DAILY BLOG WHILE  CLASSES ARE TEMPORARILY  CLOSED

DAY 1 -  Here I am as promised, day one being off work while having to keep social distance and trying not to go out apart from shopping.  

 

I don't know what your morning routine is like but even now I still maintain certain ones, for example after breakfast I still weigh myself, not once, not twice but three times, the best out of three ha ha !!!!!  Seriously though as soon as I stop my classes the weight piles on so I have to be extremely careful because I have no willpower when it come to eating certain foods because I can't just eat one or a few , oh no I have to consume the whole lot in one go. Take yesterday for example, I was given chocolates as one of my gifts for mothers day but they went within second of opening them last night.

Talking about yesterday I was out in the garden and had my silly head on. No doubt you will have seen one video that I have already posted for a laugh on Instagram, facebook and now YOU TUBE, @keepfitwithlyn   

( haven't used youtube for years) .  We have only just moved into our bungalow so goodness know what the neighbours will think of us ?

 

I did suggest in my latest newsletter if you wanted to ask me any questions and here is one from Trish.

My question is How did you get into Tai Chi? Then go on to teach it.

Well Trish many thanks for starting the questions off . It was approx. 14 years ago when I decided to give up my full time day job and start my fitness classes again. I had always had Dancercise classes in the evenings but was getting fed up with my job at the time and decided to make a go by opening classes in the day.  I had been approached by Weight Watchers and Rosemary Conlay to open classes and work for them, but if I was prepared to put the work in then I didn't want to share my profit with anyone. I had always had aerobic / dancercise classes and in fact I am celebrating my 40th year  on 1st April this year since I first qualified.  When I looked around what was on offer during the day there wasn't anything for people of my age group or older especially if they didn't want to diet. So I thought to myself where are they going to keep fit. I couldn't see anyone  our age group in gyms, and not many community centres offered much apart from "step aerobics" at that time. Did no one offer any basic keep fit classes for both men and women.?  Hence I started to look around what was available and suitable for people of my age and above and TAI CHI was the one.

If I am honest I didn't think it was going to be my cup of tea becuase I had always been around music (which I couldn't live without even on a desert island). From the first day I started tai chi I was hooked. I took to it like ducks to water , I loved everything about it.  The more I learnt, the more I just wanted and even now I am continuing to learn all various styles, while keeping in mind the age group I teach which is mainly retired and semi retired people. I still kept open one evening class a week for the people who are working full time and now I have just 3 Dancercise classes, 3 seated classes and 9 tai chi classes weekly. What you have to remember is when the time comes for me to shut down my dancercise classes because I can no longer keep up that pace,  I can always continue Tai Chi until the day I die.

 

ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS

FROM ANDREA HURST

I joined your class as my Dr said it would be good for me because of my back problems and it would help, and it does help 
I have never tried tai chi before 
My  hobby is I make Memory cushions, Patchwork cushions, teddy bears, bunny’s, elephants  and puppy dogs from loved ones clothing,  and keepsakes from your babies 1st clothing, I also have a embroidery machine and I love it 
My hobby/interests are the above it is so rewarding
If money was not object I would love to go on a all singing and dancing world cruise
THANKS ANDREA FOR THE INFO, GLAD TAI CHI HAS  HELPED.  COUNT ME IN WHEN YOU GO ON THE SINGING AND DANCING CRUISE.  LOVELY TO HEAR WHAT HOBBIES YOU HAVE TOO.
 
FROM JILL COLES
after 40 years of teaching, I'm ready to do other things! I'm definitely going to keep doing some tai chi & would love to do some in the open air if it can be arranged. I've never forgotten the time we did it at Media City in 2014 - I'd never experienced such a feeling of calm & togetherness!
THANKS JILL I AM SURE YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED NOT TEACHING, BUT LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE AND MAY I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST FOR THE FUTURE. YES I THINK THE OPEN AIR AT MEDIA CITY WAS SOMETHING TO EXPERIENCE ONCE IN YOUR LIFE WITH SO MANY LIKE  MINDED PEOPLE DOING TAI CHI AT THE SAME TIME.
 
FROM SANDRA FAIRCLOUGH
What a great idea, Tai Chi outdoors, let’s hope the weather warms up a little.
As for me, a farmer’s daughter, mother of two Rachel and Michael, married for 33 years to the same man !!(a miracle), not retired just yet, a nurse for 38 years from Leigh Infirmary to District Nursing and finally as a Practice Nurse at several very busy GP surgeries in Atherton. I love teaching the up and coming young students who half the time have not got a clue, but hopefully when they leave they have learnt something. Tai Chi for me is me time, relaxation, mindfulness, remembering the moves of course and meeting lovely new people . We love our holidays, the countryside and walking, can’t wait to downsize some where by the coast would be lovely. I have a bucket list that I tick off now and again, I really do need to retire as it is getting longer. I would love to go to the moon, one day I would like to travel business class if I had enough money not worry about the cost, win the lottery, a hefty amount to give my two children to set them up with a house each without a mortgage and the rest to various local charities .
PS. love your Instagram posts.
THANKS SANDRA FOR THE INFO AND MAY I SAY YOU AND YOUR FELLOW NHS TEAM DO A FANTASTIC JOB, STAY SAFE.
 
Looking out of the window here comes the bin men, yes waste collectors whatever you have to call them these days but that immediately ticks off one of my pets hates DUST BINS, not so much the amount we have but the fact that people leave them outside their front door all the time. I know it's difficult if they do not have access to the rear but honestly are people really that lazy to push the bins back out of site.?  Think about your neighbours especially the ones in front who have to stare at the bins from their windows.
Tell me some of your pet hates ?
 
Meanwhile, that's all folks until tomorrow I don't want this daily blog to go one for too long, just something short and informative to get us communicating on a daily basis, look forward to hearing from you via email keepfitwithlyn@gmail.com
 
DAY 2​ - Went out for a walk yesterday and passed, at a distance, roughly 10 people and not one made eye contact. I thought what a shame that is that no one bothered to smile or nod yet the adverts are always saying it's good to talk. No I didn't want a full blown conversation with  a complete strangers but on the other hand, I simple nod of acknowledgement would have been nice.
 
FROM MARGARET SMALL
Have you thought of doing an on line tai chi session?
This is just one of many requests I have received from members and my answer is NOT MY OWN PROGRAMS because I do not want the competition to see them. However I am putting on YOU TUBE @keepfitwithlyn  some simple tai chi moves which are already out there and some dancercise moves to follow. PLEASE ensure you don't fall over anything at home and have appropriate footwear , not slippers and I would like to hear from you how many are actually following this blog ?
 
FROM GRACE MORRIS

Before I retired, I worked as a Radiographer, first at the old Salford Royal and then at Hope Hospital, now Salford Royal. I worked there for 41 years mainly in the CT Department, specialising in brain scanning. One of the first CT scanners in the UK was installed at the old Salford Royal in 1973 and I was one of the first trained there, which I continued for my whole career. I qualified to report CT head scans in 2009, later moving to Stepping Hill Hospital to become a reporting radiographer. It was so interesting but stressful at times, as knowing that you were responsible for a patient’s welfare - and possibly life - was in your hands. I thoroughly enjoyed my career, now missing my colleagues but not the stress or the politics.
My hobbies were craft-based, mainly embroidery such as drawn-thread work & Hardanger but also knitting, crochet, macrame & lace making though sadly my eyesight is making it difficult now. I also enjoy sewing & making leather bracelets which I give as gifts usually.
I go to Pilates once a week- or did! - and my favourite is your Tai Chi class.

THANKS GRACE FOR SHARING THAT WITH US SO VERY INTERESTING TO READ.

