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1) Drink a glass of water with lemon as soon as you get up. It flushes out the toxins and will kick-start your metabolism.

2) Spend at least 15 minutes a day outside. Daylight/Sunlight reduces symptoms of depression, and it also the best source of vitamin D, which helps the body fight cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

3) Eat a small salad before your main meal - it'll help take the edge off your hunger. If you're eating salad with a meal, put the salad on your plate first to ensure you don't overdo portion sizes on the naughty stuff.

4) Swap your pre-dinner drink for water. Drinking alcohol before a meal can make you eat 837 more kilojoules than you otherwise would have.

5) Get into flaxseed oil. It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which help with heart problems, digestion, eczema, asthma, ADHD & PMS.

6) Read the labels on your food/drink - I 600ml of coke contains 3 servings (fucking scary)!!

All the above tips are probably common knowledge anyway but thought I'd share ^_^
So....thought I'd put something in this here community and help promote my work at the same time :D

Now, as most of you know I work at the City Council but what I do is as part of the sport and recreation team, I facilitate a programme that Auckland City Council runs with Sport Auckland and the YMCA called Ak Active.

Basically the aim of the programme is to promote physical activity through out the city. We put on a series of free and low cost events aimed at getting more people more active. We target a whole range of people - seniors, youth etc etc but the programme I want to mention is our parks summer programme.

Basically until the start of April there are a series of free weekly activities running in parks all over Auckland...they are just turn up and join in classes so no pressure to keep attending or anything like that. They are also run by local community providers so they are a great way of trying something out for free without having to join a centre and pay just to discover that particular activity is not for you. The classes are all beginner lever too so no worries about being in over your head.

Anyway - more information can be found here: http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/sports/akactive/activities.asp and there is also a downloadable pdf of the calender here: http://www.sportauckland.org.nz/site/story.asp?bid=1&storyID=1599

I also have millions of pocketsized calenders if anyone is keen to try any of the activities out :)

The only thing you may get asked to do is fill in an evaluation form which if asked I would very much appreciate it if you complied - makes it alot easier for me when trying to do the quarterly reports and the evaluation framework! ;P

Oh - also compiling a physical activity network database at the moment of activity providers in Auckland who would want to be included on websites such as playday etc. So I anyone attends classes anywhere and thinks their teacher would like to be included on this database (looking at you sport fighters here ;P) give me some details so I can contact them at some stage. :D



Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway.

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