adds, “The web app offers mindfulness programmes overlapped with a range of complementary techniques to offer personalised self-development programmes that users can undertake in their own time.”

So why not kick-start your mindfulness journey with TWLW today!

 

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How to throw a “zen” CBD party like Kim Kardashian
 

When it comes to throwing a party, the Kardashians go all out!

And Kim Kardashian’s baby shower made no difference. The 38-year-old threw herself a CBD-themed baby shower in a bid to help her chill out ahead of the arrival of her fourth child, due via a surrogate later this month.

Guests were invited to create their own CBD-infused bath oils, make flower arrangements, practice meditation, and even drank from a CBD chocolate fountain. Talk about party goals!

“I thought it was kind of ridiculous to have a fourth baby shower. But I thought I’m freaking the f**k out having a fourth kid. So, because I’m freaking out and baby is coming  in like two weeks, I thought what better way to celebrate than to have a little CBD?” she said.

If you fancy throwing a “zen” style baby shower or par-tay like Kim, we’ve got just what you need…

Cannabidiol or CBD oil is a chemical compound or cannabinoid found in cannabis. It’s a natural medication, and is generally well tolerated, as adverse effects of cannabis are usually only associated with THC(tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive constitute of cannabis and not CBD oil. Without the THC it provides a natural ‘high’ without being addictive

For skin – Many skin products now include CBD. There’s evidence to suggest that it could help reduce acne and heal eczema. It has anti-inflammatory, pain relieving properties with natural skin enhancing anti-ageing vitamins, essential fats and antioxidants. Why not try adding a few drops of CannabiGold classic 500MG CBD oil (£29.90, www.bionativa.co.uk) to your moisturiser, bath salts or skin care like Kim’s guests! Not only will it leave your skin looking and feeling great, but it’ll be good fun too.

For mind, body & soul – Studies have shown that CBD has a stabilizing effect on the mood. Nutritionist Alix Wood says, “CBD oil  works on the ECS system and naturally increases anadamide, the ‘bliss’ molecule within the body. This plays a role in neural pleasure pathways and enhances our overall sense of well-being.” Add a few drops to your party treats or go all out like Kim did with a CBD chocolate fountain and you’re bound to feel “zen” in no time!

 

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David Harewood on his experience of psychosis
 

30 years ago, David Harewood had a psychotic breakdown. At 23 years old he was sectioned and taken into hospital.

On World Mental Health Awareness Day 2017, David took to Twitter and spoke publicly about his experiences for the first time. He was overwhelmed by the response, as over 35,000 people shared their own mental health battles and their support for those who have experienced psychosis.

In the UK, psychosis will affect roughly one in a hundred people. This deeply personal and immersive film sees David piece together what happened to him. He has made the film to help himself and other people explore and understand the misconceptions around psychosis.

David retraces his steps to key locations from his breakdown and meets the people who witnessed his spiralling decline, many of whom he hasn’t spoken to about his experiences. He talks to his mum, his casting agent and his best friends at the time, who found him with a corkscrew punched copy of Shakespeare by his side and took him to hospital where he was ultimately sectioned. David realises, he has carried this mental trauma for too long.

Alongside David’s exploration of his own story, he also meets people going through mental health crises today. David spends time with combined emergency NHS mental health and police teams in his hometown of Birmingham as they respond to 999 calls to treat people in distress.

He meets people who are living with psychosis and spends time with two inspirational young people from an Early Intervention drop in group in Solihull. The group is run by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Erin Turner to help offer support and encourage the members talk about their own psychosis, treatment and crucially, their ongoing recoveries.

For those that don’t know, what is psychosis?

Psychosis is a condition of the brain in which there is an excess of dopamine in the system that can lead to a sense of euphoria or mania that can swiftly be followed by hallucinations, aural or visual, seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. Delusions and thought disorder, unable to maintain logical thinking amongst the most common symptoms which can cause distress and a change in behaviour.

When did your mental health first become a concern in your life?

I’d say my mental health first became a concern a month or so before being sectioned under the mental health act some 30 years ago. I was aware that something wasn’t quite right and that my sleep pattern wasn’t what it should be, I knew I wasn’t well but I felt if I could control what I was feeling I could manage it. But I was mistaken and I ended up in a pretty dangerous place.

How has talking openly and publically about your struggles with mental health helped you? Do you think it can help others who may be going through the same?

