As we start getting into our 40’s things seem to start slowing down and Mind and Body Wellness is important. Everything seems to take just a little bit longer. Getting out of bed, hangovers, certain foods as well as certain movements just are not as smooth. If you don’t take care of yourself things can get out of control pretty easily.
Being in your 40’s does not have to take such a toll if you just change or practice a few mind and body routines regularly. Now you have a pretty good idea of how your body and mind reacts to certain situations. For example, being a surfer the cold seems to be a little colder, our body seems to take a little bit longer to get moving and our flexibility has dropped off a little or a lot.
If you can just get in the habit of changing a few habits and inserting a few new practices being 40 will be just like being 20 years old all over again.
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Making your Mind and Body Wellness better with Meditation
The first thing in the morning is when the mind is the most quiet. This is a great time to dip inside yourself and see what’s going on. Kelee Meditation is a form of meditation created by Ron Rathbun over 20 years ago. He is truly a master as well as very caring person.
What is Kelee Meditation?
Kelee meditation is a way to study your mind. The roots of Kelee meditation date back over 3,000 years. In ancient Sanskrit, the word kelee means, “having to do with different states of mind.” This refers to the place inside us where emotions come from. It also translates as “point hunter,” which relates to the practice of stilling the mind to a single point.
How it can help you?
Kelee meditation provides you the tools to pinpoint negative feelings that arise, and most significantly, letting go of these feeling that bother you. By learning about your thoughts and their origins, you’re ready to change however they have an effect on your life.
When you let go of what hurts you, there’s a lot of space in your life for what heals you. Most individuals do not enjoy feeling mentally unhealthy — most people are searching for how to feel good. Once you are not distracted by distressing thoughts, you’re ready to embrace the natural thought process of life.
An Overview of Kelee Meditation
Quieting the mind and focusing on a still point allows you to get rid of negative thought patterns, referred to in the Kelee Mediation as “compartments”, our “issues”. Compartments are stored up negative experiences we have gone through in our lifetime. Mainly these are things that we don’t understand thus continue thinking about them. A hurtful experience is stored away in the hope that someday we will find the answer and resolution. The holding of these experiences effect the way we feel both physically and emotionally thus making our perception of the world more murky. Compartments suck the life out of you.
Since everyone has experienced these types of thoughts throughout their life Meditation or particularly Kelee Meditation can help dissolve these compartments and allow us to focus on the positive things that life has to offer.
Please visit The Kelee meditation website to further learn how to change your life for the better.
Reducing Symptoms Through a Healthy Diet
Diet is everything period. A healthy diet keeps symptoms away and gives our body the opportunity to heal on its own. Lets face it we live in a fast paced world. Fast food took over for a while and America got fat. Over the past 5-10 years or so people have been leaning towards a more organic food based diet. Whether its fruit, vegetables or legumes a healthy diet will eliminate all symptoms keep you think and allow us to live a more sickness free life.
Slow Carbohydrate Diet
Not everyone can live a raw, vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Some people just love meat, poultry and fish. For those of you that do love meat then the slow carb diet is for you. The slow carb diet focuses on legumes as the main staple with protein such as chicken and then vegetables. Fruit is not necessary but is allowed on your one cheat day per week. This type of diet allows you to feel full and eat as much as you like without putting on weight. In fact it melts away fat from your body in the first week and continues for as long as you continue eating the slow carb diet. This diet type is taught in The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris. He is a human guinea pig of sorts.
The main staple is lentils and beans (pinto and black work the best) accounting for 70% or so of what you eat. Then 20% protein (grass fed beef, chicken, turkey or fish) then 10% vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower or any cruciferous vegetables). This combination allows the eater to fill full for longer thanks to the legumes. The combination just melts off the fat within days and after months you can really see the difference. Your weight might be similar but the composition of your body will change dramatically. People have lost 3o lbs of fat in a month all while never being hungry.
This diet unlike others is manageable. You are never hungry because the legumes fill you up until your next meal. One important thing is to eat at least 20-30 grams of protein within the first 30 minutes of waking up. This protein helps curb your appetite and gets rid of craving for carbohydrates thus setting up the rest of your day for success.
Fasting for a Healthier You
Fasting is a sure fire way to speed up weightloss and remove symptoms. By symptoms I mean sore joints, runny nose, itchy eyes and any types of ailments like these mentioned. Fasting allows your body to spend all its time healing vs digesting the food you have eaten. There are several types of fasting like intermittent or 1-7 day fast. Intermittent fasting is eating between the hours of 12-8 or any scheduled time. Some people fast 20 hours then fit all their meals into 4 hours.
There are many options and tons of information out there for the curious. The bottom line is fasting gives your digestive system a break and allows your body to heal. If you put only good foods in your body then fasting will be the icing on the cake since your body is not working extra hard to digest sugars, wheat or processed food.
All in all with a healthy diet and some fasting you will see the pounds drop off and your immune system flourish and you will never have to worry about any type of medicine. Use food as medicine and life will be more easy and enjoyable well into your twilight years.
Breathe Your Way to a Happier and Longer Lasting Life
Who would of thought that breathing is the answer to most lives ailments. We breathe all day to stay alive. Learning to control your breathe and use it to your advantage can have several positive effects on your mind and body wellness. Really pumping oxygen to all parts of our body can help reduce stress, withstand cold, curb anxiety, lower cholesterol and get you high. Meet Wim Hof. His type of breathing has helped people fight off auto immune diseases and depression.
