Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well here it is! New Year's Eve and we are about to embark on our journey through 2009.
Oops,"you gotta be kidding me!" you say. Where did the last eight years go? It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming the New Millennium.
Did I set any real goals? Why am I still where I was then? I've just gotten another eight years older. My dreams are no closer now than they were then...How come? Every year I said that this is the year that I'm gonna do it, but it didn't happen, Why?
Well lets peek in on Lisa of SWBN as she makes "Goal's That Work" one of the better blog posts that I have read on the subject. She explains why setting goals is NOT the same as setting New Year's Resolutions.
K, Let's give a read to what Lisa has to say. Click Here to Read Lisa's Blog Post.
Welcome back, so now you know how to set your goals and change your life in one year.
Let's all make 2009 the year that we changed our lives for the better...Big Time!
Then keep making.....Goals That Work.
Til next post,
Friday, December 26, 2008
My brain loved this neat mental exercise test! Try it and see what your brain thinks. Then send a link to all your friends to see how their brains like it too.
Just copy and paste the link at the bottom of this post into an email or Twitter post and send it to your friends and/or your followers.
Oh yes, If you like it (or not) shoot me a comment back to tell me what you think.
Thanks for reading!
PS Images were tested to show up in Firefox, Flock and Safari browsers but not Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Also if you are using a Mac the images may not appear. If you wish leave me a comment and email and I will send it to ya. I apologize for any inconvenience it may cause anyone.
Read out loud the text inside the triangle below.
More than likely you said, "A bird in the bush," and........
if this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see
that the word THE is repeated twice!
Sorry, look again.
Next, let's play with some words.
What do you see?
In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It's all very physiological too, because it visualize the concept that good can't exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil ).
Now, what do you see?
You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion?
What do you see here?
This one is quite tricky!
The word TEACH reflects as LEARN.
What do you see?
You probably read the word ME in brown, but.......
when you look through ME
you will see
Do you need to look again?
Test Your Brain
This is really cool. The second one is amazing so please read all the way though.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
How do you turn a negative attitude into a positive one?
Check out this Zig Ziglar video to inspire you to positiveness.
Change your attitude and you change everything. Sleep better, reduce stress, put a big smile on your face and you may not believe how much other people can change just by using this one simple technique.
Till next post,
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I have been wanting to introduce you to one of the discoveries in the book "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Dr. Norman Doidge M. D.
It's the software available through "Posit Science" and to give you an introduction watch the video below.
For more information on this amazing software click here to visit the "Posit Science" website.
Also to contact and/or learn more about Cindy click here to go to her "Linkedin" page.
Many past Posit Science program users have shared their stories about how our programs changed their lives. Each one tells a different story. They notice changes in areas that are uniquely meaningful to them—from artistic creativity to flying airplanes to public speaking. Read (or watch) the stories below to get a taste of how better brain fitness can have a positive impact on overall quality of life.
Click here to read users stories
I hope this information will be helpful to you, your family members and/or your community groups.
Please share this post with anyone that you know who might benefit from getting this information. Also leave a comment as I would love to hear about your story as I know other readers would as well.
Till next post,
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Is the term "neuroplasticity" familiar to you?
Do you remember a few posts back I mentioned the book "The Brain That Changes Itself"?
Well the Canadian Documentary Canadian Broadcast Corporation program "The Nature of Things" with host David Suzuki has just aired a one hour segment on the topic.
Join us as we explore the revolutionary science of "neuroplasticity" - a concept that expands not just our knowledge of how our brains work, but how we use them.
For centuries the human brain has been thought of as incapable of fundamental change. People suffering from neurological defects, brain damage or strokes were usually written-off as hopeless cases. But recent and continuing research into the human brain is radically changing how we look at the potential for neurological recovery.
The human brain, as we are now quickly learning, has a remarkable ability to change itself - in fact, even to rewire itself.
The Brain that Changes Itself, based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge, presents a strong case for reconsidering how we view the human mind.
In Canada you can watch the entire broadcast on line. If you are outside Canada check the website to see if you can order a DVD of the program.
Please do yourself a favour and check out this exceptional information and don't forget to read the book.
Till next post,
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Mark is a New Zealander (Kiwi) and is the man behind Simpleology. (a web based program to help us get the most out of our lives) I have started it in the past but I tend to drop out without finishing it. (Not really sure as to why as Mark's material is always great)
Here is something that Mark is doing now that i thought I would check out and that you (the reader) might be interested in as well.
- The best blogging techniques.
- How to get traffic to your blog.
- How to turn your blog into money.
I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.
So do go check it out and let me know if it has been useful to you in setting up your blog and/or getting more bang out of your blog posts.
Mark is a nice guy (really) and I am sure he will appreciate your interest. (hay in fact when I post the link on Twitter to this blog post even Mark himself may follow it back) Imagine the power of Web 2.0 puts you in touch with everyone and anyone on the planet....Imagine...
If you don't have a blog, then get one today. If you have a blog then post a link to it in the comments of this post. Either way go check out Mark's offer...Thanks!
Till next post,
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Well that is just what this site (USPharmD+) has to offer.
Kelly Sonora emailed this link a few days ago suggesting that it might be of interest to my readers.
Why not check it out. Just click here to go to the blog post and the site.
I hope that you find something to interest you and either way you can post what you think in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and til next post.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Watch these videos to learn more about this very interesting therapy.
