Runner, gym goer, occasional cyclist and swimmer. Work in the Humanitarian Sector. Proud GoodGym beneficiary.
Seven GoodGym runners put their bank holiday weekend morning to good use with our friends at Living Under One Sun to help them prepare for an afternoon of community sessions with local children. GoodGym got to work on weeding and removing any dangerous or spikey plants from the raised beds and where the children will sit. We also set up the tables and chairs and moved the equipment so there will be space for the arts area and put out three bright orange picnic tables. Diane rewarded the team for their hour in the cold with fresh oranges before we set off home to warm up past the queue of children signing up for this afternoon's activities.
Come and help Luos get ready to open its doors to the public again. There will be a multitude of tasks and Leyla will no doubt provide us with her winderful oranges during a break. Come. And BRING YOUR MASKS!
A few goodgymers came together for on line yoga. Thanks for coming please sign up again for next week and what about the foodbank challenge. Its a £10 donation to enter and you dont have to raise money.
Make a commitment and have a go! ..(and don’t forget to invite a friend).
The Vagus nerve is part of our parasympathetic nervous system, delivering information from all our major organs to the brain stem, and stimulating it can help us switch off our fight or flight response and calm us down. But listener Mags wants to know what science says about its impact on our general wellbeing? Marnie Chesterton learns some deep breathing techniques and discovers how the length of our exhale is closely linked to our heart rate, all of which is important for developing something called vagal tone. Cold water immersion also said to stimulate the Vagus, so Marnie braves a freezing shower, only to discover she needs to get her face wet but keep the rest of her body dry, to avoid what scientists called autonomic conflict, which is when your stress response and calming response are both switched on by the same event. Activating both arms of the nervous system in this way can lead to serious heart problems in some people. New research into the gut-brain axis has shown that the Vagus nerve may be responsible for transporting the so-called happy hormone serotonin, which could have important implications for the treatment of depression. And innovations in electrical stimulation of this nerve means implanted devices may soon be used to treat inflammatory conditions like arthritis.