I feel talking about and researching my psychosis has been the single most important thing I’ve ever done. It hasn’t been an easy thing to do. Making the documentary was very difficult as I realised during filming that I had buried the memory and trauma of being hospitalised nearly 30 years ago.

However, since discovering exactly how ill I was and recovering my records from that time. I have been able to examine why the breakdown happened in the first place. Talking about these things can only shed more light and I have found by acknowledging my own vulnerabilities, I’m able to understand myself better and care for myself in a way that previously wouldn’t have been an option for me.

Why is it so important to seek help and treatment about mental health issues?

Often our ego or psyche will tell us everything is fine and you just need to get a grip or have a drink, or you’ll try and kid yourself that all is well when in fact the stress is building and before you know it heading for a crash. Tell a friend, or a loved one how you feel or ask them to keep an eye on you, that way you won’t be going through whatever you’re going through totally on your own and should you need it, somebody will be there.

If you could give any mental health advice to your younger self, what would it be?

That’s a difficult question, I’d certainly advise myself not to take the many slings and arrows of life so personally but I can also understand why many people see a breakdown as a ‘breakthrough’. My psychosis has given me an insight that simply wouldn’t be there had I not have gone through this experience so whilst I’m not exactly glad it happened I’m grateful for what it has given me.

What advice would you give to people who want to help loved ones who struggle with their mental health?

The only advice I can give those helping loved ones with their mental health struggles is to just do your best to be there for them. Support them as much and as well as you can. Visit them, go see them listen to them do everything you can to be there for them. This isn’t always easy. Mental health can change the individual beyond recognition and often it can be traumatic to witness, but with love and care, rest and patience people can find their way back to themselves, but help them find their way.

Has the community/background that you are from impacted the way that you have dealt with your mental health issues?

Race and identity played a big part of my own breakdown, I was a working class kid from Birmingham and hadn’t travelled much before moving to London and training to be an actor. I found the transition from student to professional actor very difficult because all of a sudden my race was everything.

I was unprepared for the level of scrutiny I was under just by playing particular roles, back then there weren’t that many black leading actors doing Shakespeare and the classics on British stages, there was a distinct sense in many of the reviews that I was a sort of novelty act. I can remember deciding that it was best not to look at reviews as I would begin to question and also doubt myself. So I’d say this is when the seeds of my psychosis began.

What symptoms did you experience?

I had an extraordinary experience which I explain in the film, Martin Luther King began talking to me from beyond the grave! We talked for quite some time before he gave me specific instructions about something I needed to do and it would free the world of all hunger and poverty that same night. Despite it being the middle of the night I got out of bed, left my apartment in Islington and walked all the way to Camden to fulfil the mission he was giving me. I did absolutely everything the voice told me to do, I was extremely lucky he didn’t tell me to jump in the Thames!

In what ways do you think making this documentary has helped you?

By reaching back into my past I have been able to really take possession of an experience that until last year had remained a mystery to me. Meeting the professionals I did throughout the documentary and being able to ask them questions about what I was experiencing has helped me to understand what happened.

 

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Alastair Campbell: Depression And Me - The Interview
 

Alastair is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s formidable and often contentious spin doctor but, away from the public eye, he has been dogged by crippling bouts of depression for most of his life. Some days, just getting out of bed is too hard. Therapy and anti-depressant medication is helping him keep his head above water - but is that really the best he can hope for?

Encouraged by his family, Alastair sets out on a journey to explore if cutting edge science can offer him - and the millions of people like him - the hope of one-day living depression-free. As he tries to understand his depression better he also reflects back on key events in his life and asks if they could have had a negative effect on his mind.

When did your mental health first become a concern in your life?

I find it very hard to remember when I started to have the feelings that I would much later recognise as depression. The first time I was advised by my doctor to watch my drinking was before I was even old enough to drink. I was 17 I think and had a massive allergic reaction - or at least I thought it was. I went to the GP who told me it was probably alcohol poisoning. True I had just been drinking heavily for a couple of days before. She asked me how much I was drinking and I did what most people do I think - cut in half what I actually was drinking - and she said it was too much. I don’t have any doubt looking back that excessive drinking had a negative effect on my mind as well as my body. What I have never been able to work out is whether I perhaps drank because I was depressed or depressed because I drank or a bit of both or neither.

How has talking openly and publicly about your struggles with mental health helped you? Do you think it can help others who may be going through the same?

