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The mind body connection

Activities that exercise your body and mind simultaneously have seen a rapid rise in popularity. The "no pain - no gain" philosophy is getting pushed aside by activities that deliver inner harmony, balance and functionality.

As people seek a gentler path towards health and wellness, mind-body exercises appeal to people of all ages, physical capabilities and body types. The slow and controlled movements are generally safe and low impact, yet can be vigorous enough to elicit a strength-improving response.

Activities such as Pilates, yoga and Tai chi work your spiritual and psychological self, in addition to improving your strength, flexibility, and body awareness. By engaging your mind, and getting you to focus on posture, form, breathing, and the body's core, activities such as Pilates, yoga and Tai chi help you to unwind and relax. There is a focus on stress relief and total wellness, not just fitness.

Pilates has evolved from an alternative therapy into a popular fitness phenomenon. It was first developed by therapist Joseph Pilates in the 1920s to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. By engaging the mind, and concentrating on your posture and breathing, Pilates helps to correct poor movement habits, and helps distribute gravity evenly through your body.

Some of the benefits you can obtain from Pilates includes:

* improved strength, flexibility and balance
* conditioned deep abdominal muscles (the core)
* reduced risk of back pain and injury
* reduced stress and tension
* improved posture and circulation
* improved bone density and joint health
* improved mobility and agility
* improved mental and physical wellbeing.

Pilates is ideal for women and men of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Most movements can be modified and adapted to suit individual needs, ranging from athletes to the elderly.

Yoga is a collection of movements, postures and techniques aimed at bringing the body and mind together in one harmonious experience. It has been around for centuries, and there are several different approaches to yoga, but they are all structured around exercise, breathing, and meditation to varying degrees.

As you practice yoga, you will obtain a range of benefits, including:

* Physical strengthening, toning and stretching of muscles, improving your flexibility and range of movement
* Improved circulation to your muscles, glands, organs, joints and ligaments
* Awareness of your breath, and the body parts used during the movements
* As you improve, the meditative effects will change and intensify. Your thinking will become clearer, and you will experience a unique calmness, or "enlightenment".

Yoga is suitable for most adults of any age or physical condition. To get started, find a qualified teacher and ask whether they concentrate on the meditative, physical or philosophical aspects of yoga. Alternatively, you could try a book, video or DVD.
Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that focuses on building strength and flexibility through slow, fluid movements combined with concentration and deep breathing. By performing the movements very slowly, Tai Chi also teaches balance through muscle control and coordination, and transports you into a deeply relaxed state.

While there are many different forms of Tai Chi, the founding principles of martial arts, exercise for health and breathing remain the same.

People who participate in Tai Chi can experience a wide range of benefits, including:

* improved flexibility and mobility
* improved mental focus and alertness
* improved sleep and immune function
* increased muscular strength
* reduced risk of falls
* lower blood pressure
* reduced pain from arthritis
* learning of self-defence skills.

Improve your mental and physical wellbeing and reduce stress by getting more exercise in the form of pilates, yoga or tai chi.

Checking out various exercise modalities for relief of symptoms due to Parkinson's disease.

One of the best exercises to embark on is Tai Chi, however as a prelude to tai chi practice it is very important to learn how to do standing meditation. This practice should be done for at least six months before starting to learn the tai chi form. Here is what standing meditation will do for you.

Develop and strengthen your legs
Start the practice of full body relaxation
Open up the pathways thru which your energy flows
Develop calmness in an uncomfortable situation
Cultivate inner awareness of your center of gravity
Invigorate your glands and organs

Stand with your feet parallel and hip with apart. Do not wear sneakers. Go barefoot or wear flat bottom shoes (you want a stable stance). Slightly bend your knees, but don't let your knee go over your toe. Slightly rotate your pelvis up a little to straighten your lower back. Rotate your shoulders forward to slightly round them and imagine that you were balancing a book on your head. Don't close your eyes while practicing. If you feel lightheaded or nausea stop doing the exercise. This practice can also be done from a seated position.

Now that you are in the right position, start to mentally go thru your muscles and joints and relax them. As an example Say to yourself while using your imagination" I am relaxing my shoulders" Work your way down your body slowly relaxing your arms wrists and hands. Then go thru your chest, back lower abdominal region and legs. Now focus your attention in your lower abdominal region and just stand. When you feel ache, go to that body part and relax it as before, then go back to focusing on your lower abdominal region. Set a timer for 5 minutes to start and start working your way up to 15 minutes. Listed below are some more pointers on the practice of standing meditation.

The palm of the hands should face back when you round your shoulders and you should hold on to a walker if need be.

The whole body should be as relaxed as possible.

This is a very powerful practice, which can be done twice a day. You will feel results in a couple of weeks of standing practice.

Do not worry if your tremors increase, if you get gas or hear strange noises from your stomach. These are normal reactions to the practice.

Try not to move from your position and do challenge yourself to hold the posture for the duration of the time set.

Breath thru your nose unless you have congestion and keep the tip of the tongue pressed up against the roof of your mouth.

When your time is up slowly shift your weight from foot to foot and start to move around little by little. Then resume your normal activities.

I will try to cover more modalities in the weeks to come. My background as a teacher of Tai Chi, Meditation, I Gong and yoga as well as having Parkinson's disease and not taking any meds gives us something in common to build on.

