The Fitness Success Attitude

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Discover 3 mental tools that you can use to bring about positive changes in your physical life and increase your level of fitness over night!

Fully 95% of your emotions are determined by the way you talk to yourself.  Reaching your desired level of physical fitness is only limited by the degree to which you’re mentally and emotionally fit.  When you feed your conscious mind with positive messages such as “I feel happy! I feel healthy! I feel terrific!” you are activating your subconscious mind to go to work at bringing about positive results in your physical life.

Here are 3 mental tools that you can use to bring about positive changes in your physical life and increase your level of fitness:

  1. Think about it – The law of attraction states that “you are a living magnet, you will inevitably attract into your life the people, ideas, circumstances and resources that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts.” This simply means that what you think about and believe with conviction will inevitably manifest itself in your life.  You get what you think about!
  2. Talk about it – The law of affirmation states that “if you tell yourself in positive, personal, present tense statements that you are or have the thing you desire, that very thing will move closer to you.” Remember, you control what is planted in your garden.  You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds, but if you don’t deliberately plant flowers your garden will fill up with weeds by default.
  3. Act it – Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do the thing and you will have the power.” What this means for you and I is that we can act our way towards better fitness.  If you simply resolve to pretend that you are an actress trying out for the role of a happy, healthy character every day you will soon notice that you are becoming more and more like the person you wish to be.  Fake it until you make it.

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Your outer life is a mirror reflection of your inner life.  The better you feel mentally and emotionally the better you will look and feel physically.  Start thinking fit and soon you will be just that!

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Is Fitness Over 40 Easy?

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Fitness over 40 is as simple and as easy as fitness UNDER 40. However, people over 40 do have some things to consider before they leap into any old fitness program. Here is an overall review of the benefits of fitness over 40 as well as some suggestions on points to consider before beginning any fitness program.

It seems pretty hard to be fit over 40, doesn’t it?

Well, I could tell you about people like Kelly Nelson and Morjoie Newlin, two female bodybuilders. They’re not your typical bodybuilders. Kelly Nelson first began training with weights in the early 1980’s at age 53 and was still competing in the 21st century in her late 70’s…in a bikini…and looking’ good if I may say so! Morjorie Newlin was in HER 70’s before a 50 pound bag of cat litter convinced her that if she didn’t do something, old age was going to be a difficult time. That’s when she began a fitness training program that included weightlifting. Morjorie Newlin was participating in bodybuilding competitions, and winning, in her 80’s! Same comment…in a bikini and looking’ good.

Now, obviously, these are special ladies who put in a lot of extra effort to accomplish some specific goals, but it does make a point. Life…and fitness…does not have to end at 40. Both of these ladies STARTED their fitness careers after age 40. Kelly Nelson was 53 and Morjorie Newlin was 72. Years later, both were still active in their chosen fitness areas and still enjoying life as well as, or better than, many in their 30’s or 40’s.

Fitness over 40? Heck, all around the globe, people in their 80’s are skiing, hiking, canoeing, biking. Some, not so adventurous, are lifting weights or sweating’ along with Richard Simmons. Some are black belts in Karate, and some quietly and calmly practice yoga or tai-chi.

As easy as this sounds, fitness over 40 requires regular performance of the proper exercises. Just as in our 30’s or 40’s, sitting in the easy chair, clicking the remote, doing 16 ounce curls with a Miller Lite just doesn’t cut it. However, it is not necessary to pack up and head for the gym and try to keep up with the hardbody cuties, either. It IS necessary to pick an exercise program or physical activity, combine that with some healthy eating habits…AND STICK TO IT!

Even over 40, the benefits normally associated with a regular, moderate exercise program will kick in, but for seniors, some benefits are of special importance.

People over 40 tend to break bones, usually from falling.

As we age, bones weaken, as do muscles. We lose some of our proprioception, the perception of stimuli relating to a person’s own position, posture, equilibrium, or internal condition. Our ability to react quickly to a loss of balance, whatever the source, or to avoid an obstacle or actual peril becomes diminished.

Exercise helps bones stay strong and exercises such as weightlifting and other resistance training help your body maintain balance and stability. Weight bearing and resistance exercises assist the body in maintaining proprioception by improving the connections and conditions of the muscles and their anchoring in bone. This training also triggers the reconditioning of the signaling system from body to brain which allows the brain to realize the danger and transmit the appropriate signals to muscles which can react to correct the situation. Weightlifting and resistance exercises can help give your muscles the strength and agility to respond to those signals if you are tripped, off balance, or in other peril requiring quick reaction.

