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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 #27 – The 3 Golden Rules of Exercise and a Great New Hydration Product!

Things in the Boston area have finally quieted down now, and the Boston
Marathon bombing story has come to a close. It appears as though two young
Chechen brothers were responsible. I say “appears” because I doubt we
will ever know the real truth!

Several communities in the greater Boston area were locked down as police
searched for the suspects. I have a feeling that we will never know the
full story about why these two individuals did what they are alleged to
have done.

Life is returning back to normal, but the lingering fears, and emotions
over the bombing, and the impact on our community will be there for a long
time to come. I hope that we will never see another tragedy like this one,
but only time will tell.

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Since spring has officially sprung, many people have taken to exercise in
hopes of losing their winter fat and looking good for the beach. Many
people get exercise wrong because they assume that more is better, and that
is definitely NOT the case.

Another mistake is doing long slow cardio exercise. This causes your stress
hormone levels to increase and actually works against you when you are
trying to lose fat and build muscle.

When it comes to exercise for fitness and health, there are several rules
to keep in mind for safe and effective exercise.

1. ) Exercise should be intense and brief. Interval training, Heavyhands,
and kettlebell work are all examples of healthy exercise, that will burn
fat and get you fitter and stronger. Long slow cardio and marathon workouts
are out. The long slow approach can actually cause your stress hormone
levels to go up, which will make it more difficult to drop fat.

2.)  Exercise should be progressive, meaning your performance should
improve over the weeks and months that you do your exercise program. You
should very gradually increase the intensity of your workout, but always at
a pace that you can comfortably sustain.

3. ) Exercise should never be overdone. Always finish your exercise program
with strength and energy to spare, and keep those gradual improvements
coming over time. This will ensure that you stay healthy and injury free.

Forget all the hype about insane workouts that leave you exhausted on the
floor, nauseous, or incredibly sore the next day. If you are not a world
class or elite level athlete, you have no business exercising at that
ultra-intensity. It’s just not healthy!

Exercise sessions should be between 10 minutes to no longer than 45 minutes
for non-athletes. For general health and fitness I would say that 15-30
minutes would be best. It depends on your level of fitness, your age,
medical condition ect.

Always play it safe with exercise, because there is no advantage to
training too hard. You only increase your chances of injury, and burning
out physically and mentally. If you are over 40 or have a medical
condition, check with your doctors to make sure you can exercise at a
reasonable intensity.

Remember that a good exercise program will allow you to gradually improve
your level of fitness, while avoiding injury, and not making you feel bad
in the process!

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I have been using a new product recently to help with hydration, and I must
say I am really impressed by it. It’s called “Nuun Optimal Hydration”
tablets. These are effervescent tablets that you add to 16 ounces of water
to make a flavored hydrating drink.

This product in my experience, seems to make it easier to drink more water,
because of the flavors and vitamins/minerals that it contains. It helps
replenish electrolyte levels in your body, when you are thirsty and active.

Here is the link:     Nunn Hydration Products

They don’t have an affiliate program, so I don’t get a commission, but I am
recommending it anyway just because I think it’s really good product and it
does exactly what it says it does, helps keep you hydrated when you are
active.

The website will give you more information and tell you where you can buy
it! If you try this product, let me know what you think.

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For those of you into movies set in a particular time period, check out
“Mullholland Falls,” starring Nick Nolte and Chaz Palminteri. This film
set in the early 1950′s Los Angeles is a murder mystery that spawned a
short lived TV show called “The Hat Squad”

Here is a clip from the film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeDUBK-Sc_4

The film is well shot and acted, and the music although not really accurate
for this time period is hauntingly beautiful. You can watch the entire film
on Youtube, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSfkRHLhK30

The film features Nick Nolte as Max Hoover, the head of an LA police unit
investigating a murder and coverup that involves the US Atomic Energy
commission. It also stars John Malcovich as an ARMY general, and Melanie
Griffith as Hoover’s wife.

I loved the look and feel of this film, and Nolte is perfect as the
“tough as nails” detective Max Hoover. Check it out…I think you will
really enjoy it.

