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Science of the Mind; Everything you know is wrong

Thoughts are Things

Health and sickness are largely externalizations of our dominant mental and spiritual states. An emotional shock, or a mind filled with thoughts of fear, has been known to cause the momentary stoppage or acceleration of the heart. Physicians now testify that, under emotional stress, particularly anger, the blood leaves a chemical deposit around the joints in the body.

Worry, fear, anger, jealousy, and other emotional conditions, are mental in their nature, and as such are being recognized as the hidden cause of a large part of all the physical suffering to which the flesh is heir. A normal healthy mind reflects itself in a healthy body, and conversely, an abnormal mental state expresses its corresponding condition in some physical condition. Thoughts are things.

Cause and Effect

We are given the power to sit in the midst of our lives and direct their activities. Strife and struggle are unnecessary. We only need to know, but we must know constructively. The material universe was created to manifest what the mind believes. Just so far as we believe upon any condition, past, present or future we are creating chaos, because we are than dealing with conditions (effects) and not the causes. It’s our thinking that cause the effects. And we think the way we do because of our beliefs.

Is it the Ego holding you back

Who told you too old to build muscle tone? Who told you that steam and saunas are bad. Who told you that losing flexibility and balance are just a sign of aging? Whoever it was lying to you, and if you continue to believe it, it’s because you want to believe it. That dis-empowering belief is comfortable and warm and you use to it. The ego is telling you can’t and it won’t, that you’ll look foolish. Who do you think you are? The ego hates change, it fears that change will push him off the stage and you ego loves the stage. And for years all the ego has been doing is making you sick.

Your Mind can grow Stronger so can you

It’s time to take control of you mind. Understanding how our minds work is a science and we are finding out more of how it works on almost a daily basis. Elkhonon Goldberg in his book “The Wisdom Paradox; How you mind can grow stronger as you brain grows older”, discusses how outdated neurological concepts are being disproved on a daily basis. Science has disproved the idea that me are only given so many brain cells and when they die they don’t regenerate new ones. It’s a lie. Reading his book will change the way you think about aging and our thinking capabilities.

60 is the new 50

If,you can buy into that than it isn’t such a leap to think that 70 is the new 60. With the advances in health care and a changing consciousness, especially within the Baby Boomer generation, that you are what you believe you are. And if you not happy you can change starting NOW. I’m passionate about showing my generation that we don’t have to go meekly into the shadows but instead stay in the sunlight of the spirit for many more years than we may have originally thought possible. So if all of a sudden you realize you have another 20 productive years ahead of you, what do you want to do about it? Don’t die with you dream inside you.

Conclusion

Follow me as I challenge dis-empowering beliefs about what it means to grow old in our society today and how some of our so called advocates are nothing more than shills for huge corporate interests. Some first and foremost dis-empowering beliefs we have to deal with, is what it means to be fit.
And how you can go about it, and have fun.

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Limiting Beliefs

One of the things that makes life worth living, is showing people, especially Baby Boomers, how to overcome limiting beliefs. Having goals and striving to attain them no matter your age, adds purpose and meaning to your life. To be without personal goals is to live a groundhog existence, where every day is the same as the day before. Days filled with meaningless activities designed to eat time, is like dying a slow death.

Watching days go bye, endlessly fighting that nagging feeling that there has to be more. Constantly at war within yourself, feeling that there has to be more to life. Fighting that nagging feeling of despair that you’ve left something undone. To live out your “retirement” with these types of thoughts going through your head, is stressful not to mention hard work.

To watch TV endlessly, constantly comparing yourself to both real and fictional characters. Being contemptible of the real people, sharing their beliefs and viewpoints, while being sympathetic and identifying with the fictional characters whose make believe lives help you to escape, even if its just for a few hours, the mundane monotony of yours. Believing that this is all that your capable of, sitting in front of a box full of illusions.

You Should be on TV

Ever consider why it isn’t you up on that screen, reading that script, or pontificating about something you believe in. Your just as good-looking, even better than some, and your opinion is just as viable, if not more so than theirs. So why are you here and not there? It’s because you believe, deep down that your either not smart enough, not good enough or not deserving enough to be up there.

