New Year New You

21 12 2015

 

Start a New Activity and Meet New People.
Start a New Activity and Meet New People.

Last Updated:  21 Dec 2015

It’s a new year and will it also be the beginning of a new you?

How many different directions could you take in making a New Year’s resolution that would make you happier, more energetic, feel and look good and more excited about life?

So what is your New Year Resolution, what do you want to change? Is it to finally lose that weight once and for all, start a walk/jog exercise routine, spend more time with the family, get out of a bad relationship-start a new one, stop smoking-drinking, get a new job etc.?

In building any action plan to resolve any problem, “yes this includes a New Year’s resolution,” you first must target what’s causing you to lose sleep at night and focus during the day. Then once you’re sure you’ve identified the problem you must focus and stick to a relative-planned solution “that’s right for you and your situation” to accomplish the goal.

Whatever you need to do to make a positive life change will require 1) courage, 2) will power and a 3) sustainable action plan to see it through. But the forth ingredient in my opinion is the most important because it is the driver of the first three.

The action plan must be 4) relative to your needs and wants so you’ll have the motivation to sustain it long-term.

As a personal fitness trainer and consultant throughout the years, I’ve received an earful from my clients. One thing I’ve learned, the customer often brings a 3rd party solution to the table. But these well intended solutions are custom designed for someone else. All too often in the world of fitness, health and life coaching, custom designed plans are relative to another individuals life goal profile. This means these plans will not work optimally, or work at all for you.

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

For example, you may share a similar obesity and diabetes condition, but there are many ways to lose weight and treat diabetes. Some treatment plans will work for some and not others, or as effectively.

In other words when I develop a fitness program for one client, I don’t pass it on to the next one who has a similar goal. If I did that I’d lose clients, why?  The Desired results would likely not occur.

We are all of various ages, sex, genetics, culture, body type, mental and physical readiness, have different lifestyle needs, wants and activity goals. Our motivations and will power differ greatly as well as our habits, behavior, environment, medical histories and current health conditions… the list goes on.

So how can you successfully plan to create a new you for the New Year?

If you’ve been unsuccessful in changing any of your life goals might I suggest, or recommend you seek out a life coach or fitness consultant, or trainer that can help you develop a relative customized plan to make that positive change in life once and for all.

Listed below are the two disciplines with specialties identified that can help refocus a relative plan and resolve your New Year’s Resolution and then sustain it for life.

Certified Life Coach                                      Certified Fitness Consultant

Finances and Budgeting                                              Develop Muscle Mass

Relationships and Intimacy                                         Muscular Strength

Family and Parenting                                            Aerobic Cardio Endurance

Stress Management and Balance                        Develop Lean Muscle Mass

Creativity for Artist, Writer, Musician, Performer     Tone, Body Fat Loss

Spirituality and Personal Growth                      Health, Lifestyle, Self-Care

Career Planning and Development                                Natural Anti-Aging

Motivation and Time Management                              Stress and Pain Mgt

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development   Custom Fit Program

Health, Lifestyle and Self-Care                                       Diet & Nutrition

If you need help in any of these areas, these consulting services are easily found and listed throughout the Internet and phone directory. There are also many self-help books found within libraries, Internet and book stores.

If you can identify the problem and find a relative and specific plan that’s right for you then you will experience significant change that can be sustained long-term.

MirrorAthlete Inc., is near complete with its first book publication, scheduled to be released not later than 1st half of 2016.  Where the context uniquely addresses many of life’s fit healthy lifestyle concerns, with relative “how to” application in consumer safety awareness, customized fitness programming, healthy lifestyle solution, customized fitness programming, illness and disease prevention, etc.  The context of this first ever consolidated fitness, health, nutrition, consumer lifestyle book shows you how to become your very own life coach and fitness trainer within many of the specialized skillsets listed above.

The book project represents years of personal client, adversity-life stories “including yours truely,” and fitness and health experiences with over 250 citations in relative fields of expertise to support the fit-healthy lifestyle principles we all need and want with relative how-to-programming guidance.

It is also uniquely developed to show anyone how to create a customized fitness and nutrition program that’s right and relative for them at any age. It’s as if a fitness trainer-consultant and life coach were there helping you customize a solution for your New Year’s resolution that will work once and for all.