It has definitely helped me. And I hope it helped others. Certainly plenty of people tell me it does and I always get a little sense of achievement when they do, especially if it is someone who has also decided to be open as a result and they have benefited from that decision. I was open from the mid 80s after I had had a breakdown and, as everyone at work knew about it, I just thought I would not hide anything. Taboo comes from shame and, far from being ashamed of having had a breakdown and having depression, I am very proud of the way I rebuilt my life. I also thank my breakdown and my mood swings sometimes for the resilience they have given me and for the creativity and energy which I get whenever I am coming out of a depression.

Why is it so important to seek help and treatment about mental health issues?

Because suffering in silence has always struck me as a stupid thing to do. Why suffer unless you have to? Why not try to find expert help? That being said I went for years and years even after my breakdown thinking I could do it all alone. I avoided medication and psychiatrists. Now I am reliant on the former and have regular access to the latter.

If you could give any mental health advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Sleep more, drink less, exercise every day.

What advice would you give to people who want to help loved ones who struggle with their mental health?

Be there for them whatever the state they are in. Let them know you know they are the same person ill or well. Don’t say: "You just need to A... B... C...". Listen. It is hard and I know from my own friends and family that even when you have been mentally ill yourself you find yourself saying things which you know from your own experience make things worse.

Has the background that you are from impacted the way that you have dealt with your mental health issues?

I think the fact that when I was in my teens my brother Donald was diagnosed with schizophrenia made me very alive to mental illness and the dreadful impact it can have. When I had my psychotic breakdown my immediate thought was I was getting the same illness as Donald. When I learned it wasn’t, I think, that experience helped me face up to the lifestyle and mindset issues that had driven me to the edge.

Do you know what the triggers off your depression were?

No. I really don’t. Often they start when I am unwinding which is why the start of holidays can be a danger point. Or it might be after a period of intense stress and activity which eases. But to be honest there is no pattern that I can discern.

How do you deal with and manage your depression?

I look after myself better then I used to. Good diet. Exercise. Making sure I have enough time for sleep. Staying curious and creative. But also medication and a shrink when I am really bad. Family are incredibly important. I never used to be open with Fiona about my plunges. Now I tell her as soon as they start. The kids have been good too.

In the film you look at a range of treatments and research. How do you feel about these? Why do you think the ‘jam jar’ worked and are you still using it?

I found them all interesting and I can see they would be of benefit to some. My own psychiatrist David Sturgeon who appears briefly in the film admits that most mental healthcare is trial and error. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another. The jam jar worked for me because it was so simple. And yes I use it all the time both for myself and also for others when I am campaigning or when people ask me for help. You would be amazed how many people write to me as though I am a Doctor or a counsellor when I am neither. But the jam jar concept is a form of common sense and humanity that I think people can get very easily.

 

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Chrissy Teigen leads social cause initiative #MyWishForMoms - Watch the video here
 

Model, author, activist and pop culture icon Chrissy Teigen announced today that she is partnering with Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and its women's health program 'AHN Women' to launch a social cause initiative –  #MyWishForMoms – which aims to create open dialogue among women about postpartum depression and anxiety.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: 

Last year, more than 500,000 – or one in seven – new moms developed postpartum depression, yet only 15 percent of them received treatment, according to the American Psychological Association. Postpartum depression is characterized by extreme feelings of sadness, anxiety and exhaustion that can threaten the wellbeing of moms, babies and their families.  

"When I was approached with this opportunity – to help be the voice for women experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety – I thought, 'this is perfect!'. I'm grateful to be able to use the platform that I've been given to reduce the stigma that many women feel when talking about these very real and treatable conditions," said Teigen. "I wish I had known that postpartum depression can happen to anyone because I didn't think it could happen to me. Here I was, with my perfect little Luna and a supportive husband, yet I was truly struggling."

Throughout Maternal Mental Health month, observed annually in May, Teigen (@chrissyteigen) will ask moms to share what they wish they would have known about postpartum depression and anxiety using the hashtag #MyWishForMoms. Additionally, AHN Women will educate families on the warning signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as available treatment options, via MyWishForMoms.org.

"My wish for moms is that they know they aren't alone, and they are supported by the more than 500,000 women who share their experience each year," Teigen said. "Imagine if we can get as many people talking about postpartum depression and anxiety as those experiencing it, and let them know help is available."