You have become willing to sit idly bye and watch others manifest their dreams, while yours stay buried deep in the recesses of your mind. It’s only because you’ve convinced yourself that your not capable. For years, you’ve bombarded your subconscious mind with negative self talk that your not enough. Even now your subconscious is telling you your not healthy enough, or smart enough or deserving enough. Yet everyday you watch people, just like you, manifest their dreams, right in front of you.

What’s their Secret?

They have empowering beliefs about themselves and the world. For a number of reasons they have formed empowering beliefs, where you have formed dis-empowering ones. They seem to know, what a lot of us have forgotten. That we are creations of a divine intelligence built in its image, with all its capabilities and talents. That we have been placed in a Universe that has one main purpose, and that’s to grow man. Given free will to believe whatever we want, our divine mind works 24/7 manifesting that belief into the neutral Universe, that’s been designed to provide whatever we believe we are worthy of.

When did you Start Believing

Whenever you decided to believe the dis-empowering beliefs you been holding is unimportant. What’s important today be that you are aware. And with awareness can come change. Your divine mind is capable of doing anything you believe it can do. Once you realize that the life your living is because you chose it, you can choose to change it. if, your not happy than your not living God’s Will for yourself. God’s Will is for you to be happy and grow prosperous.

Why does a tree grow effortlessly, in a forest, that from above looks like a massive parkland designed by master gardeners. It’s because it has no dis-empowering beliefs about being a tree. Why don’t you see any starving birds. They don’t worry about the Universe not providing they believe it will.

if, your not happy than change it. Stop beating yourself up that its taken so long, realize that everything that has happened in your life had a reason, and it got you here, now. Be thankful, its part of the journey, your journey. It doesn’t matter when you wake up, just that you wake up.

Stop Limiting Yourself

Limiting yourself and living an unfulfilled life is actually harder than manifesting the life of your dreams. To constantly be judging and comparing yourself to others is extremely hard and destroys your body. Instead of wasting time doing that, look for what your passionate about. What gives you pleasure and enjoyment, what would seem like play to you than figure out a way to make money doing it. Allan Watts said ” that the goal of every man is to get paid to play”. Find that passion and show others how they can do it to if they believe it strong enough.

Stop being the victim to your own dis-empowering beliefs. Design a life that makes you happy. You can start now. Change happens in the now, start small and work outwards.

Where to Begin

Start with your words, both how you speak to yourself and others. Watch for those self-defeating terms, and eliminate any demeaning comments. By being aware of your words and how you’ve’e been talking to yourself and others, you can shift the most powerful thing you have into your favor, your word.

Start by saying the opposite of what you normally say, start asking people how their day is going, and be interested in how they respond, how they sound, take notice. Start looking everyone in the eye and start forcing yourself to smile.

Stop Assuming

Stop making assumptions that you know what others are thinking. Stay focused on your own thinking. Think how can I be of service, how can I make this time better. How can I ease someone burdens.Be that ray of sunshine in a cloudy day. Quit the debating society, stop being so concerned about the world out there and worry about the world in here, your mind.

Quite the static, be aware of discordant sounds and noise create peace. Start noticing what brings negativity to your mind and start eliminating it, item by item.

Don’t take it Personal

Become aware that anything anybody says or does to you is’isn’t about you, its about them. They are playing their role and your only a character in their movie. If they have decided your the villain in their show there is nothing you can do to change the directors mind. Stay true to yourself and try not to get sucked into their drama. Again it does’isn’t have anything to do with you, its all an illusion.

Do your Best

You can only try to do your best. Realizing that we are by nature imperfect. We learn by experience, and some lessons take a long time, a very long time. But when we are ready than we will know. Don’t get down because you continue to fail to live up to your expectations, understand that the most critical judge you ever face is yourself. Missing the mark doesn’t mean your bad it only shows that your human. Realize that and take better aim. With this awareness you give yourself space. Notice how impatient you are with yourself

It’s all a part of the journey. Our imperfections are how we judge perfection. Without them we would have no way to measure, and we would not see growth. We all grow at our own rate, wishing it could be different isn’t going to make us grow any faster, as a matter of fact it retards growth. Take sustenance in progress, be aware how far you’ve’e come from where you were and enjoy the journey.

