Posted in activity, ageing positively, exercise, fitness, fitness for seniors, keep active, keep fit, keeping fit, leg exercises, positive attitude, positive mindset, wellbeing

Chair exercises

Chair exercises are probably one of the least threatening forms of exercises you can do.They are also one of the cheapest because you need a chair and you can fancy it up with resistance bands. Something is always better than nothing. These exercises are good for older people to get started and for those who don’t think they like exercise. Something is better than nothing. There are plenty of these chair exercises on YouTube and so you can pick the routines you like and learn some of the moves. Great for those people who are stuck all day sitting at their desk to complete work. 5 minutes of chair exercises and they will feel like they are in better shape already. All that sitting is hard on the body and a few well thought out exercises will keep the body in condition. Chair exercises are especially good for core strength. They are also good for working on leg exercises.You can use the rubber resistance bands and what a difference they can make. Such a simple exercise aid and yet they make such a difference to developing muscle tone and adding resistance training to the exercises. Chair exercises are less intrusive on your time, too. If you are time poor they are a good way to keep in shape without feeling guilty because you don’t have time for a gym, basketball teams or walking.

Posted in activity, ageing, ageing positively, creating success, exercise, fitness for seniors, good habits, growth mindset, happiness, healthy options, keep active, positive attitude, resilience, seniors

Strength training for older people

It is never too late. There are lots of strength training programmes now and many are based on decent research to show the benefits of strength training for older people. Not all of them are gym centred. Some are chair exercise classes and others are strength training around simple props like the stretchy bands. It makes a difference. It means older people are taking control of their health.It means they are stronger and more mobile. They are more comfortable walking around and doing their daily tasks and some are even participating in marathons and high level sporting activities. The research being done has provided solid information as to the benefits but it has also looked at the best ways to help older people engage in strength training. COTA is one of the organisations which offers strength training classes for older people. Older people need to keep their muscle tone and bone density. They need to keep their flexibility and balance. All these things are achievable with help and proper guidance and it is making life for older people more independent and positive.

Posted in ageing positively, exercise, Food, gardening, happiness, healthy habits, herbs, nature, positive attitude, wellbeing

Grow your own veggies

The Little Veggie Patch Co are good at getting people growing! Their approach is based on doable ideas , a straight forward approach and then upcycling where they can. They have approached gardening in a very visual way. Their book, the 1-Minute Gardening is a photo book with text which gives you tips and ideas. I was lucky enough to get a copy of it as a present for the Christmas before last. The main point to this video is you can grow vegetables anywhere. You do not need a huge amount of space. In one of my  homes  I was growing veggies in the wall box on the front patio while I was setting up a big veggie patch in the back garden. In my current home I am rejuvenating my veggie patch and growing some veggies and herbs in pots . Parsley grows around my back garden. It’s green, attractive and can make a nice pot plant! I like to have fresh herbs and I like to have fresh vegetables. I have mixed success with the vegetables but I never give up. I grow silverbeet and potatoes because they always work and fresh potatoes are lovely. Grow what you can because even if you don’t immediately become successful it is a very relaxing activity and gets you outside. There is a lot of evidence now that gardening has a good impact on your health and wellbeing.

Posted in Children, children's activities, curiosity, Early childhood, exercise, happiness, positive attitude, positive mindset, positive thinking, wellbeing

Lila Kalis

Lila is quite amazing. She is tiny but very natural and confident. You can see she loves what she is doing and very good at it. Young children can be taught to master things at a very early age. They love things like skiing and swimming but Lila Kalis likes drifting. Her Dad has supported her willingness to learn and she has shown just how normal it is for a child to do something which involves skill and action. I am wondering why she doesn’t need a helmet but maybe those little cars are very stable? Her father knows a lot about these things and so does the driver who was working with her. Not work. They were playing together ! They were having fun and doing something skilled and demanding without it seeming like it. The father said he was not pressuring her and you get the impression he really isn’t. His daughter probably loves what she is doing because he loves what he is doing. Passion for something is infectious.

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Cleaning Challenge

I have completed Day One of the cleaning challenge. I am doing  it because  I find these sorts of challenges help me to get things done and have fun. The cleaning challenge is not because my house is out of control but because it is giving me a new take on cleaning and getting things done around my home. Loved the idea of socks on hands for dusting but I killed them once I got to the ceiling fan blades. Yuuck! Then there was the top of the bookcase. None of this took me any time and I now know I am not breathing in excess , horrible, old dust. Was good exercise as well to start the day. The challenge is well organised, simple and has some really good tips.
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Get your rebounder out

Bellicon is a brand name for rebounders or mini -trampolines. I found this article about the benefits of rebounding and was suitably impressed. I have a mini trampoline in my big shed. It was my daughter’s when she was little. She used to love bouncing on it and playing with it and it helped keep her active and fit. It fell into disuse. I used it for a bit and then packed it away. Well, it’s coming out again! It can be set up again in my big shed where it will be dry and under cover and out of the way. They have come back into popularity but this time they are there to benefit everyone and make a real difference to your health and fitness even if you are not feeling that fit and well. This clip gives some good ideas as to how to use it to good effect. I can do that! The good thing about mini – trampolines is they can be bought in big department stores and don’t cost a lot. With the amount of good they can do, they are worth exploring as a fitness option.
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How does your garden grow?