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

There is no other principled fit healthy lifestyle book in the marketplace that compares to this 10-year plus project. The book is also uniquely written to be timeless and useful within any decade. That is it will help redirect, refocus and support many revolving issues that enter your life where your fit healthy lifestyle coach never leaves your side and provides relative advisement and fit plan when you need it most.

To review a summary of this book project and 2016 release date, visit our home site   http://www.mirrorathlete.com (then click on the book project link).

Don’t live anyone else’s life course. Instead plan and map your unique objectives, goals and lifestyle to achieve the quality living experiences that you need, want and deserve.

My New Year’s wish for you and your family is to be happy and healthy with many life rewards and success.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2015 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Weight Loss this Simple?

23 03 2014

    Throughout the years working as a fitness consultant it never seized to amaze me how many people had the same fitness goal.  And I’m sure many can guess that goal.  Some I worked with were challenged with overweight problems and often sought a quick weight loss solutions to fix it.  However, most if not all fast result diet products and restrictive diet plans are not natural or safe for our organic body chemistry.  A question often asked, are all weight loss solutions that produce rapid weight loss bad for us?  My simple answer, “yes.”

Exercise While Walking Urban Trail Pathways
Exercise While Walking Urban Trail Pathways

    In general, manmade chemicals in our foods and dietary supplements are having a negative effect on wellbeing and overall health.  For example, hormone stimulants, restrictive diet plans and diet suppression products designed to lose weight fast often present the following health risks and not limited to: diabetes, cardio circulatory and immune problems, cellular and gene mutation, cancer; depression, anxiety, eating and other behavioral disorders, etc., and other illness and disease. 

    It’s almost as if we’ve evolved into a marketplace where consumers believe safe solutions for all that ails us are found in pretty packages.  And those chemical ingredients aren’t limited to our dietary and fitness enhancement fast results pills, diet foods and supplements.  Our food chain provides a plethora of chemicals found within our convenience, processed, ready-to-eat meals and fast foods. 

    But what we want and what our bodies need are entirely two different things.

    Our bodies unlike machines are organic.  And our good health is dependent upon balanced daily activity and nutrition that nourishes integrate cellular DNA, circulatory and neurological systems; organs, gland and skin, hair and nail cells and muscular-skeletal health to name a few complex physiological systems and healthy appearance attributes.  We are by far more complex than anything created by man.  And this includes how his misunderstanding in manipulation of foods, dietary products and fitness gimmicks will short cut what our metabolisms need; which effectively and ultimately impacts our health long term. 

    So what is the answer to healthy weight loss and removal of the toxins from the foods we consume daily and within our living environment?  Outside of bad eating habits, the answer to healthy longevity, weight loss and sustainment of that loss cannot be solved by a marketer’s one diet and exercise activity prescription for all.  In other words, what works for some may not work for you and the repeated habit of losing weight fast, then gaining it back is the dreaded “yo-yo” effect.  This habitual yo-yo fix inevitably destroys your fat burning metabolism and you gain more weight. 

    Instead, what marketers could provide consumers to improve permanent weight loss success has little to do with manmade products and services.  Instead marketplaces and educators would serve consumers and their children well by educating, promoting and marketing goods based on balanced nutrition, healthy lifestyle and fitness activity relative to the demographic it targets, educates and serves.  Then expectations and bad eating habits would shift to a healthier lifestyle balance. 

    What fitness, health and nutritional science and client cases have proved to me over the years… if you want to achieve and sustain a fit healthy mind-body for the long haul, it serves one well in understanding how to balance lifestyle within a 21st Century world.  

    If you expect to live an active lifestyle through your 70’s and 80’s  there are 3 basic MirrorAthlete fitness principles you can apply immediately.   And none of these principles has anything to do with processed and convenience fast foods, quick weight loss gimmicks, muscular enhancement, or vanity products or services.  Save your money! 

1st Principle – Our encompassing being (mind, body and spirit) needs to hunt and gather foods through walking activity.  Walking is natural exercise which we are genetically designed to do well.  It is needed to work and keep the organic being energized, motivated with purpose, tone, fit and sustain good body weight and overall metabolic health. 

2nd Principle – Our encompassing being needs organic wholefoods and drink from mother earth.  In a 21st Century marketplace, whole foods and certified organic farmed, processed, handling and logistics to market and foods farmed from our backyard-to-stove is as organic as one can hunt, gather and consume. Other than living a subsistence lifestyle in some remote part of the world. 

