July 24, 2013

The world’s easiest exercise for health and happiness

Posted in health, life, music tagged , , , , at 7:52 pm by Margi Macdonald

Everyone knows we’re all “supposed” to do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.
But what if it’s raining?
Or joining a gym and actually using your membership makes you want to crawl under a rock?
Or all those repetitions make you want to shriek, because they’re just plain boring?
Or you don’t live in a safe neighbourhood?
Or you feel really self-conscious about moving your body vigorously when you’re in public?
Or it’s too darned hot out there?

Well here’s your answer: conduct music!
Do it with passion.
Do it in your pyjamas, or dress right up.
Do it with a friend or when you’re feeling lonely and bored.

Here’s your inspiration… Enjoy!


January 5, 2012

Farewell futile expectation, desire and resolution.

Posted in brisbane, food, health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:35 pm by Margi Macdonald

A few days late, but never mind, I’ve been relaxing and working hard on a garden make-over.

So here it is, a few thoughts about 2012, and NOT making resolutions.

A friend shared these 6 Habits of Cultivating Happiness from the Greater Good Science Center. So easy and gentle, I’m sharing these on my fridge for the whole family.

The transition from 2011 to 2012 revealed an overdue shift in how we think about food and our bodies, endless dieting, shame and judgement.

As so many of us are seduced into believing we must be svelte, skinny and super-fit by mid-January and forever onwards, I’ll share these articles with you. A health professional with a love of fresh food and cooking, my hope is that clients embrace guilt-free enjoyment of great food and regular, life-affirming activity. It’s a relief to find others are exploring these ideas.

This much we know: there’s fat chance of staying slim

Getting off weight’s vicious cycle

You may also want to know that a new study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet shows that ” just 15 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity is all it takes to reap major benefits. A little bit of exercise can do a lot of good, and some is always better than none.” From Medicine Matters by Dr. Sandra Fryhofer.

I call moderate exercise :

any form of housework or gardening which raises heart-rate and a sweat

jumping or skipping

doing the Time Warp or the Hokey Pokey – with zest and laughter

brisk walking in lovely, fresh places

saluting the sun – yoga

getting off the bus or train one stop before your usual stop, and walking the rest of the way

taking the stairs, not the elevator or escalator

What are your favourite forms of exercise? We’d love your ideas and insights, shared with a comment below.


Cautions and care: This article is provided for your information and enjoyment. Before beginning a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to see your family doctor for a check-up. Similarly, if you or a loved one are struggling with an emotional or mental health concern, see your doctor.

Image: © Margi Macdonald

November 30, 2010

Imagining beauty and health

Posted in cooking, food, health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , at 10:20 am by Margi Macdonald

We certainly take a different view these says, about feminine beauty….

…compared to Botticelli’s exquisite 15th century depiction of beauty herself…

What’s going on here?

Are you able to enjoy your body without guilt?

Is each meal and snack a reason to admonish yourself with critical self-judgment?

Are you a slave to someone else’s opinion about how you should look?

How do you balance your need to move and to be still, to be nourished and comfortable, to enjoy yourself, and to be healthy?



Photographer and rights not acknowledged at online source.

Botticelli The Birth of Venus c 1486

November 25, 2010

Do you really need your over-the-counter pain-reliever today?

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:55 am by Margi Macdonald


If we simply think of it as ‘getting up and doing something’, we inevitably want to do it more and more often.

It’s free, it can make us laugh out loud, it’s entertaining, and it doesn’t come with a long list of potential medication-induced, life-threatening side-effects.

What are you doing after you read this?


Cautions & Care: This article and video do not replace medical assessment and care. If you have a health concern, or have persisiting pain, visit  an appropriately qualified health professional. The activities shown in this video may not be suitable for everybody. Please use your commonsense, or seek the guidance of a specialist exercise professional.

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