Conclusion

They say the worst thing you can do is die with your dream inside you. Being aware that the only one stopping you is that person in the mirror. Isn’t it about time that you and him start working together?

 

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

Mind-Body Connection

The Mind-Body Connection

Last Update: September 26, 2018

Is Exercise Enough?

It’s long been known and accepted that physical activity releases endorphins, which can help increase a person’s sense of well-being. This is especially true for Baby Boomers. Having a fitness routine focused on building muscle tone not only builds your body, but helps your mind. The more I worked on improving my body, the more I realized that I needed to work on my mind as well. When I first considered the idea of meditation, while sitting in the sauna after a work out, I thought it would be just a matter of sitting still and shutting down my mind for ten minutes or so, boy was I mistaken.

I Couldn’t Meditate

I was totally dismayed with myself, not only could I not sit still for even 5 minutes, but my mind refused to shut down at all. I remember just trying to count to sixty and not being able to do it. It’s then that I realized that meditation was going to be a lot harder for me then I anticipated.

Quiet the Mind

In order for me to start getting a handle on meditation I had to think of times when my mind was relatively quiet. I thought it was when I was sitting in the sauna or alone in the park, walking my dogs, but as I started watching my thoughts while doing these things, I realized that my mind was constantly jumping from one topic to another, and going into the future or revisiting the past, over and over again. The more I started looking at my thinking the more evident it became that not only couldn’t I control it but I spent very little time in the present, I was never in the now. It was either in the past or the future.

Ego Loves The Past

In doing some follow up reading about staying in the present, I stumbled on the role of the ego. I came to find out that it was my ego, that loves to replay the past, wishing it could be different, or dreading the future, with all its what if’s, and hope it don’t s. But I don’t want to digress into a discussion about the ego, I’ll save that for a future blog.

The Importance of Golf

But I really had to think about a time when was I present. And it dawned on me, that the only time I was really in the present was when I was playing golf. I had known for a long time that if I didn’t maintain concentration on what I was doing while playing, I couldn’t hit the ball. You have to be centered and focused on what your doing, totally in the now, in order to play well.

The Starting Point

Thinking about what it is that your doing, and concentrating on the now, is the first step in learning how to quiet the mind. If your can find that, your have your starting point.

It Starts with Awareness

Once I started to be aware of my thinking, a whole new perspective opened up for me. I realized for the first time that I had an undisciplined mind. A mind that jumped from thought to thought, without any regard for how I felt, I was just along for the ride. This awareness, this change in perspective was Hugh, and its from this beginning, that I’ve been able to start getting a handle on my thinking.

Most Thoughts Are Repetitive

Realizing that a majority of my thoughts were just repetitive and often problematic, has allowed me to take control of them, now when they come up, I just let them pass, saying to myself, I’ve already thought about that enough, its only my ego at work. This little trick has improved my mood immensely.

Negative Self-Talk

I also started paying attention to my negative self talk and started to be aware of how self-defeating and non-productive it was. I started to think about the saying, “If your had a friend that talked to you the way your talk to yourself, would they be your friend?/” and realized that the answer would be no.

New Attitude

This awareness gave me a new attitude and it all started with exercise. By working on your body, you start paying attention to your mind. They go hand in hand, body-mind, as your start feeling better, your start thinking better. The experts are going to tell your that it takes hard work and dedication. I’m here to show your how just starting a simple exercise program, to regain muscle tone, can lead to an awareness that anything is possible. Take care of your body and the mind will follow.

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Fitness for Active Baby Boomers: 70 is the new 60

When researching,” exercise older adults” or “best exercises for seniors”, I was struck by the tone of the articles. They all seemed to be written by young professionals who act as if we seniors are one step from entering a Hospital or Rehab Unit. They seem to me to be very condescending, almost to the point of insulting. The exercises they show are all for the very old or for the extremely out of shape, people who look like they just got out of Rehab or are planning to go in.

Active Boomers

These are not the people I’m reaching out to. The people that I’m interested in helping are the active Baby Boomers, seniors who realize that they need to step up their program or develop new programs to maintain what they have to build better muscle tone, so that they can continue to do the activities they love, and live longer healthier more productive lives. People, that are looking for a proven way of staying fit and active as they approach their 70s. A program that they can do in an hour or less, 3 times a week and get results. But they did list three basics that I feel makes sense.

