SUP People? Why Stand Up Paddle Boarding Is Beneficial To Your Health

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It’s all the rage here in Colorado. Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as it is affectionately called is popping up on lakes and rivers everywhere. I first tried it in Costa Rica and was immediately hooked when we started doing yoga poses on our boards. A combination of beauty and bliss on a board. What could be better?

I still consider myself a novice, but at the ripe old age of 55, this is a sport that I can take on with the enthusiasm of a 20yr old and still remain in one piece. Perfect!

So as I move forward with my SUP love affair, I began to think about the benefits of SUP and what I can get out of it besides endless fun?

As a health coach I immediately considered the health benefits.

SUP provides a full body workout-Pretty much every muscle can be used during a paddle boarding session. You need your legs for stability and balance. Your arms, shoulders and back get a great work out since they are used to propel the board. Your core gets a work out since it is helping your legs maintain balance.

Paddle Boarding Reduces Stress-You’re out in nature and on the water. Water naturally reduces stress. Exercise releases endorphins which improve your energy and mood. The feeling of being on the water and the rhythm of your stroke helps melt stress away.

It’s low impact on your body- You still get a great workout without beating up your body. You can simply paddle at your own speed, do some yoga, jump off and take a swim. It actually can be very healing for your muscles and joints.

Improves Cardiovascular Health- SUP is a great aerobic and cross training workout, it helps to lower the chances of heart attack or stroke.

With any activity make sure that you are eating the right foods. Pack some nuts and fresh fruit for your SUP adventure and make sure that you recover with a healthy meal when finished.

I will continue to write about my SUP adventures and let you know how it goes. In the meantime, why not try it on your own? Most lakes and reservoirs across the country have SUP programs. You can usually rent one for about $10 and hour. Also, there are many groups and clubs that you can connect with.

Good luck out there and I hope you’re having an amazing summer!

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

No Time To Meditate? Try This!

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When I talk to my clients about the benefits of meditation, the most common response I get is, “I don’t have enough time.” Although I disagree with that premise, I’m going to show you how easy it is to make time for meditation and to reap the benefits immediately.

Bruce’s Quick and Easy Meditation

-Get Comfortable-Sit in a chair with your feet on the ground, sit on the ground, lie down, you can even go for a walk. Whatever makes you comfortable.

-Just Breathe-Keep your eyes open, or close them and just focus on your breath. Notice how your breath enters and leaves your body. Follow it.

-Focus-Continue following your breath. If thoughts creep into your mind(and they will) just acknowledge them and let them go.

-Relax-Move away from your breath and just be present. Remind yourself that there’s nothing more important than now.

-Be Grateful-Think about the great things in your life, think about how great your body feels when you’re in your meditation. Let go of the negative.

Let go and move on with your day!

Gardening Is The Spice Of life

5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Garden.

1. It’s Good For You- Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is good for you and your family.  When they are grown right in your yard, you get the optimal health benefits of fresh food from garden to plate.
2. Gardening Saves Money- A packet of seeds costs less than a dollar and can yield healthy nutritious food throughout the growing season. It saves money on the grocery bill and gas from trips to the store.
3. It Reduces Stress-Gardening is a way to relax and center your mind while getting some fresh air and sunshine. It’s an amazing way to meditate. Also, planting, weeding and watering add physical activity to your day, which adds to stress reduction.
4. Reduces Your Environmental Impact-Your own garden food can be grown organic free of pesticides and herbicides. You will also reduce the use of fossil fuels and pollutin it takes to transport foods from long distances to your community.
5. Build A Sense Of Pride-Watching a seed blossom and then become food on your plate is very gratifying. Growing your own food is such a satisfying thing to do. You thrive with a garden, you’re nourished, and you maintain your health.
Gardening has amazing health benefits, community benefits and benefits for the planet. Thinking about a garden? You can have on any where. “Contact Me” to learn more.

5 Foods To Promote Mens Sexual Health

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It’s an age old problem. As men age, our performance in the bedroom can start to lack in consistency and enthusiasm.

So what’s an older guy gotta do to keep his mojo strong and his partner happy?

One way is to take one of the many performance enhancing drugs on the market today. But I don’t recommend that.

I mean, if you really care about your overall health, why would you want to be taking those drugs anyway?

I am here to tell all of you guys reading this… there is a better way – a healthy way – which will have your partner coming back for more.

