Tag Archives: Effort

There’s no time like the present! I know you have heard that before, but until something really hits you you don’t fully understand the meaning of that phrase. I recently got word that a friend of mine who was 52 years of age died suddenly of a heart attack.

The was someone I had not seen for some years, but from the pictures I have seen he looked to be in good health and good spirits. He leaves behind a wife and daughter and many friends who are I am sure just as perplexed as I am by this turn of events.

Life is short, and sometimes unfairly short. It reminds us that we should not let time go by without doing the things we want to do, and making the most of the time we have. This applies in all areas of life, from your work, to your family and social life.

It is always the right time to make positive changes in your health and well being. There are many new tools available to help you, some of which I will be reviewing here.
However don’t be afraid to get out there and start, because you will never learn until you take the first steps. You have to make mistakes before you can correct them and learn from them.

Success if nothing more than a process of doing things, learning, and making corrections when needed. You continually refine the processes you use until you get to the point where you are producing consistent results time after time. Promoting good health is a series of corrections you make to your diet, exercise and approach to stress.

Eventually you will learn exactly what your body and mind need to be in optimal health. You can be moving toward better health even as you age, if you are willing to learn and apply what you learn in real time.

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Every weightlifter, bodybuilder, and powerlifter knows and understands the value of squats. The squat exercise is hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years old. Humans have been squatting both as exercise and as a functional movement pattern as long as there have been humans on the Earth.

The exercise is probably the single most effective for building strength and health. Why would this be? Well, it’s partly because the legs are the foundation of the body and of our overall body strength.

The other reason is that squats positively affect the autonomic nervous system, which is the part of our nervous system that is involved with digestion, elimination, rest, and regeneration. This is probably the reason they are such effective muscle builders.

But they have benefits for everyone young and old alike. I began doing squats when I was 14 years old and still continue to do them to this day! As a result, I can maintain a stable weight and flat stomach at age 58 with very little effort.

The muscle I have built using squats and other functional exercises allows me to easily keep excess weight off and maintain a foundation of strength without long or frequent workouts.

Hindu wrestlers in India did hundreds of squats a day which they called Hindu squats or “bethaks.” The tremendous conditioning effect of this exercise allowed the Hindu wrestlers to easily defeat the best wrestlers in Europe and the world over.

This video clip will show you how to do “freehand” squats (without weights).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDdSZmWNYQI

I would suggest that you do this exercise 2-3 times per week to start, and perform 3 sets of 5-10 repetitions. Always start very conservatively with these because they are VERY demanding on your system.

As you go along, you will get a feel for how often you can do them and how much is too much.  I can tell you from experience that no other exercise will give you the benefits that the Hindu squat will.

They will help everything from weight control to health enhancement. You may even find they are helpful if you have a problem with regularity because again, they affect the “parasympathetic nervous system” which controls the bowels.

As you progress, you can add weight in the form of a light kettlebell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af_N4T7wtMM

or even a dumbbell or barbell plate held in your hands. There are lots of variations of the basic squat movement that you can explore but start with the simple basic squat first and master that.

Then you can improvise and be as creative as you want with how often you do them, how many repetitions, ect. You can even combine them with other exercises in a circuit type routine because they will make ANY exercise routine more demanding and effective.

Add squats in some form to your exercise routine and you will be amazed at the benefits you will get from this simple and ancient exercise!

Lee Haney

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OK…on a more relaxing note…

This weeks musical clip features Lea Salonga in a medley of songs”

“Something Wonderful”  and  “Being Alive”

Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer that I just discovered. Honestly, I had not heard of her before, but I am absolutely blown away by her beauty and artistic talent!

Enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04Mq-YuCVyE

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This quote about exercise is from 8 time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney:

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”

 

 

Age Better #23 – The 4 Hour Workweek, vitamin-D3, and Victor Victoria

know this is an antiaging and wellness newsletter, but at times I like to
delve into other areas that I know are important to you, because health and
success go hand in hand. You CAN be healthy on a budget, but financial
success makes living life much easier, and certainly far less stressful.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  You have
probably heard this quote a number of times, but I wanted to reflect on it
a bit, because the main reason why people find success difficult is that
they can’t bring themselves to get started.

