Don’t buy too cheap a pool pump

Sometimes when we are feeling unfinancial it is very tempting to buy the cheapest you can get. Many times it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Is 60 the new 40?

The big difference between being 40 and 60 is the amount of time you need to put in to staying healthy, fit and strong.  Admittingly after your early 30’s was when I first noticed weight gain on the same diet but it was very easy to turn things around.  In my 40’s staying in shape just took a little bit more effort.  Now at 60 it takes a lot to lose weight, keep it off as well as not losing muscle let alone gaining some.

I think this is why so many people as they get older get so out of shape and unwell.  We get away with it for decades and when we start to decline we hang onto bad habits that we shouldn’t have done in our youth   We also live in a very lazy society.  We take the car for short outings that we could walk, we don’t use the stairs and most don’t even mow their own lawns any more.  Life is much easier nowadays.

So feeling like you are still 40 or less is very simple but extremely difficult.  Eat well.  Plant based diet with lots of fresh vegetables.  Cut back on fried and try steamed.  Plenty of leafy greens and lots of color.  Don’t have to go vegan but less meat and more veges.  Start walking every day.  Relax,  enjoy and walk.  Somewhere nice.  Lift weights.  Many ways of doing it.  Gym, pilates, yoga strengthening or even dancing.  Something that builds muscle mass and retains it. 

You may not get a six pack but you will look and feel better.  If you are unwell seek professional advice.  It is never too late to start getting into shape so start now.  


Should I drink tea ?

I have bounced from being a coffee drinker to a tea drinker and back again for most of my life. Sure you can drink both but usually you gravitate towards one or the other. So if you aren’t a tea drinker or are debating whether to continue drinking tea here are a few details to help with your decision.

Part of the Camellia family (but that does”t mean to start infusing your garden plants), tea is an aromatic beverage made by pouring hot water over the cured leaves or in modern times dipping a tea bag into the cup. You can watch the flavor drawn out of the leaves and coloring the water. The darker the color, the stronger the taste. There are many types of tea but that will be handled in another article.

Why drink tea? Well the first reason is that it contains caffeine so it is a mild stimulant for people. It is a lower dose of caffeine than coffee so there is less chance of getting the jitters. Tea has a great taste, is warming and a very low calorie count. Goes great with a biscuit or toast and is quick and easy to make. It is also very high in water content so helps keep you hydrated.

If you were looking for an article on health benefits of tea you are going to be sorely disappointed. Like everything there are arguments for and against with the truth being water is the best healthy drink. Like coffee most of us drink for pleasure. If you are getting to much caffeine from coffee it is my opinion that tea would make a great alternative or be like me and drink both (but not at once).