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You know how much we both love, and recommend regular walking as a midlife wellness activity. You can be guaranteed a good stomp when you join us on one of our wellness retreats. When we spend time together, we'll often go on a long hike, and the outdoors becomes our office for the day!

The benefits of getting your steps in are numerous, and there is a growing body of research that supports our beliefs that walking supports health and wellbeing. Walking is free, accessible to most of us, and one of the easiest ways to get more active. Expect the following benefits if you take up walking as a regular activity:

From the age of 40, our sex hormones decline. As we approach perimenopause and then menopause, the decrease in oestrogen and progesterone triggers metabolic changes in the body. We lose muscle mass and muscle tone, and therefore burn fewer calories. Add to this high stress levels (lower progesterone means we are less resistant to stress and become more irritable), a lack of sleep and a more sedentary lifestyle, weight gain is often an inevitable consequence.

In yoga, we take Savasana (corpse pose) at the end of every practise. It is the final resting pose, or better still, the ultimate restorative pose. Savasana brings the body and the mind back into balance. It is often said to be the most important pose in all of the yoga pose repertoire. It is also often said to be the most challenging. Why? Because it challenges us to be still amidst the busyness of life, to be quiet, and to be with ourselves.

You know when you are troubled by something and don't know which way to turn, words or quotes seem to appear out of the blue. They can literally stop you in your tracks, and you can suddenly see a way forward. You feel invisibly supported.

Challenges and troubles are part of life, and all of us will face difficulties at some point. Relationship problems, money worries, health issues - we have all been there. So what is the best way to deal with life's often insurmountable situations?


1) Eat according to your when you're hungry and stop when you feel satisfied - not overfull. This can make a dramatic difference to the efficiency at which you digest food, produce energy from your food, and in turn burn excess fat weight. You may find you're a 3 meals-a-day person or conversely, 5 small meals are what your body is asking for. Meal timings (and amounts) depend heavily on your lifestyle and exercise level, so find what suits you best and "listen to your gut"! 

Have you ever heard these statements, “Oh I can’t lose weight, I have a slow metabolism.” Or “She’s so slim, she must have a fast metabolism.”  When it comes to discussions about energy and body weight, the word ‘metabolism’ comes up a lot. However, few understand exactly what it is, how it works, and just how crucial the metabolism is when it comes to optimal physical health.

The first thoughts that spring to my mind are waking up with energy, a feeling of being well, a feeling of contentment (or happiness) and excitement, waking up with a zest for life, raring to go? Wellness to you might mean something completely different. I asked a few people how they would define wellness, and all sorts of responses came back...

The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest, longitudinal, and prospective study in the world. The study began in 1938 and has been showing how to live a healthy and happy life. It focuses on adult development, tracking and investigating the factors (biological and psychosocial) that make people happy and healthy. Rather than tracking or studying what goes wrong in adult life, this study focuses on the positive aspects of adult development – what goes right and therefore what leads to health and happiness.

Today, much of life’s communication and conversation happens via various devices such as phones and tablets. We are often seated too, either at our computers, in front of the TV, or driving. Hunching, slouching or constantly gazing down means posture and structural health can be compromised, creating aches and pains in the neck and lower back. 

The following simple posture check will help you become more aware of your posture, and start to create better postural habits. With practice and daily commitment, this quick body scan will help you achieve a healthy, optimal postural stance. 

Honour

Honour your life.
The comings and goings.
The falling apart and coming together.