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Help for AA…Anxiety Attack ~

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wholesome foods reduce stress

Hi Folks,

Wanted to talk a moment about something that had bothered a friend of mine and I just found out about it. It’s called Anxiety Attack. Sounds like something from a Zombie Attack movie, but actually is more serious. For it can affect your work and Life in dramatic ways.

As a matter of fact, it has been estimated that over 40 million adults in the United States(almost 18% of the population) deals with anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the U.S. Anxiety disorders also cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999)

Anxiety can impact anyone, regardless of income, education, social standing, ethnicity, where they were born, or how they were raised. Many people suffer in silence and, worse of all, many people are ashamed to admit to others that they struggle for fear that they will be judged, or viewed as unstable. This is a tragedy.

I know that there isn’t a universal solution to this problem, and that simple tips alone may not be sufficient to effectively deal with the problem. In many cases professional counseling is also needed. I also know that a “band-aid” approach isn’t realistic, especially in severe cases. However, I still hope these tips on managing anxiety work for someone, in the same way that they have worked for me.

1. Watch for your triggers

If you know what your triggers are, then you can effectively plan around them. Plan periods of exercise (step 3) or time-outs (step 4) around the times that you know your anxiety is likely to be triggered or peaked. Having cognition of the danger spots can also lessen the anxiety itself.

2. Talk to someone who will treat you with kindness and understanding

Don’t suffer in silence. There is someone out there that you can talk to. If you don’t have support in your home, church, community, or with friends, then look up support groups in your area. There are always resources available to you.

3. Start exercising

Exercise

Exercise

Exercise has so many benefits, and alleviating anxiety is one of them. If exercise is not currently a habit, then just start by getting outside and taking a walk each day. Get a friend involved for added support can help as well.  Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety. Besides the traditional exercise … This includes the effects yoga has on helping us manage stress as well as anxiety.

4. Take a “time-out” to breathe

Time alone to simply breathe is a highly effective strategy for calming our hearts and helping us to feel at peace. It also aids in our rational decision-making ability.

5. Have some fun and laugh

Laughter

Laughter

Spend time with funny people. Watch funny movies, or TV shows. Look up clips of stand-up acts on YouTube. Laughter is good for the soul (and great for the anxiety).

6. Understand that you are in control

This was a big one for me–the realization that I always had power over my life. Sometimes it didn’t feel that way. Sometimes I felt trapped in positions that I couldn’t get out of, but slowly I realized that I controlled each decision of every day. Sure there would be consequences, but they were of my making. I was the architect.

7. Failure doesn’t reflect on your worth as an individual

Value

Value

Part of the reason I was ashamed of my anxiety was that it was a signal, to some people, that I was failing, and I didn’t belief that failure was acceptable. This belief was at the foundation of my anxiety to begin with, and when I torched this belief, replacing it with an empowering view of failure–that it was simply education–then I started to get control of my internal self. Failure wasn’t terminal. It wasn’t something that couldn’t be corrected, and most importantly it was not a reflection of my self worth. Failure was simply feedback in this grand experiment of life. Adopting that belief system has had a tremendously positive impact on easing my anxiety.

8. Surround yourself with happy and inspiring people

Surround your self with Positiveness

Surround your self with Positiveness

The more I was around people, and ideas, that inspired me, the more my outlook started to brighten. The other side of this tip is to remove the people in your life that make you anxious. This was equally important to learning to manage my anxiety and can help you manage yours.

9. Take daily action on a goal that is personally meaningful

Action = Success

Action = Success

A large part of anxiety can be feeling like your life is out of my control. A way to take back control is to work, every single day for at least an hour, on a personal goal that is uniquely meaningful to you. By working on the goal you’ll feel control over a small portion of your life. This helps you feel good, as well as manage any anxiety.

10. Make a change

Sometimes, no matter how many tips you employ, it’s not enough. In these cases a change in environment is necessary, and this may also require a change in jobs or careers. That is why tip number seven is so important–as you make the change (if required) you don’t get bogged down in feelings of anxiety inducing failure. Failure doesn’t exist, there is only feedback. So if you have to make a change, look at it as a new beginning rather than a failure.

