Health Benefits of Pilates Affect Confidence, Posture and Work Performance
By Dr. Mercola
Exercise is one of the important pillars of good health. It has been proven to be as effective (or more) than many drug treatments for common health concerns such as heart disease, depression and diabetes, to name just a few.It’s important to incorporate a variety of different workouts to exert your muscles and gain the most from your time spent. This is only one of the reasons I recommend you incorporate high intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, flexibility training and core exercises into your workouts each week.Pilates is a form of exercise that will build a strong core, improve your flexibility and has some strength training benefits as well. As I have stressed before, it is important to listen to your body as you engage in exercise, improve your sleep habits and change your dietary habits.How you feel is a great indicator of how well these new habits are changing your health.
5 Proven Ways To Boost Testosterone Naturally
By: Sayer Ji, Founder
Boosting testosterone has become all the rage today, but unless you activate your body’s innate ability to do it naturally you will have to face the possibility of serious side effects.
As men reach their mid-forties their testosterone levels begin to decline, with approximately 1% to 2% decrease in measurable blood levels annually, and then dropping off precipitously after age 60 into full blown “andro-pause.” This ever-increasing decline can have a wide range of adverse effects, both physically and psychologically, ranging from muscle loss to insulin resistance, low libido to depression.
Today, an increasing number of aging men are opting for testosterone replacement therapy, some with dramatic results. But this approach, while often positive in the short term, can have some serious drawbacks in the long term, especially if the underlying and modifiable factors causing the deficiency are not addressed at their root.
First, testosterone replacement therapy often involves administering levels far higher than a normal physiologic dose, which increases the risks of serious side effects, including certain cancers.
Second, when testosterone is replaced, a negative endocrine feedback loop is activated sending a signal to the gonads to reduce its production further, ultimately feeding the original deficiency and even leading to testicular atrophy.
The Power of Vulnerability: Brene Brown’s TED Talk May be the Breakthrough You’ve Been Looking For.
“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” ~ Brené Brown.
Vulnerability: the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
Vulnerability is something that has become popular to talk about. We throw the word around the way we do consciousness, meditation, tantra—catch phrases loaded with meaning. Vulnerability is one of my favorite subjects, and I explore it often when writing about relationships.
But are we really familiar with what it means to be vulnerable? Are we practicing it, or even examining the places in our lives where vulnerability can find root and blossom?
Sometimes we dance around a philosophy or a subject and understand it on an intellectual level, but not actually live it. The problem with knowing it is that, sometimes, we are fooled into thinking we are embodying it. It can feel real, without being real.