A Virtue of Vigour – 10: Pay it forward

I mentioned at the end of eight that one of your goals should not just be helping you but helping and encouraging others. It is commonly observed that gymnasiums are much busier just after New Years when people have made resolutions to get fit. It is also commonly observed that things go very quickly back to normal as people give up on these goals.

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A Virtue of Vigour – 9: Straining the Stomach

I don’t know if this is still common, but I remember seeing the “food pyramid” posted around schools, hospitals and on various items in supermarkets such as cereal. This gave recommended servings from the different food groups. As I understand it, this has been replaced by something else. The recommended servings I thought ridiculous even as a child and I’d be willing to bet that anyone who followed it religiously would end up quite fat after a few months.  Continue reading

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A Virtue of Vigour – 8: Don’t Get Dragged Down

Of all I have written so far, this one might seem the most out of place but it is actually very important. The company you keep does affect you whether you think it does or not. As committed as you may be to achieving physical and mental well-being, this can still be affected by those around you. The simplest way is related to the habits of those of your family and friends. If they have poor diets and do not get regular exercise, this is something than can happen to you simply by osmosis. A more sinister might be how people around you may react to any success you have. This might be down to jealousy or just a false sense of concern. I shall give a couple of personal examples that illustrate what I’m saying.

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Heroes of Play: Donkey Kong Adventure Review

Another article up for Heroes of Play and this time it is a review of the Donkey Kong Adventure DLC for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Kingdom Battle was the first Switch game I played and one of the best of last year. I actually forgot to post the text here so both reviews will be posted after the jump. Check out the new review at Heroes of Play.

 

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Heroes of Play: The Zelda Series Ranked

I recently posted another article on Heroes of Play which was the first I have done in many months. Posts there (and here) have not been as regular because of a big change in circumstances and quite frankly – a lack of motivation. However, I do hope that will be changing soon.

I am posting it below but you can find it here.

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A Virtue of Vigour – 7: Pushing Beyond Routine

Keeping good exercise and dietary habits is important and something you should be proud of. However, this does not necessarily mean you should just rest on your laurels and keep doing exactly what you’re doing without change. You will notice as you go that exercise you previously found hard becomes much easier to the point of just being a routine. Similarly with your diet, you should start finding it just normal to avoid certain foods and eat well.

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A Virtue of Vigour – 6: Avoiding Old Habits

Even when you achieve success with health and fitness and get yourself to an ideal weight, it can be easy to lose this success. This can happen for a variety of reasons. The time of the year is a particular factor. If the climate is especially cold in winter, it is all but expected that you will put on more weight as the cold weather will make you reluctant to exercise, if you’re not prevented outright by extremes. Another is to do with festivities, particularly the Christmas Season when it is easy to eat, drink and forget about many of these commitments.

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