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Where did our summer go? Seems like we are in the fall already! While I won’t complain about the mild weather, I remember that years ago it stayed hot through the first couple of weeks in September. We called it “Indian Summer, but it seems we don’t get that anymore.

I spent the weekend helping my young cousin Remy Anne move into her new student apartment in Boston. She will be taking courses at Northeastern University (my Alma Mater). Time passes very quickly these days. It seems like only yesterday when she arrived in Boston with her folks for the first time, ready to begin studying dance at Boston Ballet!

Now I get prime seats along with her parents to watch her perform on the stage, which is
Very cool!

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After one of her performances at the Boston Ballet, I noticed my cousin Remy had this long plastic cylinder under her arm. When I asked her what it was, she told me it was a “foam roller.”

I know what they are, in fact I have one myself, but her’s was hollow unlike my own. I hadn’t seen the newer ones so it kinda threw me off a bit. Anyway…seeing her reminded me that I needed to use mine more often. Foam rollers are cylinders made of hard plastic foam that you literately roll over to loosen tight muscles.

For those of you who cannot afford frequent massage therapy treatments,  foam roller can be just the thing to keep you more flexible and supple. You can get them online and they are relatively cheap.

I would recommend them highly as one of the most cost effective therapies available to the average person. The link below is to the model that I bought, and one I found works really well for me.

http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Nothing special about this one, pretty plain, but as I say relatively inexpensive for the benefits you can get from it. You don’t have to purchase any particular model, just so long as it is hard foam.

There are newer designs with knobs and protrusions on the surface. I can’t say whether these are better, because I have never used them, but they might be worth a shot. The idea is to put pressure on the tender areas because those are where the adhesions in the muscle are.

Adhesions are the result of scar tissue from what we call “micro traumas.” These are little tears in the muscle that when they heal, they often adhere to what’s called the “fascia.” Fascia is the protective sleeve or sheath around your muscles.

The muscles need to move smoothly beneath the fascia, and if they don’t because if these adhesions, then you get pain and restriction of movement. The foam roller tends to break up this scar tissue and free the adhesions, thus making you more supple.

You just basically get on the floor with the muscle you want to work resting on the foam roller. You roll over the roller until you find a spot that really hurts when you roll over it. At that point you just keep rolling back and forth across that sore spot until the pain subsides. When the pain subsides, that would be an indication that the adhesion has been freed.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a substitute for proper medical care! If you have acute (really sharp) pain in an area that does not go away, your safest bet is to see a doctor, such as an orthopedic practitioner. They can either confirm or rule out anything serious.

The foam roller is really for long term stiffness or tenderness in an area that is the result of accumulated micro trauma from sports or exercise that happens over time. As far as learning HOW to use the foam roller, go to Youtube and search on foam roller, or foam roller exercise and you can choose any one of a number of instructional video clips.

Use of a foam roller is one of THE BEST things you can do to feel more flexible, supple, and lose that constant tightness that you may be feeling as a result of age, exercise, or trauma!

Here is the Amazon link again:    http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Happy rolling!

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For my money, Tori Amos is one of THE most electrifying performers in popular music. Her vocal performances are always captivating. I think for many people, including myself, her music is an acquired taste, but well worth trying.

Combine her darkly beautiful piano playing with the wonderful backing of the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam Holland and you have one truly magical performance as this Youtube video will attest!

The song is “Winter Winter”

Enjoy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUlPozYhg8

This concert was apparently videotaped in Rotterdam Netherlands. There’s a whole lot of wonderful pop music being made all over the world, not just in the USA.

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This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have something that you would like me to share such as music from your country or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn

Where did our summer go? Seems like we are in the fall already! While I won’t complain about the mild weather, I remember that years ago it stayed hot through the first couple of weeks in September. We called it “Indian Summer, but it seems we don’t get that anymore.

I spent the weekend helping my young cousin Remy Anne move into her new student apartment in Boston. She will be taking courses at Northeastern University (my Alma Mater). Time passes very quickly these days. It seems like only yesterday when she arrived in Boston with her folks for the first time, ready to begin studying dance at Boston Ballet!

