NCTV Episode 94

Continuing with the series of bitesize health tip videos which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, this episode, includes:-

  • A cheeky video bombing monkey
  • A bat with a head rush
  • Balancing flamingos
  • Bob the boa constrictor
  • A tortoise winning the race


If you’d prefer to read the content within, rather than watch the video, then feel free to read the transcript, as follows:-

Hello and welcome to NCTV Episode 94 back on tour but closer to home in the UK this time at none other than Drusilla’s Park, which is a kindof mini-zoo and theme park for kids.

So why here for this week’s topic I hear you ask? Well, the main reason is to highlight some of the valuable insights that can be learnt from 5 particular animals when it comes to health, wellbeing and looking after the body. The animals in question are monkeys, bats, flamingos, boa constrictors and tortoises. I know what you’re thinking, it sounds a bit far-fetched but don’t worry, all will be revealed and make sense as we go along. So without further ado, let’s get going!

First stop – the monkeys. As we watch these playful creatures it reminds us of the importance of flexibility and mobility. Just like monkey’s swing from branch to branch, we should incorporate regular stretches and movements into our daily routines to maintain our joint health and flexibility. And if you can have fun while doing it then all the better for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Now onto the bats. Observing these fascinating creatures reminds us of the benefits of proper posture. Bats hang upside down for extended periods, and while we don’t need to be upside down (unless you’re on an inversion table for traction purposes), maintaining good posture can prevent back and neck discomfort. Remember to stand tall and engage your core muscles to support your spine.

Here we have the flamingos which exhibit grace and balance as they stand on one leg. Balance is of course crucial for our overall well-being, so working on this will help prevent falls and injuries, particularly as we get older. Balance exercises can be incorporated into your routine by practicing standing on one leg or attending yoga or Pilates classes, to improve your stability and coordination. One thing perhaps to avoid though, is having your head stooped down to the ground, although a diet of fish, seeds and plants is no bad thing.

Moving on to the reptile house and here we have the boa constrictors. These snakes remind us of the importance of relaxation and stress reduction. How so? Well just as boa constrictors relax their bodies after a meal, we should prioritize relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness to manage stress and promote better digestion. Boa’s, like pythons, are also pure muscle and it’s good to keep strengthening and conditioning your muscles to support your joints and maintain your posture. If they’re too tense though they can constrict blood flow and trap nerves so be sure to stretch or seek treatment as required.

Our final stop brings us to the wise and slow-moving tortoises. These creatures teach us patience and the value of gradual progress. Just as tortoises take their time, we should approach our fitness and health goals with patience and consistency. Small, sustainable changes over time lead to lasting improvements. And of course, who can forget the moral of the story in the tortoise and the hare – slow & steady wins the race…in this instance at least.

And there you have it – five incredible animals, each with their own lessons for maintaining a healthy body. Remember, by embracing flexibility, posture, balance, relaxation, and patience, we can make positive changes that contribute to our overall well-being. Thanks for joining me on this zoo-inspired health tip adventure.

That’s it for this week’s bitesize bit to help your health flourish. Stay tuned for more valuable tips, take care of your body and stay healthy!

See you again next time, bye bye.