People over 40 begin to lose their zest for living and experience more health crises.

Part of this is due to normal changes that take place as we grow older. Our bodies get thicker and lose the gracefulness of youth. Things seem to become heavier and harder to move, and we begin to feel aches and pains that often accompany aging. Some of those aches and pains may be due to arthritis, and other ills may also attack us as we seem to become prey to every passing cold or other social ailment, and also see some deadlier or more debilitating conditions crop up in our age group, if not in ourselves.

Regular exercise comes to the rescue here as well. It can help with weight loss, or it can help with weight management once we get to our appropriate weight. Regular, moderate exercise can keep joints supple, in many cases even joints under attack by arthritis. I know about this as I have been afflicted with fairly severe osteoarthritis for several years and manage to keep myself active and the condition somewhat under control by my own exercise activities. Exercise also strengthens the immune system, which helps us avoid or fight off the normal bacterial and viral infections which seem to come our way and which often seem to wreak havoc on the older population.

Even better; regular, moderate exercise seems to be somewhat effective in helping ward off such common companions of aging as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.

What exercise program is beneficial for fitness over 40?

In the first analysis, almost any physical activity which gets your heart rate up, makes you breathe more deeply than normal, and which challenges muscles beyond their normal range of activity is going to be on the list. There are people in their 80’s hiking mountain trails, water skiing, playing softball, weightlifting (as pointed out earlier), or even cheerleading. It is NOT necessary to take out a membership in a local gym, hire a personal trainer, or invest in a lot of exercise equipment and apparel…unless that helps get you motivated. Anything from walking, to swimming, to yoga, to weightlifting will generally fill the bill. There are, however, some simple points to think about.

  1. Get your doctor’s approval first. “Nuff said?
  2. Pick an activity, or even a group of activities, which you will enjoy doing. Don’t be afraid to try something new…take some classes in yoga, tai chi, or even karate. Maybe you will feel better in a certain amount of solitude and just want to pick up a set of weights and exercise in the privacy of your home. Perhaps the idea of biking around the neighborhood or even around other parts of the country appeals to you. If this is a new set of decisions, realize that you may try a few things at first that just don’t pan out for one reason or another. Keep experimenting until you find what is right for you. You are STILL exercising, right?
  3. Put some variation into your exercise.

Any exercise cannot itself provide the three basic types of exercise needed. We need exercises which will stretch muscles and joints, exercises which strengthen muscle, and exercises which improve our cardiovascular fitness. This is not really hard to do, however, and should not take a lot of time out of your life, particularly when you consider how much it will put back into your life. As one example, you could do a simple weight or resistance training for strength two or three times a week, some sort of low-impact aerobics or walking for cardio on other days, and do some simple stretching exercises every day. None of these workout periods needs to be more than about 30 minutes, although a little more time and effort may produce better benefits, particularly once you have trained up to a level where your body is comfortable meeting the demands you place on it.

You are more likely to stay on a physical fitness regimen if you enjoy it. However, things do tend to get stale over time. It doesn’t hurt to vary your approach from time to time in either the manner in which you do certain exercises, or by varying the exercises themselves. While not exact equals, for example, swimming, biking, and walking can be somewhat interchangeable as part of your fitness routine. In some cases, simply varying the environment, i.e. taking a walk in the park or botanical gardens as opposed your neighborhood may be all the variation you need to feel like you have put a little zing into your day-to-day workout existence.

  1. Start off easy. At any age, a common reason for failure to stay on ANY exercise program is that people tend to try to do too much at first and try to progress too fast. Whatever you choose, your body needs time to adjust to the new demands being made on it, and results will never come overnight.
  2. Don’t stop. Probably the most important aspect of any exercise program, or any other self-improvement program, is the commitment to what you know you should be doing day after day. A haphazard approach to your exercise program is detrimental at any stage in your life. After 40, however, making sure you get your regular dose of anti-aging exercise is incredibly important.
  3. Eat healthy. I try to avoid the use of the word “diet”, and often substitute the term “healthy eating” instead. Diets don’t work and can even work against you. They are difficult to stay on and take a major portion of fun out of life instead of making life better. Healthy eating choices will do the trick if you make them a regular part of your life.

