Month: January 2016

Health Is Wealth

People have different preferences towards available life options. Same is true for the statement “health is wealth”. What exactly is it? A simple preference that signifies health is superior to wealth? Or a comprehensive statement that indicates health and wealth are linked with each other, systematically and dynamically?

Health is a comprehensive concept, it includes physical strength, mental power and spiritual-wellness of a person. On the other hand, wealth is the richness of a person i.e. abundance of money and worldly items. “Health is Wealth” is a simple statement but its meaning is so fabulous when deeply thought. People now a days refer the statement as when a person is healthy, he is capable of making wealth. On the contrary, if one is not healthy he/she cannot work productively, and hence won’t be able to generate income for independent living. This explanation is true but the deep meaning of this claim can be understood by the words of Virgil: “The greatest wealth is health.” Mr. Virgil is trying to enlighten the concept that the greatest wealth is health, not money or worldly items. There is nothing more valuable in our life than having a good health.

Patrick Meagher said: “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” Nowadays people are influenced by wealth improperly that they don’t even care about their health, the greatest wealth. They don’t understand that without health there is no real happiness and enviable success. A person with poor health is unable to enjoy the pleasures of life. I think such people are foolish enough because they do not care about their health. Our first priority should be to maintain our health in the best way.

There are multiple methods and practices by which a person can stay healthy; Spending time in natural environment i.e. visiting parks and gardens. Physical exercise is also essential e.g. morning walks, playing sports, etc., it keeps a person smart and healthy. Water is the cure for all types of illness, so drink water to stay healthy and fit. Eating a balanced diet keeps people away from different illness and diseases. It is said that: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Abandon unhealthy practices and habits e.g. smoking, drinking and taking drugs because it harms internal parts of our body. Always be optimistic and cheerful because: “Laughter/smile is the best medicine.” On the contrary, an unhappy person is more prone to fatigue and other illness.

Natural Ways to Brighten Your Mood

A Quick Preamble:

It’s all down to being human – even the most cheerful and positive among us can get a little ‘down’ now and again. The dark side of your thoughts or those of others, or those circumstances and happenings not within your control, just sometimes have a way of creeping up behind you and giving you a short, sharp kick-in-the-butt that instantly drops you into that place where you never want to be.

There’s nothing here to be really be too seriously concerned about though… there are plenty of ways you can easily get your thoughts back to the positive side and kill those low moments of misery or mild depression… here’s a couple of my favourites…

Cutting To The Chase:

No.1… Posture And Physical Exertion…

  • Our normal physical posture when we’re miserable is something like this: eyes downcast, head bowed forward, shoulders slightly slumped, mouth down-turned or held in a straight tight line and a general lethargic demeanour… right..? Do you recognise yourself in that low mood..?
  • So, think about… it’s an easy fix… just physically do the opposite… ! Take a deep breath, breath out slowly and stand straight, tall and proud. Lift your eyes, Lift your head and smile – just a small gentle natural smile… you don’t want to look like you’re completely bug-nuts…! Seriously, try it, it really works… a ‘positive’ posture is a massive mood enhancer.
  • You’ve surely heard this quote (or at least a version of it): “A Healthy Body Makes For A Healthy Mind”… well that’s exercise folks… a dirty word to some, but as I often explain to all those who want to listen, exercise is never about the body only. Some quality daily physical exercise is a proven mood enhancer… spending 20 to 30 minutes working up a decent sweat 5 or 6 days per week tones our physique, eases our mental pains and calms all of our negative thoughts.

No.2… The Attitude of Gratitude…

  • This is a simple but very powerful emotion… and something that so few people make proper use of – BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE… !
  • Here’s where a good quote from Anthony Robbins usually proves useful:

“Focus On Where You Want To Go, Not On What You Fear..!”

  • I’m constantly amazed and totally inspired by people who are without doubt much worse off than I or my loved ones are or ever have been… people with no sight or no hearing, people who lack limbs or who have suffered debilitating illnesses that have left them seriously physically challenged, people who have undergone terrible losses of loved ones in the most horrific manner – BUT – they have gotten over their immediate challenges and are miraculously positive minded and completely grateful for what they still have.
  • Cultivate within yourself an “attitude of gratitude” for what you have… you don’t
  • have to have an awful lot but it’s really not far from a complete miracle that we are blessed with what we DO have, that a lot of others do NOT have – and the people that do NOT have are very often still in a constant happy mood… that right there, is a serious lesson for all of us more ‘fortunates’ to learn and never forget..!
  • Also remember this… Like Attracts Like..! be grateful for what you have right now and more will eventually come your way – the laws of attraction dictate that very thought.