We know now that for a lasting loss of weight, the slimming treatment must result in a modest but steady decline in weight, not more than 2 kg per month. A rapid and massive loss of weight leads to a metabolic adaptation that makes more difficult the further conduct of the diet and is, when we drastically abandon this plan, a phenomenon that bounces back much of the lost weight.

The diet does not fall below 1200-1500 cal per day, depending on the size of the person and his or her daily activity and must include vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Things we must be wary of and think about:

• Excess in fat foods (foods containing a lot or only fats): These are the first that we must drastically limit, they are full of calories and do not cut the appetite.

• Excessive intake of rapidly assimilable sugar (sugars), including those hidden inside artificially sweetened drinks, fruit juices and sodas (these drinks are a leading cause of weight gain in children).

• Excess in alcohol (high in calories).

• Do not reduce the intake of protein but be wary of hidden lipids in fat meat and some fishes.

• The lack of a substantial breakfast and a dinner with a lot of calories: eating well the night thickens (the chrono-obesity or how Muslims gain weight on the occasion of Ramadan).

• Combat snacks (chips or peanuts in front of the TV), but split the meals (the body secretes less insulin at small meals and stores less fat).

• Addressing the impulse to eat outside the hours of meals (especially at night).

We must expend calories by exercise: walking, gymnastics, gardening, sports etc. A regular and "moderate" exercise gives a better result that a short but intense exercise. A regular exercise with some more intense moments allows to increase muscle mass which in turn increases the energy dissipation which results in storing more glycogen in the muscles. Osteoarthritis caused by the increase in weight can be a limiting factor for resumption of physical activity.

Treatment of Obesity and Overweight by Medicinal Plants

Background: The medicinal plants or plant extracts alone are not capable to make lose weight permanently. It is essential to involve those phytomedicines in a low calorie diet and increased physical activity. We give below a simplified classification of medicinal plants useful in the treatment of obesity or its complications. Some herbs can act in several ways on several levels.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: anorectics medicinal plants to cut appetite or hunger: Hoodia, eucalyptus, laurel sauce, coca, Catharanthus, phyllantus niruri, Orthosiphon, algae, gum, Konjac .

Treatment of obesity and overweight: herbs that increase thermogenesis (fat-burning) and fucus seaweed, green tea, maté, guarana, coleus, Garcinia, ephedra (ma huang).

Treatment of obesity and overweight: inulin plants that limit intestinal absorption of carbohydrates: yacon, Jerusalem.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: plants without sugars but sweetening: sweet herb Stevia or Paraguay, or bramble Rubus suavissimus sweet China.

Treatment of obesity and overweight: plants that increase the liver function, purifying plants: dandelion, artichoke, rosemary, Mary thistle, turmeric, hercampuri (gentianella).

Treatment of obesity complications by medicinal plants: plants and diabetes, disorders of plants and cholesterol: Lagerstroemia (Banaba).

Treatment of obesity and overweight: medicinal "calming" plants adjuvant of hypo-caloric diet: Saint John's wort (Hypericum), the California poppy (Eschscholtzia), valerian.

This is a little listing of medicinal plants and herbs that can help to get rid of obesity, so many others exist in nature which can be exploited in curing overweight.

Ines Khalsi is a fitness professor, she has acquired a significant experience in weight loss therapies, having weight problems herself; she went across different medicines and discovered that herbal medicine is the safer way to lose superfluous kilos. She also discovered that herbal medicine can be used to fix many physical deficiencies. She has gained a significant knowledge in the field and now she wants to share it with other people. If you are interested in herbal products please visit:

Qi Gong literally means energy exercise in English but many people don't understand how Qi Gong works with your body's energy.

Energy is not something mysterious. We experience it every day. When we wake up in the morning we either feel energetic or tired. As we continue throughout our day we also experience either states of elevated energy or depleted energy. Judging from the commercials on TV it seems many people experience low-energy in the afternoon.

Qi Gong can help you feel more energetic and less tired. Practicing in the afternoon can give your body the natural energy boost that it needs. While long-term practice of can enhance your body's overall system giving you extra energy and helping you feel more vibrant throughout the day. But how does this work?

The first way that Qi Gong helps your body's energy is that it keeps it flowing freely throughout all your vital systems. The movements of the exercises help to lead and guide the energy. Specific exercise sets have different goals but in general exercises for improving and maintaining good overall health lead and guide the energy throughout the entire body. In addition to circulating the energy throughout the entire system the movements also help to remove stagnation. So by practicing, you remove any stagnation that exists, keep the energy flowing freely, and make sure it reaches every part of the body. This is essential for maintaining the health and becoming healthier because it is this circulation that provides the nourishment that the body needs to function properly and repair itself.

Secondly, if your body is able to more efficiently circulate and use energy then you will experience an increase in your perceived energy level. When energy is flowing freely without stagnation to the entire body, your body is better able to repair itself from the normal wear and tear it experiences everyday. This means that by practicing Qi Gong your body will get healthier overtime.

These are just some general ways that Qi Gong affects your body's energy. By practicing you can enhance the way your body stores, circulates, and utilizes energy. The results you see from practicing Qi Gong can show themselves in many different ways. The best way is to practice and start experiencing the results for yourself.

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