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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 #26 – Custom Gourmet Protein Powder

When I started this week’s newsletter, it was before the terrible events at
the Boston Marathon. I was actually in Cambridge, a couple of miles from
the site of the bombing, and heard the subway was diverted around the
affected area.

What’s there to say other than this was a terrible tragedy, and that our
hearts go out to all the people and families that have been affected by
this senseless violence.

People gathered peacefully for an athletic event, were subject to
unspeakable evil. My young cousin and her mother were at the site of the
bombing and thankfully left ten minutes prior to when the bomb when off.

Our family is thankful they missed the bomb’s detonation by mere minutes.
It really makes you stop and think about how fragile and precious life
really is. It reminds us that we should all have the take opportunity to do
the things we have been putting off.

Life is really a series of opportunities taken and acted upon. Whatever
your passion, don’t wait to act upon your desires and goals. Move forward,
because you never know just how much time you!

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Well it’s finally getting warmer around here. Somebody must have reminded
Mother Nature than it’s spring already, time for some nice weather for us
winter weary New Englanders.

I have a brand new tenant, and really lucked out on this one. His name is
Devon, he’s a marketing manager, musician, and craft beer aficionado. He
appreciates being so close to Boston, and all the great restaurants and
clubs in our area.

Since my neighborhood is minutes from one of the hippest spots in greater
Boston “Davis Square,” it’s the idea location from which to enjoy the
local flavor. I feel lucky to live where I do, with everything I need just
minutes from my doorstep!

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I recently changed my diet up a bit and overall am eating somewhat less
protein. I wanted to get away from protein supplementation and more to real
foods, but what I found is that my energy suffered.

I found this a bit confusing, because we’ve always been told by
“nutritionists” that protein is not the preferred energy source for
your body. This may be true, but I find that when I eat more protein, I
have more energy, and seem to need less sleep. What gives?

Well, I did some research and found that ATP synthesis requires protein,
because enzymes (which are made of protein) are needed to bio-synthesize
ATP. This makes sense to me, because I always felt more energy when my
protein intake was higher.

How high? Well I would say 1 gram of protein for every pound of
body-weight, make that lean body-weight. So for instance if you weight 200
lbs, at 20% bodyweight, then your lean bodyweight is about 160 lbs. Your
protein intake should be about 160 grams.

While you can certainly get that much protein just eating solid foods,
getting the required amount of protein becomes an issue of convenience.
That’s where protein powders come in. Good protein powder is not cheap, but
if you are exercising a lot, it’s probably a good idea to supplement with
extra protein.

True Nutrition has the best selection of protein powders on the market for
the physically active person. They are great to deal with, and the quality
of their products is very high.

The link to visit True Nutrition is on my webpage:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/best-protein-powders.html

Their selection, service, and quality are first rate, and they are great to
deal with. Check them out today if you feel you might want to add a bit of
quality protein to your daily diet!

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This musical clip from Youtube has a special significance for me. I
sometimes jokingly refer to it as my “theme song.” Ok, let me explain.
The song is actually the theme song from the TV hospital show St.
Elsewhere.

The show was partly filmed at the old Boston City Hospital (where I was
born) thus, it’s the unofficial theme of my birth hospital. Actually it’s a
nice catchy and upbeat tune…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vz-qArxJv0

It was composed by Dave Grusin who has done so many excellent movie
soundtracks, and preformed by the GRP All Stars! If you ever get a chance
to see these guys play, don’t miss it!

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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.

If it’s on Youtube or another online site that other people can access, I
will gladly share the link to it.

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What is life about? What is it’s meaning? Why are we here?

These two quotes taken together really tell us what life should be all
about. We were created to be happy, to elevate ourselves to a higher level
spiritually and emotionally. When we are happy and inspired, we do our best
work, even when the work is hard and difficult. When we strive to create,
and to make ourselves better we are living in the way we were intended.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of
human existence” – Aristotle

“It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom
of thy heart.”
Martin Luther

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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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Right now we seem to be experiencing a mid winter thaw here Is Boston. I
know it won't last, but I'll take it anyway. It feels good not to have the
normal winter chill in the air, and It's better sleeping weather as well.