  1. Do at least 150 minutes of walking or other aerobic exercise per week.
  2. Practice strength training 2-3 times per week, but never 2 days in a row.
  3. Stretch and do balance exercises every day.

But most of the articles then goes into detail, about specific exercises, and here is where I have a real problem, because the exercises look like we all live in an old folks homes, and use walkers. Their idea of a squat is sitting and getting up from a chair, their idea of an upper body exercise is doing a wall push up, and of course they all suggest doing 3 sets of 12 or 15 reps, which, as I’ve already mentioned is a hog wash.

It’s Insulting

To have fitness “experts” talk down to Baby Boomers, like all we’ve been doing is sitting in front of a TV eating chips, for the last 20 years is insulting. If you believe like I do that 70 is the new 60, then it’s probably upsetting to you to. That’s why I started this Website, for people who are not interested in disappearing quietly into the night. Instead, it’s for people that have a zest for life, and a desire to push the boundaries, of what’s possible. I want it known, right here, right now, that anything is possible, if you have the right attitude, no matter your age.

Tired of the Condescending Attitude

If your tired of the “experts” constantly pontificating beliefs, that only turn out to be wrong, ten or fifteen years down the road, then your in the right place. Ageism exists in our country and it’s both casual and systemic. The prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process have led to discriminatory practices against older people (esp. baby boomers) in both institutional practices and policies. These attitudes perpetuate a stereotype about seniors and what it means to grow old.

Dis-empowering Beliefs

Seniors themselves are guilty of buying into the attitude of Ageism. After, all we have internalized a lifetime of the negative stereotypes ourselves. If you add to these stereotypes, the fear of death, disability or dependence, it’s no wonder that we see so much angst out there among our generation.

With advances in Medicine and our over all quality of life the last 25 years, we are seeing more and more people adopting the attitude that today’s 70 is the new 60 and even today’s 80 being the new 70. In order for this attitude to really flower Seniors have got to be willing to change their own dis-empowering beliefs about growing old.

Join the Fight

Many have started the discussion about Ageism, Pierce Brosnan, Madonna, and Kim Cattrall to name a few, so a movement is starting. This website is my “Line in the Sand” that the beliefs about Seniors, getting and staying in shape are wrong, and that the whole stereotype, of what’s possible,once you a senior is wrong. The general stereotype in our society about what it means to grow old, needs to be refuted. To be setting Goals and striving to attain them is what keeps you young, I can’t imagine a life without them.

Conclusion

A wise man once said “that as long as a Man is striving towards a Goal he is a success”. Through my many careers I’ve come to realize, that to work at something or for someone for ten or twenty years is a long time, especially now days. If you entering you 60s, now is the time to refocus and set new Goals, that will ensure that the next 10 or 20 years are not only the most enjoyable but also the most profitable. Getting or maintaining you health and fitness is the starting point., for without that nothing is possible. But once you have a firm foundation in this area, the sky is the limit. And as we have all heard countless times ” the only one who limits you is you”

 

 

 

 

The Weight Lifting Routine: An Overview

Why we Do Repetitions

We all know what one rep is right? Well just in case it’s one complete contraction of a particular muscle. So if the arm is straight and you bend it 90 degrees that counts as one rep. You have just contracted the Bicep muscle one time. The purpose of doing reps is to tire and actually “tear” the muscle, whichever muscle you are targeting. Now the “experts” will tell you that in order to get the maximum benefit, you must tear this muscle repeatedly, by doing multiple set of reps, usually a set consists of 12 reps.

The “experts” will tell you in order to get the most out of you workout you have to do tear the muscle multiple times by doing multiple sets of 12 reps. This if false, you only have to exhaust the muscle to the point of tearing muscle fiber once, doing it multiple times is a waste of time.

One Set of 12

A set should consist of between 8 and 12 reps. You adjust the weight so that you can do at least 8 reps but know more than 12. Your body position and posture should be set to the machines specifications and the slower you can do one rep the better. There is a style of doing reps called super slow but I find trying doing one rep every 20 seconds just to boring, 10 seconds a rep is just about perfect. The goal is to achieve muscle exhaustion not doing more than 12 reps. If you able to do more than 12 than add weight if you can’t do 8 reps than lower the weight. It’s that simple.

