Move up a gear
A couple of small changes this weekend will make a big difference, says Karl Henry
IF you try one thing this weekend, I want you to try moving more throughout your day. Just try it for the next two days and watch what a difference it can make to how you feel: your stress levels, your relationships and your energy levels. Put simply, movement releases endorphins, aka the happy hormones, as well as other hormones that are good for your body.
The more you move, the more of these hormones you will have within your body. Life has become more and more sedentary, so, this weekend, why not try the following:
Leave the car at home unless you have to travel more than a 20-minute walk away.
Use the stairs in shopping centres instead of the lift/escalator.
Get off your normal bus/train one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
Instead of parking as close as possible to the door of the supermarket, cinema or gym, go for the first space you see (which is usually furthest away) and walk from there.
Try to make these simple changes for just the next two days and, I promise, you will be amazed at the difference they make to you and those around you. We often panic about not getting enough exercise in each week and these simple changes can make a big difference.
If you find that walking up the stairs makes you out of breath, don't use this as an excuse to use the lift, because you are letting it defeat you.
By continuing to use the stairs for two or three weeks, you will notice a big, big difference to your fitness levels and all of a sudden you won't be getting out of breath any more.
The fitter you can become, the longer you will live. There is a direct link between the two. So by adding these changes into your day, you will be getting healthier, burning more calories, releasing feel-good hormones and adding years to your life. What more could you want?
Pounding the pavements
Why not head to Clifden for the Peter Bailey 10k Road Run tomorrow morning? Registration takes place in the Alcock & Brown Hotel at the Town Square in Clifden between 11am and 1pm and costs just €20.
Having completed many races in Connemara, I can vouch that this is a stunning route.
Get up, stand up
Huge in the States last year, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) seems to be taking off in Ireland. It is a wider and longer surfboard that you stand on and you use a paddle to move. You can SUP on lakes, the sea and even canals.
On a physical level, you are getting a serious full body workout as you constantly have to balance on the board at all times. See irishsup.com for more details.
Smoothies wouldn't generally be something I am too fond of as they are high in sugar. But I recently came across an Irish product called Oatiful, which I was really impressed with. Oatiful is skimmed milk with 30g of oats and comes in three flavours, honey, strawberry and blueberry. They are perfect if you are in a rush in the morning.