11. Get enough sleep

stress free babyh sleeping

stress free babyh sleeping

Sleep is something that you can control, and making sure that you get enough of it is a very important step to managing your anxiety. Here is a quick tip to getting enough sleep: turn off all electronic devices for at least an hour before you go to sleep. This will help to relax you, and will also increase the restfulness of your sleep.

12. Get involved

Get Involved

Get Involved

Volunteering, or otherwise getting involved in your community, helps to build your support network, and it also helps you to focus on other people and their needs. As simple as this sounds, it can have a powerful effect on alleviating your anxiety.

Here’s to living a Boundryless Life of reduced stress and anxiety !  🙂

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The Most Priceless Treasure ~

Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne

Hi Folks,

Over the weekend, was reading some famous quotes by people.

One in particular caught my attention.

It was by a man who made it his life goal to spread the word of the most Priceless Treasure there is.

Can anyone guess to who I’m referring ?

It is none other than my Health Hero, Jack LaLanne.

Going from an ill and weak health youth, to a fit and strong “Young” older man has always been an inspiration. Showing you are Never to old to be active and live life to the fullest.

A part of living to the fullest, is maintaining our body health. Exercise and joint health go hand in hand with this concept.

This month, the American Recall Center has made joint health awareness a focus!

You can find out more about them by clicking here.

Jack LaLanne finger tip  Pushups

Jack LaLanne finger tip Pushups

Another reason Jack LaLanne is my Inspiration, is how each year on his birthday he would choose to do a challenge in celebration.

Create Yourself

Create Yourself

Mind you, it wasn’t your usual challenge of ride a bike for an hour. Some of his challenges included:

FEATS AND HONORS
1954 Age 40: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks… an undisputed world record.

1955 Age 41: Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in
San Francisco, CA.

1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It, a TV Show with Art Baker.

1975 Age 61: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.

1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.

“Getting out of a warm bed at 5 a.m. to go down to my gym in the morning … I could be lazy and sleep late! But when I’m through, I think ‘Jack, congratulations – you did it again!’ And if I’ve got the will-power to do that, everything else is easy by comparison.” Jack LaLanne said.

And this was at an age when most people are complaining of heath related problems.

So find someone that inspires you, motivates you to want to become a Better You !!

Who do you decide to Be ?

Who do you decide to Be ?

Do you have Millionaire Habits ?

Hi Folks,

Now a days, most people are thinking of money. Not just for buying groceries mind you.
I mean, to enjoy a nice vacation.

Picture you get up. Go outside to enjoy a view of the beach. Casually chatting while eating breakfast. Then checking the latest news on a new tablet. Then checking your bank account, and seeing, make that feeling, the comfort of not only having a nest egg, but enough to actually live comfortably with out struggling, or laboring at a 9 to 5 job that gets you no where.

Picture, having enough to pay for your children’s college, as well as doing what you’ve always dreamed of doing.

Well …

It all starts with Goals.

Goals offer you a transparent sense of direction and a blueprint for the longer term. this is often wherever you\’re taking the dreams out of your head and place them down onto paper.

A crucial a part of goal setting is to raise yourself why?

For example:

Why does one wish that house?

Why does one wish that car?

Why does one wish that position within the company?

Why does one wish that salary?

Once you raise enough whys? the hows get easier!

Habit Two: Passion.

Whatever you\’re employed at, be keen about it. this is often a basic secret for money success.

What does one very love doing? And what does one have a natural talent for? What are your hobbies and interests? Once you’ve got these answers, put your heart and soul into doing it in the simplest, most easy way – Love it actually !

All millionaires love the work that they are doing.

Habit range Three: Excellence.

Set a goal that is bring your dream Alive. Let your love of what you do Shine in Excellence as you put 100 % of your heart into what you do. A millionaires’ secret 😉

\”Excellence is obtained if you:

…care quite others assume is wise;
…risk quite others assume is safe;
…dream quite others assume is practical;
…expect quite others assume is feasible.\”

Habit range Four: Education.

Dedicate yourself to long education.

The Millionaire Habits Learn and enjoy learning. Remember how a child enjoys exploring what the day holds, what lessons it holds. Learn the most recent news and trends. Remember, the market pays wonderful rewards for having wonderful data.

\”Learning is that the starting of wealth. Learning is that the starting of health. Learning is that the starting of spirituality. looking out and learning is wherever the miracle method all begins\”- Jim Rohn

Learn more by clicking here.

