Living Well, Staying Healthy In Mind, Body and Spirit

I saw an ad the other day that said… “I don’t want to grow old gracefully, I’m going to fight it every step of the way”. I laughed, but also thought serious about what the commercial as saying. Of course their desire was to get me to buy something; instead it started me to thinking.

And thinking is exactly what I’m talking about; I enjoy my mind, it is sharp and active and sometimes I’m amazed at my memory, that isn’t something I want to lose, and YES, I will fight to maintain my health and acute mind and you should too. Forget growing old gracefully and letting the effects of gradually and graceful aging rob you of a sharp mind and healthy body, I say FIGHT.

Exercise, stay limber and active, get outside and enjoy life, smell the air, greet the neighbors, say hi to the postman, just be active. And then, and this is paramount, use what modern medical science has available with vitamin supplements.

Here’s what you should be aware of; your body (and particularly your brain) need essential fatty acids, getting your recommended daily allowance will aid in keeping your brain sharp as a tack and dementia merely a word used in scrabble.

The bible says…. “Take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake”. This isn’t a religious discussion, but research shows that Polyphenol, found in red grapes (and other less tantalizing plants) will aid in cognitive functions.

Here’s one I hadn’t heard of till researching this article; ALA or Alpha-Lipoic Acid, seems this one is a fighter (I like it already) and will attack (or interrupt) free radical damage and increase antioxidants in the brain and improve memory, sounds like a winner in my book.

Okay, getting older is a fact of life, so when we look at vitamin supplements and amino acids, we’ll want to find and take those that have proven benefits to brain functions. Enter Coenzyme Q10 which apparently is like a soldier with orders to… “Protect The Brain With Your Life” and do not let the enemy intrude at any cost.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and with time diminishes, but again, don’t let it happen gracefully, do everything possible to hold to health and longevity. Seems that might have been written as a banner for Vitamin E, known to keep our skin supple (it’s an antioxidant in our tissue) and our brains active. Make CERTAIN to get an ample dose of Vitamin E, it’s vital.

Here’s one that most of us HAVE heard about, good ‘ole Ginkgo Biloba, available at every drugstore and many convenience stores along the highways of life. It is powerful and known to increase blood flow to the brain (a good thing) and vital to keeping our brains in tip top condition. Use your brain, work puzzle, solve riddles, read books, STOP staring at the TV and take a daily dose of Ginkgo Biloba.

Remember the old “Bugs Bunny” cartoons. The wise cracking rabbit that was always one up on whatever situation he encountered? He was always munching on a carrot, and a carrot contains what? Why carotenoids of course which (when taken in a balanced manner) is a proven and powerful antioxidant.

FACTOID: Antioxidants are nutrients or chemicals that are free radical scavengers. Vitamins A, C, E and some B vitamins, beta-carotene, selenium and certain crucial enzymes in our bodies are antioxidants.

The letter B is beautiful, and it can represent so many words, emotions, and memories. And I’m going to focus on memory and speak of vitamins B6 and B12, which are crucial (did you hear that) for our brains to function properly. With these vitamins, we’ll slowly but surely begin to forget things, become confused and certainly NOT grow old gracefully. Make CERTAIN you are getting your recommended daily dose of this vitamin.

Life is about living, we are all on the same path and the path is beautiful indeed. Live well, stay healthy and be sure to take your vitamins.

The Truth About Hard Body Success Is Revealed!

Hard Body Success is the new book written by Scott Abbett which claims to be the answer to all man’s fitness problems. The revolutionary book gives tips on how to considerably improve body physique whilst spending just 2% of your time each month exercising.

There are countless advertisements for ‘get-fit-quick’ schemes. Some are machines, others are books, and others are videos. The fact of the matter is the fitness market is a very large one and there is a lot of competition to gain the approval of users and boost sales.

So if there are so many competitors out there all offering a similar service, what is it that makes Hard Body Success different to its competitors? I mean, it has the same testimonials from made-up characters who have found the book to be wonderfully helpful in giving them their perfect body. Some of them have miraculously found physique overnight. But despite its sceptics, Hard Body Success does have its undeniably unique and revolutionary ways.

For example, the book dwells on mental techniques to achieve fitness, which is always vitally underestimated when it comes to fitness. Secondly Hard Body Success is more specific than other such publications. I mean that it’s not ‘one size fits all’ generic stuff crammed into a few pages; the writer makes sure to touch on techniques for most physiques and lifestyles even if it takes him longer overall to write the book.

Whether Hard Body Success is worth the full cost is questionable, but at the half price cost being offered on the website, Hard Body Success is a worthwhile purchase for those who want a complete physical and psychological workout.

The main thing that might appeal to a reader when studying Hard Body Success is how frank the writer is with his audience. This may make them feel that he is simply one of them and they too can have a body like he does. On the flipside, it could also be a turn off for a reader who was looking for a more official read.

Scott Abbett always gets straight to the point when describing the stepping stones to a great body. Hard Body Success is a no nonsense guide to getting fit with the minimum of effort. This may lead some readers to question how believable this publication really is, because everyone knows that it takes a lot of hard work to get your self fit. But obviously no one told Scott Abbett this as he maintains his rugged stance on the road to fitness.

How Pilates Can Promote Good Health In Both Mind And Body

It’s been known for some time that a good daily exercise routine can help both improve a person’s physical health and also their mental outlook as well. The body just seems to respond well to being kept in tune. But even further advancement in mind/body health has been brought about in recent years through the use of the pilates exercise method.

Joseph Pilates formulated the basic exercises that comprise the system over 70 years ago, and so the system of graceful movements is named after him. Of course, since that time many more exercises have been added and refinements made, but many of the original exercises are still in use as well.

Pilates felt that the mind and body were connected as a unit and that the mind could help strengthen and control the body’s health if focused properly. So he worked up a system of movements that must be done gracefully and accompanied with proper breathing techniques to build up the core muscles of the body and enhance flexibility in the process. His work became quickly adopted when he opened his studio in New York City and since then has been carried on and expanded after his death.

Pilates exercises try to build strength and stamina not through aerobic and weight training as much as controlled body movements that use isometric principles instead. They can be performed just about anywhere and the only really necessary piece of equipment is a mat upon which to lie down.

Although pilates may sound like a very simple thing to do, there is more to it than you may initially think. Of course, it can be very gentle for those who have been injured and need to start slowly, but for those who are long time practitioners pilates can be challenging as it calls for stretching almost every muscle in your body as you go through the movements and to even hold those stretches for a period of time.

But pilates has another very beneficial effect on one’s health as it contributes to a positive and relaxed mental outlook. That is something that many people would love to have these days, and so they are surprised to learn that pilates can help in this area. But the combination of breathing exercises and total concentration on the movements seems to help many release the worries that cloud their mind from each day’s activity as they go through their pilates workout.

So if you feel that you need to improve both your physical and mental health, why not take a good long look at pilates to see if it can benefit you? It doesn’t take much to get started, and is not expensive at all like other fitness routines. There is no time like the present to begin.