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Today we made #otterystmary our more permanent home and we became owners of our very own house here. We are so excited about it. We love it here, just look at the church! Stunning. Birmingham will always be my first love, of course 💙
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So maybe I was a little bit closer to the barrels than I realised! #sooty #tarbarrels #devon #otterystmary #notatalldangerous

Good night at Tar Barrels 🔥🎇 #2017 #bonfire #barrels #otterystmary

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31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 17 - Beat that Fatigue!

It’s time to address a typical reason why people don’t exercise. We all live busy lives, and at the end of a busy day the last thing we may feel like doing is some exercise. We are far more likely to collapse on the sofa with a glass of wine.
However, there is a universal truth to remember here: doing exercise actually increases energy levels. Maybe not immediately, I mean after the first couple of exercise sessions you will probably want to just crash on bed. But soon (in a week or so) you will experience enhanced energy levels, which means reduced fatigue at the end of a busy day.
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Someone asked for a festive photo of myself! Well here it is! 😀 Off to to do the reindeer hokey cokey at Otter Nurseries. An amazing morning, more than worth the £10 we paid for the little one to meet Santa. It's a good 40 min experience through several different rooms and finished with a trip on the train with a fabulous elf (who I am sure was Mr Poppy from the film Nativity). Brilliant 😁 Thank you @ottergardencentres #otternurseries #santa #familytime #devon #Otterystmary #santasgrotto

31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 16 - Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

According to statistics from the British Heart Foundation, today the following is true: * 435 people will lose their lives due the heart disease
* 530 people will go to hospital due to heart attack
* 190 people will die from heart attack
* 7 million people fight a daily battle with heart disease
The causes of heart disease are multi-factorial, including an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, stress, and smoking. These factors lead to a build-up of plaque that thickens and stiffens artery walls, which can inhibit blood flow through your arteries to your organs and tissues.
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Although genetic factors can be influential, it is widely accepted that most of the causes are preventable. And exercise plays a major part. Studies suggest that two hours per week of easy fitness activities may decrease your heart disease risk by as much as 61%. Boom!
How? Like all muscles, the heart becomes stronger as a result of exercise, so it can pump more blood through the body with every beat and continue working at maximum level, if needed, with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is also slower, because less effort is needed to pump blood. -
Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It helps cut your chances of getting heart disease. It's good for your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, energy level, and mood, too.
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31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 15 - Reduced Dementia Risk

Apparently, one hour of exercise a week can halve dementia risk. The research by Cambridge University says one in three cases of the condition could be prevented by increased activity levels, a reduction in smoking and tackling health problems such as obesity and diabetes – also helped by exercise.
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The study published in the Lancet Neurology – the first to quantify the combined impact of lifestyle factors influencing dementia – identifies exercise as the most significant protection against the condition.
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Those who did not achieve three 20-minute bursts of vigorous exercise per week, such as jogging or football, or five 30-minute sessions of moderate activity, such as walking were 82 per cent more likely to go on to develop dementia.
An estimated 1 in 3 people will develop dementia in their lifetimeI just think the findings of this study are compelling.
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31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 14 - Reduced Stroke Risk

You cannot overestimate how devastating a stroke is to someone’s quality of life. A stroke causes some degree of damage to the brain, and often results in significant disability or even death. The incidence of stroke is increasing. The primary driving forces behind this are increasing rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure—which can all increase your risk for suffering a devastating stroke.
Stress is also a significant risk factor for stroke, just as it is for heart attack.

So let’s recap:

Stoke Risk Factors: * High blood pressure – helped by exercise
* Stress – helped by exercise
* Obesity – helped by exercise
* Diabetes – risk reduced by exercise
* Cardiac disease – risk reduced by exercise
* High Cholesterol – helped by exercise
* Smoking – made easier to quit by exercise

So there we have it – it’s binary.
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The fabulous Ottery St Mary Silver Band are here, along with the Christ Church Choir, starting off the festivities with Once in Royal David’s City, Christmas really has begun! #christmas #dartsfarm #farm #carolservice #christmastime #singing #joy #dartsfarmshop #christchurch #woodbury #otterystmary #silverband

31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 13 - You’ll Live Longer

Ok, so there are no guarantees here, but studies have shown that, keeping in mind other factors that could impact life expectancy, such as socioeconomic status, that doing the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise) per week yielded approximately 3.4 extra years to one's life.
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I think that is a fairly wooden statistic though, and there is a much more motivating aspect to consider here. Specifically, quality of life. We know that exercise has a variety of benefits including reducing the risk of unpleasant diseases, increases function, and enhances mood. So it is clear that through exercising regularly, we are more likely to have more energy to do things, and higher levels of health and wellness. I’d say that was a better quality of life, wouldn’t you?
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The consequences of how we live get more significant the older we get. And the older we get, the more our lifestyle choices tend to catch up with us. -
Remember it is never too late to begin exercising, so make it your goal for 2018!
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31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 12 - Better Productivity at Work

Keeping your body active is the best way to stay alert and energetic. Exercise can improve energy levels by strengthening the circulation and the heart muscle, and in return will improve energy levels. -
Scientists have concluded that one of the best ways to beat fatigue and boost energy is to exercise more, not less. -
According to a 2006 report in the "Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry," exercise improves mental alertness by reducing feelings of tiredness and increasing stamina and energy levels.
There are even an increasing number of businesses that are making exercise in the workplace a regular feature of their work day. -
In a study done by the Brookings Institute, regular exercise at work helped increase employees' happiness and overall productivity in the workplace.
And its long term effects we’re talking here. A habit of regular exercise will help keep you mentally sharper throughout your entire life. As you age, your body generates fewer and fewer brain cells (a process called neurogenesis). -
However, early research in mice suggests that exercise can help prevent this slowdown. In other words, by the time they reach their 50s, 60s, and 70s, people who exercise might have more brain cells than their more sedentary peers — giving them a major advantage in the workplace.
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So far, I have only loved living in Devon but must admit when I saw the snowfall in the Midlands, I did want to be back there for a day just to build a snowman with my girls! We do have frost and gorgeous blue skies though don’t we and we have THE SEA! So, Devon still wins 😉 .
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Lovely crisp morning view from my favourite bridge. #devon #otterystmary #december