 

One question I get asked all the time from members is, how do I lose weight around my middle / stomach area.  Sorry to say it is only through dieting. Your stomach will shrink when dieting, then you can help build up muscle tone by pulling in the stomach muscle all the time. Learn how to breath and talk while holding the stomach in. No amount of sit ups will help if you do not continually help yourself by pulling in the stomach muscles.  Remember muscles are like elastic bands, when they go slack you need to pull them to get tight again constantly.

 

Bingo wings how do I get rid of them, you ask.

Depending on how bad they are, they can be improved by arm exercises biceps and triceps curls using weight. Weights can be anything you have around the house for example, water bottle, bag of sugar, bag flour, tin of beans etc..  Daily constantly exercising with weights.  Slow controlled exercises with weights and only use them for so long day to day, you do not want to end up injuring yourself. Over all body fat doesn't help so  again keep an eye on your diet and ensure you eat plenty of protein for maintaining muscle mass.  Once muscles start to deteriorate it is very difficult to get them back again unless you start at the very first sign of getting them.  Age unfortunately and a slow metabolism all play a part in producing bingo wings. There is no magic potion, its purely down to hard daily exercising with weights.

 

Bye for now, back tomorrow.

 

DAY 3 Thanks for sending me your emails to maintain this blog with information about yourselves and other comments and questions.

 

One question to me was did I have any pets ?  No I don't, I use to have dogs, budgies, cats, rabbits, goldfish etc... when I was growing up, but no longer. To be honest I am not a pet lover, even more so since getting older. They do take an amount of time looking after and then making arrangements when you go on holiday. However, I appreciate they also bring a lot of comfort to many people. I don't know why people let animals lick their faces or get onto their beds, plus hairs are everywhere. But each to their own. I use to go horse riding with my daughter when she little and wished I had kept it up.

 

FROM MORIA SHUTTLEWORTH

I joined your Tai Chi group when diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about ten years ago ( yes I think that it is that long ago). And it has kept me going, through last year when I was having trouble with my left shoulder. Much better now!

On a lighter note, where would I go if money was no object? ..... mmm, now then, the glorious beaches of Northumberland! Not very exotic, but I have some great memories there

GOSH MORIA CAN'T BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE JOINING MY CLASSES!  NORTHUMBERLAND DOES SOUND STRANGE BUT HEY I FULLY UNDERSTAND IF THAT IS WHERE HAPPY MEMORIES TAKE YOU.

 

FROM PATRICIA RUSSELL

I never thought Tai Chi would be my thing,but so look forward to it each week, so am going to miss it dreadfully.
As you know I wasn't a really confident person when I started ie if I had to go on my own I would have stayed away, and never would have stood up in front of the class and start the class off with the exercises, but not any more.
The people who go are a lovely bunch and enjoy their company.
You as the teacher are wonderful, helpful and explain everything so even us numbskulls can eventually do it.
THANKS TRISH, I WOULDN'T CALL YOURSELF A NUMBSKULL BECAUSE I GUESS WE ALL FEEL LIKE THAT WHEN WE DO SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT WE HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE. I DO LIKE TO THINK THAT I EXPLAIN THINGS IN AN EASY WAY THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND AND LOOK HOW WELL YOU HAVE IMPROVED AND HAVE SEEN YOUR CONFIDENCE GROW.
 

FROM BEV BALDWIN

I did a 10km walk this morning and have Spring cleaned the kitchen.  And yes practised my Tai Chi

WELL BEV YOU ARE JUST SHOWING OFF AND PUTTING US ALL TO SHAME - HA HA !!!!! ONLY JOKING, GOOD FOR YOU.

 

FROM GRACE MORRIS

What a brilliant Idea! Tai Chi outdoors would be great. I personally would be happy to pay you for your time even though your insurance wouldn’t be valid. Just to get outdoors and just to SEE  people is a huge bonus if you live alone. 
I would definitely be interested as I’m sure most people who are not “vulnerable” will be.
THAT'S VERY KIND OF YOU TO SAY SO, BUT NOW THAT WE ARE ON LOCKDOWN, I SHALL HAVE TO PUT IT ON HOLD FOR NOW.
 

I have been asked about back pain and what suggestions I would recommend. Firstly, I am not a medical practitioner so this is my own personal view  but nearly 80% of people in the UK suffer with lower back pain. Having a sedentary life style and poor posture is mainly to blame, in other words we are not helping ourselves.

Look at what you are sitting on. Do not sit on soft chairs, bean bags, seats that do not support your back. Look at the way you sit on the sofa for example and ensure your back is fully supported.

Keep the area warm especially to help increase the blood flow and relax the muscles if they are tight or have spasmed muscles.

Check out your foot wear too. Do not wear heels to high or shoes that have worn down heels, or completely flat shoes with no arch support because these will all contribute to a back pain which all have a knock on effect on the hips and spine. 

Wear shoes like trainers, shoes that are fully fitted and supported around the ankles that will support the feet and help keep you stable and well balanced when walking which will lead to less impact through the joints.

When sleeping try putting a cushion under your knees or between your knees depending on how you lie when sleeping.

 

The sun is shining so I am off outside to video more posts this time for tai chi and some seated ones too.

 

Bye for now, keep smiling and let your heart shine through.

 

DAY 4 -   Here we are day 4 and the sun hasn't stopped shinning since I closed my classes, so at least there is some good from having to social distance and self isolate, I guess.

Since putting on my social media  the FULL PROGRAM of the last Tai Chi we did, I have had many messages thanking me for this. The reason why I do not usually show the full program is because of my fellow instructors. A lot of work has gone into producing these programs and workshops and therefore I am reluctant to show them off out in the media.  It isn't like I get paid from social media. I will be putting some other programs out very soon mainly from Dr. Paul Lam whos programs are already on social media world wide. I trained personally under Dr. Lam when I first started to learn Tai Chi. Not only was he an expert on Tai Chi and won gold medals in the Beijing  Olympics many years ago, but he was also a Medical practitioner and was very much into finding ways of helping to improve health issues like Arthritis, Diabetes, Osteoporosis etc.. and he worked very closely with the World Health Organisation to get clarification and confirmation of how beneficially his programs are.  So I do feel that I had a great start and was educated well from the very beginning of my journey and career to learn Tai Chi under the MASTER himself.

 

From Jean

it's Jean Hindley from the 3pm  Tuesday Tai Chi, hope you are well. 
Had to tell you that I've just spent a really calming and serene 20 minutes in the garden, doing the routine. It's so wonderfully quiet outside at the moment. An added bonus was that I am able to check my moves in the french windows! 

THANKS JEAN FOR THE INFO. YES BEING ABLE TO SEE YOURSELF HELPS TO IMPROVE THE MOVES AND TO ENSURE YOUR POSTURE REMAINS CORRECT TOO.

 

FROM ANNE PILLING

I used to work in education advisory team in Wigan (science specialist) it was axed and we were made redundant. I set up my own business and work from home now, but that has dried up due to the challenging times we find ourselves in. so, as no work and no tai chi, which I absolutely love, I have just become an NHS volunteer for this crisis. I just felt I wanted to do my bit so I am a 'check in and chat' volunteer.
I have wanted to do tai chi for years. I have arthritis and high blood pressure, so the calmness of it is so good for me.
I prepared for lock down by buying some wool and I am going to start knitting aran jumpers/cardigans again for the little ones I know, and somewhere, from many years ago, I have an untouched tapestry to do. 
So during this time, I have made myself a routine: tai chi, coffee, jobs in the house, lunch, hobbies, dinner. I am lucky as I can see my daughter everyday too.
if I had limitless money I would stay for the whole summer at my close friend's hotel back in Yorkshire which overlooks Robin Hoods Bay. Stunning!
 
