Harry Jameson The Times Saturday July 3. Male chauvinism.
All about looking good on the beach. Unashamedly aimed at men - 'the older we get, the harder the struggle to lose weight and keep fit becomes.'
A three week makes-a-difference plan - good luck.
- Four 30-40 minute strength sessions per week
- Daily 30-50 minutes cardio
- Stretch 10 minutes daily
AND - don't drink beer. 2 small bottles is the same as a cheeseburger. Slimline gin and tonic instead.
After three weeks, shoot yourself.
Honley Ladies Choir Birthday Girl - Di
Echoes - The Long View
- being free of disability or disease
- having high cognitive and physical abilities
- interacting with others in meaningful ways
'Suggested psychological resources for successful ageing include a positive outlook and self worth, self efficacy or sense of control over life, autonomy and independence, and effective coping and adaptive strategies in the face of changing circumstances. For example, when some activities are curtailed (say, because of ill health) strategies need to be activated to find new activities and to maximise one's reserves. Successful ageing is seen as a dynamic process, as the outcome of one's development over the life course, and as the ability to grow and learn by using past experiences to cope with present circumstances while maintaining a realistic sense of self.
The idea was to collect a trip through the Falkirk Wheel to complete the 'double' with Anderton Boat lift. Success, though our overall trip met with difficulties, especially meeting up with Joan & Big Dave, friends from Northallerton since the early 1980s and long-committed Linlithgow residents since. Each day Dave and Joan doggedly pursued us for drinks and meals. Not a lot different from the scrapes we've had over 40 years.
Awayday - Meltham Park
From Huddersfield exposed - 'Originally a rural area, it became increasingly industrialised during the 1800s when the Brooks expanded their cotton mill and built housing for their workers, along with a
school and a chapel.
We cannot name all our flowers but they are colourful and give us a lift
We bought a cleaning solution for the garden concrete slabs. An improvement and we know the slabs are not mucky, just a bit stained. The sweeping brush head however is pristine.
Tins within 4-packs of San Miguel now come attached by little spots of glue. So effective you need a sharp knife and a good tug. Otherwise, after a wrestling match, watch out for the explosion on pulling the tab.
The choir facebook page came about as a result of a marketing initiative. Myself, Steve Flynn, John Middleton and others met regularly to see how we could get the choir name 'out there'. Digital marketing was one obvious answer, along with some very enjoyable local initiatives - Holmfirth stall, beer mats, free concert etc. We were also connected with the university business school and were one of their student research projects.
I can't remember how we got into groups on Facebook but one of the university research assistants signed us up for a group.
I have had a personal Google blog (forever young) since 2013. A mix of content, including the choir, but mostly personal. Something about ageing well.
I set up a choir blog (swinglo) in 2015. News, events, gossip. The last entry was December 2020. I enquired on a number of occasions if this blog had legs - was anybody interested? Was it in competition with the website?
It has got complicated since. Both blogs link through to Facebook pages and groups. So lots of my personal content appears on choir Facebooks. I don't mind but the readers might if they clic on something and don't find anything connected to the choir. Few people contributed to 'swinglo', so it did become a bit of a personal site. I was always thinking what could I come up with next - it wasn't a natural outlet for choir opinion and discussion. A lot of people do clic on the choir Facebook links and thanks for that, but what have they to do with the choir?
The choir Facebook page is open and could end up anywhere. So, getting the choir out there. We do have lots of contact with other choirs and there are a number of individuals who take an interest. Great. We have 444 followers. Do they really want to see pics of my grandchildren?
The choir Facebook group is limited to the membership of the group (140). Some other singing organisations are involved. Anyone who asks to join mostly can. It is for the choir primarily (25), to share and prompt and have a conversation. Most of the group members are however friends and relatives and Honley Ladies. Yes, some of them do enjoy pics of my grandchildren.
We even went for a Facebook tutorial at Social Progress in Honley. Interesting and informative but I'm not sure we have moved on.
So what to do?
Hunmanby to Filey
Round the Marine Drive
Esplanade, Foreshore and Stepney Hill farm shop
Dave's Scarborough notebook
Peta Bee covers J Strength and Conditioning about minimal fitness sessions in the Times. 'If you exercise regularly you can get away with doing much less and still stay fit':
Cardio - 13 minutes x2 per week at 75% maximum heart rate. Or, 30mins around 50-60% maximum heart rate. In other words shorter and more intensive.
Weights - 6 exercises, performed slowly, once weekly, one set of repetitions. Oldies may need 2 sessions.
Balance - important skill for oldies. Balance on one leg every day increasing to 30 seconds. Eyes open to start, then closed. 'Then try squatting down on one leg or moving centre of mass by swaying on one leg with eyes closed'.
Step counts - you can get away with 4500-5500 p. day according to JAMA (based 17000 older women) and US National Institutes of Health.
Warm up - slow version of the exercise you are going to do, then maybe 5-10 seconds of effort before starting.
Cool down - don't stop suddenly, gradually reduce intensity.
So my usual advice - do something and do it regularly.