New Year’s Resolution, “Activate Addictive Healthy Chemicals”

22 01 2009

The secret to living a long healthy life is to learn how to apply positive healthy activities to your lifestyle in order to generate the body’s natural release of these addictive healthy chemicals.   Of course eating a healthy diet is very important to your health.  Nutrition is covered in many other articles I write so this will not be the focus here.  Instead, I will focus on the addictive chemicals produced by the body to further stimulate will power, whereby activity is a “Major” component to healthier happier living and living longer!

You’re body produces natural and addictive chemicals that are optimally activated during exercise, or during increased activity:   1) Adrenaline a neurotransmitter and hormone produced by the adrenalin gland just above the kidneys, also known as norepinephrine and epinephrine (provides attention focus in brain).  Together these chemicals activate your fight or flight stimulation designed to get the body out of a stressful situation, or survive an injury scenario.  It acts as a natural pain killer, boosts oxygen and glucose fuel to brain, muscles and suppresses depression.  2)   Dopamine is produced and synthesized in the brain which boosts positive behavior, cognition, motor activity, motivation, sleep, mood, learning and attention.  3)  Serotonin is synthesized within the CNS (Central Nervous System).  This chemical is also found in many mushrooms, plants, fruits and vegetables.  Research shows Serotonin plays an important role in liver regeneration and induces cell division throughout the body (important for repair and healing of the body).  Serotonins role as a neurotransmitter of the brain is to modulate anger, mood, aggression, sleep, sexuality, appetite and metabolism.

How does one find the will power to activate the body’s natural addictive health hormone chemicals and stick to a healthy activity lifestyle?  I’ve been managing chronic pain and bodyweight challenges for the last 10 years and enjoy a quality of life that would not be possible without daily activity.  I do realize what works for me may not work for you.  But with a little more insight provided to you through my example, maybe I’ll provide a plan that will resonate where other fitness activity plans have failed.

As I stated at the beginning of this article, the secret to a healthy life plan is to develop an addictive healthy life program where natural release of feel good chemicals will make exercise and/or activity a joy instead of a burden.  Increased activity through behavioral change will trigger your addictive chemical release within 1-4 weeks, thereby increasing your will power to stick with a fitness program.  This is because each one of us has a different metabolism that may, or may not respond to activity hormone stimulation immediately, thereby challenging your will power until natural addiction occurs due to increased activity.  The requirement to maximize a healthy life program and live longer requires application of three behavioral change categories.  1)  Stop substance abuse.  2)  Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.  3) Become addicted to your body’s natural producing chemicals through exercise.  The increased activity in my life does not require a lot of will power, but does require effort; hence a small amount of will power is required.  By finding a motivator to get you moving and by slowly increasing activity activates powerful feel good and healthy chemicals.  Once you find an activity, or exercise you can start with, you can become addicted to a routine that makes you feel good on a daily basis and wanting more!  I will now provide an example of a healthy annual resolution plan I put into practice daily to improve my overall health, better quality of life, and the will power to positively motivate continuation of this process indefinitely.

Six years ago for example, my New Year’s Resolution was to begin a walking program.  This is because that was the year I collapsed a hip during military training.  Instead of nursing my injuries for months and beginning a “cautious” low activity lifestyle, I decided this was not the direction I wanted to take and was not in my best health interest.  Without increased blood circulation and activity, pain becomes greater due to the bodies inability to stay on the mend, weight increases and then you become susceptible to all types of health risks.  Five years ago my New Year’s Resolution was to further exercise my medical health benefits and visit my primary care physician getting referrals to specialists that would provide valuable insight, tests, consulting and therapy to further learn how I could improve my physical health situation while continuing my walking exercise program.  There are a lot of people out there suffering that have benefits where further referral work could be accessed and never used, this is a big mistake!  Take your health into your hands and do something about your illness or disease before it’s too late!

Four years ago I purchased a gym membership and stuck to an aerobics and stretch program after my first hip surgery and shoulder injuries.  This was a very tough year for me that pushed my physical limits in terms of sheer willpower not to be defeated mentally.  Three years ago my New Year’s resolution was to give up drinking alcohol (not that I consumed a lot of alcohol) and substitute an electrolyte drink, or regular soda once and awhile (not diet – Never Drink Diet – See my article on Aspartame the Silent Killer at the sites Health Repository).  Any alcohol with regard to my predicament was going to be a detriment to my health.  I also continued to participate in a daily walking, gym aerobic and stretch program.  Two years ago I resolved to plan and prepare for a total hip surgery on my other injured hip.  I also decided I would not have a scheduled shoulder surgery.  I instead would do the best I could to naturally rehabilitate my two shoulders through exercise therapy and nutritional supplementation (See our Wellness Company Wholesale products program).

Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to apply all the physical therapy resources at my disposal to rehabilitate myself after a total hip replacement.  This meant being consistent with my in-home therapy exercises, to include using crutches and cane while on the mend.  I continued to go to the gym for stretching activity and instead of walking, used crutches to make small distances each day while managing pain.  I also began a total supplemental pack loaded with natural supper food quality nutrients to my daily diet (see our Wellness Wholesale Company).  Although pain management is not discussed here (visit our Chronic Pain Center) if you have acute or chronic pain, use of pharmaceuticals and natural supplementation within a pain management program can be a positive-negative experience.  The trick to good pain management using pain killers and muscle relaxants during increased activity is “not” to become addicted to these substances while managing appropriate dosages, while minimizing further health risk!

Realize there is a health risk even with moderate use of pharmaceuticals.   If you become addicted to your prescriptions, get help from your health provider!  Always consult with your physician if you will be actively conditioning your body while on the mend and using pharmaceuticals.  This year my New Year’s resolution was to get back into a fitness center as my past years membership expired.  I just signed on to a fitness membership at the beginning of the year.  When in the fitness center I work various resistive weight, stretch techniques and aerobics equipment.  Almost everyday I ensure I walk at least 30 minutes and break to do stretch exercises.

An annual healthy life resolution plan has allowed me to manage weight, pain and while significantly improving life style on a daily basis.  Achieving longer-healthier living while aging is to tap all health knowledge information and apply it to your particular situation.  Find an addictive activity passion!  If you can do this, you can stay on the mend naturally. Be excited about your life while enjoying life to the fullest!  Keep your New Year’s Resolution focused on your health each year.  Healthy body, mind and soul success will be the result of your efforts.  Now go get addicted to the natural healthy drugs produced by your body and reap the enhanced will power, longer living and happier-healthy daily rewards!

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.





New Year's Resolution, "Activate Addictive Healthy Chemicals"

22 01 2009

 The secret to living a long healthy life is to learn how to apply positive healthy activities to your lifestyle in order to generate the body’s natural release of these addictive healthy chemicals.   Of course eating a healthy diet is very important to your health.  Nutrition is covered in many other articles I write so this will not be the focus here.  Instead, I will focus on the addictive chemicals produced by the body to further stimulate will power, whereby activity is a “Major” component to healthier happier living and living longer!

You’re body produces natural and addictive chemicals that are optimally activated during exercise, or during increased activity:   1) Adrenaline a neurotransmitter and hormone produced by the adrenalin gland just above the kidneys, also known as norepinephrine and epinephrine (provides attention focus in brain).  Together these chemicals activate your fight or flight stimulation designed to get the body out of a stressful situation, or survive an injury scenario.  It acts as a natural pain killer, boosts oxygen and glucose fuel to brain, muscles and suppresses depression.  2)   Dopamine is produced and synthesized in the brain which boosts positive behavior, cognition, motor activity, motivation, sleep, mood, learning and attention.  3)  Serotonin is synthesized within the CNS (Central Nervous System).  This chemical is also found in many mushrooms, plants, fruits and vegetables.  Research shows Serotonin plays an important role in liver regeneration and induces cell division throughout the body (important for repair and healing of the body).  Serotonins role as a neurotransmitter of the brain is to modulate anger, mood, aggression, sleep, sexuality, appetite and metabolism.

 How does one find the will power to activate the body’s natural addictive health hormone chemicals and stick to a healthy activity lifestyle?  I’ve been managing chronic pain and bodyweight challenges for the last 10 years and enjoy a quality of life that would not be possible without daily activity.  I do realize what works for me may not work for you.  But with a little more insight provided to you through my example, maybe I’ll provide a plan that will resonate where other fitness activity plans have failed.

 As I stated at the beginning of this article, the secret to a healthy life plan is to develop an addictive healthy life program where natural release of feel good chemicals will make exercise and/or activity a joy instead of a burden.  Increased activity through behavioral change will trigger your addictive chemical release within 1-4 weeks, thereby increasing your will power to stick with a fitness program.  This is because each one of us has a different metabolism that may, or may not respond to activity hormone stimulation immediately, thereby challenging your will power until natural addiction occurs due to increased activity.  The requirement to maximize a healthy life program and live longer requires application of three behavioral change categories.  1)  Stop substance abuse.  2)  Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.  3) Become addicted to your body’s natural producing chemicals through exercise.  The increased activity in my life does not require a lot of will power, but does require effort; hence a small amount of will power is required.  By finding a motivator to get you moving and by slowly increasing activity activates powerful feel good and healthy chemicals.  Once you find an activity, or exercise you can start with, you can become addicted to a routine that makes you feel good on a daily basis and wanting more!  I will now provide an example of a healthy annual resolution plan I put into practice daily to improve my overall health, better quality of life, and the will power to positively motivate continuation of this process indefinitely.

