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WHY IS LARRY IN GLASGOW SO HAPPY?

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Larry is happy because he is physically active. He gets outside in the fresh air. He looks great and therefore is irresistible to women. Ah but seriously, being physically active makes a huge positive difference to our quality of life.

“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented,” says Dr Nick Cavill, a NHS Health Promotion Consultant.

Did you know that man wasn’t always the top of the food chain. Back in the day of the caveman, the woolly mammoth & the sabre tooth tiger, man was pretty much on the menu for most predators.

So in order to avoid getting eaten man developed a ‘fight or flight’ response, which is basically a survival mechanism. We had two choices stand and fight or flight, ie do a runner. Both of these choices required a burst of adrenaline which meant man unconsciously shut down all non-essential systems and directed oxygen and power to his brain, muscles and eyes to either fight or run away.

Fast forward several millennia and we are top dogs, but we still have the same fight or flight response programmed into our DNA. So next time you need to have a difficult conversation with your boss, an argument with your partner or your daughter wants to wear a dress that is really a t-shirt your adrenaline levels will rocket.

Now I know your not going to fight your partner or your daughter or run away from your boss so where does the adrenaline go. Well simply it goes into the blood stream where it can have a determental effect on our bodies.

The answer, find a physical activity you enjoy, work off that excess adrenaline, get fit and like Larry become irresistible.

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Water, Water Everywhere, but How Much Do You Drink?

Did you know that 2/3 of your body weight is water and that in order for the cells in our bodies to carry out their functions properly we’ve got to drink plenty of it? Did you also know that the cells in our bodies need water to carry nutrients round the body?

Here are some more benefits to drinking water

• No Calories

• Its Free

• Can curb your appetite

• Kind to teeth

• Improves concentration

• Keeps skin hydrated, and looking younger, fresh and vibrant.

• Promotes a general feeling of wellbeing

But with a lot of conflicting information out there about how much to drink your thinking, how much when and how do I know its enough.

Well here are some basic pointers from the NHS. We should be drinking 8 small glasses (200ml) of water a day and adding a bit more if were exercising, getting headaches or just lacking energy.

If you would like more information on whats good and not so good check out the website below.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx

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