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Is Brexit good or bad for your health?

Is Brexit good or bad for your health?

Don’t know whether Brexit is good or bad for your health. We try to break it down for you and how it will affect your gains.

Since Thursdays decision for the UK to split from the European Union people have been left feeling very unsure about how the future will pan out. So here is our complete list of the positives and negatives of leaving the EU.


There’s lots of fresh air in Britain

Britain’s great, isn’t it? With absolutely no need to go anywhere else ever, you may as well make use of places like the Lake District or the Peaks, with all their tasty British air. A study by Stanford University found spending time outdoors can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, which could be handy. Just make sure you head up to the Highlands visa-free while you can – rumour has it that Brexit could lead to round two of Scoxit. Grab your trainers and make your way to the great outdoors to reap the benefits.

More money for the NHS

One of the main promises of the Leave campaign was that Brexit would lead to us having more money to spend on the NHS. So now we have voted to leave we can look forward to improved services across the health service. This should lead to shorter waiting times and improved treatment for all sport related injuries. Not that we are advocating taking up extreme sports! But, weekend warriors can expect to have their fitness wounds seen to quicker, and in a more specialist hospital.


You’ll struggle to bulk

Clean or dirty, bulking means eating a shed load of food. Well, at least a small outhouse. When Britain leaves the EU it will no longer benefit from access to free trade and the removal of non-tariff barriers, meaning a hike in costs and prices for consumers. Which means your thrice-daily meals of chicken and sweet potato will get more expensive. Are the gains worth it?

Best stock up on vit D tablets

EU members are automatically included in the Schengen visa-free zone, which means you can travel across international borders without paying a charge and without having to secure a visa first. Opting out of this zone will make holidaying a lengthier process, which in turn makes getting your fix of immune and brain-boosting vitamin D trickier. Can’t wait for the sunshine? Then try supplementing with Vitamin D tablets.

Stress levels will rise

A 2011 report by the World Health Organisation found global economic crises have a direct effect on mental health, increasing the risk of stress-related issues. Unfortunately, the Centre for Economic Performance estimate the UK would suffer an income fall on par with the financial crisis of 2008/2009 in the event of a Brexit. Sounds like you need a holiday. Oh, wait…

Higher levels of stress will also impinge on fat loss as the stress hormone cortisol will negatively affect all your hard work in the gym. That is if you can still get to the gym. It’s looking like Brexit might lead to us all working slightly longer hours making work a priority over fitness.


Overall it seems that Brexit will have a negative impact on our health and fitness. We are seemingly going to be more stressed due to financial uncertainty which will lead to less time spent in the gym. We might also end up financially worse off then before Brexit which could mean that the first personal financial sacrifices we will make are our gym memberships, personal training and supplements. The impact that Brexit could have on our supermarkets will also prove detrimental to our health and fitness. The ability to buy healthy food at relatively low prices will have a direct impact as people seek cheaper unhealthy alternatives.

Is it too late to change our minds??



author: Matt Williams


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