Move From Machine to Machine

The nice thing about using machine weight systems is that they allow you to excersize different muscle groups by simply changing you grip. So for a basic bicep machine there are three different grips and you do one set for each grip.You than move to the next machine adjust it to you specifications (shouldn’t take 30 to 60 seconds to adjust) and do a set for each hand position. Most Gyms have what is known as a speed line where they have between 10 to 12 machines designed to work out every major muscle group of the upper body. The object is to move from one machine to another working out 16 different upper body muscle groups give or take.

Total Body Workout

The lower body can be worked out using 5 or 6 machines same procedure and you finished. One set between 8 to 12 reps timing as perfect form you can maintain and going as slow as you can tolerate. Now you might read this and think to yourself that Dave is crazy and this doesn’t sound right. So let me share a story of when my thirty year old stepson came to visit and thought he’d like to work out with the old man. Using the weights that I was using he not only struggled to do the reps but he threw up after only doing 8 machines. so, before you scoff that this can’t possible be enough let me assure you it’s plenty.

Conclusion

Now obviously in subsequent articles I’ll be getting into specifics, about machines and postures and some fantastic tech gadgets they’ve developed over the last few years, if you like to track and monitor you progress, but I wanted to give you an overview of what I’ve found that works. Doing this routine three times a week or every other day (know more) will start getting you muscle tone, within third days, and you won’t believe the difference in the way you feel in ninety days.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

Strength Training for Seniors; It’ All Mental

Attractor Patterns

When we talk about starting a fitness routine for seniors, we have to realize that its as much mental as it is physical. This awareness is key, and will ensure you success, as you embark on this path back to fitness. Being aware that the mind forms beliefs based on patterns that its formed from information that its been bombarded by from the outside world. These patterns are usually what the majority of people believe, and are often wrong.

The Habitual Mind

Our Minds are thinking machines, they never stop thinking 24/7, and what a lot of people have come to realize is that 85-90% of our thought are repetitive and often problematic. Once, Mind has accepted an Attractor Pattern of ideas it will keep thinking about them repetitively until it eventually becomes a belief. For instance how many times have you heard the statement, ” in order to be successful in society today you need a College Education”. Enough times that for a majority of people, this has become a belief. But its a dis-empowering belief that has caused whole generations of people to become Debt Slaves to Big Finance by chasing this false belief, that a College Education will get them success in society today, its simply is not true

Getting Fit is Hard Work is a False Belief

The idea that getting fit is hard work is an Attractor Pattern created by The Fitness Industry. They have a vested Interest that you believe this, in order to justify their existence. It’s ludicrous that we believe its appropriate to pay someone (a trainer) a $100.00 an hour to watch us workout and maybe give us some advice and encouragement while we do it. The whole supplemental and vitamin industry is built on claims that have been proven false time and time again. It’s all been designed and marketed by the Fitness Industry to make money.

Past Failures

Buying into to these false beliefs has caused millions of people especially Boomers, to become disillusioned with the idea that they can get fit. Not being able to relate with a routine, designed by a trainer who is usually in their 20s or 30s and who has their own ideas on what it takes to get physically fit has caused,people to just give up, thinking that its just too hard and certainly not fun to get into shape.

Getting Fit Is Easy and Fun

I’ve developed a routine that’s easy and fun. That can be done in under an hour and if you just consistent doing it every other day or three times a week you’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll start getting you muscle tone back, while improving you balance coordination and overall sense of well-being.

It’s all About Attitude

I know what you thinking but before you just dismiss me let me again remind you that I’m 67 years old and have developed this routine over the last thirty years and I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been. I know for fact that if you listen to a few of the things that I’ve come up with, you’ll not only find working out enjoyable but you’ll look forward to doing it.