What are you doing during this enforced stay at home time Lyn?
GOOD FOR YOU ANNE FOR VOLUNTEERING FOR THE NHS. I AM ALSO A VOLUNTEER AT ST. ANNES HOSPICE BUT HAVE BEEN INFORMED TO REMAIN AT HOME, WHICH I FIND STRANGE WHEN THEY ARE CRYING OUT FOR HELP, ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAVE PASSED ALL MY NECESSARY CREDENTIALS TO WORK THERE. YOU WILL BE PLEASED TO KNOW THAT THE NEXT VIDEO I AM PUTTING OUT IS FOR ARTHRITIS SO HOPE YOU ENJOY LEARNING THE MOVES. I DO HOPE YOUR FRIEND'S HOTEL IN YORKSHIRE  COMES THROUGH UNSCATHED AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
 
To answer your question what am I doing, well similarly to yourself I to have a routine. I still get up at 7am and after breakfast me and husband go for a walk into the village for little bits of shopping. Then I start typing my daily blog, do a few videos silly ones as well as serious ones, then do jobs around our bungalow which we have recently moved into. Obviously all my holistic treatments have stopped too. I would use the time more on the computer because I really do need to build a new web site but with my eye being so bad I can only keep my glasses on for so long before the headaches kick in. My appointment on Monday has been cancelled at the Eye Hospital, which is of no surprise but I am certainly not complaining when there is far more people worse of than me.
 
FROM JANE ROTHWELL
Enjoying your garden activities!  Have just got back from my daily walk with dogs. Absolutely glorious here so did some tai chi, brush knee up on the hill while the dogs did doggy stuff.  Although I know it’s so awful for so many, I feel it’s important to count ones blessings and I certainly did that this morning. So far I and those I love are well, I live in a beautiful part of the world and I have my two dogs for company.  My second grandchild is due in April and I won’t be able to cuddle him/her for goodness know how long, and that, at the moment, is my biggest sadness. I am blessed but not complacent.
I send my best wishes and prayers to all those who are ill, frightened and in need.  Keep well everyone, and try to stay strong in all ways as best you can.
JANE I THINK WE ALL WANT TO COUNT OUR BLESSING EACH DAY. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND KEEP IN TOUCH WHEN YOUR SECOND GRANDCHILD APPEARS SAFELY INTO OUR WORLD. 
 
Digestion - Digestion really is important and experts suggests that we should try and eat at the same time each day and to take time over your meals giving them your full attention. ie not watching TV at the same time.  You should also eat wisely and in a way that will keep your digestive fire in balance. Experts now know that the digestive system has its own nervous system (The enteric nervous system) which plays a vital role in the digestive processors and our general health . 

It is clear that the mind has an important influence on the gut and the gut has an even bigger influence on the mind through the effect of the microbiome. Keeping our digestive fire balance really is key to a good health generally.  

Eating a really good mixture of fruit and vegetables in our diet is one way to ensure we are eating well but using these 5 spices can also offer some powerful health benefits too.

CARDAMOM,  CUMIN,  FENNEL SEED,  GINGER  AND  TURMERIC.

 

Please keep your comments coming, and 8pm tonight stand at the front door and CLAP for our NHS workers.

 

Until tomorrow, keep smiling, stay safe 

 

DAY 5 - It was quite a sight last night seeing so many people coming to their front doors clapping for the NHS HEROES, and well deserved too.

 

It is lovely to hear from so many of you about the videos Im posting and sending me your comments to include in my daily blog. 

 

FROM VICTORIA HOUGHTON

I’ve now received my letter from the NHS telling me to self isolate for 12 weeks due to my medical condition and the fact that I take immunosuppressant medication.  So, I also have to stay a distance from even my family in the same house!  Thankfully though,  I so far feel quite well but as you know I was very unwell for a few weeks in January and February so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
I took ill health retirement several years ago due to a serious health condition.  I had worked with this condition as a Legal Secretary for over 26 years but become seriously ill and was hospitalised for several weeks in 2008.  It was not known if I would survive as my kidneys were failing and I had inflamed membranes around my lungs plus other things I won’t go into detail about.  Long story short, after this I made the decision to retire to spend time with my two beautiful girls who were aged 12 and 3 at the time.  Four years ago I became a volunteer with the Coroner’s Court Support Service in Cheshire supporting families and witnesses who had to attend Inquests, a role which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Though I don’t volunteer any more, the Court have kept me on as an ad hoc Court Clerk to cover hearings when needed.
My main hobby is sewing and I post photos of my creations on my Instagram page @Sew Louisa Rose.  I really enjoy sewing when I can and love to give my homemade things to family and friends as gifts.
I am hoping to do a craft fair at some point in the future.
I first of all attended the Tai chi classes in Atherton having been recommended to try Taichi by my Consultant Rheumatologist and from the very beginning I have absolutely enjoyed them, though if I’m honest, even though I practice at home, my memory for remembering the moves is awful.  After a few months I decided to give the Dancercise a try.  I was unsure if I could manage it because of my arthritis and joint problems, but with Lyn’s encouragement to just do what I could, I absolutely love it.  I know if I am struggling to do a move, then I can just do what I can to keep up some movement.  Sometimes I do feel quite wiped out after class, but the benefits it has given me not only in my stamina and movement but also my mental health, has been amazing.  Anyone who struggles with illness can very easily become down and feel frustrated because they can’t do what they used to do, but the support of Lyn and the laughs along the way, have really boosted me.  I’ve even lost a stone in weight since last September, which has been a lovely bonus.
Thanks for the videos Lyn, you are really giving me a giggle.
Question -  Do you have any exercises that can make me taller?

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH VICTORIA FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION AND FILLING US IN TO THE HEALTH ISSUES YOU ARE FACING EVEN WITHIN YOUR OWN HOME.

YOU ARE A CREDIT TO YOURSELF BECAUSE AS YOU POINTED OUT IT IS VERY EASY TO STAY INDOORS FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF AND TO THINK THAT NOT ONLY DO YOU ATTEND THE STANDING TAI CHI BUT ALSO THE DANCERCISE CLASSES ALSO. - IF I HAD A HAT ON I WOULD TAKE IT OFF TO YOU. -- REGARDING EXERCISES TO MAKE YOU TALLER, PERHAPS TRY STANDING ON A BOX , PUTTING CARDBOARD IN YOUR SHOES OR WEARING PLATFORM SHOES - HA HA !!!! YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR IS WICKED.

 

FROM MARGARET WOOD

These are some of the silly things that have happened to me and Paul  while being pushed in a wheelchair when we’ve been shopping in supermarkets. We were doing our shopping and following a woman who suddenly stopped, Paul had to put the brakes on extremely hard on the wheelchair, but momentum made me move forward and I was within in three inches from biting this woman on her bottom. The reason for this – she decided to answer her mobile phone. Staff and other shoppers were wiping their eyes because of tears of laughter.
On another shopping expedition, I had to ask a gentleman if he could hitch up his trousers, as when bent down he exposed a rather big builders crack and it was on my nose line. So, I pointed out the reason why I asked him to do this was that I didn’t want a dirty nose. I dread to think what would have happened if I sniffed at the wrong time!
THANKS MARGARET, I TOO HAVE HAD TO STOP SUDDENLY WHEN MOTHER WAS ALIVE AND USE TO PUSH HER IN A WHEELCHAIR BECAUSE THE PERSON IN FRONT HAS STOPPED TO ANSWER A MOBILE PHONE . I WOULDN'T MIND BUT IF THE CHAIR HAS GONE INTO THAT PERSON THEY WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PLEASED AND IT HAS HAPPENED WHEN PUSHING A SHOPPING TROLLY TOO. I THINK MOBILE PHONES SHOULD BE BANNED IN PUBLIC PLACES LIKE SMOKING.
AS FAR AS THE MANS' BOTTOM SHOWING MORE THEN HE SHOULD, DON'T THESE PEOPLE FEEL THEIR TROUSERS FALLING DOWN, HARDLY ANY MAN WEARS A BELT THESE DAYS JUST LIKE THEY DON'T CARRY TISSUES AND HANKIES.
 
