TERROR TIME!

AUTUMN FOOD SHAME

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As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, I’ve seen a spate of ‘change of season’ coughs and colds in classes. There’s a general tiredness too.

         In my case this makes me want to eat my own bodyweight in chocolate products, dive under a duvet, and not re-emerge until Spring.

         The clocks have gone back – a signal for hibernation if ever there was one. Yet this is a time of new terms, more stress at work, back to school traffic and long waits at chilly bus stops and stations.

         It’s also a time when we’re bombarded with images, adverts and promotions for sweet Christmas ‘treats’ - giant tins of Quality Street and mince pies are already in the Crouch End Co-op!

         Few people like to snack on salads at a time like this. Hell – there are killer clowns out there!

         But we can avoid food shame by being aware that this behaviour is natural and moving on. Eat a slice of cake – don’t beat yourself up about it and finish off the rest to dispose of the evidence.

          Seasonal Food Tips

 ·      Come to the gym to warm & cheer yourself up.

·      Make soups.

·      Fill up on squashes, marrows, pumpkins – all complex carbs, full of fibre and vitamins. Make Halloween decorations with the skins.

·      Invest in woolly socks.

·      Binge on Strictly Come Dancing/ X Factor – just cut out the drinks and nibbles.

Donate unwanted sweeties to food banks and Harvest Festivals

THE YOUTH-BOOSTING EFFECTS OF EXERCISE

                            MUMS, GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

                            MUMS, GOD BLESS THEM ALL!

YOUTH BOOSTING EFFECTS OF EXERCISE

You can be fit & fantastic, whatever your age. Honestly.

Anyone can feel & look younger.

Last year, 137 finishers in The London Marathon were over 70!

Some run aged 80+ & the oldest was 101!

 Exercise:

Reduces stress & anxiety.

Reduces back pain.

Reduces the risk of heart disease & stroke.

Reduces the risk of falls.

Reduces the risk of onset of many diseases.

Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Reduces & controls high blood pressure.

Exercise is brilliant because it:

Increases oxygen flow & makes you feel more awake & more alive.

Improves the quality of life.

Boosts metabolism.

Increases confidence.

Helps manage & reduce pain in osteoarthritis.

Helps recovery after a stroke, heart attack, or joint replacement.

Can help slow or stop deterioration associated with dementia.

Other youth-boosting effects of exercise:

Toned muscles give you a youthful shape.

Increased blood flow to the skin also makes you look younger.

Keeps you sharp – learning the routines & meeting other people stimulates your mind.

The mantra is – use it or lose it!

'Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.'
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

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