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Zoe & Ringtons: Top Tips for Keeping Active with Kids at home…

Zoe & Ringtons: Top Tips for Keeping Active with Kids at home…

Home schooling and even just having kids at home can be a challenge at the best of times… So while we’re all spending more time at home, I find that exercise is very much needed to help the kids concentrate and let off some steam. […]

Ringtons Recipe: Earl Grey Cupcakes

Ringtons Recipe: Earl Grey Cupcakes

What could be better for an afternoon tea treat than the delicate taste of bergamot in these sophisticated Earl Grey Tea cupcakes.   Ingredients For the sponge 3 Ringtons Earl Grey teabag 3tbl just-boiled water 80g unsalted butter 280g caster sugar 240g plain flour 1tbsp […]

5 things we bet you didn’t know about Ringtons…

5 things we bet you didn’t know about Ringtons…

…and make sure to keep following us on social – we’ll be quizzing you on this in the coming weeks 😉

1: There isn’t a ‘Mr Rington’

Sam Smith founded Ringtons with an initial investment from his business partner William Titterington. The name Ringtons was actually formed from the last half of Willliam’s surname and the ’S’ from Smith. Many believe because Titterington & Smith was too large to fit on the cart.

2: Ay up – we’ve roots in Yorkshire

Sam hailed from Leeds! He moved to the Newcastle upon Tyne in 1907 and began selling tea from his horse and cart. Interestingly, in the 1930s Sam went back to Leeds and built a brand new Ringtons factory on the site of his former home. The building still stands today as a Sikh temple!

3: It’s all about the horse power

The last horse in the Ringtons fleet, Monty, retired in 1962… the only reason Monty kept going was because the van lad didn’t want to drive a motorised vehicle – we think the customers might have preferred it too!

4: We like a challenge

In 1961 we aired our first TV advert! It showed salesperson Cliff Taylor roll up his trousers and wade across to St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Northumberland to make a doorstep delivery. Now that’s dedication!

5: We got the Freedom

In 2007 we celebrated our 100th birthday and received a very special gift. We were awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Newcastle, something we hold very dear. Newcastle upon Tyne is our home and our main office and tasting department is right next to the original building!

Ringtons Recipes: Millionaire’s Shortbread

Ringtons Recipes: Millionaire’s Shortbread

Crunchy, chewy and completely comforting… get your Ringtons Shortbread Biscuits in and make these irresistible tea break treats. This no-bake recipe is fab for doing in-between tasks or tea breaks as each layer needs time to cool and set – use it as an excuse […]

Ringtons Recipes: Ginger Snap, chocolate & cherry tiffin.

Ringtons Recipes: Ginger Snap, chocolate & cherry tiffin.

In our latest edition of Tea Break, we featured a mouth-watering picture of Julie’s tempting tiffin treats made with our very own Ginger Snaps. After being inundated with requests for the recipe, we got in touch with Julie and we’re delighted that we can now […]

Zoe & Ringtons: January Edition

Zoe & Ringtons: January Edition

In the past few years, ‘wellbeing’ has become a real buzz word. We hear it banded around in newspapers, on social media and on TV. Wellbeing can mean so many different things to different people, so I’ve outlined below what wellbeing means to me and how I achieve overall wellbeing through an active and healthy lifestyle! Take a look…

For me, happiness is key to feeling good and looking great especially during the dark winter months. I find that regular exercise improves my overall mood and wellbeing, helping me to feel happy and content in my life. This is because during and after exercise the body releases ‘feel good chemicals’ dopamine, nor-epinephrine and serotonin which are shown to improve overall wellbeing and enhance mood.

Cardiovascular exercise and tough work outs increase levels of brain derived protein (BNDF). These new brain cells increase levels of decision making and higher thinking and learning levels. It also increases productivity of the hippocampus which sharpens our memory and improves cognitive decline. The ideal amount of exercise for improved cognitive function is 30-60 minutes, 3-5 times a week.

Interval training helps build the mindful muscle in our brain, the prefrontal cortex. This can help us with staying present and in the moment. Runners call it a state of flow. We also build this muscle when regularly practicing mediation.

The physiology of sport and exercise makes your body stronger it is the best anti-ageing tool we have. It improves circulation in your skin, it makes our heart, muscles and bones stronger. It helps us have a good body image and self confidence which is crucial to overall wellbeing.

During and after exercise I tend to feel a sense of achievement, satisfaction and pride in myself and my personal ability. This in turn can give us confidence that we can learn new skills at any age, we can do anything and keep learning and keep improving. Dopamine (one of those ‘feel good chemicals’) is also the reward chemical, so exercise can become addictive but it can also help control addictions.

Exercise can improve our nutrition because of the good habits we have formed and the new awareness of our bodies. I find my body often craves good food because I need to replace nutrients after exercising.

Who wouldn’t like to have more energy? When we have increased levels of energy we become more productive in all areas of our lives. It can make us more efficient at time management and it can give us a sense of purpose and focus to be present to do the things in our lives that are the most important. I find that when it comes to exercise, the more I put in, the more I get out and as a result my energy levels increase!

Getting outdoors, connecting and interacting with nature helps us boost our creativity. I love running outside in the beautiful countryside where I live in the Chilterns. It makes me feel alive and it helps me put life’s struggles into perspective! A great resource for finding local running routes near you is Map My Run.

Looking to relax and reduce your stress levels? Physical activity reduces our stress levels and helps us cope better with anxiety and depression. Exercise biologically toughens up the brain, so stress has less impact and we have a better ability to cope and respond to mentally taxing situations.

Exercise reduces immune system chemicals that make depression worse and regular exercise improves relaxation and sleep. Top tip: The ideal time to exercise is 5-6 hours before we go to sleep. Exercise naturally increases our core temperature and when this drops it encourages sleep.