Habit range Five: client service.

Dedicate yourself to continuously providing wonderful client service, because the rewards measure in direct proportion to the service that you simply provide to individuals.

Ask yourself these questions:

What do my customers want?

What do my customers need?

What do my customers value?

What service am i able to provide my customers higher than everybody else?

What square measure my customers shopping for from others today? And what do i want to try to to to induce them to shop for from me?

Habit range Six: don’t think of failing, but learning from Mistakes – and then it’s not failure.

Be ready for the ups and downs Millionaires don’t believe in failure, they merely consider it as not the specified result nonetheless, simply a special strategy is required.

Habit range Seven: Imagination.

Use your imagination. you’ve got additional inventive ability .. in fact more than you think. You’ll surprise yourself once you open your creative mind.

Start using a journal, and begin writing down all of your concepts, notes, along with lists that you simply have throughout your day!

Keep in mind to continuously express, Plan on paper! You may not understand a thought or idea at the time, but upon reviewing your journal, understand and have that eureka moment that might be lost forever to memory, if hadn’t committed it to paper.

Guess what? Millionaires don’t spend most of their free time wathcing soap operas and reality TV shows. Limit the number of TV you watch to a minimum. Let it be something that inspires you !

Learn more by clicking here.

Habit range Eight: Surround yourself with positivism.

Surround yourself with compatible, positive individuals. you may have heard that 80 % of success comes from 20 % of your focus, determined efforts.

Remember to keep positive people, ideas around you, while distancing yourself from negative people, ideas, environment.

Habit range Nine: Back it all up!

Back-up everything that you simply do with the 3 qualities of perseverance, possession and belief. These strong traits provide rich rewards !

To have the courageousness to uphold in the face of adversity or disappointment,and The Millionaire Habits to possess persistence to remain at it longer than anyone else, while possessing total belief in everything that you simply do. These qualities show your drive as well as determination, and confidence in yourself and your ability to succeed.

Habit range Ten: Feeling.

Millionaires express daily gratitude for what they have. Their friends and family, their health and spirituality, their business and their social life. as a result count themselves rich even before making money or becoming successful.

It’s time for You to enjoy having the Millionare Mind and enjoying your Plans, Your Dreams …. Come True.
Click here to find out how.

Excellence is a Habit !

Excellence is a Habit !

Want a MORE productive Day – Do These ~

Be more Productive - Anyone can Do It !

Be more Productive – Anyone can Do It !

Hi Folks,

Since we’re already into February, hope you’re well on your way to a Productive day as well as year.

If not quite there yet…..

Here’s some tips to help get you there….

On average you’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings during your adult life.

According to a WHO (World Health Organization) report the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years old. Most people in wealthy nations are hovering around the 80–year mark. Women in Japan are the highest, with an average life expectancy of 86 years.

If we use these average life expectancy numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you’ve got about 68 years as an adult. (86 – 18 = 68) Perhaps a little less on average. A little more if you’re lucky.

(68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days.

Once I realized this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine. I still have a lot to learn, but here are some strategies that you can use to get the most out of your 25,000 mornings.

Well, enough stats …know by now you’re ready for those tips…..Here you go –

1. Manage your energy, not your time.
If you take a moment to think about it, you’ll probably realize that you are better at doing certain tasks at certain times. For example, my creative energy is highest in the morning, so that’s when I do my writing each day.

By comparison, I block out my afternoons for interviews, phone calls, and emails. I don’t need my creative energy to be high for those tasks, so that’s the best time for me to get them done. And I tend to have my best workouts in the late afternoon or early evening, so that’s when I head to the gym.

What type of energy do you have in the morning? What task is that energy best suited for?

2. Prepare the night before…remember…. where Preparation meets Opportunity = Success !
I don’t do this nearly as often as I should, but if you only do one thing each day then spend a few minutes each night organizing your to–do list for tomorrow. When I do it right, I’ll outline the article I’m going to write the next day and develop a short list of the most important items for me to accomplish. It takes 10 minutes that night and saves 3 hours the next day.

Don't just sit there - Get Going on your Daily Goals -

Don’t just sit there – Get Going on your Daily Goals –

3. Don’t open email until noon.
Sounds simple. Nobody does it. It took me awhile to get over the urge to open my inbox, but eventually I realized that everything can wait a few hours. Nobody is going to email you about a true emergency (a death in the family, etc.), so leave your email alone for the first few hours of each day. Use the morning to do what’s important rather than responding to what is “urgent.”

