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12/14/15

84 years ago, FDR included this sentiment in his Inauguration Speech after first being elected President. The quote, if taken literally is a little confusing, but everyone understood it as a call for courage in light of the fear caused by the Great Depression. For this blog’s purpose I want to say a few words about fear as a bad habit. Often we fear things and events without even trying. We are even afraid of success subconsciously in a way that we refute any opportunity that can make us better if not great. Some people do not realize that they just do not or cannot handle the bigger responsibilities that achieved goals come with. A healthy attitude would be to understand that once goal is reached, it can mean that the bar has just been raised for you to accomplish more.

12/13/15

One of many reasons we exercise and try to eat healthy is to prevent short and long term illness.  And along with doing those things we are usually diligent about getting the basic “recommended” medical checkups.  The following article, by an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, challenges many of those recommendations and suggests they are more detrimental than beneficial.  Check it out and do more research.  Have a great weekend.

http://www.care2.com/causes/8-common-medical-tests-you-shouldnt-let-your-doctor-perform.html

12/8/2015

There is uplift in voluntarily not taking advantage of. Try it for one day and see how it feels. I know it is contrary to cultural norms, contrary to the upbringings of most and flies in the face of “The American way,” but there is REAL VALUE in it.

One who takes advantage of others for gain has given up their humanity. Oh, they’re just being all too human many would say. But should you trust someone who will do anything to achieve a result? They will use/exploit you if need be. It’s a game strategy but not a way to treat people. The praise we extol on the ambitious and the driven, who generally, but not necessarily, employ this strategy, is hollow or is accepted out of peer pressure/fear.

Can you ever give or receive anything real, anything personal, anything important or anything lasting if someone was taken advantage of in the process? We may fool ourselves or rationalize about the value of something gained in such a way, but in time the value depreciates, the illusion evaporates and the lost “feeling” is replaced by emptiness, if not worse.

If you find yourself with an idea to get ahead but it requires taking from others without their consent, then find another way. By all means, get help from people, but make it consensual help. Genuine, honest and fair give and take leave you and those around you feeling good and at peace.

All the above goes for the collective as well!

11/13/15

Below are a few surprising scenarios when exercise, contrary to what you might think, is beneficial during discomfort. This includes:

  1. Recovering from Surgery
  2. Exercise after minor surgery can be very helpful in both decreasing side effects and getting you back into your routine.  Of course, be mindful of the level of intensity and avoid exercises that may stress a surgical incision, but the sooner you can get moving after surgery, the better.
  3. Cancer Patients
  4. Exercising during and after cancer treatment can help reduce your risk of dying     from cancer; reduce your risk of cancer recurrence; boost energy; and minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.  A report by Macmillan Cancer Support notes that cancer patients and     cancer survivors should exercise at least 2.5 hours a week, and     cites an excerpt from the American College of Sports Medicine consensus statement on exercise guidelines for cancer survivors, which states:
  5. “Exercise is safe both during and after most types of cancer treatment. ..Patients are advised to avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible after surgery, and during adjuvant     cancer treatments.”
  6. Osteoarthritis or Joint Pain
  7. If you have joint pain, exercise is a must; it helps prevent and relieve joint pain through a number of mechanisms, including strengthening key supportive muscles, restoring flexibility, improving bone density, improving joint function and facilitating weight loss.
  8. The notion that exercise is detrimental to your joints is a misconception, as there is no evidence to support this belief.  Inactivity promotes muscle weakness, joint contractures, and loss of range of motion, which can lead to more pain and loss of function, and even less activity.
  9. Chronic Pain
  10. Exercise can help with long-term pain relief for a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis, back and musculoskeletal pain.   Furthermore, proper exercise will improve posture, improve range of motion, thus, helping treat underlying sources of pain as well as helping to prevent chronic back pain.  Exercises that can be particularly helpful for chronic pain include stretching, resistance training, and swimming.
  11. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  12. If you have the lung disease COPD, exercise can help to improve your circulation, helping your body to use oxygen more efficiently.  It may also help to strengthen your heart, improve your symptoms, and boost your energy levels so you can perform more daily activities without fatigue or losing your breath.
  13. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  14. Diet is key for healing irritable bowel syndrome, however exercise can help improve IBS symptoms.  It can lead to improvements in cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhea, with, 43% of exercisers showing a significant improvement in their symptoms.

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