Category Archives: Exercise

Tunes on Tuesday ~ I’m So Excited

dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life

When you’re in lockdown exercising at home is about your only choice when it comes to staying fit and healthy.  Try following along to this video ~ see if you can get past a couple of minutes……

I like these fun dance videos, they make me smile and encourage me to exercise.

Look out for Dr. Frankenstein and the Monster.

Please listen joyously.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk,net

 

some would say that Ginger was the better dancer

 

Tues on Tuesday ~ SKIBIDI

the real trick is to enjoy life to the full

Now that we are in 2021 it’s time for me to slough off the ill health I suffered all through last year.  The plan is to get fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit.  Ergo; exercise, a good diet, plenty of fresh air, and as much sunshine as you can get in the middle of an English winter.  Dancing is one of the top five best exercises one can get, and this is a pretty funky dance video.  Follow along if you can.  Apologies if I have shown this before, I have such brain-fade at the moment I can only just be certain I know what year it is…..

The first time I tried this I didn’t quite make it to the end in good form.

Please let me know if you like this.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

or you could try beach gymnastics

Songs on Saturday ~ Born To Be Alive

the day you stop enjoying life is the day you start to die

One reason I’ve posted a bunch of dance tracks is to get some aerobic exercise while I’m vacationing in Cancun.  And to see if priests can dance.

Lady priests that is.

Attractive, lithe, fit, lady reverends.

You never know until you try, all part of Life’s rich tapestry

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I believe my new friend plays the guitar.

Survival in Lockdown

every man must face his own secret sorrows

the lonely sea and the sky

Normal life is a thing of the past for many of us.  Here in England we are in the middle of yet another lockdown.  We can’t go anywhere, meet with our friends, enjoy a meal out, or even go to the pub because they’re all shut.  In fact, the official guidelines are that we should stay at home unless going out is absolutely essential ~ such as a trip to the doctor, pharmacy, or to buy groceries.  It’s the middle of autumn here, it’s turning colder, and yet we are not even supposed to be able to buy a warm jacket or sweater.

The rules and regulations are enforced with varying degrees of enthusiasm by the police, (depending on where you live), neighbour is spying upon neighbour, and supermarkets have grown a crop of security guards to enforce the social distancing and face-mask rules.  It’s turned into a Kafkaesque version of 1984.  It’s got so that a lot of us English are spending a lot of time alone, locked up in our own homes, solitary.

Being alone for an extended period isn’t necessarily a good thing.  Few enjoy solitary confinement, because that’s what lockdown means for many, many people.  Days, weeks, and months alone with very little to do can prey upon the mind, make grown men brood and ponder their own inadequacies, make a man face his own secret sorrows and regrets.  The ghosts of the past come crowding in, snuffing out the future.

Some feel like throwing it all away, sales of alcohol have soared, and mental illnesses torture some sorry souls.  And there is very little help or relief to be found.  There is no immediate end in sight either.  In England this current lockdown is due to end on December 2nd, but nobody in the real world knows what will happen after that.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson probably doesn’t know either because Carrie Symonds hasn’t told him yet.

All a man can do is to keep on keeping on.  Find something difficult and intellectual to do.  Discover a new creative interest.  Look for an idea to get excited about.  Think about a new business venture you can do from home.  Read something challenging.  Don’t just sit there, take some action, put lots of energy and enthusiasm in it.  Most of all get outside in the fresh air, walk a few miles and let thoughts drift toward better times.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

get outside and enjoy the fresh air

that and sunshine will kill a virus

 

 

Surviving Disasters

survival is nothing more than recovery

on a cruise, know where your lifeboat station is

Only the very fortunate will not suffer some kind of disaster in their lives.  The very unfortunate may stagger from one disaster to another, with barely enough time and energy to get over one catastrophe before they have to face another.  Some may be forever scarred by one negative experience in their life, while others will survive and thrive no matter what kind of crap the Cosmos throws at them.  One person may never get over a single unhappy love affair, while another will still come out smiling and optimistic after having their heart ripped out by a promiscuous cheating partner.  Some may face ordinary adversity and die, while others will live through the most horrible experiences imaginable.

It’s all a question of attitude and preparedness, the difference between surrender and hope.  You are not who others say you are, you are the sum of your own beliefs.  A man owes very little to what he was born with, a real man makes himself.

Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but for only one second without hope.  ~  Charles Darwin

Disasters come in many forms, but disaster recovery has only one shape.  Be prepared.  Because one thing is almost certain, one day, in some way, most of us will face a disaster; unemployment, being broke, betrayal, divorce, violence, flood, fire, earthquake, terrorism, wildfires, death of a loved one, critical illness….

You might say; ‘how can anyone prepare for all that….’  or, ‘how can you prepare for a disaster if you don’t know what kind of disaster you are going to have to face…..’  That’s defeatism.  People who talk, think, and believe in those ways are less likely to recover well from a disaster than someone who knuckles down and optimistically gets ready to face whatever fate throws at them.

There are just three rules;

  1. Do not delude yourself.  If you live in an earthquake zone prepare to survive an earthquake.  If you marry a bastard / slut then prepare to end up broke and on the street.  If you set sail on uncharted oceans prepare to get dis-masted and lost.  If you leave a contractor alone in your home expect it to be wrecked when you return.
  2. Be as fit and healthy as you can possibly be in body, mind, spirit, finances, and ‘stuff’.  Work at it.
  3. Learn things.  Read books such as How To Stay Alive by Bear Grylls.  Go to night school to learn car mechanics.  Learn about camping.  Learn how to grow your own food.  Be curious, stop wasting your most valuable commodity; time.

