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A Holistic Approach to Yoga

Yoga is a unified approach to self-development which is designed to balance and harmonize physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. While some practitioners of Yoga display extreme flexibility, the heart of Yoga is less dramatic and can be practiced by people of all ages and all levels. Yoga has its roots in the Hindu culture of India. However, the practice of Yoga is nonsectarian promoting health and harmonious living. The word “Yoga” means to join together” or “unite”. Thus, Yoga is a process of integrating and balancing body, mind and spirit. Many of us live in a disjointed manner as our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs struggle with each other creating frustration and confusion rather than fulfillment.

To achieve this union, Yoga combines physical postures, movements, mental concentration, deep breathing, meditation, relaxation and good nutrition. In practicing Yoga, the body is consciously moved with utmost care into various specific poses (asanas) accompanied by deep rhythmic breathing. The word “asana” comes from a word that means “easy”. The purpose of the posture is to bring you to “ease” in your body through a combination of stretching, holding, breathing, balance, resistance and mindfulness.

Various poses may help reduce and in some cases relieve various physical symptoms. These symptoms include arthritis, asthma, breathing disorders, back/neck problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, headaches, heart disease, infertility, insomnia, pain, PMS, menopause and weight management.

Yoga benefits both the external and internal physical body. Muscles develop tone and strength while flexibility, balance, coordination and energy levels are increased. Glands, nerves, tissues, internal organs and the nervous system are affected in a positive and healthy manner.

One of the muscles Yoga benefits is the heart. Increasing blood volume through the heart reduces blood pressure. Typically in the West we increase blood flow through aerobic exercise. However, certain inverted postures e.g. shoulder stands, and headstands cause more blood to pass through the heart when upside down. Other postures use and squeeze the muscles by crossing the legs, arching the back, kneeling and twisting. Using muscles in this manner demands oxygen from the blood and circulatory system. Yoga improves blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients to every cell, tissue and organ. Poor circulation leads to under-oxygenated, malnourished, polluted cells and as a result poor organ function.

The poses, accompanied by deep breathing, stimulates regeneration and rejuvenation retarding the aging process. The manner in which these movements are performed is an essential element. Yoga is never goal-oriented, forceful, judgmental or competitive but rather a process or life-long journey. In essence, Yoga is a positive approach leading to enhanced fulfillment, self-awareness, peace and quality of life.

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Suboptimal Thyroid Can Cause Weight Gain and Depression

One of Oprah’s viewers diagnosed her as having a problem with her thyroid. That was one factor in her constant struggle with weight. Your thyroid is the main hormone of metabolism and it affects your energy, weight, mood, temperature, fertility, menstrual cycles, hair growth, bowel movements, sleep and more. It’s a hormone that is sometimes misunderstood and it is suggested that the range of normal be changed. I will shed some light on the symptoms and tests. These are the most common symptoms and is not a complete list:

Symptoms of Overactive Thyroid- Hyperthyroidism

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Irregular menses
  • Anxiety
  • Feel hot & sweaty

Symptom of Underactive Thyroid – Hypothyroidism

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Excess sleep
  • Depression
  • Dry coarse hair & skin
  • Poor memory
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Feeling cold

These symptoms can overlap with other conditions. You may have one or more of these and should report these to your doctor, have a check up and get laboratory studies to determine if an overactive or underactive thyroid is causing the symptoms. You may find a difference in opinion when it comes to measuring and interpreting thyroid levels. Here are some tests you should be aware of:

