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stretching on beachI know this to be true.

I moved from the North East to the South West three, nearly four months ago now. The only form of exercise I currently do is walking the boys to and from school. Which isn’t nearly enough. I used to be a bit of a martyr to it you see. Through hail, snow, sleet and rain, no sleep, unhappy boys, we walked. It was the day I noticed the littlest (at the time 4 years) was limping as he’d clattered his leg I thought we probably should have just driven. Things will improve in the summer I’m sure, but at the moment walking is down to two times a week.

I loved Swimfit and managed to go twice a week. Ploughing up and down the local baths, which was in fact just a 10 minute walk. I now live in the country and it’s not so simple and I’m struggling to figure out how to get this all to fit in.  I’m not a runner/jogger. I don’t find myself a happy runner.

I think I should try and go yoga or pilates.

I like the idea of dancing, but I think I’m a bit self conscious to do that anywhere other than a night club.

I really loved kickboxing 10 years ago. Until I sparred with the wrong fella.

So, anyone any ideas of some exercise which will tone me up, give me some social life and make me happy?

I have an image in my head of me effortlessly stretching on a deserted Devonshire beach, romantic like, with my happy toned body and mind. That’s probably not going to happen. I will learn to surf come the summer though. The world is my oyster.


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So what does happy mean to you? To me it doesn’t mean jumping for joy, it means being content.

I think it comes a little with age, though some lucky folks I think are born with it, just a sense of how to make their lives flow.

These are my things that I think bring with it a bit of happy:

  • Being kind, giving things and time
  • Sleep, big lovely sleep
  • Listening to others
  • Smiling and saying thank you
  • Realising how lucky you are
  • Being in the moment
  • Moving your body
  • Relaxing
  • Doing something useful
  • Drinking tea
  • Spending time with friends

There’s a list somewhere, I need to find it (it’s bound to be on the internet somewhere) but each individual needs to find a balance between:

  • work
  • community
  • exercise
  • family
  • money

Is it really that easy? What makes you happy…



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I know this to be true. I moved from the North East to the South West three, nearly four months ago now. The only form...