If you’re really busy, it can be difficult to find time to exercise, so how about fitting it in to everyday things? Here are my favourite ideas:
1. Calf raises on the stairs while you wait for the kettle to boil – 2 minutes
2. Squats during an advert break – 4 minutes
3. Hip circles while you brush your teeth – 3 minutes
4. Shoulder rolls while you’re on the phone – 2 minutes
5. Pelvic floor lifts while you’re standing in a queue – 2 minutes
6. Buttock clenches while sitting in traffic or on the bus – 3 minutes
7. Pointing and flexing feet while sitting at a desk – 1 minute
There’s an extra 17 minutes of exercise here, so if you were to do that every day, it would mean nearly two hours of extra exercise per week while you were doing other things. Result!
A short blog post this week on a very simple topic. See if you agree!
Positive thinking and an optimistic outlook will never produce poor results. Negative thinking and pessimistic approach will never produce good results.
Positive thinkers will never fail. Negative thinkers will never succeed.
What do you think?
When someone lightens up your life just by their presence, it’s a wonderful feeling to bask in that light. When someone is a bit of a downer, there is usually some hidden inner baggage which contains sadness and darkness. Which do you bring to the party? A little light or a little dark? A lot of optimism or a little pessimism?
Before the days of flicking a switch to light up a whole town, one candle had to be lit by another. So if you are aware that you are holding some darkness, it might be useful to spend time with someone whose light is already lit, and stays lit in most situations. Eventually, we may learn the art ourselves, and then act as a candle to others.
I was asked an interesting question this week by a 12-year-old boy at a school where I was doing a talk on SRE. He queried whether I thought it was right that a government should get involved in people’s choices, particularly in terms of their physical relationships. We had an in-depth discussion about informed choice and safety, and I started thinking about how much policy-writers have an influence on our health-related behaviour.
So often, I hear people complain about how the ‘nanny state’ is at work, telling people what to do and what not to do (don’t eat too much salt, exercise more, or drink less alcohol). And my response is always the same: we often ignore the things we don’t want to hear or think about, yet if we aren’t ever informed about how to be healthier, we might have even more to grumble about… It’s a fine line to strike and sometimes doesn’t work for everyone. And while it remains our responsibility to take care of ourselves, sometimes it’s useful to be reminded of why, how and what we can do to make the best of things.
(This infographic from The Health Foundation shows how our health is linked to many different factors.)
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