Thyroid Tests

  • TSH – this is a common screening test and most doctors order this. It is the signal from the pituitary gland in your brain that tells your thyroid to make more hormones. If it is high, it means it is shouting at your thyroid gland to make more hormones because your levels are too low. The common misinterpretation is that high means high thyroid levels and it is actually the opposite.
  • New range of normal – The current range of normal for TSH is quite wide 0.5-5. Normal and optimal are not the same. People with symptoms who are on either end of the range, may be considered normal and won’t be treated. The American Association of Clinical endocrinology and the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry have recommended changing the range since people who don’t have severe symptoms may be suffering and can benefit from treatment. They recommend a range of 0.3-2.5.
  • Free versus bound – most hormones are carried through the blood stream by protein carriers. If they are bound to protein, they are inactive. When it comes to thyroid, the free hormone is what counts.
  • Free T4 – has 4 iodine molecules, it is a reserve or storage hormone that becomes active when it is converted to the active hormone free T3 by removing one iodine molecule.
  • Free T3 – is the active hormone. This conversion can be halted by aging, stress, nutritional deficiencies, trauma, infection, surgery, medications, hormone imbalance and diet. The hormone’s actions can also be blocked by thyroid antibodies (Antithyroglobulin or Anti Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibodies) and/or Reverse T3. The standard of care is to measure TSH and free T4 or to calculate free T4, however you can see that there is more to it than that. There also seems to be a subset of people with depression that respond better when a combination of T3 and T4 is given. The most commonly used thyroid replacement medication, synthroid, only has T4 and if you have a problem converting to the active form, it may not feel as effective.
  • Reverse T3 – binds to the same receptor as T3 and blocks its actions. If it is too high, even though all of the other lab tests are “normal” you may have symptoms of low thyroid function. The most common causes are stress and hormone imbalance. Anything that interferes with the conversion of free T4 to free T3 can also cause an elevation of reverse T3. The ratio of free T3 to reverse T3 is important. Just think of one as the gas (free T3) and the other the brake (reverse T3). If you are below the midpoint of the range of free T3 you have less gas, and if you are above the midpoint of the range of reverse T3 you have too much braking action.

Hormone balance is complex. It requires a nutritionally balanced diet, hormone balance, stress management and other factors. There may be restrictions on your doctor to do the full battery of thyroid tests. If that is the case, consult an anti aging, metabolic or functional medicine physician to help you get to the root cause of your issues and find a natural approach.

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Critical Life Events Or Choices That Have Shaped Me To Become What I Am Today

Coming from a very poor family of farmers, success in education is almost impossible for me because of financial constraints. But poverty did not hinder my determination in my quest for knowledge.

My father died when I was still in the womb of my mom. She was only 31 years old during that time, jobless and with nowhere to go. So she decided to go home to her immediately family because of her incapacity to raise me during that time.

While my grandfather and grandmother were taking care of me, she also worked in a nearby plantation just to help with the finances. Better that all her siblings were also bachelors. So, I was the only one to worry.

Yet, during those times, the price of copra was really very low. Our sale was only enough to sustain our food. No more, no less. My grandparents had a two-hectare farm lot planted with coconuts and mangoes. But mangoes during that time was not yet salable because most of the people had their own mango trees.

At a very early age, I was already accustomed to the realities of life especially poverty. If you will not labor, you will not eat.

During my early schooldays, I had to walk 1 and half kilometers just to reach my school. We did not even had neighbors during that time because there were just few families inhabiting out municipality. It was really a struggle for ten years (elementary and secondary years). Better that God gave me the intellect. Even if we were poor, I was able to study my high school in a private school.

After graduating from high school, the problem was where would I study college or if I could still pursue in college because we did not have money to sustain my education. Again due to God’s blessing, a distant relative of ours took me and financed for my education. She let me took a two-year course in Computer Science. After graduating, I was immediately hired as a computer programmer of a big company. From there, I worked at the same time studied. I spent my vacant time taking Bachelor of Elementary Education at University of Southeastern Philippines. However, I wasn’t able to finish this course because I was not able to give up my work during that time just to have my practice teaching.

Even if I did not finish a four-year course but I was really lucky with my work because I was allowed to teach computer programming as well.

So, that early childhood experience made me become an independent person. I have a successful career right now but unfortunately I also have a failed marriage. Yet I was able to overcome this shortcoming because I was honed by experience due to the critical events that I had in life that shaped me to become what I am today.

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How to Get Ready For a Bodybuilding Show

My Preparation for 2004 Bodybuilding Contests

Back in the day (1996-1999), I had it pretty easy getting ready for shows, much to the envy of those who knew me. I would “diet” by having only one Snickers a day and still be in great shape. I was winning my weight class in almost every show and taking a few overall titles as well. In 2000 and 2001, I had a wake up call at the Team Universe, finishing no better than 9th. Then in 2002, I had mild success in a couple of NPC shows, but still hadn’t achieved my 1990’s-level of conditioning. I was now in my thirties and figured my career was slowly winding down. After six months of mono in 2003, and no competitions, I realized that this year was going to be my swan song. With that mentality in mind, I picked two shows to prepare for-one in September and one in October-to go “gently into that good night”.

