Healthy eyesight: Exercises to keep your peepers in top form

Your eyesight doesn't need to deteriorate with age. Do these exercises to help keep your eyes healthy.

Healthy eyesight: Exercises to keep your peepers in top form

Exercising your eyes can keep your eyesight stronger for longer.

Just like the rest of your body, your face and eyes have muscles. Because of overuse, your eye muscles may become weak and you may be unable to see as clearly. If you regularly exercise your eyes you can keep your eyes safe and healthy.

Exercises to improve your eyesight

Palming

Rub your palms vigorously until moist, and then gently place them over your eyelids. Let the palm warmth transfer to the head. You can feel the muscles of the eye relax as your eyes find comfort in the night. Persist until eyes completely absorb the heat from the palms. Repeat two to three times daily.

Blinking

Sit back on your chair or bed with open eyes. Blink rapidly 10 to 15 times. Close your eyes, and take 20 seconds to relax. Repeat five times.

Zooming

Another successful eye practice is to zoom in. As you might have inferred from the name, you are zooming in on an object to change your vision’s focus. Sit with your arm extended with your thumb up. Now, slowly bend your wrist, and bring your hand closer to your head, until you thumb is in focus.

Shifting your eyesight

Shifting is about shifting the eyeballs or turning them from one direction to another. Look to the right corner, then slowly turn your attention in the opposite direction. With the spurt of blood pumped in from the move, the tiny eye muscles get more active and healthy.

Incorporating certain foods into your diet

Carrot eating is good for your vision. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, an essential vision nutrient. Vitamin A is not the only vitamin that promotes healthy eye function, however. Make sure your diet contains foods that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, copper and zinc.

Resting your eyes

It’s good to close your eyes just for a few minutes. If you’re hard at work, you can do this once an hour, or several times. So if your work includes sitting in front of a computer or reading it can be soothing to close your eyes. This exercise, as basic as it sounds, will protect the eyes from over-exertion or fatigue.

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Spur: ‘Our franchisees look forward to serving communities after lockdown’

The Spur Group now says it looks forward to serving customers after lockdown. Looks like we just won the food craving lottery.

Spur: ‘Our franchisees look forward to serving communities after lockdown’

The Spur Group, on Wednesday 22 April, said it could not provide a definitive answer as to when it would reopen due to some financial difficulties ensued by the nationwide lockdown — difficulties most businesses have suffered. On Thursday 23 April, the group released a statement, saying it looks forward to serving communities after lockdown. 

The decision seems to have literally materialised overnight. When The South African contacted Spur’s spokesperson on Wednesday, asking if it would reopen after lockdown, no answer could be provided. 

Ladies and gentlemen, you know what this means — the juicy steak and rack of ribs you’ve been feeling for, won’t be out of reach for much longer. 

Spur looks forward to getting back on its feet 

Spur, in its statement, explained that each one of its restaurants is independently owned and operated under franchise. 

Which means there is one tiny catch, one we can live with. Spur says it will reopen after lockdown but in phases — one or two or three restaurants at a time. Better than no Spur at all, we say. 

“The timing of the reopening of each restaurant will, therefore, be considered on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with each franchisee, depending on each restaurant’s own circumstances and the government regulations relating to trading restrictions at the time,” it said. 

“Our franchisees look forward to serving their communities once the lockdown lifts,” it said. 

Spur also said that any loyalty vouchers which might have expired during the lockdown will still be honoured once the lockdown is lifted.

“We hope you are all staying safe,” it added. 

Uncertainty in the air 

We’ve all been accustomed to some serious uncertainty lately. Our health, our economy, our income, even cooked food and fast food. 2020, in general, is a game-changer. 

This is why we can’t really blame Spur for its uncertainty either — especially when it has close to 30 000 staff members to think of.  

Spur Group COO Mark Farrelly, in an interview with Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk on Wednesday, said he had no idea when Spur would reopen. 

He said he could not give a definitive answer, as the group was looking at the commercial viability of it all. 

“We want to make sure that our customers are as safe as possible when we do reopen but the reality is that we’ve had to look at those types of factors,” he said.

Just a few hours later, we have confirmation that Spur will reopen after lockdown, just slowly, franchise by franchise but we’re totally okay with that. 

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