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November 30, 2016

Mindset – vanity/self-confidence

When we start seeing results from our hard work, we are often put in a weird place.  If we don't have the right mindset, the reactions of the people around us can set us back.  Is it vanity to be happy you look and feel better?

Mindset – feeling bad about being different

People love to congregate with people who are similar to themselves.  When you break out by changing your body, you may find the people around you begin treating your different.  Taking the time to understand this mindset can keep you from being derailed.  In fact, this is a great opportunity for you to reach out and help bring them along with you.

Mindset – feeling great about your success

I'm someone who feeds on success.  As a result, I also have a tendency to let failure bring me down.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I didn't eat well.  I had a terrible cold, so I didn't exercise.  I felt I had lost some ground, but upon stepping on the scale, I had not gained an ounce.  I'm not realizing I need to start getting refocused to feed my success engine.

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Another episode you may enjoy

Emotional roadblocks in health and fitness | Ellen Shuman

November 23, 2016

Eliminate chronic pain with Sue Hitzmann

Sue Hitzmann developed the MELT Method to help her clients deal with chronic pain.

Acute Pain/Chronic Pain

Acute pain – comes from an impact or injury.  This pain is a protective measure.

Chronic pain – comes from disease, environmental factors, or neuromuscular issues.  This pain is not a protective measure.  Over time, the pain can increase.

With a negative loop using the neuroplasticity, your mind creates a relationship to a certain movement-pain connection.  Eventually, you can experience chronic pain just from thinking about the movement.

Self-Myofascial Release vs MELT Method

Self-myofascial release – By finding a pain point on the muscle and pressing down with a hard object we can release the muscle.  But this is not really improving the balance of the fascia.

MELT Method – Using “hands on” from a trained practitioner or self treating with the MELT method you are restoring the hydration and helping make the fascia healthier.

Fascia is not just related to the muscles and bones, but is a full connective tissue from skin to bone, top to bottom.  MELT focuses on restoring all of the fascia.

Stuck Stress

Stuck stress is a description of dehydration of the fascia.  Drinking enough water is not full answer to re-hydrating the fascia.  If you consider the fascia like a sponge, you can just put water on the sponge.  You have to massage the sponge to allow water to be drawn into it.

Inflammation

Inflammation is part of the natural healing process.  But with a lot of people, as we get pain from low-grade inflammation we get a stress response.  From there, the inflammation causes more pain and an endocrine response.  Often, we begin focusing on the symptoms rather than going to the cause, fascia dehydration.

MELT Method

When Sue developed the MELT Method in 2004, she coined the term with Myo-fascial, energetic, lengthening technique. It now focuses on restoring the fluid flow, mobility, and stability to get everything back into balance.

The Four Rs

– Reconnect
– Rebalance
– Rehydrate
– Release

Links

MeltMethod.com

Another episode you may enjoy

Pathways of Qi | Matthew Sweigart

November 21, 2016

Big fat food fraud with Jeff Scot Philips

In this episode of the 40+ Fitness Podcast, we speak with Jeff Scott Philips.  In his book, Big Fat Food Fraud, he takes us through his past as a health food manufacturer.  It is a very interesting story that provides great insight into the way food labels are done in this country.  It is quite eye-opening.

Food Fraud

Government Control (or lack thereof)

Despite having an onsight monitor, Jeff learned that this individual wasn't so much a controlling factor, but was more of an enabler. Additionally, because the laws are so complex, many labeling issues fall through the cracks between organizations. While this comes off as frustrating to someone who wants to do the right thing, it provides a ton of opportunity for those who want to make health claims.

Tactics

Food companies can use many different tactics to misrepresent the food in the package.  The food label, while intended to show you what is in the food, is seen by the food companies as just another part of the package for marketing their product.  From rounding, to burying ingredients in other “ingredients”, to using other names for things you may be looking to avoid, these tactics allow them to skirt the rules.

Kale and Broccoli don't have labels

Real food doesn't pose the same labeling risks processed foods do.  When you're making your own meals from whole food ingredients, you can know much more about the contents of what you're eating.

Links

Big Fat Food Fraud

Another episode you may enjoy

Real Food Fake Food | Larry Olmsted

November 18, 2016

11 Reasons to lift weights

Resistance training with weights or body weight is a key component of one’s fitness routine. This involves taxing the muscles through a range of motion so they are pushed to a point where they will regrow stronger and bigger. Here are 11 great reasons why you should lift weights:

  1. Strength – As we age, we lose strength. If you don’t have the strength to perform basic functions, you may lose your independence. Lifting weights builds this strength.
  2. Mass – Lifting weights will allow you to maintain and build back any muscle lost over time. Don’t worry, you won’t get bulky!
  3. Body composition – Building muscle mass through lifting weights will protect you from building body fat, which will lead to a better body composition.
  4. Makes you better at other things – Lifting weights could make you a better runner, athlete, or it may simply give you the ability to play with your grandkids.
  5. Resilience – You will build the right muscles, leading to appropriate muscle balance. Make sure you have a balanced program through a full range of motion.
  6. Can boost testosterone – This will help maintain lean muscle and promote a healthy libido.
  7. Satisfaction – Lifting weights makes you feel that you have done something good for yourself and boosts your confidence.
  8. Community – You may form lasting bonds with others at the gym. This is a great support network to learn from and encourage.
  9. Longevity – Studies have shown that the more muscle mass you have, the longer you may live.
  10. Stress reduction – Vent some frustration, relieve stress, and get rid of some of that cortisol.
  11. Variety – Mix weight lifting with modalities such as speed or cardio. This will allow you to work your muscles in different ways.

Lifting weights offers many benefits throughout your health and fitness journey. Get started today!

Another episode you may enjoy

11 best weight lifting tips

November 16, 2016

Positively Resilient with Doug Hensch

Doug Hensch is a certified executive coach, consultant, corporate trainer, and author of Positively Resilient. In this book, Doug examines the central theme that, “you can bounce back from anything.”

We all have different ways of getting through the difficult times in life. Many times, you will realize that you have crossover skills from a previous difficulty you overcame that will help you through a current challenge. The approach of this book is that you can bounce back from any physical, mental, or professional calamity.

Doug explains that optimism is a skill. While some people are naturally optimistic, it is a skill which you can build. The key is to focus on the positive, while not denying the negative. Channel your energy toward what is controllable and exhibit a realistic, not forced, sense of optimism.

One way to drive optimism is through setting goals. When you achieve small goals every day, your optimism is more effective because it is coming from your own success rather than simply being told to be optimistic. You are the best example of your own optimism. Use those accomplishments as fuel to be a better you tomorrow. Focus on incrementalism and build momentum.

While some perceive quitting as a negative, it can be used to be more resilient. Many people are stuck in situations they don’t like, whether personal or professional. Identify your deeply held values and made decisions accordingly. You may find that quitting something that’s not serving you could mean opening another door to winning.

To learn more about Positively Resilient or to connect with Doug Hensch directly, visit www.drh-group.com. You can also find Doug on Twitter at @doughensch.

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