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What Exercise is Right for You?

What Exercise is Right for You?

At Health Through Healing Hands, we would like to consider what exercise you would enjoy and would be best for you. If you are not exercising at present, it would be a good idea to check with your health practitioner to get their opinion. Remember, a healthy diet and committing to any form of exercise will help with your weight loss and tone your body. You have to exercise at least five days a week for a minimum of thirty minutes to obtain the best result.

If you have not exercised for some time,when you first start, take it slowly. We believe that all exercise is good for you and will help you lose weight. What is best, an exercise like walking, weight lifting, yoga, tai chi or swimming? Do you join a gym and do group classes or do you exercise alone? Would working out with a personal trainer be the answer? All you truly need is to keep yourself on track and motivated.

At Health Through Healing Hands we are firm believers in a combination of exercises that include resistance exercises and flexibility training. Not only will you lose weight but you are improving your health at the same time. Recent studies have proven that the risk of osteoporosis is lower for people who are committed to doing weight bearing exercises for up to three times a week. The reason for this is that this type of exercise builds stronger, denser bones. These are a few forms of weight bearing exercises – weight lifting, hiking, step aerobics, jogging or any other exercise form that requires the body’s muscles to work against gravity. You may also include dancing in this category.

The best forms of flexibility training are yoga, pilates and tai chi.

Do You Purchase Exercising Equipment for Home?

The purchasing and the use of exercising equipment is a personal choice. To have this equipment at home, allows you to use it at any time you want. You can exercise through all seasons – so no excuse that it is cold or raining and you can not get out exercising. You are in the privacy of your own home and you may feel more comfortable to exercise this way. We do not suggest you rush out to buy any equipment unless you specifically know that you will use it and achieve your goals of weight loss and a healthy body.

As a member of a gym, I personally like to start each session with the tread mill – but that is my choice. I select the speed I want and I can see how many calories I am burning off in that session – however, not all machines are the same and if you want one with this type of feature make sure you select the right one. Because you can adjust the speed – it is easy to start at a slower rate and as the weeks pass and your fitness levels improve – you will be able to increase your rate to a slow jog. There are both electric and manual tread mills available.

I am also a big fan of the Swiss ball – but again this is my personal choice. There are many exercise that you can do using the Swiss ball but it requires you to get confident and comfortable with it.

What is Yoga?

What is YogaBefore we start let’s look at what yoga is. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning union or joining. We can then say that this is the union of Body, mind and spirit.

Yoga is not really an exercise – it is a practice. Yoga is much more than just practicing asanas (positions). Yoga, in its true form, is a way of bringing balance to your body, spirit and mind. It becomes part of your life because you will see that you derive great benefits from it. One of the most beneficial aspects of yoga is the reduction of the stress levels and tension.

When yoga became popular in Western countries some of the spiritual benefits have been lost. This was in the early 1960s when The Beatles went to India. Yoga quickly spread around the world but some of the pure forms were lost. Originally there were only five types of yoga. The five original forms are Hatha, Bhakti, Karma, Jnana and Raja. Hatha yoga is still widely practiced today.

Some people believe that yoga is a stretching exercise that allows you to become more flexible and develop body and core strength. It is possible to develop better flexibility through practicing yoga.

Each asana or position is designed to give your body different physical benefits. It depends on the type of yoga you practice, whether the positions are done quickly or you hold the position for some time thereby increasing your body and core strength.

If you practice yoga on a regular basis, you will notice that your flexibility will also increase. Everyone here will be different. It depends on the level of flexibility that you start with and how devoted you are to practicing. If you are really interested in losing weight and gaining more flexibility, you should practice every day for at least thirty minutes.

Yoga has to be practiced with intention. When you are stretching, you stretch as if you want to extend your limbs as far as you can.

Enjoy your practice,


Benefits of Alternative Therapies

There are people out there who have been victims of some degenerative diseases such as AIDS, MS and chronic fatigue syndrome and do we still wonder where these health problems started.

