Archive for the ‘Body’ Category

Laugh a little, laugh a lot

December 15, 2008

Living in a world that is too fast paced, we find ourselves moving to the beat, we’re caught up in the rat race; not knowing where we got on and exactly how to get off.
Not sure why I began to pay attention to this, but over the past three months or so, I found myself paying attention to the faces of people – most of the faces I see carry no smile or pleasantness. Why? Why the “oh so serious, sad, stressed, deep in thought look?” Is life that bad for a large percentage of this planet that we’ve either forgotten how to relax and let our faces reflect how we feel, or is it simply that what we see on our faces, is a true reflection of how we feel inside?

Could it be that the busyness of our lives have stolen the joy and peace we need to lead healthy, joyful lives? Or could it be that we have fewer things to smile or laugh about? When was the last time we walked about with a pleasant relaxed look on our faces, just because? Laughing yoga and laughing clubs are on the increase, because a majority of adults do not laugh enough.

A recent survey states that children laugh on average 417 times a day, compared to adults who only laugh about 17 times a week! How about taking a page from the books of kids and make the decision to do ourselves a great favor and laugh a little…heck, laugh a lot, and as we do we’ll find that the muscles in our faces will relax and when we make eye contact with another face, we’ll realized that the kind gesture is returned, and we’ll find ourselves smiling back at the face, and suddenly realized that hey, that face is ours.

If you fall into the category of not laughing enough or have a not so pleasant look on your face, take this challenge, and do this exercise – crack a smile at yourself in the mirror, do some facial exercises and make the conscious decision that you will project a pleasant facial expression and remember to laugh a little, laugh a lot!

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Don’t lose your shine

December 10, 2008

One day for no particular reason I found myself paying close attention to my place of dwelling. It is a six-year-old condo with a fresh contemporary look and feel. However, though it is still fairly new, and I’ve no pets or kids running around, I noticed that the walls have lost their shine; certain features and fixtures now have a dull look to them.
After making this observation I realized that as it is with lifeless things, so it is at times with humans.
Some of us are convinced that as we age in years, we tend to lose our shine, our edge, our sharpness and I must disagree. Well, we lose our shine as we age because we do so by choice. We think that way, because we buy into the norm, the stasis quo and that has a mental affect on how we think, dress and act.
You don’t need to lose your shine at all, nada, never, no way!
So, how do we as aging adults maintain our shine and keep shining? Let’s begin with the mind – we have to reprogram and reinstall the right thoughts about how we think and see ourselves. For one thing, we need to stop using our age as an excuse to avoid doing certain things. The truth is, when we challenge our minds we become mentally energized and fresh ideas with positive affirmation rises and grow strong within us. Then there’s the obvious overflow, which is portrayed in how we speak, act and carry ourselves.
Then there the physical aspect – get moving, commit to and actively get involved in some form of physical activity for about 30-45 min a day. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
And finally there’s the spiritual part to balance out keeping and maintaining your shine. Spend at least 15-20 min a day meditating, and make the decision to live a forgiving, thankful and giving life. With those components actively present in your daily life, you’ll never lose your shine!

Dig your heels in

December 10, 2008

When the going gets tough, when you’ve made a plan, when you’ve committed to investing your precious time, money and sacrifice. What is it about life that seems to rise up, ruffle your feathers, and stir the pot, to challenge your goals? You can count on obstacles to rare its ugly head to test the depth of your commitment. It is like nature seeks to confirm to self if you are really in for the long haul, or if you’re all talk.

So, what’s it going to be? You made a plan to get into shape at the beginning of this year – your intentions were solid, your fitness and nutrition plan in place, then you got side swiped by the cold and flu bug. Do you delay the plan? No, so you can’t exercise, but you can still implement your proper nutritional eating!

You plan to begin saving extra money for a holiday, or large purchase then the pressure to splurge tugs at your pocket book. Will you dig deep and stick to your budget or throw caution to the wind and spend, spend, spend?

You commit to spending more quality time with your loved ones or tackling a course instead of endless TV watching, but your favorite reality shows are hitting the screen faster than before, and can you keep up. You simply limit yourself to a certain amount of time for TV, and follow through on your promise.

Bottom line? You made promises to yourself with every intention on keeping them. No one likes being lied to, or let down, so why lie to yourself? You have it in you to follow through on the promises made, don’t disappoint and lie to yourself any longer. The fulfilling feeling you experienced while setting those goals will be over the top once those goals are kept and completed. So come on, dig your heels in and finish what you’ve started to build, it will turn out to be something wonderful!

 

Two types of pain and we get to choose

December 1, 2008
 

Any degree of pain is unpleasant -that is unless you’re some one who gets pleasure from the infliction of pain and that is a whole different subject altogether.
Today, my post is directed to the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.
We all know that to activate discipline takes work, it takes an individual effort to give 100% into something because we want to achieve something that will benefit us.
In the area of fat loss and getting health or healthier, discipline has to come into play in regards to our eating and exercising. We usually fail terribly in those areas because we start running instead of starting off with baby steps like eating less, using less salt, sugar, etc and commit to exercising 5 days a week for 60 min each day instead of starting off with 3 days a week for 30 min per session.
The pain that is involved with this discipline will deliver a reward that can be embraced and enjoyed; not forgetting the new lease on life, increased self confidence, energy to spare and the positive affect it will have on those around you. The pain of discipline is a temporary; it is felt periodically throughout the process, but is replaced with the joy, thus the discipline ends up being a good thing despite the pain involved. The pain of discipline produces pleasure at the end.
 
On the other hand the pain of regret is lasting – this pain lives with you, you can’t run from it, though at times you can hide it, cover it up from the world, but it is known to you. This pain eats at your core and unfortunately it is something you can’t avoid.  It comes out in your relationships even if you try to guard against it, it is seen in the way you speak, and how you dress. This pain takes from you and in end result is misery.
 
So, we’re down to the wire – we’ve concluded that no one enjoys any form of pain, but in this arena we get to choose which pain is worth it. Which will you choose? the pain of discipline or the pain of regret?
Remember, the pain of discipline is temporary and comes with a beneficial reward.
The pain of regret will last for as long as you decide and comes with a no reward-correction, it’s self inflicted misery.
The beauty about all this is that as individuals we get to choose-hope you select the right pain!

 

Why aging shouldn’t be used as an excuse

November 25, 2008

Using our age as an excuse as to why we can’t do certain things is bogus. Age is simply a number, yet many of us use our age to make excuses that stops us in our tracks, that becomes a brick wall, or a mountain. It is no longer “aging gracefully”, but “I’m getting old” syndromes that plague our souls. Entertaining thoughts like that will definitely accelerate the aging process.

This topic is fresh in my mind because on my way to work on the train I read an article about the aging process and three individuals all over 76 years were the candidates. Their lives are full, active and rich and they don’t even look their age. Hmmm, wonder why that is? I’ll tell you why! There souls are very much alive and young which translates into how they look, and conduct their daily lives.

We’ve been hearing more about 60 being the new 40 – it isn’t that people use that as an excuse because they’re afraid to age, but rather it has become a revelation.  Why let a number dictate and add limits to what you can or cannot do? So, how about it…are you ready to make adjustments, changes in your mind regarding the aging process?

You and only you have the power within to take that step; there’s no time like the present, let’s do it!