 Six years ago for example, my New Year’s Resolution was to begin a walking program.  This is because that was the year I collapsed a hip during military training.  Instead of nursing my injuries for months and beginning a “cautious” low activity lifestyle, I decided this was not the direction I wanted to take and was not in my best health interest.  Without increased blood circulation and activity, pain becomes greater due to the bodies inability to stay on the mend, weight increases and then you become susceptible to all types of health risks.  Five years ago my New Year’s Resolution was to further exercise my medical health benefits and visit my primary care physician getting referrals to specialists that would provide valuable insight, tests, consulting and therapy to further learn how I could improve my physical health situation while continuing my walking exercise program.  There are a lot of people out there suffering that have benefits where further referral work could be accessed and never used, this is a big mistake!  Take your health into your hands and do something about your illness or disease before it’s too late!

Four years ago I purchased a gym membership and stuck to an aerobics and stretch program after my first hip surgery and shoulder injuries.  This was a very tough year for me that pushed my physical limits in terms of sheer willpower not to be defeated mentally.  Three years ago my New Year’s resolution was to give up drinking alcohol (not that I consumed a lot of alcohol) and substitute an electrolyte drink, or regular soda once and awhile (not diet – Never Drink Diet – See my article on Aspartame the Silent Killer at the sites Health Repository).  Any alcohol with regard to my predicament was going to be a detriment to my health.  I also continued to participate in a daily walking, gym aerobic and stretch program.  Two years ago I resolved to plan and prepare for a total hip surgery on my other injured hip.  I also decided I would not have a scheduled shoulder surgery.  I instead would do the best I could to naturally rehabilitate my two shoulders through exercise therapy and nutritional supplementation (See our Wellness Company Wholesale products program).

 Last year my New Year’s Resolution was to apply all the physical therapy resources at my disposal to rehabilitate myself after a total hip replacement.  This meant being consistent with my in-home therapy exercises, to include using crutches and cane while on the mend.  I continued to go to the gym for stretching activity and instead of walking, used crutches to make small distances each day while managing pain.  I also began a total supplemental pack loaded with natural supper food quality nutrients to my daily diet (see our Wellness Wholesale Company).  Although pain management is not discussed here (visit our Chronic Pain Center) if you have acute or chronic pain, use of pharmaceuticals and natural supplementation within a pain management program can be a positive-negative experience.  The trick to good pain management using pain killers and muscle relaxants during increased activity is “not” to become addicted to these substances while managing appropriate dosages, while minimizing further health risk!

Realize there is a health risk even with moderate use of pharmaceuticals.   If you become addicted to your prescriptions, get help from your health provider!  Always consult with your physician if you will be actively conditioning your body while on the mend and using pharmaceuticals.  This year my New Year’s resolution was to get back into a fitness center as my past years membership expired.  I just signed on to a fitness membership at the beginning of the year.  When in the fitness center I work various resistive weight, stretch techniques and aerobics equipment.  Almost everyday I ensure I walk at least 30 minutes and break to do stretch exercises.

An annual healthy life resolution plan has allowed me to manage weight, pain and while significantly improving life style on a daily basis.  Achieving longer-healthier living while aging is to tap all health knowledge information and apply it to your particular situation.  Find an addictive activity passion!  If you can do this, you can stay on the mend naturally. Be excited about your life while enjoying life to the fullest!  Keep your New Year’s Resolution focused on your health each year.  Healthy body, mind and soul success will be the result of your efforts.  Now go get addicted to the natural healthy drugs produced by your body and reap the enhanced will power, longer living and happier-healthy daily rewards!

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.





New Year’s Resolution, “Will Power Weight Loss Secrets”

23 12 2008

Another year has gone past and after all the festivities, one has to wonder what health resolution will we make this year that will stick?  It seems as we age we notice an ever increasing presence of body weight tipping the scale a little more each year.  And with that being said, we continually swear to eliminate our bad eating habits, begin a meaningful exercise program and do away with our unhealthy vices.  We tell ourselves we’re going to get serious this time and get fit.  I realize we all have good health intentions, this is easier said than done.  I know when I was younger like many of you we had fast metabolisms and unstoppable energy, a typical youth profile.  However, with age, we have to learn to change our habits to accommodate a slower metabolism and learn to enjoy life without the excesses, or we risk unnecessary ill-health conditions.  After all, it is now our job to fulfill the role of wise elder.  Remember our children follow our examples.  If they see us do foolish unhealthy things in our thirties and forties, they’ll most likely follow in suit.