While fitness over 40 can demand some of your time and attention that you might not want to surrender to it, the rewards in overall health, fitness, and enjoyment of life will far outweigh any investment you put into it.

Article Courtesy of Author: Donovan Baldwin

Keeping to your New Year's Resolution

The vast majority of people in the first few days of the New year set themselves a goal to achieve, a ‘New Years Resolution’. You only have to walk down the high street and notice the number of adverts for ‘quit smoking’ products to know that this is a major part of people’s lives in January.

Many have ideas of grandeur with ideas that they believe will change their lives for the better. The stark reality is that by the middle of January the vast majority of people are back to their old ways.

How can you buck this trend?

If you want to set yourself some realistic goals in the New Year and want to keep to them then read on an follow a few tips that will help you achieve your goals and impress your friends and family with the new you!

Aim Low

So many announce the life changing resolutions to friends and family without really thinking about how they are going to achieve these. Take time out to sit down and think about what you really believe you can achieve. For example if you want o lose weight and have an overall weight you wish to lose then don’t set that as your goal, break it down into smaller bit size chunks. I want to lose 2lbs each week in January for example.

One thing at a time

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a plethora of resolutions, keep to one and you will have more chance of achieving you goal. If you decide ploughing on with ‘losing weight’, or ‘getting a girlfriend’ then the chances are these big changes are going to be too much to do all at once. Fail at one and it will be all too easy to let the negative thoughts scupper your other resolutions at the same time.

Tell Everyone

If you are trying to stop smoking for example it is best to tell everyone you know. That way you are less likely to slip in a sneaky ciggy.  If everyone knows what are you trying to achieve then the more support you will get.

Choose a different time of year.

Wait until spring. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a New Year’s resolution is to make it at a time of year of your choosing, rather than the one dictated by the calendar. May 1 is a good alternate date, since the change of season will neatly coincide with the change you’re hoping to accomplish in yourself.

Rewards

It is not going to be easy to achieve your goal and treating yourself will help gee you along. If you break down the main goal into smaller goals then all along your resolution journey you can reward yourself for doing well.  Not had a cigarette for a week, then go and buy yourself some a treat. It doesn’t have to be a big expensive reward; you could just reward yourself by sitting down and reading a good book and taking time out for example.

Article Courtesy:  Colin McDonald

Keeping to your New Year’s Resolution

The vast majority of people in the first few days of the New year set themselves a goal to achieve, a ‘New Years Resolution’. You only have to walk down the high street and notice the number of adverts for ‘quit smoking’ products to know that this is a major part of people’s lives in January.

Many have ideas of grandeur with ideas that they believe will change their lives for the better. The stark reality is that by the middle of January the vast majority of people are back to their old ways.

How can you buck this trend?

If you want to set yourself some realistic goals in the New Year and want to keep to them then read on an follow a few tips that will help you achieve your goals and impress your friends and family with the new you!

Aim Low

So many announce the life changing resolutions to friends and family without really thinking about how they are going to achieve these. Take time out to sit down and think about what you really believe you can achieve. For example if you want o lose weight and have an overall weight you wish to lose then don’t set that as your goal, break it down into smaller bit size chunks. I want to lose 2lbs each week in January for example.

One thing at a time

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a plethora of resolutions, keep to one and you will have more chance of achieving you goal. If you decide ploughing on with ‘losing weight’, or ‘getting a girlfriend’ then the chances are these big changes are going to be too much to do all at once. Fail at one and it will be all too easy to let the negative thoughts scupper your other resolutions at the same time.

Tell Everyone

If you are trying to stop smoking for example it is best to tell everyone you know. That way you are less likely to slip in a sneaky ciggy.  If everyone knows what are you trying to achieve then the more support you will get.

Choose a different time of year.

Wait until spring. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a New Year’s resolution is to make it at a time of year of your choosing, rather than the one dictated by the calendar. May 1 is a good alternate date, since the change of season will neatly coincide with the change you’re hoping to accomplish in yourself.

Rewards

It is not going to be easy to achieve your goal and treating yourself will help gee you along. If you break down the main goal into smaller goals then all along your resolution journey you can reward yourself for doing well.  Not had a cigarette for a week, then go and buy yourself some a treat. It doesn’t have to be a big expensive reward; you could just reward yourself by sitting down and reading a good book and taking time out for example.

