Vee Uye

Research shows that regular physical activity can shift the ‘frailty threshold’, keeping us healthier for longer

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In about 6 months, I’ll turn 40. I’ve always lived by the philosophy, ‘age ain’t nothing but a number’. That is until I read this study on physical activity and ageing.

According to the authors, it’s around the age of 40 when age-related deterioration of the body becomes detectable. So, I can soon look forward to:

  • Weakening muscles — affecting physical function
  • Decreasing bone density — increasing risks of fracture

Ok, I had some idea before reading the study that I would lose my physical prowess as I aged. Since 1981 — the year I was born — the ‘Elderly People Crossing’ sign has been used in the UK as a warning to motorists. For nearly 4 decades, its depiction of older people has been quietly insisting on how I’m supposed to look in my golden years — hunched, frail, and in need of assistance. …


These five techniques helped shape who I am today

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If you already have the perfect life, stop reading now. This story isn’t for you. This story is for people like me. People who want more for themselves than what they’ve got right now. People who want a better life.

My life has taken some bad twists and turns over the years.
I dropped out of school at 15.
I spent time in foster care and a children’s home.
I was homeless.
I’ve struggled with debt, weight, and poor mental health.

Thankfully, life didn’t stay that way.

Now, I’m a professional writer and a trained musculoskeletal physiotherapist. I own my own home where I live with my wonderful fiancé and our 5-month-old daughter. I’ve got savings and a future I can look forward too. …


Why the relative success of others is killing creativity

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People are attracted to success stories like flies to faeces and, frankly, it’s starting to stink.

I’m talking about the mad proliferation of ‘how I made my fortune’ articles in your feed. How many have you read this week?

You’re not alone. I’ve been sucking this stuff up for years. I’m something of a success porn connoisseur.

Success pornnoun:Content that emphasises the sensational aspects of success and stimulates a compulsive interest in its audience

The problem with success porn is that while it’s meant to inspire, it ends up doing the opposite. It depends on a handful of individuals doing exceptionally well while the majority enjoy mediocrity. …


I overcame pelvic girdle pain, excessive weight gain, and a traumatic labour to get running again by following this expert advice.

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I’m a new mum. Before having my daughter, I had a very specific idea of what my pregnancy would look like. It would involve a lot of running. After all, running through pregnancy is safe, and keeping fit during pregnancy is beneficial for both mother and baby.

I know a bit about running — I’m a physiotherapist with a special interest in rehabilitating runners and I’m a licensed UK Athletics running coach. I’ve completed six marathons and an ultramarathon. The only training concession I planned to make during my pregnancy was to reduce the overall speed of my runs as my weight inevitably increased. …


Use flow states to help you figure out ways to make a meaningful living by being consistent and adding value.

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Someone, somewhere, is posting right this minute about a side hustle that can make me rich. Somebody else is describing the next best way to generate a passive income stream I can retire on now. The internet is full of career change advice.

A changing vocation might not have been on the cards before 2020 for many, but the effects of the current pandemic on the global workforce is changing minds. In the US, nearly 20% of people working in non-office based jobs intend to leave their employment for greater job security and benefits due to the effects of Covid-19. …


Think of Medium like the S&P 500, and your stories like your dollar investment. Content creation is a long term play.

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Everybody makes money when the market is rising. But what determines whether it will make you wealthy or leave you bleeding on the side of the road is what you do during the times it is collapsing.

J.L Collins.

People are starting to panic. I can tell because my feed is full of stories worrying about the Medium algorithm. Some of the writers I most admire are getting twitchy about their long term prospects. …


This no nonsense guide to cutting out complexity is a must read for bloggers

Gregory D. Welch’s post is a really useful guide detailing his content creation strategy. Spoiler: it’s…


If we switch the F-Word for the N-word, would we still be having the same discussion?

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It’s not Christmas for me until I hear the opening lines of Fairytale of New York.

I can’t remember the first time I heard the song, but its jarring and desolate story has become synonymous with December in my mind. I’ve sung my sober and drunken heart out to this cheerless festive tune, year after year. Which means I’ve also sung the word.

The F-word.

Even as I belted the lyrics out without thought or care, I knew that taboo always lurked within the…


As long as you’ve learned from an experience, you can move on

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“You’re not going anywhere until you’ve finished your meal!”

I remember being a child and having to remain at the dinner table long after everybody else had left. I wasn’t hungry, but I wasn’t free to leave until I’d finished my meal. Those memories have ingrained in the adult me a compulsion to continue eating even when full.

Being forced to finish what you’ve started creates unhealthy relationships with food. But what about the other relationships it impacts? …

I’ve done a lot of different things in my life so far. I’ve been an English academic, a writer, a health care professional, an endurance runner, a coach, a bartender, a cold-caller, and a game designer. If I tell you that I’m an entrepreneur, then this serial focus on different fields of work makes sense. Entrepreneurs are supposed to fail — repeatedly — until they find that thing that will propel them into the stratosphere of success. …


The education system is training our kids for jobs that won’t exist in 20 years. Here’s what our family will do instead.

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“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Mark Twain.

I have a 4-month-old daughter. Before becoming a mother, I had no idea how quickly I would need to start thinking about her future. Preschools in my area are already booking up, and I’m barely out of the newborn fog.

When my partner, Lucy, and I sat down to discuss how we see our daughter’s future education, we quickly realized we were on the same page. We have no intention of repeating the broken system of education we had passed through. …

About

Vee Uye

Britsh-Nigerian writer, physio, and one of two mums. Meet me at https://vee-uye.com

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