The first show would be the INBF Karen Miller Klassic in Youngstown, Ohio, on September 11. I started my pre-contest nutrition program 17 weeks out. The first month included a cheat meal once a week, which I still can get away with, as I tend to lose too much weight too fast (at least that’s my rationalization!). At 12 weeks out, here is my “diet”:

Meal 1

6 egg whites + 1 yolk

½ cup oatmeal

Meal 2

8 oz. red meat or 3 scoops protein powder

7 rice cakes

Meal 3

6-8 oz. wheat pasta

7 oz. chicken

Meal 4 (post-workout)

6 scoops recovery powder

Meal 5

8 oz. red meat or turkey

white or brown rice microwaveable bag

Meal 6

7 oz. chicken or 8 oz. red meat

Totals:

2975 calories

310 g-protein

335 g-carbs

41 g-fat

Now that I look back at this, I am surprised that I ate this bad (relatively speaking). However, I was still losing body fat, and continued this way for a while. Admittedly, my fast metabolism has always allowed me to get away with things most competitors cannot do. Not this time! I had met my match. Here is what my next phase looked like:

Meal 1

6 egg whites + 6 oz. red meat or 8 oz turkey or 8 oz chicken + 1-2 kiwi

Meal 2

2 scoops protein powder + 1 scoop BCAA

Meal 3

10 oz chicken or 10 oz turkey + 2-3 cups salad

Meal 4

same as 2

Meal 5

10 oz chicken or 10 oz turkey or 8 oz red meat + 2-3 cups salad

(Meal 6 when needed)

9 egg whites

OR

Hi Carb Meal (Mon & Thurs)

A typical day yielded around 1550 calories; 300 grams of protein; 37 grams of carbohydrates; 25 grams of fat (all values not including supplements). Well, it worked! I was getting leaner by the day and ended up at 5% bodyfat the week of the contest. The Friday before the show I weighed in at 184, and found out I was the only lightheavyweight! At least I won my class. I also ended up winning the overall. It had been several years since I had accomplished that feat. I was now ready for my next show: the Natural Northern USA in three weeks.

However, between shows, Suzanne, my wife, was going to be running a marathon….in Maui. Somehow, I had to figure out how to stay focused and disciplined for those ten days. It presented a dilemma as to how to help her and be there for her event, while still staying the course for my event. Everyday presented a new challenge. Even simple things like walking the beach would wear me out. I wasn’t much fun. She understood, though, and I will always remember the sacrifices she made on my behalf.

We arrived home with seven days to get ready for Cleveland. I was down to 4.5%, and had achieved the best shape of my life (at least as a lightheavy). I stayed on exactly the same diet between shows. I weighed in at 181, certainly at the bottom of the weight class, but was confident that I had prepared to the best of my ability.

At prejudging, I was sure I placed 3rd-5th based on callouts. It was one of the toughest classes I had ever competed against (and this was my 16th show!). To my sincere shock, I won the class by just a few points. The overall winner (Shiloe Steinmetz) certainly had me beat on pure muscle, but several judges told me that I had had the better physique (symmetry, aesthetics, conditioning), which made me feel good.

Some other key points:

o As mentioned above, my metabolism affords me to do very little, if any, cardio work. This year I did perform two days of either stair climbing, or sprint/plyometric work. I like this kind of activity, regardless of an upcoming bodybuilding show. It also granted me the exclusion of doing direct leg work with weights for most of the contest prep.

o I am not a proponent of dropping water, or sodium, before a contest. I drank 2.5 gallons of water each Friday before the show, as well as continued to salt my foods. The only change was the addition of potassium Wed-Sat. I lose water through sweating, not so much through dietary changes.

o My strength training also does not change until the very last week. My split looks like this:

o Day 1=back

o Day 2=hams/calves OR sprints/stairs

o Day 3=chest/biceps

o Day 4=abs/quads OR plyometrics/stairs

o Day 5=delts/traps/triceps

o My training philosophy is very instinctual, therefore, I never do the same workout twice in a row. In fact, I never plan any workout, other than the body part(s) I am going to perform that day.

o I train in a non-traditional, undulating periodization model. A once popular European model for Olympic athletes has migrated to the United States and has been applied to American athletes (although it has limited application to bodybuilders). There are numerous texts and articles for more details on this philosophy. I have tailored the different cycles found within periodized models to include variety within a workout as well as between workouts. With that said, it is unrealistic for me to outline a typical workout regimen, but this will give you some idea (upper body only).

