Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

20 Relaxation Techniques to Totally Destress

Monday, February 20th, 2017

99% of the World is Stressed Out!

Stressed Out WomanIt seems like every time life is looking up, something nasty happens. This is a pattern I have noticed over the past 20 years. Just recently I was laid off from my contract position at a global trading management software company. That’s 20-25 hours a week of revenue gone, kaput, vanished, and ceased. Now I have to balance working on client projects with finding a new job or more contract hours.

Just when I think my family situation is going well, my parents or my son’s mom does or says something stupid, people get mad and fight, and I end up right in the middle of it. Just when I think my financial situation is getting better, I get hit with several thousands of dollars worth of bills that I wasn’t anticipating. The cycle never ends. Is everyone else’s life like this? I would venture to guess that for 98% of the people in the world, this is exactly how life transpires.

How to Combat Stress

  1. Take a deep breath and blow it out slowly, repeat at least 10 times. Now realize that you have power to control your life.
  2. Be aware that you always have a choice with both emotions and work. Sometimes you need to let your emotions out but still stay in control.
  3. Say something positive to yourself as soon as you wake up.
  4. Start every day with reflection on the previous day, focusing on positive accomplishments and events.
  5. Set goals for what needs to be achieved in the day then write a to-do list. Steps to consider when writing your to-do list:
    • Know your limits and be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day.
    • Prioritize your tasks and work to finish them starting with the highest priority (urgent/important).
    • Do your most difficult task at the beginning of the day when you are fresh, thereby avoiding the stress of last minute preparation. Procrastination only facilitates stress!
    • Focus on one task at a time. Multitasking is one reason people feel like they haven’t accomplished anything.
    • Emphasize quality in your work, rather than quantity. A finished quality product is much better than a shoddy one that will have to be fixed later. Microsoft could stand to take a tip like this.
    • Stagger deadlines for large projects. This will help you to deal with less stress at any one time.
    • Schedule personal time-outs. This will allow you to relax and reflect at strategic points throughout the day. You will also be better prepared when an unanticipated task arrives.
    • Delegate some of your tasks to others. Why should you have to do something that someone else is better at?
    • Review your goals and accomplishments at the end of the day. This is soothing and will help you sleep better.
    • Know your limits and do not push yourself too hard or beat yourself up when you do not achieve your goals. If you have unfinished tasks, go ahead and start your to-do list for the following day.
  6. Improve organizational skills. Stress arises from feeling overwhelmed, thus you should get organized by breaking responsibilities down into manageable pieces and by focusing on the things that really matter.
  7. Stop worrying about what you cannot change. This is hard, but it also acknowledged as an important coping mechanism.
  8. Take responsibility for your life. Control your own destiny by deciding what you want and go for it!
  9. You will have more self-confidence and energy if you treat your body right by following these tips:Yoga Girl
    • Eat a healthy breakfast and healthy snacks only. Stay away from sugary snacks by keeping fruit, vegetables, nuts, and high-protein snacks available when you feel like a snack.
    • Drink water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they both contribute to stress in the grand scheme of the day.
    • Exercise a little every day. Endorphins released by exercise can lower stress levels.
    • Eat a small amount of chocolate for more endorphins. A SMALL amount.
    • Use a good vitamin and mineral supplement everyday to keep micronutrients balanced.
    • Get enough sleep and try to get into regular sleeping patterns. Most people need at least 7 hours of sleep a night, kids need more like 10.
  10. Listen to music. Get some aggression out by listening to something heavy, or calm yourself down with some positive and relaxing music.
  11. Use positive self-talk by reminding yourself that you have been in similar situations and that you can get through this one too.
  12. Visualize yourself overcoming a stressful situation. See it and feel it.
  13. Visualize positive things; this does not take long but can help you regain focus.
  14. Develop a sense of humor. I know I have been so stressed out before that I just have to laugh otherwise I will freak out.
  15. Talk to friends. This is one of the most important things, as keeping things bottled up can only cause more stress.
  16. Learn to say no. You can’t possibly do everything you are asked.
  17. Communicate to those around you, that you need a change in communication and situation.
  18. Learn to meditate and let the stress go.
  19. Taking a bath will give you private time and relax the body.
  20. Chew gum. It has been shown that the action of chewing can reduces stress, which is why some people under constant stress tend to overeat. If you don’t like gum, chew on a toothpick.

Body Fat – How to “FairBurn” it Off and Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Whether you want to lose weight, become more fit, feel better, or even add on some weight and muscle, nutrition is key!

