This is a guest post from our friend, Jane who periodically contributes to our blog. Enjoy!
- Swim – this is the best form of exercise as the body weight is supported by the water and therefore the stress on the joints and limbs is reduced greatly. People who are not very active actually find swimming a pleasing experience due to this weightlessness. If you are not lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your garden, then there are lots of health clubs around and available for a small monthly subscription, or failing that, the local authority pools are usually within area for a very small charge.
- Eat well – as has been said many times before, food put into the body is the same as petrol put into a car. If it is the wrong type of petrol, the car will not function. This is the same for body. Put in the wrong food, and your body will not function as well. The general rule is to maintain a balance, not to each too much of the same item and to color your plate. This means that you use vibrant colored foods, say potatoes which are white, carrots which are orange and spring greens which are green. Then there is the meat or the vegetarian alternative, followed by some fruit of different colors, say strawberries, bananas and kiwi fruit. Using this style, on a smaller scale for breakfast and lunch will create automatically a balanced diet. Try eating only whole foods, for example, vegetables, instead of processed, ready-made meals.
- Walk – walking is one of the best forms of exercise. A brisk walk after dinner will burn off the calories and provide you with a feel-good factor.
- Take up a sport – for example football or hockey. This sport will generally entail one match once a week, and one practice session once a week. This will create a regular training environment for a person trying to get fit. If you are not well enough to play a game, then participate in a club as a spectator and cheerleader – it will provide you with a healthy interest in the game, together with the organization and energy involved in getting to the venue, participating as a spectator and returning home will invigorate you.
- Address worries – if you have bills lying around that haven’t been paid, pay them. If you have something worrying you, discuss it with the most appropriate person. Whatever is worrying you, face it head on and sort it out!
- Write a list of all the things you would do if you won the lottery – now scale them down. For example, if one item was to buy an airplane, then instead, book a flight somewhere interesting. Or if it was to throw a magnificent expensive party, then throw the party, but keep it within budget. You can apply all your wonderful lottery ideas to current day life, it is just a matter of scale.
- Eat organic food – there is no proof that organic food is any better for a person, but in today’s world it is probably better to eat less pesticides and artificial elements than more. Organic fruit and vegetables and other organic produce go some way to helping people sustain a less chemical intake lifestyle.
- Drink water – it is a misconception that a person needs to drink 2 litres of water per day. Scientists in the 1950’s advised this, but this was also based on the water content within food. For example cheese is purported to be 70% water. Scientists in the 1950’s added up all the amounts of water needed, from actual water to water from food and came to the conclusion that the total needed per day was 2 litres.
- Keep away from hazardous dust. Some of the dust spores in old houses can create short-term breathing difficulties, for example if a builder is working on site, it is better if they wear a breathing mask to protect themselves, and the same applies if the homeowner visits the property to assess the stage and quality of the works.
- Have fun – it has been proved that laughing is a wonderful tonic and people have been known to hire funny films and literally ‘laugh themselves better!’
Jane is a working mother of three who is currently working for World of Pools who sell swimming pools