4. Turn your phone off and leave it in another room.
Or on your colleagues desk. Or at the very least, put it somewhere that is out of sight. This eliminates the urge to check text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. This simple strategy eliminates the likelihood of half – assing work where you waste time dividing your attention among meaningless tasks.

5. Work in a cool place. 
Have you ever noticed how you feel groggy and sluggish in a hot room? Turning the temperature down or moving to a cooler place is an easy way to focus your mind and body.

6. Sit up or stand up…in other words – MOVE !
Your mind needs oxygen to work properly. Your lungs need to be able to expand and contract to fill your body with oxygen. That sounds simple enough, but here’s the problem: most people sit hunched over while staring at a screen and typing.

When you sit hunched over, your chest is in a collapsed position and your diaphragm is pressing against the bottom of your lungs, which hinders your ability to breathe easily and deeply. Sit up straight or stand up and you’ll find that you can breathe easier and more fully. As a result, your brain will get more oxygen and you’ll be able to concentrate better.

Tip-bit: You can place a pillow in the small of my back.  preventing the lower back from rounding, which keeps you  more naturally upright.)

7. Eat as a reward for working hard. 
I’m now practicing intermittent fasting, which means that I eat my first meal around noon each day. I’ve been doing this for a few months now. There are plenty of health benefits, but find what works best for YOU. Of course I’m not bound by this as a hard and fast rule. Use rules … but don’t let them Rule You !

But health is just one piece of the puzzle. I also fast because it allows me to get more out of my day. Take a moment to think about how much time people spend each day thinking, planning, and consuming food. By adopting intermittent fasting, I don’t waste an hour each morning figuring out what to eat for breakfast, cooking it, and cleaning up. Instead, I use my morning to work on things that are important to me. Then, I eat good food and big meals as a reward for working hard.

8. Develop a “pre–game routine” to start your day.
My morning routine starts by pouring a cold glass of water. Some people kick off their day with ten minutes of meditation. Similarly, you should have a sequence that starts your morning ritual. This tiny routine signals to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode or exercise mode or whatever mode you need to be in to accomplish your task. Additionally, a pre–game routine helps you overcome a lack of motivation and get things done even when you don’t feel like it.

The Power of a Morning Routine

Just as it’s rare for anyone to experience overnight success, it’s also rare for our lives crumble to pieces in an instant. Most unproductive or unhealthy behaviors are the result of slow, gradual choices that add up to bad habits. A wasted morning here. An unproductive morning there.

The good news is that exceptional results are also the result of consistent daily choices. Nowhere is this more true than with your morning routine. The way you start your day is often the way that you finish it.

Energize Your Mornings

Energize Your Mornings

Take, for example, Jack LaLanne. He woke up each day at 4am and spent the first 90 minutes lifting weights. Then, he went for a swim or a run for the next 30 minutes. For more than 60 years, he spent each morning doing this routine. In addition to being one of the most influential people in fitness in the last 100 years, LaLanne also lived to the ripe old age of 96.

This is no coincidence. What you do each morning is an indicator of how you approach your entire day. It’s the choices that we repeatedly make that determine the life we live, the health we enjoy, and the work we create.

You’ve got 25,000 mornings… What will you do with each one?

7 days in a week ~ Tomorrow ISN"T one of them Go For It -  TODAY!

7 days in a week ~ Tomorrow ISN”T one of them .. so… Go For It – TODAY!

SitLess – Move More !!

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Hi Folks,

Hope all of you are enjoying this upcoming holiday season.

Here’s a health reminder on not sitting too much – Move More !!

“Sitting,” says Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic who has researched the dangers of a sedentary life for the last 15 years, “is the new smoking.” Levine’s studies have shown that sitting around—as many of us do for both work and pleasure—is bad for your health. Spending more than just 6 hours a day on your backside drives up blood pressure and places you at a greater risk for diabetes, obesity, depression, and some types of cancer. People who already have chronic illnesses see an increase in their symptoms. And that’s just for starters.

Think you’re out of danger if you go to the gym regularly? Think again: The usual guidelines for regular exercise simply aren’t enough to counteract the dangers of all the sitting we do. And we do a lot of it: Americans average 9.5 hours on our collective butts per day. That’s a lot of smoking.

