Om Is Where The Heart Is. Meditation Is Not Only Healthy. It Can Change Your Life!

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I have no idea when my meditation journey began, I first recognized it with my yoga practice, but now that I look back, perhaps I’ve been meditating all of my life and yoga brought it to the forefront. Who knows? I know one thing. It kicks ass!

So what’s the big deal with quieting your mind? Think about it. In this crazy world there is nothing better than a little peace and quiet. Here are some great reasons to meditate everyday.

Meditation Reduces Stress-I can write a whole article on this, and I will!

Stress is a major cause of sickness and disease today. Meditation can actually make structural changes to the brain. When this happens, it improves our psychological well being and reduces stress. Boom! A healthier and happier you.

It Strengthens the Immune System-Relaxation has shown to boost the immune system. The heart slows and blood circulation flows freely to the body’s tissues, feeding it with nutrients and oxygen which feed our cells and strengthens us against sickness and disease.

It makes you happy-When are you stressed and happy? Ummm….never. By calming the mind and body, we learn to balance our emotions. We let go of the past and quit worrying about the future. We learn to live and experience the present moment which takes us to a happier place.

It improves creativity and focus-Meditation can help you build a “Super Mind”! It increases mental strength and focus, so you can ignore distractions. You will have better cognitive skills and creative thinking. It helps you process information so you can make decisions and solve problems. It aids in memory retention. Who wouldn’t want a super mind?

It increases energy-When we let go of stress and focus on the present, our mood improves, we are happier and healthier which clears our mind and relaxes our body. We feel good and energy improves.

A meditation practice may just be your path to a healthier you! You can find thousands of meditations online at little or no cost and it only takes a few minutes a day.

So check it out, google meditation and start your journey, because OM is where the heart is.

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

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!

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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What’s All The Stress About?

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Today stress is a major cause of health issues in our lives from mental health issues to physical disease. It can create havoc on your mind and body. Did you know that with careful evaluation of your life and by eliminating certain habits you can remove most sources of stress form your life?

It’s that easy!

Stress is a response to challenges in life, and life isn’t that exciting without challenges, so we need a healthy way to deal with stress.

Stress can effect our health in many ways: 

-Poorly managed stress can accelerate aging in our bodies and in our minds.

-It can cause weight gain or loss through emotional eating patterns.

-Stress increases inflammation in our bodies which increases the chance of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

-Depression is many time stress related.

Is this you?

-Financial stress?

-Relationship stress?

-Career stress?

-Lifestyle stress?

Relax! It can all be reversed. You got this!

-Eat Healthy!-That’s right. What and how you eat can reduce stress significantly. Evaluate your eating habits.

-Avoid sugars and processed foods throughout your day. Eat real food!

-Don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day which reduces stress.

-Eat little and often. This will keep your energy levels steady and increase positive productivity.

-If your eating healthy, you will look good and feel good. Looking good and feeling good eliminates stress.

-Move-Even light exercise can lower stress levels. Combine exercise with a healthy diet and feel the stress go away. A fit healthy body keeps you looking and feeling good. When you feel and look good there is less stress. Are you seeing a pattern here?

-Exercise your mind- Did you know that meditation has been around for thousands of years? There’s a reason for that. Take time for some simple breathing exercises or light meditation when you’re feeling stressed. It’s worth the effort.

-Sleep-Always take time for self-care. Sleep is an important component of self care and reducing stress. Take time to unplug, rest and recharge your body. You will awaken with more energy, vitality, and happiness.

-Socialize-Studies show that those who socialize regularly and are active in their community live longer. Increased socialization reduces stress and alleviates depression. Developing positive relationships and friendships increases self esteem.

Now you get the picture. Reducing stress in your life is a major factor for anti aging and keeping you looking and feeling younger.

Examine stress in your life. How is it effecting you?

Take some time for a little decompression. The benefits are endless.

A major component to my coaching package is stress reduction. Feeling stressed? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” We’ll get to the bottom of what all the stress is about.

Have a relaxing day!

Bruce

Stress Reduction

Relax. You deserve it, it’s good for you.

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Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even increase the risk of cancer.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. Fortunately, mindfulness is not something that you have to “get” or acquire. It is already within you — a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing.

My approach will teach you to manage your stress challenges in everyday life. To take a look at the triggers that are increasing your stress and to find mindful ways to reduce that stress. We will also look at the nutritional aspects and create a customized diet of healthy foods designed to reduce stress and improve mood and energy.

My Stress Reduction Program Includes:

  • Food and nutrition plans customized to increase energy and improve mood
  • Breathing and meditation techniques designed to reduce stress
  • Stress reducing fitness plans
  • Body and mind detox

Stressed out? Are you looking for a change? Click Here for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” We’ll have you stress free and happy in no time!