Before I get into the meat of the New Year’s Resolution and Secret to Healthier-Longer Living, I’d like to preface this article with some necessary information.  As we age, most of us tend to decrease our levels of activity, sit around more and increase food intake.  And with age, this is the worst possible habit you could get yourself into.  The human body is genetically designed to begin the dying process after the age of 25.   After the age of 25 our body’s metabolisms begin to slow down, ever so unnoticeably.  Most of us don’t notice this change in our bodies until we are in our mid thirties.   Weight and/or pain tends to increase for the majority of us as we tend to forget about our health and overindulge as a result of living a fast pace lifestyle.  It is my belief the gradual break down of the body while we age is God’s design and necessary to prepare the body, mind and soul for death.  With this being said, God makes it easier for us to let go of this life and transition into the next.  “Quality of life and life itself becomes a literal pain, at times unbearable, where the will to live is greatly challenged.  The aging process with the breakdown of the human body provides the will to die per God’s design.  “Everywhere we meet the cross!” (Quote, Fr. Steven Kain, OFM).

The only “true” way to prolong the aging process while minimizing pain and improve quality of life regardless of one’s health situation is to take control of your health.  Control of your life in this respect requires one to manage body weight, stop substance abuse, consume super food quality foods and stop overindulgence while increasing exercise and/or daily activity.  If you lose the desire, or lack will power to manage these necessary behavior health changes within your lifestyle, your life on this earth will be greatly influenced to a negative health degree.  Awareness to these health facts allows one the opportunity to plan in advance if your desire, or goal is to achieve healthy centurion, or just improve quality of health and life while on this planet.  If one does not care about such things the end result is a health profile that usually ends up impacting your life, family experience and shortening the life span.

Now I realize there are many healthy life programs to manage weight, pain and other illnesses.  I also realize there are many individual medical-health profiles that require customized weight and pain management plans, treatment, etc.  However, there is one common denominator that we all share regardless of illness or health treatment program, “the will and desire to improve quality of life.”  If your will power allows you to follow a healthy fit body plan and stick to it “you can” improve your health predicament, hence your quality of life.  It took you years to impact your health by not managing your weight, or care about other abuses placed upon your body making you ill.  Nor did you particularly care about your health until illness reared its ugly head.  This of course takes a toll on your will power to change your predicament.  After you’ve got yourself into this pickle you feel there is nothing you can change to improve your health, so you give up and say to yourself ,“Self, I can’t change, or I’m too old, or I’m going to die eventually, so the hell with it!”  You say these things not because you believe it, or want to believe it, but because you don’t have the will power to change or know how to excite or stimulate your desire to use your will power.

What would you do, or say if I could provide you valuable information and knowledge of secrets to healthier-longer living?  And if this secret involved a powerful addictive chemical equation that could give you the power of change toward a healthier you?”   “Oh, but don’t jump the gun, it’s not what you might think I’m leading up to… ” The secret is easy to master once you know the elixir, but does require action on your part.  “As a bit of will power is necessary… Nothing in this life is free without a little effort!   However, extreme effort will not be necessary once I provide you this information.   How much would you be willing to pay to get your hands on information that could improve your health and/or extend your life?  After all, I’m talking about information that could extend your normal life cycle 10-20-30 years.  Would you be flabbergasted to realize I don’t want anything to provide you this information?   And then you must ask yourself, why hasn’t anyone presented this valuable health information in a format such as this?

 I’ll tell you why, it’s always about the money!  Greed knows no boundaries.    I don’t want your money!  I want your readership where I can provide a majority of people useful health information that can be used in part, or whole to make your quality of life better and more enjoyable while on this planet.  I’ve been blessed with much in life and this is my way to give something back.  Health and wellness is a passion for me.  I want to share useful health and wellness knowledge with those that really want it.

I personally make a New Year’s resolution every year with one added health benefit to ease acute and chronic pain while managing weight.  I don’t make resolutions other than health improvements each year.  So, I don’t resolve to spend less, save the environment, work less, spend more time with my children, be a better husband, etc.  Not that these things aren’t important, but you should already have balanced these behaviors and activities within your day and marriage.  For most adults, responsibility, accountability and discipline tend to improve with a successful life style, so I don’t focus on these things at my age… I did this when I was younger.  Not that there isn’t room for other improvements in my life.  However, at this stage of the game, health is high on the priority list.   If you have not learned to life balanced other family, or personal behavioral traits, it may be prudent to focus on two things for your New Year’s Resolution including health.  Never leave out behaviors, or quality of life improvements for you and your family’s well-being.  Nobody said life was going to be easy.