  3rd Principle – Our encompassing being needs clean air, stress free and restful environment as opposed to a continuously enclosed and stressful one.  Outdoor green space, trail and pathway activities in city, rural or remote areas absent of vehicle motor exhaust or other toxins and noise.  This is as organic of an environment as one can place themselves within an urbanized or developed place. 

    Within these 3 fit healthy principles you note there is no reference to: convenience meals, processed dietary weight loss meals, restrictive diet plans, spot fat reduction products, intensive aerobics fitness programs, low fat food products, surgical procedures, satiety formulas, hunger suppressants, hormone stimulators or any other variety of fast results weight loss short cut products or vanity services. 

    Why doesn’t MirrorAthlete promote these forms of dietary weight loss solutions and over processing of our foods?  Food processing and dietary solutions almost always has a high level of toxic chemicals in them, some are addictive and/or are nutritionally restrictive and imbalanced.  None of these things complement our organic body needs and they don’t help in changing habits and behaviors long term. 

    To apply a long term fitness strategy to lose weight safely and sustain that loss simply requires “for many” applying these 3 principled lifestyle changes. 

    Although these 3 principles may not be customized for your particular health or medical condition and/or lifestyle, or fitness goals, it does provide what your organic body needs to sustain overall good fitness and health.  As always, consult with your physician if you have not worked out for some time, or have dietary restrictions or a medical condition(s). 

  1.  If you don’t exercise with frequency, or haven’t exercised with intensity or effort in a while, I recommend you walk daily if there is no medical reason not to.  Start today if able and/or approved by your physician.  There is no magic number in miles or time.  Everyone is at different fitness and health levels and can achieve greater aerobics capacity to lose more fat and increase cardio and muscular tone.  Once you condition yourself to walk, it is ideal to do so at least 5 days/week for 15-30minutes.  The more you walk, the more fat you burn because you condition your metabolism and muscles to optimize its fat burning potential throughout the duration of the walk.  And up to two hours more after the activity stops because of exercise stimulation on the metabolism.
  2. Eat less processed and convenience foods and more whole foods.  Avoid processed ready-to-eat and dietary low fat meals.  Especially those contained within colorful and attractive packages.  This is code for “contains toxic ingredients.”  Look at food labels, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, or they don’t appear to be a natural food source, buyer beware.  All decorative convenience and even packaged whole foods baked, fresh and frozen have varying degree of chemical preservatives, additives, dyes, artificial flavors, Trans Fats and other chemicals to keep them looking colorfully fresh and smell good with long storage life.  Your challenge is to gather foods that have the least amount of these chemicals in them.
  3.  Move yourself outdoors for exercise activity as often as possible and preferably in a smog free environment.  This may require driving to a healthier environment to exercise and in worst case scenarios, moving out of an unhealthy one.  Staying indoors during work and home may also expose one to Material off-gassing (vapors) of materials especially in new facilities, retail space, homes and new cars.  As materials off-gas chemicals they emit toxic fumes into the air you breathe.  And these fumes can make you sick and may be carcinogenic.  If fresh air makeup inside a living or work space is not sufficient and it’s impacting your respiratory health, vent for appropriate fresh air makeup.  Getting plenty of fresh air and drinking enough water daily will help remove food and environmental toxins from the immune, circulatory and bodies filter systems and cleanse all tissue at the cellular level. 

    Lifestyle Change Prescription:  A lifestyle prescription that provides increased fitness levels and health benefits can be summarized in one paragraph.  This prescription is simple and produces safe, natural and cost effective weight loss results and healthier lifestyle experiences at any age.  

    “Plan aerobic low stress walking exercise daily to optimize the fat burning metabolism.  During low stress walking activity drink water to rehydrate within a fresh air environment.  Gather within a backpack that also includes a 2-3 litter water bladder to rehydrate while walking, a few whole food items daily.  Develop a daily walk and shop habit of gathering organic wholefood products from the local farmers markets and wholefood grocery stores.  Cook these fresh whole foods after shop and walk activities.  Then ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to maintain healthy fat burning metabolism.” 

    Whenever I programmed a client that included these 3 fitness principles or provided this simple lifestyle change program, success was achieved when applied with long-term commitment.  With these changes came healthy weight loss results and a more active and healthy lifestyle. 

    These principles are not derived of new knowledge.  But instead a culmination of the best life, fitness, health, physiology and nutritional science disciplines and principles, mortality and demographic statistics, consumer and watchdog agency reports and cultural epidemiological studies from areas that produced more Centurion’s per capita than anywhere else on the planet. 