Back

-¾ deadlifts 4 x 6

-Front pulldowns 3 x 12

-One arm high pulley row 3 x 10

-High Hammer row 3 x 20

Chest

-Incline barbell press 4 x 6

-Incline dumbbell press 3 x 10

-Hammer decline press 3 x 20

-Pec deck 3 x 12

Biceps

-Seated dumbbell curl 3 x 10

-One arm preacher curl 3 x 12

-Hammer curl 3 x 15

Shoulders

-Seated dumbbell press 4 x 8

-Seated dumbbell side raise 4 x 12

-Seated dumbbell rear fly 4 x 15

Traps

-Seated machine shrug 4 x 8

-Behind-the-back barbell shrug 3 x 15

Triceps

-Seated preacher curl 3 x 10

-Cable pushdown 3 x 12

-One-arm dumbbell extension 3 x 15

This is my off-season, as well as pre-contest, style of training. The only exception is that rest intervals decrease (i.e. 60-90 seconds) considerably during a pre-contest mode. I must re-iterate that the above is what I believe works for me. It has a loose base in scientific theory, but more than anything, it is grounded in anecdotal evidence.

This year has been a learning experience, just like every year since my first show in 1990! As I get older, and hopefully smarter, I enjoy the process, the learning, the challenge, much more than the outcome. It is nice to win, but that is only one night, and not up to me anyway. All the weeks leading up to the contest are in my control, and I cherish each small victory along the way.

I am undecided as to whether I will continue to compete. It is hard to just “turn it off”, and train for the hell of it! My goals now become more intrinsic-just to keep getting better, not necessarily bigger. By virtue of my achievements this year, I now have more questions than answers….

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The Importance of Cosmetics Today

Cosmetics are used to enhance your appearance. Makeup has been around for many centuries. The first known people who used cosmetics to enhance their beauty were the Egyptians. Makeup those days was just simple eye coloring or some material for the body. Now-a-days makeup plays an important role for both men and women. That’s right, even men have become more beauty conscious and are concerned about their looks.

Cosmetics can be produced in the organic and hypoallergenic form to meet the demands of users. Makeup is used as a beauty aid to help build up the self esteem and confidence of an individual. The importance of cosmetics has increased as many people want to stay young and attractive.

Cosmetics are readily available today in the form of creams, lipstick, perfumes, eye shadows, nail polishes, hair sprays etc. Other cosmetics like face powder give glow to the skin after applying the base cream. Then we have lipsticks, which are applied by many women of all ages. They are made from wax and cocoa butter in the desired amount.

Cosmetics like creams, gels, and colognes are used on a daily basis by both women and men. Creams act as a cleanser for the face in many circumstances. More recently anti ageing creams have been manufactured which can retain younger looking skin for many years. The best cleansing agents are cleansing cream, soap and water. Cosmetic creams serve as a skin food for hard, dry and chapped skin. It mainly lubricates, softens and removes unwanted dirt from the skin. Some popular fat creams that are used include Vaseline and Lanolin. Dry creams are used in the manufacture of soap and gelatin which is used as a base for the skin.

Hair care has become one of the fastest developing markets in the beauty industry. Many young men turn to oils and gels to maintain and style their hair. Products like hair gels, oils, and lotions have been introduced in the market to help protect hair fall and dandruff.

Some professions, like the show business industry, focus on the importance of the outer appearance. Many personalities and artists have utilized makeup to beat the harsh lights and the glare of camera flashes. They very well know the importance of their looks and maintain them by using a variety of cosmetics. Their appearance is their most valuable asset and they take every endeavor to appear as the fans want them to appear.

Recent research has shown that makeup helps in protection from harmful rays of the sun. Many beauty products manufacturers have utilized the needs of people to protect themselves and their skin from the rays of the sun. This is a great achievement because earlier make up and sun protection could not blend together.

Cosmetics help to enhance our appearance and make us feel more confident. With more cosmetics on the market today than ever before, it becomes obvious to us that they play a great role in our everyday life.

