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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 #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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Hello,

It’s Friday, and we all made it through another week after Hurricane Sandy
and the minor Nor’easter we had in New England, it’s nice to have some
sunshine and warmer temperatures, even if it’s only temporary.

I’m looking forward to the holidays, spending time with my family and
friends, good food, and good times.

As we approach the holidays beginning with Thanksgiving, I will share some
simple tips to help manage
your diet and minimize packing on those pounds that
usually come with
holiday eating.

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I wanted to mention the election and relate it to our “personal healthcare.”
The re-election of Barack Obama, likely means that the “Affordable Health
Care Act” is here to stay.

My personal feeling is that this won’t necessarily be a good thing for our
health because it props up a system focused on using dangerous toxic
drugs to attain health.  This is going in the wrong direction.

Drugs can be helpful in certain special cases, illnesses, and emergencies,
but they can’t promote real health. Only nutritious food, proper exercise,
and stress management can!

Ultimately it’s up to us as individuals to promote our own health. The
“system” can’t do it for us. We spend 50% more on healthcare than any
other country, yet we are something like 30th in longevity!

This suggests our healthcare system isn’t working, if the goal is real
“health” and not just treating symptoms of illness with drugs. So what can
we do to take control of our own health and improve it?

What if I told you that one of the most effective ways you can start
becoming healthier did not require a special diet or exercise routine, but
instead was as simple as putting your bare feet on the ground?

 Sound good?

Well, let me introduce you to “grounding!”

First understand that all of our body functions are powered by something
called ATP, which is the primary energy source not only for humans but all
life on Earth! When our ATP levels are down, we suffer not only from low
energy levels but also chronic disease.

Health problems like congestive heart failure, immune dysfunction,
dementia, etc. are all related to the failure of our cells to produce enough
ATP.  

Oxidative stress from “free radicals” also undermines ATP
production and helps bring on diseases like cancer, heart disease,
diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

What can we do? The first thing I recommend is simple, inexpensive, and
100% safe! It’s called grounding, and it can help boost your energy, lower
your stress levels, and improve your quality of life.

It consists of establishing an electrical ground with the Earth. Yes that’s
right! Just grounding yourself with the Earth will de-stress and energize
you. You simply allow your bare feet to be in contact with the ground,
which can be grass, sand, or even unpainted cement.

What happens is that you absorb what are called “negative ions”
(electrons) into your body from the Earth. These free electrons
(millions of them) act just like an anti-oxidant in your body, to neutralize
 free radicals and boost your energy levels.

When indoors you can use what is called a “grounding pad” or “grounding
mat” which connects to the round port on your wall socket to establish the
electrical ground.

Shoes and other aspects of modern life have insulted us from the energy
of the Earth. By reconnecting with that energy we can start taking back
control over our health in a perfectly natural and effective way.  Check out
my web page on grounding here:

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

and by all means email me with your questions if you have them.

I do not have an affiliate relationship with the company that makes these
pads, so I do not make money promoting it. It’s just that I find it so
effective, I wanted to share it with you!

Here is a link to the specific pad I bought.

http://www.grounded.com/earthing-mat/earthing-universal-mat-and-cover

I am very happy with it and use it while sleeping, working at my desk and
even driving. I don’t feel the need to use any of the more expensive
products they offer. The one at the above link works just fine for me.

This might well make a great Christmas gift for someone you love!

What do I feel when I use it? Just more calm, relaxed, and comfortable
with no tension or stress. It seems to help with being “regular” which
because of the relaxation effect. I notice more energy and less joint pain.  

I am really impressed that something so simple can be that effective.
When I first hear Dr. Stephen Sinatra speak about it, I thought…”this
sounds too good to be true,” but it worked as well as he claimed.

In future newsletters I will share more information with you on how you can
improve the quality of your life with something called “metabolic
cardiology.”

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That’s about it for this issue, but stay with me because I have lots more
amazing stuff to share with you in upcoming issues of this newsletter.

Stay well and be safe!

George