Positive Health

How to Embrace Your Midlife Crisis

Life is an incredible journey no matter who you are or where you come from.  Each person’s life is unique, amazing, and epic but unfortunately not timeless.  The more we experience in this world the wiser we get, the more confident we get and move into a place in life where the world is truly your oyster.  Everything is in control, life is good, and you get the most out of it every day.  But then one day, around the middle of their lifetime, some people take a look at their lives and they panic.  They realize they are half way through their lives and it just isn’t what they hoped it would be.  They still realize there is so much more they want to do.  They freak out because they’ve reached their life’s peak and feel as if everything is starting to go downhill from h...

12 Essential Reasons You NEED to Go to Bed Early to be SUCCESSFUL

We all do it.  We stay up late from time to time, burning the midnight oil.  Some of us are working on deadlines, others of us feel like if we go to bed before midnight then we’re turning into our parents, while others just have restless minds that keep us awake all night.  But going to bed early is not only a sign of a mature, confident, well rounded person, it’s the sign of a successful individual.  Going to bed early is a life changing habit that one must acquire to help them on the road to success and here’s why you need to get some Z’s if you plan on living a successful life: 1. Repair & Recovery. This one is obvious.  Your body needs to sleep for it’s physical repair and recovery.  You need 8-10 hours of sleep (and sometimes more) to stay functioning...

11 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally

Depression is a natural part of life that doesn’t always need to be solved with a bottle, and in many cases it shouldn’t be.  We all get down from time to time and it’s completely natural and nothing to be ashamed of.  Everyone can use a little “pick me up” every now and then and it doesn’t need to come from an RX drug!  We’re going to share with you the best ways to fight depression and improve your mood on your own naturally! Here are the top 10 natural ways to beat depression:    1. GET SLEEP.  You need it.  You can’t be happy, energetic, or feel great if you are exhausted and running on empty.  You need sleep and lots of it!  If you are feeling down, make sure you get at least 8-10 hours a night!  Turn off your electronics, drink a hot cup of tea and snuggle into your nice warm bed for...

8 Ways You Need to Love Yourself Now

Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do, and despite what some may thing, it comes well before loving others.  You can’t love others fully or genuinely unless you love yourself.  Instead that love you feel you may have for others is really filling a vacancy of the love you may not have for yourself.  To truly love someone the way they deserve and to truly be loved by someone the way you deserve, you must genuinely know what it means to love yourself and do it, every day. 1. Loving yourself is accepting who you are.  There are things you will be able to change about yourself and things that you cannot.  You need to be realistic and understand who you are and what you are and not be sad and jealous of others who are things you want to be.  You have to work on the things you ca...

The 5 Most Important Things Successful People Do in the Morning

Morning people are successful people.  In order to get ahead in life, you need to get ahead on your day, every day.  CEOs, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, they all harness that much needed willpower to develop a morning routine that gets them ahead of the competition.  They don’t have a snooze button.  Instead they jump out of bed each morning with energy and enthusiasm, well rested and ready to tackle their day. Here’s the top 5 things that successful people do every morning: 1. Get up an Hour Early: If you haven’t guessed it, not only are they morning people, successful people get up extremely early.  Research has shown, not only are early risers more optimistic and conscientious, they also anticipate problems and minimize them more efficiently.  Which is critical...

Top 5 Tips to Sleep Like Royalty | AskTrainerDavid.com

By David Nekava NASM CPT, CES Health & Fitness Professional  AskTrainerDavid.com YOU! Are nature’s greatest miracle… Wouldn’t you agree that you deserve the best of health & vitality? In our modern “on-the-run,” “go-go-go” lifestyles we often put our own health and well-being on the back burner in exchange for deadlines and other people’s agendas. Without question, rest and recovery is the single most important factor to address when it comes to sticking points in health improvement. We need uninterrupted, deep, restorative, fast-acting and consistent sleep in order to really shine. We need to sleep like ROYALTY. It’s easier said than done, absolutely…. To be clear, this blog post isn’t about the myriad of scientific reasons sleep is essential to health, but more a fast, practical ...