Teigen recently visited the AHN Women Alexis Joy D'Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health in Pittsburgh to meet with women who have received treatment for postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Joining the patients on the AHN Women signature green sofa, she filmed a series of videos highlighting each woman's story and demonstrating how AHN's unique program is changing the way postpartum depression and anxiety are treated.

"We have created a novel therapeutic environment that brings available resources to women and their families in an effort to help get them well, bond and grow together. We are so pleased to work with Chrissy, and commend her for being open about her own experience in order to help other families," said Sarah Homitsky, MD, a psychiatrist and Medical Director of Women's Behavioral Health at AHN.

 

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Victoria Beckham reveals her biggest beauty sin
 

Beauty and fashion icon Victoria Beckham has revealed her biggest beauty sin – picking off her gel manicure.

Sharing her beauty faux pas on her recent vlog, Victoria divulged: "I literally pick all my gel manicure off during board meetings."

Picking your gel is known to cause damage to your nails, as it can remove nail layers, leaving them brittle, thin and uneven. The UK’s number 1 Selling LED Gel Polish Brand, SensatioNail, have shared their top tips via their Expert Nail Technician Sarah Woodward, on how to remove your gel manicure the right way, and with the tools that won't damage fragile nails.

Acetone Free: "Most people who have gel manicures often wonder how to remove gel nails at home without using harsh chemicals and solvents, such as Acetone, and now, we at SensatioNail have created a way that is easy to do so. The StripGel Peel Off Base Coat, £15 lets you simply peel off your manicure as this will be the first coat you put on before you apply the coloured polish. This base coat also protects your nails and stops them being damaged when peeling the polish off.  Even with this base coat on it will not shorten the length of your manicure - you can still enjoy up to 2 weeks of gel shine."

Shield Your Nails: "If waiting for a base to dry isn’t for you as you're pressed for time, then SensatioNail also offer Peel Off Nail Shields, £8. These can also prevent the nail from becoming damaged such as thinning, cracking or become brittle. Peel off Nail Shields are just like having a peel off base coat, they are sheer film that coat the nails prior to gel polish, meaning your own nail is protected. Removal works much like a peel off base coat. Simply soak your nails for 5 minutes in warm water, before lifting the nail shield from the cuticle end with tweezers."

Wrap Them Up: "Another option is the SensatioNail Removal Wraps, which work with the SensatioNail Rremover Liquid and the Remover Tool. Simply tear open the foil wrap and pour the liquid on to the cotton pad, which you’ll find inside, and then wrap up your nail tightly for around 20 minutes. After this time, the polish will flake away and whatever is left, you can discard with the remover tool. The remover tool, which has an angled tip, gently forces the polish off the nail. If you were to buy these three products separately they would cost £20.00, but at www.sesationail.co.uk, we offer a removal bundle for just £17.00."

 

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How does Robert Downey Jnr. works out for his Avengers Iron Man role
 

When Avengers End Game hit the cinemas we wanted to find out how Robert Downey Jnr. trained to get in shape to fill such a physically demanding role.

And despite his lack of statistics when sizing up against his co-stars like Thor, Captain America, and Thanos, Downey Jr does bring a balanced and aesthetic physique when portraying Tony Stark.

Obviously, he is older than the vast majority of his co-stars, which puts him at a significant disadvantage when it comes to building as much muscle as possible and increasing strength.

So how does the 54 year old get into such great shape? Well it’s with a little assistance from personal trainer  Brad Bose. Bose a personal trainer with a PhD in physiology, who owns his own gym in Los Angeles is no stranger to working with Hollywood A-listers, Olympic athletes and the odd Marvel superhero here and there, so safe to say when it comes to fitness and diet, Brad is up there with the elite.

Brad designed a series of one-of-a-kind workouts that honour Bose's mantra of "functional performance" – training that accomplishes specific physical goals and keeps the body working at peak performance. 

Downey reportedly ate a high-protein diet of 2,500 to 3,200 calories a day. In addition to Yoga something in which he swears by and his favourite fitness routine Wing Chun Kung Fu, he worked with Bose three or four days a week for about 90 minutes each.

Bose explained: “We didn't want him to get ripped to shreds or look like a bodybuilder because his character is a playboy millionaire.”

“He needed muscles that looked full and functional. I wanted him to be constantly challenged: it's the only way to stay interested and motivated and ready to push yourself that bit harder.”