Conclusion

I’m not talking about building Hugh muscles, I’m talking about building muscle tone. I’m specifically talking to the Boomer Generation, people that are my age and want to enjoy the next ten or twenty years of our lives, by being able to do the things we want to do, and maintain our independence for as long as we can. If you feel like its time you started doing something for yourself, but are inherently lazy like me, than this will be perfect for you. You can have the best years of you life, and all it takes is making a choice, about what and who you going to believe.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Everything You Believe Is Wrong

Getting Fit after age 50 is easy. The experts “Trainers” would like you to belief its

hard, because their livelihood is based on your belief, that strength training for seniors is hard and time-consuming. The Fitness Industry has flooded Mass Media with false information about

Bodybuilder Eugene Rapin from behind flexing biceps

what it takes to get into shape, build muscle mass and improve our overall sense of well-being, by insinuating that it takes guidance and supervision by trained professionals and a laborious and difficult workout regime, and that only through months of dedication, can you hope to achieve any fitness goals.

We are constantly told how we must sacrifice and strive in order to get back into shape. As, we are beginning to understand how our minds work. We’ve come to realize that our two basic operational faculties, reason and feeling, are both inherently unreliable. Although we ascribe our actions to reason, we in fact operate primarily out of pattern recognition, the logical arrangement of data serves mainly to enhance a pattern recognition system that than becomes truth.

But nothing is ever “true” except under certain circumstances and than only from a particular viewpoint, characteristically unstated. In other words simply because we have seen information from multiple sources, that strength training for seniors takes dedication, hard work, and can only be successful, under the benign supervision of trained professionals. This has created a pattern that we recognize as true and is in fact an illusion. An illusion created by the fitness industry in order to generate business.

Develop a Few Good Habits

By developing a few good habits, anyone can get physically fit and build muscle tone no matter their age. I can show you how a routine of exercizes, that take less than an hour, done every other day or a minimum of three times a week, can not only restore muscle tone, but improve coordination, balance and an overall sense of well-being. The most amazing thing about this is its simplicity. While the “experts” would like us to belief getting in shape after 50 is baffiling and complex, I have found that true answers to supposedly complex problems, have the hallmark of simplicity.

The Habits

  1. Establish and maintain a healthy diet. Again the “Diet Experts” have all kinds of advice and recommendations on what constitutes a healthy diet, that also include books, vitamins and supplements. They have gone to great lengths creating pattern attractors to make us belief in what they say. But if you have made it to age 50 you have seen fad after fad come into popularity only to be disproved and often ridiculed only a few years later. I will not insult your intelligence by going through a litany of diet advice, this website isn’t about that. Let’s just agree that a Human, that has lived for five decades knows inherently what constitutes a healthy diet. And what they need to eat to feel good. So Let’s leave it to three meals a day, consisting of the basic food groups, taking in moderation. That should be just fine.
  2. In order for the Body to rejuvenate itself its important that you get sufficient sleep. 6 to 8 hours a day is usually sufficient. We will be going over a few things that help sleep, like listening to Aura Cleansing vibrations, and reading in latter articles, but for now Let’s just keep it simple. Problems with sleep are usually caused by the simple fact that the body is not tired. You will be amazed what a simple weight lifting routine will do for your sleep. Another thing I strongly encourage and again, we will get into it, in more detail at a later date, is a 30-45 minute power nap, mid way through you day. You will find that it rejuvenates you either before or right after a brisk workout.
  3. Proper hydration throughout the day. Believe me that I’ve been real late in coming to the understanding of how important proper hydration is, to the functioning of the total body. If you want to start an exercise routine it becomes even more important. Later on we will go in depth about some things I’ve uncovered in my research but trying to drink eight 8 oz. of water a day has always posed a challenge to me and I still find it hard to do consistently.

The Promise

Most of what we belief has been formed by the creation of attractor patterns created by industries that have a vested interest that we belief in a certain way in order for us to need and desire their products or services. Just because we have a belief doesn’t mean its true. Strength training for seniors doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. As,a matter of fact just the opposite. We know that the Human Body is remarkable and its rejuvenating capabilities are miraculous. My website is devoted about talking about common sense solutions to what a lot of you may think are complex problems. Simply because Hugh Industries have evolved in pushing certain ideas and beliefs and using sophisticated physiological techniques to convince us of their viability, doesn’t mean there’re true. I’m here to tell you its all an illusion, an illusion created to make money, not to benefit you. Stick with me as I go down the many Rabbit Holes, surrounding what it means to be physically fit as a senior citizen in society today.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

Getting Fit when your over 50

Fitness for the over 50’s

When people over 50 hear the words physical fitness they immediately think of only the physical aspects of fitness. True physical fitness encompasses much more than that. It must include, in addition to the Body, the Mind (thoughts) and the Spirit (emotions). To get truly fit a person, especially if they are over 50 must work on all three aspects. Working on the Physical aspect while ignoring our Thoughts and Emotions is not going to get you the results you looking for.

