Programming YOU to Match Your Lifespan

Our lives are becoming ever more challenging as we seek to juggle increasing everyday demands.

Excessive stress quickly leads to burnout. Our good intentions then – for work- life balance, health, fitness, nutrition, exercise, personal wellbeing etc – all suffer as a consequence.

Yet health is the first wealth. Keeping yourself informed with regards to constructive lifestyle choices is essential in nurturing and maintaining an optimal frame of mind and body.

“It is easier to maintain good health through proper exercise, good diet, and emotional balance than to regain it once it is lost.” Kenneth Cooper – “Father of Aerobics”

There is nothing quite like that feeling of being healthy – that feeling of energy, vitality, self-esteem, self-belief – the difference it makes to every aspect of your world and your personal prosperity.

So if you know it makes sense to adopt a healthy living style of life, what do you do when the world conspires against you?

As an experienced fitness professional with almost 20yr in the fitness Industry, with both a Masters and Bachelors degree, as well as international work experience in 8 different countries, my view has evolved over time.

It starts with having the ability to see the “big picture” of your life. You come to realise it’s as much about putting together a lifelong plan for wellness (and sustainable success) and not just about physical fitness (those 6-pack abs!)

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison – Visionary Inventor

Nowadays, the three main professional currencies are Money, Energy and Time (MET)

You can get one, maybe two, but all three are tough!

You see the term MET displayed on numerous exercise machines.

A MET is a unit of energy and refers to the amount of calories expended at rest (sitting idly). Now running, cycling, cross-trainers all produce different physiological responses in terms of muscle mass employed, HR response etc. But the concept of a MET allows us to compare the relative work done (energy expended) through each activity, in terms of METs.

So using this analogy, a MET is an expression of power (energy) and can also represent how great you currently feel about your lifestyle.

By having more money, energy and time, you have more power (you show up more) in today’s world.

Further I use the “s” to represent success (METs) as you can have all 3 (money, energy, time), but your own personal definition of success may not reflect your current reality.

So once you grasp the concept of a MET and of consciously striving to raise your personal METs…

Can you see how you get your needs better MET?

Start by viewing exercise as much about restoring “energy” as expending it.

Fit should mean “fit for a purpose” e.g. fit to match your lifestyle / lifespan, not that dreaded monotomous gymtime

Because a Healthy Body leads to a Healthy Mind which leads to a Healthy Future.

Exercise is better viewed as a vehicle that maximises your energy levels, helps you pack more into less time, and overall enhances your productivity levels which in turn encourages your ability to earn more money.

It’s a subtle shift, but instead of thinking “I must lose weight” or “I must do 20 min cardio”, reframe your thinking with how you can raise your METs by consistently committing to a regular and frequent exercise programme.

Because when your METs are high, your lifespan will be long and memorable!

Chiropractic Care for Infertility

Infertility refers to an inability to procreate or give birth to babies despite frequent attempts of unprotected intercourse over a period of 1 year or more. Infertility is a fairly common problem and according to data presented by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 14 million women encounter significant difficulty in becoming pregnant, out of which almost 40% (corresponds to 6.7 million) get diagnosed with impaired fecundity.

Each year, women spend millions of dollars in a number of fertility treatments like ovulation induction by pharmacological methods, hormonal replacement and interventional options like in-vitro fertilization and intra-cytoplasmic insemination. However, these therapies fail to produce fruitful results in almost 50% cases.

For optimal fertility, hormonal symphony is very important. The pituitary gland releases reproductive hormones that stimulate other endocrine glands for the production and release of other reproductive hormones. Any obstruction or block in the passage of nerve impulses can disturb the normal physiology and balance of reproductive hormones that eventually lead to impaired fertility as a result of alterations in ovarian cycle. Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead suggests that mechanical or functional obstruction or fixation at one part of the spine can significantly influence the functioning of the entire spine by introducing “compensatory bio-mechanical changes”. Dr. Gonstead is the founder of “Foundation Principle” and suggests, “Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it and leave it alone.”

Chiropractor practitioners assess and analyze all the patients in order to ascertain the cause of fertility. This is accomplished by studying the potential stressors and the severity of spinal obstruction due to interference or impingement of nerves, dysfunctional spinal joints or vertebral subluxation. The chiropractors utilize X-rays and other radiological tests, postural analysis and a variety of lab tests to figure out the root cause of infertility. In order to reach the final diagnosis, chiropractors may also employ additional tests like applied-kinesiology chiropractic exam, along with balance and bio-feedback exams.

After ascertaining the primary cause of infertility, chiropractors perform a variety of spinal adjustments to restore the normal physiology of the spine in an attempt to improve the flow of impulses to restore hormonal stability. Management of infertility by chiropractic therapies is dependent on the site, severity and nature of spinal defects. In the case of spinal defects and obstruction to the flow of nerve impulses, spinal correction restores hormonal aberrations; and in case of mechanical twisting of pelvis, chiropractic adjustments helps in anatomical restoration of deficits of the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes.