Not wanting him to get huge, but sill needing to be fit enough to do his own stunts they achieved this by using a machine called the Vortex Perfect Storm, a free-standing multi-gym that has loads of attachments for cables and resistance.

“We'd do intervals on the Perfect Storm, hitting his major muscle groups from loads of different angles, then finish up with a climb on a Jacob's Ladder – an inclined climbing treadmill to improve cardio,” says Bose. 

The pair decided on using equipment such as kettlebells and Indian clubs that require a good deal of skill, you have to give 100 per cent to ensure that you are progressing especially with the Indian clubs.

A major focus Downey Jnr. was to craft his solid shoulders. “We wanted to give him a strong, square frame, so Indian clubs were a great choice,” says Bose. “He'd use a 2.5kg club and do figure-of-eights around his head and body 50 or 60 times. The weight isn't heavy but the sheer number of reps really burns out the muscles.” 

Robert trains four times a week, alternating between an upper and lower body workout. “While there’s nothing against full-body workouts, what we’re looking for is a little more focus on the individual body parts. With the upper body we’re looking for symmetry, function and aesthetics. With the lower body we’re looking for power, stability, and a little bit of speed. The beauty of these workouts is that they are as hard as you make them. If you’re a beginner, you can pare down the number of sets and repetitions. As you advance, you can also add different little functions, angles and take fewer rests between sets.”

It is important to note that this isn’t Robert Downey Jnr.s actual workout program.

However, it was designed with careful attention to detail based on information available on how Downey trains and how his trainer, Brad Bose, trains his clients.

Training Volume:

3-5 days per week

Explanation:

We’re using the programming from Robert Downey Jr.’s trainer mixed in with yoga, meditation and other styled training for you.

Day One: Lower Body

EXERCISE       SET     REPS

Air Squats      4          8-12

Bench Press   4          8-12

Lateral Pull Downs    4           8-12

Arnold Presses           3          10-12

Calf Raises      3           15

Straight Leg Deadlift 3          8 -10

Pull Ups          3           8 -10

Ab Circuit       3 rounds         25 Crunches

25 Leg Lifts

25 Flutter Kicks

Day Two: Yoga and Meditation

Unleash your inner Iron Fist and Daredevil styled Zen and Meditation.

Day Three: Full Body

Lower Body

Day Four: Yoga and Meditation

Unleash your inner Iron Fist and Daredevil styled Zen and Meditation

Day Five: Upper Body

EXERCISE       SET     REPS

Weighted Pullup       3          8 – 12

Weighted Dip            3          8 – 12

Swiss Ball Bench Press  3           8 – 12

Low Row         3           8 – 12

Continuous Tension DB Shoulder Press***            3           8 – 12

Bosu Ball Pushup      3           15-20

Suspension Trainer Pushup*          3          Failure

Suspension Trainer Row*     3           Failure

Lateral/Front Shoulder Raise          3           8 – 12

Kettlebell Swing        3           40

Sand Bag Power Throw        3          12-15

Ab Circuit        3 rounds        25 Crunches

25 Leg Lifts

25 Flutter Kicks

 

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David Walliams Gets Gryll’d On New Adventure For ITV
 

Global adventurer Bear Grylls, will take actor, author and comedian David Walliams out of the glamorous world of showbiz and into the wild, for an ITV special, Bear’s Mission with David Walliams.

The funnyman and children’s writer - who judges others on their performances on Britain’s Got Talent - will himself be put under pressure, as he embarks on an adrenaline-fuelled mission testing his mental and physical limits, through one of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes.

David is pushed to the very edge of his abilities and tests his own fear of heights when he has to abseil down a cliff and climb up an old viaduct. David also reflects on his life, achievements and anxieties as he spends the day with Bear in the very heart of the Devon countryside.

Bear Grylls said: “David has accomplished some amazing endurance feats including swimming down the River Thames and across the English Channel. This mix of stamina and his unrelenting sense of humour, will make this a mission I’m sure we’ll both never forget. The wild awaits.”

 

David Harrison, Executive Producer for betty, added: “David Walliams is one of the UK’s best-loved actors, author and comedian and with his impromptu humour and spontaneity, there really is a sense that absolutely anything could happen.”

This 1 x 60 show is commissioned by Amanda Stavri, ITV Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment. It is a Bear Grylls Ventures/Electus/betty production for ITV. Electus International is distributing the programme internationally. The programme continues the Mission brand following on from two series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive for ITV. The Executive Producer is David Harrison.

 

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