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A walk on the wild side.

Pauline’s walk on the wild side.

Change to Active.

This is really wild.

This is really wild.

In past posts I quoted The Buddha as saying all things are subject to change and I advise going with the flow of nature. We cannot deny the fact that all things change and water flows to the lowest place. Now you see me hiking uphill. So was that a lot of hot air? No I am letting off steam to lower the pressure, slow the heart rate and keep me fit. It is not exactly steam it is sweat, as exercise is not easy but it has its rewards.

After a walk a cool off is great for the muscles.

After a walk a cool off is great for the muscles.

Hiking up hill, swimming and bike riding are good cardio vascular exercises any thing that gets you puffing is good for the heart and circulation.  Low impact is best like swimming, cycling and the cross trainer in the gym are perfect examples. Start off at a comfortable pace and duration and gradually increase the resistance, cadence and length of time as your fitness improves. Like Yin and Yang a balance is needed. It has to be hard enough to make you puff but not to the point where you are panting and cannot talk. People with heart and health problems need a doctor’s advice on this.

Pauline enjoying a bike ride.

Pauline enjoying a bike ride.

Hatha yoga, Pilates and tai chi are good for flexibility. Again gradually feel your way it is easy to injure muscles by jerky movements or pushing them beyond their limits. Do not hold your breath, breathing is important. Slowly go as far as you can and hold this position for at least ten deep breaths. Do three times it will be easier on the next stretch. This is how to loosen up.  If you have some disability or injury work around it, the rest of your body can be kept supple while the problem part has time to repair.

Not as good a out on the road.

Not as good as out on the road.

Weights and resistance exercises are needed to strengthen bones and build muscle. At my age I want low intensity that is light weights and more repetitions. The older one gets the harder it becomes to build muscle, but muscle condition can be improved and strengthened no matter how old. No matter what age or condition you are in, a sensible exercise program is a health benefit. Assuming you are not athletic take it easy. Pick a weight you can easily lift five times and do that three times. In gym jargon that is five reps x three sets. When you find you can do ten reps x three sets. It is time for a slightly heavier weight. This will improve your strength and build muscle.

Olga challenges herself machine walking.

Olga challenges herself machine walking.

There are three types of exercise, stretching for flexibility, cardio vascular for the heart, lungs and general fitness and resistance for strength. Exercise combined with a healthy balanced diet is the way to health. Balance the types of food and balance the amount the calories you burn in exercise against your intake of food. It is a complex study getting fit and one must not get fanatical or obsessed worrying too much. As worry creates stress and has adverse effects in every part of the body.

25 minutes varying the resistance gets the heart pumping.

25 minutes varying the resistance gets the heart pumping.

Live an active life doing things you enjoy. Eat slowly savouring wholesome natural foods. Highly processed food often have too much salt or sugar added, artificial colouring and preservatives. Beneficial parts removed and other parts concentrated. Salt, sugar and fat are like drugs, we become addicted to foods containing them and lose our sense of taste. Commercial enterprises are more interested in making a profit than your health. You have to be responsible for your own health.  Do not leave your health to doctors, medicines and pills, they are a last resource.

Just a shadow of myself at sunrise.

Just a shadow of myself at sunrise.

 

 

Together.

A brand new day.

A brand new day.

Together.

When we are home this is it.

When we are home this is it.

I am blessed with another day to spend with you.

What wondrous things have you planned to do?

We have travelled far you and me.

Still there are lots more for us to see.

The world is large, we are small.

We live in hope, but can’t see it all.

In Korea, small children in vibrant Hanbok colours.

In Korea with children in their beautiful Hanbok  dress.

Appreciate our life is a candle in the breeze.

So enjoy life’s gifts, as the birds in the trees.

Appreciate taste, smell and hear,

All life’s free gifts that are here.

 An exotic fragrance drifts on the air.

We follow our noses to see what’s there.

Attracted by the sent of  Jasmine I come close up.

Attracted by the scent of Jasmine I come close up.

Hungry to find new foods to taste,

Culinary samples from every race.

Travel hunger carries us further on,

 Curiosity drives us far, to the beyond.

Beyond the comfort of our home,

That is the price when you roam.

At the end of the day Is the time to pray.

At the end of the day Is the time to pray.

Beyond the sunset into the night,

We dance to a song of heavenly delight.

Take a chance start with a dance,

 It could turn to love and romance.

In love with all life and one another,

What a wondrous world we discover.

Happier than a king on his throne,

Together facing life’s unknown,

Two people in love with life.

Two people in love with life.

Foot note   In 1982 Pauline and I met at a dance, one week before our birthdays.

