The prime goal of the Mates Connect Clubhouse is to connect men socially globally so that we all can benefit from better wellbeing. Thank you for joining the Mates Connect Clubhouse and please encourage family and friends to do the same, each Monday there will be a Physical, Mind, Social and Food Challenge for you to complete. By completing these challenges you will putting in place small wellbeing changes which will create major life gains for you in the future.

One of the keys to a long and healthy life is to implement beneficial good habits and maintain them for your lifetime. What this means is flicking the switch to positive, keep on the move, eat small portions, stay in contact with family and friends and have a daily laugh. The idea to grasp when you begin the journey is that it takes time to heal and to abandon old habits that are destructive to your wellbeing so be patient. Please join in Mates Connect Clubhouse forum discussions. Only 4 rules = no advertising, no politics, no religion and no dickheads.

Please visit your Doctor for advice on whether you are able to complete the challenges and always exercise in your range of comfort.


Welcome to April 2021 and I wish you a happy and safe Easter. How did you fare with all of the balance exercises in March? Continue to maintain the exercises as balance does play a major role in health and wellbeing outcomes as you age.

April 2021 is all about keeping your body supple by stretching, over the next four weeks I will share my stretch routine that is time expedient and keeps all of the muscles nicely flexed. In 2008 I fell off my mountain bike at high speed and bounced down the tarmac for about 30 metres, at the time it appeared like my exercising days were over however after visiting various specialists I worked out a simple 12 minute routine from their knowledge that I complete 4 times a week which keeps me upright and stretched. Go easy with stretching, take your time and stay within your comfort zone.

This week's physical challenge is to stand against a wall with your calf's, buttocks, shoulders and neck making contact with the wall and hands and arms beside you. I call this stretch "Ned Kelly - hands up" he was one of our famous bush-rangers in Australia, from your starting position lift your hands and arms to a "hands up"position, palms facing out and your hands and arm still making contact with the wall and hold for the count of 6. Next bring your hand and arms to a 45 degree position and hold for the count of 6. Finally turn your palms to face the wall and bring the hands and arms down near your pockets and hold for the count of 6. Feel your spine lengthen during this stretch it is a wonderful feeling to get rid of any slouching and will keep you nice and tall. Complete this stretch 4 times in the next week.


Last week's mind challenge was to understand how you think may determine how you react and what needs to be rewired to get the most out of relationships and life. Did that make sense?

This week's mind challenge is a reflection on our attitude about being "RIGHT"about every thought and arguing our position even when deep down we know it is not the truth. Our minds are sometimes like a terrier dog with a bone, we just cannot let go of our belief in being right and we have to argue the point until we are blue in the face to prove we are right. If you fit into this category it is time to have a soul search, although you may feel all powerful when you are right, imagine how the other person is feeling, probably weak and inferior, and the funny thing is when you are wrong your status as the biggest dickhead grows wings. It is natural and human nature to fall into the trap of trying to be right all of the time. However do you want to be right or happy? I choose happiness every time and to do this I keep an eye on "Mr Right".


Last week's social challenge was to investigate the opportunity and value of joining a Rotary Club or similar service club in your area. How did that go? By joining a service club like Rotary you will really nurture your social wellbeing and enhance your personal growth.

This week's social challenge is to investigate the opportunity and value of joining a Men's Shed in your local area or region. I have given countless talks to Men's Sheds around Australia (the Men's Shed movement started in Australia at "Albury Men's Shed" which opened in 1978) and have found that men cease to be lonely when they join a Men's Shed. It is not all about just woodworking it is more about sitting down shoulder to shoulder and having a cuppa, a chat and connecting to other men in your region. Simple google "men's shed" in your region and drop by and check it out.


Last week's food challenge was to do a spring clean of your pantry and fridge, check sell by dates in the pantry and what is still edible in your fridge and clean out old leftovers or soiled vegetables. Did you find any cans with sub 2000 use by dates?

This week's food challenge is to bake some yummy muffins, these can be purchased at the grocery store with ingredients and instructions. You will need a muffin pan, muffin paper cups and ingredients required as per package so include them in your shopping list. Check for excessive sugar or salt on the package ingredients list. As it is Easter these are your treat for this week, try to limit intake to one or two per day and include a walk after consuming. Have a happy and safe Easter.


Physical - start stretching.

Mind - you need not be right all of the time

Social - investigate joining a Men's Shed.

Food - start baking muffins, follow the package instructions, they are easy to bake.

DISCUSSION TOPIC #14 Have you started recording your life for your eulogy?

Each week the Well Man Grant Westthorp will introduce a discussion topic for the members of the Mates Connect Clubhouse. Please show respect to all opinions, you can reminisce and share what you are thinking and what works for you. The idea is to share all ideas for the greater good of men globally. Same routine, no advertising, no politics, no religion, no dickheads, keep it clean and only the truth will cut it.



Disclaimer: The information provided for the Mates Connect Clubhouse challenges is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the best advice of your qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read/seen/heard here.

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