Lifestyle Health

Sunday 22 April 2018

Fitness - Karl Henry: Watch this space and learn

Karl Henry
Karl Henry

Karl Henry

Think about the last time you went to the supermarket or the garage. How close did you park to the main entrance? How many times did you lap the car park looking for the closest space?

Did you notice the body shapes of those who had parked closest to the doors and those who had taken a space farther away? Why all the questions? A few days ago I was waiting for someone to come out of a shop, so I sat and observed the car park while the sun was shining.

My first observation was that most drivers circled the car park looking for the spaces beside the door, even though there was plenty of bays close to where I was, approximately 70 feet away from the entrance.

My second observation was that generally the shoppers who parked farthest away were slimmer and healthier looking than those who parked closer to the door. The families of those who parked farther away were also slimmer than those who parked close to the door.

What lesson can we learn from this? By parking farther away you create healthier habits, not just personally but, it seems, through association too.

Tuna and brown rice salad

Tuna is a fantastic source of protein and brown rice is full of fibre and healthy carbs, making this an all round healthy dish.

Serves 1

You will need

1 tbsp pickle relish

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp coconut oil

½ tsp Dijon mustard

1 cup brown rice

100g tin of tuna, drained

¼ cup carrot, shredded

¼ cup cucumber, diced

Handful of sunflower seeds


Boil your brown rice until cooked through, sieve and let cool (time will vary according to brand).

Mix relish, vinegar, oil and mustard. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Serve and enjoy.

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