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Weight Loss Advice – Why You Shouldn’t Consider Becoming Anorexic to Lose Weight

A disturbing finding

As I was doing my routine keyword analysis for my Internet marketing, I accidentally discovered something that I am not very comfortable with. I found that there are almost more than 2,000 searches a day in the Internet, for the phrase Ways to Become Anorexic. Well, if you are reading this article, you might already know what anorexic means, but just in case if you don’t, anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves despite of already being very skinny, and they are convinced that they are overweight.

I know that there are people affected to anorexia through genetics. But if you are searching ways to become anorexic by finding information in the Internet, you are not likely the one who falls under this category. Why on earth should you do something which is a potential threat to your life?

If you still think that becoming anorexic is your choice of losing weight, at least please read this article to the end. This is the only thing I ask you to do.

3 reasons why you should not use anorexia approach to lose weight

Have you ever seen anorexic people? They are thin of course. Sorry, let me rephrase, they are skinny. Well, you may think that being skinny is attractive, but try to ask those guys out there. Do they think anorexic girls attractive? Or do they think healthy and full-figured models more attractive? Being an anorexic will make you skinny, no doubt about that. But is that kind of skinny your purpose of losing weight? Weight loss is only a mean, and not the purpose. It is a mean to be more healthy, or to be more good looking, or to have more energy. Effective and successful people always focus on purpose, not means. If you want to be an effective and successful person, please do reconsider your actual purpose of losing weight.

Secondly, becoming anorexic not only doesn’t give you the outcome you want. It also come with a package of potential diseases. Do you want to know what are the potential health problems that you might get for becoming anorexia? Here are some of the list:

  • heart failure, which leads to death
  • inability to have children
  • osteoporosis (weak bones which break easily)
  • kidney failure, and you may have to depend on a dialysis machine for the remainder of your life
  • hair loss
  • gastric rupture
  • tooth decay and staining due to frequent vomiting
  • bruises easily
  • sensitivity to cold
  • death

Or maybe you choose to become anorexic because you want to lose weight fast. Believe me, there are still lots of ways to lose weight rapidly and healthily. But if your definition of fast is overnight, then you should remind yourself the saying Rome is not built in one day. Remember the saying slow and steady and win the race. Moderation and balance is always the way to win through life. Extremism will never return any solid outcome, no matter from what areas of life.

Finally I urge all blog owners, article writers and ezine publishers to write and publish your own version of articles on the dangers of anorexia. Please help me to spread the awareness on the hazards of anorexia.

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Are You Possessed by Demons? Symptoms and Signs of Real Demonic Possession

Demon possession is real and silently affects most souls on Earth. Below we will outline symptoms and signs of real demonic possession and what to look out for.

Demons succeed in not being detected due to “partial possession”. What most people do not understand is that demons seek to only “partially” possess the mind, body and soul of a human being. They do this because they wish to remain undetected within the soul of a human being. These demon spirits seek to disrupt a soul’s spiritual path and to steal its light. They do this by causing addictions within the soul and by increasing feelings of low-self worth, self-hate, anger, rage, hate, grief, sadness, depression and anxiety. The majority of human beings who are possessed by these dark entities have no idea they have such an entity within them.

Demons pray on souls who are in a weakened state emotionally, mentally and physically. This weakened state causes splits and fractures in the soul and leads to “holes” in the aura. Demon entities are then able to enter the soul without detection. Most demon possession occurs as a result of the soul “fragmenting” due to emotional trauma or shock or fright. This phenomena is explained by Jesus Christ in the following channeled message from Kim Michaels:

Jesus Christ: “As the soul experiences a traumatic situation, a part of it separates itself from the main part of the soul. When a part of the soul’s substance has been split off, there is a vacuum inside the soul. Because of the imperfect conditions found on this planet, it is highly likely that the vacuum is invaded by non-material beings such as demons. The vast majority of human beings have some kind of split or fracture in their souls, and therefore have been invaded.”

Symptoms And Signs You Are Demon Possessed

Demon possession is nearly always responsible for the following human conditions: mental illness, depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, multiple personality disorder, paranoia, acute anxiety, panic attacks, personality disorder, psychosis, delusional disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, narcissistic personality, serial killing, rape / murder / torture, mental / emotional / sexual abusing, child molestation / pedophilia, addiction (drug, alcohol, sex, obesity, etc), eating disorders, suicide and suicidal thoughts, self-harming behavior (cutting), Alzheimer’s / dementia, insomnia.