Then click here to enter the Ultra Long Wave Magnetic Therapy website to learn even more.
Does it Work?...You be the judge.
If you have already tried this therapy and/or you are interested in giving it a try I welcome your comments and feedback as to how your personal experience has gone, both positive or negative. I am not promoting this therapy nor do I represent any agent or sales representative. I am just interested in hearing about your experience as other readers may be as well....Thanks
Till next post,
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This awesome book is designed to be used by an individual or small group as a course guide to living a better quality life with less stress.
The Title is "Twelve Steps To Living Simply."
Authored by: Linda Breen Pierce
Click Here to read the on line sample version, then you decide how to proceed from there.
It is available at Amazon .com
We are all searching for ways and means to simplify and reduce stress in our lives. (no easy task in the fast paced lifestyle that many of us are caught up in today)
Go ahead and have a look: (Live longer and enjoy an enriched, stress free and simple life)
Til next post,
Let me know (post a comment) as to how this book may have or possibly could give you what you have been searching for.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There may be, according to preliminary research published over the weekend by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in the journal SLEEP.
Using a novel form of magnetic resonance technology, the team, led by Dr. John Winkelman, a psychiatrist in the division of sleep medicine, discovered that some people with chronic insomnia have lower brain levels of a neurotransmitter called GABA.
Can cognitive behavioral therapy help?
Click Here to read the entire article. By Judy Foreman dated November 3, 2008
Till next post,
Sunday, November 16, 2008
You may be concerned about the best way to keep your body healthy. We all have the power to choose. The power to choose if we exercise and how often, if we feed our bodies and what foods we eat.
What about how we get from place to place, how we heat and power our living spaces. Well it turns out that we just may have more choices than maybe we thought.
These choices may have just as much impact on our bodies as if we exercise regularly, how we manage stress, what medications we take and how often we visit our doctor or if we have our regular physical checkup.
Click Here to check out a twenty minute video An awesome video that you just may find interesting, educational and thought provoking as to The Power to Choose...The Power We Use!!!
Till next post.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thirty days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have thirty one excepting February which has twenty eight. Then leap year coming once in four, February has one day more.
So just how does our brain memory work and how can we give it the mental exercise that it requires to keep it sharp as our bodies age.
Here is part of a Reader's Digest Canada article "Make Memories Stick" that I personally found very informative. I invite you to check it out.
Use Your Senses
When you’re laying down memory, use as many senses as you can. Years ago many primary school students easily memorized a long list of prepositions by learning to sing them to a familiar tune. They were processing input along several tracks at once: cognitive, visual, auditory and motor. After 50 years the memory is still there.
Click Here to View the Entire Article
Till my next post
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I know it has been a while since I have posted and it seems like my world has just been turning a bit too fast for me to keep up the pace.
I finished reading the book "The Brain That Changes Itself". I would recommend it to be added to your books to read list. It is a fascinating read and I found some neat references that I am following up on and I will tell you more in future posts.
I still haven't gotten into the book "Midlife Man" yet but plan to start tomorrow. (I have two weeks to get it read) Then I can get back to "Brain Rules".
All of the heaters are in the hands of their new owners and the reports so far are all very positive. The amount of heat, the quality of heat and the cost of operating appears to be meeting and or exceeding expectations.
I have now talked to three more fellows that are very interested in ordering a heater for their home. (maybe they can order together and save a hundred dollars on the combined order) Since the exchange rate between the US $ and the Cdn $ has been increasing there no doubt will be a little more cost involved if they buy now.
One other tidbit of news:
I attended a local writer's guild meeting tonight it our local library. I guess there are about ten members of which seven were there tonight. Wendy Jones was the chair lady and we took turns reading a piece that we had written followed by a critiquing of our work by our peers
As I am by no means a writer, I found the meeting to be very interesting and a valuable learning tool. We meet again on the third Wednesday of November (19th)
Well that's all I have for you on this post.
Till next post
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Are you familiar with the phrase "it never rains but it pours" yes, no, maybe? Well what I mean is this. I put my "Brain Rules" book on hold so that I could read the book "Midlife Man" and what do you think happens? The book "The Brain That Changes Itself" arrives at the library for me.
So since I have had this book on order for months and I really wanted to read it, I decided to fit it into my reading schedule as well. So to meet the challenge I will try to read two hours each day to get both books read in time for the library return date. Then I can go back to reading "Brain Rules" at the rate of one hour per day.
I am still getting two to three walks in a day. (about an hour each) and I get to mow grass again this week . (two hours on Friday) I already have a half day volunteer work and a full day of office work in so far this week. Today is my rest day. Tomorrow I have a road trip to Charlottetown (half a day) and on Saturday to Alberton. (a long day) Sounds like a busy week!
The guys have all picked up their heaters except one and he is picking it up this week. Everyone seems very happy with the quality of the heat provided and the fact that they are almost cool to the touch and are soooo quiet. The boys are now anxious to see just what the cost of electricity will be to run them. (reports from other users in our area tell us that the cost should run about 20 cents per hour or less. (by the way another coffee buddy just ordered two more heaters for his shop.... that makes ten now in the area and there are a few others just waiting to see how they preform before deciding to get one)
So even though it is raining books and heaters right now, all is good and the sun is still shining brightly here in paradise.
