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:

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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…]

Let Me Introduce You To The King Of Exercises

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Strength-training is the key to maintaining your body in a healthy low-fat state because it elevates your metabolism (through muscle building) so that your body burns fat around the clock and not just during the periods that you are exercising.

There are TWO very good reasons for dedicating a report to a single exercise and then including that report in Strong Men Stay Young.

The first of these reasons is the following:

There is no better way to stimulate testosterone production than to perform a full-body exercise that calls upon almost all of the muscles in your body. [Read more…]

Strength Training the Number One Age Defying Exercise Program

Getting older is natural and inevitable and there is really nothing wrong with it, as we add years to our lives we increase in knowledge, learn from our mistakes (hopefully) and acquire wisdom. The common mistake that many of us make in thinking that getting older and aging is the same thing, but there is a big difference between the two.

Scientific studies are now showing us that aging can be prevented. It is a choice, and there are changes in your lifestyle that you can implement that will slow, stop and even reverse the aging process. If we implement these changes, we will stay strong, energized and youthful as we get older.

Aging is the degeneration of all body cells, tissues and organs that ultimately ends in dysfunction, frailty and decrepitude. It doesn’t just affect you on the surface, yes, the skin wrinkles on the outside, but if aging is left to continue unabated, muscles and bones shrink and weaken and the metabolism slows (the body’s engine).

The end result is reduced immunity exposing one to disease and ill-health, weakness and frailty. With this comes a dramatic deterioration in the long term quality of life leading to a loss of independence and dependency on others.

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The main bio markers of age are lean muscle mass, muscle strength, and metabolic rate (the speed and efficiency of your engine). Although these markers decline with age, inactivity has the greatest bearing on them and the easy solution is to put back proper physical activity into ones life.

Unless your lifestyle includes hard manual labor any physical activity you perform will need to address the effective realignment of the metabolism for general health improvement, maximum longevity and youthfulness.

The remedy is called strength training exercise and the right program performed at the right intensity has the ability to increase the metabolism by stimulating the body to release an important growth hormone (HGH) sometimes called a “youth hormone”.

When we partake in regular proper exercise (muscle building and maintaining exercise) that stimulates the release of HGH, the process of growth spreads throughout every cell in our bodies, making us not just a little bit younger and healthier – a whole lot younger and healthier.

Low intensity recreational activities such as walking, jogging, swimming etc provide no stimulation of this age defying hormone so cannot reverse the loss of lean muscle mass which is the number one bio marker of aging.

Now we know it is possible to improve almost every aspect of the body, muscle and bone strength, organ function, disease resistance, brain capacity, body fat percentage, healing time and regain a youthful appearance by changing body chemistry and increasing metabolism through the right exercise program.

It is much better to deal with the underlying causes of aging rather than trying to deal with each symptom by taking some type of medicine or drug which does not lead to wellness and longevity.

Men and women of any age can prevent the premature wasting of functional lean muscle and even gain it back. There is now no reason to remain trapped in a body made up of more fat and less muscle. We can have greater quality of life, less weakness, more strength and energy and maintain an independent state for a much longer period of time.

We do have control of how we feel, how we look and how well we can perform. Age is no excuse to stop trying. When we stop trying we start dying.

If you want to experience this youth giving strategy just go back to the home page on this website where you will find my plan to help you achieve this. You can download it and be on your way within minutes.