    Individuals that depend on man’s solutions to solve wants, conveniences, comforts and desires are not what our organic mind and body’s need.  Instead, when habitually dependent upon these shortcuts and conveniences frequently proves to depress the mind and spirit and sicken the organic being. 

    When we habitually depend on these addictive and convenience products, I’m convinced we live a shorter, less productive and a more miserable life existence, while never learning how to live life to the fullest. 

Supporting Articles Previously Published by MirrorAthlete 

Woodard, Marc.  Wisdom from Centurions on Longevity. Hubpages. Updated 29 January 2014.  Originally Published 14 December 2009. 

Woodard, Marc.  Disease is Scientifically Linked to Genetic Engineering of Food Crops.  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  22 August 2012. 

Woodard, Marc.  10 Super Centenarians, How did They Live over 116? MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  22 August 2012. 

Woodard, Marc.  Our Food is Making Us Fat and Causing Disease.  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  15 April 2012. 

Woodard, Marc.  This Year’s Goal is Weight Loss.  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  22 December 2010. 

Woodard, Marc.  What is Sick Building Syndrome?  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  14 December 2007.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, MSC Officer, ANG Ret. 2014 Copyright.  All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.





Cell Phone Use and Brain Cancer

23 10 2011

Should We Be Concerned About RF Amplification in Large Gatherings

    There has been growing concerns of whether or not RF (Radio Frequency) generated from cell phones cause brain cancer and tumors.  So what is radio frequency?

     It is a form of electromagnetic radiation energy.  But unlike one of two types of electromagnetic radiation energy:  1) Ionizing (e.g., x-rays, radon, and cosmic rays) is known to increase risk of cancer, where 2) Non-ionizing (e.g., RF and extremely low frequency, or power frequency) is not known to cause cancer.

     It is accepted within the scientific and health organizations that in order for cancer to develop there must first be damage to the DNA.  Non-ionizing radiation has not been found to damage the DNA, or known to increase chemical carcinogenic reaction within animal research studies.  With “ionized energy,” there is a known risk to damage DNA and cause cancer.

     There now have been approximately 30 studies on cell phone use.  The current results of these studies mostly illustrate little evidence between cell phone use and disease.  And when compared to increased cell phone use within these studies, no connection with cancer and tumors could be empirically produced.  You’d expect after all the negative news on cell phone use and effect on health, there’d surely be data to prove this connection by now.

     With that being said, there were 7 studies performed and published from a Swedish research center that reports an increased risk of cancer from the side of the head the cell phone is most often used.  This data seemed significant because those in the study used cell phones for a 10 year period, or longer.  But in digesting this information, it is perplexing because not only is there “not” an increase in brain cancer cases within the Swedish population during the time of these studies, there is also no other study group(s) globally that could make these claims.  So how much weight do you give this study?  Error on the side of caution is a safe bet.

     The problem with this type of controlled study, the protocol must be developed in a way that considers environment, changing technology, cell phone frequency/duration and when cell phone use began in the subject’s lifetime.  And probably a hundred other unique variables to make the test results significant enough to lay claim to cell phone use and the ill-health connection.

     It is a fact cell phone technology has changed dramatically over the last 20 years and there are far more subscribers than any other time in history.  And the demographic not participating in these studies that would be most important to understand is our children’s cell phone use.  If significant findings of an ill-health connection are to be identified, you’d think there would be something to be concerned about within this age group.  Why is this?

     Our children have had longer lifetime exposure to the changing cell phone technologies with varying RF waves from an early age.  Current studies thus far have been performed on adults and not on children.  This leads to a serious unanswered question with regard to our children’s use of cell phones.

     Children’s use of cell phones must be considered in future studies if we want to put this cause and effect connection to bed.  And this type of study must be done uniformly within various geographies to determine “if at all” RF waves on a child’s nervous and blood brain barrier system should be an ill-health concern.  Why is this connection important?  The Adults nervous system is mature where a child’s neurological brain is still growing to maturity.  And with that fact, a young Central Nervous System (CNS) could likely and significantly be influenced through the blood brain barrier to neurological tissue by RF energy.

     And since this type of energy may be able to significantly penetrate the blood brain barrier; the nervous system would receive the greatest absorption with device use at the ear.  Since I have an excellent recollection of electrical systems, I know that two electrical sources (1: Generated by RF device & 2: Brain’s CNS) where both conduct electromagnetic forces, cause opposing or attracting force fields upon each other. 

