Thursday, 6 April 2017

Get off ya bum

Good morning. I am getting into the habit of having an hour on the computer while eating breakfast, and if it is sunny, I then switch off and get on with other things. Today is looking promising, sunshine all around. I have a quick look at the papers, a flit around the forums, a peek at the blogs, and a nosy at the tweets and facebook.

You might get get fed up of me going on about healthy eating and walking, I do witter on a bit, but every so often I read an article which I totally agree with. I've watched quite a few of Dr Michael Mosley's programmes, he talks good sense. This article caught my attention in the Daily Wail this morning. You have to skim through a lot of headlines to find anything useful in that paper. The NHS spends millions fighting type 2 diabetes, when the simple cure is exercise. He urges everyone to get off their backsides.

Yes, you know all about that, but are you doing it? Right now I am going to remove my bum from this chair and get on with being busy. I need to go and pay a bill, I need to collect Heidi's tablets from the vet. I need to buy a few essential items. I need to cut my hair. I need to get a load of washing out on the line.

Have a look at the article while I am busy doing my daily chores, and I'll be back later.
Michael Mosley says get off your backside.

Cheerio. Sees ya later.

20 comments:

  1. Hallo Ilona! Thank you for this article. I too have seen quite a few Michael Mosley programmes on television. I have also bought two of his books, but am yet to use them; reading is all very well, but using them is what will work! Your reminder has reached me at an important point, so thank you for that, and I also hope others who are new to Dr Mosley will benefit from his thoughts and books. Have a great day. I am now going out for a walk! xx

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  2. I'm getting better at it. I walk all journeys below 3 miles anyway, but need to make sure I'm getting out every day. Adding some moderate weight bearing exercise is also important, to keep bones and joints healthy.
    Exercise can help with a whole range of conditions, including things like arthritis, hormonal disorders, vascular health and mental health. It would save the NHS a fortune if only 20% were as active as we should be; and we would be happier and healthier.

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  3. Ilona, when you say you have to pay a bill then pop into the vets and then do some shopping, are you close enough to walk to all these places and thus can include the mileage in your days walking ? Or does it require the use of a car and petrol?

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    1. Hi. The town is nearly five miles away, it takes 1 hour 40 minutes. I do walk there sometimes, and back as well, but only if I have very little to carry.

      The vet is about ten miles away, on the other side of town. Too far to walk if I am busy and have other things to do. I use my car for convenience.

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  4. Michael Mosley is brilliant, thanks to his BSD way of eating I've almost reversed my diabetes and am almost in my healthy weight range again.

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    1. Yes, I like him as well. He tells it how it is.

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  5. I am a morning person.If I didn't get up and go within about an hour or so I would just mess around.My dogs have to walk anyway.They are not in a rush.Ones quite elderly ,ones sleepy and the other is a lounger.Even if I don't get much else done during the day ,I always
    walk and try to eat fairly well.I did greedily scoff quite a large bag of chilli peanuts the other day,but it's not something I do regularly.Next day I felt a bit off.I think the older I get the more important it is for me to use food as healthy fuel.Walking,even though I don't walk far -I certainly enjoy it.

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    1. Keep it up flis, sounds as though you have it organized.

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  6. You can keep going on about it as much as you like Ilona. It makes perfect sense.
    My dad is 83 and although he takes medication for other reasons, he has never had a problem with his weight. He walks 6 miles a day with his dog. I have said to him why did he end up on medication and needing an operation if he kept himself so healthy, but he quite rightly said that if he hadn't kept himself so healthy he probably wouldn't be here at all. X

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    1. Good answer from your dad, Jules. I think most people would need some medication when they get to 80+, even me.

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  7. I often wonder why the government doesn't provide low cost gym membership for those that would like it. I think it would save the NHS millions every year. It would also create long term employment within the fitness industry

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    1. Hi. It is possible to get gym membership on prescription, but I don't think it is available everywhere. Google it.

      http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/doctors-prescribe-trip-gym/story-11920527-detail/story.html

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  8. Great article! I don't have a medical background but know intuitively that weight causes a bucketload of problems. Thanks to the walking group, I now am walking over 3 miles a day and have lost 20 pounds over the last year, so it is possible to change. Diets never worked for me longer term, but walking every day has made the difference I was looking for!

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    1. That's great news Hilogene, I'm glad it's working for you.

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  9. Yup-type 2 diabetes is the illness of the overweight and inactive. That is correct in 80% of cases-however I am in the 20%. I kept it under control with just diet and exercise for 3 years. When I reached just over 7 stone in weight (after losing 1.5 stone) my Dr said no more! I am now on medication and my weight is finally at a healthier level because I can eat.
    However the chap who sits near me at work also has it and regularly eats 3 donuts for lunch...
    Julie

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  10. I believe walking has huge benefits for both physical and mental health. I have a form of OCD and can experience very high stress levels. Walking is a good way for me to burn off the adrenaline and sort out my thoughts, I can't walk as far as some if you, but being part of the group spurs me on. I really don't loll about much at home, either. I never have the tv on during the day and as I don't have a car I walk a lot of short distances. I was thinking about child obesity and I'm sure part of it is to do with kids being taken to school in cars nowadays and also not being able to play outside as freely as my generation did. I walked four miles a day to get there and back to school and most eves etc we'd be out on our bikes or running around.

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    1. Walking helps me too Kate as I'm a bit of a worrier and even if I've gone out with problems in my head,after a while it's not so bad after all.It really is a tonic.Plus I have Classic FM on throughout the day at home which I find motivating.Keep doing what you're doing girl x

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  11. Hi Ilona, I thought you might be interested in reading about a kindred spirit. This lady recycles objects into beautiful art like you do. In her case she uses bottle caps and other medical waste.
    https://www.thestar.com/life/2017/04/04/toronto-general-hospital-nurses-plastic-collection-transformed-into-mural.html

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  12. Hi! If you want to watch short, informative videos about nutrition I recommend http://nutritionfacts.org ! Also known as nutritionfacts on youtoob. They have very high quality contents, as the doctor behind it reads a ton of medical journals and literature. :) As always, it's so nice to read your blog! I've read for a while, but now with a new blog address.

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  13. • a moment ago
    An excellent post which led me to Mosley's article and then buying the Kindle book. I am reading it over lunch! I am very excited about losing a lot of this excess weight and becoming fitter and, although I can't join you all in the miles and miles of walking, I do what I can! Thank you for the signposting

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