QUESTION - tell me what other things should be banned in public, let me hear your thoughts and comments, via email
 
BICARBONATE OF SODA - Is useful for just about everything. It is good as a scourer, a whitener and a powerful antibacterial cleaner. Its is great for burnt pans, just sprinkle in the pot or pan then top with a little vinegar. Leave overnight and the next day add some water, bring to a quick boil then wait until cool before scrubbing.
 
REIKI AND WHAT IS IT ?  Reiki basically means spirit / energy power. -  As a Reiki Master I am often asked what is Reiki?
The person giving Reiki ( which is hands off )  channels energy through their body and out of their hands to the patient/client. Reiki energy is universal and has no limits. The person giving and receiving Reiki is protected from negative energy and the only thing that is channelled is pure healing energy. There is no need for the patient/client to undress since Reiki goes through clothes, blankets and plaster casts. Reiki can also be performed for healing at a distance for both humans and animals.
The fact that Reiki is such a simple procedure seems to be the most difficult thing to understand. I am often asked if I see or hear anything while giving Reiki but that depends on the patient/client, sometimes yes I do but not very often. Usually I fall into a kind of very pleasant meditative space when I connect to the Reiki.
For the patient/client  receiving Reiki can feel a general relaxed state of well-being, while others have a strong physical and emotion reactions, indicating that the body healing processes are working. Reiki is very good at detecting weaknesses in the body and has good results for speeding up acute pain and broken bones. Even if the patient/client does not have any particular health issues they  can experience a spiritual force similarly to meditation.
 
Until tomorrow, take care.
 
DAY 6 - Isn't it funny how one situation has a knock on effect, for instance, while we were out for our morning walk you should have seen the amount of discarded white and blue plastic gloves we saw on the pavements. Then because there is hardly any traffic on the roads the number of drivers who are speeding past well over the speed limit is unbelievable and not just boy racers. We have heard and read about gangs of youths on bikes hanging about in an around the area, giving out verbal abuse and probably up to others things too when our backs are turned, which is only to be expected I guess.  I know these are little things considering the bigger picture but I am only pointing them out.
 
Thanks for your comments asking for more videos and I shall do my very best but I would love to receive more content from you  to put onto my daily blog and I haven't received any yet from my men members.  You may not think you have lead an interesting life, but let us the readers be the judge of that. Tell us your story, your pet hates,  your favorite holiday, jokes even.  Some people are not getting news papers so this is something for our members to read while passing the time of day.
 
DID YOU KNOW  -
WATERMELONS may help to prevent postrate cancer. They have a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant linked with a lower rate of prostate cancer.
MANDARINS help to relieve an upset tummy. The Chinese have used mandarins to help to settle digestive upsets, alleviate nausea and as an expectorant. In France the fruit is given to children to relieve indigestion and hiccups.
BRIGHTLY COLOURED VEGETABLES not only look great o the plate but the plant pigment they contain are rich sources of disease fighting antioxidants. These compounds help to protect cells from damage that can lead to cancer and heart disease.
 
Until tomorrow, keep your pecker up, stay safe 
 

DAY 7 - Thank you for replying to my newsletter , when asking for more content to include in my daily blog. Hopefully, I should have enough for a couple of days now but please keep your comments, stories, jokes and questions coming in.
 
While out on our morning walk we saw two police officers walk into a shop to buy chocolate. Now one would say that isn't classed as essential shopping on the other hand I can hear all you chocoholics differently ha ha !!!!!!!!!!!
 
Thought I would begin today with a joke from a member.
FROM SIMON GIFFORD
One day I was walking my dog Paddy beside the canal. Coming towards me was a woman walking a little dog which fell into the canal and couldn't get out. 
Before I could offer any help, a German jumped into the canal and rescued the woman's dog. When he handed the dog back he said to her ( use your best German accent for this bit), you must take your dog home and dry him, Zen make sure he is warm and drinks plenty of water.
The woman thanked him profusely and then asked him if he was a vet.
Vet he said, I'm bloody soaking!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT SIMON, IT GAVE US A GIGGLE. PLEASE SEND US MORE.
 
FROM SANDRA O'HARA
I have also noticed some cars driving faster now that the roads are quiet.
It's a pity the 'social distancing' measures can't continue to a degree in supermarkets when things are back to normal, instead of people pushing up behind you at the checkouts, but I don't think this will happen!
I've been having my daily walk (luckily the weather has been good so far, although cooler now), going on our exercise bike and practising my Tai Chi.  Thank you for the videos on You Tube, Lyn, which are very helpful.  I was very jealous when I saw how you could get your foot up on the wheelie bin!
As we are spending so much time at home, I'm doing some of the jobs that I would normally put off till 'another time'.  Now is the time!

YES SANDRA, THIS IS AN IDEAL TIME TO DO THOSE JOBS YOU WERE PUTTING OFF, I THINK EVERYONE HAS A CUPBOARD, DRAWER, LOFT, ROOM OR GARDEN SHED THAT REQUIRES SORTING OUT. GLAD YOU ARE MAKING USE OF THE VIDEOS AND KEEPING ACTIVE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

 

That brings me onto a question FROM KATH WANTLING
I am just curious how you are able to pick the very best music for the dance classes? you clearly have a love of music..
How do you stay energised?  I'm missing classes very much
WELL KATH, YES I DO LOVE MUSIC AS YOU KNOW GLYN AND I ARE BIG NORTHERN SOUL AND MOTOWN FANS, PLUS I ADORE DANCING OF ANY KIND. MY FATHER WAS A WELL KNOWN DANCE BAND LEADER IN MANCHESTER MANY YEARS AGO, WHO PLAYED THE DRUMS AND WENT UNDER THE NAME OF THE JAY LESLIE DANCE BAND. THEREFORE, I WAS BROUGHT UP WITH MUSIC AND DANCE FROM AN EARLY AGE. MY LOVE OF DANCE OBVIOUSLY STARTED WITH BALLROOM DANCING, THEN DANCING ROUND THE MAYPOLE AT INFANT SCHOOL, SCOTTISH DANCING AT JUNIOR SCHOOL, THEN NORTHERN SOUL & DISCO DURING MY TEENAGE YEARS. 
UPON LEAVING SCHOOL I FELL INTO KEEP FIT BY ACCIDENT.   I WENT TO NIGHT SCHOOL TO LEARN SPANISH BUT HEARD MUSIC COMING FROM THE MAIN HALL AND SAW LADIES EXERCISING TO MUSIC AND THE REST IS HISTORY AS THEY SAY.
WHENEVER I HEAR MUSIC MY FEET AUTOMATICALLY START TAPPING TO THE BEAT AND IN MY HEAD I START TO MAKE UP ROUTINES WHICH KEEPS ME ENTHUSIASTIC.
CHOOSING MUSIC FOR MY CLASSES IS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO THAT A LICENCE WAS REQUIRED TO PLAY MUSIC IN PUBLIC WHICH WAS VERY EXPENSIVE, BUT NOW YOU DO NOT REQUIRE ONE PROVIDING THE MUSIC ISN'T BY THE ORIGINAL ARTIST.   SO ALTHOUGH I AM SAVING MONEY THE CHOICE OF MUSIC AVAILABLE IS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

 

FROM JOAN HORNER
I was a nurse once upon a time! I trained at Bart’s in London. Did midwifery in Harrogate where I met my husband. Went back to Bart’s as a pink.(A junior sister) working in the operating theatres.
I worked in the out patient department at Bolton General whilst the boys were at school until I retired.
GOOD FOR YOU JOAN FOR SHARING THAT, YOU ARE ANOTHER ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO WORKED FOR OUR NHS, LOOKING AFTER AND KEEPING US SAFE .
 
FROM CAROL TURNER
I have been doing the Monday 2 pm Shevington routine while my porridge cools. Couldn't quite remember the last bit so it is great to be able to follow you in your sunny garden.
I had a lovely letter with a rainbow from my 4 year old grandson who is just learning to write. The rainbow is in my front window for all to enjoy. 

