This week we’ve been given the following topic:
‘Health and fitness for busy people – what little things do you do to stay healthy? Food, exercise, special vitamins, clothing, shoes, etc. What do you do that could help someone else?’
I don’t know that I could help anybody else, as it’s up to the individual to decide if they want to alter their lifestyle to become healthier or fitter. I can only write about my own efforts to halt the march of time and (if I’m lucky) go into old age with my independence still intact.
On a non-working-at-the-hospital-day, after breakfast I take a long walk of about 40 minutes, rain or shine, before sitting down to write. This would be followed by another half an hour walk after lunch, and another one after dinner. If I’m off to work I walk just over a mile to the hospital from where I’m allowed to park the car, and then back again later on. There is a courtesy shuttle bus, but I’ve never been one to take the easy option!
As for food, I’m dairy intolerant and was raised not to have a sweet tooth. Not eating many sweet things stood my mother in good stead, as she lived to the age of 92. I prefer to eat lean meat, quorn or fish with vegetables, or fruit and non-dairy yoghurts, or jacket potatoes and salads, mostly the food I was brought up on. I hate anything spicy, and prefer plain food. I rarely eat junk food, as I find it too fatty, and I’m not too keen on barbeques either. Sam can’t eat pastry, so pies are out (that’s not a bad thing I suppose). What I’d really like is for breakfast cereals to be free from sugar and salt. Sugar and salt is in most foods, and the only cereals I really enjoy are All Bran and porridge, but you can’t have too much of the former!
I’m not really a clothes/shoes person. At my age of nearly 60 I still take Dot’s advice that it’s a kindness to others to dress appropriately and not look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’. I prefer trousers and don’t often wear dresses or skirts, but if I do they would finish slightly below the knee. I wear flat shoes as I’d fall over trying to totter about on stiletto heels. Any top I wear starts at the base of the neck and not halfway down my chest, thus saving the world from the sight of yet another heaving cleavage.
Apart from my Thyroxine tablets I take a WellWoman 50+ vitamin tablet every day, and Glucosamine to help with my joints. Despite all this I think I was dealt a bum deal with regards to genes, but I’ve managed to survive 12 years of advanced stage 4 thyroid cancer (there was thyroid disease in my father’s side of the family) and I’m still alive and kicking. I’m a bloody walking, whispering medical marvel…
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