Monday, August 25, 2014

Never give up

Arthur is  such an inspiration. He shows us you just need to decide you want to change and then persist until you find that person who can assist the transformation. For Arthur it was DDP Yoga . The story is here

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get on your trike!

The tricycle has caused such a lot of excitement and interest. A family member with a heart condition which is restricting him decided to have a creative approach to his limitations. He likes making things. It has been cold and wet and so it was a good winter activity to actually build the trike. You can buy them ready made. It has been a great project. It has used his brain, his ingenuity and allowed him to get some great feedback and involvement with others. It needs all the adjustments and fine tuning now and will then turn his often trying walk to the shops and back a nice little outing on his trike. It means he can increase his mobility and hopefully have more independence and fitness. That is the plan, anyway. His doctor is pleased with such a good approach to a difficult condition. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

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 - tampolines 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. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Pineal gland

This video came up on my Facebook feed. One of my friends had shared it. I was curious. It is very interesting to listen to and I have been listening to it every day since. It has been helpful when I feel a bit stressed out by daily living. I just listen to it as I am working on my computer and feel better. I don't know if it is helping my pineal gland or not. There is a lot of vague information about the pineal gland. It is known as the third eye . The pineal gland regulates the circadian rhythm so it's probably a good idea to keep it functioning well in order to promote regular sleeping and waking patterns. I am sharing it because you might find it helpful too.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Life is beautiful

The Life is Beautiful blog has some really cheering images and things to think about. It is a nice blog to visit when you just want to feel good, feel better or keep the positives going. In an acquisitive society we take a lot for granted and forget that some of the most important and valuable things in our life are free. They are the things which can sustain us, inspire us and make us feel better. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sciatic pain

I have had 3 episodes of sciatic pain since Christmas and it is horrible. Hate it. First time I did nothing much and eventually it went away. Second time I rested and put on anti inflammatory cream and it went away. This week it came out of nowhere again and walking my dog today made it worse and not better like the other times. This clip gives you something easy to do which immediately brings relief. It hasn't fixed it but at least I can get some relief from the pain. I have a good tolerance to pain since I have arthritis but constant pain is wearing and the amount of pain killers I want to take is minimal. It is reassuring to see a clip like this to know it is a problem and that maybe I need to look more closely at what I am doing in order to avoid it. He gave me some tips as to what to look out for. The thing is, when you have something like sciatica, you need things to do. I found a bath really helpful last time and I was carefully doing my back exercises but that is obviously not enough. Now I have something else to do which really helps. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Brush your face!

Leda is a wonderful advert for face brushing. Since I had decided to give body brushing a go to keep my circulation in good condition so I could keep warm, I found this video on You Tube to do with face brushing so I have been trying that too. After just 3 times my face looks and feels better. It has tightened my skin and made it smoother,  made my skin feel better and it has been very relaxing. It's a nice thing to do in the evening after a day at work. I have a little round face brush that I found amongst all my grooming things. I don't think I could use a big brush like Leda. My little brush suits me well. It is about 3-4 cm diameter on a long handle and I find that easier to hold. She is right when she says you need to work up to it and to get your skin used to being brushed.