HEY CAROL I SEE A NUMBER OF RAINBOWS IN FRONT WINDOWS WHILE OUT FOR OUR MORNING WALK. THEY COME IN VARIOUS STYLES AND LOVELY TO LOOK AT. YOU MUST TREASURE YOURS.

SO IMPRESSED YOU ARE CONTINUING TO PRACTICE YOUR TAI CHI.

 
DID YOU KNOW ?
WHY BALSAMIC VINEGAR IS EXPENSIVE,  is due to its' process. Rich, dark and mild-flavoured balsamic vinegar originated in Modena, Italy.
Many consider it to be the best quality vinegar available. Balsamic vinegar is produced from a type of red wine and the most prized and expensive varieties and are aged 15 - 50 years.
WHEAT GERM may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. In a recent study by Harvard Medical School showed that eating more whole grain foods such as wheat germ reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
TOMATOES were once called the "apple of love". The tomato which is botanically a fruit used to be called a love apple. This was nothing to do with it's voluptuous, shape or passionate colour. In fact in Italy it was called "pomi dei mori" the apples of the moors. When said aloud, it sounded to the French like "pomme d'amour' and to you are I in English  was translated to "apple of love".
 
Until tomorrow , keep active.
 
 
DAY 8 - ONE week, hopefully we are all remaining safe and healthy after our first week in lock down and I have just put my first £1 coin in a jar for charity when classes re-open again.
 
I am receiving some wonderful comments from members  informing me how the daily blog cheers them up so please keep your stories coming and any contribution you wish to make.
 
FROM JANE ROTHWELL
I heard a Psychologist on TV say that in order to maintain inner peace while 'locked' indoors during this Covid-19 saga we should take the opportunity to finish things we had started. I looked through my house to find those things I had started but never  finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. Telum u luvum and tellum also to kip seyf.
THANKS JANE FOR THIS CONTRIBUTION - HOPE YOUR HANG OVER HAS GONE - HA HA !!!!!  VERY FUNNY MUCH APPRECIATED.
 
FROM GRACE MORRIS
Please can you either do a video or write a list of a warm up routine? I do the last routine every morning to ease the agonising stiffness when I first get up. The only trouble is I don’t know if I have the right order and I’m probably missing some out.
OF COURSE I WILL GRACE, MANY THANK FOR ASKING, I WILL POST THE VIDEO SHORTLY WHICH EVERYONE CAN DO ON A DAILY BASIS.
 
FROM BEV BALDWIN
Just read the blog Lyn it’s great. I have always kept a journal it’s very therapeutic especially when we face moments like this. I have been reading last year’s journal when Alan was with us and very ill. The irony is I am just getting my new life on track and then this happens! It makes me appreciate how deep I can dig to get through things with an optimistic outlook. Talking about digging I have been in the garden all morning, it’s really cold but I have cleaned everything down. Off out again to net the strawberries this afternoon, planted some salad seeds yesterday and astoundingly I have done about 5000 steps! 
Keep up the good work - I am starting 73 TAI CHI Form next week, I will keep you posted.
WELL BEV YOU HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN A BUSY LADY. GOOD ON YOU FOR YOUR OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK AFTER SUCH A TRAUMATIC YEAR. YES GLYN WEARS A FIT WATCH AND IT IS VERY SURPRISING HOW MANY STEPS WE DO AROUND THE HOUSE ON A DAILY BASIS. 
GOOD LUCK WITH THE 73 FORM AND IF CLASSES ARE GOING TO BE CLOSED FOR MUCH LONGER WE MAY ALL START THE 73 TAI CHI FORM TOO.
 
FROM   CEINWEN DAVIES 
Thankyou for putting the dance routine on YouTube. Just done my first one and will now continue daily .
 
FROM KATHLEEN THOMPSON
Can you remind us how long we can be idle before our muscles starting wasting away?    You said something about it before Christmas but I am not sure I heard correctly as I think you said mere minutes.    Does age and muscles make a difference?    Why do our arms ache so much when doing arm exercises for instance?    Some movements or exercises seem impossible,   for instance I don`t remember ever being about to crouch down from a standing position and then stand up again without struggling and pushing up from the floor.   Body weight seems to make no difference because I have noticed sometimes overweight women being able to move up and down like two year olds.     Which is a thought............if two year olds can move up and down as they do, we all did it once so what went wrong?    This is a subject that has long fascinated me so I would love your advice on this.
THANKS KATHLEEN FOR YOUR QUESTIONS WHICH I SHALL  TRY AND MAKE SHORT AND SWEET.  
MUSCLES START TO DETERIORATE APPROX. AFTER 20 MINS IF YOU DON'T USED THEM.  
DEPENDING ON HOW FIT YOU ARE IT WILL TAKE A WHILE  SAY 3  - 4 WEEKS BEFORE YOU WOULD NOTICE .
EVEN FIT AND HEALTHY PEOPLE WILL NOTICE LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS EVENTUALLY IF THEY STOP EXERCISING, THAT IS WHY SPORTS PEOPLE WILL OFTEN MAINTAIN THEIR TRAINING SESSIONS BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT IS ALSO GOOD TO REST THE MUSCLES TOO  SAY EVERY OTHER DAY.
YES AGE AND MUSCLE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
AS WE GET OLDER THERE IS A LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS AND STRENGTH, IT IS CALLED SARCOPENIA. THIS DECREASES WITH AGE AND MOBILITY.
ARMS CAN ACHE FOR VARIOUS REASONS. 
IT CAN BE DUE TO VERY RARELY USING THEM SO SORENESS CAN OCCUR OR POOR CIRCULATION DUE TO LACK OF BLOOD SUPPLY OR IT COULD BE DUE TO AN INJURY OR TRAPPED NERVE IN THE UPPER ARMS / SHOULDER .
BEING UNABLE TO DO CERTAIN EXERCISES LIKE SQUATS CAN BE DUE TO STIFF  JOINTS AND NOT KEEPING THEM SUPPLE. 
BEING OVERWEIGHT DOESN'T MATTER IF THE PERSON REMAINS ACTIVE, HOWEVER BEING OVERWEIGHT WILL PUT STRAIN ON JOINTS AND CERTAIN VITAL ORGANS LIKE THE HEART AND LUNGS.
CHILDRENS BONES ARE MORE FLEXIBLE AND SOFTER THAN ADULTS BECAUSE OF THEIR CHEMICAL COMPOSITION WHILE GROWING UP PLUS THEIR MUSCLES AND TENDONS CAN STRETCH MORE EASILY WHEN YOUNG. 
AS WE GET OLDER OUR BONES BECOME HARDER , MUSCLES AND TENDONS BECOME TIGHTER AND IS OFTEN RESTRICTED ALONG WITH OUR MOBILITY, BALANCE AND RANGE OF MOVEMENT.
MY PERSONAL ADVICE WOULD BE TO KEEP ACTIVE DAILY TO ENSURE YOU MAINTAIN YOUR MOBILITY, INCREASE BONE DENSITY AND BRAIN ACTIVITY. 
DO NOT SIT FOR LONG PERIODS AND MOVE AROUND TO HELP IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION. 
MAINTAIN A GOOD HEALTHY WEIGHT WITH A VARIETY OF HEALTHY FOODS AND DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS TO KEEP HYDRATED, PREFERABLY WATER.
MAINTAIN A GOOD SOCIAL LIFE AND TREAT EVERY DAY AS AN ADVENTURE WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK AND ENJOY LIFE.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
People over 65 and older who EAT FISH ONCE A WEEK had a 60% chance of reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than those who do not eat fish. Research studies find that taking the B-vitamin folic acid helps in reducing the risk of Alzheimer. This vitamin helps to regulate blood levels of homocysteine. People with Alzheimer appear to have high levels of homocysteine .
SALMON, SARDINES AND OTHER SEAFOOD help to counter inflammation.
DRINKING WATER is essential in maintaining good health. It helps to regulate body temperature, transport nutrients to your body's cells and helps to remove waste. Sensitivity to thirst diminishes with age and older people are susceptible to dehydrated which can cause confusion, tiredness, headaches and hallucination. Depending on body size, weather conditions etc.. we need to drink approx 6 - 8 glasses water per day.
Although tea and coffee can be included I would still highly recommend drinking plain water during the day too.
 
until tomorrow, keep drinking your water.
 
