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Club 45. Friday July 11, 2014

No, it's not a holiday company for 45 year olds. It's a principle. I would love to be remembered for my erudite insights – my deep wisdom, but this is one of my Araldite insights! (Araldite was a glue from my childhood – so this is an idea that has stuck like glue.) I used to mention it in my workshops because of the need to keep participants minds active and fresh throughout the day. Many weren't used to sitting and concentrating for long periods of time.

The principle is very simple – your body-brain system needs to refresh or reboot itself every once in a while. The reason is physically fascinating – your lymphatic system needs help. Your blood's circulatory system has its own pump – the heart. This works regardless of your body's posture or level of activity. Not so the lymphatic system. Amongst other things, the lymphatic system helps to remove toxins from the body. It has amazing valves to ensure the lymph flows the right way. But it's only pump is movement. If you sit still for too long, trouble begins to brew in your lymph.

By this I mean that if you sit still for too long, the toxins build up with nowhere to go. Being in a stuck state is easy when we're not in a happy frame of mind. We can sit or lie immovable. Even a little, regular movement can help.

It is my hunch that phrases like a 'pain in the neck' or a 'pain in the bottom' come from this build-up of toxins in the lymph nodes. When the poisons collect, there is natural discomfort. So, to avoid this, I set up 'Club 45' in my seminars – enforcing a physical movement break every 45 minutes.

I am slightly embarrassed to say that this was the most popular aspect of my training... that and lunch. Why? Well because it works. Taking a 20 second physical stretch break every 45 minutes allows your amazing lymphatic system to do its job well. You'll feel energised, refreshed, healthier.

There's more... 'Mind the Gap' is one of my favourite saying from our Underground and Rail system. Interestingly, giving your mind a gap by having a break every 45 minutes also allows new insights to emerge. It's like giving yourself space to think.

So, give yourself a break by having a break!

A Moodscope member.

(ps. I use a kitchen timer so I don't have to think about monitoring the time.)

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Misty Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 3:24am

Great idea Lex of something to incorporate into our day-to-day lives especially when things aren't going so well. During those times all I want to do is sit or lie around. That non-stop lack of movement truly leads to more inactivity and discomfort. So, every 45 minutes stretch like a cat. They know what they're doing.

crafty wee midden Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 7:31am

This could not be more perfect for husband of 34 years beamed up to heaven(neither of us liked the term"passed away", Im an original Trekkie from the 60s, and this feels right or me) six weeks ago; he had been in a nursing home, and was almost blind after several strokes(most were at home....I was his carer for eight years) Among the things I have from his time there is a talking clock, which announces the hour, once n hour(you can also 'ask it' by pressing the large button on top) Anyway, I have it sitting on the kitchen windowsill; not sure what to do with it, other than knowing I didn't wnt to part with it. Then I read what you wrote....and that is *so* just the very thing....Im inclined to sit for long periods of time, and every time I hear it, I will get up and have a good stretch. It's exactly hat he would haved loved me to use it for....he was a keen athlete, runner, played football, and often tried to persuade me to exercise even a little(I was "the girl who would do nothing to get out if P.E. class") it feels like him helping me, too, which is lovely....we were soulmates and my hearts broken, but this helps. Thank you

Anonymous Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 8:43am

Thank you Lex, I will try my best to have a go at this today. Feel I have ground into slow motion so I must take action! Moving every 45 seems very achievable, when a walk or exercise does not. Crafty Wee very sad to hear that your husband has beamed up. I imagine you will be reeling and wondering just how and where the jigsaw puzzle pieces are going to land. I wish you much strength for your days and peace for your nights. Sending love from the room above the garage.

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 8:45am

O Crafty Wee Midden, you have so touched me today. Bless you for that. My beloved Nan was blind too and I loved her watch. It had a flip up protective glass which always reminded me of Star Trek (for I too am a fan). I kept it for years - for she was my wisest counsellor - and it 'connected' us. I understand the soulmates level of connection and how a heart can be broken - so thank you for letting me today's post was made for you.

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 8:48am

The Wisdom of Cats... I feel a series of blogs coming on. Mind you, the two around here just sleep, eat, and kill birds - not sure what the message is there!!! I totally agree though. The black cat-in-residence is like a s-t-r-e-t-c-h limo when he comes through the cat flap! Stretch like a cat today, Misty... I'll join you in that new Yoga style too!

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 8:50am

I love every post from "The Room Above The Garage"... it's such a writer's way of descrbing oneself, and a great place to publish from. Poems? Wisdom? Stories? Comfort for other Moodscopees as above? What you might find today is that inspiration will arrive 'in-the-gap' when you take a break each 45 mins.

