National Vegetarian Week: 30 Ways You Can Make A Difference 2

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter or Instagram.


National Vegetarian Week 2015

What will you be doing for National Vegetarian Week?

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

You may or may not be aware that this week beginning the 18th May 2015 is National Vegetarian Week.

I know, I know… It’s now Wednesday and I’m a little bit behind, but better late than never eh!?

So what is National Vegetarian week all about?

In my eyes it’s all about raising awareness and spreading the message of vegetarian living.

It’s about gently showing those who are receptive that we could probably all benefit a little by including more plants in our lives. Whether we’re coming from a health perspective, an environmental outlook, or from an ethical point of view.

What National Vegetarian Week is not about is shaming people. It’s not about taking the high road or making people feel bad about their habits. That doesn’t really get us anywhere…

I know that many of you readers fall somewhere on the vegetarian spectrum, whether it’s fully vegan or just a little plant curious.

You may be wondering how you can get involved with National Vegetarian Week, so you can do your bit for the movement, however big or small.

With that in mind, I thought I would collect together a few ideas that you could run with. Everyone has different personalities and different talents, so take what resonates with you, and go for it.

Let me know in the comments section below what you’ll be doing this week, or hit me up on Twitter.


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The Ultimate Guide to Forming a Healthy, Productive Morning Routine 3

 By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter or Instagram.


Healthy morning routine image

My morning routine is something that’s become increasingly important to me over the past few months.

There’s something about that first hour upon waking that can really set the tone for the rest of the day. I feel like the actions that you take during that time have a significant impact on your productivity, stress levels, and general mood throughout the day.

This week I’m going to share with you some ideas that I believe will help you form a rock solid morning routine, so you’re prepared to meet the challenges ahead. I’ll also show you what I get up to in the morning with a short video, just incase you’re interested…

As always take what resonates with you, and throw away the rest!

Let’s get to it!


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Why Hard Work Beats Inspiration: A Life Lesson From Filmmaker Casey Neistat 4

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Casey Neistat Work Hard

Whenever I hear the words ‘filmmaking’ or ‘YouTube’, the name Casey Neistat always comes straight to mind.

You may know Casey from his viral Nike Commercial in which he spent the budget for the film travelling around the world with his buddy, or perhaps from his more recent Insane German Waterpark movie. His YouTube videos have massed more than 133 million views, and he has assembled an army of avid Snapchat followers.     

Casey is a hero of mine, and someone who has really inspired me over the past few years.

Perhaps a little ironically, this post is all about inspiration, and how for the most part it doesn’t really count for much…


“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and work”

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Dave Tilston on Mindful Movement

Dave Tilston Yoga Health Room

This week I’m excited to bring you an interview with a highly skilled movement practitioner, Dave Tilston.

Dave is someone I’ve been following on Instagram for quite a few months, and I’ve been really inspired by him. Not just because of the impressive physical feats that he’s been able to master, but also because of his holistic approach to movement and life in general.

Just a little bit of background info on Dave:

Dave joined the Royal Marines at aged 18, where he served for over four years, seeing active service in Afghanistan during 2007/8. He then joined Surrey Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter in 2009, where he continues to work full-time.

In his spare time, Dave has been honing his movement skills.

He’s spent the past six years training in the Filipino Kyusho Martial Arts under Grand Master Angelo Baldissone, earning his black belt last year. Dave is also a proponent of primal movement, circular strength training with clubbells, calisthenics, and yoga – practising diligently 6-7 days a week.

All these disciplines help to compliment Dave’s role in the Fire Service, without hindering free movement. He also shares his knowledge with groups and individuals via personal training sessions, both at home in the South of England, and in workshops all across the world.

I decided to reach out to Dave a few weeks ago, to see if he’d like to share his story with the Health Room audience. He was happy to do so, so I asked him a few questions, and had some really insightful responses that I’d like to share with you today.

So, here we go! I hope you enjoy this interview and take something valuable from it.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below, and don’t forget to subscribe if you want more helpful free content delivered straight to your inbox.


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How to Know Which Habit to Start With (When You Want to Change Them All) 1

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Habit to start with

Habit changing can be a little overwhelming sometimes, can’t it?

You take a step back to see which areas of your life you’d like to improve, and several things come straight to your mind. It’s almost as if you’ve asked a friend to point out a few of your flaws, and right away they give you a list as long as your arm…

So you want to change your diet, exercise more, meditate, and quit smoking… Great job. But you realise that it’s probably not a great idea to attempt all of these at once. Maybe you’ve tried that before, and found out the hard way that it doesn’t work too well.

This is something I’ve battled with for some time, and I’ve noticed that quite a few Health Room readers are experiencing the same thing.

As some of you will know, when you subscribe to the blog, I ask you to tell me the one thing you struggle with the most when it comes to changing your habits, and then I try my best to help you out with an email back.

This is a recent message from Shelagh:

Hey Luke,

My biggest problem is knowing which habit to start with! Do I do more core work, eat less sugar, cook more from scratch, begin a meditation practise, drink less alcohol… So I get disheartened and then I don’t do any of them!

You’re definitely not alone Shelagh. It’s such a common issue that a lot of people face.

The truth is, I don’t think there really is one true answer as to which habit you should start with, but there are a few ideas we can explore that might help us out.

Let’s take a look.


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