Category: Exercises

Healthy Exercise

Jean on a portable elliptical machine in the garden with Diesel looking on

Jean on a portable elliptical machine in the garden with Diesel looking on

Healthy Exercise

After my hospital appointment today, I thought it was that final push for me to start exercising and hopefully lose weight in the bargain.

It is not easy to lose weight and yet it is so easy to gain weight.  In a heartbeat I can weight.  I had only to look at a chocolate and I can find myself inflating.  There is no justice in the world sometimes. 🙂

Anyways, I will try my very best to persevere with my new regime of keeping fit afterall there are so many benefits than can be gained from it.

These are just a few:

Regular exercise has an immune boosting effect.  It helps in fighting cough, colds and flu.

It also improves brain activity like the memory, alertness, attention span and concentration.



Aerobic to June

Aerobic to June

Let us welcome June with high energy!  How should we do that is all up to us! It is all about  applying  plenty of discipline.  Get those muscles moving regularly and often 😉

I am the first to admit that it is not an easy task.  You need a mega inspiration to drive you to actually do it and stay with it.  Inspirations can come from variety of things;  f0r health reasons, self-image, going on a beach holiday, a new romance, a complete change of wardrobe, lose weight and many more.

After watching this video, I feel inspired to start aerobics.  The dancing moves and steps are just the ones I would like to learn!

I want to have her ABS!  Okay, I know I can’t have an abs like her but I would like to try anyway 😉

30 Mins Aerobic Dance Workout – Bipasha Basu Break free Full Routine – Full Body Workout

helpful tipsApparently a ready drink of water is required for this exercises.  You will need a water break.  Being hydrated is all important.

As much as the dancing moves are fantastic, beginners will find it a bit hard to keep up.  The secret it do it slowly.  Start with just the warm up first during the first day and then keep adding to your regime until you find  you are able to do the 30 minutes routine. KEEP AT IT.  Don’t give up!  Just remember, as in all exercises, warming up is all important!



1001: Diet Healthily

The first law of dietetics seems to be: if it tastes good, it’s bad for you.
– Isaac Asimov




Spring is nearly hear.  Christmas is over, New Year is over.  Valentine’s Day is over so no excuse to not start a good healthy way to diet.

I have read thousands of tips on how to diet.  Some tips are so rigid that it would be hard to keep up.

Out of the many thousands of these diet tips, we will compile a list of the most effective ones, which will not scar us mentally, emotionally and maybe even physically. 😉

Let us maintain a regimen of healthy diet.  A healthy diet would mean a healthier, happier and revitalised YOU/US!

1001: Diet Healthily


  • Pin your photograph, when you were at your ideal weight, on the fridge door.  Your photo will be an inspiration and a reminder that you are on a diet, every time you open that fridge door.
  • Eat a celery.  Munching a celery would actually make you lose weight as it contains minimal calories.
  • Limit your alcohol intakes.  Most alcoholic drinks are high in calories.
  • Eat more whole grain foods as part of your healthy lifestyle.  People who eat whole grain foods tend to have lower Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Start your day with a bowl of porridge or cereal with high-fibre.
  • Add barley or lentils in stews and casseroles.
  • Flavour your food with garlic and herbs rather than with salt.
  • Keep your fruit bowls well stocked and accessible, so you can just grab a fruit on two on your way out to work or school.
  • Eat more fish like salmon and sardines.  They are rich i omega-3 fats necessary for a healthy heart.
  • Use olive oil rather than butter or lard in cooking.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal, a Japanese study found that people who develop this habit keep their weight at a healthy level.
  • Use smaller plates to encourage for smaller portion of food.
  • Use children cutleries a la Liz Hurley.  smaller utensil will encourage taking time with eating and chewing.
  • Eat slowly.  Eating fast will encourage you to gobble up more calories.


  • Never shop on an empty stomach.  When we are feeling peckish, we are more susceptible to all the goodies, that supermarkets have expertly located within our reach and attention.
  • Do not lick a stamp to stick it on an envelope.  Stamps contain 7 calories

Walk Yourself to Health


Walk & run for health

It is advised that one should go for a walk everyday for at least fifteen minutes at a time.

Walking is good for cardio as well as toning the muscles in the body.

Walk Yourself to Health

Here are some advise by some avid walkers:

A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Walking is the best possible exercise.
– Thomas Jefferson

Did you know?

Just half an hour of walking will burn off 200 calories approx.  Not only that it will tone your legs and firm up your bottom.

There is no special outfit to go walking but it would help to have a decent pair of walking shoes such as trainers or rubber shoes.

If you swing your arms whilst walking you will increase your heart rate and therefore get more of a work out.

Though walking on treadmill is a good substitute, walking outside provide a more thorough exercise as the terrain will be more of a challenge.  Also walking outside will benefit your mental attitude as well as your emotional health as well.

Ideally one should walk 10,000 steps a day.  Get yourself a pedometer to monitor your gaits.

Let us all go walking.