Speaking of sleep, one thing that can keep you awake as you get older is
prostate issues.

The prostate tends to get larger as we get older. When that happens it
interrupts normal bladder function and that can have a negative effect on
the quality of sleep you get. 

What's interesting is that the same thing that helps the prostate also helps
fight baldness. It's called “saw palmetto extract.” It's not expensive at all, 
but you need to get the genuine article when buying saw palmetto.

Here is a page I wrote some time ago on this amazing substance:

http://www.longevity-and-antiaging-secrets.com/saw-palmetto-benefits.html

What it does is to prevent testosterone in your body from converting to DHT
which can aggravate the prostate and also cause male pattern baldness. This
supplement comes in small dark brown oval shaped gel caps.

It's always in 160 mg per gel cap strength (that's how you know you have
the real thing). You need 1-3 gel caps taken a couple of times per day with
meals. You will need to experiment with the dose to find what works best
for you.

What you should notice is the appearance of your hair improves and seems
thicker and more dense. As for prostate issues, it would be not having to
get up at night to go to the bathroom. That would tell you that it's
working.

Please understand that I don't promote this as a cure or remedy for these
issues. If you are on medication, I am NOT telling you to take saw palmetto
instead...

BUT...I can tell you that Proscar which is the prescription medicine for
prostate enlargement works by inhibiting DHT, and that saw palmetto will do
the same thing minus the side effects of the drug.

If you know anyone who is having prostate or hair loss issues, please tell
them about this. As always, I am available via email for questions about this
stuff, and yes...I do use it myself!

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I just wanted to say a word about purpose and motivation. It's easy to get
so wrapped up in day to day survival, that we are “living for the
weekend,” so to speak.  I like to kick back and relax too, but sometimes
find myself getting “too comfortable.”

Happiness comes when we move forward toward our goals and can tell that we
are making progress. Whether it's learning a new skill, solving a
longstanding problem, or having a totally new experience that gets you
really excited about life again.

Don't fall into the trap of just coasting through life. Find something that
gets you motivated to do more, to be more, and you will be on the path to
being fulfilled. It occurred to me that as human beings we are moved into
action by inspiration.

If we thought everything through to the last excruciating detail we would
likely never have the passion to move ahead, but we are set into motion by
ideas, by inspiration, and by the thoughts of what we could achieve if only
we commit to our goal. 

I haven't forgotten that this is an “anti-aging” newsletter, but think
about it, in order to hold the aging process at bay, we have to think
young, and strive to “stay in the game.” 
Here is a quote :

“We all have inner demons to fight, we call these demons, fear and hatred
and anger. If you do not conquer them then a life of one hundred years is a
tragedy. If you do, then a life of a single day can be a triumph.”

Yip Mann – Bruce Lee's teacher

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If you wonder why I review older movies, it's because the newer ones seem
to be lacking in substance. Seems like Hollywood is just pumping them out
to make money, and so many films are lacking in that quality that makes you
feel compelled to watch them.

Now that doesn't mean they can't be light entertainment IF it's done well!
With that, comes my latest recommendation for a more recent film in the
action adventure (superhero) genre. Yep...I'm talking about “The
Avengers.”

Josh Whedon has really pulled it off, combining Marvel's characters into
one huge feature film. If you love sci-fi and action, this is your film. It
is not darkly violent and disturbing like the Batman films.

If you love the superhero genre it will absolutely satisfy you. Great
performances from an ensemble cast, as Josh Whedon manages to develop each
character and mesh them into a team for this film.

I especially loved how Scarlett Johansen as Black Widow tricked Loki into
giving her the information she was after. Just when Loki thinks he that
because she is a woman, he has broken her down and intimidated her, she
completely fakes him out. That was brilliant!

If you grew up reading Marvel comics like I did, or just love action
adventure and sci-fi stuff, then rent “The Avengers,” you will
thoroughly enjoy it!

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Age Better Newsletter – Issue #12- January 3rd, 2013
Published by George Parigian Jr. for Opted-in Subscribers
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Hello,

Happy New Year!  This weeks topic is heavyhands, exercise, and weight loss…

For some odd reason I’m optimistic about the coming year despite the unlucky “13” aspect of it. I have some things I really want to accomplish this year and I know you do too.

