This short sequence is designed by Dylan Ayaloo (www.hotpoweryoga.co.uk) to work on the areas of the body that suffer most in our modern, desk-bound stressful lives—the shoulders, hips and lower back. The sequence balances strength with flexibility and is suitable for beginners, for both men and women, and for those who do other sports but are new to yoga.
Each pose shown on one side of the body should be done on both sides. Focus on your breath while doing each pose and shift the focus of your mind to the sensations in your body. The sequence shown can be done
I tried to get into running and failed—partly because it didn’t excite me, and partly because it caused me pain. For many, however, running in retirement provides a huge reward.
There is a guy that I used to play squash against that it clearly works for. The Rural Business Community sits on a footpath that runs between Seaton and Lyddington. I usually sat at my desk by 7.30 each morning, and about 15 minutes into my working day he jogs past the window. There is another retired resident of Seaton that jogs into the nearest town and back to buy a
After UPW, I realised I needed to do more to get fit. So I started running. Whilst it was quite enjoyable, it started causing me problems with my knees. I decided to buy a bike—the first one I had owned since I was a teenager—in the hope that I would enjoy this just as much, but without the physical pain.
In order to up my commitment and ensure I embraced my new purchase, I signed up for a local event called ‘The Century Cycle Challenge’, a one hundred -mile bike ride. One hundred miles on the bike is, I believe,
One key thing I learnt at UPW was to eat and live in order to generate energy. People often comment on how much I get done. In fact, one person that rents an office from us at The Rural Business Community has been known to call me Mr. Motivator, because I am always there when he arrives, have a laser-like focus and have a team that is always more focused on doing work than chatting about the weather. I attribute this to the energy my lifestyle gives me. It is much easier to find the motivation to do the exercises
In his course Unleash the Power Within, Tony Robbins outlines his notion of ‘The Six Certainties’ or ‘The Six Human Needs’. I cannot recommend this course highly enough and suggest you look up his next event.
Tony highlights the fact there are six aspects of our life that need to be addressed for us to feel happy and rewarded. We will all have needs that are more important to us than others, but we all must have a balance of these six needs to be happy.
The Six Human Needs are as follows:
1. Certainty/Comfort. We all want comfort. And much of this
As well as putting the right things into your body, it is important that you also get some regular exercise. Many people who reach retirement don’t really know how to address this. Some suddenly become regular attendees of the gym for the first time in their life, others take up weights and others do nothing. So what is the best approach?
The first principle to consider is aerobic versus anaerobic exercise. If you want to burn fat and be in good shape, ensure you get aerobic exercise. By this I mean exercising in an energetic way, but not so much so
We all know how important water is to you. After all, we are made of the stuff! We nag our children to drink more and feel worse when we don’t drink enough of it.
One of the reasons people eat too much is because the feeling of dehydration is commonly confused with hunger. As a result, when our body is craving more water, we give it more food, which may or may not include some water but also includes a whole load of other things you didn’t need. As a result, if you can ensure you are fully hydrated, you will
If you have read ‘The Dream Retirement’ (Download your free copy here) or read my ‘2 Week Detox Challenge’ (download here) you will know that I live by a ‘Skinny Weeks and Weekend Treats’ principal. I try to avoid dairy, gluten, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and meat during the week, but at the weekend allow myself to delve back into these, albeit in moderation. What I love about this approach is that I now crave the good food more on a Monday than I do the bad on a Friday, but could it be my bacteria talking to me instead of
I have suffered from hay fever since I was 7. Apparently our cells regenerate over a 7 year cycle, so you are likely to develop hay fever in a year that is a multiple of 7, strange as that sounds. Ffion and Bronwyn, my daughters, seem to have followed this course too.
Over the years I have tried eye drops, tablets, nose sprays, local honey, and any other remedy that I could find with varying success. When I finally found the tablet that worked best for me, I would find that as the season went on I would become more tired
This exercise is designed to force you to evaluate the actions that you consider acceptable today and to evaluate how they will compound over 20 years. In the same way that we have looked at the powerful effect of compound interest on your money, so it is that negative aspects compound over time to cause you serious issues in the future. No one gets upset when they see one investment delivering 7.5% when they got 7% from their portfolio. But over twenty years on a £100,000 investment, this means you miss out nearly £38,000.
Similarly, if you put toxins into your