you are looking for an indoor exercise routine
now that the weather has closed in how about
aqua aerobics? Although exercising in water
is gentle enough for those with joint and
muscle problems, an hour long session really
can make you feel like you have had a really
Everyone can work at their own pace and classes
are suitable for all age groups and capabilities.
start with aerobic moves with fun music and
move on to woggle work!
This is a piece of equipment positioned between
the legs whilst you pedal without using your
arms sounds complicated but is really great
The class will also include pelvic floor exercises
great as we get a little older or for after
having children. Its a fun way to get toned
up in time for the parties ahead, why not join
a class in your area.
care of our childrens nutritional needs
is not always easy and even clear labelling
on food products is not always as revealing
as it might be!
Take care to look out for hidden nasty
crisps and similar products are usually
loaded with salt, children aged between
one and three years need no more than
2g of salt a day so be careful to check
snack foods for their salt content.
Look out for hidden sugars on labels
pay particular attention and limit
foods containing dextrose, fructose,
glucose, glucose syrup, maltose, sucrose
and hydrolysed starch.
Whilst we all need to use pre snacked
meals for little ones from time to
time, its really much easier to ensure
a good healthy diet is achieved by
giving fresh foods as often as possible.
we get further into winter, many of
us will be more vulnerable to illnesses
the dreaded flu being one of them.
The flue vaccine is available free
of charge from your GP, if you are
aged 65 and over or if you have certain
medical at risk conditions such as
Asthma and other chronic respiratory
diseases which require the use of
inhaled or systematic steroids
The flu jab will
protect for about a year and now is the ideal
time to have it before the main epidemics
Chronic heart disease
Chronic renal disease
Chronic liver disease
Chronic neurological disease
Diabetes or immunosuppresion.
Those in receipt of a carers allowance
can also qualify as well as those who
qualify as a main carer.
Alternatively you can make arrangements to
have a flu vaccine done privately if you dont
qualify. For those who do not wish to have
the vaccine its the right time of year to
start your Echinacea supplements if you have
not already. Echinacea is an excellent herb
for fighting off and preventing infections
it gently stimulates the immune system and
is ready available from Health Shops and chemists
but do take advice on which brands are the
most potent and choose the best that you can
We all know that prevention is better than
cure but we cannot always avoid the germs
that are prevalent at this time of year. Be
prepared before you or your family take ill
and stock your medicine cabinet with a few
winter remedies the sooner you can treat
the symptoms of winter infections the better.
Vicks Vapour Rub a really versatile winter
product, excellent for steam inhalations or
for rubbing on the chest but remember a little
goes a long way it is quite potent so do
not over do it and do not put on skin around
the nose or eyes as it will sting.
Vicks Sinex range a good selection of
products for those who are vulnerable to sinus
infections (far more painful and more serious
than the common cold). Be careful to check
if the product contains paracetamol, as many
other flu remedies do never take both together.
Strepsils these pastilles can really help
at the very start of a sore throat and the
antiseptic properties can help a spread of
infection. (Any spots on the throat/tonsil
area will need investigation by your GP).
Aloe Vera Gel will soothe the skin around
the nose if you do get a cold but buy it in
its pure form with no added chemicals.