Chiropractic care is one of the holistic methods of patient care that helps in management of the nervous and hormonal rhythm of the body without requiring any medical or surgical intervention. It improves overall health and the sense of well-being. In addition, most women experience an improvement in the duration, rhythm and regularity of menstrual cycles; normal ovulation was observed with chiropractic manipulation.

Daniel D. Lyons presented a case study of a 27 year old athletic woman who seeks chiropractic care after trying to conceive for 5 years. Lyons reported that the 27 year old marathon runner underwent a serious musculoskeletal injury that didn’t resolve despite various medical interventions acquired by athletes. When she reported to chiropractic office, it was observed that in addition to the primary injury, the female athletes was also going through a number of physiologic alterations like frequent episodes of headache, neck and back pain, constipation, problems with coordination and balance and history of primary infertility (despite 5 years of repeated medical therapies).

After preliminary chiropractic evaluation, it was observed that the female athlete has evidence of dysautonomia, vertebral subluxation and dysponesis. Various spinal manipulations and adjustments were attempted and within 1 month of chiropractic therapy, the female athlete conceived. She gave birth to a healthy baby.

A latest research report published in the scientific journal Fertility and Sterility suggested that almost 29% infertile couples employ Complementary and Alternative therapies for the management of infertility issues but the rate is rising at a steady pace.

In addition to chiropractic manipulations, lifestyle habits and nutritional changes also play a significant role. Researchers also suggest different exercises and physical activities to maintain functional and anatomical balance in order to increase the chances of conception.

How to Best Enjoy a Burgundy and Provence River Cruise

Immortalized by the Beatles poetic phrase, “lavender fields are forever,” a river cruise though Burgundy and Provence can truly be a trip of a lifetime. The two rivers, the Saone and the Rhone, respectively, combine to create your liquid highway through the very heart of France’s majestic Burgundy and Provence culinary and wine regions.

For those who have never enjoyed such rich and rewarding experience, a word to the wise. Of all the many river cruises available in Europe, this particular itinerary is the most demanded of them all. Traditionally, for peak season dates of May and June and September, these intimate [140 passengers] destination intensive river cruises sell out almost a year in advance. You can save a few bucks if you book in August or October and the weather is still great.

This cruise appeals to anyone of 50 who wants to see Burgundy and Provence in depth as it allows you to visit the heart of the area in one fun-filled week. Even better, extend your trip for a bit before the cruise in Paris or Lyon and at the end, on the French Riviera.

The cruise offers unimaginable wine tasting and culinary opportunities as well as history back to the time of the Romans, the art of Van Gogh and Cezanne and Monet, and of course, those extraordinary French cities of Beaune, Tournon, Viviers, Vienne, Avignon home of the Papal Palace and Arles to mention but a few.

It’s easy to understand why this is the most desired of all European river cruises. You cruise begins or ends [cruises operate in both directions] in Chalon-sur-Saone, located on the Saone, a small and charming medieval town in the middle of the Burgundy region. Your journey will culminate in the provincial capital of Provence, several hundred enthralling miles to the south in another awe-inspiring, 2500 years medieval town of Arles. Arles is this incredible little town with cobblestoned streets, shops and cafes that you would only normally see in the movies, it’s a fairytale area you just will not believe and one to visit soon.

Provence is also steeped in history and rich culinary traditions due in no small way to the worldwide success of its most noted chef, Paul Bocuse [some trips dine at one of his restaurants]. It is also known for its incredible architectural landmarks, medieval villages, and yes wines. It is after all one of the most well known wine growing regions in the world, Beaujolais in the north, and the Ce´tes du Rhone varietal wines in the South

For art lovers, you will be as they say in “hog heaven” as you are immersed in the works of van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Gauguin in more museums than you can count on two hands. And for the lovers of the grape, need you say anything more than, Burgundy? This is also a region in France where the great chefs have their roots in places like the food capital of the world, Lyon.

A cruise to Provence allows you to enjoy the essence of France at its best, from the history and traditions of the monarchy, to the cuisine, art and wines of one of the most picturesque places on earth and there’s no easier or more relaxing way to take it in than on a luxurious and un-crowded river ship with other like-minded travelers.

There are significant differences among the cruise lines and ships and the worst mistake that unsophisticated travelers make is buying this river cruise based solely on price. While price is important, there are many other elements of the cruise selection that come into play. Most Provence river cruises are similarly priced, but it is important to get the product that best suit your own personal lifestyle and taste and you don’t always do that when you buy based on price alone.

Buying this type of cruise is somewhat similar to buying a pair of shoes. If it’s a bad fit, you’re not only going to be uncomfortable, but you may waste a lot of money.

All the major river cruise lines including: AmaWaterways, Avalon, Tauck, Uniworld, and Viking Cruises offer exceptional early booking values on most 2013 Burgundy and Provence cruises.

If this is your first river cruise, don’t just rely on surfing the Internet; speak with one of the experienced river-cruise experts at Premier River Cruises. They know how to match you to the RIGHT ship, the RIGHT itinerary and get the BEST value for your travel dollar.