So maybe it’s possible to limit our time on the couch. But when you make your living sitting at a desk, what’s to be done?

The answer is NEAT—nonexercise activity thermogenesis. In other words, getting up and moving around, at an easy pace, as often as possible, for as long as possible. NEAT used to be far more interwoven into our lives: Walk to the post office. Walk down the hall to confer with a coworker. Walk to the market and walk back with the groceries. These days? Not so much: Technology allows us to do almost everything from the comfort of a chair.

This may help to explain why we’re getting so much heavier than the Americans just a few generations back, even as we have become more and more obsessed with fitness. Our grandparents certainly didn’t have a big-box gym on every corner. As a group, in fact, people probably got less formal exercise than we get today.

Without the conveniences of e-mail and other labor-saving technologies, day-to-day lives simply required more movement 50 or 100 years ago. And since even slow walking can more than double your metabolic rate compared with sitting, you can see how being just a little more active during your day can make a huge difference to your weight and health.

Still don’t think walking “counts” as exercise? A 2004 study of the Amish—a modern agrarian culture that shuns post-industrial revolution technology—indicates that as a group, they’re remarkably healthy: Cancer rates are far lower than those of the country at large, and obesity is almost nonexistent, despite a conspicuous lack of treadmills and weights in their communities, and a diet rich in meat, pie, refined sugar, and other fattening foods. Their apparent secret? High amounts of NEAT: Amish women take about 14,000 steps a day, and Amish men are up around 18,000—something on the order of 8 miles a day.

I’m not suggesting we dispense with all technology and live like the Amish. But I am saying we need to figure out ways to make our own NEAT. You’ve may have heard this fitness tidbit before and dismissed it as impractical. Who has time for all that walking?

The surprising answer: You do. Even if you don’t want to spring for a treadmill-desk (they do exist!), there are lots of ways to sneak more easy, focus-building, nonsweaty NEAT into your life.

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Here are a few:

1. Walk and talk.

As a culture, we conduct most of our business and social affairs from a seated position: in restaurants, boardrooms, and coffee shops. Whenever possible, find ways to turn these into walking meetings—especially when you’re meeting one-on-one: Offer to stroll in the park or around the block rather than sitting down and eating something you probably don’t need. You’ll eat less, move more, and probably even think better: Walking can help your ideas flow.

2. Go mobile.

Many of us who grew up with desktops and wall phones are still stuck to the idea that we have to be stuck while using mobile devices like cell phones and laptops. So we sit at a desk while chatting on our cell phone or working away on a laptop. Whenever you’re on the phone, take it as an opportunity to walk—or at least stand. Most people feel—and sound—more engaged when they’re on their feet, so you’ll make a better impression on the phone if you’re up and about anyway. And change locations with your laptop whenever possible: Take it to a park, a cafe, another room in your house.

3. Take a microbreak.

One of the reasons it’s so tough to maintain good posture at a desk is that your ligaments and other soft tissues start to deform after about 20 minutes in the same position, gradually giving your body a permanently chair-shaped appearance. Fight this tendency with 1- to 5-minute breaks for every 20 minutes you’re at work: Stretch, breathe, focus your eyes on a distant object. You’ll come back to work refreshed and recommitted.

4. Steal a workout.

This falls under the no-brainer category: Grab the first parking spot you see in the lot (the farther away from the door, the better) rather than circling for 10 minutes looking for the perfect one. Take the stairs, not the elevator. And stay off the human conveyor belt at the airport, too: You’re going to be stuck on a plane for 6 hours anyway—do you really need less activity? Whenever there’s a choice—walk. This may seem like novice advice, but it can make a huge difference in the number of calories you burn in a given day.

Always enjoy this one ! For example, at lunch, did some L dips, which are dips with your legs held out straight. If not quite that level, hold your knees up, remember to use the core –

5. Miss your stop … on purpose.

If you use public transportation, try getting off a stop before or a stop after the one most convenient to your destination. You’ll be able to squeeze in 10 or 15 minutes of pleasant walking—and maybe get to know your neighborhood a little better at the same time.