Till next post...Smiles :o)
p.s. Since all of the hoopla over the economic situation in the States (USA) over the past few days here is an article written by a friend of mine that you just may find interesting. "Economic Manifest" Wolfgang (Wolfie) is of Austrian decent and does put a very interesting spin on things. I hope that you enjoy reading what he has written.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I got a phone call this afternoon to tell me that the six edenPURE heaters have arrived.
So just three weeks after placing the order they are here. My coffee buddies are all anxious to get them home and start using them (the weather man is forecasting sun and warm weather till at least Monday) lol
There will be lots of opportunities to test them out. (except Ralph is leaving for Florida in three weeks) He might just have to wait till he comes back for his Christmas break in December.
Howard is not going down till the third week of January ( at least) and Jim is still undecided if he is going or not.
The other three will be here all winter so there should be lots of opportunities as I said.
They are all meeting tomorrow morning around 11ish to come get the heaters and take them home.
I will keep you posted on how things go.
I got the book "Midlife Man" by Art Hister at the library last night so now I will have to put "Brain Rules" (the book) on pause while I get "Midlife Man" read.
Did you like the 10 tips to train your brain? I do try to read for at least an hour a day.
Oh and by the way when I was at the Library the Librarian told me about a writers group starting at the end of September and meeting one night a week for six weeks (I think) so I put my name on the list. (I can use all the help I can get)
Anyway that was just a quick update on a couple of previous posts.
Thanks for your patience and please post your comments as to what you think and what you would like me to blog about.
And a Thank You:
A BIG thank you to you the readers for stopping by to read my posts. I am amazed that reader traffic is increasing daily and a greater number of you are finding me through the search engines. (awesome!)
I have been trying hard to keep focused on exercises, diet and things that promote a healthy me. (and you)
Please tell me if you want it to be things other than that.
I hope you are having a great day!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Are your recollections getting fuzzy? Try these tricks to stimulate your brain, get a clearer picture and sharpen your memory.Top Tip: Read daily. Your brain will soak up the knowledge like a parched rosebush, sending out blooms in the form of neurons that help maintain a healthy memory.
- Brain Game: Test Your Skill
- Quiz: What's Your Memory Like- Good Or Bad?
- Try Your Mind at a Memory Challenge
Sunday, September 14, 2008
To see what Dr Art. Hister of British Columbia, Canada has to say on the matter check out his FREE Video.
Click Here to see the Video.
Dr Hister is very interested in helping people like you and I live a healthy lifestyle.
Check out his latest book "Midlife Man" at Amazon.com
Click Here to visit Amazon.com
Be sure to "Google" Dr Art Hister to find more great sites full of informative and interesting information on living healthy.
My sister introduced me to Dr Hister after attending one of his presentations in Vancouver. She seemed to be very impressed with the man, his message and his style of delivery.
My sister is healthy for her age but has had to deal with personal health issues as well as provide care giving for her husband who suffered from progressive MS until his death in 2006. (stress can become a daily companion for caregivers)
So check around and let me know what you think. Your comments are always welcome.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Infrared residential heaters will change the way your heat your house. This sounds like a bold statement, but it is true. In an era when energy prices are shooting through the roof, infrared residential heaters will offer you a way to cut your heating bill by 35% to 50%. And not only that, it will give you a safer, healthier and more comfortable heating solution.
The main benefit of infrared residential heaters is that they can reduce your heating bill by as much as half. You can already buy infrared residential heaters from us at low prices, but with this kind of savings, they are practically free! When your heating bill is that much less, the heaters will pay for themselves in a matter of months. Once they have paid themselves off, every heating bill will be like putting money in your pocket – which will be a nice change from what you are going through right now.
Not only do infrared residential heaters save you money, but they do a better job than conventional gas or electrical heaters. With infrared residential heaters, you will not experience the notoriously spotty heating produced by conventional heaters. Infrared residential heaters will heat your room evenly from floor to ceiling, wall to wall, without any cold pockets.
Infrared residential heaters also leave the air in your room better off than conventional heaters. Conventional heaters can leave the air in your room dry and harsh. Not only that, but they can push dangerous fumes into the air, and drive up carbon monoxide levels. And forced air-heating systems, such as wood stoves or kerosene space heaters, can actually force contaminants into your air. Infrared residential heaters do none of these things – they do not change carbon monoxide levels, and do not release any contaminants. All they do is heat your room evenly and efficiently.
Another great advantage that infrared residential heaters have is they are far more safe than conventional heating sources. Localized heat sources such as baseboards heat rooms by becoming extremely hot themselves. That means they can harm pets or children who accidentally come into contact with them, or even start house fires. Infrared residential heaters, however, do not heat up to dangerous levels. That means that you can rest easy knowing your family is safe and warm with infrared residential heaters.
Infrared residential heaters represent the future of home heating. But while the technology is advanced, it is available today. At infraredheaters.com, we are proud to offer you the Sun*Twin Quartz Infrared Portable Heater Technology. For an incredibly economical price, you can start heating your house with this amazing technology today. We offer two convenient sizes – the STW 750 for areas up to 400 sq. feet, and the STW 1500, for up to 1,000 sp. feet. And they are conveniently sized – small enough to fit into any room, but powerful enough to make sure it is warm.
We have so much faith in this technology all of our infrared residential heaters come with a 60-day money back guarantee! Do not continue paying high gas prices just to heat your home – you might as well try keeping warm by burning your money! There is a better way. Try out an infrared residential heater today and be amazed at how comfortable your home can be. With our guarantee, you have nothing to lose. Visit us today and start saving money.Yen Martin is the author
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Large Hadron Collider: subatomic particles to travel on second circuit
Scientists working on the most powerful particle accelerator ever built have successfully sent subatomic particles on one circuit of the Large Hadron Collider and are now preparing to send them on a second circuit, in the opposite direction.
