Have a 'NEAT' day

GOOD NEWS FOR KEEPING FIT AND FIGHTING DEPRESSION

Have you ever heard of NEAT? Too good to be true? Check out the research for yourself.

NON-EXERCISE ACTIVITY THERMOGENESIS.

This is a profound way of talking about living life in all the normal day to day activities and generating sufficient burn-up of calories to remain in form, bodily and mentally.

Technology replaces use of our body and worse still our mind. Under-exertion and over-nutrition is the result, as we eat more than we need to keep our inactive life-style ticking over. Bluntly speaking, lazy bodies and lazy minds. Recent research is coming up with some remarkable discoveries. Using our bodies in productive activities throughout the day maintains good mental and bodily health. Little beesties called telomeres are part of the secret.

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The good news is that by doing as much as you can with your bodies and minds, you will slow down the inevitable degeneration of your mental and physical powers. Make a decision to do as much as you can for yourself and do it with maximum effort. Walk wherever and whenever you can. 15 minutes of brisk walking staves off cravings for chocolates, alcohol and cigarettes. It also brings a great deal of satisfaction and a growing sense of freedom.

Cleaning the bath is good for your back and really using elbow grease to clean the windows is all to the good. House work can be a workout that costs you nothing. To our surprise, brain scans show that using our hands to achieve a goal is one of the best antidotes to depression. Make a pact with yourself to eat only those dishes and sweets you yourself have produced. You'll trim your budget as well as your figure, and achieve a real sense of satisfaction. 

Make a point of making each day as NEAT as possible. It gives meaning to all you do and acts as an incentive to do more.

A life-style consultant specialising in problem eating, says that our bodies no longer produce anything so we turn our attention to the body itself and work endlessly on it, instead of making it work for us.

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Harry Burns put it like this: 'There is no substitute for sweaty labour’.

We are more ‘sick of life’ than sick. Here is a simple chance to save our bodies as well as our sanity. Let the recession trim our fat away and prevent ‘nation sedation’.

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