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Outback off the beaten track.

Outback off the beaten track.

The way to go.

could be by the sea is the place to be.

Could be by the sea is the place to be.

Get your motor running on motivation it is the fuel for living.

Music, dance, take a chance on romance. Getting in natures flow is the way to go.

Don’t be late don’t stagnate time don’t wait.

The day has begun with the rising sun.

Fishing in stead of in bed wishing.

Fishing in stead of in bed wishing.

 What ever gets you going. Listen to my words. Be up with the birds. Ready to roll go for a stroll. Jump on your bike or go for a hike.

Don’t stagnate the day won’t wait.

I really do wish you were here.

I really do wish you were here.

 The sun rises each day with a great display.  The breeze in the trees caresses the birds and the bees.

Mother Nature loves you, if you love her too.

 Ration T V, it is mostly evil you’ll see.

Technology is ok if used in the right way.

But it can be an addiction, a dreadful affliction.

You will stagnate and stay up too late.

Love is for giving, life is for living.

Especially for you.

Especially for you.

The greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and to be loved in return.

With  nature’s gifts, your attitude shifts.

The clouds disappear you are glad you are here.

You don’t need drugs whisky or beer.

All you need is the air you breathe.

Food with wonderful flavour, nature provides for you to savour.

A warm bed at night and you are alright.

A cosy corner at Bondi for little Jack Horner.

A cosy corner at Bondi for little Jack Horner.

I know there is more you can buy at the store.

That is ok if you don’t get carried away.

There is a difference between wanting and needing.

It could just be your ego you are feeding.

It can be tempting  and hard to resist..

It can be tempting and hard to resist..

Mindful is consciously aware, so you should take care.

To be mindful of the path you are traveling on.

When you’ve spent your money and your time is gone.

You realise hoarding and greed, for all those things you did not need. Were impermanent and passing pleasure, costing you your time and leisure.

No rush just do it.

No rush just do it.

Then you will know, this was not the way to go.

Spending  the gold in the morning.

Spending the gold in the morning.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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'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.

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Pauline hiking to Volcanic Valley.

Pauline hiking to Volcanic Valley.

Action Packed. 

Pauline up-wardly mobile.

Pauline upwardly mobile.

We are all moving on even if we are stationary, nothing stays the same.  I believe it is better to move, go with the flow rather than stagnate. To wear out is healthier than rusting out. Change is inevitable do not resist it. Pauline and I are always on the move there is never a dull moment and no time on our hands to dwell on life’s knocks and difficulties.

All down hill now.

All down hill now.

I also find there is not much time to blog as I said in my last post. Since then I have been enjoying getting back fit. Biking down to the beach for my morning dip in the ocean I passed a new gym so I called in and they were offering a five-day introductory deal that suited me fine. As in seven days we would be flying from the Gold Coast Queensland to Auckland N. Z.

Hot stuff.

Hot stuff.

Since we arrived in Aotearoa (The Maori name for New Zealand, meaning the land of the long white cloud.) we have been on the move. This is a beautiful country that keeps one wanting to discover what is over the next hill or around the next corner.  This has given me the motivation to push myself just that little bit further hiking in the bush to see more.  The exercise is good for Pauline too.

Thermal hot pool revival.

Thermal hot pool revival.

These photos will give you a sample of our adventure in Kiwi Country. No photos of the Kiwi bird as they are nocturnal and we are early to bed. I have not even had time to finish the books I downloaded onto the iPad. I will let you know if they were worth spending time reading, in my next post. Pauline will no doubt give you more details in her next post.

Mt Mangunui.

Mt Maunganui.

It is getting to be a habit to celebrate my birthday by doing the most scenic short walk I know.  Mt Maunganui  N.Z. My photos do not do it justice but they may prompt you to go see for yourself.  This has been one wonderful day it started out cloudy and I did the uphill slog then it turned out fine. Like a boy scout I was prepared for the worst and took a big umbrella. It came in handy as a walking stick over the rough bits. Talk about lucky if I fell in the water I would come up with a pocket full of fish.

 

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