Archive for August, 2018

  • LESS IS MORE: Embracing earth

    Date: 2018.08.24 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    One of the best and wholesome forms of exercise is simply to work in the garden. Picture: Tricia HogbinI’VE challenged myself to spend an hour in the garden each day for the whole of spring. It may seem counterintuitive to add garden time to a schedule that I’m trying to simplify. But I know the benefits will outweigh any inconvenience. Time in the garden is time well spent.
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    Here are just a few reasons to spend time in the garden each day:

    ■ Better than popping a daily probiotic pill

    Digging in the earth is an incredibly efficient way to pick up beneficial microbes. Put your hands in soil and you’ll likely pick up far more beneficial bugs than you would if you took an expensive probiotic pill. These microbes can improve our mood, fight inflammation, boost immunity, and help us absorb nutrients and digest our food.

    ■ Exercise

    Our bodies are not meant to be sedentary. They are designed for moving. Yet many of us spend most of our time sitting. Getting out in the garden each day is a great way to get regular exercise. There’s digging, walking, stretching, squatting and lifting. Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes and osteoporosis.

    ■ Meaningful movement

    Gardening appeals to me far more than spending an hour on a treadmill or in a gym class. It’s meaningful movement. When gardening, I’m actually achieving something. I can see the results immediately. I get a sense of achievement far greater than if I’d spent an hour walking nowhere. A weeded patch or a basket of greens is far more rewarding than a kilometre tally on a screen. I believe the absence of meaningful physical work is one of the causes of consumerism. Not having meaningful physical work to do each day leaves a gap in our lives that we attempt to fill by consuming. Garden, forage and DIY – and the desire to buy stuff drifts away.

    ■ Nutrition

    The more fruit and vegetables we grow, the more fruit and vegetables we’re likely to eat. IfI go to the effort of growing something, I’m going to eat it. If I have an abundance of kale, I’ll eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    ■ Relaxation and stress-relief

    Gardening is a very effective way to calm the mind, relax and relieve stress. It can actually put the mind in a similar state to meditation. All your senses awaken and you become more aware of the present moment. You naturally stop thinking about complications or stresses beyond the garden and instead focus on what you can see, feel, hear, smell and even taste.

    ■ Brain health

    Daily gardening may even decrease the risk of dementia. When gardening you need to think, learn and be creative. This type of regular brain activity keeps the mind active and protects it against degenerative diseases.

    ■ Grounding

    Digging in dirt connects us to the earth – literally. You may have heard of earthing. The idea behind it is that that many of us rarely touch the earth with our bare skin. This leads to a build-up of positive electrons in our body due to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). The power to our home, our appliances, lighting, Wi-Fi and our mobile phones can all emit EMFs. Gardeners, by touching the earth, are ‘‘grounding’’ themselves and removing this extra charge.

    All these benefits add up to increased longevity. Gardeners live longer than non-gardeners. Taking that into account, I think I can easily set aside an hour each day to spend in the garden.

    Tricia shares tips for living better with less at littleecofootprints南京夜网 and on Instagram (TriciaEco).

  • 2015 Ross MarathonsPhotos

    Date: 2018.08.24 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    2015 Ross Marathons | Photos 2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.
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    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

    2015 Ross Marathons. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

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  • Weeks bucks trend to win Cheatley Medal

    Date: 2018.08.24 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    HDFL 2015 Cheatley medallist Grant Weeks.
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    COLBINABBIN’S Grant Weeks has bucked the trend of league medals being midfielder awards.

    Full-forward Weeks won a thrilling Heathcote District Football League Cheatley Medal count on Sunday with 19 votes.

    With the last votes of the count, Weeks polled three for his 20 goals against Heathcote in round 18 to overtake White Hills’ Hayden Wright (17).

    Weeks –who topped the league goalkicking with 119 -came home with a wet sail in the medal. He had just five votes to round nine, before polling 14 in the second half of the season.

    In his first season back at Colbinabbin since 2009, Weeks was awarded five best on grounds –round 1 v White Hills (10 goals); round 12 v Mount Pleasant (10 goals); round 14 v LBU (11 goals); round 17 v Elmore (15 goals) and round 18 v Heathcote (20 goals).

    It’s a well-earned medal for Weeks, who threetimes had been a red-hot Bendigo league Michelsen Medal favourite in his three years at Golden Square between 2010 and 2012 when he kicked 145, 125 and 148 home and away goals, but couldn’t get over the line.

