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Regulars | By Gyles Brandreth

Gyles flexes his muscles: with physiotherapist Finola

How do I stop looking old and doddery? Irish dancing is the answer

I know I have come a bit late to the party – I have only just begun to discover the joys of mindfulness. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what the word meant until my physiotherapist, Finola, 34, explained it to me. Mindfulness means living in the present moment. More than that, it means being deliberately more aware and awake to each moment and being fully engaged in what is happening in one’s surroundings – with acceptance and without judgement. Sounds a bit fey, I agree, but there’s something in it. These days, I am literally smelling the roses. Finola has me starting my day with a walk around the garden, sensing the dew, sniffing the flowers, listening to the birdsong (carefully, so I can tell the difference between the sparrows and the starlings) and looking up at the sky. She has me eating more slowly, so that I...

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