Glimpse Into Small Ideas for Health and Vitality (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135)

This week, the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge theme is sot share “A Glimpse into your world” to share “things you love that makes your world spin”

Walking – the wonderful exercise and mental refreshment it offers
Walking – in this photo – it is almost as if the leaves are saying, “Hi friend,” as they cheer us on, “A few more blocks – keep going – enjoy your walk,” they whisper…..

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Swimming pool at sunrise – truly a pure joy. And we do not have to do lap after lap to get our exercise in at the pool. Try playing in the water – handstands – somersault – floating – underwater gliding – etc. This will help your body and also refresh your attention and focus. 
Another joy that makes my world spin? Taking Photos and sometimes finding metaphors for life like with this industrial photo. Reminded me of lines and strength. Reminded me that work and other projects we pour into are good things. A well-lived life is one that has allowed us to work in a way where we can contribute to the world with our skills. Contribute and be challenged – contribute and feel edified – contribute and pour out so the cycle of output becomes a flowing stream – and we get filled up in the process. There is a time to retire – for sure – but there is a time to work!

Do you know what else brings joy? Health and vitality.

Do you know how I help my health nd vitality? Simple things that fortify the body:

I mentioned walking earlier in this post, which is an often overlooked or minimized exercise in our culture. I mentioned time at the pool can offer freshness without laboring over laps.

Here are two more things that I feel grateful  for:

The hamstring stretch.

You can do them anywhere – while reading or viewing – and it offers a lot in return 

So maybe try it right now – grab a yoga strap (or any strap) and spend a few minutes listening to your body and stretching the hamstrings.  It can do wonders. 

Most of us have heard of this since grade school – and in most fitness classes it is standard – but we need to be doing this more often at home – our bodies will thank us for it 

I first heard about the powerful impact of daily hamstring stretching from a lady who was in the hospital. She used a bathrobe strap and stretched her hamstrings – and hips – and she talked about how they were shrinking and what the simple stretch could offer. It helped the health of her entire body (stretching promotes healthy blood flow and fluid exchange all over) and it made recovery better.

Let us all remember that a stretched body is also more supple and less prone to injury – Also, poorly stretched hamstrings can pull on the pelvis, impact hips, and even pull from knee health. Check out Dr Ben Kim’s article here for how much you can gain from stretching hamstrings 

Feet up the wall (or headboard) also has powerful restorative powers. 


Thanks for your visit today

Do you have any thing to add that helps with vitality and health? 

If you want to join in with this theme – go here today: https://sheetalthinksaloud.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/lens-artists-challenge-135-glimpse-into-your-world/

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53 thoughts on “Glimpse Into Small Ideas for Health and Vitality (Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135)

  1. What an interesting post ! I enjoyed reading all the nuggets of information and am definitely adding the hamstring stretch to my usual routine of walks. Thank you for this wonderful take on this week’s theme .

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    1. hello – well my pleasure to share a few of the things i have gleaned (and it truly is about laying it forward eh?)
      and thanks for hosting with such a fun theme this week
      ☀️😊📸

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  2. An invigorating post. I would add any enthusiasm which gets you moving – my photography makes me forget the difficulties of recovering from knee surgery

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  3. I’d love to go for a walk right about now, but we are snowed in at the moment. Too slippy out there to try it. As for the legs on the wall stretch, I’d forgotten about doing that. When I was in high school I’d do that every afternoon when I got home. Fun memory.

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  4. Excellent approach for the week Yvette. I recently read about the results of a year-long study of participants who did 4 hamstring stretches daily. At the end it was proven to offer significant increase in the blood flow of the major arteries throughout the body and highly recommended to prevent cardiovascular problems and strokes. Such easy little things like walking and stretching can truly be life extending and make our days much more pleasant as we age. Agree whole-heartedly with your post this week – a terrific reminder!

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    1. thanks so much – and that study sounds really interesting, Tina. more support for doing the hamstring stretch – and you know even with my knowing all this i can still forget to do it – so lately i have been leaving the strap out right in front of me so i have to do it

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  5. I love your healthy suggestions and advice, Yvette. I haven’t added the hamstring stretch to my exercise routine, but I will do that! How wonderful that you have a pool! I’m waiting for ours to open in town. I am looking forward to swimming again. Laps are terrific exercise.

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    1. hi patti
      cheers to pool season coming soon – and the one in the photo was a heated pool from our last visit to Florida (we went in december and florida is open for business and even have hot tubs open – )
      in the meantime – i am enjoying a cold winter back at home – because there is something to embrace ❄️❄️❄️❄️

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  6. Very much agree about exercise bringing health and vitality. Really good point about not having to do laps in a pool. I think that finding ways to have fun while exercising is vital.
    Love that photo of the fence. Wonderful perspective.

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    1. thanks so much Sur! and i sometimes extra appreciate when athletes and fitness gurus like you and Dave are so encouraging to all types of exercise and movement –
      and recall years ago when you talked about a cycling trip you were on and how you were last in line – always so encouraging

      and i think my goal with this post was to really just drop ideas that we don’t have to be cardio junkies and become muscle heads for a fit body – something i am glad i learned and as you noted / we can have fun while moving our body for health

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  7. A lovely response to the challenge Yvette! I stretch my hamstrings after every dog walk and it makes such a difference 💜

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    1. hi janet / and as noted to a few others – i know some fitness gurus like yourself could write hundreds of posts with tips for moving and so thanks for reading and cheers to the benefits of waking

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  8. Thanks for the health tips. I will try the legs up against the wall and am doing loads more stretching as I can feel my hips tightening up. I have lax ligaments so I have to be careful not to over do it.
    I love that white fence. It is very Norwegian/swedish.

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    1. hi amanda – cheers to getting some more stretching in.
      and the fence was so pretty to walk along – had to grab a photo and then really wasn’t sure it would ever make a blog post and voila!

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  9. Thank you, Yvette for reminding us walking, stretching, and keeping moving. Great post!
    I do yoga every day for a long while, am still a beginner. 🙂

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    1. thanks any!
      and good on you for doing your yoga regularly
      hope your week is going well – heard you had snow !!❄️❄️❄️☀️☀️

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      1. I loved it Yvette.

        And yes, the week is flying along. Some nasty weather the last couple days but we’re shoveling and shuffling our way through it .

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  10. Healthy & vitality … joys that make our world spin – I love starting my Monday morning thinking about these things. Apart from walks and swims, I think nature (like the leaves which are whispering hello! and cheering us on!) does so much to restore our spirits.

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  11. I love the leaves encouraging me to keep going and keep walking! I often thing plants are talking to me so it is a relief to know I am not alone! Thanks for this “glimpse” to a healthy and vital life.

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  12. Very interesting about the stretches Yvette … another one of my New Year’s resolutions that has fallen by the wayside with the others. That was surprising how restorative the last pose of feet/legs against the wall is. I agree about the walking as you might know I would. It will be 10 years at Labor Day weekend since I began my walking regimen and it was the best thing I’ve done for myself.

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  13. Love your post this week, Yvette, along with your pictures! A wonderful reminder of how important exercise and stretching is. Am still doing PT, they really focus on the hamstrings and calf muscles each session. Just have to remember to continue doing this going forward. 😉

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