    “After those years in Bendigo I thought I’d probably never win one, so it’s quite surprising,” Weeks said.

    Weeks was presented with the medal by his coach Phil “Toot” Morgan –a two-time winner of the Cheatley Medal in 1986 and 1990.

    “It was a great honour to be presented with it by Toot…I’ve always idolised him,” Weeks said.

    Weeks returned from Rochester to Colbinabbin this year for the Grasshoppers’ centenary season, which ended on Saturday with a preliminary final loss to North Bendigo.

    He is yet to make a decision on whether he will play with Colbinabbin again next year, or return to Rochester.

    Cheatley Medal leaderboard:

    19 –Grant Weeks (Colbo)

    17 –Hayden Wright (WH)

    16 –Jeremy Mills (NB)

    13 –Simon Seddon (Mt P)

    Leitchville-Gunbower’s Lauren Dehne.

    • Leitchville-Gunbower centre Lauren Dehne became the second Bombers’player in as many years to win the Ester Cheatley Medal as the A-grade netball best and fairest.

    Dehne, who has been playing with the Bombers for seven seasons,won with 28 votes, a year after team-mate Jodie Lake won.

    Dehne polled in 12 of the Bombers’ 16 games, including seven where she was best on court.

    “I feel like I’ve done my job each week, so it’s nice to be recognised,” Dehne said.

    Ester Cheatley Medal leaderboard:

    28 –Lauren Dehne (LG)

    24 –Tamara Gilchrist (NB)

    21 –Janene Cass (WH)

    18 –Olivia McEvoy (Colbo)

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  • PARENTING: Lists vital to satisfaction

    Date: 2018.08.24 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    I’VE always loved having a ‘‘to do’’ list.
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    I find the satisfaction of crossing a completed task off a list to be surprisingly blissful.

    So much so, I’m not ashamed to admit I’ll often add things after I’ve done them – just so I can savour the feeling of crossing off another item.

    On the rare occasions I complete an entire list – I cross off the last item slowly.

    I take a moment to look upon it and bask in my own glory before reluctantly scrunching it up and tossing it in the bin.

    But there have been times I’ve been tempted to stick it on the fridge alongside the kids’ artwork as if to say: ‘‘Look, look, look everyone – see what I did, too?’’

    Since the children came along, lists have become more than just a self-serving record of my productiveness each day.

    Now, they are essential to me getting anything achieved.

    I suspect it’s a combination of fatigue, having a lot on my mind, and having two extra little voices constantly interrupting my thoughts, but without my trusty list, I am lost. If something is not on the list, consider it forgotten.

    I am sure it would be good exercise for my mind to toss out the lists and try to remember things off the top of my head.

    I saw an ad this week – a real tear-jerker – where older women were saying what they would do differently if they had their time again.

    One wisely said she would toss out her ‘‘to do’’ list in favour of a ‘‘to don’t’’ list. That she would concentrate on just ‘‘being’’, not ‘‘doing’’.

    I’ll add it to the list. Bah! There I go again. This could take a while.

  • Super effort by BENt On athletes

    Date: 2018.08.24 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    BENt On CrossFit athletes Melissa Bevacqua, Annabel Lindsay, Belinda Peterson and Lizzy Blumentals. Photo supplied by Andrew Mevissen Mittagong Cindy Garard, dressed as Robin, competes at the Gods of War competition. Photo supplied by Andrew Mevissen
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    CROSSFIT

    MITTAGONG siblings Ricky and Cindy Garard have combined for CrossFit success.

    The two Garards joined forces in an impressive display at a superhero themed CrossFit competition recently.

    BENt On CrossFit coach Ricky Garard and his sister competed at the “Gods of War” event in Sydney.

    The contest was for two people, who were required to dress up as super heroes.

    Dressed as characters Batman and Robin, Ricky and Cindy finished the gruelling series of workouts in seventh place.

    There were 30 teams from across the greater Sydney region.

    Meanwhile, four women from BENt On CrossFit joined as a team at another big CrossFit event – the Never Quit Throwdown in Casula.

    The team called BENt on Chicks finished 20th overall.

    The team consisted of Melissa Bevacqua, Annabel Lindsay, Belinda Peterson and Lizzy Blumentals.

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