Category Archives: mind-body connection

Oh, for Pete’s Sake!

Didn’t I know  this was going to happen?

(You wouldn’t know unless you know me, but if you do, then you may not be surprised).   What’s the fuss?  It’s been three weeks since my last post!   Oh, for Pete’s Sake.  So on with it then — (and if you want the exciting news that has absorbed my attention, post a comment or send me a message on FB.)

Today it’s about ROI — Return on Investment!

One tip is about physical fitness, the other is more about fiscal fitness.  Fitness covers a heap of territory, doesn’t it?  So why not apply the idea of paring down to how we spend our time?  Check out Y’s Business Blog to get the skinny on accounting, as well as a new way to think about how spending time is not so different from spending calories.  It’s all about the ROI!

1.   Y’s Business Blog: http://ys-business.com/blog/

2.  Aging bodies and brains:

In one surprising trial, researchers randomly assigned 155 women  to three separate groups.  They then compared the effects of two kinds of exercise:

a. resistance training, done once or twice weekly, in which participants worked out with free weights and weight machines and did squats and lunges, versus

b. toning and balance exercises, which participants did twice a week, versus

c. no exercise.

By the end of the yearlong study, the women —  aged 65 – 75 — who weight-trained saw an improvement in their performance on tests of memory, learning, decision-making and conflict resolution. The women who did balance and toning may have had cute legs on which to balance, but their brains were no better off than with no training at all.

The muscle-strengthening exercise also helped the volunteers boost their walking speed, a commonly used indicator of overall health status in the elderly, as faster pace has been linked with lower mortality.

There it is – good news and bad news!  The good news? We can heft some weights and enjoy every part of our lives more.  The bad news?  I’m now considered “elderly.”

Got to run — I need to lift some weight so that I won’t forget to post here before I leave for my mom’s 90th birthday party!

*http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1956619,00.html?xid=rss-topstories#comments#ixzz0dmQnmPEO

Help is on the way

What’s the first blogging rule?

I think it may be that one has to keep on bloggin’!

That and “Content is King,” of course.   But if there’s no posting, even the most isolationist king is bound to get bored and lonely. Perhaps I’d just better quit mixing metaphors and get on with it.

I’ve joined Darren Rowse’ “31 Days to Building a Better Blog.”  I Think I may even have convinced husband-never-hubby to join me.  Wow!  Duelling bloggers. The idea is that we have an assignment every day for a month.  I reckon you will get to be the judge of whether it helps here in this space or not.  At least I hope it gives you a reason to check back in and see if I’ve managed to add any jewels to the Content King’s crown.

What’s our fitness discussion of the day? Oh there are some many in my blogging folder over there in the Word Folder.  But that’s my problem:  I’m a collector of possibilities and a little of a perfectionist.  So this trick is to get the ideas from the folder to the blog.  I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say that for some of us the best exercise is the exercise of self-discipline.

Yep! You heard it here — a new idea is born into the world. Not only do we have to exercise self-discipline, it is hard to do! Perhaps you may be like me just a bit.  If I think literally about exercising self-discipline and create a mental image of actual exercise, it helps!  Something about the mind and body moving in concert towards a similar goal — whether to the MS Word cupboard to retrieve an idea for a blog or to the basement to walk on the treadmill or even to the laundry room to pull on yoga pants (well, sweats, okay?), sometimes that juncture of thought and movement can well create desire and small increments of change.

What is the small change that you will initiate today by joining the intentions of your mind to the movements of your body?