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100th parkrun Completed!

I haven’t written on my blog for months!  Since May 2016, in fact.  Sorry, life got in the way a little.  I’ll catch up with everything that has happened in the 2nd half of 2016 over the next couple of weeks, I hope.

First though, I completed my 100th parkrun this morning!!!   I ran in the heavy rain and hail with the wind blowing it horizontal on Christmas Eve and then ran Christmas Day parkrun just so I could do the 100th one this year.  It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been doing parkrun since August 2013 but took about 3 months off earlier this year while it was cold and wet and couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed, lol.

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Over the past few months, Adam has decided that he’d rather volunteer than run (his dad is now volunteering as the photographer most weeks) so he needs to do another 15 parkruns to get his 100.  He’s well on his way to his volunteer 25 t-shirt though.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 8

share-your-world2  2014: Week 8

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

Can I give it to charity?  If so, definitely $100,000 (about £60,000) to give anonymously to strangers.  $10,000 wouldn’t make much difference to my life but $100,000 would be wonderful for a small local charity.

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

Probably similar to now (in my 40s), my family and my health.  I’ve never cared much for money or things.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Chocolate, milk chocolate.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I know where my umbrella is but don’t often use it as the rain is either that really light, drizzly rain that you hardly feel but get soaked in or an absolute downpour with wind which makes it go sideways under your umbrella.  My umbrella is in my bag for use on the odd days when the rain is the kind which an umbrella is of use.  Most of the time I wear a big raincoat which keeps everything dry that an umbrella would keep dry.


Building Healthy Habits in 2012 – Why Water is Important

Following on from my post about increasing water intake last week, I thought I’d delve a bit deeper into why water is important to us.  We all know that we should be drinking water (between 1.5l and 2l per day) and most of us should be drinking more of it but do we all know why?

Most of us know that the body is between 50% and 70% water but did you know that the brain is 80% water?  Even more reason to make sure we are drinking enough to replenish it, don’t you think?  We need to drink enough water to maintain our body’s pH balance, keep our cells hydrated and reduce the acidity.

Dr Christopher Vasey, Naturopathic Doctor in his book the Water Prescription says:

Drinking sufficient quantities of water is a necessity for optimal physical functioning, but it can also play a major role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Chronic fatigue, depression, eczema, rheumatism, gastric disorders, high or low blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and urinary infections are but a few of the many disorders that can result from not drinking enough water – and which can be treated by raising our intake of this vital liquid. (http://water-for-health.co.uk)

Most of us drink tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks thinking that they are acceptable to count towards our daily water intake.  Whilst this is true, the added sugar, caffeine and other additives in these drinks can counterbalance the good that the water in the drinks is doing.  Yes, research has shown that drinking tea and coffee can have some health benefits but those benefits are reduced if you drink too much due to the levels of caffeine consumption.  Research has shown that moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, liver disease and gallbladder disease whilst moderate consumption of tea may reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease.  However, too much caffeine intake can reduce the absorption of iron, increase blood pressure, irritate the stomach and cause insomnia.

References:
http://water-for-health.co.uk/articles-scientific-and-technical/importance-of-drinking-healthy-water.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/healthy_living/nutrition/healthy_water.shtml
http://www.yorkshirewater.com/education-and-learning/parent-zone/water-and-health.aspx
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/focus/nutrition/facts/lifestylemanagement/caffeine.htm
http://www.coffeeandhealth.org/topics/liverdisease/
http://www.tea.co.uk/nutrition