Looking into a Bromeliad flower.

Looking into a Bromeliad.

I picked these waterlilies  for you.

I picked these waterlilies for you.

How to win the rat race.

A white one and

A white one and

 When I was young I was a show off, some say I am still young, I loved to ride the crane-hook and get an adrenalin buzz walking along steel beams high up where a tight-rope walker would not go without a safety net. Another incentive for being a Rigger was we were paid well. Only one thing I loved more than earning money, was spending it. Not always wisely, but it was easy come easy go back in my youth.

a blue.

a blue.

The first past the post is not always the winner. I was paid to do what I liked, that is how I won the rat race. As they say find an occupation you like and you never have to toil again. With the right attitude work is a pleasure, your time and effort is worthwhile. Hard work is all in our mind. I thought interesting, diverse work, out in the fresh air, keeping fit; constructing useful projects, of benefit to people, was a good game to play.

Australian Wild Western flowers.

Australian Wild Western flowers.

What is a winner? Mike Tyson was Heavy Weight Champion of the World and won millions in prize money, but his life was a mess. That is not my idea of a winner punching someone senseless. A winner has life skills and is aware of the effect of his actions on the world he lives in. There are many rich and famous people who are not enjoying life. Money is good if use in the right way.

Some  hurry by almost missing the beauty.

Some hurry by almost missing the beauty.

I was not first past the post I stopped too often to admire the flowers and followed a few wrong paths. I learned from the detours and always found my way back on track. The people who raced past me in haste missed a lot of free gifts. The people who paused and appreciated this wondrous world were the winners.

Sitting quietly mindful of the wondrous.

Sitting quietly mindful of the wondrous.

Trophies on the shelf for worthwhile achievements are good, but there is much more to life than collecting things. No one owns a sunset, but all can enjoy it. One does not need to own a swimming pool to have a swim, there are rivers and oceans. Without envy we can appreciate many things on display without owning them. Possessions are often a hindrance to our freedom and happiness, a burden to care for and protect.

The great and

The great and

Winners do not participate in the rat race or if they do they withdraw early. I learned the hard way, like a donkey, hungrily chasing a twenty-two caret prize, I almost became a looser. Everyone makes mistakes it is not learning from them and fretting over them that is erroneous. In time these mistakes can turns out to our advantage. Never cry over spilt milk, is good advice. The loss is bad enough, without letting it spoil your day.

the small.

the small.

 

Seize the Day.

'Capra Diem' - Seize the day.

‘Carpe Diem’ – Seize the day.

Carpe Diem.

Going for it.

Going for it.

Enjoy the day, do not fritter it away. Not to appreciate what you are given is an insult to the provider. Be grateful for all the priceless gifts that have been given to us free of cost.

"Just do it!"

“Just do it!”

The ocean and the beach are far better than any man-made pool to bathe in. Be grateful for the fresh air, the blue sky, the sunshine and the sandy beach.

A walk in the park.

A walk in the park.

The world is vast with so much to see and do. No matter where you are there are wonders to behold and things to enjoy. Do not waste your time on status symbols. Spend your time wisely.

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“But pleasures are like poppies spread,

You seize the flower the bloom is shed;

Or like the snow fall on the river,

One moment white then lost forever.”

Robert Burns, From Tam O’shanter.

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‘Waking up this morning, I smile,

Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.

I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings with compassion.’

Thich Nhat Hanh. Incidentally he has another book out called “Savour“ I enjoy all his writing.

Fit and healthy.

Fit and healthy.

If one does not appreciate their body they will not be able to enjoy all the many blessings to the full. If man does not appreciate all natures gifts they will diminish. This is our opportunity to seize this day with loving open arms.

Wallk the dog or take the tots.

Walk the dog or take the tots.

First Choice Fitness, on my way to the beach.

The burliegh beach is around the corner.


Turn in and Tone up.

Hard work pays off.

Hard work pays off.

We have been busy traveling and although we both have not been taking it easy. As we have been gardening, biking and a lot of walking and for me the occasional swim. We also have been spending a lot of time on the computer since we started blogging.

Go at your own pace.

Go at your own pace.

I realized I was loosing what little muscle I still had and stiffening up in all the wrong places. Travelling is wonderful but it is easy to get out of the exercise routine. Casual visits to gyms are more expensive and a bit inconvenient.

It all helps.

It all helps.

That is only an excuse if I make the effort I could have fitted in a visit to a gym. Like I am now doing, three weeks in one place then miss a week then start again at a gym in another place. I will do it and also keep to my morning stretching exercises where ever I am.

