Get Rid of Belly Fat

It is a proven fact that belly fat is the most dangerous kind of fat on the human body. We have all seen people who are overweight in just their stomach region and appear fit in every other place. It is a strange thing, isn’t it? It seems like we are all overweight somewhere or another, and while we all need to keep track of our weight and be proactive about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, those who carry extra belly fat need to be aware even more.

If you think about it, your belly is the area that holds most of your most important organs. Having extra weight in your legs or your hips doesn’t affect the functioning of any major organ, while carrying belly fat can really hinder the work of some of your body’s most important parts. Because it important that our organs work well, we want to do everything we can to protect them and not hinder their work.

I’ll often have clients come into my fitness club and tell me that their most annoying problem is the extra belly fat that they just cannot get rid of. I agree that their belly fat not only is annoying, but it is also dangerous. I am surprised by how few people know the dangers of belly fat, so I am always quick to share with them the facts. It only further increases their motivation to get rid of their extra belly fat.

Another large group of clients will come in with the firm belief that there is nothing they can do with their belly fat. They think that it is impossible to trim down, especially the older they get. As a personal fitness trainer, I am convinced that getting rid of belly fat not only is possible, but that it is important enough to be tackled regardless of how hard it is to accomplish.

Losing belly fat happens by a combination of consistent and directed exercise and a specific diet. It is amazing how certain exercises are aimed specifically at reducing fat in certain areas of the body. Certain types of nutrition plans will also help to trigger excess fat in particular areas of the body.

If you have extra belly fat, you should be intentional about dealing with it. Make an appointment with a fitness trainer, a dietician or a physician. Let someone help you get on the right track in dealing with your belly fat and making it history.




Let Your Mind Go to Sleep

Do you ever wish your mind would just let you go to sleep?  Sleep deprivation is at epidemic rates as nearly 30 percent of American adults sleep less than 7 hours per night..  The body rests during sleep, however, the brain remains active, gets “recharged,” and still controls many body functions including breathing.   But to even get to sleep your mind needs to stop racing a mile a minute. If it seems that your mind just won’t take a break sometimes, use these few tips to silence the noise and learn how to give your mind a rest.

1. Stop Moving

the first way to help your mind to rest is to stop moving your body. Find a quiet place in your home or another location where you can be alone with no one else around.   In this space, refuse to lift a finger unless it is lowering yourself on the bed or a bench.  If your body wants to move, don’t let it. Keep it still and soon your mind will begin to become still also.

2. Think about your thoughts.

What is your mind thinking about as it’s racing around.  If you’re a multitasking person, you try to make a lot of activities fit into one 24-hour day.  When you think about five different things, the mind is quickly shifting between one thing, then the next and the next, making it very agitated.  You may get a lot done but there is a price. When you try to find the calm after the storm, it’s hard to get there. One of the main reasons is that you don’t let hour body stop at the same time. The mind and body are connected and it’s is hard to keep the mind at quiet when the body is still moving after a day of multi-tasking.  Take time to stop, relax, slow your mind down.  Think about what you are thinking to bring things to calm down.

3. Breath.

Try a few breathing exercises.  Most people don’t breathe deeply.   You probably didn’t notice that you were breathing shallow and fast. Now, you can slow it down and go deeper to bring more oxygen in your lungs. Increased oxygen levels also increases mental clarity and focus.  Doing yoga is great for teaching you how to listen to the sing-song rhythm of your breathing.

4. Cut the distractions

Try to get rid of distractions to get a rested mind.  No one likes to think of their family as a distraction, but when you need to center yourself, anyone or anything that vies for your attention is just that. Turn off your cellular phone, your PDA and your computer. Let the only noises you hear be the natural sounds around you. Besides, with these devices close at hand, your body remains tense waiting for them to buzz if you realize it or not.

5. Change your attention

When it’s time to settle the mind down, find something to occupy your time that is not related to work or problem solving. Often we are thinking of ways to fix or change something. Instead, read a book, take a walk, pray or meditate. Even stare at the ceiling and focus on comforting thoughts.  By changing your focus, your mind gets a chance to rest from its labors and concentrate on something that is not stressful.  One device that you can have is a music player of some kind. Music usually conjures up memories of less stressful times. It also calms the savage mind. Let the sweet melodieslull your mind into a deeper consciousness.

Women Benefit from the Affordable Care Act

For women, finding out about the new Affordable Care Act (ADA) is vitally important.  In fact, it takes personal confidence and a good self esteem to take control of your own health.  With women, it is easy to get bullied by the medical industry  into feeling they have little to nothing to say about their health care program. In fact, in the past, much medical care has been based on research done on men and generalized to women.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that women have different health and wellness needs than men, probably except certain medical professionals.

Some diagnostic tests and treatments have been limited to women in many cases too.  Therefore, rising episodes of diseases in women such as heart disease, some cancers, mental and addictive disorders have been on the increase.  Fortunately with the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act much of this will change.  According to Susan Blumenthal, M.D., ” with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), there will be several significant improvements to ensure an efficient, effective, and equitable health care system for women — and men — over the life cycle.”

Women will also benefit through coverage for mammograms and free counseling for breast or ovarian cancer for those with a family history of these diseases. These are just a few benefits provided by the new Health Care program fir women’s health.

References for Further Reading

Blumenthal, S., (2010)Health care reform: How it benefits women.

Lamb, Y. R. (2013) What the affordable care act provides for breast cancer.