6. Go for Face Time (not the app).

I’m lucky that my profession requires me to see people face-to-face: It’s hard to diagnose a torn meniscus or a separated shoulder over e-mail. But many people can go through their workday without ever actually interacting with their closest coworkers. They text the guy down the hall, they e-mail blast to their most valuable clients. Nothing wrong with convenience. But if you’ve got a question for Linda, and she’s right down the hall, take the 3-minute break and go see her. Chances are you’ll communicate better anyway.

7. Get less efficient.

In the movie Wall-E, the people of the future live on Barc-o-lounger-shaped scooter-chairs that zip them from place to place, dispensing a never-ending stream of soft drinks into their big-gulp-size cups. It’s not too far off from where we appear to be headed right now. Efficiency, it seems, is killing us. One novel solution is to get a little inefficient on purpose: Set up your work station so you have to reach for things rather than keeping them within an arm’s reach. Put the file cabinet and wastebasket a ways away so you have to walk over to them (or at least practice your free throw). Reaching, stretching, extending, and of course, walking feel great, especially when you’ve been stuck in the chair all morning.

8. Leverage your TV time.

I personally don’t know anyone who admits to watching more than an hour of television a day—but with the national average up around 5 hours, I know they’re out there. TV time can be invaluable for stretching, floor Pilates, and yoga postures. No need to make it super intense: Restorative postures are great, especially if you’re winding down before bed. You’ll sleep better, burn a few calories, and shave some time off your sitting hours for the day. And you’ll relieve a little of the guilt from your favorite guilty pleasure.

9. Include the family.

This applies to any fitness venture: a better diet, a more stringent workout program, a more active lifestyle. Don’t go it alone. Make sure everyone near you—especially your family—knows that you’re trying to get more activity into your day, and include them as much as you can in the effort. Take a walk around the block instead of a trip to get fast food; play mini-golf instead of going to the movies; choose Twister instead of video games.

It’s OK if you’re not a superathletic family—you don’t have to shoot hoops and shag fly balls every night. But the more incidentally active your family activities can be, the better. And you’ll be instilling the importance of regular movement into your kids’ lives—and that’s a pretty important gift.

Excerpts from The Exercise Cure by Jordan D. Metzl, MD …  Excellent Read !!!

Here’s to Moving – Living a Boundryless Life !!

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Is your fitness Life in Balance – Let’s find out !

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Hi Folks,

As usual, been traveling for work, however, wanted to share this with you that had me thinking.

Just like life, it is good to have balance in our fitness. 

It was in high school that got truly serious about fitness. Doing daily pushups, chinups, and hiking alternated with run – walking (which later evolved into my new interest…. Hill Sprints!).

However, with time, realized need more balance in life. So began daily planning to start my day, and deloading at the end of the day to relax. Then not long ago, realized just like life, my fitness needed to be more balanced to achieve my goals. 

Here’s some suggestions that I hope will help you too.  🙂

Let’s begin with this question …What is balanced fitness?

Essentially, I consider balanced fitness as fitness challenges, that strengthens, stretches and restores the body and mind with a range of motion..what I call Mind – Body Fitness.

Balanced fitness is really no silver bullet fitness solution. Instead, a balanced approach to fitness incorporates a variety of fitness techniques, sports and movement into your overall health regime.

Remember…. It’s important not confuse balance with perfection!

With fitness fads, as with fad diets, it’s tempting to follow a strict regimen with an “all-or-nothing” approach. Instead, balanced fitness encourages listening to your body, developing a healthy relationship with your body and using your fitness regimen to support health and healing instead of focusing on strict goals that may harm the body.

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Ready to dive in?!

Here’s  what I consider some key ingredients that you’ll want to include in your balanced fitness plan. 

1. Moderate cardio/endurance/aerobic exercise.

You’re probably familiar with this one. Slow-paced biking, walking, swimming, etc. all fall into this category. Often thought to be the cornerstone of fitness, this area is generally given the most attention. However, though regular cardio is an important element of fitness, it’s important to not over do it. Beware! Too much cardio can actually wear out the body, increase inflammation, burn muscle and cause weight gain in the long run. A few hours of “slow-go” cardio a week is plenty for most people. Also, be sure to mix it up with a variety of different sports and activities!