Nocebo Effect: The Damage Caused by Negative Thinking, Just Because You Believe

Medical experiments are required to have a control group in order to validate the results. Participants are given something innocuous like a sugar pill and are not told whether they’ve received the medicine or the placebo. In many cases, patients who receive the placebo will respond to treatment as though they had received the medicine. Their bodies physiologically respond to the pill because they believed they were receiving the treatment. This is known as the placebo effect. The nocebo effect is a lesser-known occurrence that is an evil twin of the placebo effect. Nocebo in Latin means ‘I will harm;’ it is the opposite of placebo, ‘I will please.’ A nocebo is a neutral element that is given with the suggestion that it will do you harm. In thinking that they are given something harmful, p...

No Butts About It, You CAN Quit Smoking

Most people who smoke don’t want to be smokers. They are aware it is unhealthy and they admit that they are addicted. Almost every smoker has gone through some stage of cutting back, quitting cold turkey, using anti-addiction medication, or switching to the dangerous and completely unregulated e-cigarettes. Some are more successful than others. The ones who fail fall right back into their addictive habits.   The reasons for quitting smoking are multitudinous: save money, smell better, breathe better, have whiter teeth, stop burning holes in your clothes, not have to clean up cigarette butts from the yard, not have to freeze in the winter on a smoking break, With so many incentives to quit, it’s no wonder that the smoking cessation industry amounts to over $1 billion annually.   M...

Boosting Your Positive Attitude By Using Your Sense of Smell

Our senses are how we interact with the world. One of our most often ignored senses is the sense of smell. In our over-sanitized world smells are undesirable. Commercials tell us to Febreeze our curtains and buy lemon-scented garbage bags. We disinfect everything and cover our children using pocket-sized hand sanitizer. Western civilization has foregone scent in favor of extreme cleanliness, but to what end? Studies have shown that our world doesn’t smell the way it used to. In one study out of the University of Virginia, the radius of the smell of flowers was measured. They discovered that the smell of flowers is travelling far shorter distances than in previous history. Industrial pollutants in the air are cancelling out the smells. While their potential distance is up to half a mile, in...

The Road to Good health is Paved with Good Intestines | Ask Trainer Dave

A healthy body yields a Positive Attitude! It’s very hard to see when we’re not there, but an optimistic / positive mindset and great health most definitely go hand-in-hand. You just can’t have one without the other.  Think about it! How could we have a positive mindset if: We’re tired? We’re hungry? We’re in pain? We don’t like the way we look or feel? When I meet with a personal training or health coaching client for the first time, they are often coming to me after years of inactivity and a hopeless look in their eyes of complete confusion.  “I don’t know how I got here or where to start…” … is usually the look on their faces, or the words coming out of their mouths. Most commonly, the fat loss, they so desperately ...

A Daily Guide to a Positive Life!

Your outlook on life helps to reduce your stress levels, boosts your self-esteem and even improves your health. Additional health benefits include lesser rates of depression, improved resistance to the common cold and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Positive thinking helps a person to enjoy life by having a healthy outlook and attitude when life’s adversities come your way. Identify Negative Thoughts Negative thoughts prevent you from looking on the positive side of life. Four types of negative thoughts exist. Filtering, where you focus only on the negative; personalizing, where you blame yourself for accidents that occur; creating catastrophes, where you make an event out to be worse than it is; or polarizing, where events are only negative or positive. By identifying negati...

No More Sugar, Please!

  The average American eats about 82 grams of sugar a day.   Thats about 20 teaspoons.  Too much sugar has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, memory loss and even cancer, among other health issues.  Here are 5 easy ways to help you cut sugar and stay healthier on a daily basis. 1. Keep a food diary. This is a great way to watch what you eat.  By making a list your sugar (and calorie) consumption becomes apparent and it will be very easy to tell when you’ve had to much, when it’s time to switch to a healthier option and when its just time to say “no.”  By identifying your biggest sources of sugar, soda or other beverages, candy or desserts, or even some cereals… you’ll be able to cut back easier. 2. Understand the difference between good and bad sugars and make the swit...

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