There is a thing called Disaster Shock, and it will kill you ~ the more prepared you are the less likely you will suffer from this and die.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

have your important stuff easily to hand, so you can drive away from a wildfire within minutes

 

 

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Lionel Richie

I can’t dance, don’t ask me

As a matter of a fact I can’t sing much, some would say that I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I can dance.  A dancing fool for the right woman.

Please listen and feel happy.

If you need to move your feet, then that’s happy too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a better car than the one in the clip

Random Jottings ~ Healthy Routines and Rituals

the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine

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exercise hard and vigorously six days a week

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when you eat is as important as what you eat

breakfast around 07:30

lunch at one o’clock

and dinner at seven in the evening

don’t ever eat late at night

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try not to get into the routine of drinking every night

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rise and go to bed at the same time every night and morning

including at weekends and on vacation

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get into the habit of walking instead of driving everywhere

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

aim to walk 10,000 paces a day

every damn day

 

Fear, Frustration, Stress, Distress

ashes to ashes, iron to rust, rust to dust

suffering, injustice, post-apocalyptic

The world has been suffering from the draconian measures taken by governments and their non-elected officials for some 6 months now ~ all of it in order to deal with a chimera.  The alleged coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t even qualify as a true epidemic because it doesn’t ‘affect many people at the same time’, and yet the powers that be have spread so much in the way of lies, damn lies, false statistics, and Project Fear bullshit propaganda that some among us are really and truly frightened.  Which is sad because this is just an ordinary bug which is killed by soap and water.

Like a good boy, like a model citizen, I self-isolated and went into lockdown when my government told me to on March 23rd this year, and you know what?  I got sick.  The reason I was ill was nothing directly to do with the coronavirus.  I got sick because I was stressed and worried, I wasn’t getting any sunshine, fresh air, and exercise, and my diet had suddenly gone from healthy to crap.  When you have nothing to do all day but watch TV and worry you tend to over-indulge in comfort-eating, junk food, booze, (and if applicable to you cigarettes and drugs).  When you can’t get to the store you also lose all the fresh fruit and vegetables that help to keep you healthy.

Many people also lost their jobs, worried about losing their jobs, or had to think about working from home.  Nobody was allowed to see relatives, friends, or loved ones ~ up to and including people on their deathbeds.

No wonder this country and much of the world was filled with fear, frustration, stress, and distress.  No wonder that so much of the social media was filled with vitriolic, frightened, ill-informed shit.  No wonder America is going to hell in a hand-basket.

And it isn’t going to get any better any time soon.

Along with targeted lockdowns the latest ideas floated here in England are; compulsory flu vaccinations, compulsory coronavirus vaccinations, (when there is one), and the compulsory carrying of ID cards.  What’s more these ID cards would carry details of your health status.

There seem to be two kinds of country in the world today; those descending into totalitarianism, and those descending into anarchy.  And the only people to blame are governments and unelected officials whose sworn duty is to keep us safe.

Some say that COVID-19 is the biggest threat to world health since the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.  And that we should all wear face masks all the time.  All I know is that if you give into irrational fear you may as well curl up and die.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

inner cities are suffering more than most

Avoiding Dementia

first it takes your mind, then it takes your life

there are strong links between boozing and dementia

Dementia actually kills four times as many people as all the deaths attributed to COVID-19, even at the height of the supposed pandemic.  And, dementia kills people in a particularly horrible and distressing way.  I am not and have never been worried about the coronavirus, but becoming a shadow of myself through the hell of dementia frightens me, if I ever let myself think about it.

However, dementia is not inevitable, it’s not all down to random chance, it’s not all down to genetics, and it’s not a pestilence inflicted by a malicious God.  Your mind does not have to be blown to dust ~ there are things we can do right now to help ourselves avoid the unimaginable suffering of being locked inside a mind afflicted by Alzheimer’s, or a softening of the brain, or whatever else causes this insanity.

Dementia is not primarily a mental illness, it is physical degradation of the brain.

A hell of a lot of dementia is caused by the lifestyle choices we make.  To reduce your chances of becoming a shell of who you used to be then;

  • get plenty of sunshine, fresh air, and exercise
  • keep mentally and socially active, do not sit in front of the TV or computer screen for hours at a time
  • keep regular hours and get enough good sleep ~ 6 to 8 hours a night
  • do not smoke ~ and if you do give it up, forever
  • do not drink to excess ~ avoid binge drinking
  • do not take drugs, and I mean strong medication as well as street drugs
  • have a good healthy diet; avoiding fat, sugar, wheat and other grains, dairy products, junk food and takeout, and especially high fructose corn syrup
  • do not get avoidable diabetes
  • do not get obese, regularly check your Body Mass Index
  • control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • avoid hearing loss
  • focus on your general health and well-being; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ~ especially do all you can to avoid suffering from prolonged clinical depression
  • do not to get sick from social diseases, so avoid; casual sex, using dirty needles, socialising with the dregs of society, drinking in sleazy bars, and taking vacations in disease riddled hell-holes like India
  • do not get a head injury, so wear a helmet when cycling and avoid contact sports such as boxing.  Do not get into bar fights.
  • stay very clean; wash, shower, get in the tub, wear gloves for dirty jobs, wear clean clothes every day, change your bed-linen weekly
  • do not get sent to jail

As it goes, all of the above are things that right-minded, self-disciplined, ethical and sensible people will do as a matter of course.  There are two other things that will help you not to get dementia; be male and die young.

Some say that COVID-19 is the new plague sent by a vengeful deity.  And that dementia only affects the very old.  All I know is that all disease and infirmity is mostly preventable.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

probably heading for dementia

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Trim Bodies

half of all Americans are clinically obese  ~ that means they’re fat

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

plenty of fresh air and exercise

not much need for a calorie-controlled diet

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