If I didn’t focus on a health resolution each year, I might create a health risk that would not be beneficial to me, or family.  It is also true if you focus on one categorical theme year-end-out, the statistical odds of success are in your favor.  And with statistical odds in your favor, that means a healthy life plan is sure to stick, or that is the hope.   If looking to select a diet plan, don’t get into “quick result” diet programs that guarantee quick results!   In short, I will say, “don’t get suckered into these gimmicks!”  You can’t defy God’s natural order of a healthy body.  Man-made products using unnatural, or denaturized foods with additive chemical products defy the nutritional requirements needed by the body and compromises the body at the cellular level, even if scientific data shows positive weight loss results.  These results are typically short lived and harmful to your health!  The diet program promoters don’t care about you and the long-term impact they’ll cause on your health.  Remember, “It’s all about the money!”   These “quick fix” diet elixir concoctions will cause more harm than good.  Visit my health repository at the home site and read previous articles I wrote on diet, diet pills and weight management.  If you chose a quick weight drop result program, you’ll incur further ill-health risk or consequence to your body.

Be sure to read the followup article to this one “New Year’s Resolution, Activate Addictive Healthy Chemicals  (get the powerful addictive chemical equation.”)    Or find it achieved within our site health repository down the road if for some reason you miss the next issue eNewsletter for continuation of this article.  To stay up to date with all MAE articles visit our home site and subscribe to our free monthly health eNewsletter, “Looking at Yourself.  Got Health?”  The Secret to Healthier-Longer Living, “An Addictive Chemical to Stimulate Will Power,” partII” is a read you’ll not want to miss.

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.





New Year's Resolution, "Will Power Weight Loss Secrets"

23 12 2008

Another year has gone past and after all the festivities, one has to wonder what health resolution will we make this year that will stick?  It seems as we age we notice an ever increasing presence of body weight tipping the scale a little more each year.  And with that being said, we continually swear to eliminate our bad eating habits, begin a meaningful exercise program and do away with our unhealthy vices.  We tell ourselves we’re going to get serious this time and get fit.  I realize we all have good health intentions, this is easier said than done.  I know when I was younger like many of you we had fast metabolisms and unstoppable energy, a typical youth profile.  However, with age, we have to learn to change our habits to accommodate a slower metabolism and learn to enjoy life without the excesses, or we risk unnecessary ill-health conditions.  After all, it is now our job to fulfill the role of wise elder.  Remember our children follow our examples.  If they see us do foolish unhealthy things in our thirties and forties, they’ll most likely follow in suit.

Before I get into the meat of the New Year’s Resolution and Secret to Healthier-Longer Living, I’d like to preface this article with some necessary information.  As we age, most of us tend to decrease our levels of activity, sit around more and increase food intake.  And with age, this is the worst possible habit you could get yourself into.  The human body is genetically designed to begin the dying process after the age of 25.   After the age of 25 our body’s metabolisms begin to slow down, ever so unnoticeably.  Most of us don’t notice this change in our bodies until we are in our mid thirties.   Weight and/or pain tends to increase for the majority of us as we tend to forget about our health and overindulge as a result of living a fast pace lifestyle.  It is my belief the gradual break down of the body while we age is God’s design and necessary to prepare the body, mind and soul for death.  With this being said, God makes it easier for us to let go of this life and transition into the next.  “Quality of life and life itself becomes a literal pain, at times unbearable, where the will to live is greatly challenged.  The aging process with the breakdown of the human body provides the will to die per God’s design.  “Everywhere we meet the cross!” (Quote, Fr. Steven Kain, OFM).

The only “true” way to prolong the aging process while minimizing pain and improve quality of life regardless of one’s health situation is to take control of your health.  Control of your life in this respect requires one to manage body weight, stop substance abuse, consume super food quality foods and stop overindulgence while increasing exercise and/or daily activity.  If you lose the desire, or lack will power to manage these necessary behavior health changes within your lifestyle, your life on this earth will be greatly influenced to a negative health degree.  Awareness to these health facts allows one the opportunity to plan in advance if your desire, or goal is to achieve healthy centurion, or just improve quality of health and life while on this planet.  If one does not care about such things the end result is a health profile that usually ends up impacting your life, family experience and shortening the life span.