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Mary Fahl is probably my favorite singer in the popular/folk music genre.
Formerly with the group “October Project” she has one of the best
voices in popular music today, and it’s always a treat to see her perform.

Here’s a Youtube clip of her singing at a “house concert” probably
somewhere in upstate NY.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0jC19eFx5c

Enjoy…

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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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Remember that time and life are precious things. Enjoy them and make the
most of them as best you can. This quote pretty much says it all…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to
be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius

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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 #25 – When healthcare really isn’t healthy

When I first started to write this newsletter, I vowed NOT to make it
political, but I do want to say some things about our healthcare system,
why I feel it’s going in the wrong direction, and what you can do to
protect YOUR health from the healthcare system.

The American healthcare system is based first on profit! Now there’s
nothing wrong with profit. We are a capitalist system, and the object of
any private business is to make money. But there are ethical and moral
standards that I believe should always apply.

Our healthcare system is based on treating symptoms of disease with
patented drugs, rather than identifying the causes of disease and
eliminating them. The government subsidizes junk food companies that make
the products that contribute to disease.

This is why I am always dubious of the idea that government can improve the
health of citizens, when in fact it promotes the very things that make us
unhealthy. The good news is that you don’t have to be a victim of the
medical system.

You can keep yourself out of the medical system, and safeguard your health
for many years to come, if you do these three things:

Get 15 minutes of vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week

Get 8 hours of sound sleep every night (preferably getting to bed before
midnight)

Keep sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats to an absolute minimum
in your diet

There is a fourth thing that you can add and that is “grounding” which
I talked about in an earlier newsletter. You can learn more about grounding
at the web-page on this link:

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

Most health problems and chronic diseases have the same underlying cause,
and that’s inflammation. All the strategies I mentioned above will help
decrease inflammation and lead to better health. It’s not rocket science,
but lots of people still over-think it.

Don’t avoid or put off doing these things because you can’t do them
perfectly or you can’t ALWAYS do them. Nothing people do is perfect, but
just do the best you can, and you will be miles ahead of where most people
are!

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Vaccines are a big business these days and they are currently being
“pushed” on the public at every turn. This is because they are a huge
moneymaker for the drug industry, but there is very little evidence that
they actually protect your health.

Also, the US Supreme Court has rules that vaccine companies are immune from
lawsuits for any damages their vaccines cause to your health. So you have
no legal protections from these vaccines and their effects.

What protects you from disease is a strong immune system, but some of the
ingredients in these vaccines actually weaken the immune system which
leaves you vulnerable to diseases.

My late mother used to get “flu shots” every year, and every year she
got the flu. They never prevented the flu in her case because her immune
system was weak. She trusted the doctors who pushed the flu shot, but sadly
they were wrong and her trust was misplaced.

If you are being urged to get “vaccinated” push back on these medical
people and demand they show you real scientifically documented evidence
that the vaccine is safe and effective. My guess is that they will not be
able to because the evidence isn’t there.

This is especially true where vaccination of children is concerned. The
autism rate for children at one time was 1 in 10,000. Now it is 1 in 88,
and is actually more like 1 in 55 or so among males children.

Autism rates have pretty much paralleled the increase in vaccinations given
children, and while that’s not proof that autism is caused by vaccines, it
is a very suspicious “co-incidence!”

The bottom line is that you should be very cautious about ANYTHING a
medical person wants to inject into your body OR your child’s body. You are
ultimately responsible for your health and the health of your children.

For this reason you should always “do your research” on vaccines or any
other drug that doctors want to give you! Don’t let the “system” profit
at the expense of your health!

You can find more information about vaccination at this link:

http://www.nvic.org/

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On a lighter note, the new Iron Man film is coming out on May 3rd.
Interestingly, they are showing a different version in China, perhaps in
part because the “The Mandarin” (the villain in the film), is Chinese,
but is being played by British actor Ben Kingsly.