Now I get prime seats along with her parents to watch her perform on the stage, which is
Very cool!

#~#~#

After one of her performances at the Boston Ballet, I noticed my cousin Remy had this long plastic cylinder under her arm. When I asked her what it was, she told me it was a “foam roller.”

I know what they are, in fact I have one myself, but her’s was hollow unlike my own. I hadn’t seen the newer ones so it kinda threw me off a bit. Anyway…seeing her reminded me that I needed to use mine more often. Foam rollers are cylinders made of hard plastic foam that you literately roll over to loosen tight muscles.

For those of you who cannot afford frequent massage therapy treatments,  foam roller can be just the thing to keep you more flexible and supple. You can get them online and they are relatively cheap.

I would recommend them highly as one of the most cost effective therapies available to the average person. The link below is to the model that I bought, and one I found works really well for me.

http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Nothing special about this one, pretty plain, but as I say relatively inexpensive for the benefits you can get from it. You don’t have to purchase any particular model, just so long as it is hard foam.

There are newer designs with knobs and protrusions on the surface. I can’t say whether these are better, because I have never used them, but they might be worth a shot. The idea is to put pressure on the tender areas because those are where the adhesions in the muscle are.

Adhesions are the result of scar tissue from what we call “micro traumas.” These are little tears in the muscle that when they heal, they often adhere to what’s called the “fascia.” Fascia is the protective sleeve or sheath around your muscles.

The muscles need to move smoothly beneath the fascia, and if they don’t because if these adhesions, then you get pain and restriction of movement. The foam roller tends to break up this scar tissue and free the adhesions, thus making you more supple.

You just basically get on the floor with the muscle you want to work resting on the foam roller. You roll over the roller until you find a spot that really hurts when you roll over it. At that point you just keep rolling back and forth across that sore spot until the pain subsides. When the pain subsides, that would be an indication that the adhesion has been freed.

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a substitute for proper medical care! If you have acute (really sharp) pain in an area that does not go away, your safest bet is to see a doctor, such as an orthopedic practitioner. They can either confirm or rule out anything serious.

The foam roller is really for long term stiffness or tenderness in an area that is the result of accumulated micro trauma from sports or exercise that happens over time. As far as learning HOW to use the foam roller, go to Youtube and search on foam roller, or foam roller exercise and you can choose any one of a number of instructional video clips.

Use of a foam roller is one of THE BEST things you can do to feel more flexible, supple, and lose that constant tightness that you may be feeling as a result of age, exercise, or trauma!

Here is the Amazon link again:  http://www.age-better.info/foam-roller

Happy rolling!

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For my money, Tori Amos is one of THE most electrifying performers in popular music. Her vocal performances are always captivating. I think for many people, including myself, her music is an acquired taste, but well worth trying.

Combine her darkly beautiful piano playing with the wonderful backing of the Metropole Orchestra of Amsterdam Holland and you have one truly magical performance as this Youtube video will attest!

The song is “Winter Winter”

Enjoy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUlPozYhg8

This concert was apparently videotaped in Rotterdam Netherlands. There’s a whole lot of wonderful pop music being made all over the world, not just in the USA.

#~#~#

This newsletter is read by people all over the world, so if you have something that you would like me to share such as music from your country or culture with the other readers, please let me know.

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“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn

Is it my imagination or are we getting hammered by more and more dire predictions
of doom than ever before? The fiscal cliff, the Mayan prophecy, peak oil, global
warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. The media seems determined to convince
us that we are about to “fall off the cliff” so to speak.

Hey, I’m not saying we don’t have a lot of problems, but that the media tends to
focus on the negative, and that makes everything seem much worse. So with that
said, let me share a few tidbits of positive and uplifting news with you.

The EIA (Energy Information Administration) is projecting that the US will produce
more energy than we need through the year 2040 (the next 28 years!)

The knowledge doubling rate for science is now 18 months, which means every 18
months we as a society increase our net knowledge by 100%, and this rate is STILL
INCREASING!

In the very near future we will have solar cells that we can paint on our roofs, cars
will run on non polluting natural gas, we will be able to get a college eduction over
the Internet, and miniature robots will effectively repair our bodies from the inside.

