It’s not like on Casualty

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How much too much?



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We hosted a First Aid course down at the club recently.

For staff and members who wanted to join in.

It was booked before lockdown and such things need to continue.

We’d partly booked it as we’ve just got our own Defib.

And we wanted everyone to be trained in it.

You know those bad boys that you see on medical programmes?

Where they give everyone the olde zap-to-the-chest and they come back from the dead, irrespective of what’s wrong with them?

In reality, they only work on hearts that are in ventricular fibrillation.

And are successful in a much lower percentage of cases than TV and films suggest.

The lady taking the course, drew some heart rate graphs on the board.

To indicate what’s happening with the heart when it’s beating normally, when it’s in ventricular fibrillation and when it’s stopped.

You remember the type?

Like on Casualty when someone’s being monitored and they flatline?

That normal heart rate is up and down around a central line.

And the flatline runs along that line.

And our energy levels and mood can be the same.

Up and down.

Throughout the day and the week.

Often brought up somewhat artificially.

By popping things in our mouths.

Food and drink.

Caffeine and alcohol especially.

Things that make us feel good.

In the short term.

But worse in the medium and long term.

Contributing to the up and down.

But we don’t want to get rid of them.

While we appreciate that would get rid of an amount of the ‘down’………..

We don’t want to miss out on the ‘up’.

We know that curve would flatten out a bit.

But we tell ourselves that it’s going to flatten around the middle.

When, in reality, it flattens nearer the top.

Still up and down a bit.

But less variation.

Rather than moving regularly between a nine and a zero………

We undulate gently between a seven and a nine.

We get that these things make us feel better.

They do for us all.

And it doesn’t mean we can never have them.

But if the overall effect is a ‘net reduction’ in our energy and mood……..

If they’re not really making us feel better, but making us feel worse………

Is it maybe worth questioning how much of and when we have them?

Much love,

Jon ‘Charlie’ Hall

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Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.