No.3… The Best Medicine For Low Moments – Laughter…

  • There are a few good natural stress-relievers and mood enhancers that always help to drag a person out of the doldrums, but laughter is by far the best one.
  • Everyone has memories of past events, or the antics or words of people in the past… those cherished moments that have caused you some serious fits of the giggles or even side-splitting, wet-your pants laughter – focus on those moments and giggle again.
  • Although I’m not the greatest TV fan, I understand that it can have its place in anyone’s life and even I’ve had the great fortune of sitting and watching hilarious comedies that honestly put me in a far happier place for days at a time…

A personal confession: I actually have a pretty good collection of comedy DVDs and one of my favourites is still the full collection of “Laurel and Hardy”… it’s good, old-fashioned, clean slap-stick that never fails to get me into some serious giggling fits… damn they’re good..!

Laughter is the greatest medicine for curing the sickness of low moods and misery… Recommended Dosage: very generous, extra liberal doses, extremely regularly…

A Final Anecdote:

It’s all about a subject very close to my heart… controlling the ONLY things you can control, YOUR THOUGHTS. Your mood is all about the mindset that you and only you, can control.

Take control of your attitude: Your attitude = Your mood

So when your mood takes a bit of an unexpected dip, simply use the tips provided here and you’ll soon be back in control and back to being that happy, self-confident person that you know you naturally are..!

Before you go, a few quick words from the late, great, Louis Armstrong

“The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the skyAre also on the faces of people goin’ by

I see friends shaking hands saying, “How do you do”

They’re really saying “I love you.”

I hear babies cry, I watch then grow

They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know;

And I think to myself, What a wonderful world;

Yes, I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah!”

We’re all about “Natural Health & Wellness for the mind, the body and the soul…

Keeping Young and Healthy in Body and Mind

Keeping Young and Healthy in Body and MindIt doesn’t matter if you’re not a model size and shape, what matters is that you are happy with the way you are but in order to do that you have to be completely honest with yourself. Telling everyone else that you don’t care about your weight, skin or emotions is pointless if you’re really unhappy with one area or another. If you want to lose weight, improve your skin and be happier all round, you will need to work at it, lying to others doesn’t make it go away.

As you get older, your metabolism slows down and the body changes shape – areas that were never a problem suddenly become one! This is why regular exercise is important, apart from toning the muscles and keeping you in shape, it has a surprisingly good effect on your state of mind as well.

The old saying “you are what you eat” is very true so it stands to reason that if you eat junk food you will look and feel like junk! Ideally you need to eat lean meat to provide the required protein for the body, fresh vegetables and fruit to help with burning fat and the vitamins for their antioxidant benefits to protect against free radicals and have anti-aging properties to help slow down the aging process and onset of wrinkles. Obviously that doesn’t mean you can’t have occasional treats, it is quite important not to deny yourself all of the “nice” things as this makes you crave them all the more, just remember moderation.

You may also find that your diet isn’t providing you with the necessary nutrients so it is sometimes a good idea to add a diet supplement. Omega 3 is a very popular supplement because the western diet often doesn’t provide enough of docosahexaenoic acid, DPA and eicosapentaenoic acid EPA which the body needs in order to be able to function properly. Another popular supplement is Resveratrol which is an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory which the body cannot make, but it needs to contain trans-resveratrol in order for it to be absorbed into the body.

Getting enough sleep can make a huge difference in the way you feel and look. Ideally the body needs between seven and eight hours of sleep a night. This will help you maintain a healthy weight and good complexion. If you can develop a regular sleeping routine, waking up and going to bed at more or less the same time every day this will help to regulate your metabolism which will help to lessen weight gain as you get older. Lack of sleep also prevents the body from burning off excess fat so weight creeps up, so make sure you are getting enough sleep.

The sun can cause dry skin, wrinkles and at its worst, burnt skin. Whilst it is essential to get out in the sun for the vitamin D it is also important to be careful and use sun cream to prevent damage. A tan can look lovely but too much sun can age you prematurely.

On a similar note, drink plenty of water, particularly when the weather is hot. Water helps to keep the skin as well as the body hydrated and moisturised. It also helps to remove toxins and waste from the body and can increase blood sugar volume which in turn increases metabolism which can help with weight issues.

One of the most important ways of feeling and looking healthy is to keep a happy disposition. Avoid negativity and stress as much as possible as this will speed up the aging process faster than anything else. Keep yourself busy and active, look for the positive things in your life but also find the time to relax, maybe meditate or just sit quietly somewhere. Most of all, listen to your body – you’ll be surprised how much you already know about your body needs to be happy, healthy and look good.

Lifestyle Hacks to Beat the Winter Blues

As the Antipodean winter well and truly begins to bite, everything can seem that little bit harder and less fun.