The first test, at 9.30 am local time (8.30 am British Summer Time), 300 feet below the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, fired a beam of protons all the way around a 17-mile tunnel.
Click Here to watch a short video
Click Here to read the entire article
Why is the test being conducted?... What will happen?...When will we get the results?... What will it prove? ...Who knows?... and,where is Paul Harvey with the rest of the story? lol
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Well.... Are you?
To watch the hilarious Rick Butts speak to a room full of business leaders about being in control of your life.
Get it?......Got it......Good!!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
How We Define Healthy Living in the Kraft Kitchens
Each year on average in the Kraft Kitchens, we develop 4,000 recipes and conduct 200 product performance tests, 800 product evaluations and 85 competitive assessments. Our staff consists of Home Economists, Professional Chefs and Registered Dietitians, all hired because we are passionate about food and cooking, and because we are committed to the concept of "Healthy Living ".Our idea of "Healthy Living" is based on the thought that diet and physical activity are equally important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That's why you'll find tips on healthy eating, as well as ideas to help get you moving.Our Healthy Living Recipes are mindful of calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium levels as outlined in Health Canada's Nutrition Recommendations for Canadians 2001. You can always tell one of our Healthy Living recipes - simply look for the sun symbolSun Symbol!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
The muggies are now history (at least here in Canada) and the kids are back in school.
It's time to start thinking of Fall and the turning of leaves. (don't you love the Fall colors)
So just to get you thinking Fall here is a video for you. Make yourself a nice hot cup of Tea, watch, relax, enjoy and just get in the mood.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
First, I have to tell you that we just ordered six of these little gems for six of my friends! One of those friends who has a number of health issues bought one last spring and liked it so much that She wanted another. I had her demonstrate the heater to my other friends and all five made the decision to buy on the spot.
It will be interesting to see how they all like their new heaters I will post reports as things progress.The order went in today for the six new heaters.
Click Here for a lesson in the heater economics.....video
Now for Sam's article.
Before I tell you what's not to like about the Edenpure quartz infrared heater, I'd like to spend a minute telling you what I do like, and how it works.
How the EdenPure Works
At the heart of these infrared heaters are the quartz bulbs. Similar to incandescent lamps, quartz bulbs are formed by enclosing a tungsten resistance wire within a high purity quartz sheath. They provide even, non drying floor to ceiling heat and, according to the manufacturer, reduce positive ions in the atmosphere responsible for many respiratory problems. The bulbs are rated to last 5,000-7,000 hours and cost around $15 each to replace.
The EdenPure/SunTwin heaters are offered in 3 sizes: 500, 1,000, and 1,500 watt and the unit model numbers coincide with the heat output in watts. So a Suntwin 1500 Elite produces 1,500 watts. The heaters are thermostatically controlled, equipped with a circuit breaker, and have a 1 year warranty.
What I Do Like About the EdenPure Quartz Infrared Heater
It has a cool to the touch exterior and, unlike some other heaters, doesn't have glowing red wires or an exposed fan. This is a big plus if you have kids and/or pets.
Despite the complaints some consumers have with it, I haven't found one that is health or safety related.
What's Not to Like
The #1 complaint of consumers who have actually purchased the heater comes down to this: Too little heat for too much money. Putting aside the cost factor for a moment, I'll address the "too little heat" complaint first.
Too Little Heat
The results you get from a 1,500 watt heater, EdenPure or otherwise, depends on how it's being used. Bear in mind, a 1,500 watt heater is the equivalent of only 5,000 Btus. This is minuscule compared to a typical 65,000 btu oil or gas fired furnace.
If you're depending on a 1,500 watt heater as your only heat source, it will heat only 150 - 200 square feet depending on how well your home is insulated, obstructions to the flow of heat, such as walls, and the outside temperature.
Here's the basic "rule of thumb" formula for calculating space heater capacity:
Watts/10 = heated space in square feet. Or: 1,500/10 = 150.
However, if you use a space heater to supplement your existing heating system by turning back the thermostat and letting the space heater pick up the slack, you could increase the effective heating range of a 1,500 watt heater to 600 square feet.
Too Much Money
I chalk this up to what I call the "furniture factor." You can either buy a space heater that looks like a space heater, or one that complements your decor and doubles as an end table.
An even better example of the "furniture factor" is the electric fireplace. No matter which electric fireplace you look at, they all have the same 1,500 watt heater. Yet, depending on the design of the mantel piece, you could easily spend 2 or 3 times more on an electric fireplace than an EdenPure quartz infrared heater.
The difference is this: Most people who buy an electric fireplace are looking for furniture, but everyone who buys an EdenPure portable heater is looking for heat.
I just love to hear those words "Man you look good!" don't you?
I also love to exercise every day...Not a lot, just enough to push the edge of the envelope, GENTLY.
I think it's great fun to manage my bodies food intake. (healthy foods, calorie counting/ shifting and all that.
I just love to research these topics and post great articles on this blog.
If your interests are running along the same lines then why not subscribe to my blog with Google Reader (read the first posts in the archive to see how)
And, why not leave a comment to let me know what it is that you need to know. Who knows it might be Body Therapy, Groin injury exercises, rolfing or anything else that would be interesting and related like Quartz Heaters by "edenPURE". (post coming soon)
This is how we learn by helping each other. Even if you are a newbie or an old hand at research and development.