I love the sci-fi/techno aspects of the film, and of course Robert Downey
Jr. is perfect to play Tony Stark! I read the comics when I was a kid, and
it’s kind of exciting to be seeing these stories adapted to the big screen,
using modern special effects that make it all seem so real!

I will do a review on this film when it comes out and i’ve seen it, but it will
probably be the sci-fi hit of the year.

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This weeks musical clip is one of my very favorites, and has a special
meaning for me. This song called “Sweet Baby” by George Duke and
Stanley Clark came out in 1981. It was the year that I won the US nationals
in Powerlifting.

I had a hard training cycle for that contest and had to lose over 20 pounds
in a weeks time to make weight for the contest. When I arrived in Boise
Idaho for the championships this beautiful and upbeat song was the first
thing I heard playing as I rode in the limo to my hotel.

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

It was a nice June Idaho evening, and all my fears and uncertainty about
the upcoming contest, just evaporated in the cool night air. I just knew
greats things would happen for me that weekend…and they did!

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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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Hi, my name is George Parigian Jr. and this is my very first issue of the
Age Better Newsletter.

What’s “Age Better?” This is my online journal in which I will share my
adventures, opinions, and discoveries!

I am a 57 year old personal trainer and former national champion in
Powerlifting. Like you, I’m searching for ways to live longer, healthier,
and happier and as I find them, I will pass them along to you.

I’d like to invite you, through the pages of this newsletter, to share with me
the adventure which is life. I have lots to show you! I will delve into some
pretty exotic subjects, but always with the intention of providing information
which will be of value to you.

Hey…I don’t claim to be a genius or some kind of guru. I am only human
(much as I hate to admit it) like everyone else, and have many of the same
problems that you do. However I really believe there are fixes out there
for some of the things that many people think can’t be fixed, and I love
researching and finding solutions to these problems.

My ultimate goal is to understand why we age and actually be able to stop
or reverse this process. Is this a delusion or fantasy on my part? No….we
are learning more every day, and so much of what used to be a mystery is
now becoming clearer. I will have some interesting information for you
going forward that will very likely surprise you.

Over the years I’ve learned that it’s important to listen not just talk,
because you never know when someone may give you an insight into
something important that you hadn’t thought of yourself. It’s happened to
me many times! I will be honest with you at all times.

When I know something for a fact, I will say so. When I am not sure, I will
admit that too. The beginning of knowledge is admitting that you don’t
know something, and understanding that you should never be
embarrassed to ask questions. It’s through asking questions that we learn.

I will be sharing with you the results of over 25 years of searching for
ways to promote better health and longevity. I will also delve into the
subjects of personal development and Internet marketing as well. In the
new millennium we will all have to adjust our thinking and efforts to find
new ways to prosper.

The Internet provides many new and expanding opportunities to make
money and live life on our own terms. As I learn and master new skills and
acquire new knowledge, I will share it with you through the pages of this
newsletter.

I hope to pass on as much value as I possibly can.

I will be mentioning various products and services to you over time. Some
of these products will be ones that I have an affiliate relationship with
(meaning that I earn a commission when someone buys them), and some
will not.

Any product I recommend will be something I have purchased and tried
myself so that I can make a fair and accurate review of it’s good points
and bad points.

I promise that I will never promote ANYTHING unless I feel that it is a
good value for the money. My credibility (and your trust) is important to
me and I will never compromise that. I will NOT barrage you with a
constant stream of product offers and promotions.

I will only present things that will help you solve problems and live better.
Also please note that your email information will NEVER be shared with a
third party. I value your trust and will ensure your privacy!

Lastly, I need your help! Yes….your feedback, criticism (please make it
constructive), and questions are all welcome. Please remember that I am
but one man, and have only so much time, but I WILL try very hard to
respond within a reasonable period of time, to your questions when you
ask them.

My goal is to make this newsletter more interesting and relevant to all of
you, and your input will help me to do that. Thank you for reading my
newsletter. Another one will be coming to your in box next week so please
watch for it.

That’s it for now.

Yours in health,

George Parigian Jr. – Age Better Newsletter