You know this time of year only too well and you don’t particularly like it. Skipping out of bed for a 6am beach training session at 9 degrees becomes a very different proposition to when it’s a balmy 16 degrees. The work-year seems to finally be kicking in with a vengeance, keeping you back at the office until some ungodly hour (like 5.30pm). Masterchef is back on TV. Yep, winter is here, alright.

So here are some of the key things I’m doing to keep my body and mind on track and avoid a descent into seasonal negative nelly-dom.

1. Practise gratitude

This is a great habit to develop and comes more naturally to some than others; some lucky souls do it without thinking whilst others have to work a little harder at it.

In today’s society, with so much information coming at us constantly through so many mediums, it’s easy to get caught up in what you don’t have but should, what you should’ve done but haven’t, and what you should’ve got but don’t yet.

The fact is, as a younger person in a developed society we are amongst the luckiest 2% of people on the planet. We have shelter, we have food, we have clothes, we have healthcare, we have smartphones, we have mind-altering concoctions literally forced upon us from an early age. When contrasted with the millions and millions of people who don’t have any of those things (apart from maybe smartphones), it’s easy to call us whingers. Big time.

But the principal of relative deprivation makes it hard for us to form impressions of ourselves based on a global scale, instead leaving us to compare ourselves to people in the same boat as us. This, if you live in affluent areas of cities like Sydney, London or New York, can leave you harbouring feelings of inferiority, as if you’re never going to make it.

To this end, if ever I find myself wallowing in puddles of self-pity, I make a play for one of my happy places (either the Coogee dog park or Centennial Park in Sydney). Here I can spend some quality time practising being thankful for all of the good things in my life. Being outside for this really allows me to appreciate my insignificance in the greater scheme of things, whilst, at the same time, focusing on what really matters to me.

[P.S. Don’t hate me for the ‘happy place’ incident. It won’t happen again.]

2. Drink more water first-thing

As I tip this is as old as the hills but that still doesn’t make it any easier to stick to. To make sure I do it, I go to bed with a full bottle of water by my bed. Sometimes I’ll take a few sips during the night. Whatever is left in the morning I drink up before I do anything else. Some people recommend lemon in the water but I’m too lazy to go to the kitchen. The act of sleeping is majorly dehydrating. This stems the tide.

3. Walk and breathe in the morning

I love to exercise in the morning. It really is the best way to start the day. But, as the year go by, I’m starting to feel more sluggish first-thing. This especially applies in winter. So, if I know I have a tough training session later in the day, I’m not going to kill myself getting out of bed at 5.15am. Well not every day, anyway.

I do want to get my body moving, though. And I have a dog. So walking the dog, as briskly as he’ll allow, is a great way to wake up my body and my mind. Whilst I’m about it, I do some breathing exercises. This usually consists of four shallow breaths in through the nose, followed by four sharp exhalations out through the mouth. For five minutes.

This technique came from Tony Robbins and I like it because it jolts me awake from that lethargy that sometimes lingers long after you’ve woken up. It brings a real focus and clarity to the day ahead and because I”m completely focused on my breathing there is no scope to dwell on insignificant stuff.

4. Exercise at lunchtimes

Winter lunchtimes are perfect for exercising: (slightly) fewer tourists about; perfect temperature; clear blue skies. But in the morning rush, one thing that often gets left behind is my gym bag. I know – it’s up there with the dog eating my homework as a lame excuse. But it happens.

My ingenious trick to counter this malady? I pack my gym bag the night before so I can simply grab it on the way out the door. Yes, that’s right. The. Night. Before. Remember where you got this tip – it’s gold.

5. Enter sports events

Motivation can be hard to come by in the bleak midwinter. The idea of going for an early morning run can be about as enticing as going to the dentist. However, when a race or event looms large on your calendar, those biting early starts suddenly seem that much more tolerable. Funny, huh?

I’m always insanely jealous of those doughty campaigners for whom running is simply a way of life. They train all year round as if they’re training for a marathon. Invariably it’s because THEY ARE. Alas, I’m not one of them. I need something in the calendar with the potential to embarrass me to get my sorry ass out of bed to run.

Races coming up include: City to Surf, Sydney Marathon, Melbourne Marathon.

6. BONUS TIP: Go green in the morning

I’m rehashing an old tip but it’s more necessary than ever during winter. Green smoothies for breakfast. Wheatgrass for mid-morning. Spinach cooler at weekends. The greens alkalise your body and fill you with vitamins and minerals to keep colds and man-flus at bay. I’ve suddenly realised that kale in a smoothie tastes horrible and am using spinach, celery, cucumber, apple and banana as my base now. Kale is reserved for my ‘signature’ kale elixir (which has been known to contain vodka in my pre-sobriety days).