Human Development

The Importance of Exercise

“Part of your weight-loss plan should be an exercise program. Being active will not only help you take off excess weight, but will also help you maintain the loss for the long term. Of course, calories are burned during exercise, but that is only part of the benefit. By regularly performing aerobic exercise, such as walking or biking, you raise your metabolic rate and burn more calories, even when at rest. This effect can last up to twelve hours after exercising. However, if you are over forty-five and do not exercise regularly, or if you have any medical conditions or risk factors for cardiac disease, check with your primary care provider before starting any exercise program. Exercising regularly while losing weight also helps ensure losing adipose tissue (fat stores) and maintaining muscle mass. Weight loss without an exercise component will involve muscle loss as well as fat. Since your exercise should be done regularly, it is important to choose an activity that you enjoy and that fits nicely into your routine. For many, brisk walking is the answer -it is easy to do, and inexpensive!”
(p. 160)

Benson, H. and Stuart, E. 1992. The Wellness Book. New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster.

Leonard Mlodinow, “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

Every aspect of our mental lives plays out in two versions: one conscious, which we are constantly aware of, and the other unconscious, which remains hidden from us. Over the past two decades researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the unconscious, or subliminal, workings of the mind. This explosion of research has led to a sea change in our understanding of how the mind affects the way we live. As a result, scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that how we experience the world–our perception, behavior, memory, and social judgment–is largely driven by the mind’s subliminal processes and not by the conscious ones, as we have long believed.

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Feelings, Thoughts and Experiences

“If you are not inclined to share your feelings with others, then the use of diaries, or journaling, is a therapeutic way to express yourself. Writing a journal is for your own health, so record your innermost feelings and deepest thoughts. By documenting our feelings, we become less identified with them. Journaling creates space so that we can separate ourselves from our negative feelings. Consequently, we give ourselves the opportunity to see ourselves with fresh eyes and make different healthy choices.” (p. 69)

Zhao, X. 2006. Ancient Healing for Modern Women. New York, N.Y.: Walker & Company.

Find Peace in the Simplicity of Your Dedication

“Now that you are armed with a new exercise program, fresh motivations, and a powerful outlook on your fitness, the question is How can you stick to that program day in and day out?…Committing yourself to building a stronger, healthier body is one of the most virtuous things you can do. Building your body is building a better life for you and the people around you. As you embark on your new fitness program, embrace the process and find peace in the simplicity of your wonderful new dedication.” (p. 32)

Hau, E. 2001. The Portable Personal Trainer. New York, N.Y.: Broadway Books.

Are you nurturing your social network?

“You might think this question is better left to a psychologist, but primary care physicians have plenty of reason to ask about your friendships. A study in the journal Social Science and Medicine found that people who were socially isolated -defined as having fewer than three close confidants, not participating in community groups or clubs, and having no religious affiliation -were 2-1/2 times likelier to have elevated C-reactive protein levels than people who routinely sought the company of others. Social isolation is a chronically stressful experience that may lead to increases in harmful inflammation throughout the body…Connect with others in a social setting at least once a week. Join a walking group or book club, connect with people through church, or volunteer in an uplifting environment…Even casual acquaintances can have a protective effect.” (p. 159)

Pepper, L. (2013). Better Health: Begging the questions. Better Homes and Gardens, 91(2), 154-159.

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RSA Replay – Dr Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

This is the full webcast from the RSA event including Q&A from the audience on Thursday 4 July 2013.

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past twelve years carrying out ground-breaking research into vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

A best-selling author and award-winning educator, Dr. Brown’s books and talks have been hugely influential in tackling the myth that vulnerability is a weakness.

She argues that it is only by embracing vulnerability and imperfection that we can live life with courage and authenticity. Recognizing and acting on this insight has the power to transform the way we engage in our families, organizations, schools and communities.

Speaker: Dr. Brené Brown, best-selling author, speaker and research professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Chair: Tim Lott is an award-winning journalist and writer.

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Nice idea: Program your mind, while sleeping!

I don’t know about you, but I really like this idea…

“Programming your mind, while you’re asleep.”

Imagine playing special recordings that contain millions of affirmations, on repeat, while you snooze at night.

Allowing them to sink into your subconscious, and influence your confidence levels, your weight, your relationships…

Imagine if a simple CD recording could help you become a more positive thinker, or less stressed in your daily life.

Well, thousands across the globe are doing this already. It’s called “Sleep Programming”.

It’s been proven to work during a study at San Diego University, and the US Government previously used this to help train new military recruits. (I know it’s hard to believe!)

To learn more about this “Sleep Programming“, click on this link.

I’m sharing because I think that the concept is interesting, and you might just want to experiment with it yourself.

To your success –


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