Cause and Effect

Spring is here and its amazing how just a slight change in the environment makes such a massive different to the world at large. The increasing amount of daylight hours and general upwards trend in the temperature is already making a massive impact to my small but quite healthy looking garden. My chilli is starting to come back, our potted colour is vibrant and my capsicums are looking ready to go bananas over the warmer months.

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It’s not just gardens that enjoy a slight change. Our bodies are highly adaptive to new stress. In the right manner, a new stress will help us get fitter, stronger, be more alert or decrease our levels of pain. Our body is made to move and yet many of us spend large periods of time each and every day immobile at a desk,in a chair, static and stagnant.

Use spring as an opportunity to modify some of your daily routine. Spend some time each and every 30 minutes to get your body moving. Arch your upper back, rotate the trunk, swing the shoulders, and bend those ankles and knees. At lunch, roll up the sleeves and head outside for some vitamin D and fresh air. On your way to or from work target some incidental exercise by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, walk an extra stop to the train, or take that dog out for the walk you have been meaning to do for 3 days.

Our bodies are all about change. Do the same thing for too long and it gets used to it, it can manage the stress and we therefore don’t continue to grow. Moving bodies are happy bodies.

So get out there an make the most of the improving weather. You’ll feel better for it.

 

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Local Events – Field Of Dreams #FODFest

On February 28, the last day of summer, Seaworks in Williamstown is hosting the inaugural Field of Dreams Festival alongside its own Pier to Plate event.

Field of Dreams has been crafted by locals Pat Gallivan and Brenton Garth over the last 10 months. The idea came about after discussions the two had about how people donate time to the community in volunteering roles. From there the idea underwent metamorphosis into a festival that is accessible and affordable. Tickets at $15 which is substantially cheaper than most of the other festivals going around.

The day promises to be fun filled and a great way to wave goodbye to summer. FODFEST is not just a day of fun and frivolity, the organisers engineered the whole event as a way of raising money for Beyond Blue, the public health organisation focused on improving awareness of depression and anxiety.

“Most Australians have had some experience with anxiety, depression or a related condition, whether they’ve experienced it themselves or had family, friends or work colleagues go through it. beyondblue’s work is aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help”

FODFEST starts at Midday and runs through to 9pm. There will be plenty of great music and entertainment, and as part of pier to plate there will be great food from local Spotswood British style cafe, The Dutchess of Spotswood as well as Movida and Hellenic Republic to name a few.

WHERE: Seaworks, Williamstown

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FODFEST

WHEN: Feb 28 – 12 noon until 9pm

COST: $15 (with all profit from the day being donated to Beyond Blue

WHY: Why not?

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