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The phrase, ‘you reap what you sow’, can be used to describe the resultant state of our health and well-being in the later years of our lives. The chilly days and dark evenings of autumn and winterare the perfect time to reflect on what we’vedone to enhance our health over the last year; always remembering that it’s never too late to right ‘wrongs’.

AQUACISE AND SWIMMING

The majority of people live in or near a
town which has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. London alone has 530 pools for its population to enjoy. What could be more inviting on a chilly day than an exercise class or a gentle swim in a heatedpool? As we get older, the exercise regimes we used to follow become more difficult; this is where aquacise, water aerobics and ….

VITAMIN D

When the cold, dreary weather hits, it’s easy to forget that lack of bright sunshine on our skin means that our bodies aren’t producing enough vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for a healthy immune system and for the absorption of calcium which, in turn, is critical for preventing osteoporosis and fractures…

THE HEALING EFFECTS OF FOREST BATHING
Shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’ is one of Japan’s answers to wellbeing. It’s the act of totally immersing yourself in a forest or green space, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells which surround you. Even though the term ‘shinrin-yoku’ was only coined in 1982 by the Japanese government, it’s based on ancient Buddhist and Shinto practices…

MASSAGE

Massage has many health benefits for the over 60s but one of the understated ones is the feeling of comfort and connection it gives, especially to those who are not in a relationship. Physical touch immediately releases the ‘happy’ hormones, dopamine and serotonin, allowing us to feel content and relaxed. Oxytocin is another hormone that’s released during a massage session. Often called ‘the cuddle hormone’,…

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