Now I realize there are many healthy life programs to manage weight, pain and other illnesses.  I also realize there are many individual medical-health profiles that require customized weight and pain management plans, treatment, etc.  However, there is one common denominator that we all share regardless of illness or health treatment program, “the will and desire to improve quality of life.”  If your will power allows you to follow a healthy fit body plan and stick to it “you can” improve your health predicament, hence your quality of life.  It took you years to impact your health by not managing your weight, or care about other abuses placed upon your body making you ill.  Nor did you particularly care about your health until illness reared its ugly head.  This of course takes a toll on your will power to change your predicament.  After you’ve got yourself into this pickle you feel there is nothing you can change to improve your health, so you give up and say to yourself ,“Self, I can’t change, or I’m too old, or I’m going to die eventually, so the hell with it!”  You say these things not because you believe it, or want to believe it, but because you don’t have the will power to change or know how to excite or stimulate your desire to use your will power.

What would you do, or say if I could provide you valuable information and knowledge of secrets to healthier-longer living?  And if this secret involved a powerful addictive chemical equation that could give you the power of change toward a healthier you?”   “Oh, but don’t jump the gun, it’s not what you might think I’m leading up to… ” The secret is easy to master once you know the elixir, but does require action on your part.  “As a bit of will power is necessary… Nothing in this life is free without a little effort!   However, extreme effort will not be necessary once I provide you this information.   How much would you be willing to pay to get your hands on information that could improve your health and/or extend your life?  After all, I’m talking about information that could extend your normal life cycle 10-20-30 years.  Would you be flabbergasted to realize I don’t want anything to provide you this information?   And then you must ask yourself, why hasn’t anyone presented this valuable health information in a format such as this?

 I’ll tell you why, it’s always about the money!  Greed knows no boundaries.    I don’t want your money!  I want your readership where I can provide a majority of people useful health information that can be used in part, or whole to make your quality of life better and more enjoyable while on this planet.  I’ve been blessed with much in life and this is my way to give something back.  Health and wellness is a passion for me.  I want to share useful health and wellness knowledge with those that really want it.

I personally make a New Year’s resolution every year with one added health benefit to ease acute and chronic pain while managing weight.  I don’t make resolutions other than health improvements each year.  So, I don’t resolve to spend less, save the environment, work less, spend more time with my children, be a better husband, etc.  Not that these things aren’t important, but you should already have balanced these behaviors and activities within your day and marriage.  For most adults, responsibility, accountability and discipline tend to improve with a successful life style, so I don’t focus on these things at my age… I did this when I was younger.  Not that there isn’t room for other improvements in my life.  However, at this stage of the game, health is high on the priority list.   If you have not learned to life balanced other family, or personal behavioral traits, it may be prudent to focus on two things for your New Year’s Resolution including health.  Never leave out behaviors, or quality of life improvements for you and your family’s well-being.  Nobody said life was going to be easy.

If I didn’t focus on a health resolution each year, I might create a health risk that would not be beneficial to me, or family.  It is also true if you focus on one categorical theme year-end-out, the statistical odds of success are in your favor.  And with statistical odds in your favor, that means a healthy life plan is sure to stick, or that is the hope.   If looking to select a diet plan, don’t get into “quick result” diet programs that guarantee quick results!   In short, I will say, “don’t get suckered into these gimmicks!”  You can’t defy God’s natural order of a healthy body.  Man-made products using unnatural, or denaturized foods with additive chemical products defy the nutritional requirements needed by the body and compromises the body at the cellular level, even if scientific data shows positive weight loss results.  These results are typically short lived and harmful to your health!  The diet program promoters don’t care about you and the long-term impact they’ll cause on your health.  Remember, “It’s all about the money!”   These “quick fix” diet elixir concoctions will cause more harm than good.  Visit my health repository at the home site and read previous articles I wrote on diet, diet pills and weight management.  If you chose a quick weight drop result program, you’ll incur further ill-health risk or consequence to your body.

Be sure to read the followup article to this one “New Year’s Resolution, Activate Addictive Healthy Chemicals  (get the powerful addictive chemical equation.”)    Or find it achieved within our site health repository down the road if for some reason you miss the next issue eNewsletter for continuation of this article.  To stay up to date with all MAE articles visit our home site and subscribe to our free monthly health eNewsletter, “Looking at Yourself.  Got Health?”  The Secret to Healthier-Longer Living, “An Addictive Chemical to Stimulate Will Power,” partII” is a read you’ll not want to miss.

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly eNewsletter.





How to Deal With Depression

25 08 2008
 Q. I deal with depression on a daily basis and I’m not sure why I feel so negative.  I just don’t feel like doing anything and nothing really interests me anymore.  Do you have any recommendations on how I can be more positive about life and get out of this funk?
 
