Deep Breath, Count Ten

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How many times have you heard that said, if you or someone around you is about to burst a blood vessel, and lose control of their temper, or if they can feel the stress levels rising up?

There’s a lot of truth in it actually.

You see, when you’re under stress, your breathing is shallow. If you breath deeply it tells your mind and body that it’s OK and you can calm down. Your brain gets more oxygen, your heart rate drops, your muscles relax.

Try it now if you like. Sit up straight, Breath out through your mouth. Breath in through your nose, with your mouth closed. Hold your breath and count six. Exhale through your open mouth. Repeat three or four times.

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Small Steps To Start

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Kathy Walking Down The Stairs

Here at The Good Food Campaign we’re all about good healthy food, and aren’t a fitness site.

However, it is important to remember that as well as eating sensibly, it’s also important to take some exercise too. Aside from keeping your weight down, regular exercise can help prevent diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.

It doesn’t have to cost anything to exercise. You don’t have to spend money on gym subscriptions. If money is tight,  a half hour walk around the block is free.

You can start off with small steps (well perhaps not literally!). What we mean is that you don’t have to go headlong into a fitness regimen, anymore than you have to go from a 3,000 calorie a day diet to a 1,000 one overnight. Your body will loudly, and painfully, protest at either!

As with tackling diet, perhaps reducing your portion size a little at a time, perhaps one less potato on your dinner plate, you can do the same with exercise. Don’t start off trying to walk ten miles from the get-go. Just take a short 15 min walk, and then as the days go by, make it a little longer; walk a little faster, or both.

If you need some mutual support, then perhaps exercising with a friend, a neighbor, or your partner will help.

Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate over it, as that’s a big failing of the couch potato!