Wim Hof Method of Breathing
Wim Hof is a Guiness Book of World Record holding maniac. He first started his technique after his wife committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. That sent him in a tail spin to help people with mental illness. He found through breathing a certain way that people can heal themselves of all type of mental and physical ailments. You can listen to the science behind it on the Joe Rogan Podcast with Wim Hof.
Wim Hof Technique
Essentially you control hyperventilate for 30-50 breathes then on the last breathe you exhale out all your air and hold it. It can range from 0-7 minutes depending on the person. During this time you feel large amounts of oxygen pumping through your body. You do this for 3 cycles then on the fourth one you get down and do push-ups with no oxygen in your lungs. You will be amazed at the strength.
After the push-ups you do some stretching because being flexible or yoga is great for your mind and body. After the yoga you jump into the shower and over a 10 week time span you learn to take cold showers and ice baths. The cold has amazing healing properties like:
- Increases Alertness. …
- Refines Hair and Skin. …
- Improves Immunity and Circulation. …
- Stimulates Weight Loss. …
- Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery. …
- Eases Stress. …
- Relieves Depression.
Through breathe and cold showers you can immediately see improvements in your overall mind and body.
Workouts That Don’t Require Hours in the Gym
There is so much information out there and it can be extremely confusing. The best way to stay fit is finding an exercise that you like and pace yourself every week, meaning do it 3-4 times per week so you don’t burn out. You get all gung-ho on your new exercise that after a few weeks or months you stop completely thus putting you back where you were in the beginning.
Kettlebells: The Perfect Workout
Kettlebells are the best full body workout. You can do them in the privacy of your own home. Set a high number like 80 and do as many as you can then add them up until you reach 80. Ultimately you want to get to 80 reps at one time. Then you can push it to the next goal and start over. Work on form. When done correctly your core is given a great workout. This is the best all around exercise for your core. Work your way up and try and do 3-4 days per week.
Jump Rope: Best Cardio Workout
Jump rope is by far one of the best cardio workouts out there. It builds your legs and give your heart a real pump. That is why it is the main focus for boxers next to running. It works on footwork and rhythm. There are several different ways to jump rope. There are great jump roping videos to help you mix it up. Start with a couple minutes and work your way up to 20-30 minutes a day 3-4 times per week. You can bring the jump rope with you anywhere and it fits right in your bag. No excuses on this one folks.
Boxing for Eye and Hand Coordination
Boxing is one of the best all around workouts. Most boxing workouts consist of warm up like jump rope and shadow boxing followed by rounds of focus mitts, heavy bag, sit ups, push-ups, sparring and running. You can normally fit all these workouts into 1-1.5 hours which will leave you with heavy arms and breathless.
Boxing workouts have become very popular. Several gyms offer classes or you can just go to the park and create your own workout. Grab a buddy and push each other and if you feel like it eventually you can spar. Might actually feel good to lump up your buddy. If you do this a couple times a week you will notice substantial improvements in your mind and body.
Yoga: The Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Practice
Yoga is a life changer. As you get older your body just does not bounce back like it used to. This is where Yoga has a tremendous impact on your recovery and daily body aches. Yoga allows you to get out of your mind and focus on healing your body through several poses (asanas). The asanas are done in sequence depending on the type of Yoga you choose. Once again setting an intention of going to Yoga 3-4 times a week versus only going for a couple months then burning out will have the greatest impact of anything you do mentally and physically.
Yoga is a combination of everything mentioned before. You focus on breathe to go deeper into your asanas and through the breathe you are in a meditative state. The asanas are combinations of familiar movements we do on a daily basis. After the 1-1.5 hour Yoga experience it will feel like nothing before. You will be so relaxed and focused that nothing could disrupt you.
If you can only do one thing I would highly recommend Yoga.
Hobbies Keep You Young
Hobbies are a really important outlet to have in your life. While you are not working, exercising or resting it is very important to take the time for something that you really enjoy. Activities like rock-climbing, art, surfing, music, gardening and skateboarding. Any or all of these hobbies will keep you outdoors and your mind off work. Depending on your fitness level you should always try something that challenges your ability. There is no age limit on your activity level. Go hard and go often.
These activities of enjoyment help you get out of your business and workout mind and really keep you in the present. Whatever it is that you like to do as a hobby try and fit it in daily, weekly and at least monthly.
Don’t be afraid to try something new because the only limit is your mind. Trying or adding new things to your life only add value and contribute to your mind and body wellness and maybe your new hobby could become your new business.
How to Implement These Five Routines Into Your Life.
As you get older it’s a lot more difficult to find free time to do the things that we need or enjoy. That’s why it’s very important to schedule your day or your week to make sure you get to do all the things that is that you like to do. If you’re lucky enough to have an assistant you can always have her put together your schedule and send it to you that way all you have to worry about is what’s in front of you.
If you’re not lucky enough to have an assistant then one day a week you should sit down and create your schedule so that you can get everything it is you enjoy down and done for the week. One thing for sure is if you do these five things weekly in your life you will only create a more fulfilling and enjoyable existence and always continue to grow. Growing is the main proponent behind all 5 practices. If you are not growing then you are not living. If you are not learning then you are not living. Just go out and live the life you want.
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