Article Courtesy:  Colin McDonald

NEW YEAR, NEW BODY!

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NEW YEAR, NEW BODY!!!!!

Cookies, hot punch, and rich dishes: Who can resist the foods of the season? Unfortunately, a few extra pounds may come with the food. Before starting to work on the New Year’s resolution, however, it is possible to cheat here and there for the moment. Here’s how it works:

Say “bye-bye” to the muffin top

Even if additional padding around the hips, legs and bottom appears to be bloating, this gets us out of shape. Even worse, it throws unwanted symptoms such as cellulite. A salt bath supplement can help get rid of it, in addition to the therapeutic effects of a bath after a nerve-wracking holiday season. As salt is rich in magnesium, it can help to reduce bloating by encouraging the skin’s metabolism.

The miracle weapon caffeine

Smoothing gels, anti-cellulite and toning body lotions turn out to be effective treatments during the holiday season. A warm salt bath or a peel creates the best condition for them to absorb into the skin and to take full effect. Thus is the moment the caffeine comes into play: As a tried and true ingredient, it is known for activating the enzyme that supports fat reduction. Brush massages can boost the effect, encourage blood flow, wick away redundant tissue water and reduce adipose tissue cells. In eye creams, caffeine has a detumescent effect.

Wrap it up!

It’s time for some intensive care: Body wrapping puts “some pressure” on the unesthetic pockets of orange-peel skin. In order to have one’s tissue at the thighs and bottom lifted, affected parts can be rubbed with an algal or caffeine poultice, and afterwards they are wrapped with a foil. The benefit: Due to the heat that develops from wrapping, the ingredients of the poultice are well absorbed. In addition, the foil’s compression supports the purifying and circulation stimulating effect.

Face the facts

Not only cookies, hot punch and rich dishes left their mark on our hips. When looking in the mirror after the holidays, a tired, blemished complexion and dark eye circles starts to appear. Excessive salt consumption also causes swollen eyelids. A peeling that frees the skin from the grey haze of dead skin cells does a good job to rehabilitate the complexion. Moisturizing daily flatters the complexion so that it looks fresh and awake again. Last but not least: Put some eye care on and lotion dry hands and feet – nothing will go wrong!

BW Confidential publishes new special collector’s edition The Fragrance Guide, the must-have guide to the global fragrance market

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BW Confidential publishes new special collector’s edition

The Fragrance Guide, the must-have guide to the global fragrance market

Following the success of its first special collector’s issue The Future of Beauty launched in fall 2014, BW Confidential, the Paris-based trade publication for the international beauty industry, has published a new Special Collector’s Edition – The Fragrance Guide.

This luxury format magazine provides industry executives with everything they need to know about fragrance and covers:

Retail developments

Travel retail

Mature & emerging markets

Online sales

New fragrance formats

Sampling

Consumer habits

Packaging

It also includes all the latest data and listings on the category’s launches, brands, retailers, packagers and fragrance houses. The Fragrance Guide is intended to inspire executives and provide them with food for thought, as well as be a source of valuable data and trends that can be referred to time and time again. The Fragrance Guide is sent to subscribers and was distributed at the TFWA World Exhibition show in Cannes and Luxe Pack Monaco. It is also available at the price of €55/$75.

BW Confidential has built a complete information system encompassing digital and print formats and covering breaking news and analytical reports. The publication launched in September 2009 with the aim of providing in-depth analysis and commentary on the international beauty industry. Its offer now includes:

A daily news service, with the latest industry headlines published every day on http://www.bwconfidential.com

An electronic publication (in an easy-to-print format) featuring analysis of industry issues, market reports and interviews, which is sent to subscribers by email every two weeks.

A print magazine, which is published four times a year and includes a range of features, from ceo interviews, regional reports, distribution trends and travel-retail analysis. The magazine is sent to subscribers and also distributed at industry trade shows and events.

Special thematic guides on industry issues published once a year.

BW Confidential covers the beauty industry in all major markets worldwide with a strong focus on the emerging countries of today and tomorrow. This international viewpoint is thanks to its network of experienced beauty and business journalists in key markets around the globe, from Brazil to India and from China to Russia, and to its team’s presence at trade shows and industry events around the world. BW Confidential is present at more than 20 major international trade shows and events.