DAY 9
WAKING UP THIS MORNING I HONESTLY COULDN'T THINK WHAT DAY IT WAS, IT TOOK ME A FEW SECONDS BEFORE REALISING IT WAS MONDAY AND I WASN'T WORKING.  - WHAT A STRANGE FEELING IT WAS.
 
One of the positive side to not working is that I can grow my nails. Due to giving massages I have to keep my nails extremely short so not to hurt my clients. Apart from going on holiday is the only time I can grow them. - every cloud has a silver lining.
 
FROM JANET DAVENPORT
Looking back on all your blogs I was interested that you mentioned ( on day 1) that you weigh yourself every morning. We are quite the opposite! We got rid of our bathroom scales when our 3 daughters reached their teens, to avoid excessive weighing themselves, fad diets, anorexia and peer pressure to be thin. Our eldest daughter is now 35, and we have never replaced our scales. We get weighed once a year at our MOT at the doctors, and that’s it! I can usually tell by my clothes whether I’ve put a pound or two on. I’m never tempted to jump on the scales when we visit our daughters, or friends houses, although I know my husband does - he usually announces his current weight when we’re on our way home!  Just interesting how people differ in their attitudes to their weight.
THANKS JANET FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND WHAT A GOOD QUESTION TO ASK OUR MEMBERS - COME ONE TELL US YOUR VIEWS ON DIETING ?
GETTING ON THE SCALES EVERY MORNING, 3 TIMES HA HA, IS SOMETHING I HAVE DONE FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER AND APART FROM WHEN I AM ON HOLIDAY IS JUST A PART OF MY DAILY ROUTINE AS CLEANING MY TEETH.  
UNFORTUNATELY, SOME PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED WITH WATCHING THE SCALES AND GET EXTREMELY ANGRY, UPSET, DEPRESSED EVEN, WHEN THE NUMBER ON THE SCALES SHOWS NO SIGNS OF DECREASING. AS I TELL MY MEMBERS, YOU CAN STILL REMAIN THE SAME WEIGHT AFTER DIETING AND EXERCISING BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW HOW YOUR BODY SHAPE IS CHANGING.
TELL US MEMBERS WHAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS WITHOUT THINKING?
 
FROM SUSAN WHITTLE
Lovely to keep in touch Lyn. 
I've been trying the Joe Wicks senior exercises on You tube but they aren't very inspiring! Can you do more of your more recent routines? The music makes all the difference! 
YES I WILL SUSAN AS OTHER MEMBERS HAVE REQUESTED THIS TOO. I TOTALLY AGREE THE MUSIC DOES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO GET MOTIVATED WHICH HELPS MEMBERS FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES.
 
FROM  ELSPETH RANDALL
Lyn thank you for keeping in touch with us all. It’s really cheering in these testing times as my coming to your dance exercise classes always feels like  meeting up with friends as well as doing a workout. How we are all missing those ordinary humdrum activities that we have always been able to take for granted in pre-pandemic times. 
Now you asked for something for the blog so here are some musings from the home front. It does feel a bit like a war in some ways but we are not being asked to fight anyone just lie low while our magnificent NHS staff do their best to care for those who are severely affected by the virus. 
In common with everyone else life has changed massively for me but as a family we are adjusting and trying to make the best of a tricky situation. I have just finished taking part in my second virtual choir rehearsal on Zoom. I have been able to speak to my wee granddaughter Zoe aged 2 who lives in St Albans via Portal. It was my son’s 40th birthday on Friday so we had a meet up on FaceTime with our glasses charged with fizz and we have promised him a real celebration post-pandemic. Some firsts for me have been getting Netflix, buying a book online for the Kindle app on my IPad ready for what will probably be a virtual book club meeting in early May. Another first is the purchase of coconut oil impregnated loo roll at Aldi! It was all they had ! 
Another big change is arranging to pay my milk lady from Haigh by bank transfer. I will miss her calling and our chats about whether or not she and her horse have qualified for the Horse of the Year show but we will resume our normal arrangements when it’s safe to do so. 
One dilemma I have yet to work out is what to do with my hair colour whilst in lockdown. Time to embrace the grey maybe ? 
Anyway let’s hope everyone else is coping and managing to stay well!  Uncertain times but it will be worth it if we manage to slow the spread of Covid19 until some clever scientists find a vaccine or an anti-viral drug to stop it in its tracks.
I’d be interested to hear how others are faring with the huge adjustments we are having to make? Take care everyone
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION AND AGAIN ANOTHER GOOD QUESTION FOR OUR MEMBERS -  
I THINK WE SHALL SEE A DIFFERENCE TO HOW PEOPLE WILL REACT AND CHANGE AFTERWARDS. I GUESS MORE PEOPLE ARE TOLD TO WORK FROM HOME, PAYING MORE PEOPLE VIA BANK TRANSFER, PAYING FOR ITEMS VIA CREDIT CARDS AND USE LESS CASH AND HOPEFULLY OUR ELDERLY WILL BE TAKEN MORE CARE OF SOMEHOW. USING MORE PHONE APPS FOR SCREENING PATIENTS INSTEAD OF GOING TO SURGERIES, WHO KNOWS ??????  TELL US WHAT YOU THINK?
 
FROM GWYNNETH THRELFALL
THE BANANA LOAF CAKE
A great favorite which uses rip bananas up. I have used less sugar and fat then the normal amount, to produce a slightly healthier cake for people who are weight- watching or diabetic. The bananas provides some of the sweetness. 
You can add spices, mixed fruit, nuts or cocoa to make it into a different cake (bananas go so well with chocolate).
 
Ingredients 
6 oz / 170g homemeal flour, sifted
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
half teaspoon of baking powder
pinch salt
2 oz / 50g soft brown sugar
2 oz / 50g butter or low fat spread (soften)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
one large egg
3 very ripe bananas
 
METHOD  - preheat oven 350 degrees F or 157 C, prepare a 5 inc x 9 inc (12 cm x 22cm) loaf tin (I use grease proof liners, but you can grease your tin and line it)  Mash bananas, add flour, sugar, fat, vanilla, bicarb, baking powder and egg and mix well.
Add 2 to the tin, bake at 350F or 157C for 50 - 60 mins, testing deepest part with a fine point and  if it comes out clean its ready.
rest the cake on a cooking rack, when cold, wrap and store in an air type container.
THANK YOU SO MUCH GWYNNETH FOR THAT INFORMATION BUT I THINK YOU MISSED OUT ONE IMPORTANT THING 
AT THE END -  EAT IT !!!!  
 
DID YOU KNOW ? 
BANANAS have an excellent source of potassium and vitamin B as well as a source of folate and fibre. Each banana is roughly 95 kcals mainly in the form of fruit sugar and starch, so don't eat too many during the day.  A medium banana contains 400mg of potassium which plays a helping role in lowering blood pressure and has a calming effect on the body due to its content of amino acid tryptophan which stimulates the production of serotonin a neurotransmitter.  Some of the dietary fibre in bananas is soluble fibre which is also helpful in lowering cholesterol levels. - now you will look at that plain yellow banana in a different way from now on and include it in your weekly eating habit.
 
until tomorrow - shop safely, keep your distance
 
DAY 10
WOULD YOU AGREE THAT THE WEATHER PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART ON OUR WELL BEING AND HOW IT MAKES US FEEL.
WHEN THE SUN WAS SHINING LAST WEEK IT MADE US FEEL HAPPIER, MOTIVATED AND A  MORE POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE.
NOW WHEN THE WEATHER IS COOLER AND WINDY WE NO LONGER FEEL LIKE WE DID. GETTING MOTIVATED TO DO THINGS BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT, WE BEGIN TO COMFORT EAT, WE FEEL LESS POSITIVE ABOUT THINGS IN GENERAL AND EVERYTHING BECOMES MORE OF AN EFFORT.  HOPEFULLY MY POSTS ON INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE WILL BRING SOME JOY IN THESE TRICKY TIMES AHEAD.
 