2. High-intensity exercise.

Many of us neglect this key piece of the fitness puzzle. Did you know that a short blast of intense exercise is a powerful fitness tool that strengthens the heart, lungs, bones and immune system, not to mention trains the body to burn excess fat, increase muscle, and prevent injury by improving joint strength? Welcome to the world of sprints, high-speed jumping jacks, quick sit-ups, burpees and fast-paced sports such as soccer or rugby. The best part? Pushing yourself to the limit means you can spend less time working out while still reaching peek athletic performance. Integrating a few high-intensity sessions into your fitness routine each week will bump your degree of fitness to new heights.

3. Yoga.

The physical and emotional benefits within yoga are so endless: strength, balance, flexibility, healthy joints, mental control, stress reduction and restoration. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different yoga styles and move your body in a variety of ways. A Kundalini class will affect your body much differently than a stand-up paddle-board class.

4.Strength training or body resistance exercise.

Unless you regularly practice ashtanga or some other athletic yoga style, you’ll want to incorporate this element into your fitness routine as well. Try adding some kind of resistance exercises to your fitness routine. To tone and strengthen your body, heavy weights aren’t necessary (unless you’re looking to build muscle). Another example is doing bodyweight exercises at home, or even better outdoors to enjoy the fresh air!!    

Either will help your muscles, while strengthening bones, boosting metabolism,as well.

 

Though being active is Great for our body and Mind….this next step is equally important in a Balanced Fitness Life.

5. Restoration and rest.

Most of you will be happy to hear that balanced fitness includes rest days! It’s essential to let your body recover from intense workouts. You can even enhance rest days by treating your body to a restorative yoga session, often called the dessert of yoga. Incorporating rest and restoration is key to balanced fitness. In fact, lack of rest (over-exercising) can be as damaging as lack of exercise. Exercise addicts, take note!

Take a moment to consider which if these areas you might be neglecting. Perhaps you need to integrate more high-intensity exercise into your regimen, or maybe restorative yoga and rest need to be priorities. Listen to your body, and do your best to incorporate these five elements of fitness into your life. You might be delighted to find that a balanced fitness regimen keeps your body and mind engaged, inspired, and on track, while helping you feel and look your best.

 

Take away from this is…move, enjoy, both stimulating your Body and Mind, while also including times to simply Breathe, Reflect…and Enjoy those Golden Moments within your day.

It is my hope this article will help you in balancing fitness to enjoy Life ever more Fully !!

Here’s to Living a Balanced – Happy – Healthy Boundryless Life !!  😀

 

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Don’t worry ~ Be Happy !

 

Don't Worry ~ Be Happy !

Don’t Worry ~ Be Happy !

Hi Folks,

Most of us have heard that phrase from the title.

Here now are some ideas to help you get there and enjoy the journey too 😉

We all experience moments of insecurity, frustration, stress and even depression, but for some of us, these moments last longer than others.

Whenever I feel out of alignment, I to get back in-tune  I try these steps of highly happy and successful people, but I’ve changed it a little to be in the present tense, so it becomes a go-to list to pull anyone into a happier state. Maybe it can help you through a tough time.

1. Stop worrying, if it supposed to happen it will.

 

2. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.

 

3. Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself.

 

4. Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive.

 

6. Surround yourself with people who see your greatness.

 

7. Make peace with your past.

 

8. See all setbacks as growth and expansive opportunities.

 

9. Comparing yourself to others will hurt your health and steal your joy.

 

10. Don’t give up, EVER.

 

11. You always have a choice.

 

12. Stop chasing what’s not working.

 

13. Believe wholeheartedly in miracles.

 

14. Don’t postpone joy.

 

15. Trust the universe, there is a plan greater than yours.

 

16. Wake up every morning with a grateful heart.

 

17. Remember things take time.

 

18. Always trust your gut.

 

19. No need to change people; just love them for who they are.

 

20. Don’t resist change.

 

21. Forgive yourself.

 

22. Your life is a creative adventure.

 

23. Release expectations and enjoy the journey, there is no destination.

 

24. Just do you.

 

25. You’re not broken or damaged. You are perfect just the way you are.

So, next time your day is getting you down, you feel there’s not enough hours in the day to rush and get everything done.

Go back to this list…..or do what I like to do…for a month do one new step each day for 25 days….Enjoy and Be Happy !

Wishing you all enjoy a Boundrlyessly Happy Life !!  😀

Happiness starts Within ~

Happiness starts Within ~