Good use of the area by Burleigh Beach.

Good use of the area by Burleigh Beach.

All exercise is good but I find I need to get into a habit of systematically doing a variety of exercises. We need stretching exercises to keep supple, resistance to tone up the muscles and strengthen our bones.

I do not let my ego stop me.

I do not let my ego stop me.

Weights are good for this but at my age it is better to do more repetitions with relatively light weights. I am not trying to get big muscles, just tone up. The cardio vascular exercises are for the heart and lungs.

Same exercise but more weight.

Same exercise but more weight.

I like the cross-trainer as I can monitor my progress, time, resistance; cadence and heart rate are shown on the dash-board.

On the cross-trainer.

On the cross-trainer.

I try to beat my best effort and it gets easier after a few weeks then I add five more minutes or put up the resistance. At least twenty minutes at a challenging pace is advisable for best results. Work hard as possible but not to the point that you cannot carry on a conversation.

They say no pain, no gain but there should never be pain, just a demanding uneasiness. Get out of your comfort zone, but not to the point of hurting. Challenge yourself; you only need to compete against your best performance. There are days you will not quite reach your best performance, but with effort and perseverance we do improve.

This is dedication to muscle strength.

This is dedication to muscle strength.

I hope this post inspires any one that needs reminding, that doctors are not responsible for our health. It is our responsibility to respect and not abuse the gifts we are given.

82 year olders are prone  to falls, practice balance.

We are prone to falls at 82, so I practice balance.

Like yin and yang balance is needed for a healthful life. Balance food intake against calories burnt. Balance physical exercise against mental exercises, the body needs its quiet time to rejuvenate. Meditation is a part of this process.

I think they are over dressed.

I think they are over dressed.

Blogging helps me and perhaps may help others. If nothing else it reinforces and reminds me of the important things to value in life.

Eye candy the only candy to keep you slim.

Eye candy the only candy to keep you slim.

This world, regardless of dukkha http://buddhism.about.com/od/thefournobletruths/a/dukkhaexplain.htm, world is a wondrous place, with the right attitude and understanding. I rave on a bit but when you are in love you are apt to do this. I am in love with Mother Nature and this wondrous life I am blessed with.

They can't keep up with Pauline on her bike.

They can’t keep up with Pauline on her bike.

They work at it.

They work at it.

Let’s Get Physical.

Nice work if you can do it.

Nice work if you can do it.

Rise early and see the opportunity in every new day, today is another chance to get it right, now is the time to accomplish your dreams, make the time and never give up your dreams because of the time it will take to achieve them. Time passes no matter how you use it so use it on something worthwhile.

The harder they work the better they get.

The harder they work the better they get.

Money is fine if you use it wisely, but the greatest wealth is health. Time and health go unnoticed when you are enjoying them. It is when you are running out of them that you realise their value. If you do not like your health or body do something about it. Some dream of success, others work on it. Getting started on an exercise program is not easy, if it were everyone would be healthy. It is like saying to your body, you will hate me for this now but thank me later.

A new twist.

A new twist.

Life is not like TV it has no remote clicker if you do not like it get up and change it.

I can not stand this.

I can not stand this.

 Moving slowly forward is better than standing still. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. It may be hard to start an exercise program but as your fitness increases you will enjoy it. It is not just about loosing weight and building muscle. You will feel alive and full of energy once the endorphin starts pumping through your body. The blood will pump to every capillary feeding oxygen to your brain. You will think better and feel better Breath better and your pulse rate will slow and blood pressure go down. Like a stagnant stream after rain you will flow and sparkle joyously in the sunshine.

Don't try this on your first day.

Don’t try this on your first day.

jacksjottings:

I have been following Sue Dreamwalkers blog for quite a while and her concern for the plight in the world is inspiring. This post is in my view the key to peace in our world. If we were to use this key oh what a wonderful world it would be.

Originally posted on Dreamwalker's Sanctuary:

Many people will be in fear right now as the mighty unleash their might to stop those  Free Thinking Human Beings Becoming Free to chose their rulers.. Those who are mighty themselves live in Fear that they will lose control of their Domain.. So they exert their control by Fear!

Peace World

We all have become so conditioned in the role of mind games. Be it from being told what to buy, eat, drink, wear..  To being conditioned to the violence on TV, video games, Cartoons or Films.  It’s been projected in our minds to fight and control.  We all at some point in our lives have exerted control over another, for its Ego’s Power wanting to be better and best.

So when our Conscious mind sets gather in like minded thought as we witnessed in the Arab Spring. People joined to change that control. And so began more conflict as the…

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