5 Top Tips for Walking : Paul Hunt
Stress Proof Your Life: top tips : Frances Taylor
5 Top Tips for Weight Loss and Weight Gain Prevention : Christine Tilbury
5 Top Tips for Walking
These top tips for walking are broad points intended to help you achieve the most from walking and to give you some ideas to reflect on. Walking is affected by many, often inter-related, factors and very dependant on your own preferences and experience.
1. Wear good footwear that is well fitting and comfortable for your route ... will help you to avoid tired,sore feet and blisters and can assist your progress.
2. Respect others and the environment you're walking in; you'll contribute to a better society.
3. Be comfortable with the route, distance and with the clothes you wear. Resist being too ambitious with your walk but if you want to make a fashion statement thats OK.
4. Have a reason to walk. If you have a purpose like seeing scenery, catching a moment of peace, absorbing local customs or getting fit, you will enjoy it more.
5. Treat yourself. Whether its a picnic stop, pub visit or buying a souvenir to complete the feel good factor.
I hope you find these useful if you're just getting in to walking or flirting with the idea. Even if you're an experienced walker they might refresh your aims and goals. The secret is to be comfortable, have enjoyment and be individual. Paul hunt
Stress Proof Your Life: top tips.
1. Smile Smiling is the first line of defence against stress. It’s quick, easy, and free! When you smile your body releases feel-good hormones, while the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced. Smiling helps you feel calm and in control. It lowers your blood pressure and makes you feel good about yourself.
2. Get enough rest and sleep Taking a rest isn’t only about not doing anything. A rest from work can mean putting the emphasis on what you do in your leisure time – hobbies, holidays, sport – to counterbalance work or everyday stress. In addition, we all need sleep for energy, good concentration, general health and body repair. Chronic sleep-deprivation can affect your performance at work, which can then be a key factor in raising stress levels.
3. Positive thinking Changing your thoughts is not as difficult as you think. Try to adopt an outlook on life that stops you seeing external events as determining your happiness. Instead, see your thoughts as the determiner of your happiness. It takes practice, but if you can do this, you will reduce the negative tension that leads to much of the stress in your life. For those of you that are ‘worriers’, try to change the worry word to concern, issue, problem, dilemma or challenge instead.
4. Achieve a good work-life balance Don’t let work dominate your life. No matter how ambitious you are, it’s important to make time for relaxation and fun. That might mean reducing the number of hours you work, or ensuring that you have several evenings a week where you don’t work. Learn to use time-management techniques to ensure you are more productive during normal working hours, rather than continually staying late at the office.
5. Actively monitor your health and wellbeing and take action to nip stress in the bud. Prevention is better that cure. If you feel that despite all your efforts, stress is getting the better of you, consider getting specialist help.
5 Top Tips for Weight Loss and Weight Gain Prevention
1. WATER: Drink 2 litres of water a day. Drink small sips frequently throughout the day. Big drinks will simply go straight through you and fill your bladder before the water has been utilised throughout the cells of your body. Remember to always carry water with you.
2. PROTEIN: Protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer, so make sure the balance of your meals is more protein than carbohydrate. Always include protein in your breakfast rather than just having cereal or toast.
3. CARBOHYDRATE: Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat and ensure the ones you do eat are wholegrain. Carbohydrates convert into energy (glucose) quickly. If you do not use this energy up because you are sitting at a desk or driving for example, the glucose is stored as fat. If you are hungry between meals eat low fat protein.
4. FRUIT: two to three pieces of fruit a day is recommended as part of your ‘five’ a day. Remember though, that fructose is a natural sugar and if you do not use the energy it provides, the sugar will be stored as fat.
5. EXERCISE: Walking is great exercise. Try parking further away from the shops to get extra exercise. An extra 10 minutes each way to and from the car 3 times a week adds up to an extra hour’s exercise a week. Walk briskly to ensure you are a little out of breath. Of course, include Netwalking in your networking life.