I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather, or just things going on at work, but I have been feeling a bit down recently. I know these moods occur to us all, and I’m not worried about it, but am just aware of it.

I’m not a fan of the cold, although I don’t like extreme heat either. Give me a range between 10 to 30 degrees and I’m happy. But each winter just seems to get longer, and although it’s not been a bad one by any stretch, I am so looking forward to spring coming. I know it’s around the corner.

But one thing I was interested in was the effect that food has on moods. It’s not an area that I know a lot about, but I know that some foods can give you a natural high. Who hasn’t reached for a chocolate bar to cheer them up?Continue reading

walk yourself healthier

In my last post, I discussed tips for new runners. But not everyone will want to run, some people would prefer to walk their way to a healthier version of themselves.

Walking is a great form of exercise for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you don’t need any equipment, although we’ll talk about one device you should use. Secondly, you can do it just about anywhere. These two reasons make it a great type of exercise to do when traveling – you don’t have to carry around a bunch of equipment.

If the weather is nice, walking outside is best for you. Getting your vitamin D from the sun, breathing in fresh air, and listening to the birds singing are all great reasons for walking outside. If the weather is bad, take your walk inside to either a gym or perhaps a shopping centre – just remember to get a good walk round before you start to weigh yourself down with heavy bags.Continue reading

stretching before and after a run

I have to say, I think running is one of my favourite ways to keep healthy. Unfortunately, for me anyway, it is also one of those things I struggle to do. The older I get, the more I find excuses to not get out. But I will state it here – this is one of the things that I am going to work on this year – I am going to start to run, again.

You’ll see I said again. It’s not always been such an issue for me. When I was in my late teens I was a runner. Well, more of a jogger really. I wasn’t fast enough to classify myself as a runner, ha ha!

Looking back, I remember the races I did with my friend Steve. We would jump in the work’s van on a Sunday and shoot off early in the morning to various races across the South East of England. 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathons. We loved them all. But Steve was almost always quicker than me!Continue reading

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a great Christmas and enjoyed the New Year’s celebrations last night. It’s a special time for feeling the love with family and friends, and I hope you had time to do that over the past couple of weeks.

Of course, a new year usually brings a time to reflect on your life and make resolutions for the year ahead. Indeed, I expect you made some resolutions last night – you will often hear people say they want to lose weight, get fitter, achieve more. All good things, I agree, but for once, I am saying you should NOT set New Year’s Resolutions now. 

That may sound a bit strange, but please bear with me.Continue reading

The benefits of drinking more water

It’s time to hold up my hands and admit something… I do not drink enough water! I know I should drink more, I’ve never been a big fan, but it is something I am really trying to tackle right now. I know it’s good for me though, and a quick film I recently saw on Facebook has really hit home that NOW is the time for me to take action.

The human body is made up of over 75% of water, and as we all know, we cannot live without water. The fact is, we can only survive for a total of 3 days without water. Water has, however, been replaced in most diets by soft drinks and other sugar sweetened refreshments – although I’m not a big fan of these either. Keep in mind that water is a healthier and necessary for leading yourself towards a better health and longevity.Continue reading