Lorraine Pascale Beauty Tips

Lorraine Pascale Beauty Secret

Lorraine, from being a top model, is now a famous television cook.

She has sold millions of cookery books around the world and has made 3 television cookery series.

Lorraine’s secret of her popularity is obviously her statesque beauty,  standing at 5″10.5′.

With her gapped toothed infectious smile, Lorraine has garnered many fans and followers.


Lorraine is not only a successful cookbooks writer, television cook but also owns and run her bakery shop.

How does Lorraine with all the yummy foods keep her supermodel figure and good look?!!!

To relax, she sleeps, from 10pm to 6am

For breakfast she has porridge with water and dollops of sugar, apparently she love the crunch of the sugar.

She likes to go for a run at the end of the day. This is her way of separating working days from her evenings. Her tip to motivate yourself to run in the evening is to put own your running gear and just go out. This would prevent further procrastination.
lorraine2Lorraine, despite owning a cake shop, has disciplined herself to one slice of cake or a cupcake if she feels like having a treat. She also advised to not keep too many sweets and biscuits at home to prevent temptation. 😉

Lorraine does exercises with weights and of course running.

Finally, Lorraine believes about having balance. If she has a big lunch, she will have a little dinner. Everything is allowed but in moderation.

Finger Flexibility Exercises

Age has a way of catching up on us. Little things that we used to take for granted suddenly become such a frustrating chore.

I used to be able to do things simply and easily like opening  jars of jams or bottles of tomato ketchup. Suddenly these everyday things are an exertion, which is really frustrating.

Below are some simple finger/hand exercises that would encourage and promote finger flexibility. I would say to practise these as often a you can. And perhaps before going to sleep just after you’ve applied moisturiser to your hands.

Hold up one hand or both hand as if trying to stop something or a charade for reading a book Photo by PH Morton

Hold up  both hands as if trying to stop something from falling.
Photo by PH Morton


Bring your thumb across your palm; try reaching with your thumb the base of your little finger. Hold this position for at least 3 seconds. Photo by PH Morton



Make a fist with your thumb outside the curl of you fingers. Hold for 3 seconds. Photo by PH Morton


Open the fist and spread your fingers as wide as you can.

Do this exercises as often as you can everyday.

Let’s control our bodies or rather our fingers!  Don’t let our fingers control us!  🙂

Eat Up or Exercise?

Below is a chart with the ideal body weight according to height.

I am glad to say that I am within what is normal for my height but I need to tone my muscles so a bit of exercise is just the business. One, two, one two…. I wish I could count to three. hehehe


Exercise YourSelf to Health

Facebook is in so many ways a brilliant tool to living a good, informed life. We can find almost anything in Facebook.

We are especially happy to share some of the charts, showing great exercises for a healthier “YOU” from Facebook.

So please go over them and print them and hang them prominently in your fridge, and perhaps with a favourite photo of yourself as an inspiration to do the exercises.



This chart was from Facebook.  Apparently it is some yoga exercises for back pain.  Looking at the diagram, I think it would give me back pain. 🙁



Anxiety & Stress Management

Anxiety is fear of oneself.
– Wilhelm Stekel


Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Life is one big stress.  Every situation can be a potential stress inducing condition.  What we need to do is to learn to manage and overcome it.

Stress and your digestive system

Stress is a well known trigger of tummy trouble. Intense emotional states can cause chemical changes that interfere with the normal working of your digestive system. Stress management is important to help avoid aggravating problems like IBS or indigestion. Exercise, relaxation techniques like massage or meditation, and getting plenty of sleep can all help keep stress under control.


From the casebook of Dr. Bayani Katigbak

 A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

stress d…………………..

Overtired and stressed?  Go to the loo and run some cold water on your wrists, this will bring down your stress level!  Try it and see.


Another advice chart from our Bizzy Elep. It seems eating the right kind of food could simply vanish those stress points.


If you are particularly anxious, depressed or stressed, a nice glass of sweet milky drink  (smoothie or sweet warm milk) may be of help .  There has been some scientific studies that were carried out to support this claim.  Apparently milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan that stimulates the production of seratonin, which is known to calm the brain.  The sugar releases insulin that prevents other amino acids to compete with tryptophan, giving it a free way.

The Magnesium in chocolate is renowned as anti-depression.


I found this little homily from Facebook. I quite like it as it does make sense.

Please read and see if it can make sense of your inner conflict (if you have any, that is!)


I found a very good advice from my copy of Good Housekeeping.

Did you know?

Writing about difficult things and situations in your life can lower your stress level.  This was found out by US academics.  20 minutes spent writing on a journal, twice a week,  helps you process your unhappiness and assuage your anger.

Get writing!!!!!!!!!!!!


Relaxation Techniques:

  • Pray, learn to pray.  Close your eyes with both hands in prayer position.  Focus your mind.
  • Turn off the television.  Once in a while forego depressing soap operas and read instead.
  • Drink camomile tea.  It is very calming.
  • Tibetan technique is to rub either side of the breastbone.


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