It’s a three-pronged approach

Working all three aspects the Body, Mind and Spirit, is going to be one of the goals of this website moving forward. By ignoring your Thoughts and Emotions about fitness your setting yourself up for frustration and failure. If we don’t prepare ourselves Physically, Mentally and Emotionally for what we are trying to accomplish we’ll end up getting frustrated and quit, before we’ve even started.

Get Fit At Any Age

Realizing that getting fit at any age but especially when you over 50, is going to take a life style change. And change at any age is hard for most people. The important thing here is to be patient with ourselves and to develop a routine that challenges us but isn’t so difficult that we dread it. Consistency, setting and accomplishing goals and being committed is just the beginning.

Consistency

Consistency is doing your routine every other day or three times a week. In order to do this you have to develop a routine that you can do in an hour. Start to finish, one hour. You can exercise every major muscle group within 30 to 40 minutes. And it doesn’t have to be hard and arduous work, as a matter of fact it should be fairly easy and fun. You can establish goals for each muscle group, and monitor you progress each time you do your routine.

Commitment

Commitment, something has made you want to get into shape. It may have been a Doctor, a Spouse, or just you looking in the mirror, it doesn’t matter what got you to this point. What’s important is that your here now. I have developed techniques that have enabled me to stay with a routine for over thirty years, and if it’s worked for me I know it will work for you. In subsequent articles, I will share with you, everything I know, about developing a routine that has not only been effective in maintaining muscle tone, well into my sixties, but has been fun and enjoyable as well.

Where to begin

You will be amazed how easy it is to get back into shape, no matter how long it’s been, or how bad of shape your in. If you’re are aware of a few things about yourself, your Mind, Body, and Emotions, you’ll be amazed on how fast you can regain muscle tone. Your muscles actually like to be worked out. I’ve read all kinds of material about this and suffice it to say that a healthy body enjoys exercise and works at it’s optimin level when it gets it. We were not designed to be sedentary, and our body show us it’s displeasure in numerous ways when we are.

Get Started

The hardest thing about getting fit when your over 50 is starting. But the fact that your reading this shows your ready to start. You have had the thought that something has to change, if you want to have the life and do the things you dream about. We aren’t talking about becoming a world-class athlete, we are talking about feeling good, building muscle tone improving our coordination and balance and adopting a healthier life style.

Banish Doubt

You may have all kinds of doubts a fear about being able to do this, but if you trust me and follow some of my suggestions, I can guarantee that you’ll be better off, than you are now. Once you start getting you muscle tone,confidence and self-esteem back, all kinds of opportunities will start to present themselves to you.

The Theater of Exercise

I’m sorry to break this to you,but if you think you can do this alone, in you garage or in front of the TV in you living room, I’m here to tell you that won’t work. Everyone I know, who has tried this, has some exercise equipment, either in their garage or in the corner of their house, that is just gathering dust or being used to pile stuff on.

Takes a Community

My experience has shown me that if you serious about getting fit in your 50s it’s going to take a community. I’m not talking about getting involved in some organized training program. What I’m talking about is having a place to go where you can exercise. I know this is going to sound strange, but going into an environment, where everybody is working on getting and or staying in shape, helps you mind and emotions get with the program. Your mind sees it, smells it, and hears it and even if you don’t feel like working out when you walk in,sometimes just being in the Theater of Exercise is enough, to get you into your routine. The psychological power of the theater is real, don’t discount it.

Convenient

I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve been totally unmotivated to do anything, but by simply going to the Theater of Exercise, I’ve found myself doing my routine almost as though I were in a trance.This theater can be a Gym in you complex, a YMCA in you community or a HEALTH CLUB or SPA near where you live, it just can’t be in you house. The most important thing besides being out of the house, is that it has to be convenient. If it is to far away or a pain to get to, it won’t work for the long term. No matter how nice the facility is, if it’s a hassle to get their, you’ll quit going within a year.