     This concept can be illustrated simply by thinking about two magnets next to each other.  E.g., similar poles of two magnets (electrical sources) facing each other repel one another, while the opposite poles attract one another.  And since our bodies are magnetically, electorally and chemically wired, how would another energy source (cell phone) offset this delicate balance for which the brain’s neural electro-conductors and CNS is dependent upon? 

     The question I’d want to answer in an epidemiological study with cell phone use; “is it possible that these two opposing electro-magnetic forces could disrupt a portion of the brains electrical-chemical balance, thereby “may” also have impact on the CNS and then propagated to distal portions of the body?  And are there other illnesses and disease that are now occurring within our children because of too much RF exposure?

     A big problem with past cell phone use and disease connection studies, it is difficult to eliminate all the bias to get accurate data.  For example, subjects recalling the frequency and duration of cell phone use in a day for one.  And those that are diagnosed with brain cancer are more likely than those that don’t have brain cancer or tumors to participate in the research.  Also, those that had a lot of cell phone use were more likely than those with little cell phone use to participate.  In other words, finding a baseline sample that removes bias has proven to be very difficult.

     Another parameter variable that has proven to be difficult is how do you accurately account for and how do you rule out other environmental conditions that may have brought about an expected disease result that had nothing to do with cell phone use?  What other life experiences had the participants been exposed to that may have contributed to their cancer, or tumors long before cell phone use began.  Was the cause of disease from RF energy or something else?  The shear fact that there is little scientific data to date to quantify and qualify the absorbing effect of RF energy on our bodies does not mean we shouldn’t have a concern.  Rather, these studies have not found a way to remove the bias to get the results we as consumers seek.

 Here is what professional research & health organizations report on this Issue

  International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – Part of the World Health Organization states, “There is a possibility of carcinogenic impacts on humans, based on limited data.  But the most significant evidence appears to be within cancer in rodent’s studies and other studies with possible effects from RF energy on the blood brain barrier.”

 The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHAS) Recognizes there is some risk.  However, the evidence is not yet strong enough to prove RF empirically causes cancer, or tumors.

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the safety of machines and devices such as cell phones.  The FDA states that studies have failed to prove RF impact on biological health relationships within epidemiologic studies.

 Both U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) state, although there are studies that raised concerns over possible cell phone use and risk, there is no statistical significance, or scientific evidence to show that cancer, tumors, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, or any other ill-health effect is from the result of cell phone use.

  In Conclusion,

     Parents concerns about cell phone use and ill-health effects will not likely go away until our children are brought into this type of research.  And when these studies are done, better data will be obtained from a child’s early cell phone use.  And in a way that more accurately validates usage in environment with cause and effect data.  A child’s control study, I believe will eliminate many questionable data variables that have otherwise made it impossible to make the RF and cancer/tumor connection through adult bias studies.

     So it makes sense that if research had a clinical study focused on children’s cell phone use and then tracked the study group for a period of years, maybe then you’d find a substantiated cause and effect connection.  Although, we all hope this will not be the case.  However, it is best to error on the side of caution, so I’ve provided the following recommendation to limit you and your children’s exposure to cell phone RF until research proves/disproves any relative and significant hypothesis.

 Recommendations:

1.  To ensure the heart pacemaker concern is addressed, simply don’t place your cell phone in your shirt pocket.

2.  Studies do show a connection of cell phone use and high vehicular accidents.

3.  If you are worried about RF, then purchase a hands-free device, or ear piece to keep the phones antenna away from your ear.

4.  Limit your use of cell phone or keep your conversations short.  Definitely hold off from buying your children phones until they are out of their adolescent years.

5.   Choose a phone with a low SAR value around 0.0001 watts kg.  This value greatly reduces the RF energy that is absorbed by any part of your body the phone is next to.  If you want more information on a phone to purchase based on the safest energy levels, visit http://www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid.  On this page, you will see instructions for entering your FCC ID number located on the cell phone.   This number can also be found behind the battery pack.

 Other Help/References,

 1.  Call NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

2.  Visit them at http://www.cancer.gov or http://www.cancer.gov/espanol

3.  Chat using Live Help, NCI instant messaging service at http://www.cancer.gov/livehelp

4.  E-mail, NCI at cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov

5.   http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/AtHome/cellular-phones

6.  http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2011 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.