The internet is fast becoming the tool of choice to find info on almost any need you might have on any given day.
Don't be shy set up your Google Reader subscription so you get every post as it is posted. Tell me what it is you need to know, "that burning question"... I can help you do the research so that we (the readers) can all benefit by sharing....Thanks
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A great way to lose weight quickly and more importantly keep it off is to calorie count. On top of a daily exercise routine and eating a diet that is low in saturated fat.
The great thing about calorie counting is that any body can do it. Male or Female, New York or London you can even adopt it to losing weight quickly or over a longer period of time. Its totally up to you, how much weight you want to lose and by when you want to lose it.
Calorie counting is great because you are not restricted in what you eat as long as you exercise to burn off those extra calories. If you look at it like your energy input must be greater than your food input. Try and keep to the average calorie intake and exercise as consistently as possible.
By calorie counting it makes you more aware of the foods you are eating each and every day. You will get better at knowing what foods equal to in terms of calories. Sometimes this can be an eye opener as you will be surprised how many calories are in various foods. Some will be higher than you expected, some will be lower. It's a learning process which helps people understand more about the food they eat.
Just remember that females require approximately 2000 calories a day and males require 2500 calories. These figures are the suggested daily recommendations and people should eat this as a minimum. Also take into consideration your body type and muscle density and adjust accordingly.
Check out our website for more hints and tips on dieting and calorie shifting.
Click the link below for loads of information on dieting and exercising. What ever your looking for its and Health and Fitness - Your Guide
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Stuart_Elcocks
Monday, August 25, 2008
- by Joey Atlas, Author of Amazon Bestseller - ‘Fatness to Fitness’
If Counting Calories is Frustrating You? You May Want to Try Calorie Shifting
I originally wrote this article for my ‘members only’ site, BestFitnessAdvice.com - and its a strategy that has helped a handful of people make some serious improvements in their health and body - primarily from body fat reduction.
Several weeks ago I sent out a free PDF success story that was submitted to me from, Lisa, one of our members. She mentioned the impact that calorie shifting had on her success when combined with the Leg, Butt, Hip and Thigh program, with changing her body and life - and we got a ton of emails asking more about the ‘calorie shifting’ concept.
So here it is. Enjoy it - use it - and please share your results with us…
The challenge of eating a nutrient dense, low calorie diet that promotes healthy weight and optimal fitness - while at the same time trying to keep daily caloric intake at appropriate levels for one’s goals (usually fat/weight loss) can be one the most difficult juggling acts to master. In working with many clients with various daily habits and patterns - I’ve realized that a good number of people can benefit from “shifting their calories” instead of just counting calories to accomplish healthy nutrition and weight management.
Depending on the time you wake up in the morning - starting your day with breakfast may not be the ideal way to kick off the fulfillment of your daily nutritional needs. Now, I know this goes against traditional advice, but read on to fully understand this approach as it applies to counting calories.
I’ve worked with clients in the past who have tried to eat breakfast (in many forms and variations) first thing in the morning, and they would find that doing this made them hungrier the rest of the day and it usually led to increased daily caloric intake - enough to cause long term weight gain.
There are some people who wake up relatively early and start the day with breakfast and continue to eat relatively well throughout the day. Often, these types of people, although eating healthy foods, are taking in too many calories in the span of a whole day and either have trouble losing weight or continue to gain weight.
Now, for the caloric shifting part. We will talk about meal shifting (instead of calorie shifting) to keep matters simple - but understand, a meal is made up of calories.
A simple strategy for those who find that keeping a lid on daily caloric intake is a challenge - is to push back the time that the first meal is eaten. Lets call this meal breakfast, even though some people may find it strange to call a meal eaten at 10:30 or 11 am, breakfast.
So, instead of eating your normal breakfast at 6:30 or 8 am, you don’t skip it, you just push it back a few hours - toward your normal lunch time. In effect, you are moving, most likely, 300 - 500 (maybe more) calories and taking them in at a later time, maybe 3 or 4 hours later than normal.
Here is what happens to most people who I coach with this method. They find they are not starving for a big lunch (which also gets pushed back a few hours - to about 2pm (give or take 30 minutes). Additionally, they are not ravenous by dinner time, when most people self destruct and do so until bedtime, by snacking after dinner.
So, a result of this meal shifting is a reduction in ‘overactive appetite’ - not a bad reduction, but a healthy reduction - one that is very helpful in preventing one from over-stuffing the stomach and going beyond their daily caloric needs, day after day after day. (This is how people ’slowly’ gain a lot of weight over the span of several years.)
Lets back up a little - if dinner time food raids are a challenge, then this meal shifting can help you reduce that eating urge after work and put you in a better position to control the volume of food you put on your plate and the number of calories you put in your body.
So, ‘the calorie shift’ is also helpful for people who snack every few hours once they do start eating. By delaying when you start eating in the morning - you also delay the snack intervals you enjoy - and in effect you may reduce your total daily snacks to 2 or 3 instead of 5 or 6 (including your after dinner snack). When all is said and done, by days end you will have taken in less calories than you would have, had you started with an early breakfast.
Common ’side effects’ of this strategy are increased energy, less bloating and stomach discomfort, better sleep patterns and a few others. Hmm - I wonder why?