Exercise is important and should not be forgotten, but in order to lose and maintain your weight, up to 75% of that will come from proper nutrition, while the other 25% will come from exercise. This is frustrating, confusing, and sometimes infuriating to many because nutrition is a discipline filled with complicated and conflicting information.

Dave and Elyse Fairburn Fortunately, nutrition and your “diet”, over time can become an easy and natural way of living, which is why a couple of my friends created the Fairburn it Off Nutrition & Fitness Plan. When you have a goal, a plan, and some motivation, progress falls right into place.

What is Fairburn it Off?

The Fairburn it Off Nutrition & Fitness Plan was created by husband and wife team David and Elyse Fairburn. Despite David being a certified nutritionist and Elyse being an instructor in the fitness world, they initially struggled themselves with trying to calculate the perfect amounts of food and succumbing to strict diets and several supplements. After finally taking a step back and using what they know and have experienced, they created a sustainable lifestyle nutrition plan to help people lose weight, maintain that weight loss, and not fall prey to some of the very pitfalls that the Fairburns experienced themselves.

The key to the plan is sustainability – the belief that when you simplify healthy living by making your lifestyle healthier and easier to maintain, that you will experience consistent and positive results.  To accomplish this, the Fairburns plans were designed to help you better understand proper nutrition through eating clean, nutrient-packed, whole foods, while still maintaining fitness through both cardio and resistance training. Through sustainability and this balance between nutrition and fitness, you can see positive progress and build new and healthy habits.
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5 Amazing Essential Oils to Slow down Your Aging

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Cinnamon Essential OilsDoes a small streak of gray hair worry you? Are you afraid to smile because the wrinkle would show up on your face? If you’re worried about aging, then you aren’t alone. It’s one of the greatest fears that trouble most adults. Aging is a natural occurrence, but you can exercise control over it by following the right diet.

Here’s a list of food habits to help you have a healthy mind and body.

  • Reduce your wrinkles with argan oil

Argan oil is one of the most effective anti-aging essential oils. This “miracle oil” is obtained from the fruity pulp of the Moroccan Argan tree.  It’s composed of 80% unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, carotenes, and phenols that helps in keeping your skin healthy and youthful.

Using argan oil as a face mask can reduce the early signs of aging. Take a few drops of argon oil and massage your face in an upward motion, starting from your chin. The depth and severity of wrinkles in your face will eventually reduce. You can also see your age spots fade away with the regular use of argan oil. (more…)

An Active Recovery Day

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Another Blast From the Past

Looking back in my archives, I found this post from 2008; roughly 2 home relocations ago. About 8 years have passed, the ‘kids’ are teenagers now, the beach is in the backyard now instead of across the street, I still have those Powerblocks, and still love sprinting.

Rest dayToday however it’s about 30°F out, 3 days before Christmas, and it’s snowing. Sprints will be much more difficult, biking is nearly impossible, and the unheated garage is freeeeeezing! I’ve been working diligently as a personal garage gym builder though, and now I also have a doorway pull up bar, push up equipment, an ab roller, springs, and big ole rubber tubes that work great for dynamic resistance training.

If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, read the follow piece that details my thoughts on active recovery in 2008 and what I accomplished on a warm sunny day in June. I still feel the same way about active recovery, and if you’re not using it on the occasional rest day you’re missing out on fun activities that can help engage your friends and family, burn extra calories, and improve the recovery process from your strenuous gym workouts.

Even medical journals documenting active recovery research have found that, “active recovery can be prescribed and still retain performance benefits over passive recoveries”. Don’t you miss out!

June 21, 2008 – A Day of Active Recovery

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It’s Hard to be Swole if You’re Drunk

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Athletes drink. A survey that followed 6,000 teens into their mid-twenties found that while young athletes use fewer drugs than non-athletes, they drink far more alcohol.  Beer steins

Fitness buffs, why is this so dumb?

In addition to the obvious short-term health risks — like drunk driving — alcohol impairs muscle growth and prevents muscle recovery. In fact, according to research conducted by Matt Barnes of New Zealand’s Massey University, muscle performance loss was doubled in participants who drank alcohol.