 A. Depression is a very tough mental health condition to control and manage on a daily basis, but for the majority that has mild (severe depression – seek professional help) forms of depression can be managed by incorporating some life style change habits.  There are many life factors that can depress 1 of 3 elements that make up a person (body, mind and soul).  I can say with conviction if you can work to improve one of the 3 elements that make up your total being, you can improve your depressed state.  By managing depression your demeanor will become more positive, your body more healthy!  Listed below are some activity  recommendations that “can and will” provide happiness and wellbeing while thwarting depression.  You’ll note in the recommendations I don’t list TV, or movie activities as a positive life habit.  This is because if you simply watch something as opposed to putting yourself into the actual activity (exercise, travel, etc.), or virtual mental role (a good book, or game that provides a working positive mental experience) it is very tough to beat depression otherwise.  I think good books can be a very positive experience.  What’s the difference between a book and a movie?  Movies require no imagination.  On the other hand books stimulate the imagination [works the brain], by gaining information, makes you think, which also stimulate knowledge seeking from other sources.  Initially, books are an individual healthy mental activity that can/do lead to human exchange, mental stimulation and/or spiritual growth  brain function.  Communication with others has a very positive effect on those that suffer mild forms of depression. 

Remember, positive stimulus of the mind where it is exercised through two-way communication (input/output) plays a combatant role against depression healing the mind & body [body and mind are connected].  I believe certain game stations (computerized virtual activities) can provide a positive mental and physical benefit [as a good book].  However, I think games are better exercised with others… Like cards, game boards, etc.  Select one, or two ideals listed below and work towards accomplishing a project, goal, objective, etc.  If you make anyone of these activities a continuous life habit, I can guarantee your depression and anxiety levels will decrease or disappear. 

  1.  Find an activity that you enjoy.  For example, walking, nutritious cooking, reading, draw, paint, home improvement, gardening, interior design, gym membership, aerobics class, cycling class, travel abroad, fishing, hiking, camping, etc.  Each one of these types of activities provides an interactive personal experience to further know oneself and find other experiences outside of your comfort zone.
  2. Incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle.  For example, ensure you get plenty of fresh fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits and fiber.  Supplement your diet with a good daily supplement if your schedule simply will not allow you to consume 3 to 4 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Also if your over 45 years of age, or older, you should seriously consider supplementing your diet with other nutrients that we no longer receive from our foods, due to poor crop rotation farming practices, pesticides, herbicides and steroids now found in our foods [organic farms produce live stock and all other natural foods without these poor farming practises].
  3. See your primary physician.  Ask for a referral to speak with a mental health consultant. This does not mean you are crazy!   Pychologists and psychiatrists simply have much more information and tools to offer.  Although I promote natural foods & supplements to deal with depression, I also realize there are other “short term” benefits that can be derived through use of pharmaceuticals.  I believe the goal should be to find a “natural long term” solution(s) to deal with depression as opposed to long term pharmaceutical use.
  4. Stay in touch with family and close friends.  The worst thing you could possibly do is to isolate yourself.  I understand you may feel like you don’t have a friend in the world.  This simply is not true!  Don’t try to deal with depression on your own.  Find someone you can talk to.  Family and friends are your best source of support.  If you can not find this support in your own family, or close circle of friends, call a depression hot line, seek other public health, or mental health service centers and churches in your area, see your physician.  You simply must discuss your depression issues with someone if you can not help yourself.  To go it alone is very difficult and needs not to be this way.
  5. Find the meaning of life.  This is very perplexing, personal and is as old as time itself.  I believe the meaning of life is a personal experience for each individual and where each one of us is scripted to fulfill a role in this life time and beyond.  To not understand your souls spirituality is to not understand your purpose in life and passage to the next (soul is the third component that makes up human).  To not understand your purpose in this life and afterlife can be a very depressing proposition.  I highly recommend you go on a spiritual journey to understand your purpose here in this life.  Choose book topics to expand your souls spirituality by reading biblical studies and prophecy, historical philosophers, current spiritual scholars, authors, ministers, etc., study scripture, afterlife experiences, personal conversations with God, the after world and so forth.  Please don’t limit yourself to any one religion as God is universal.  With a little effort, you will quickly define your purpose here on this planet which will provide a positive mental health experience for you.  Also visit our site Wellness Company page.  We offer excellent “NATURAL” products scientifically formulated to remove chemical toxin allergies from your home.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2008 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing, www.mirrorathlete.com   Sign up for your Free Monthly Health eNewsletter.





