• Snoozing on the Trail
    Health

    My Fitness Journey: Running and Wellness

    My fitness journey has been stop/start for years. I know it is essential to keep fit, raise the heart rate and push the body. It keeps things working in the long-term and helps restore the balance. The body was used to labouring in ancient times – the hunter/gatherer required us to be active – and the body is designed to deliver. But in today’s sedentary times where we have “the good life” (if we’re fortunate enough) we have to bolt on exercise to our regular daily routine. And that’s when it can feel like a chore and we find excuses not to do it. And that’s OK as long as…

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    Courses

    How to Become Extraordinary by Design

    I seem to be immersed in the Mindvalley approach to living at the moment. I am studying an old Extraordinary by Design course which, I think, was supplemental material from when I bought the Code of the Extraordinary Mind when it was first released. It has taken me some time to get around to it! The course is broken into 12 modules, each reflecting the 12 areas of life we should all seek to improve ourselves in, set goals in, and seek balance in. To live a fulfilling life we should seek to balance the 12 areas and, by doing so, often find more opportunities arise and more abundance manifests…

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    Health

    The Top 27 Alkaline Foods

    There is a trend today for more healthy diets and healthy lifestyles and one of the key messages we see repeatedly is the need for more alkaline foods. This is because an acidic environment benefits disease taking hold and spreading. A lot of articles talk about the beneficial effect a more alkaline body has on limiting cancer, for example. The problem lies with processed “quick and easy” foods, fast foods, and genetically modified foods. They put our bodies through a lot in just one day. It’s not just about the horrible ingredients that go into everything out there (things that aren’t even food in some cases); it’s also about what…

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    My Journey,  Health

    Sugar – A Bittersweet Love Affair

    I stopped eating cakes and sweets three weeks ago; mid-December and the Christmas festival of gluttony soon to be upon us. I decided that all the sugar in the little sweets I eat in my restaurant could not be a good thing, especially since my daily intake was slowly increasing. My body still has withdrawal symptoms and cravings for a sugary hit, but I won’t give in, even throughout the Christmas period. I did have a slice of cake the other day because it was one of the team’s birthdays. I think it’s OK to celebrate when it’s a collective occasion – like a birthday – but you should follow…

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    My Journey,  Health

    Redefining Health – Holistically

    What do you think of when somebody asks how your health is? Or how your parent’s health is? In my experience, we gravitate towards the physical most of the time (even though the dictionary defines it more holistically). We think of mobility and fitness, being active as opposed to sedentary. We may extend this to our mental state – though this is often only considered when there is a predisposition towards a condition such as dementia. Even my earlier posts talked about “getting fit” from a purely physical standpoint. However, our true health is much more holistic and has four aspects to it. When each of these is cared for,…

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    My Approach

    Rewriting Your Past – A Tool to Understand Yourself

    In her new book, Everything is Figureoutable, Marie Forleo presents a free writing exercise for 7 days which helps you figure out what you want in life. It’s a great and valuable exercise when you’re really not sure where you want to go, and I suggest you pick up a copy of the book and check it out (it’s at the end of Chapter 6). Free Writing vs Rewriting However, if you’re feeling stuck and think you might have some unconscious self-limiting beliefs which are holding you back, all the free writing in the world won’t help you overcome these blocks and let you hit the target that ignites your…

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    Health

    Dealing with Addiction: Kick the Caffeine

    About five years ago I visited a Chinese Herbalist and had an allergy test done. They took a small sample of hairs from my head and sent them off for analysis. When the results came back I was surprised to see I had a medium sensitivity to caffeine. As I drank 2-3 espressos a day as part of my daily grind running my restaurants and had had no adverse effects, I thought this was a little odd. However, I did up my dose from time to time to 5-7 shots a day when I was more tired or needed a pick-me-up. Up until that point in time, and approx every…

  • Health

    Polar Loop and Other Obsessions

    Always on. Always moving. Am I? I went on holiday to Spain about a month ago and was impressed by the presence and scope of sports in Barcelona. There was a whole department store dedicated to sports (Corte Ingles) – 4 large floors of everything from running gear to golf, swimming, trekking, shooting, skateboarding and more – along with numerous outlets for training shoes. Keeping fit seemed more of a way of life and, as somebody who keeps fit in order to better handle life’s challenges, I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store.

  • Fitness
    Health

    It’s never too late to get fit

    Exercise is key to happy and healthy old age according to the latest research. So what are you waiting for? Those who are active as pensioners can stave off major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia. An eight-year British study found that those who exercised at least once a week were between three and seven times more likely to be classed as “healthy agers”.

  • App Reviews

    App Review: Polar Beat (iOS)

    As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer. I have always been conscious of health and tried to balance out my diet and avoid the nasty things that often find their way into the foods we eat. Working out once a week helps keep me on track but you need some help along the way. Part 5 – this post – was intended to be a review of 4 more apps. However, since I have now deleted one of these (Weightplan) as it introduced a slew of in-app paid upgrades to access the key features, its…