There are several factors inside of this calorie based fat-loss strategy to be aware of. The types of foods you choose, the volume of foods you choose and the realization that you need less calories than you think you do to function optimally on a day to day basis.
I also realize that this may go against the “You’ll shut down your metabolism, by starving yourself!” crowd. But believe me, this is far from starving yourself, very far. I tell you this firsthand, because it’s how I’ve helped many people take control of their, nutrition, body weight and fitness - and it’s how I manage my own daily nutrition and my metabolism keeps burning right along.
Now, I would like for you to help me circulate this article via social media - so I can share more of these with you in the future. See the ‘Share This’ button below? Click it and you’ll see several easy ways to help me circulate this article. Digg and StumbleUpon are 2 of the easiest, and they are free to join (actually all of them are free) - just click on the link to each and the rest is simple - takes about 90 seconds…
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Can you relate to any of this…
There are so many women… women of all ages, who are desperately unhappy with the unattractive condition of her body. Out of sheer embarrassment she tries to hide her problem areas and trouble spots (sometimes her whole body) behind big, baggy clothing.
She depressingly avoids social situations, like the beach or poolside gatherings, that require exposing parts of her body that make her feel extremely self conscious, as if others are staring at her in disgust…
She bitterly hates clothes shopping because of the pain and humiliation which comes from not being able to buy the latest sexy fashions - but rather has to settle for frumpy, ugly outfits that can cover all the fat layers inside and hide the nasty flab & horrible cellulite…
Her relationships are affected - especially with her man and the intimacy they share - her sex life basically withers away - and if “it” happens - she will only make love in the dark to avoid being ’seen’…
Her self confidence and self esteem slowly wear away until her personality and spirit are almost smothered into non-existence…
She becomes obsessed with how bad she looks and her prevailing thoughts and actions become focused on her anger, frustration and self disappointment…
She might make an effort, sometimes repeated failed efforts, at getting on ’some kind of program’ or trying some phony ’solution in a bottle’ - but after being led astray, swindled or fleeced, she’s just so confused as to what’s legitimate and what’s pure trash…
She’s wasted hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars out of desperation, on scam diet products, misleading beauty treatments and ineffective fitness programs in the past - only to become even more disgusted with her physical appearance - when none of those things did what they promised…
She fears for her future and how much worse her body and her life will get with each passing day as she gets older and older. Will her man ever find her attractive? If she has a man - will he look elsewhere? Or even worse… will he leave her for someone else?
If some of this sounds like you, don’t worry - because it’s simply not your fault… and most importantly - You can fix all of this, and I mean ALL of it…
But it won’t be “Overnight” or with a “Miracle Pill”… If you wanna be lied to and bamboozled - sorry it’s not gonna to happen here - there are plenty of other people willing to screw you over - that’s just not my style - I was raised a bit differently…
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
Article by Richard_Chandler
With summer fast approaching and the weather beginning to warm up, more and more people are turning to the pool as the ideal location for their fitness and physical therapy routine. Whether you are getting in shape, maintaining a toned body, or doing physical therapy exercises to recover from an injury, the pool can be the source of all of your exercise needs when you have the right aquatic therapy and aquatic exercise equipment.
As someone who has been a competitive swimmer and played water polo for years, I am completely familiar with the numerous benefits of aquatic exercise and aquatic physical therapy. Arthritis sufferers and those recovering from injuries will find that the pool serves as an ideal location for low impact exercise with just the right amount of resistance. Swimming is also an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that not only gives you a full body workout, but also improves your posture by stretching your back. A variety of products are available that allow virtually anyone to not enjoy the pool, but to take advantage of the benefits of aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy.
ExerSwim Portable Swim Current Generator
Often referred to as an "endless pool", the ExerSwim Portable Swim Current Generator enables you to enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of swimming no matter how small or oddly shaped your pool is. Easy to set up and completely safe to use, the ExerSwim gives you a fully adjustable, deep current to swim against that is virtually free of turbulence. By using the ExerSwim Portable Swim Current Generator, you eliminate the need to interrupt your workout by doing turns, making your swimming pool into an endless pool. The ExerSwim can provide speeds of up to 7 miles per hour with its patented propeller drive and includes a low voltage battery with charger.
SwiMP3 V2 Waterproof MP3 Player
For many, swimming a lot of laps in a pool can be boring and monotonous. With the SwiMP3 V2 Waterproof MP3 Player, you can enjoy all of your favorite music underwater while you get a great workout. Unlike other waterproof MP3 players that use ear plugs which can distort your music, the SwiMP3 V2 uses bone conduction technology which transmits the sound waves through your jawbone, giving you crystal clear sound quality. Now you can get more from your swimming workout by setting the pace of your swim to the rhythm of your music. The SwiMP3 V2 works with both Macs and PCs and easily attaches to your goggle strap.
INCLINE Aquatic Underwater Treadmill by Aquabilt
Every time you take a step on land, you put three to seven times the weight of your body on your joints. For those who suffer from arthritis, have had a recent knee or hip replacement, or are recovering from an injury, that added weight and pressure can be unbearable. The INCLINE Aquatic Underwater Treadmill allows you to do a treadmill walking workout underwater, letting the water's natural buoyancy lift the weight off your joints. The double sided treadmill requires no outside power source and features two levels of resistance. The speed of the underwater treadmill is decided by the user. Athletes looking for a low impact workout and physical therapists seeking an alternative method for treating their patients will enjoy the INCLINE Aquatic Underwater Treadmill.
