Developing a Healthy Mindset

Developing a Healthy Mindset

While you won’t find too many people saying that they don’t understand why being healthy is better, you will find many people admitting that changing their habits is too hard to do. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid the hard part of altering a way of life that consists of well-ingrained habits. You can find comfort in knowing that anything that is truly worth doing is a struggle, and it is that struggle that will make you improve on the inside and out. Change is constant. Are you going to have control over some of that change?  Determination, self-motivation, and beginning with the end in mind will get you on your way to a healthier life. It really is all in your head – well… what internalizes the need for change and the motivation to keep on track is all in your head – in your mind to be exact. The power of your mind can make or break your success in anything you aspire to achieve.  Achieving a healthier way of life is no different. Knowledge is Power  The first and most important step to getting in the right mindset is to arm yourself with knowledge and support.  There is a wealth of information available on how and why to lead a healthier life and you need to soak in as much as possible. There are a number of different methods for effective information gathering. Depending on your preferences, you will find some or all of the options helpful on the following list: Search the internet for any information about: leading a healthier life (search ‘healthy living tips’ ‘making healthy...
Solutions for Health Problems as You Age.

Solutions for Health Problems as You Age.

People across the planet suffer from a wide variety of health problems daily. These health problems can be anything, from something as minor as a simple as a cold to something as serious as heart disease or cancer. So, what can you do to decrease your risk of developing these diseases?  The best solution is not to get them at all or at least reduce your risk of developing any one of the more serious diseases. Now obviously, a lot of problems are out of your control, some things just happen. But for a lot of them, you can take preventive measures. As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. Instead of waiting for something to happen and trying to cure it, take the steps needed to avoid getting it all together. Here are 10 things you can do to reduce your risk of developing health problems as you age. 1: Maintain a proper diet. One of the main reasons people suffer so many problems is because they do not keep their body in top form. The human body is a remarkable thing and is quite the powerhouse when it comes to its own wellbeing. Your body can fend off almost every type of illness or health problem if you give it the right fuel.  What is the right fuel?  Fresh fruit, vegetables should be your stables then proteins, good fats.  You can add grains, and dairy if you don’t have an intolerance to them but always remember one size does not fit all.  Avoid processed or fast foods.  The 80/20 rule is a good one...

Get off Your Backside and Start Moving!

With the invention of the internet and all the new technology people are not only sitting down at work all day, but are spending more and more time sitting down period instead of getting off their backsides and moving. So number one in the anti-aging tips is “Get off your backside and start moving.” There was a study done stating inactivity as being more dangerous to health than obesity, but to me it isn’t as simple as this! Inactivity can lead to obesity and obesity can lead to inactivity!  It can be a viscous cycle!  It is very hard to get motivated to move when you are overweight everything is an effort and the more weight you carry the harder it is. There can be other factors to why someone doesn’t exercise some physical, like neuro-muscular/ muscular-skeletal, respiratory, cardio-vascular or neurological problems or psychological eg depression, anxiety etc. According to the World Health Organisation 2 million deaths, a year is caused by physical inactivity worldwide. People that are inactive are at greater risk of Heart attacks and strokes Hypertension (high blood pressure) a major risk factor for heart disease. developing certain cancers developing type 2 diabetes Osteoporosis, leading to fractures in the aging population.  Over half of hip fractures could be avoided with regular physical exercise obesity which in turn can put you at greater risk of the above medical conditions injuries, falls within the aging population Anxiety and depression loss of motivation Than people that are physically active.   The answer is to get moving.  This has to begin with awareness and a desire to do something about it....

What Lies Beneath “The True About Belly Fat”

A wobbly belly may cause a confidence crisis by adding a bulge to the line of your party dress or what is called a “muffin top” between your jeans & that sexy new top you have just bought but, worse still it could be putting your health at risk! If it measures more than 80cm for women & 94cm for men it means you have an increased chance of serious health problems. It is not just the bulge you can see, known as subcutaneous fat, that poses a threat to your health by putting a strain on your heart & joints but the invisible fat inside your body lurking around your vital organs that leads to health issues including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, & insulin resistance, as well as increasing your chances of heart disease, strokes & diabetes. Over the next few weeks I will be looking at the main areas necessary for successful & permanent fat & weight loss. It isn’t what you think or want to hear but let’s face it most weightloss programs, diet pills weight loss exercise programs don’t work that’s why there are so many out there. The companies and people selling the products know as a society we are after the quick fix so if they can offer you the miracle fix you are going to buy it! Well there is no quick fix even gastric band surgery doesn’t work without lifestyle changes. There are certain herbs that can help but without lifestyle changes there will be very little change if any and it doesn’t last. Be aware that what you can...

Health and Wellness Type 2 Diabetes Explained!

Type II diabetes mellitus is the most common form of diabetes. It is estimated that approximately 898,800 Australians (4.4%) have diabetes based on self-reported data from the 2007-08 National Health Survey. The 1999-2000 Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study is the most recent national study to measure blood glucose levels to diagnose diabetes. It found that approximately 7.4% of Australians aged 25 years and over had diabetes. Around half the people surveyed were unaware they had diabetes. It occurs mostly in people aged 50 years and over but, although still uncommon in childhood is becoming increasingly recognized in that group. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The complications associated with diabetes have physical, social and economic consequences. They include hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, both of which can have serious consequences for a person short and long term. Other long term complications of diabetes include retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy, nephropathy, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. (Burden 2003). Risk Factors The number one factor contributing to type 2 diabetes is obesity, followed by increased age, family history and genetics. Indigenous Australians are also high risk as is Maori, Pacific Islanders or people of Asian descent. (New Zealand Guidelines group 2003) (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). Pathology Diabetes is “a metabolic disorder of multiple aetiology characterised by chronic hyperglycaemia, with disturbances of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both.” (New Zealand guidelines, group, 2003, p.1.) Type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body’s “resistance” to the usual effects of insulin and/or a decrease in the amount of insulin produced. (Smelter and Bare, 2000)....