Operation Travel Bug is in full swing
Sunsets and Star Jumps
Going gangbusters on my travel resolution this year!
I started 2018 abroad, as I often do, in the Philippines and Singapore. In February I was in Denmark. April and May were all South in Portugal and Spain. And just now I have returned from Greece.
And what do these all have in common? Sunshine and Sunsets!!!!
Travel is so important for me, as is sunshine. I have found that I can only truly unwind if I take myself out of the country.
It’s so important to do and experience something new, it really helps to get you looking outward rather than inward. When you're in your everyday, it's easy to get caught up in your internal monologue. When you experience new things, new people, new tastes and smells, it opens you up to all sorts of wonderful things and let's you turn down the volume on that internal voice for a bit.
Sunsets have a very important effect on me too. Watching a sunset, the slow and sometimes fast, procession of the sun crawling towards the horizon makes all the mundane stresses of life feel a little less critical.
Here are some of my favourite moments from my recent trips.
When you are starving and stressed and in a rush and you get to the store to grab something - this is the danger zone. It's so easy to grab a bag of crisps and a soft drink and keep hustling. We know it's not good for us but at that point in time, rational thought isn't exactly happening. Here is a list of snacks that will help you fuel up.
The answer is that there is no simple answer. But here are a couple of thoughts to help you get there, starting with reframing what training means to you and changing the level of importance from “I can just cancel this session, I’m too busy” to “If I don’t train, I will get sick and won’t be able to work at all”.
It’s end of Feb and things are starting to feel a little harder - getting to the gym, not reaching for the snacks etc. Here’s how it can all go so wrong and how you can fix it to stay motivated all year round.
Check out my spread in Simply You Magazine where I demonstrated a simple dumbbell program that anyone can do - even if you have never touched a weight before! It is so important to make resistance training part of your life, especially as you get older.
Tania is a powerhouse - representing Ireland in Rugby and Touch Rugby, motherhood, working with kids with learning disabilities and being at the forefront of the development of women’s rugby on the international stage - Tania does it all with an amazing level of intensity.
Do you sit at your desk all day? This one's for you. Improve your mobility and stability in one movement and feel like you could have been in a Boney M music video at the same time. Here's how to do a Cossack Squat like a champ.
Check out the physical challenge events in Trekstock’s calendar to get you motivated in the gym! Trekstock works with young adults with cancer, helping them navigate life and look after their bodies and minds.
Meet Strong Friend Chris Knott who is always learning. Chris is all about sharing that knowledge and is always finding new ways to reach people.
In general life, in the modern world, we don’t have the same physical life that humans used to. We’ve never been this sedentary. Every 10 years you lose 3-5% of your muscle mass. The relevance of weight training or some form of resistance training becomes more and more important as you age.
Many words written and thoughts shared. Thank you for being part of Strong Words in 2018!