AQx Aquatic Training Shoes
The AQx Aquatic Training Shoes are designed for walking and running underwater. Designed with a series of hydrodynamic fins to increase resistance, the AQx sports water shoes protect your feet from the bottom of the pool while improving traction. They feature a cushioned insole for improved arch support, comfort, and stability. Aqx Aquatic Training Shoes are ideal for those looking for an alternative to walking in the hot sun or a cost effective form of effective low impact exercise.
AquaJogger Active Water Exercise Belt
Because of the low impact characteristics of aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy, working out in the water seems ideal for those with lower back problems. The AquaJogger provides the crucial lower back support you need in the water while suspending the body at an ideal depth for aquatic exercise. It demands use of your core muscles to allow you to maintain a vertical position, strengthening and conditioning them as you tone your legs with a variety of exercises. The AquaJogger's resilient closed-cell foam will not absorb water while the easy to use buckle insures a secure fit.
AquaFins Aquatic Exercise Kit
The AquaFins Aquatic Exercise Kit allows you to get the most out of an underwater workout. The four predator fins are comfortably attached to your wrists or ankles and feature a unique hydrofoil design that provides lift and stability for optimal performance. The exercises featured in the AquaFins guide were designed by physical therapists and are ideal for those recovering from hip replacements and most orthopedic injuries. Each set includes a mesh carrying case for added convenience.
Aquatrend Water Workout Station
Aquatic exercise is a great way to burn calories, increase strength, and improve flexibility without unnecessary strain on your joints. The Aquatrend Water Workout Station is a fitness machine that mounts to the side of your swimming pool and gives you a full body workout. Whether it is your arms, legs, abs, or shoulders you wish to focus on, the multiple configurations of the Aquatrend Water Workout Station offer an assortment of exercises. The increased resistance of water eliminates the need for weights. Each Aquatrend Water Workout Station includes a list of aquatic exercises to get you started.
More and more physical therapists are exploring the use of aquatic therapy with their patients, but what happens when the patient is confined to a wheelchair? Since therapists' pools are typically designed with ramps, the obvious solution is the AquaTrek Wheelchair. Uniquely designed to be completely submerged underwater, the AquaTrek Wheelchair features a furniture-grade PVC frame with stainless steel fasteners and a stainless steel axle. Unlike most wheelchairs for designed for aquatic therapy, this one does not completely fill with water when submerged.
PAL 1000 Portable Aquatic Pool Lift
So what happens you do not have a ramp going into your pool? Virtually maintenance free and designed corrosion proof materials, the PAL 1000 Portable Aquatic Pool Lift offers a safe and easy for therapists to get their patients in and out of the pool. It requires no permanent installation so it can be set up anywhere along the pool deck and the stored when not in use thanks to the locking wheels. The waterproof hand control allows the PAL 1000 Pool Lift to be operated by the user or an attendant. The pool lift is powered by a rechargeable battery and a mechanical actuator that can lift patients up to 300 pounds. An optional stability vest, spine board attachment, and armrests are also available.
Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa
When someone has sore muscles or joints, they often think of how nice it would be to have a spa. With the Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa, you can enjoy relaxing water jets on your pool deck, under an awning, or even indoors. It takes very little time to set up and requires no tools, plumbing, or wiring. The portable spa includes a thermal insulated cover, its own filtration system, and attractive rigid sidewalls that make a great addition to any home. At just over six feet in diameter, the Spa in a Box Portable Spa can be placed virtually anywhere.
Regardless of your level of fitness or the type of physical limitations you have to deal with, aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy can provide an assortment of health benefits, including relief from arthritis pain, rehabilitation from injuries, and low impact exercise. With summer just around the corner, it's time to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy exercising in the water.
Richard Chandler researches innovative new healthcare devices, medical supplies, mobility aids, and interesting consumer products. For more information on Aquatic Exercise Equipment, Aquatic Therapy Devices, or other fitness and physical therapy products, please visit http://www.activeforever.com or visit the Medical Supplies Blog at http://www.medicalsuppliesblog.com. To hear about more product solutions for a variety of conditions as well as discounts and weekly specials, sign up for our free eNewsletter "Discovery Digest" at http://www.activeforever.com.
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Shopping for exercise mats is not easy because there are so many options from which to choose. For example, there are mats for pilates, yoga, weightlifting, stretching and more. So which one is right for you?
Keep in mind that in addition to making workouts easier, exercise mats also make the process more comfortable. As a result, completing the various exercises becomes more enjoyable, thereby more effective. Each of the various exercise mats are made from different material and of different quality. You really want to buy an exercise mat that (a) fits your body well (b) provides ample support required by your body's pressure points during workout and (c) can be carried easily.
Generally, exercise mats are thin. While it might not seem like they would provide any support, if made from quality material, they do. Typically, exercise mats come in a number of choices to include classic, deluxe, cotton and chemical free, and others. When buying, you will have a choice of synthetic materials such as PVC or latex, as well as organic materials. However, some of the more popular types of exercise mats are a perfect blend of natural rubber and jute.
Since most people use exercise mats barefoot, it is important to choose the material that feels good when stepped on. If you are using a more comfortable exercise mat, you will be able to perform your exercises with the best posture possible. With this, you will get better workout results faster because you will be exercising more effectively.