FROM CAROLE SENIOR
Many thanks for the blog and the videos; filming the 'garden gym' ones must have given your neighbours a giggle. Any chance you could post a warm-up routine please? I know it's top-to-toe but I always leave something out and I'm so busy trying to think what comes next that I don't pay proper attention to what I'm doing! It would help get me mobile in the morning, with the Tai Chi routine to keep me relaxed later in the day.
Sorry I haven't joined in earlier, but I've had tech- problems [nothing new there, then!] I unplugged my laptop and one of the pins stayed in the wall!? I've now managed to buy a replacement charger so I'm back - I have a phone but, apart from the too-small screen for watching videos, my technical skills are on a par with my physical co-ordination! I can now position my laptop so that I can watch and follow your lead; as ever, I struggle to keep the moves in sequence left to myself.
I first came to Tai Chi, on a recommendation from my Alexander Technique teacher, to improve balance & co-ordination [I've always struggled with left/right discrimination] as well as long term spinal problems. And I get my best night's sleep of the week following the weekly class.
YES I AM SURE THE NEIGHBOURS THINK WE ARE MAD CAROLE.  MANY THANK FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND I SYMPATHISE WITH YOU REGARDING ANYTHING TO DO WITH COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY. OTHER MEMBERS HAVE COMMENTED THAT AFTER TAI CHI IT IS THE BEST NIGHTS SLEEP THEY HAVE HAD.
 
FROM JOHN HARRISON
I didn't start in accountancy until I was thirty years old but found it suited me exactly and I loved every minute of it, especially in my early days, when one of my first tasks was manually entering and balancing the ledgers. I had to use an Olivetti adding machine on which you pulled a handle to enter the numbers in. Anybody else remember using them?
I think I always had the right mindset to be an accountant though,  shown by this conversation I had with Jill when discussing our wedding plans almost fifty years ago now:
Me:     September the second is a really good date for our wedding
Jill:      is it a birthday or significant anniversary in your family then?
Me:     No, it's the first date on which we can claim the married persons rebate for this tax year.
Jill:      How romantic. (Sigh)
After I claimed the rebate (£35) Jill insisted we didn't squander it on anything practical so we had a weeks holiday in Ibiza.
For the final twelve years before retirement I was the Finance Manager for Bolton Hospice and found it very fulfilling working there.
One of my hobbies is completing 1000 piece jigsaws that don't give you a picture to follow. You are given an opening picture and then have to work out what happens next.
Even after attending your classes for six years I still struggle with the concept of emptying my mind of external thoughts and i know that letting my mind wander leads to mistakes. Any tips for getting into that state of mindfulness?
I  will look forward to perhaps seeing Dr Lam's Arthritis program on Facebook as it is my favourite movement and I still do it regularly but no doubt a few idiosyncrasies have crept in.
HEY JOHN MANY THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORIES AND TO JILL TOO. CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING TOGETHER FOR OVER 50 YEARS. I REMEMBER THE ADDING MACHINE AND  WHEN I WORKED AT A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS, MANY MOONS AGO,  I USED TO USE A COMPTOMETER . DID YOU EVER COMPLETE THE JIG SAW? I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU HAVE BOTH BEEN WITH ME FOR 6 YEARS NOW BUT I WAS PLEASE TO READ THAT YOU STILL PRACTICE THE ARTHRITIS PROGRAM AND IT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE ONES. I HOPE TO POST A VIDEO IN THE NEAR FUTURE ABOUT MINDFULNESS AND RELAXATION.
 
FROM LYNETTE HERITAGE
I am sure we are all missing family, especially cuddles with grandchildren.  We are all on WhatApp so are able to do a video link between us to keep in touch.  My biggest worry is shopping, I dread having to go to the shops.  Not been for over a week now and eventually managed to get a click and collect slot at Tesco Horwich next Friday.  We may be eating some funny combinations before we get the order!!
Some people know that I belong to a group #1000miles so try to walk every day.  I have not been out, not even for the daily walk allowed.  I've been gardening while weather is nice.  It is also surprising how far you can walk in the house if you keep getting up to do something.  I absolutely love jigsaws and usually have a good stash at this time of the year when the weather can be bad.  I've completed 4 so far, 3 which were WasJigs which means the picture on the box is not the actual jigsaw.  Either they are the reverse that the person on the box can see (cows charging up a street towards carol singers and shoppers), the future or past (dinosaur exhibition which become live animals) or another was a mirror image which really confused my brain!!  Just started no 5 which is a straight forward one of an old fashioned toy shop.  It means I'm not sat in front of the TV.  I go between my reading corner in the conservatory, the dining table, kitchen (when cooking - not nibbling!) and across the garden to the greenhouse.
've been out planting carrots, beetroots, spring onions and swiss chard under cloches in the garden and salad leave and peas in the greenhouse.  Could do with a magic spell to get them growing quickly ready for harvesting.
I am missing my Dancersize  and Tai Chi pals and of course your smiley face Lynn.  Keep up the good work with the videos and I will go across and look at your daily blog.  Take good care of yourselves everyone.
GOOD HEAVENS LYNETTE FOR SOMEONE WHO HASN'T BEEN OUT YOU HAVE CERTAINLY KEPT BUSY. I WAS TIRED JUST READING YOUR COMMENTS. AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED IT IS SURPRISING HOW MANY STEPS YOU DO WITHIN THE HOME SO I AM SURE YOU ARE SMASHING YOUR TARGET OF 1,000 MILES.  YOU DID NOT SAY IF IT WAS 1,000 MILES WEEK, MONTH, YEAR ?
 
DID YOU KNOW?
ADRENALINE, UNLIKE MOST HORMONES HAS AN ALMOST INSTANT EFFECT. IF THE BODY IS UNDER THREAT FROM A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE TO A WILD ANIMAL, ADRENALINE PREPARES THE BODY TO CONFRONT THE DANGER OR RUN AWAY, (FIGHT OR FLIGHT SYNDROME).  HOW DOES IT DO THIS ? IT MAKES YOUR BODY FASTER AND STRONGER BY INCREASING HEART AND BREATHING RATES, PLUS THE AMOUNT OF GLUCOSE REACHING THE MUSCLES.
THE TONGUE HAS ABOUT 10,000 TASTE DETECTING BUDS. THEY DETECT JUST 4 BASIC TASTES, SWEET, SOUR, SALTY AND BITTER.  THE TASTE BUDS ARE ON DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TONGUE WHICH IS SENSITIVE TO DIFFERENT TASTES AND IS DETECTED BY A SPECIFIC AREA OF THE TONGUE.
THE TONGUE DOES MORE THAN DETECT THOSE 4 BASIC TASTES, IT HAS PAIN DETECTORS, TOUCH AND HEAT RECEPTORS TOO. WHEN YOU EAT A HOT CHILLI PEPPER  IT IS ACTUALLY PAIN THE TONGUE CAN FEEL. THE TOUCH RECEPTORS DETECTS THE  TEXTURE OF THE FOOD BE IT ROUGH OR SMOOTH AND THE HEAT ONES DETECTS IF THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING IS HOT OR COLD, THEREFORE HELPING TO MAKE YOUR FOOD MORE OR LESS ENJOYABLE.
 
