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Scientists who study fear and anxiety have learned that they are related. People with anxiety have a learning

Fitness requires regular movement

problem with regard to fear. They can not control their Amygdala – the brains 911 center – with their prefrontal cortex – the executive center of the brain. They store every memory as a negative, possibly life threatening situation. In his book SPARK, Dr. Ratey gives 7 tips why exercise will help anxiety.

  • It provides a distraction – you can’t learn and store many memories during exercise. Your mind is occupied and you can’t be afraid and exercise simultaneously.
  • It reduces tension in your muscles. People with anxiety have overly sensitive and overly active electrical patterns in their muscles. Just like medication can slow this, so can regular exercise. This creates a greater feeling of relaxation.
  • It builds the brains resources. Exercise increases 3 brain chemicals, GABA which calms neurons. This is the opposite effect of Norepinephrine that excites them. Exercise also increases Serotonin that helps every part of the brain to reduce and control the fear response. BDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factor – is increased also and this helps build stronger and more interactive neurons – improving cell to cell communication and building a stronger mind-body connection.
  • You learn a different outcome! Fear is memory stored to help us detect danger. If every memory is stored as fear, you have anxiety or fear about everything. You “learn” or create memories of increased breathing and heart rate without a fear rating being attached. These memories will reduce panic and anxiety
  • You reroute circuits – this is an active and not a passive way to control the amygdala and memory formation. It feeds data to the amygdala via a different brain path. The more you do this, the stronger that pathway signal becomes and the less anxiety you will experience.
  • Your brain becomes more resilient. You learn you can have symptoms that do not turn into anxiety or panic. You protect yourself against depression also.
  • You become FREE! Instead of withdrawing from the fear inherent in anxiety, you have a way to take action and control of your brains’ memory creation and response to the world.
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    Have you or anyone you know tried and failed to lose weight or keep the weight off?  What can you tell a person who needs to become thinner but has not been successful?  What do you do when at your annual physical your doctor tells you “YOU NEED TO LOOSE (insert your number here) Pounds!” Then they hand you a diet sheet and expect you to do it. Next follow up is in 4,6 or maybe even 12 months.

    What are you or “the person you know” to do?  Well you need to hang out with people who have lost weight and kept it off. People who talk right, act right and eat right.  They should have been doing it for 5 or more years so you can trust their results and their health should be good – rarely sick, always sharp and energetic.  Don’t know anyone like that?  I recommend you start reading what Anne Vaillancourt has to say here. You can see Anne’s picture up there beside that early Neanderthal man at the top of this page.

    There are some others too, Cheryl Ragsdale who is 50 and looks 30, and KriziaMissK for exercise. For control of your stress response try Corinne or Michelle. Guys, these women are good role models for people but if you want to see a guy who has lost 200 lbs, improved his health and walks his talk, then check out Jimmy Moore.

    OK, now you are ready for my 4 minutes of giving you tips to help you get started. Remember this is a membership site and we provide personal help at a nominal cost.  Click on the membership link and see if we are a good fit for you. Now our feature film!

    Feel free to leave comments, ask questions and submit this for others to view.  What do you think? Does this make sense or not?

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    Jan
    07

    Stress Mastery – 10 Audio Tips

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    Avoid Weight GainStress is something that we all experience.  It is hard wired for us to detect and experience and learn from.  Wisdom gained from stressful situations can help us improve and remain alive.  Often, we do not identify the source of our stress and then we do not identify measures we can take to eliminate or greatly reduce it. The chemical/physiological result of the stress reaction affects our sleep, energy, thinking, digestion, heart and lungs, muscles, and even how our blood clots.  Sustained stress that is not reduced or eliminated shortens our life and reduces the quality of life.  These 10 tips are ways you can begin to establish habits to deal with stress.  It will help you control your energy flow and reduce your bodies response to stress stimlators.  It is about habits that cause a relaxation response and enable you to creatively solve problems and deal with day to day life more effectively.

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    Jan
    07

    5 Audio Fitness Tips to Avoid Mid-Life Weight Gain

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    Avoid Weight GainFitness is in many ways more important than your weight.  If you are fit and overweight, you are in a better position than the person who is normal weight but un-fit in the 3 ways fitness is measured but especially in dynamic and static strength.  This MP3 audio file will help you establish progressive habits to create the level of fitness needed to maintain strong muscles, bones and brains. Yes, your brain is better off if you exercise regularly.  Listen, then apply.  Need application help, contact Bruce for some advice. Just use the contact page or leave a comment on this posting.

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