31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 11 - Reduces Cholesterol -
Exercise can help with weight loss, which in turn helps to lower cholesterol. Regular exercise also helps increase HDL (high density lipoprotein) 'good' cholesterol. This helps the body to move fatty deposits to the liver for disposal rather than these hanging around and blocking arteries.
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But, also don't forget the psychological benefits of exercise - it is a self control generator. Studies have demonstrated that the more you exercise, the more you are empowered to not give in to cravings. The frontal cortex of the brain is activated, meaning you are actually less likely to give in to that cholesterol inducing treat!
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Another great weekend with the family #family #friends #christmas #santa #otterystmary #nativity

Living room decorations up ( 🌲 from @cotleychristmas) and cosying in for the evening. Have been trying to get some #hygge into my life and seeking guidance from my daughter @studenthygge . I love what she's been doing on her student budget. Happy Sunday everyone...hope you're cosying in in the Northern Hemisphere or enjoying the sunshine in the southern x #cosy #hygge #countrycottage #devonlife #otterystmary #christmas #loveofbooks

31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 10 - You Can Start at Your Own Pace

I have a motivational poster on my wall which says " It's the start that stops most people". For me, it's all about momentum. Getting started is always harder, but as you go on - you get in the flow.

The good news is that you don't have to push yourself too hard. The effects of even light exercise are proven. Something is better than nothing, and it's amazing how the barriers to exercise fall away the longer you persist. It doesn't have to be unpleasant, but it does have to be regular. If you are a sedentary individual at present, simply start with a brisk walk for 10 minutes every day - most people can manage that.

If you want any more specific advice - give me a shout.
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31 Reasons to start exercise in 2018: Reason 9 - Improves Sleep 💤
Want to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more rested? Get moving!
As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. What's more, exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

What is The Exercise/Sleep Connection?

Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it reduces stress and tires you out. Early morning and afternoon exercise may also help reset the sleep wake cycle by raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger sleepiness a few hours later. It can be especially helpful if you are able to exercise outdoors and let your body absorb natural sunlight during the daytime hours.
Timing It Right

It used to be thought that working out vigorously too close to bedtime was a no-no for everyone, because it may over-stimulate the body. But it turns out that exercising at night doesn't interfere with everyone's sleep - it depends on the individual. So if you find that physical activity in the evening revs you up too much, do it earlier in the day. But if you find that the opposite is true - maybe you come home so exhausted that you plop down on the bed and fall asleep quickly - then, by all means, keep on doing what you're doing!

Credit ‪sleep.org‬
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Had a fun filled day at ottery st Mary nursery. Well worth the visit. 🎄🎁🎅🏼 #otterystmary #santasgrotto #makingmemories #family

Tomorrow! Come along to #otterystmary #Devon

31 Reasons to start Exercise in 2018: Reason 8 - Anti-depressant
An estimated 1 in 5 people are affected by mental health issues. Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease according to ‪mentalhealth.org.uk‬. Depression is more than just feeling a bit low, there are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lethargy and sleep problems. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed. The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.

Exercise is a recognised anti-depressant. Exercise not only increases blood flow to the brain, it releases endorphins, the body's very own natural antidepressant. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a chemical that promotes brain health and memory, is also reduced in depression, and exercise has been found to elevate levels of this neurotransmitter. Any type of exercise is useful, as long as it suits you and you do enough of it," says Dr Alan Cohen, a GP with a special interest in mental health. The important thing is that it is regular and sustainable.

Prevention is also better than cure. In the largest ever study of its kind, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, analysis involving more than 30,000 adults revealed those who do not exercise are almost twice as likely – 44 per cent – to suffer with depression, compared to those who were exercising one to two hours a week.

So help keep depression at bay, get active! (If you suffer from depression, do talk to your doctor about the benefits of exercise)
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“I was really worried when mum said she was going into the hospice. I thought that was the end, she was going to die in there and it would be full of other people dying. But it’s not like that.” .
Click on the #linkinbio to read Bronia and Carla’s story.

A very brief snapshot of delicious bottles for Christmas #otterystmary #ottery #christmas #christmaswine #snapshot #stockingstuffers #presents #winepresent

Great day catching up and meeting father Christmas!! Def think me and @jobenbowski were more excited than the kids!! But We werent allowed to sit on santas lap!
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And it’s NOT relaxing in the sun as the picture suggests!!!! 31 Reasons to start Exercise in 2018: Reason 7 - Stress Relief
Stress is your body's response to mental or emotional pressure. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper.

Unfortunately, people can become chronically stressed resulting in symptoms including: * Depression and anxiety
* Pain of any kind
* Sleep problems
* Autoimmune diseases
* Digestive problems
* Skin conditions, such as eczema
* Heart disease
* Weight problems
* Reproductive issues
* Thinking and memory problems

It has been reported that 77% of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms of stress.

The reasons why people suffer from stress are multi-factorial, but the good news is that there is an antidote: Exercise. Fact.

Exercise produces endorphins - chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and give us a feel good experience - and they also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.

Too stressed or busy to exercise? It’s like saying you’re in too much pain to take painkillers.
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