Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

10 Ways to Chill out Well

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

10 Ways to Chill out Well

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Byline: Helen Hawkes

YESTERDAY was officially the shortest day of the year. But we still have two months of winter to go.

Sure, itas not the Antarctic but weare betting the chilly weather has seen you head for the couch with comfort food and an extended menu of telly, DVDs or computer games.

So if youare looking for inspiration to stay fit, healthy and beautiful over the next weeks, here are 10 ideas.

Splurge on fresh fruit you can snack on instead of fatty carbohydrates like muffins or pastries. Winter fruits currently on offer include custard apples, grapefruit, kiwifruit, mandarins, nashi pears, navel oranges, rhubarb and tangelos. Rhubarb and custard anyone?

Shake yourself out of your couch potato apathy with a high intensity interval training classItas the quickest a 30 minutes a and the latest way science has discovered to burn fat and shape up your body. Or pack your gym gear and your swimmers and head to for an indoor swimming pool.

Do a good turn for a neighbour or an elderly relative. When you do something for someone else, your brain produces feel-good hormones, according to Dr David Hamilton, author of Why Kindness is Good for You. These include dopamine a which makes you feel happy and gives you the feeling that what you are doing is right a and opiates, the bodyas own secret stash of morphine.

Buy yourself new workout gear to inspire you to hit the streets. Check out local retailers or shop online at for sale items.

Check your stores of vitamin D and iron with a simple blood test. Vitamin D is vital for bone health and immunity and iron is crucial for energy production. If youare feeling tired, improving your diet a iron-rich foods include red meat, chicken, shellfish and iron-enhanced breakfast cereals a and getting more exercise as well as regular sleep can help. Stop into a health food store to talk to the staff about supplements if you think you might need them. …

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