The 3 E’s diet…start today!By Alan and Helen Tristram
Exercise is the first, and perhaps, most import part of the 3 E’s diet (Exercise, Eating right, and Eating ethically).
This is because it underlies everything else you do in your life. It will help your feel and look better. And it will help you eat healthily.
Let’s start by saying this regime (Exercise) needn’t cost you a bean.
You don’t need to join a gym, to buy special equipment, or wear special clothes.
Just do these things, provided your health permits:
1. Walk, walk and walk! Put the car keys away and walk to the dairy if it’s within one km.
Haven’t got the time? Well, try to get up 20 minutes earlier.
2. Walk to the station or the bus stop.
3. Walk up stairs, if the doctor says this is OK.
4. Walk the kids to school. if possible. This will save you money, help the planet and get you all much fitter.
5. Leave the car in the garage whenever you can,and walk (or cycle).
Note: Remember to breathe in as deeply as possible as you walk — this improves your lung capacity and your circulation.
Swim whenever you can. If it’s winter get a season ticket at the nearest pool. Swimming is one of the best all-round exercises known to humans.
1. Our beaches, lakes and rivers are free: Use them!
2. Start as slowly as you like and gradually build up.
3. This exercise is almost guaranteed to help you sleep soundly as well. We know!
JOIN A CLUB
Other people will encourage and inspire you as you exercise with them. New Zealand is lucky to have literally hundreds of clubs devoted to walking, jogging running, cycling, swimming tramping — you name it
Don’t worry if you’/re fat and breathless — in our experience, others will make allowances and try to help.
Again, just do what you’re comfy with. Our walking group has ‘A’s, ‘B’s’ and ‘C’s’.
And the ‘C’s group caters for everyone just short of a zimmer frame. Come to think of it, they’d probably be OK with that too.
The regular ‘club’ events and meeting will help you discipline yourself to get out of the arm chair and into natural surroundings.
EXERCISE AT HOME
If you can’t get out, do a few simple aerobic exercises in the living room. Walk up and down stairs or steps several times. Walk round the house, mow the lawns, dig a bit of the garden. Anything will do.
TURN OFF THE TV !
Limit your TV watching — most of it is rubbish anyway. Use the time saved to get out for some exercise. If you want to compensate for TV programmes foregone, take a small radio, smartphone or an i-player and listen as you go.
THE PAY OFF
After a few days, you will start to feel better — and feel better about yourself.
Your fitness will gradually start to improve, not necessarily rapidly, but noticeably. as time goes by.
If you’ve suffered from constipation, this exercise regime will help; and so will the healthy food we going to suggest. And again you’ll start to feel better about things we recommend under the 2nd ‘E’ heading.
You may not necessarily lose much weight, but you’ll ‘hold’ the weight you’ve got; and you’ll lay the foundations for things to come!
In the next column,we’ll start in on the 2nd ‘E’ — good eating.