I have a name for this, that I call “foot of the mountain syndrome.”
It’s like standing at the bottom of a mountain you have to climb, looking
up at the towering mountain, and thinking about how difficult it will be to
climb.

The goal or task seems overwhelming to you and so there is procrastination,
and just a hesitancy to begin. Many people (myself included) face this
problem, and to be truly successful in any area of your life, you have to
find a way to overcome this problem.

You will find your tasks and projects much easier to cope with, when you
can get yourself to start, to take that first step, and develop some
momentum toward your goal.

If you have a large project, then break it down into small tasks that you
can handle and focus on each one until you have finished it. Then move on
to the next task. Don’t feel you have to tackle everything at once, just
start and take each part to completion.

Another problem is the feeling that you cannot do something because you are
not an “expert” or you feel you are not good enough because you compare
yourself to others, and they seem so much better than you.

This is another idea that sabotages our success. If you have the desire to
achieve something but don’t have the necessary expertise, there are many
people out there that will teach or train you in the necessary skills.

The most successful people are not necessarily the ones who are ultimate
experts, but rather they are experts on how to get themselves to start and
follow through. In many cases they outsource part of their project to
others who ARE experts.

This is how many people handle complex tasks, and move forward towards
their goals. With that said, there is a book I recommend you read that
describes this process of outsourcing.

It’s called “The Four Hour Work Week.” and it got 4.5 out of 5 stars
with over 1500 reviews!

http://www.age-better.info/4-hour-workweek

This is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, and really…it’s
not about only working four hours per week, but rather making the most of
your time so that you can work less but actually achieve more.

Written by Tim Ferris (author of The Four Hour Body) it’s chock full of
ideas and resources that can help you be more efficient and productive,
whether you are a CEO, a small business owner, or an individual just
wanting to do more with less effort.

This is definitely well worth reading!

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I got  pleasant surprise this week. Seems like my testosterone levels got
kicked up a notch (always a good thing!) I was at a loss to explain this,
but the most likely candidate is the new vitamin-d supplement I am taking.

It’s made by Jarrow Formulas, and you know from past newsletters that I
think highly of their supplement line as far as potency and quality.  With
that said here is the link to the  product I am using now…

http://www.age-better.info/Jarrow-vitamin-D3

Vitamin-D3  (it’s actually a hormone called Cholecalciferol, not a vitamin)
is essential for your body for the following reasons:

promotes better bone density

used to make other important hormones like testosterone

important for a healthy immune system

important in preventing diabetes

deficiency of vitamin-d raises cholesterol levels

If you are deficient, it takes weeks to get the levels up to where they
should be, but it’s critically important for your overall health and
longevity. In the summer if you are getting at least 20 minutes per day of
full body sun exposure, you likely won’t need to supplement your
vitamin-D3, because your body will bio-synthesize it from the effect of
sunlight on your skin.

In the colder months, one to two gelcaps per day with meals should be
adequate for your needs, but as always, check with your doctor first if you
are being treated with any medication or have any serious health problem.

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One of my favorite romantic comedies is a film called “Victor
Victoria.” Years ago my mother urged me to see this film, and I basically
showed little interest but eventually got around to seeing it, and I was
blown away!

This movie gets everything right, the plot, the humor, great performances
from great actors and actresses ect. It received 7 Oscar nominations and
won best musical score!

Here is a trailer on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APuLUq1k4Rs

It stars the iconic Julie Andrews, James Garner, theater legend Robert
Preston, with strong supporting performances by Alex Karras and Ann
Margaret. If you can manage to rent it online or find it on DVD, you will
thoroughly enjoy it!

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I just want to close this newsletter by talking about the innate creative
power that we all have, and why it’s so important for us to use it. I
believe that or purpose on this Earth is to find happiness by creating the
things that give us the most joy.

When the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, this is
what they meant by “inalienable rights” and the freedom of expression
they wrote into the Constitution.

We all have such diverse and unique talents and potentials, and when we
develop these, society benefits in the form of new ideas, new solutions to
problems, and more wealth (financial, spiritual, cultural, ect.) that
springs from this creative force in all of us.

Whatever it is that you desire to do, whatever dreams you have, find a way
to take that step, to move forward and accomplish your goals. Remember that
when you dream, plan, and create, you are fulfilling your true destiny.

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Age Better #22 – Effortless Stress Management with HPP!