This is a Smarty Pants bougainvillea. I love the colour and the honey eating birds love it too. My garden has been going through the changes again. I seem to change it every so often . I realise out the back it has fewer flowers than it used to have because of the drought we had. I lost a lot of flowering trees and shrubs. I replaced them with succulents which have their own look . My garden is moving onto a tropical look these days. Palms, monsteras, philodendrons, passionfruit. It is interesting to watch my garden change. It always looks at its best around October and November. For me, it is how I get my exercise. I have the fresh air, nature, the work to be done and there’s always plenty of that. I am physically active in my garden. No pottering and gentle pruning for me. I don’t have trouble focussing on the work to be done and then just doing it. I’d never swap it for a gym. So my garden and walking my dog keep me healthy. I look at new houses these days and they have very little by way of gardens and that is a shame. People don’t seem to want to work on their own bit of land anymore. Children grow up without seeing a garden change on a seasonal basis. In summer mine looks dry and crispy at times. I did get it through this summer well. That in itself is a challenge. I have to think how I will get my garden to deal with particular weather impacting on it. It’s  good to think about and sometimes it makes me quite creative. It’s nice to have this place AI can go which adds to me in all sorts of ways. I wonder how people manage without a garden and what replaces it in their lives. Nature is very healing.
Posted in dog health, exercise, the wellie song, walking, walking the dog, wellington boots, winter walking, winter walks

If it wisnae fur yer wellies

I love Billy Connolly’s wellie boot song from the Big Banana Feet show and I love my new wellies. It’s true, where would I be without them? I used to always have a pair of wellies and then I stopped wearing them. Now I have a dog who really likes walking. I know that sounds odd but my other dogs haven’t been big on walking. They have always preferred swimming at the beach or playing ball and walking has been something they haven’t liked much. This new dog of mine loves her walks and gets really enthusiastic about going for a walk. She then walks really happily. She is unhappy when I don’t take her for a walk. For me that is usually when it’s wet and cold. I am very bad at wet and cold. I decided this year, since my dog really doesn’t ask for much, that I’d make a bit more of an effort and get myself ready for walks on cold, wet days as long as it’s not raining. Pretty sure she’d walk in the rain too! The truth is, the walks are good for me too. I always feel much better after. So I have my new turquoise wellies and may well go back and get the shocking pink ones too! So cheerful. It means we can tramp over the countryside in comfort and she will be a happy doggie and my feet will be dry.
Posted in exercise, exercise bikes, fitness, Health, wellbeing

On your bike!

My exercise bike is small but it does the job for me. My sister had a big one with heart rate and who knows what else monitor  and it was great but it was heavy and it took up a lot of room. My little one takes up very little space. The one left is from Vlad’s Gadgets and actually folds away so it could be taken on trips or just put away when you have guests. Mine doesn’t need to go away because I use it a lot now and it takes up so little room it is hardly a problem. I have it in a room where I have a nice view over the hills. For a while my little bike was in the garage and I saw it once in a while. In the end I brought it indoors and through winter and the cold weather it comes into its own. I have found it is the only thing which gets me calm quickly when I am stressed. 10 minutes of peddling settles me down and I am in a much better frame of mind. It keeps me warm  in winter and stops me from going mad in the cold weather. I am a sunshiny , blue skies sort of person and will happily be outdoors and moving around then, so I don’t use my bike much in summer. I have found it good to use in the morning because it gets me going and in a good mood. I don’t find it boring  but I guess I’d use my iPod if I did… or read a magazine! My little bike makes me get some exercise in the winter months. That’s the thing. If I didn’t have it I wouldn’t be doing anything because I just feel cold and miserable.
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Exercise winter away!

Since I decided I would manage this winter one way or another, the rewards have all been positive. It has been great to come to this end of winter and see a clean house, a garden which is more or less in order and a me who is fit and healthy. Others have been trying it. One of my friends has gone down two dress sizes and feels so much better so she and her husband are off on a cruise shortly! Others have found ways and means of keeping fit so that we do not get to the nice spring weather feeling sluggish and all wrong. We are now very enthusiastic about the warmer weather and have the energy to make some good plans to make the most of it. Instead of spending spring getting into shape and getting our homes into shape, that is all done and we are ready to be creative! I am now fit and well enough to tackle the redecoration I want to do. As I have been exercising on my bike I have planned the Christmas menu, thought about how I want to redecorate my home and what it will take to do that. It has been as productive mentally as it has been physically and it has been far better than sitting being miserable because I can’t do anything because it is cold. Its spin off effect to others has been great because they can see I feel and look better and it has encouraged them to find a good way to move through winter. One guy has been off to the gym for an hour every day and got himself such a good deal. The whole world is out there ready to help you if you want to make a move – so do it!