24 REASONS TO TAKE UP WALKING FOR YOUR HEALTH…

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  1. To help tone your muscles.
  2. To boost your immune system.
  3. To reduce the risk of cancer.
  4. To help you sleep better.
  5. To help you keep fit.
  6. To activate stronger and healthier bones.
  7. To make you feel more energetic.
  8. To improve your confidence.
  9. To help strengthen your heart.
  10. To help raise money for a charity.
  11. To enjoy nature.
  12. To keep your weight in check.
  13. To help prevent osteoporosis.
  14. To boost your Vitamin D levels.
  15. To make you feel happy.
  16. To lower your blood pressure.
  17. To lower your cholesterol.
  18. To delay ageing.
  19. To increase lung capacity.
  20. To reduce stiffness and pain.
  21. To lower your blood sugar levels.
  22. To improve your mental health.
  23. To help you lose weight.
  24. To enjoy something that is free.

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10 LITTLE HABITS TO TRY WHICH MAY HELP WITH CHRONIC PAIN…

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  1. Stop Judging Yourself – If you are having a bad day it is not usually because you have done something wrong to cause your pain. You’re just having a bad day.
  2. Health Ambition – It is good to have a health ambition but break it down until you can see that you could achieve 90% of it. A classic example was something I did wrong. I can manage a 20-minute walk on most days so I decided to try 30 mins. But those extra 10 minutes left me in an awful lot more pain. What I should have done was tried 5% longer than 20 mins then gradually increase it to where I was more comfortable.
  3. Notice A Change – Notice every little change you have achieved however little. Write it down and give yourself a pat on the back as you deserve it.
  4. Gratitude – Every day before you…

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WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE SPINE?..

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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that affects the back. It can occur anywhere along the spine. Usually, the low back and sometimes the neck is affected.

If the neck is affected then it is usually called cervical spondylosis. Spondylosis means ‘arthritis in the spine’ and cervical is the medical term for the neck.

In Osteoarthritis, the cartilage that pads the ends of the bones wears down. Spinal Osteoarthritis can occur in the facet joints which are the small joints located between and behind vertebras.

When you move, the bones rub together painfully. Bony growths (called spurs) form in the joints. These spurs can press on nerves, causing more pain. The discs between the vertebrae in the spine can also become thinner.

The last MRI of my spine showed that I had degenerative changes to my thoracic spine and disc osteophyte complex in my cervical spine which in…

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TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START SAVING EARLY FOR YOUR RETIREMENT…

Many adults in their 20s and 30s think that retirement is something they only need to think about when they get older. Anyone you know near retirement age will tell you how the years just slip by, and how important it is to build a sizable nest egg for your future.

1.Saving your money early means your money is invested for a longer time and has more time to grow.

2. Increasing your payments further down the line may also give you a better chance to have a much better quality of life when you retire.

3. Saving over a longer period means that it will allow you to save less each month but still achieve the same goal as saving more money for just 10 years.

4. Saving will mean you have more disposable funds when you retire. Trying to achieve the same goal by saving much later in your life will mean less profit.

5. If you start saving today it will bring you more benefits tomorrow as your interest grows, the interest you receive will, in turn, bring about even more interest.

6. Investing early and wisely could even mean that you could retire early giving you lots of time to tick the things you have always wanted to do on your bucket list.

7. You must look at the bigger picture. In your 20’s-40’s, you will have more disposable income. After that, you will have other financial commitments like paying for your children’s education and buying a house. So, the earlier you can start saving the more you will benefit from it.

8. When you make a payment into a pension, the government repays your tax at the highest rate you normally pay which basically means that you are ‘given’ extra money.

9. You can work out what sort of lifestyle you would like to have when you retire and how much that will cost you. Fabulous holidays are not just for the young ones.

10. Start early with saving and investing in a retirement account and the likelihood is that you may well become self-sufficient and have more control over your life.

Source: Unbiased, Pension Bee, SMFS Loan Experts