The Best Self Health Investment Of A Lifetime – Your Own Health

Throughout our working years we are generally concerned about saving money and investing it wisely so we can have financial security when our working life is over. Yet few of us plan for our health and wellness just when we will need it the most. Somehow we believe that whether we remain well or if we go down a path of disease and illness is merely the result of “Lady Luck’ or fate.

We do not seem to accept the things we do and do not do particularly in the way of healthy eating and proper exercise over the years in the end impacts on whether our health span matches our life span.

With the wealth of information available no one can say that they are not aware of the importance of keeping one’s strength and fitness right throughout life. Fifty to one hundred years ago life was very different in that most people had to be physically active just to meet the daily demands of life.

That has changed dramatically, now we literally do not have to ‘move a muscle’ to live and spend as much as 80 percent of our day sitting in one type of chair or another.

Just as a diet of processed foods leads to health problems somewhere down the road, a lifestyle without enough muscle maintaining activity leads to a weakening of our body and all of its systems. This is how we get hit with the killer diseases that are epidemic in our modern day world.

If you are not moving much now, or movements are limited to going from the bed, to the car, to the desk, to the couch you are in fact living without enough activity to keep your body and its defense systems strong and resilient and your disease risk low.

If your brain does not receive the message from your muscles that strength is needed on an ongoing basic it switches the body into ‘shut-down’ mode. The muscular system is the engine of the body making up to 50 percent of our body weight. So, when it is allowed to grow weak and diminish through disuse this causes a premature decay and degenerative affect on the rest of the body.

But you can so easily put a stop to this and in fact can stimulate the hormones again and ‘wake-up’ every cell in your body putting the brakes on the aging process. There is only one type of activity that can do this – strength training exercise. The muscles need direct controlled loading with adequate resistance so that they become stronger. Forget long duration low intensity activity as it will not give these benefits.

bluemountainStrength training exercise is so effective only a little is needed to do the job. The more effort you put into it the less of it you need. Even a couple of sessions each week will strengthen up those ‘sleeping’ muscles and once they are woken up they will produce energy, vitality and vigor. This is what is needed to lead a higher quality of life and nothing less will do it.

For more tools and resources from Carolyn Hansen to assist you in attaining your goals and achieving the success you desire in life, please visit:

http://CarolynHansenFitness.com

You can train yourself for success or you can train yourself for failure, so, be your own coach and get yourself going.

Health and Wellness: The Shift from Managing Illness to Promoting Health

wellnessWellness is a concept that has become popular in the last couple of years. It involves a complete sense of well being, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

Wellness is a voluntary seeking out of ways to give one a higher quality of life and focuses on staying well and not waiting for disease to manifest before you make lifestyle changes. If you do have health problems, wellness care focuses on finding and eliminating the cause of disease and not just treating disease symptoms alone. [Read more…]

Women Love a Man’s Sculpted Body

3677102_xxl copyBody image; it is something we all deal with every day when we look in the mirror. Our body image is part of our total self-image. It is our opinions, feelings and thoughts about our personal physical appearance.

Strong and sexy are two adjectives that describe what women look for in a man. It’s perfectly natural that women want men that look stronger than they are; someone that could easily carry them up a flight of stairs without the blink of an eye. So, it’s not at all surprising that women love men with strong sculpted muscles/bodies.

Numerous studies have shown that the more fit men are the more they are attractive to women in general. Some things never change. That chiseled six-pack is always a turn on. But, it’s not the only muscle that women notice. [Read more…]

Men and Body Image

imagesWhen people talk about body image, most often they are referring to women. After all, society’s image has been a bit tough on females. However, you might be surprised to find out that more men are concerned about their body’s shape and appearance, about how they look than women are.

With beer bellies and “man boobs” prevalent, you wouldn’t think this was a trend, but statistics have proven that four out of five men have anxiety about their perceived bodily imperfections and flaws compared with 75% of women; surprising but true. [Read more…]

The Difference Between Success and Failure Is Mindset

iStock_000011408313XSmallDoes this sound familiar?

You set a health goal you were really excited about. Maybe it was to drop a few pounds, increase your energy, or once and for all shrink your belly.  You gathered all the tools you needed…a diet plan, a book, good food, exercise shoes, an exercise program and maybe even a gym membership, and you started out on your journey.

A short while later, you found yourself straying. At first you just strayed a little bit. Then the diversions became more frequent and took you a lot further off course, until you found yourself right back where you started… or, worse yet, further from your goal than when you started. Perhaps a few extra pounds crept in, your belly became bloated all over again or you developed a new nagging health complaint. [Read more…]