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National Three Peaks Challenge Charities 

Just giving page Team Evo three Peaks
The Yorkshire and Derbyshire air ambulances are the reason we are taking to the mountains. Here’s a little information about the work they do and how they are funded (by people like you and me).


We could need them at any time and  as a team we have benefitted already from them saving the lives of our family and friends. 


A SERVICE THAT PROVIDES 

STATE-OF-THE-ART EMERGENCY CARE

The Charity was set up in 2000 and with the addition of the second Air Ambulance in October 2007, we were the first Air Ambulance in the UK to own and operate a Dedicated Air Desk in the UK. With the addition of the Air Ways Communication Systems, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has developed into a sophisticated emergency service that provides state-of-the-art emergency medical care throughout Yorkshire.

The swift medical interventions provided by our Air Ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient’s chance of survival and subsequent quality of life.

Yorkshire has a vast topography that not only includes remote, rural and densely populated areas but also includes major motorways and road networks such as the M62, M1, A1 and M18. 

The fast medical response that the Air Ambulance service provides is vital to a patient who has received major trauma, especially those with head and spinal injuries, as the Air Ambulance can avoid traffic congestion and uneven road surfaces.


On average, when a patient has been received by the YAA, they will always be only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre. In some cases, this can save people’s lives.

Both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances are Airbus H145’s, G-YAAC and G-YOAA. They’re each equipped with state-of-the-art medical and helicopter specifications. Both helicopters can reach speeds of up to 160 mph and together cover the whole of the region seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Search for a Superhero

It’s true that our members are amazing and achieve such great things daily. However, over a little drink at Christmas we were wondering who is the best all round performer? We have experts in their own field but who is the general fitness champ.

We decided to start a search for our female and male superheros. 12 events over 12 months over a wide variety of disciplines.

January started with a 1000m row on the concept 2 towers. Lots of us have neglected this piece of equipment for quite a while and the machine bed have sat quietly in the coroner of the cardio room waiting for us to return.

Well return we did and wow what an exercise – I put everything into my row and it took everything with a giggle leaving me drained, oxygenless, burning quads and triceps and biceps on the edge of exploding. I loved it and I will be back.

Lots of members took part with the top 10 of each gender getting points. 

Our January rowing Champs were Nichola Fuller and Adam Walker who blew us all away with amazing times!! 

They are our first 10 point winners towards our annual Superhero titles but will they be able to maintain the lead only time will tell.

Watch this space.

The Hill

Half marathon number 2 in the bag. This one just under 1 hour 57 which is way beyond my expectations. On Sunday 10th April, Jon and I took part in the second Jayne Tomlinson Sheffeld half marathon. 13.1 miles of hard graft. The course goes through an urban stretch of the City then climbs into the beautiful Peak District before falling back to the City and the much awaited finish.
 

start line

 

Training has been minimal really with one short run (3-4 miles) mid week and one longer (8-10 miles) on a Sunday. Although I have done 10ks before this step up to the half marathon distance has been a challenge. 
For this race I had only once taken on the Hill – a nearly 4 mile slog from 200 to over 1000ft elevation along a Roman road that just seems to never end. On the trial run I clocked up 10-10.5 mins permits and felt like was flying. I felt light on my feet (after the hill) and full of running. The same could not be said on race day. I did not sleep the night before due to nerves and with the run being at 09.30 my uncooperative lower back had not warmed up fully. That said the first two miles were in the low 8s which is good for me and the hill was taken in at a 10 or below pace that I am very happy with.

 On the way down I managed two of my fastest miles ever at sub 8 mins and although the last mile and a half felt like scaling Everest I was really happy with my sub 2 hour time.

I think I may have been bitten by the running bug or at least the race bug. What a sense of achievement as soon as you cross the line the hardwork forgotten except for the aches and pains.

