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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fixing Forward Head Posture

Healthy posture holds the key to good health and well-being of any individual. Healthy posture is wisdom in living.

Good posture affects optimal breathing, without which you don’t get adequate oxygen, which is essential to your body cells and organs. Unfortunately, many people don’t have good posture because of the way sit, walk, and sleep. A classic example is “forward head posture” which is a characteristic of the elderly.

Many women as men are affected by forward head posture (in fact, women are more likely to suffer from the extra weight they usually carry on their chest which pulls the body forward).

Fix Forward Head Posture helps you fix your poor forward head posture once and for all. Unlike other posture programs which focus on stretching exercises, this unique program focuses closely on the “sequential flow”: that is, it isn’t necessarily about what exercises and stretches are performed, but more about completing them in the right sequence in order to open up and “unravel” the neck so that you can begin to fix your forward head posture and restore balance to your body.

There are a lot videos and online resources dedicated to tackling the problem of forward head posture, yet very few offer a complete solution to fixing the problem at its root.

This unique program has been designed to be used at least three times a week for up to six weeks for maximum effect. Of course, you can go beyond six weeks and incorporate the exercises into your normal program. The full range of 10 exercises didn’t take any more than 15 minutes. Once you have learned the sequence a few times, it will take even less time to complete.

All these exercises are designed to be carried out and completed without any special equipment. You can do the exercises standing, sitting or on the floor.

The benefits of fixing forward head posture are: walking taller, sleeping better, being more confident, boosting testosterone, looking and feeling slimmer and younger.

Stephen Lau      
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Healthy Posture Resources

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pain Management

If you experience persistent muscle pain, you are not alone. For many individuals, muscle pain may persist for a long period of time even after recovery from injury, strain, or postural misuse. The explanation is that the persistent muscle pain is caused by tender trigger points (TP), which are areas of muscle tension caused by pain from the spine and connected tissues.

Perpetual muscle pain is a sign of poor fitness and lack of well-being. Toxins may have accumulated in a certain area, where persistent muscle pain occurs. Due to poor circulation in that area, more muscle spasm occurs, leading to more pain, and more toxin accumulation, and hence a vicious cycle of unending pain and muscle spasm.

Let’s be realistic: as you get older, you become less active and naturally exercise even less; as a result, you are most likely to experience muscle pain. Use it or lose it -- that's how you lose your muscle flexibility and get your muscle pain.

Don’t readily reach out for a painkiller to stop your muscle pain; it won’t work. As a matter of fact, all painkillers despite their advertising hypes only aggravate your muscle pain conditions because they are toxic chemicals that do more harm than good over the long haul.

The benefits of flexibility stretching are overwhelming in terms of health and wellness:
Flexibility plays a critical role in physical movement and physical performance of an individual.
Firstly, it improves neuromuscular coordination by shortening the time of transmission of brain-to-muscle messages. Secondly, with flexibility, there is less tissue resistance, and hence less energy to complete the range of movement (ROM).

Flexibility stretching can avoid accidents, falls, and injuries. With less muscular and tissue resistance, and improved body balance, there is a reduced chance of falling or getting injuries during movements, and thus avoiding muscle pain.

Flexibility exercises improve resting muscle tension to provide better awareness and postural balance—an essential component of correct breathing. How to breathe right is critical to avoiding muscle pain.

Flexibility fitness enhances the quality of the protective lubricant for joint movement. Better range of movement (ROM) provides more blood supply and nutrients to the lubricant, the decline of which leads to degeneration of joint structures and hence arthritic conditions.

Flexibility stretching increases lumbar and pelvic movements through elongating the hamstrings, hip flexors, and lumbar muscles. The elongation can alleviate lower back pain, as well as other muscle pain.

Flexibility stretching is a great asset to holistic health and fitness. The amount of flexibility required depends on the activity level of an individual. However, excessive range of movement (ROM) without adequate muscle strength may be detrimental in that it increases the effect of degenerative disease and reduces the protective reflexes designed to avoid excessive movement.

Life is too short to be struggling with muscle pain every day. Do something about it. In addition, your life will improve dramatically when you banish the tension, stress, and sleeplessness that drain your energy due to the attack of muscle pain. Flexibility exercise, as opposed to other vigorous exercises such as jogging and weightlifting, which, if not properly executed, may cause more muscle pain.

Yoga is one of the best flexibility exercises not only for pain relief but also for weight loss. It is a myth that you have to do vigorous, grueling exercise to burn calories. The truth of the matter is that you can burn just as many calories (and even more fat) by doing yoga alone. When you do a series of yoga moves together, your body gets a great workout without wreaking havoc with your joints or leaving you out of breath. And you can burn just as many calories as jogging!

Shapeshifter Yoga: Get this most comprehensive video yoga program to relieve muscle pain as well as to lose weight permanently.

Pilates exercise is another flexibility that can help muscle pain relief. Pilates for Back and Joint Pain:  Use pilates exercise to strengthen muscles to avoid back and joint pain.