We are well into March, and although spring is right around the corner,
somebody forgot to tell mother nature! I can’t wait for the warmer weather,
and it’s taking it’s time getting here.

My oldest nephew Andrew is enjoying being a new father. He says that it
hasn’t completely hit him yet, but he seems to be fitting comfortably into
this new role, and really excited about his new son “Tyler James!”

Two new babies were added to the family this winter and will be
experiencing their first Easter Sunday. Easter comes early this year, and
I’m hoping that the weather is at least somewhat mild so that we can enjoy
the holiday.

They are still way too young for their first “Easter egg hunt,” but I
am a bit excited for them as Easter was so very special for me, and I
believe will be for them when they are a bit older.

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They say stress is a killer…which is literally true, but nobody ever
explains why. Until you understand what it’s really about, you can’t
effectively control it, much less eliminate it.

So here’s my “two cents” on stress…

Your autonomic nervous system is divided into two branches, the
“sympathetic” branch which essentially gets you ready to deal with
crisis and emergencies by preparing you for “fight or flight.” This is
really useful in life threatening situation, but not otherwise.

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/autonomic-nervous-system.html

The other branch is called the “parasympathetic.” It deals with
digestion, elimination, and restoring your energy. It’s engaged while you
are at rest and there is no danger or crisis to react to.

The sympathetic nervous system evolved when early humans were subject to
constant danger in their environment from attacks by wild animals. In
modern life we are not subject to the same danger, but react as if we were.

We respond to emotional stress that triggers the same reactions from our
sympathetic nervous system. Our body reacts by producing cortisol which is
a stress hormone, and  also raises blood sugar to provide energy for
whatever our emergency requires.

When we are stressed we spend way too much time in “sympathetic” mode,
and this lays the foundation for chronic illness. Since our body’s response
to stress is hard wired by evolution, we need to change how we perceive and
react to various situations.

I’ve always believed the best way to solve problems is the way that
requires the least effort, because you are more likely to follow through
and do it. You have heard about relaxation tapes, and so now I will share
with you what I think are the best ones.

I have used these products for over 20 years. They are top quality and they
work IF you use them. This audio technology is called HPP which stands for
hypno peripheral processing.” It is a gentle “sensory overload”
technology, and it’s fun to use!

Created by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman Ph.D. this sound technology uses the
therapeutic patterns of famous psychotherapist Milton Erikson, and are
scripted stories that are relaxing and contain suggestions for your
subconscious mind.

What these suggestions do is to change your “internal dialogue” so that
you don’t respond to potentially stressful situations the way you normally
do. It’s like getting new programming so that you react much more calmly
and logically to the same situations that “used” to stress you out.

Here is the link:

http://age-better.info/hpp-stress-management

There is a video on the page by Dr. Glauberman explaining the principle
behind HPP.  It is a gentle “sensory overload” system that is relaxing
and effortless to use.

There are digital versions of these programs that can be instantly
downloaded eliminating the need for shipping.

There are also HPP products covering all kinds of issues, so explore the
site and check them out!

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While on the subject of how to relax, I want to share with you one of my
favorite musical artists. Her name is Basia, and she is a Polish lady who
sings in a style that’s best described as Brazilian Jazz!

She has such a beautiful voice and unique style. She is an example of a
real international pop star!

Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVEBz8z82I

She was in her heyday in the 1980′s and kind of faded from sight. I think
she became a mother a that time and was focused on that role, but
resurfaced in 2011. She is currently working on a new CD, and presumably
after that she will resume touring.

If you ever get the chance to see one of her shows, don’t miss it!

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There’s always hope for a better tomorrow! That’s something I sometimes
forget myself, and daily experiences remind me of.  I remember something
that happened years ago in regards to the mother of a good friend.

My friend Tom’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and got
progressively worse until the point where they had to carry her from room
to room, as she was permanently in a fetal position.

She did not remember anything, nor recognize anyone. I felt bad for Tom as
he had just recently lost his father and now his mom was so seriously ill.
Then one day I was at the gym and noticed this older woman at the counter.

She was just leaving and got into her car and drove away. Since I did not
recognize her, I asked Tom who she was. He replied that it was his mom, and
then proceeded to tell me how this apparent miracle occurred.

