Lower Stress, Healthy Heart

Meditate for heart health

Meditation and stress management techniques are as effective as any other approach to cardiovascular health.  As we get older, stress management is more important than ever. According to Dr Robert Buist, Sydney complementary medicine practitioner, there’s a subgroup of cardiovascular patients who aren’t successful in lowering risk factors using lifestyle improvements like smoking, drinking, eating.  [...]

Power Naps, Siestas and Forty Winks

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Grandpa was a devotee of the siesta.  He called it “forty winks” and it was  the ritual of lying down after a hard day of manual labour and maybe nodding off for a while.  Not culturally sanctified on the job in suburban Australia, he managed to fit it in, mid-afternoon when he arrived home. “Forty winks” is an [...]

The Over 40 Singer

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Your voice develops through joy.  Your voice grows as your soul grows. Such thoughts enrich Barbara Lewis’s approach to teaching singing to older people. If you’re finally getting serious about releasing the singing genie, have a look at Barbara’s “Tool-Kit for Smart Singers”.  Invest less than $100 and explore a new world. Short of funds?  [...]

Pilates-based Chair Exercises

stretching cat

Try Pilates for free.  These simple chair-based exercises will improve strength, balance and posture. Start with rhythmic moving and stretching for upper body and arms. Relax, breathe deeply; almost feels like flying. Now work on your lower back with these simple stretches. Finally for legs and core strength try: Designed for seniors, but not a [...]

Gardening for Wellbeing

Scarecrows

Garden lovers have no doubts about the therapeutic benefits of spending time in their favourite green space.  For many it’s a favourite form of exercise.  Simply gazing at soil and plants can create an inexplicable feeling of wellbeing, both relaxing and energizing. Our senses and psyche are in contact with the rhythms of life: the [...]

Recipe for Personal Change

Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson, army major, physical guy, asks himself how he can craft a better life for himself beyond his physical training routine.  Sure, he could lift weights and enjoy getting stronger week by week, but how to strengthen the qualities that will really change his life for the better….like intentionally choosing kindness towards self and [...]

Earthing, Grounding and Electrosensitivity

earthing foot in sand

“Earthing”, a term coined by Clinton Ober, refers to “connecting ourselves to the surface of our planet by sitting, standing or walking barefoot on the Earth”. When we think of nature as healer we usually think of fresh, natural food, clean water and sunshine.  How many people realize that the earth herself is a powerful [...]

Tried Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Master

Many claim that this gentle martial art can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy and improve balance and flexibility.  It involves a range of slow movements that that have been practiced for centuries. Tai Chi is not a religious practice although its roots date back to the ancient Chinese philosophy of balance and harmony. [...]

Poetry – the Quiet Health Booster

Feather Hand On Book

Poetry, like journaling, can be a very relaxing pastime but it’s also a great brain exercise. Write it, read it or just listen; it’s a free resource that many Longevityboomers might not have accessed for a long time, if ever. The world’s oldest person, the late Jeanne Calment, enjoyed the poems of her childhood right [...]