Anonymous Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 10:28am

Hi ALL who read this. My heart too went out to "crafty wee midden". I have had cancer in left breast! We do depend a lot on the lymphatic system. FYI there are 50 nodes in each armpit. Like "Les" stated in his blog. I am not a member but I have always suffered with mood swings and found life hard to balance with all the ups and downs. I loved how Les has stumbled upon the idea as above stated so well in his blog. As an X-Cancer suffer (over 18 years clear). I have tried to from first finding out at 32 going on 33 yrs with PMA I saw my way through and I'm a survivor. But I digress I just wanted to say that even after all this time I have bouts of pooling., that's whats called build up of toxins and it is very important for somebody like me to keep physically fit and active. I notice I have more pooling after a nights sleep. So bang on Les and I will keep onwards and upwards. Thanks ALL for listening. : )

crafty wee midden Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 10:39am

Thank you....and bless you too. I think that the 'downside' of having your soulmate, imzadi, bashert(first a Trekkie word, second Hebrew, both meaning soulmate) that the grief and pain are that much greater; the greater the love, the greater the loss...Im still very raw, so it helped to read your post. Thanks a lot from Alex(craftyweemidden)

crafty wee midden Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 10:40am

PS I love the irony of having to type in the "prove you're not a robot", given that my icon is Bender the robot from Futurama.....;)

crafty wee midden Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 10:45am

Anonymous, thank you for your kind words. You described it well...I feel like a jumbled up jigsaw in a box....thats a good image, actually: I find visual things very helpful. May you keep well and healthy. Alex(craftyweemidden)

Julia Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 10:47am

"Have a break, have a Kit Kat". No no no I hear you saying Lex. But yes you are so good reminding us of the need to stand up and walk for a while, every now and again and every 45 minutes is a great rule. I like the underground announcement "..alight at the next station for trains to..." as well as "mind the gap".I feel for foreign visitors to the London underground whose mother tongue is not English though!

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 2:43pm

Great product placement there, Julia! Actually, I used to regularly give away KitKats (not chunky ones) on the workshops to make the point about Club 45! Methinks we are on a similar wavelength!

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 2:45pm

18 years clear is good to hear. Thanks for sharing in more detail about the 50 nodes in the armpits. We've got such a complicated yet elegant body... worth looking after with a little movement every 45 mins.

Ali Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 2:46pm

Well I didn't know that - thanks ever so much for sharing. I work from home and do a lot of typing so am going to set an alarm on my mobile every 45 minutes for me to get up and do something!

heather Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 6:06pm

Dear Lex, what a wonderfully refreshing blog. Something we can do easily and even enjoy - I certainly intend waving my arms and bending from the waist a little - it's feeling good even in my typing chair. A burst of music would certainly not go amiss either. Wow, I can't wait. I knew I should rest after half an hour of gardening but I had not thought of this one, and it makes so much sense. I had a feeling your name would be at the bottom of this blog ! Love Heather x

Anonymous Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 6:27pm

Yes this is really important. Everybody keep moving if you can.
Araldite played a huge part in my childhood as well!!!

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 7:50pm

If it makes an impression, I think we should stick with these kinds of memories!

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 7:52pm

Ah, a Music break, even better... off to dust of my double-neck, Air Guitar, Heather... I shall strum some power chords in your honour! Amp turned up to 11! xx

Lex McKee Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 7:55pm

You're either on a roll or on a Bender.. such is the Futurama! I usually grin when I get the "prove you're not a robot"... how can they tell from such a simple challenge? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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heather Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 10:31pm

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Anonymous Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 11:06pm

^ I thought you were just really really in the mode :-D Love ratg

Anonymous Fri, Jul 11th 2014 @ 11:08pm

Wow! What a wonderful thing to say. I'm even blushing out loud!

Misty Sat, Jul 12th 2014 @ 3:09am

Cats really can teach us a lot about life. They don't have a care in the world when they're loved by those of us who love them. :-) I did quite a few stretches today and it really does feel good...

Anonymous Sat, Jul 12th 2014 @ 7:12am

Awww good/bad pun there Lex thanks for making me laugh (-_-)

crafty wee midden Sat, Jul 12th 2014 @ 2:50pm

I have a little Android(Mr Data) and a large Vulcan(Mr Spock) feline boys keep me going....

heather Sat, Jul 12th 2014 @ 5:22pm

Dear Room above the Garage, thanks for that really good laugh! Love Heather x

Anonymous Tue, Jul 15th 2014 @ 1:31pm

I love this, it's brilliant! Cracked me up, especially the bit about break time & lunch being the most popular part of the training session, (ps. this applies to all training sessions by the way-;) Hilarious. thanks for making me laugh. I'm going to print it out and circulate it amongst my colleagues.

Silvia A Wed, Jul 16th 2014 @ 6:01pm


I like so much your posts!

Here what I have:
- a timer in each room
- ( free)
- ( bought this one)
- Gym-O-Fizz

Silvia A Wed, Jul 16th 2014 @ 6:07pm

Just a note, many people have problem with Gym O Fizz. I don't. I've been using it for so many years, I think more than 10 years.

Silvia A Wed, Jul 16th 2014 @ 6:12pm

I feel for foreign visitors to the London underground whose mother tongue is not English though! Julia I think the same while here in my town. I do have difficult in other countries but I really enjoy the underground announcements everywhere.

Silvia A Thu, Jul 17th 2014 @ 3:37am

Now I am testing

Silvia A Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 4:31am

I am really enjoying it!

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