She had taken a turn for the worse and was rushed to the hospital where
when examined one of the doctors suspected that she did not have
Alzheimer’s, but rather another medical condition which could be treated
successfully.

The necessary treatment was given and she actually recovered completely!
She was now able to recognize her family, remember things, and actually was
able to resume driving her car! This to me is proof positive that miracles
do happen.

So NEVER give up. You never know when fate can turn in your favor and
things will work out for you. In many ways we create our own reality. Stay
positive and focus on the joy in life!

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“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will
turn.”
~Harriet Stowe~

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #13- January 10th, 2013
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hi George,

Wouldn’t you know it, with issue #13 of the newsletter, it’s having an
“identity crisis.” But…..in a way that’s a GOOD thing! With 2013 upon us,
I wanted to revisit just what “Age Better” is all about.

It’s always hard for me to stay squarely on topic, because I have lots of
interests. This newsletter spans a number of topics, but I’m always
looking to tie them all into an overarching theme of …..”living better!”

I’ll admit that many of my ideas are well off the beaten track so to speak.
They are the result of the patterns I’ve observed and my effort to make
logical sense out of them.

I try and reduce everything to it’s simplest form when sharing them
with others. I believe that over time, they will prove to be correct, and you
will have had the benefit of knowing about these things well ahead of
everyone else!

So just to reiterate, “Age Better” will cover:

1) Anti-aging and Wellness

2) Personal Development and Motivation

3) Internet Marketing (making money online)

In order to be healthy and well, you need to be able to afford to eat
properly and use whatever nutritional supplements are needed. You also
need the motivation to do things like exercise and upgrade your nutrition.

Finally, whether you want to create a new lifestyle, including an easier way
to make a living, or just supplement the income from your regular job, you
can do that on the Internet, IF you know how to go about it.

I try to separate nonsense from real value, and share the best of what I
have learned, discovered, and experienced with you. I am always open to
suggestions you send me via email, so please….don’t hesitate to do so.

I will always listen and be as responsive as I can. If there are additional
topics you want me to cover let me know.

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Ok, last issue I mentioned winter cold and the stress it brings. The
reasons for this is this simple equation I shared with you last time:

heat loss=energy loss=lowered immunity from colds and flu!

When you lose body heat, you are literally “leaking” energy which you
need to power the critical systems of your body. This weakens your
immune system and sets you up for illness such as colds and flu.

Here is what I do, and what has kept me healthy thus far this winter. I
believe it will work just as well for you.

1) First dress very warmly both indoors and out.

2) Eat extra calories in the winter (protein, good fats, and carbs, but avoid
junk food)

3) Use herbal adaptogens like Rhodiola to manage stress.

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/adaptogens.html

Adaptogens work by balancing your system. Exactly how they do this is
beyond my expertise to explain, but in my experience, they do it quite
effectively.

I reccomend one called “Rhodiola” or “Arctic Root.” It is used a lot in
Eastern Europe and was one of the reasons the old Soviet Union
dominated sports in the Olympics.

It will help fortify you against stress including thermal stress (winter cold).

Rhodiola also helps curb depression, and by this I don’t mean serious
clinical depression, but the kind of blues many of us tend to get in the
winter months when it’s cold and we get far less sunlight.

http://www.age-better.info/Rhodiola

200-400 milligrams per day in divided doses should be all you need. If you
are on any medications ALWAYS check with your doctor before using any
herbal supplement, to avoid problems.

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I have a book review for you, and I hesitated a bit with this one because
the guy who wrote it is a pretty intense character. In fact, I actually disliked
this guy before I read his book. His name is Bill Romanowski, and the book
is called:

”Romo… My Life on The Edge, Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons!”

“Romo” is the true story of an NFL football legend, what he went through
playing one of the roughest sports in the world and how he used nutrition,
exercise, and other performance enhancing strategies to improve his play
and lengthen his career.

He used some dangerous substances during his playing days, and please
understand I don’t condone those things, but I liked the fact that he was
honest about what he took and why, both good and bad.

I always assumed that Romanowski was a genetic freak that just naturally
excelled.  Boy…was I wrong. Turns out he was a very hard working guy,
who made himself into a great player mostly through sheer determination.

