This time of the year gives us longer nights, and with that more time for reflection. Did the summer live up to your expectations? Did your family holiday achieve your goal of bringing everyone together?
Now the focus shifts towards that other family time, Christmas. Some love it, others dread it, but we all have family members who may need more of our attention to remind them that they are not alone. Devoting some time to our loved ones often means a lot moreto them than material goods, so it is important we do not forget our elderly, those who have been widowed or live alone for other reasons. After all, health is about so much more than going to the gym and eating up your greens. Mental health has been the focus of many health campaigns, and for a good reason. Now we know that loneliness can be as lethal as smoking or obesity, and it’s not only the elderly who suffer from it. The Garden Room in Hereford is a unique day care centre for adults that addresses many of these issues and where your loved ones will be well looked after for short periods of time.
The autumn also brings our attention to the happy times of parties, so we bring you tips from professionals to help you look and feel your best this party season. To build your fitness, why not join a gym now, and achieve your goals well before January? Introducing Naomi McGowan, this young personal trainer can help you achieve a body transformation – read the interview in the opening editorial. Meanwhile, Pete Crilly, the new owner of Sixth Sense Fitness, shares his high intensity workout. Fans of John Appleby will be delighted to hear that he is back following his cancer treatment and surgery, so enjoy his update and a gentle chair based workout.
Full of fabulous tips from a number of experts, interesting reads and inspirational ideas, I hope you enjoy reading this edition. Thank you to all our of readers, stockists and advertisers for supporting the magazine, and special thanks to the local businesses for offering the prizes in our competitions. Congratulations to Catherine Marriot, the winner of the Arbonne competition; Katherine Eve, winner of the The Great British Florist Posy; and Stuart Moore, winner of the FIT store vouchers.