Don’t know where to start? Need a little help? First things first…

Let’s look at your diet.

Sexologists, cardiologists and psychologists agree: the foods you consume have a huge impact on your sexual health.

Here are 5 healthy foods to improve your libido that will also have you looking and feeling good in no time!

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1. Green Vegetables. Spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli and other green vegetables contain magnesium and folate, which help to dilate blood vessels and create greater sexual arousal for both men and women.

2. Berries, Berries and more Berries! Berries are sexy. They are high in vitamin B, C and folate, which are shown to be libido boosters. They also contain amazing antioxidants,  which relax blood vessels and improve circulation for a natural “Viagra” effect.

3. Dark Chocolate. I know! Berries and chocolate! Nothing better. Dark chocolate, in particular, contains a compound called phenylethylamine, which releases the same endorphins triggered by sex and increases the feelings of attraction between two people. Next time you’re feeling frisky, introduce a little dark chocolate into the mix.

4. Fatty Fish. What’s good for your heart is good for your love life. Oily, wild-caught, cold water fish, such as salmon and tuna, contain the omega-3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA,  which increase the dopamine levels in the brain, in turn, triggering arousal. These fatty acids also help reduce depression and reduce inflammation.

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5. Nuts and Seeds. Pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts (as well as other nuts and seeds) contain monounsaturated fats, which create healthy cholesterol. Your sex hormones need that healthy cholesterol to work properly.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re struggling with your sexual health then I encourage you to take a hard look at healthy and natural ways to get your mojo back. There’s so much you can do for yourself (and your partner) so dig in and enjoy the process!

As always, if you’re looking for a little assistance in your healthy journey, then “contact me” for a complimentary “Empower Your Health” strategy session.

My friend and colleague, Greg Dyer and I will be promoting a new workshop in the future, called “Save The Boners”. If this interests you, please contact me through the info provided in my bio below.

About the Author

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson is a Holistic Health Coach. His passion is helping men and women rediscover the healthy aging process so they can look good and feel younger.

Bruce specializes in weight loss, management of cholesterol and inflammation as well as mindful-based stress-reduction. Bruce uses a holistic approach and believes that in order to truly transform your health and wellness, you need to treat both the mind and the body.

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Just Breathe

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When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. -Unknown

I recently attended a conference for health coaches at the Institute For Integrative Nutrition in New York City. One of the speakers was Dr. Andrew Weil whom I have a great deal of respect for. One topic he spoke on was relieving stress through breath. He had us all participate in a simple breathing exercise to reduce stress in our daily lives. He said this exercise would change our lives. I’ve been doing this for several months and it does work. I’d love to share it with you.

-Sit in a comfortable position.
-Take a deep breath for 4 seconds.
-Hold the breath for 7 seconds.
-Release the breath for 8 seconds.
-Repeat this exercise 4 times.

That’s it!

I like to do this exercise when I first wake up in the morning and also right before bed. You can also incorporate it during the day when a stressful situation arises. Dr. Weil suggests that you don’t do this more than 5 times a day.

If you’re battling stress in your life, why not “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” It could be as simple as taking a deep breath. Let’s find out.

Thank you to Dr. Weil for your magnificent wisdom.

In Good Health,
Bruce

Meditation? Yes Please

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Want to try meditation but don’t know where to start?

Breathe!

Yes, it’s that simple.
It also costs nothing! Of course if you want to deepen your practice you may want to purchase a book or a podcast.
Meditation is a variety of practices with many benefits such as, increased energy, focus and mental clarity. It’s designed to calm the mind and to help us stay present.
Confused? Why don’t you meditate on it for awhile?

Also, check out this free meditation event:

https://chopracentermeditation.com

Don’t forget to….Breathe!

Namaste,

Bruce

Mind and Body

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I use a holistic approach to my coaching program which means that I coach for the whole mind and body.  It’s critical when looking at health challenges and goals that we establish the connection of how the mind and body work together so you can achieve optimum results for your wellness. In order to achieve overall health, one must be able to integrate the physical, mental and spiritual realms of their being. Nutrition and fitness is important, but your mood and mind play a big part in a complete healthy you.

With my program we will look at several factors:

  • The role of nutrition and how it effects mood.
  • Mindfulness to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
  • The power of meditation.
  • Breathing techniques.

Would you like more mindfulness in your life? Let’s take a look at your goals for health and happiness. Sign up for my “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” together we will empower you to connect your mind and body.