Alleviate Depression

25 08 2008
Q. I deal with depression on a daily basis and I’m not sure why I feel so negative.  I just don’t feel like doing anything and nothing really interests me anymore.  Do you have any recommendations on how I can be more positive about life and get out of this funk?
A. Depression is a very tough mental health condition to control and manage on a daily basis, but for the majority that has mild (severe depression – seek professional help) forms of depression can be managed by incorporating some life style change habits.  There are many life factors that can depress 1 of 3 elements that make up a person (body, mind and spirit).  I can say with conviction if you can work to improve one of the 3 elements that make up your encompassing being, you can improve a depressed state. 
By learning how to manage depression your demeanor will become more positive, you’ll feel better and out word appearance will begin to improve!  Listed below are some activity  recommendations that “can and will” improve wellbeing while thwarting physical and mental depression.  You’ll note in the recommendations I don’t list TV, or movie activities as a healthy lifestyle habit.
This is because if you watch something as opposed to putting yourself into an actual physical activity… you stimulate the release of the brain’s natural feel good chemicals endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.  Not that a little movie watching is a bad thing.  It can actually be relaxing.  It’s when the habit becomes a sedentary and frequent one, it’s time to change that habit.     
What’s the difference between a book and a movie?  Movies require no brain work, the viewing process simply takes images in and we respond emotionally to what we see.  
Books on the other hand stimulate the imagination and provide information that makes us think and process it.  Which is a cognitive brain function skillset and keeps the brain sharp.  In my opinion, reading a good book is relaxing and contributes to cognitive skills development, stimulates the imagination and motivates one to think differently.  Or in ways that may incentivize the body to move.
However, too much reading like movie viewing can also create a bad sedentary habit.  Both movie viewing and reading a good book, or a good relaxing walk or meditation have been said to decrease anxiety levels and depression.
It is the activity habits we participate in daily which requires balance of time spent on sedentary versus exercise activities performed each day.  When sedentary habits increase, the contribution to the encompassing being becomes depressed for lack of released feel good brain chemicals and body movement.   Likewise, when exercise activities increase the contribution to the encompassing being experiences a greater sense of wellbeing, spirit is heightened and we feel well and energetic.
How to mitigate the depression bug,  
  1. Find an activity that you enjoy.  For example, walking, nutritious cooking, reading, draw, paint, home improvement, gardening, interior design, gym membership, aerobics class, cycling class, travel abroad, fishing, hiking, camping, etc.  Each one of these types of activities provides an interactive personal experience to further know oneself and find other experiences outside of your comfort zone.
  2. Incorporate a healthy diet into your lifestyle.  For example, ensure you get plenty of fresh fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits and fiber.  Supplement your diet with a good daily supplement if your schedule simply will not allow you to consume 3 to 4 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  Also if your over 45 years of age, or older, you should seriously consider supplementing your diet with other nutrients that we no longer receive from our foods, due to poor crop rotation farming practices, pesticides, herbicides and steroids now found in our foods [organic farms produce live stock and all other natural foods without these poor farming practises].
  3. See your primary physician.  Ask for a referral to speak with a mental health consultant. This does not mean you are crazy!   Pychologists and psychiatrists simply have much more information and tools to offer.  Although I promote natural foods & supplements to deal with depression, I also realize there are other “short term” benefits that can be derived through use of pharmaceuticals.  I believe the goal should be to find a “natural long term” solution(s) to deal with depression as opposed to long term pharmaceutical use.
  4. Stay in touch with family and close friends.  The worst thing you could possibly do is to isolate yourself.  I understand you may feel like you don’t have a friend in the world.  This simply is not true!  Don’t try to deal with depression on your own.  Find someone you can talk to.  Family and friends are your best source of support.  If you can not find this support in your own family, or close circle of friends, call a depression hot line, seek other public health, or mental health service centers and churches in your area, see your physician.  You simply must discuss your depression issues with someone if you can not help yourself.  To go it alone is very difficult and needs not to be this way.
  5. Find the meaning of life.  This is very perplexing, personal and is as old as time itself.  I believe the meaning of life is a personal experience for each individual and where each one of us is scripted to fulfill a role in this life time and beyond.  To not understand your purpose in life and spiritual passage to the next journey is depressing within itself. 
  6. Choose book topics to expand your understanding of life after death and reason you were put here on this earth.  Read biblical studies and prophecy, historical philosophers, current spiritual scholars, study scripture, afterlife experiences, personal conversations with God, etc.  Don’t limit yourself to any one religion as God is universal.  With a little effort, you will quickly define your purpose here on this planet which will provide a positive and uplifting experience for you.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2008 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing, www.mirrorathlete.com Sign up for your Free Monthly Health eNewsletter.