The above conditions are more chronic symptoms of a “large” number of demon and earthbound spirits having gained entry into the soul. Demon spirits in fewer numbers are commonly responsible for causing physical pain, cramps, physical illnesses, headaches, mood swings, and more intense “fear-based” emotions such as anger, hate, bitterness, depression, sadness, anxiety and low self-worth.

This article has been written to educate souls on this phenomena of demon possession and to let you know there are many tools available on the below mentioned website to protect you from these dark forces and to cleanse your soul of any existing demon entities.

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How Yoga Improves Morale in The Workplace

The workday can be very stressful. From working long hours to having to deal with personal issues, a lot of stress can be accumulated even by the time you are at work for just a few hours.

From the company’s perspective, having employees whom are stressed and unhappy are not going to be as productive at work. When the employees are not productive at work the company does not get what needs to be done, and will ultimately not make as much profit as possible. From the employees perspective being stressed will cause a strain on your mental health throughout the entire day. Your boss will be able to recognize that you are not in a good mood; which could lead to an issue between you and your boss.

One of the ways to combat stress in your life is through yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to relax, regain composure, and to alleviate the pain from any previous experiences in your day. The great part about yoga is that there are many different levels from beginner to advanced. The beginner yoga is the focus for improving morale and reducing stress during the workday. A basic yoga session does not have to take long at all. In just 20-30 minutes you can perform all the yoga poses, stretches, and meditation necessary to be more relaxed and stress free for the rest of your workday.

The start of a basic yoga session would begin with some stretching and breathing. You would sit on your yoga mat, feet straight out in front of you and reach slowly for your toes. Breathing is the key component in this. Even if you are in-flexible, you want to breathe into the stretch. Inhale very slowly counting one, two, three, four, and exhale slowly counting one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. You want to perform this stretch and breathing for about 45 seconds. Your breath is what relaxes you, it keeps you calm and makes sure you are going at a slow relaxed pace. You want to focus on that breath pattern during every exercise.

The next part of the yoga session is basic poses. An excellent opener is the child’s pose. In this pose you want to sit on your knees on the mat, then extend your arms out in front of you as far as they will go. Put your palms flat on the ground, make sure that your knees remain on the mat and your back is straight. This pose stretches out the back, a place where a lot of stress and anxiety is stored. This pose should be done for about 2-3 minutes. Another excellent beginning yoga pose is the downward, and upward dog poses. These two poses stretch out your hips and lower back. These should be done for about one minute each all while breathing in and out slowly.

The finishing pose of a typical yoga session is the corpse pose. The corpse pose is performed by laying flat on your back, hands on each side of you laying flat. This pose is to totally relax the body and mind of everything. You want to clear your mind of any stresses or anxiety you may have previously had. The goal is to think about nothing at all. This pose is very unique because not many people think about nothing at all in their day. This should be done for 5-7 minutes, or longer if desired.

Taking a break from the workday is crucial. I recommend after lunch as a good time to do a 20 minute yoga session. The yoga will relax you and make you less stressed and feel better about yourself and the day. Encourage management at your job to get involved also. The management will want higher morale and better productivity. It is a win-win situation for both sides.

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An Introduction To Swimming

Swimming is one of the most popular recreational activities all over the world. Swimming is also a form of sport in several countries. Besides, the number of injuries associated with swimming is comparatively lesser than other sports. A lot of people frequently go to water parks, and lakes to enjoy swimming and other water sport activities.

People are becoming conscious about the various benefits of having a fit and a healthy body. Health and fitness experts always stress the importance of including swimming in their exercise regime. Swimming improves the blood circulation in the body and is a great workout for all the muscles. It is a form of low impact aerobic activity and increases strength and cardiovascular stamina. Apart from being a full body exercise, it is also a great way to relax and rejuvenate. A lot of people swim regularly to control their weight and improve body contours. In fact, swimming is considered as one of the greatest stress busters. Many people, who have the resources, prefer to have a swimming pool in their house.

Many people pursue swimming as a profession as well. There are people who work as lifeguards at swimming pools and beaches. They rescue people who are unable to swim or those who are facing problems while swimming. Some expert swimmers take up the job of a swimming coach to teach and guide new and amateur swimmers. They teach them the technique of swimming resistance and various swimming strokes. It is advisable for swimmers to wear appropriate swimming costume to reduce friction and facilitate unobstructed swimming.

