A gut­ful of clean liv­ing

TIPS FOR EN­RICH­ING YOUR HEALTH AND LIFE­STYLE ARE EASY AND PLEN­TI­FUL TO READ BUT A TRAWL THROUGH A RE­CENT PRESS RE­LEASE ON THE SUB­JECT PROVES HOW DIF­FI­CULT – AND BOR­ING – IT WOULD BE TO TRY AND TAKE THEM TO HEART

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RE­VI­TALISE your well­be­ing, it said. “Spring clean­ing doesn’t have to stop in your liv­ing area — it can ex­tend to your health,” the Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land press re­lease tried to con­vince me as I slurped on a Coke Zero at my desk. Never mind that I long ago gave up on that 1950s no­tion of dust­ing your house and wash­ing walls every Septem­ber. It’s prob­a­bly why the walls of my in­sides are start­ing to match the ones in my house. Nev­er­the­less, I don’t mind the odd tip and trick that might make life more en­rich­ing or eas­ier, so I read on. “Here are the sim­ple tips to help you to re­vi­talise your well­be­ing.” 1. Clean up your diet As in hoover even more cheese and crack­ers? Is that even pos­si­ble? I still have a month’s sup­ply of pep­per and smoked cheeses from my last visit to Gallo’s on the Table­lands to nib­ble through. I could strug­gle with this. 2. Spring into shape As I keep notch­ing decades on my belt, I reckon there is enough springi­ness in my shape as there is. I don’t need any­more. Ap­par­ently the warmer weather at this time of the year makes the days longer so that you can ex­er­cise af­ter end­less hours at work. If you have the will to ac­tu­ally do this, don’t for­get the 14 litres of wa­ter you will need just to keep you mo­bile. 3. Clear out clut­ter from your mind What’s for din­ner? Clean your teeth, child! Toi­let seat down please. Politi­cians; na­tional high­ways; cost of liv­ing; is there such a thing as cli­mate change? Fetch me a drink, Hun. I have no idea what they’re talking about here ... clean the bath­room Satur­day, take bub to the swings Sun­day, fam­ily com­ing for the school hol­i­days ... there’s no clut­ter in this mind.

4. Sched­ule screen­ings and ap­point­ments

Ahhh, I have a dream. As a per­son who has a pa­per di­ary and too many elec­tronic de­vices, all with cal­en­dars full of ap­point­ments, my dream is to have less ap­point­ments rather than more. As a re­sult I’m guilty of putting off trips to the den­tist and only this week sought the aid of a phys­io­ther­a­pist for a dodgy run­ning knee that’s been plagu­ing me since be­fore I could walk.

5. Smarten up your seden­tary ac­tiv­i­ties

It’s not good for your health to spend hours on your couch, zon­ing out on TV they preached to me. In­stead I’m told to pump weights and stretch dur­ing the ad breaks of Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens.

Stop. My well­be­ing has been re­vi­talised enough.

Now, pass the cheese, re­mote con­trol and hand me a wine so I can toast my own def­i­ni­tion of clean liv­ing.

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