Is it possible to remain healthy and avoid a lot of illness and disease? What do you do to maintain a healthy mind and body? There a great number of people now seeking alternative cures. There are a greater number of people taking medicine and health additives that they can purchase from their health store.

These people are also more likely to try alternative therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine – from herbs, traditional massage or acupuncture.

We all know that many unhealthy conditions are caused through the wrong diet. These conditions can be reversed if we change the diet. These can include heart disease, weight problems, arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure. They may also need some medication in the beginning but it is possible to regain your health and you might be able to cease your medication with the agreement of your doctor.

Even our western doctors are advising patients to use alternative therapies. Natural therapies that are found in alternative medicine are much older than any of the western treatments.

While we can all agree that drugs have saved lives and modern medicine has extended lives, there are still super bugs out there that are now drug resistant.

It is important to know what is available to us in keeping healthy. I do not believe that just diet alone will keep our body healthy. There has to be some form of exercise that will help maintain our bodies. It could be as easy as walking or attending a yoga or tai chi class. Exercise is a vital component of staying healthy.

So why not allow yourself to try some of these therapies that are available. Some doctors are now realizing that just as in the eastern Medicine – you have to treat the body as a whole – that is body, mind and spirit. They are searching for answers why some of their patients are not improving with the drugs they have prescribed.

The world is once again embracing the natural way to healing.

Improve your Personal Life with Yoga

Yoga is not an exercise it is a practice. Yoga is intended to redirect your entire body to make it all come together. Yoga works the mind combined with the body to make it fall into place, which helps one to improve personal overall life.Everyone needs a little help at one time or another to get their health and thinking on track.  Practicing yoga brings the perfect out of all of us, teaching us to meditate and at the same time, helps relieve that awful stress. Along with helping to relieve stress, yoga strengthens our limbs, mind, refreshes us and even helps us lose weight. Our energy level will increase because we feel better.

When starting to practice Yoga – take it slow and easy. Don’t force your body into the different postures all at once.  If you do more than your body says it can do, you could hurt yourself.  Like any exercise program, you need to go slowly and stick with it.  You might not notice a difference right away but hang in there and it will come in time.

Don’t go out and buy all new exercising cloths just to practice yoga.  All you need is sweats and a comfortable loose fitting top.  Maybe after awhile you might want to buy a yoga mat but most gyms will furnish them. Wherever you are you can practice using a towel for the floor mat they work just as good.

If you’re a person who can’t stand and if you are not flexible, some postures can be adapted to siting in a chair.  So, stand or sit. A good teacher will show you how to modify the positions while still getting the benefits to your body and health. You can become the person you’ve always wanted to be.  Make those muscles stronger and get that mind into shape along with feeling better and you’ll get to your goal.

Do you have allergies; the nose runs and your eyes water, you are congested, and just don’t feel good especially in the cold weather?  Practicing Yoga can help strengthen and balance the immune system with its slow breathing and posture.  The nervous system will relax and it calms down the virus.

Is it hard for you to fall to asleep or stay asleep?  Try laying on the bed or floor before crawling into bed.  This is a good time to practice meditating to relax.  Lay on your back with the palms up.  Start with the head and relax it then the neck and on down slowly until you reach your feet.  Another great method is to concentrate and count the breath as you breathe and the same count as you breathe out.  Practice as often as possible and this exercise will help you sleep once you’ve relaxed the whole body.

You can practice Yoga at the office sitting at your desk, in the park anywhere you can meditate. When sitting in a chair twist from side to side, rotate your head side to side and bend your head forward and backward, put you arms above your head and stretch. While doing these movements in your chair as you relax shut your eyes and let all thoughts come in and go out.

Stressed and need to learn how to breath slow and then sleep will come, Yoga can be useful for all ages from children to Grandma and Grandpa. The children can practice to strengthen the mind and body by standing beside you and Grandma and Grandpa can sit in the chair.  Strengthening and relaxing along with the meditating is good for everyone. It all gets easier as you continue to practice.