As the human body gains buoyancy in water, the swimmers can float effortlessly. However, water offers more resistance than air. Various water-based activities include water aerobics, water therapy, and water toning. These activities are instrumental in enhancing metabolism and offers relief from the fatigue and exhaustion associated with routine life.

It is recommended for new swimmers to begin swimming under the guidance and training of a proficient swimming coach. It can be fatal to enter a swimming pool without having prior training.

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Waxing Versus Sugaring for Male Grooming Treatments

Male hair removal methods have certainly evolved through the years. Gone are the days when men used a shaving blade to remove hair in different parts of their body. The advances in technology help male grooming become safer, healthier, faster and more convenient to do.

Men remove body hair for a variety of reasons. One is to improve their appearance. Women often do not like hairy men especially if a thick mane grows out of the chest or the back. Hairs coming out of the nostrils or a bushy monobrow are also very unattractive to look at. For men who are into sports such as swimming, getting pubic hair removed is almost a must since they look unsightly with Speedos and swimming trunks. Some men remove underarm hair for better grooming and to prevent body odour.

Male waxing and sugaring are two great examples of current male grooming techniques. These two hair removal methods have a number of similarities as well as differences when it comes to application. But they do serve the same purpose which is to get rid of unwanted man hair. An estimated third of the male population regularly do hair removal procedures in the back, chest, intimate areas, legs and other areas.

Waxing

Waxing for men, also called manscaping or more recently maxing, is a popular choice in salons or male grooming studios. Most men prefer to have a waxing treatment as opposed to some of the other temporary hair removal methods available because of the numerous advantages that waxing provides including:

Areas that have been waxed often remain hairless for at most eight weeks. The reason for this is because waxing removes hairs from the roots not just on the surface and for those clients who carry out regular body waxing benefit from a slower regrowth.

Smoother skin. Areas that are subjected to waxing often have smoother skin. The wax serves as natural exfoliant since it removes dead skin cells once the wax is removed. It not just uproots the hair but the dead cells on the skin too.

Softer hair. The hair that grows after waxing is usually much softer. Also, there are no signs of stubble after waxing unlike shaving.

Reduce skin irritation. Shaving may cause irritation to the skin especially if the blade touches sensitive parts. The person may have cuts and razor bumps from shaving. Not so with waxing.

Sugaring

Sugaring is another popular hair removal option. The sugaring mixture is made up of sugar, water and lemon juice. These ingredients are combined in a lukewarm temperature. They are then applied to the skin where unwanted hair grows. The technique originated in Egypt.

Sugaring for some male grooming clients offers the same benefits as listed above in terms of the appearance of the skin, the regrowth period and smoothness of the skin.

Some male clients are drawn towards sugaring as a suitable hair removal method if they have heat sensitive skin or react to the rosins found in a lot of waxes. However it is worth remembering that a lot of the good wax companies often offer a range of products that are rosin free to offer these clients a more comfortable waxing treatment with less trauma and better results on the skin.

Waxing and sugaring are similar processes but they do have differences in the application and results and clients should research the best options for themselves.

Both methods of hair removal use a similar process; strip waxing and strip sugaring – applying the product directly to the skin and then removing with a paper strip or a piece of fabric. Non -strip waxing and hand sugaring – applying hot wax or sugar paste directly to the hair and removing without the need for any paper or fabric.

More often male clients can have strong coarse body hair and with the waxing method it can offer a better hair removal technique for various reasons; the ” shrink wrapping ” effect of hot wax can encapsulate even the smallest of hairs to ensure a smooth hair free result, something that hand sugaring often cannot achieve. New generation non-strip / hot waxes can also be applied successfully to areas where hair grows in various directions, sugaring often does not achieve best results in these areas.

Degree of discomfort. Both procedures require hair removal from the roots. This means a certain degree of pain or discomfort in both methods, but it is worth stating that for most clients this discomfort is minimal and if these treatments are carried out by a professional trained male grooming therapist as opposed to friends or partners then the difference is remarkable!! You only need to look on YouTube to see those terrible home waxing videos…

Waxing and sugaring may not be a permanent solution to male hair removal but they do provide a viable option for male grooming. The long duration before hair grows back makes them a popular choice among male clients. Both procedures are effective hair removal solutions.

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