Category Archives: Health

I learnt how to skip on YouTube! The Benefit of Online How-to Tutorials

I used to skip on one leg and wondered why I didn’t know how to skip with both legs. Then, I thought where I could learn to skip? YouTube! I doubted if there would be an online tutorial on skipping  since it’s just learning how to jump over a rope but found that YouTube had a couple of tutorials. I selected one and watched it.

My skipping rope


The video motivated me, gave me tips on how to skip and explained why skipping is good for my health. I grabbed my trainers and skipping rope and went outside to skip. I tried using the tips for the tutorial and struggled at first but I kept trying. One thing YouTube tutorials have taught me is the importance of practice. I know how to skip with both legs now but I keep practising in order to get better. I used to think I would watch a tutorial once and know how to do the exact thing a YouTuber does in one attempt.

If you don’t get it the first time, try again. It’s not just YouTube tutorials but even recipes I’ve tried online. Things may go wrong the first time but you never know it may get better the second time. When things go south, you can still enjoy the results that you created. It doesn’t have to be perfect.  

This tweet reflects what happens when you’re expecting a perfect style after watching a hair tutorial and the results are disappointing. However, we keep going regardless of the results

What is your favourite online tutorial and what’s it about?

Photo credit: Naturallytemi (Instagram)

Christmas at Winter Wonderland

When it’s the holidays, I start thinking of how to make the most of my time before I have to go back to normal life. This year, I’m spending Christmas in England with my family. A lot of my family have travelled across the seas to spend the holidays so it feels weird spending the bulk of the holiday sleeping and staying at home.
Yesterday, we decided to go to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London. This was my first time going to Winter Wonderland and I got there in the evening and did not stay for very long. I do not like going on scary rides; I get scared even on some of the milder ones. I only went in the bumper cars. I was reluctant at first to ride the bumper cars because I had done this many times and wanted to try something else. In the end, I only went in the bumper cars and didn’t go on any other rides.
There was a lot of food being sold and my friend bought Chinese stir-fried noodles. I wondered if it was junk food and she said it was spaghetti and chicken so not junk food. If you are interested in knowing if the Chinese take-away you’re consuming is junk food, you can read this page here by the NHS. Junk food or no junk food, I had mini pancakes and a grilled chicken skewer. I said I was “treating” myself; the #fitfam life was on a break.
I really enjoyed going even though I didn’t go any rides and I would strongly recommend going if you’re looking for a place to go with bae, family or friends. If you go, don’t forget to withdraw cash as it costs more to use the cash points at Winter Wonderland and look after your personal possessions there. You don’t want to leave knowing your phone got stolen there. 
Have a Merry Christmas

MTV Shuga- A Mix of Education and Entertainment

What African show addresses issues of HIV/AIDS, sexual assault and sexual health in general? Where do we find African film characters that speak for children born with HIV? MTV Shuga is a show where we can find these issues addressed in a fun and entertaining manner.

I have been watching Shuga for a while now and its message appeals to me. One of the characters, Sophie was a runs girl (a young lady who dates an older man for money)  who faced an HIV scare after engaging in unprotected with an older man who has HIV. Watching her made the viewers more aware of the risks of unprotected sex. There is a Nigerian saying that AIDS no dey show for face, meaning one cannot tell if a person is HIV-positive by looking at a person’s face. This was evident in Shuga where people were engaging in risky sexual behaviour without knowing each others’ HIV status.

There is an underlying message on sexual violence in relationships including marriage. It raised questions on whether a woman is at fault if she visits a man on her own accord and is raped. Shuga has shown that when a woman experiences sexual violence, there are places where she can receive help such as 6222 helpline. Before I watched Shuga, I felt that there were no places where a woman could turn to if she encountered sexual violence but now I am more aware of the support systems available to women and men in these circumstances.

Shuga is a show that I would highly recommend as I believe it has improved my understanding of the topics it addresses. I love the fact the show was set in Kenya and Nigeria showing that HIV and sexual assault is not just a Nigerian issue but an issue that is paramount in other African countries such as Kenya.

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