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Happy New Year 2017!

One of the things I notice about living in China is that almost everyone is up and running early in the morning: old folks, housewives aiming for the wet market, students/working people running for the bus and of course, toddlers and kids are out at the park for some early morning sunshine.

There are just so many public parks there is no reason for anyone not to exercise!

Thus, for 2017, we are on a “Let’s Get Healthy” programme, which began with morning exercise 🙂

Yup, the Hubs and I have been waking up at 5.30 am (!!!) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to do cardio, stretching and yoga.

He has been doing really well (after A LOT of “encouragement”) that now he’s unstoppable.
Me? I am trying to keep to:
a) stick to the 3 times a week routine and
b) get a balance of cardio, stretching and weight training

Anyway, here is my favourite video for a full body stretch:

10 Day Flexibility Challenge – Day 1 – great to stretch the thighs, glutes and hamstrings!

Wanna join me on this challenge?

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Did you know that different countries have different daily requirements for vegetables?

Australia

– In 2005, the Australian government launched “Go for 2+5”, meaning two 150g portions of fruit and five 75g portions of vegetables.

Adelaide Central Market

Photo credit: Brian Fisk

France and Germany

FIVE servings of vegetables a day are encouraged 🙂

veggies

Photo credit: Shumpei Sano

United States

Sadly, the US abandoned the numbers in favour of a “fruit and veggies – more matters” campaign in 2007.

Oyebode said she thought the Australian example was probably the one to follow.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” she said. “It is aiming for more and the balance is two fruit and five veg. From our study it looks like vegetables are better than fruit.

But I don’t feel very strongly that the guidelines should be changed because the majority of people know they should eat five (vegetables) a day and only 25% manage that.

We are definitely in the 25% category but we went on a “real food challenge” in 2012 and wow, it opened our eyes and taste buds to a whole new world of FOOD!

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