My supplementation for running differs only a little from my usual regime with a little more emphasis on Extreme Carbs which are a handy, easily mixed source of high quality carbohydrates essential for stamina and endurance. I start the day with a cereal Pro6 combo to aid my nutritional plan and aid a healthy diet aimed at maintaining a lean, toned physique. For its fat burning attributes I add in Extreme CLA and to provide that additional support

Through my training Extreme glutamine. 

course map

 For mental support and motivation there is nothing better than Evolution Gym, Sheffield. The gym is like a second home and offers excellent support snd guidance on whichever sport or activity you choose.

Team Evo

Next goal Yorkshire Three peaks Charity hike.

Tips for getting good sleep 

These tips for getting good sleep are courtesy of sleepfoundation.org take a look at their site for a wealth of information. 

  
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good “sleep hygiene.” 

Try to keep the following sleep practices on a consistent basis:

Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.

 

Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.
If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.

  

Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
Evaluate your room. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Check your room for noises or other distractions. This includes a bed partner’s sleep disruptions such as snoring. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise” machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up during the night.
Use bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms. Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning. This will keep your circadian rhythms in check.
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening. Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry. 
Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading. For some people, using an electronic device such as a laptop can make it hard to fall asleep, because the particular type of light emanating from the screens of these devices is activating to the brain. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid electronics before bed or in the middle of the night.

 

If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment. Use your bed only for sleep and sex to strengthen the association between bed and sleep. If you associate a particular activity or item with anxiety about sleeping, omit it from your bedtime routine.

 

Team Evo at the BNBF Midlands

The Team Evo and the BNBF Yorkshire crew combined took the BNBF Midlands by Storm.

The Team Evo babes bring glamour and pizazz to the gym on a daily basis and shone bright on show day.

  
  So proud of you guys, Lauren in her first show just 7 months after giving birth to he incredible Angel Rose is a beacon to all new mums showing what can be achieved; Emma in just her second year of competing has moved up to the next level, a self employed professional she inspires others to achieve; and Nicky moving from Figure to Physique shows that progression is available for all.
The whole team had a buzz from the last BNBF Yorkshire club to the stage. Some wobbles were had along the way but the triumph for everyone was that they made it and all looked amazing. The respective journeys were completed and solid performances given all round.

Take a look 

   Miss Physique – Nicky Rodgers 1st

  
  

Masters Figure

Jess Centro 1st, Debbie McLean 2nd

  

Novice

Rebako Rasul 4th

  

 Lightweights

Marcus Lee, 1st

  
Middleweights

Phil Dean 3rd

  
   
Heavyweights

Louis Smith 1st, Stephen McLean 2nd

  
 
Figure

Emma Ryder 3rd, Lauren Walker

   
 
Louis Smith, Best wheels

With Amie and Sinead representing the BNBF backstage crew

  
All ladies class winners and Louis with his Overall Men’s trophy

 
Well done to all the ladies and gents, the journey continues.

Accelerate Sheffield – Brilliant guide to running in the snow

http://www.accelerateuk.com/magazine/article/17/A-guide-to-running-in-snow-and-winter-conditions-/

We are all feeling a little over full so now is the time to get back on it. I for one am nervous about running in snow, but here is a great guide to the dos and don’ts…….

Accelerate and in Attercliffe and have a great range of running gear including running shoes and give great advice. Friendly and informative give them a try……

NPA British Finals 2012 – New Heavyweight British Champion

Today is the NPA British Finals 2012 and after a year of hard work and competition Kelly Freeman has weighed in as a heavyweight and is going for gold.

Kelly has three competitions in three weeks, this one, then NABBA Trained Figure Universe and then the NABBA UK. Not one to shirk hard work she will take this in her stride but it will be hard maintaining condition at then highest levels over three weeks. Kelly has the mental focus and wherewithal to get this job done.

I am waiting to find out what is happening at the NPA night show from our faithful reporters Ellie and Jon Clark shouldn’t be long now and then I will update. She had great call outs earlier today in the pre-judging so here’s hoping!

Kelly won the NPA Ladies Physique Heavyweight British title, well done British Champion knew you could do it. Extreme Nutrition are on a roll with their athletes this year….