Another consideration when shopping for exercise mats has to do with perspiration. Caution, because there are definitely some mats that become slippery which could result in you injuring yourself. Choosing the right exercise mat will eliminate this problem. You most definitely want to take all of the necessary steps to make your workouts as safe as possible. Most high quality exercise mats are designed and made with body movements in mind.
Therefore, whether you are a serious yoga or Pilate's instructor or someone who recently joined the local gym, it is important to choose exercise mats carefully. Essentially, keeping in mind your height and weight will help you select the right size. Then, make sure you buy the best quality mat you can afford, which will cut down on slippage while lasting you for years. Finally, if you have an interest in helping the environment, you can choose organic and go green.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
If you play sports or other physical activities, then you know that injuries come with the territory. Depending on the type of injury and the extent of your injury, you may need physical therapy. Physical therapy is the process of rehabilitation and recovery from your injury or physical ailment. Physical therapy works on recovery of your musculoskeletal system. Massage therapy is used as part of the recovery process. Some of the more advanced therapy clinics are starting to use massage chair recliners as part of their arsenal of tools to help people recover from their injuries.
If you start a physical therapy program, then you will be assigned a physical therapist. The therapist is a trained professional to help restore your strength, motion and activity. The therapist understands the mechanics of your body and will help design a treatment program for you. You will learn specific stretches, exercises and other specialized techniques to help your body recover. You may also use specific equipment that can address particular issues. Massage therapy has become an important tool in the recovery arsenal and many clinics are making use of massage chair recliners.
Your therapist is trained in different surgeries, treatments and rehabilitation techniques and goals. The therapist will design a recovery treatment targeting the areas of your body that needs greater flexibility or strength. If you are recovering from surgery, then the therapist will be knowledgeable about different surgical procedures. The therapist will help in setting goals as you work through the initial limitations of your physique. Some of the important physical therapy tools are stretching, exercises and massage therapy.
Stretching is important to help regain lost flexibility. The muscles may be tight, the joints stiff and you may have scar tissue. These reduce your range of motion and decrease flexibility. Stretching helps to elongate the muscles. This helps to stretch the muscles helping their elasticity. A frequent and continuous regimen of daily stretching helps to speed recovery. Your therapist will design a stretching routine which will help focus on restoring the range of motion.
Exercises are important to help rebuild strength. When we have an injury, we tend to protect that area. Protecting that area is usually to isolate and immobilize it. In other words, we tend not to use the injured area. This helps to prevent further injury, but at the expense of strength and conditioning. To help rebuild the body, exercises help to build up strength, endurance and agility. Physical therapy clinics have a wide array of exercise equipment from treadmills, stationary bikes, weights and more. These help you focus building up a particular set of muscles.
Massage therapy is important to assist the total healing process. The muscle tissue breaks down and its fibers become shorter. This makes the muscles tighter. Massage therapy starts where stretching leaves off. Massage therapy helps to penetrate deeper into the muscle tissue to help elongate and invigorate the muscles. This helps the healing process by restoring flexibility throughout the muscle and scar tissue. Massage is given either by a massage therapist or a massage chair. Massage chairs come with a variety of therapeutic massages, heat therapies and even traction. These not only provide effective therapy but also help you to relax and clear your mind.
Whether you are a professional tennis player or a beginner skier, injuries can happen to anyone. If you do find yourself in physical therapy, work on setting goals to recover. Find yourself an excellent physical therapy clinic. Make sure they have qualified people, proper exercise equipment and massage therapy. And if you need massage therapy, make sure a massage chair is part of your recovery plans.
James is an accomplished massage therapist and understands human healing. Your health is your most important asset. Protect it with the Best Massage Chair for your holistic health. Research massage chair recliner brands from Panasonic, Omega and Sanyo. Peruse Massage Chair Reviews
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Monday, August 18, 2008
Who is watching your back?
1. Get up and move around (every half hour or so) Don't get so focused on your work that you forget to get up. This moving about will stimulate your blood circulation which in turn will nurture back tissues. Use a timer (egg) to remind yourself to take a stretch break and move around a bit.
2. Watch your posture. When you sit maintain a natural curve in your lower back. to get the idea you can use a sponge roll or a rolled hand towel in the small of your back to help in training your body how to sit. Use a proper chair and avoid the use of overstuffed, sagging chairs.
3. Get your sleep. Check out your mattress for firmness. When you are lying on your side you want your spine to be straight. Try sleeping with a pillow between your knees (or under them if you are lying on your back) If you wake in the morning and you're comfortable, the mattress that you are sleeping on would appear to be just fine.
4. Exercise. A well-supported back depends on strong muscles in your midsection. By doing a few simple exercises on a regular basis you can tone your abdominal, side and back muscles. Simply set aside a few minutes in your day for your regular exercise routine and just do it.
5. De-Stress. Stress doesn't create back pain but it can magnify it. Try some relaxation techniques such as message or progressive muscle relaxation. My favorite is simply sitting passively in my favorite chair while listening to my selection of quiet time music. Don't forget to have that cup of tea.
6. delegate the lifting. Lifting is where we can injure our backs so think twice about doing it. We may think we are still twenty but our backs have endured those extra years and now if you over lift or do repetitive lifting you can exceed the endurance of your back muscles. So simply think before you do it and let a younger back do the heavy lifting.
7. Don't twist and lift. Our backs hate it when we twist and lift so remember to turn your entire body and don't overextend your reach. If you are at your desk simply turn your chair rather than twisting your spine.
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