Yoga can also be good for your heart. The heart will become stronger, someone who suffers from epilepsy can benefit from practicing Yoga because it stimulates the brain; some people in a study that was taken – says it decreased the amount of seizure’s they were experiencing. Yoga is known to help the mentally handicapped by relaxing their minds, letting them think well.

I’ve given you a few ideas on why a person might want to try practicing Yoga so go for it and enjoy.

This is the type of yoga that I practice, Shiatsu Yoga – in fact this is my teacher.

How to Give Your Brain More Power

We all have different IQs but there are ways to increase the capacity of your brain. If you believe that you can boost you brain power and experience better results – then there is help available for you.

These seven steps as shown here are going to boost your brain and keeping it working perfectly.

1. Have a regular exercise regime

It is not particular important what exercise you get involved with because something as simple as walking is fine. As you get fitter, after a period of time, increase the intensity of your workout.

When you work out, there is a release of neurochemicals. Endorphins are released and this makes us feel happier and if you feel happy this will create a more positive effect in the brain.

2. Take Diet Supplements.

We have often heard that natural supplements are good for our health and therefore good for our brain. Omega 3 comes to mind. These supplements are available from you local health store, your supermarket or on line.

3. The Beneficial Effect of Using Your Brain

Just as you exercise your body, you must exercise your brain. This can be done through a variety of different methods. It may be as easy as engaging in conversation with friends and family or you may even play some type of educational game. This could even be a game on line. Crossword puzzles make you think and learn. Any form of activity that stimulates the brain is good.

4. Playing Games

Find games that have a good effect on your brain where you are forced to think. There are several games online that could be what you want but avoid any that do not require much thought. There are also several gaming consoles that may suit you. Play games that increase your power of thought and in turn increase you brain function.

5. Choose an Educational Hobby.

Choose something that interests you where you can learn something. For example, you may want to join a class and learn how to write a book. You should be able to learn more on the subject than you already know. An educational hobby is designed to use parts of the brain that you do not normally use.

6. Enjoy Your Sleep.

Sleep is a time when the body and mind recharges itself. The amount of time we sleep should be between six to eight hours per night. If you like to take a power nap during the day, ensure that it is for a maximum of 20 minutes. This works well for some people because they feel regenerated and can tackle more in their day. Never deprive yourself of sleep – this is what allows the brain to function better.

7. Relaxation.

Always allow time for relaxation. Because we are often rushing to get things done, not only does our body get tired but also our mind. Many people find that even exercise can be a form of relaxation, in particular, yoga. Meditation is also a great way to relax the mind. Just allow yourself time to wipe all the worries out of your mind. Which form of relaxation you choose, will allow you to feel healthier and happier and increase your brain’s performance.

To YOUR success


Sue McDonald

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient form of internal martial arts. It is practiced both for defense training and the many health benefits you achieve. Today there is both the traditional and modern form but both give the same benefits.

Tai Chi is practiced all over the world and there are training schools where you can attend the practice. There are people all over the world who have no interest in martial arts enjoy Tai Chi.

The practice of Tai Chi involves three elements – health, meditation and martial arts. It is a series of slow movements through each joint that is one of the main benefits. There is no muscle tension when it is practiced correctly. The mind is focused on the movement and this results in a state of calmness and so helps reduce stress levels.

Like all eastern therapies, Tai Chi treats the whole body. In this sense it is a little like yoga as it has its own forms that combine body, mind and spirit.

There are various levels of Tai Chi and in the traditional schools as the students get to higher levels they are instructed in various element of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

There is no age limit to the person who wants to practice Tai Chi. If you travel in China you can see Tai Chi being practiced in many open area parks.

So if you would like to start with one of the gentlest therapies to improve your health, why not investigate the possibilities of joining a practice group. There are no special uniforms to purchase as with other martial arts. It is required that you wear loose clothing so your movements are not impeded in any way.

I have included a video to show you some of the forms that are practiced.

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