Mindset

Breathing Techniques to Keep Calm and Carry On…

properXbreathing“Don’t forget to breath,” …how often have you heard that…especially when stressed or under pressure? “Take a deep breath” is one of the first things people say to calm others down and there is a very good reason for that.

Truth is, proper breathing is a valuable tool to keep our minds balanced and peaceful.

Efficient breathing is crucial for the delivery of oxygen required by the body to function properly and when you are anxious, you limit your breaths. Continue reading

Ask Yourself “WHY Do You Want To Get Healthy?”

Mbest youotivation, we work hard to get it and we all struggle to keep it.

It’s impossible to shift to a healthier lifestyle and lose excess weight without motivation. Motivation is the driving force.

Understanding the reasons why you want to get healthier is one of the most powerful ways to motivate yourself.

Let’s face it, short-term motivation is most times out of immediate need, such as being crippled in pain with a heart attack. Motivation kicks in to help you prevent this occurrence or pain from ever happening again. Continue reading

Exercise is the Best Preventive Medicine

ST1Equipped with a high-powered immune system and intracellular anti-oxidant defense system, the body is truly a disease killing machine when operating at peak performance.

Unfortunately for most people it isn’t.

Rather than teaching people how to cure disease (so much money spent yearly on research) we need to be educating people on how to prevent disease. Continue reading

Your Body and Mind Operate as One Unit

The-body-mind-connectionAlthough we experience health through our bodies, our health is actually intimately connected to what’s going on in our minds.

Modern science is quickly connecting the truth that our emotions effect our bodies. They work as one unit.

We actually experience emotions such as anger, fear, sadness and stress as unpleasant bodily symptoms, however most of the time our minds are so busy and off somewhere in our past or future thoughts that we are not paying attention when our bodies alert us to these symptoms. In other words, we don’t recognize the connection because we are not listening. Continue reading

Motivation, The Driving Force for Success

motivationIt’s all great and wonderful that we work on which eating and exercise program will be the best one for us in order to achieve the quickest results.

However, there is one thing that must be put into action before any of these things work.

Motivation

Motivation is something we all want more of or believe we need more of. It is a mix of discipline and desire that we draw upon when needed. It is what propels us out of bed or out the door to our work-outs. Continue reading

Visceral Fat is a Problem

visceral fatDid you know that your body has two types of fat?

Subcutaneous fat is found just under your skin and is noticeable. This kind of fat is soft and flabby, it jiggles, dimples and causes cellulite.

Visceral fat is the fat on the inside of your body, under your abdominal muscle. It is way more dangerous than subcutaneous fat because it can surround vital organs like your liver and heart hindering their optimal function. Continue reading

How We Become Susceptible to Cancer

cancer testA recent study published in The Lancet predicts worldwide cancer cases to balloon to 22.2 million by 2030. These stats are up from 12.7 million in 2008. We seem to be heading in the wrong direction when it comes to controlling cancer rates worldwide.

However, despite these scary statistics, there is good news. Research also shows that lifestyle plays the biggest role in our risk for cancer. Genes only account for about 5 percent of cases. Continue reading

Losing Weight is a Mind Game

mind over bodyFor the most part, people who are overweight and experience poor health would love to get healthy and lose the extra pounds and many try and fail repeatedly.

Why does this happen? Somewhere in their “inner” mind programming are old tired ideas, beliefs and inner resistance about lifestyle choices like healthy eating and exercise often built up and ingrained over a long period of time.

Rather than seeing a strong, fit, slim, healthy body as a positive exciting possibility they see it as a source of sacrifice, commitment and effort. Continue reading

Sickness Care Versus Wellness Self-Care

lady walkingIt’s not surprising to find out that the United States makes up 5% of the world’s population yet they consume over 50 percent of the world’s pharmaceutical drugs.

Drugs have side effects…some of them very serious and life threatening. A statistic that is surprising and beyond belief is that medical errors rank as the third cause of death in the US. What does that mean? It means if you are younger than 45, a resident of the US, your number one risk of dying is an encounter with the medical system. Continue reading

Stress Causes Disease; Stress Causes Cancer

WideModern_OlderFitness_070113620x413Stress, we all deal with it. Life with its ups and downs is a stress generator and those that have not developed healthy ways of dealing with stress end up keeping it internalized. Unfortunately the body is the one that clues you in; that eventually manifests the signs and signals that stress has had its way; that something is terribly wrong internally.

It’s called disease and stress is responsible for a large percentage of disease everywhere around us. It has a direct impact on inflammation in the human body, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely every day.

Disease begins in the mind and manifests in the body.

Finding a way to unplug from… Continue reading