That wouldn’t be a huge deal for a non-exerciser, but it could be a game-ender for an athlete whose future relies on physical fitness. (more…)

The Advantages of Playing Sports

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Everybody Should Know About the Advantages of Playing SportsKids playing rugby

The average person today does not participate in even 10% of the physical activities that his grandparents were “obligated” to perform. Chopping wood, building and tending a garden, walking to destinations, even washing clothes by hand, where daily habits for folks in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Nowadays, modern men and women spend far too much of their time sitting in the office, in their vehicle or in front of the TV. The gestures of everyday life are limited to pressing buttons to generate heat or cool the air, to wash clothes, to go up or down the floors, to cook food. Long live progress and innovation! (more…)

Back to Basics: The Fundamentals of Keeping Lost Weight Off

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Basic Fundamentals Of Losing Weight And Keeping It Off

Over the years, more and more consumers have discovered the paramount importance of losing weight and getting into shape. An abundance of health complications can be directly linked to obesity. This includes diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, losing weight can seem hopeless for a large quantity of the population. It is undeniably much more difficult than the majority of people will ever know and keeping the weight off can be even more difficult. Below, you will discover the fundamentals of losing weight and keeping it off for good.

Push up class

Calories In vs Calories Burned

First and foremost, it is pertinent to follow the basics. The concept of losing weight is actually very simple. Individuals only need to consume less calories than they burn each and every day. By following this basic formula, you’ll eventually lose weight. Unfortunately, putting this simple plan into action can be very difficult. Hunger, lack of control, and other factors can get in the way and lead the individual astray. (more…)

Debunking the Common (Yet Utterly Ridiculous) Myths Women Have about Eating More Protein

Monday, July 18th, 2016

By: Sara Jane Adkins
women need protein
Admit it.

You felt the same way I did at some point in your life.

As a woman who is extremely active (I do crossfit four times a week), I rebelled for the longest time against adding more protein to my diet.

The majority of the advertisements that I saw for protein powder featured guys that looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his heyday.

And while I would not mind my husband sporting those round shoulders, there was no way I wanted my physique to resemble anything remotely close to that.

My misconception of the effect that protein has on the body is very common among many women.

Protein is a crucial nutrient for the body. In fact, it accounts for 20 percent of our body weight, and helps in the synthesis of hormones, enzymes and vital cellular structures.

Protein also assists with fluid balance and the building of antibodies that protect against infection and other harmful viruses. In short, if we do not supply our bodies with the proper amount of protein, we cannot survive.

That is why it is so important to understand the crucial role that protein plays in maintaining overall health, especially since many women limit their protein consumption because of the myths associated with it.

Some women fear that high-protein diets may cause them to look too “bulky,” can compromise bone health or may be taxing on the kidneys. However, these assumptions are nothing more than myths that should be set straight for a variety of reasons.

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The 5 Easiest Ways You Can Burn More Fat Starting Now

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

How to Burn Fat Quickly and Efficiently

Burning fat can be tough, there’s so many things you have to keep track of if you want to do it effectively. There’s calories to count, workouts to perform and even macronutrients to balance.

But there are ways to make things easier. Simple additions you can incorporate into your lifestyle to start seeing faster results.

Burn fat faster< Here at Project Swole we show you the simplest ways to burn fat faster by following these simple methods. If you’re struggling to lose those stubborn extra pounds, this is the article you need to read:

1. Drinking Green Tea

When cutting fat, people think a lot more about what they eat, rather than what they drink – and that’s a big problem. Sodas, beer, and even fruit tea can contain huge amounts of calories, and can easily go against all that hard word you’ve been putting into your diet.

So what’s the solution? Green Tea.  One of the better beverages for fat loss, Green tea is full of antioxidants, contains next to no calories, and it accelerates fat loss.

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How Much Water Should You Drink?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Dr. John BerardiSince the late 1990’s Dr. John Berardi has published 8 scientific abstracts; 15 scientific papers and textbook chapters; presented at nearly 50 scientific, exercise, and nutrition related conferences; and published countless articles online.

His first articles at Testosterone Magazine so many years ago, provided me with the basis for everything I know about nutrition today. Now I will turn some of that knowledge over to you in the form of Nutrition Tips written by Dr. Berardi himself.

Today’s Topic – How Much Water You Should Drink

Drink WaterWater is important for maintaining proper health.

I have always advocated drinking at least a gallon of water a day, but then some media outlets over-hype the fact that drinking too much water can make you sick, and people being to dismiss the importance of drinking water.

I think it all had to do with some radio contest to see who could drink the most water in the shortest amount of time. The fact is that you would have to drink many gallons of water in a short time frame to make yourself sick.

Water IS mandatory for proper bodily function.

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