My hope is that I can share some things with you that will help you move forward with your goals and plans whatever they may be. Health is key in all of this, and I will have some really cool stuff to share with you during the coming year.

Exercise resolutions are usually part of the New Year, but I am going to share some revelations with you about exercise that may really surprise you. Just remember in all this that in order to make it effective, you need to know just what you are trying to achieve.

To be effective, exercise should be intense and brief. The way exercise affects your hormonal system is the key. Long slow exercise raises levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) that tends to make you fatter. Hard to believe, but it’s true.

Brief and intense exercise has a positive effect on your hormone system, which results in fat burning and building of lean muscle tissue. For weight loss purposes all you need is about 15 minutes 3 times per week of brief intense exercise.

“Heavyhands” is a book that will show you how you can accomplish this and why it will work for you. It’s been out for a few years but still a great book and just as current as the day it was written!

Using this concept and following an “interval training protocol” I lost 10 lbs in two weeks with no dieting, and about 11.25 minutes of actual exercise (when you subtract rest periods) per session. This equals about 33.75 minutes of actual exercise per week!

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

 

“Heavyhands” will explain how having your hands weighted allows you to burn a lot more calories than you otherwise would. But it’s not just the calories you burn while exercising, it’s the boost in your metabolic rate that will have you burning more calories even when you are sacking out on the couch!

All the information you need to make this happen is in the book. Sound good? Then pick up a copy and start losing those pounds you have wanted to shed so badly!

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Now…I have some bragging to do. I attended the Boston Ballet production of the “Nutcracker” last week for the very first time and had the pleasure of watching my cousin Remy Anne in this time honored performance.

This was a very enjoyable show that seemed amazingly short to me, perhaps because it immerses you in that holiday fantasy world of dancing toy soldiers, princes and princesses, and of course “The Nutcracker.”

Remy is a pre-professional student at the Boston Ballet and she graced the stage as one of the Marzipan Shepherds. Although only time will tell, I believe she has the talent, passion, and perseverance to become a prima ballerina!

Remy comes from an artistic family, as her dad is an actor and her grandfather was a former professor at the Mass College of Art. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I am proud of my cousin and it’s wonderful to see her develop into a great dancer.

If you have a chance to catch this wonderful show in your location, don’t hesitate, and of course it goes without saying that this is 100% OK for the youngest kids out there. They will love it for sure!

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After attending the afternoon performance of the Nutcracker, we caught “The Hobbit” in IMAX.  I have never read any of Tolkien’s books, but have seen the ring trilogy and now the Hobbit.

This is a very enjoyable film, as it really immerses you in the fantasy world of “Middle Earth.” For me a good movie should draw you into the story and cause you to make an emotional connection to the characters.

“The Hobbit” did that for me and left me wanting more, just what a feature film should do. This is a film for all ages, although some scenes may be a bit rough for really young children.

Directed by Peter Jackson, and featuring a number of great actors like Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchette, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, and Ian McKellan as Gandalf reprised their roles.

This film ran nearly 3 hours, but seemed short to me. It was THAT engaging, and for me, this is what it’s all abut, that when  film ends you very much want the story to go on, and it does, but that will be left to the sequels!

This film scored at rating of 8.4 from IMDb.com, which pretty much says it all!

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Winter can be tough on skin, with drying, windburn, and cold temperatures if you live in the northern latitudes. Remember that hydration is also important, and often you don’t get as thirsty as in summer, but you still need to drink plenty of water.

Use lip balms, and face creams to prevent against windburn and chapping. NaPCA by Twinlab is a great choice especially with added aloe to keep your skin hydrated. Remember to dress extra warmly as well, because:

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

I am working on what I call a “cold weather solution” but frankly there is not much research in this area for me to draw on. I will however have a recommendation for winter stress in the next newsletter, I just have to do some digging though before I can actually suggest something I am comfortable recommending to you, so stay tuned…

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Once again, thank you for listening, and there will be another newsletter heading your
way next Thursday. Look for it in your inbox, 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.
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