PLEASE KEEP YOUR STORIES COMING VIA EMAIL, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DAILY BLOG.
 
BYE FOR NOW, STAY STRONG.
 
DAY 11
 
WITH SO MUCH NEWS ON TV REGARDING THE CORONA VIRUS,  PERSONALLY, I THINK THE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB SO FAR APART FROM A FEW THINGS THAT I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND.  WHY ARE WE STILL CONTINUING TO LET PEOPLE INTO THE COUNTRY WITHOUT BEING TESTED ? WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL CONTINUING TO WORK AND TRAVEL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT  WHICH ISN'T CLASSED AS ESSENTIAL?  WHY ARE PEOPLE NOT TOLD TO COVER THEIR NOSE AND MOUTHS WITH SCARVES / MAKE SHIFT MASKS ETC WHILE GOING OUT IN PUBLIC AND TO WEAR GLOVES, OF ANY KIND,  EVEN IF THEIR JOB IS IMPORTANT LIKE NHS STAFF. 
I SAW WORKMEN ON THE WESTHOUGHTON TOWN HALL TODAY UP ABOVE ON THE SCAFFOLD, ABOUT 4 MEN THAT I COULD SEE WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER NOT WEARING ANY MASKS, BUT WHO DO THEY GO HOME TO AT NIGHT ????
TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE? AND ANY OTHER COMMENTS AND STORIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE HELP ME TO CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSIONS DAILY WHILE CLASSES ARE CLOSED, TO HELP THE TIME GO BY WHILE REMAINING AT HOME.
 
FROM ADRIAN HARDY

Thanks for putting the last Tai Chi sequence on video, it is a great help especially when I slow it down to half speed and I have chance of keeping up with you!

 Is there any chance of you doing a similar video of the Wudang Mountain Qi Gong that you did about 18 months ago, the one with Crane Stretches neck, Crane dips beak into water, etc.  If I could recall that sequence as well I could ring the changes during the Covid19 lockdown?  If it is already on the You tube or Instagram is it possible to direct me towards it please. Thanks, keep safe

MANY THANKS FOR  FOLLOWING ME AND FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTION REGARDING PUTTING OLD TAI CHI PROGRAMS ON MY SOCIAL MEDIA. I APPRECIATE THAT MY MEMBERS WISH TO PRACTICE AT HOME ESPECIALLY WHILE BEING IN LOCKDOWN. THE REASON WHY I DON'T IS BECAUSE I WORK HARD TO PUT THESE PROGRAMS TOGETHER AND THEREFORE I AM VERY PROTECTIVE OF THEM AND IT IS MY LIVELY HOOD. THAT IS WHY I AM PUTTING ON DR. PAUL LAMS PROGRAMS BECAUSE THEY ARE WORLD WIDE AND ARE ALREADY ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PEOPLE TO COPY. I KNOW THAT IS NOT WHAT YOU WANTED TO HEAR BUT HOPEFULLY YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS REQUESTED THIS WILL UNDERSTAND.   THE ONLY REASON WHY I PUBLISHED OUR LATEST PROGRAM IS SO MY MEMBERS WILL SEE HOW IT ENDED AND,  IT WAS JUST A ONE OFF.

 
FROM VICTORIA HOUGHTON
Really enjoying the blog and the contributions sent by other members Lyn but I just remembered that on blog day 1 you asked for people’s pet hates.  Well, mine has to be coat hangers.  I absolutely hate them.  Yes, we could not live without them, but I bloody hate the way they get tangled in the wardrobe, and you have a fight to get them untangled.  Clothes slip off them and you realise that silky blouse you love has slipped off and is in a heap at the bottom of the wardrobe.  Yes, hangers are my pet hate.
I also have to agree with Moira Shuttleworth that the beaches and coastline of Northumberland are extremely beautiful and I have a real soft spot for Tynemouth which has a fab coffee shop.  I know the weather can be very harsh on that coast but that just adds to its beauty, though you do need to wrap up!
I’m trying to keep busy whilst in this 12 week isolation.  My home has never been cleaner! 
I’m spending a couple of hours most days sewing as you will see from my posts.  I’m also trying to do 30 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes exercise bike and Tai chi session every day.
Keep on making everyone smile with your blog and posts.  Who needs Joe Wicks?
OH THAT MADE ME LAUGH ABOUT THE COAT HANGERS BECAUSE YOU ARE SO RIGHT. THEY DO GET TANGLED AND SILKY TOPS FALL OFF THEM AND I DESPISE THE THE METAL ONE FROM THE DRY CLEANERS.  
COME ON MEMBERS TELL ME YOUR PET HATES.
WE HAVE SUCH LOVELY PLACES HERE IN THE UK BUT IF WE HAD MORE GOOD WETHER I DO NOT THINK PEOPLE WOULD GO ABROAD. TALKING OF HOUSE WORK, I TRY AND DO IT AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE, EASY NOW THAT WE HAVE DOWN SIZED. 
DID YOU SEE MY POST ??? DOING MY HOUSE WORK .
GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE KEEPING ACTIVE AND I AGREE WHO NEEDS JOE WICKS ? THIS YOUNG GOOD LOOKING GUY, WITH HIS FIT BODY AND RIPPED MUSCLES, WHEN YOU HAVE ME, AN OVER THE HILL WOMAN,  WHO HAS MORE FAT THAN MUSCLE, WHO WASN'T EXACTLY AT THE FRONT OF THE QUEUE WHEN LOOKS WERE GIVEN OUT ?
 
FROM JANE ROTHWELL
I’ve just been to Morrisons. I went early all prepared for a long and tedious experience, but I went straight in, sanitising my trolley on the way. The shelves were reasonably well stocked and some things were back.  The organisation was really good and we all had to queue between the freezer shelves and be directed to our checkout.  Uptown girl was being played and as I was waiting I started to tap my feet, do heel lifts etc.  It was also quite cold by the freezers and I commented to the chap in front of me that they could have chosen a warmer aisle and I was thinking of getting The Full Monty queue dance going. Another bloke invited me to join him and said he’d warm me up!  I declined due to social distancing so he said “when we get back to normal, meet me here and we’ll have a dance”.  It was such a good atmosphere and has made me laugh ever since. 
 must praise all the staff at Morrisons who were so friendly and efficient and kept things safe for us. And I think I’ve got a date!!!!!
GOODNESS ME JANE, A DATE?  AND  BEING INVITED TO "GET WARMED -UP"   OMG I CAN NOT WAIT FOR YOU TO GO BACK TO MORRISONS FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER.
I WAS VISUALISING THE FULL MONTY WHEN READING YOUR STORY AND YES WOULDN'T THAT BE FUNNY.
 
SINCE POSTING MY VIDEO OF ME DOING STEP AEROBICS I HAVE BEEN SENT SO MANY POSTS OF VICTORIA WOOD DOING THE SAME.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CHECK IT OUT ON YOUTUBE,  VICTORIA WOOD STEP AEROBICS, VERY VERY FUNNY.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
DREAMS AND THE MEANING OF THEM?  RUNNING but unable to means that your affairs will be difficult and your ambitions hard to accomplish.  RUNNING normally is a good omen. RUNNING after an enemy donotes victory and profit. RUNNING in a race is usually good and often indicates much success in life and that you will soon hear some good news. if you see someone RUNNING quickly along could be sign of hearing of someones death. RUNNING into one or another signifies wrangling and arguments. Seeing little children RUNNING indicates happiness and good weather ahead, however if they carry sticks or staves to arm themselves with can indicate disagreements. RUNNING relentless from a pursuer is a warning to have your wits about you and to withstand some temptation which will be put in your way.  RUNNING in pursuit of something or someone indicates relying too much on your own judgement and unless you listen to advise of your friends when it is offered, you will one day regret your obstinacy.
 
until tomorrow,  do something different.