1. Learn to use massage to stimulate blood circulation as well as to relax muscle stiffness.

2. Aromatherapy uses soothing essential oils to promote well-being and muscle relaxation.

3. Acupuncture prevents stagnation or blockage of "qi" (internal life energy circulating throughout the body). The disruption of the smooth flow of "qi" is the source of buildup of body toxins.

4. Eat a diet rich in calcium, magnesium, and zinc, which benefit natural sleep and help eliminating fatigue.

5. Detoxify your body on a regular basis to rid your body of accumulated toxins.

6. Watch this video to get rid of your back pain.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let Go of Your Thoughts

In life, we all have undergone many life experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant ones.

We all have a choice when we process the data and information in our minds while undergoing those pleasant and unpleasant experiences: with consciousness, we can always add or delete our own assumptions, expectations, and predictions. Again, with consciousness, we can choose to think about them, or simply reject them. For example, if our thoughts about our past experiences tend to be negative, then we could reject them whenever they pop up in our minds; on the hand, if our thoughts about our past experiences are positive, then we could share them with our friends.

The bottom line: we all have a choice about what is happening in our minds. If an unpleasant past experience pops up in  the brain, make a conscious effort to distract it by thinking about something else instead. We all have a choice.

If you just don't die and continue to live to a ripe old age, you will certainly have many unpleasant experiences that might have left many indelible imprints in your mind. These negative memories will continue to show up every now and then, especially when you are all alone by yourself. Therefore, it is important to be always conscious of their presence, as well as how they may affect your thinking mind. Remember, they belonged to the past, which was gone forever. Even positive memories with positive emotions might turn negative, if you compare them with your present situation.

The bottom line: let go of all thoughts related to the past; instead, always be conscious of the present because the past was gone, and the future is uncertain, and only the present is real. Just have the wisdom of letting go.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Living to 100 and Beyond

Healthy Longevity: To live to 100 and beyond, you need both wisdom and knowledge.


This 154-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle if you just don’t die as you continue with you life journey with the many changes and challenges confronting you, including your loss of vision.

Human existence is meaningless without life purpose and human happiness. The pursuit of longevity has been going on since time immemorial. Consciousness holds the key to the success of this pursuit. Consciousness of living is wisdom of the mind to understand the self, others, as well as how and why certain things happen. Wisdom in living enables one to complete the rest of one's life journey and reaching the destination.

To live to 100 and beyond—if you just don’t die—you must ask questions about life; after all, living is about asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked, and thereby instrumental in providing wisdom or a blueprint to continue the rest of your life journey.

The first question you should consciously ask yourself is: "How long do I wish to live?" Of course, that is only a hypothetical question because you really don’t have much of a choice—unless you would like to purposely end your life prematurely. Naturally, the answer to that question may also change over different phases in your life, depending on the quality of your life in that particular phase.

The second question you should consciously ask yourself is: "Why do I want to live long, or why not?" This question will be naturally followed by the third question: “How do I live long, or what can make me desire to live longer?”

The final question—if you just don’t die—is: "How should I live the rest of my life to overcome my daily problems and life challenges?"

The objective of this 154-page book is neither to convince you to crave longevity, nor to show you how to live to one hundred and beyond. It simply presents you with the consciousness of living the rest of your years—if you just don’t die!

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Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Why Some Are Happy While Others Are Unhappy

There is so much truth in what Leo Tolstoy, the famous Russian writer, said in very beginning of his celebrated novel Anna Karenina: “Happy families are alike, and unhappy families are unhappy in their own way.” So, those who are happy and those who are unhappy must share some common attributes or characteristics that predispose them to happiness or unhappiness.

The unhappy people

Unhappy people may have the following in common:

Identity crisis

They do not know who they really are. That is, they may have falsely identified themselves with something in the world they are living in, such as “I am a successful business-man” or “I am a good mother.”

Once they have created false identities for themselves, they naturally feel the need to protect and preserve their self-created images. In doing so, they desperately want to control their destinies, such as avoiding what they fear may taint their identities, or repeating what they previously did in order to sustain and substantiate their identities.

Reflective Thought

You are who you are, and not who you would like to be.

Case in Point

A “successful businessman” may want to overwork in order to avoid in future all possible failures in his or her business, or to repeat in future all his or her past successful business endeavors.

A “good mother” may strive to control the behaviors of her children in order to control and shape them into the individuals she wants them to become to prove that she is a good mother.

In the process of avoiding failure and expecting success to repeat, stress is not only unduly created but also aggravated by outcomes falling short of their expectations. Nowadays, many people are living to escape yesterday’s pains and to anticipate tomorrow’s pleasures; unfortunately, they are on the road to more unhappiness, and not less.

Not letting go

Unhappy people simply refuse to let go of what they think belong permanently to them, and anticipate what they think they rightly deserve through their efforts to control or influence outcomes of events in their daily lives. They are afraid of any unforeseeable change, especially death that puts an end to everything they have delusively created for themselves.

Stephen Lau
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