To be sure, w have some serious problems to deal with, but every day our ability to
solve these problems gets better with the development of new technologies. I
believe our best days are still ahead of us, if we move forward with confidence not
fear!

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Do you know anyone who is interested in health and loves to read? If so, you might
want to get them a copy of this book: “The Four Hour Body,” by Tim Ferris. I know it
sounds gimmicky, but in reality this is an excellent book!

I have been into nutrition and exercise for a very long time, and I can tell right off
the bat if an author knows what he or she is talking about when they write about
these topics.

Tim Ferris absolutely nails it!

The book is a big one (it could probably stop a bullet), but it’s not a book you read
from cover to cover. You will go directly to the sections that specifically interest
you and pick out what is relevant and useful to you.

There are chapters on:

losing fat

gaining muscle

improving your sex life

getting better sleep

healing injuries

getting stronger

running farther and faster

swimming better

living a longer and better life

There is also bonus material on body fat reduction, heavy metal detox, and the use
of “nootropics” which are substances that improve memory, creativity, and focus!

The book is VERY well researched with Tim Ferris becoming the guinea pig for his
own performance experiments. There are also many valuable online references
included where you can do further research into these topics.

It’s been a long time since I have seen anything this complete and well researched
for the money, and it covers so many subtopics of exercise, nutrition, and health,
that there’s bound to be something useful and interesting for every reader.

Here is my Amazon link: http://www.age-better.info/Four-Hour-Body

This book received 4.4 stars over 1,800 customer reviews!

At $17.00 (new hardcover) on Amazon, you would be hard put to find a better buy
for your money than “The Four Hour Body!”

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For those of you who live in cold climates, this time of year is a challenge. Although
I can’t prove it, I believe that one of the reasons why winter is cold and flu season is
that we lose vital energy due to the cold temperatures both indoor and out.

Your body burns calories and uses up energy keeping you warm in the winter, and
this takes energy away from other things like your immune system. I think this is
one of the reasons why you seem to get more colds in the winter.

I recommend that you dress VERY warmly in wintertime, even indoors, so that you
don’t lose heat and thus spare the energy your body needs for vital functions like
maintaining your immune system.

There are new lightweight thermal insulating fabrics that you can wear indoors as
well as out of doors. Keep this in mind and dress warmly wherever you are. You will
feel much better through the winter and keep colds at bay.

I do this all winter and it makes quite a difference in my energy levels, and ability to
stay healthy. I haven’t had the flu in over ten years, and of course I do not get flu
shots. You can find “thermals” online at Amazon, LL Beans, Land’s End, Eddie Bauer,
etc.

For outdoor protection in more extreme cold, do what the US military does and use
100% polypropylene. This fabric retains more body heat than any other fabric in
use! You can find it on the web by typing “military thermals” into the Google Search.

You can also check out this site: http://militarythermals.com which I have no
affiliation with. It’s just one of the first ones that come up in search.

I use thermals on both upper and lower body. They are also relatively cheap, and
you will find that you stay a lot more comfortable during the winter months.
Remember, that when you lose body heat you lose energy and when you lose
energy you lose your health!

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Inspiration can come in many forms, from seeing someone achieve great success,
or having someone that you respect describe the difficulties they had to overcome
to be successful. My dad used to tell me the following:

“Whatever you do, make a decision. Don’t fail to act because you are afraid to be
wrong or make a mistake. Never be afraid to try!”

I think we tend to look at others who are very successful and think they must be
better than we are. Perhaps some are, but I think in many cases, the difference
between them and the average person is that they were not afraid of failure, or
making mistakes.

If there is something you want to try, just go for it. Don’t ever let the fear of failure
stop you from doing what you really want to do. You are more talented and
competent than you know!

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In the next newsletter I will talk about what I feel is the best form of vitamin-c for
warding off colds and keeping healthy during the winter months. I will also have a
movie review for you, so look for the next issue of “Age Better” in your in box.

I welcome your questions and comments, and you can reach me at:
george362@comcast.net

Thank you for reading.

Yours in Health,

George Parigian Jr.

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