Benefits of going to the Theater

The other reason I stress a Gym or Club, is that you have examples and a lot of resources, to learn the proper techniques and positions, on whatever equipment you choose to use. We will be talking later about equipment and while a number of people swear that Free Weights are the only way to go, I have always preferred Weight Machines. They are easier to set and adjust and safer to use. But what really is important here, is learning the proper techniques, having someone check you out in how to adjust the equipment and the proper form to use is extremely important. I can’t stress enough, that in order to see benefits in any routine, technique and form are key. It doesn’t matter what equipment you prefer, there is a right way and a wrong way to use them. Save yourself a lot of frustration by learning the proper way to use whatever equipment you select for you routine.

You’ve already started

You’ve already started getting into shape by looking for a Website that might help you. I decided to do this Website to help people, especially seniors realize that there is a lot of misinformation out there on what it takes to get in shape and stay in shape. I want to share my experiences, of over thirty years of exercising,so you don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. Developing an easy program, that is both effective and fun, is key to being able to do it, well into you senior years. The Theater of Exercise has become a Billion Dollar business, that often is just interested in the bottom line. You are capable of designing a routine for yourself, you don’t need a trainer or task master, watching you and pushing you, for that last rep. Taking your time, and realizing that progress is achieved through consistency and having fun, and that no matter how good something is for you, if it’s not fun you simply won’t do it for very long.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome

Hello, my name is Dave, and welcome to my smarterfittness website. Being a Baby Boomer I’ve seen the world change and as such I’ve had to change.

Open To Change

I have always believed that I was open to change. Imagine my surprise when it finally dawned on me that not only did I resist change I was opposed to it I was and still am, I’m defiant and a slow learner. But¬† to be inflexible , stiff and unbending was to die, to be loose, flexible, supple was to live.Over the last 35 years give or take, I’ve changed my beliefs on a number of fronts

It Starts With The Body

The first major change came with regards to Physical Fitness, over the years I’ve belonged to all types of Gyms and Health Clubs, across the country. I’ve seen the industry change and become Big Business, both with regard to the role of trainers and the wide range of equipment and services now available.

I want to dispel some myths about what it takes to get in shape and stay in shape, and how you can accomplish this.

What Are You Addicted To?

The Second major change was with my Addictive Personality, give me something that changes the way I feel and I’ll abuse it. It was hard to admit to being Alcoholic, mentally programed to self sabotage not only my life, but the lives of everyone who came near me.

Realizing that recovery is more the just “putting a plug in the jug”. That a “Lack of Power was my Dilemma” and it took me ten years to figure it out. I know why recovery rates are so low.

What Do You Believe?

The Third major change was with regards to my Belief Systems, and the realization that almost everything I believed in was wrong, based on my inability to accurately perceive the world.

The realization that I was a Narcissist, this anti-social disorder, infects everyone, with your own dense pain body. Key reason why people stay in addiction.

True Happiness

The fourth major Change came with regards to what it means to be happy. In the world of Form everything is dying and that you have to go to the world of Spirit to find happiness. We have a boundless supply of intellectual curiosity and creativeness.

Find your passion, be curious and create. Don’t die with your story inside you.

I want to show how we grow down not up,and bring back a feeling of destiny. this feeling has been lost in so many peoples lives and what must be recovered is a sense that there is a reason we are here. Self actualization is Gods Will for us, the only thing holding us back is a belief that we don’t deserve it.

Why do I want to help people?

I want to help others recognize and repair the damage of having dis-empowering beliefs, not only about the world but about ourselves.

I know this for sure,everyone resists change, if we don’t make staying in shape¬† an enjoyable experience, we simply will not do it over the long term. No matter what anyone says.

Addictions come in many forms and act to distract us from our feelings. The most basic being, that we are not smart enough or deserving enough.

Our beliefs define us and until we become aware of our thinking we can’t and wont change it.

I believe that their is a best selling book in everyone. Don’t die with your story still inside you.

The goal of this site

 

 

All the best,

Dave

dave@smarterfittness.com

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