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Use it or Lose it!


I get so inspired by the people I meet.

Saturday morning comes and I was determined to get out on my road bike because I have signed up for the Noosa Triathlon. It is looming in just 13 weeks so I am in training mode.

Despite a chilly 6˚C in Melbourne I was unstoppable.  I headed out in the sleet and met up with a wonderful gentleman Tony who was about my father’s age.  He too was braving the conditions.

As the weather pelted down, he yelled across the driving rain that he had been married 10 months ago.  Tony and his wife were about to jet off to Tasmania to pick up their yacht and sail around the entire island. I asked him what his secret was because here was a man, late into his 70’s, who was so energetic.

“Use it or Lose it!”

He rides his bike so he keeps physically active.

He keeps his sense of adventure. Sailing around Tassie is not for the faint hearted.

He is probably still having “special cuddles” if he just got married.

I then chatted to my Dad in New Zealand and he was telling me how he had taken up rock and roll dancing classes again. Dad goes off to classes at the university of the third age (for people over 50) to keep his brain active… and then the same statement –

“Use it or Lose it!”

What synchronicity that Tony and now Dad are telling me their secret.

Dad likens himself to his classic “Chevy”. If he doesn’t run the engine for a few months it becomes grumpy, takes a while to start or may not start at all! This is what our bodies and minds are like.

So tell me are you using it or are you going to lose it?

Next week I have an exciting guest post. You are going to learn about the powerful healing benefits of Turmeric from Nutritionist Amy Pearman.




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3 responses to “Use it or Lose it!”

  1. Maz says:

    Oh Brig, I can’t get my mind out of the boudoir ….. “use it or lose it”!!

  2. David says:

    Brigette, I love reading your articles! And I totally agree – we have to keep active, keep trying new things, keep going new places. I think even the Dalai Lama says “try to visit one new place each year” and I’m also trying at least one new thing a year…

  3. A great saying Brigette. May I share another with you I recently came across.
    “If I can take it, I can make it.” Louis Zamperini (1936 Olympic Games runner and World War 2 prisoner of war)

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