He was not big into anabolic steroids as you might think, although he did
use them, they were not a major part of his routine. He researched many
ways of healing and recovering from the brutal punishment of pro football.

This book is amazingly honest about his playing days, his fears, setbacks,
triumphs, and philosophy. To look at this man simply as an NFL assassin is
way too narrow a view.

He freely admits that made some serious mistakes and payed a heavy
price for them.

Yet, I found myself amazed at his resourcefulness, incredible work ethic,
and love for the game. He shares his personal life as well, and you see a
man trying hard to balance his football career and his role as devoted
husband and father.

“Romo” was light years ahead of the other players in the league when it
came to healing and recovery methods, and always freely shared what he
discovered with his teammates.

I have been delving into topics like nutrition, exercise, and performance
enhancement for years, but I still learned things from this book that
even I was not aware of.

Once I started I just couldn’t put the book down. If you like football, or even
if you don’t, I still think you will find that “Romo” is a great read. You will
learn about Bill Romanowski the human being as well as one of footballs
most enduring warriors.

Do yourself a favor and read “Romo.” you will be glad you did!

http://www.age-better.info/Romo

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Once again, thank you for listening. There will be another newsletter
heading your way next Thursday, so look for it in your in-box, and please
don’t hesitate to write with your questions or comments.

You can reach me at:  george362@comcast.net

Yours in health,

George Parigian Jr.
Age Better Newsletter

Hello! 

For all of you on the East coast that were in the path of Hurricane
Sandy, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Being located in the Boston area, we did not see the kind of devastation
experiences in other areas like New York and New jersey.

My city did declare a state of emergency, but all we experienced was high
 winds, a few downed trees, and some heavy rain.

By nightfall all was calm again, and the cleanup began.  Prayers go out to
the many who were seriously impacted by the storm, and hope that life
 gets back to normal as quickly as possible for them.

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I have a product recommendation for you. For those of you that live in
areas where you have a cold winter, with dry air you may want to check
out this product. It’s made by Twinlab and called “NaPCA”

Here is a link about it:

http://www.twinlab.com/product/na-pca-non-oily-0

I have been using this stuff for many years and think it’s one of the best
products out there for the money. NaPCA is a natural moisturizing factor
in human skin, and when you use it, it actually attracts water to your skin
keeping it moist and hydrated.

This is especially important during the winter months when not only cold
but dryness is a problem. I especially like the version with Aloe Vera as it
seems to be even more beneficial to the skin.

I find that shaving is a lot more comfortable and I don’t get cut when I use
this product. Women will like it because it is pleasant smelling and not at
all greasy.

This link will tell you where you can buy it:

http://www.twinlab.com/twinlab-store-locator

Let me know how you like it!

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I can’t believe that the election is just days away. Finally an end to
campaign season! I have made a vow not to discuss political issues in
this newsletter and will stick to that. All I want to say is whatever your
feelings about the candidates, take the time and opportunity to vote.

Many have sacrificed everything for our freedom to cast a ballot. Our men
and women in uniform are putting their lives on the line even as I type this
, so I don’t think it is asking too much of us to make the effort to vote. So
please let YOUR vote be counted!

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Another issue to keep in mind is that with winter we get less sunlight and
run the risk of vitamin-d deficiency.  I’m not sure why vitamin-d is called a
 “vitamin” because it’s actually a hormone called collectable (vitamin D3)
or ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).

Those of you with dark skin are especially susceptible to vitamin-d
deficiency in winter. Vitamin-d deficiency can even cause your cholesterol
levels to rise, because your body uses cholesterol to synthesize vitamin-d
when you don’t get enough from sunlight.

Lack of vitamin-d is related to many chronic diseases like heart disease,
and cancer. It’s also a factor in depression. There’s probably no one thing
you can do that will have as much benefit to your health as getting
adequate vitamin-d.

Have your doctor test your levels so that you know how much to
supplement. There are many good formulas on the market. For my
money, I like companies like Life Extension, Jarrow Formulas, Thorne, and
Pure Encapsulations.

Dosages will be anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 units per day. I will in the
near future have some more specific recommendations for vitamin-d
testing and supplements.

Well, that’s about it for this week.  Thanks for reading, and please don’t
hesitate to give me feedback on these newsletters. I want what I write to
reflect your needs and interests so email away!

Until next time…stay healthy.

George