Meditation and how it can help you

At this time and more than ever, people are searching for a deeper meaning to their life. At the same time, more and more people are becoming sick, anxious, struggling to cope with daily life which, directly affects the quality of their mental health. With that in mind, have you considered the last time you gave yourself permission to stop, step out of the rat race

There will always be times in our lives when we have a lot on our plate and for a few months we can cope, and channel that time into producing something worthwhile. However, continued lengths of time without addressing the balance can have catastrophic consequences to our state of health, especially, our capacity to think clearly and generate great work. That directly affects our relationships, working environment and family unit and our own ability to function.or a while, take a breath, assess or contemplate, on practically anything.

Our emotions are our inner guide, and when paid attention to and understood can bring a wealth of information to our lives so that we know how to take much better care of ourselves.

The Working Mind Meditation- “Lamrin” the tools from Tibeten Buddhist meditation training help us pay attention to the purpose of our feelings and how to take control of them. If we track the root cause to those feelings which frighten us and hold us back we can reduce our anxiety, reduce everyday stress, increase inner happiness and develop our intuition and improve our focus.

Here are some of what one can learn in meditation

  • How to Creating our safe place to learn how to meditate.
  • Work from a place of your own inner wisdom.
  • How to quieten the Monkey Mind.
  • The difference between right and wrong thought.
  • The working Mind Meditation
  • How to protect your own mind.
  • The benefit of Mantra and a whole lot more……
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Hot flushes getting you down?

This was shared with me by a client’s husband this week who was experience chronic sciatic pain which I have managed to get under control.

He said and I quote;

“My wife and I were out shopping, we arrived home pleased with our efforts and shortly after my wife asked if we could turn the heating down”. The heating was not on she was in a raging heat, felt drained, really down and soaked right through to the point she needed a shower and changed her cloths.”

That got me thinking what do I know that may help you get an anchor on your raging heat post festive period. Its so draining to your life force contributing to low mood. Well as a 51-year-old woman and a health practitioner for many years I have learned just how much my own body resonates with eastern philosophy and treatments such as acupuncture and ancient cupping etc. The one ingredient sure to rage your body heat is refined sugar found in sweets, cakes and biscuits and all the wonderful treats at this festive time including the booze.

Here are two tips I want to share with you which I found worked for me.

1. Change from drinking cold water to room temperature water or even mildly warm boiled water. Why, because heat dissipates heat.

Help with hot flushes
Help with hot flushes

 

2. Time out and sit for a while with your feet in a bowl of hot water- a foot spa ( without scolding your feet ). The water needs to be about 3 inches up from your ankle bone. After about 5 minutes massage the inside of your shins along the meridian lines with a little oil and relax. Listen to a beautiful piece of music to help you unwind and chill.

Try these for a few weeks and see how you feel. They work for me and just might help you.

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Mental Toughness

 

I used to love training when I was in international sport. I was fortunate to be able to train with some of the best trainers in the world. The physical training was never an issue for me, training after school and 8 hour days at weekends was great. But when my sport took on a whole new level I needed to up my game. A trainer in the USA took me under her wing and started to train me as they do in the US.

Six weeks I was there and man was I sore.  I was exposed to working with some of the finest artistic athletes, learning to do what they did and how they achieved so much. That’s when I was taught about Mental Preparation Techniques. It is a training area rarely visited and understood in terms of its benefits, not only to sporting performances but to anything you are trying to achieve really.

Mental Toughness

“Once an athlete has mastered all the physical and technical qualities required to be successful on the international circuit, then success becomes 10% physical and 90% mental”

From personal experience I was shown in the USA the value of this technique and once you know how to train your mind to use it correctly.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish. It is a great tool to focus on when recovering from an injury too so that you don’t become over focused on the injury.

If you are not achieving the results you want from your current training regime, you may need to look at this because having the skills to accomplish a move and then drilled time and time over is one thing, but how can you be sure you will be able to pull that move out of the bag when it counts the most- in the performance arena, on the big day-

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For more details and a full down load visit http://www.virtual-healthclub.com/mental-preparation-for-sports-specific-training

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ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE’S MEMORY?

Where am I?

Where am I?

It can be terrifying if someone you love has began to show signs of reduced cognitive function. The feeling of helplessness, of being out of control, and the pain of seeing someone you love slowly disappearing, can leave you wondering how you will cope – and whether you are up to it.!!!

Here are just a few signs to look out for:

Reduced general confidence and confusion, displays of emotional turmoil, argumentative and irritable, lucidity, confusion between day and night,less able to recognise the faces they know or less engaging and unable to follow the thread of a conversation.

An ability to identify that something is wrong but unable to communicate what.

If you are worried about some one’s memory, you don’t have to suffer in silence there are things you can do about it and blue print is available to you here at https//www.justcallmereg.com in digital download  or in print.

 

 

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News: VHC launches Skype Personal Training Service

Virtual Health launches Skype Personal Training Service.

Virtual Health was initially for those individuals who are embarrassed to go to the gym and who were time poor. However, after much nurturing and managing the highs and lows of business, this week I have launched a new personal training concept “Personal Training” through Skype.

Some of our old clients have been in touch this week and live outside the UK or are not in our area and wondered how I could help them as we have previous training history and they didn’t want to train with anyone else or was unable to find the suitable trainer.

Skype seems to be our solution to staying in touch on scheduled training and keeping my valued clients in good shape.

So when you have a moment take a look at our re branded site at http://www.virtual-healthclub.com and or drop me a line on email: info@virtual-healthclub.com

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Are you worried about someone’s memory?

It can be terrifying, …if, someone you love has started to show signs of reduce cognitive function, memory loss in other words, or showing signs of the onset of dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease which is a form of dementia.

The feeling of helplessness, feeling out of control, and the pain of seeing someone you love slowly disappearing, can leave you wondering how you will cope – and whether you are up to it, as it has a funny way of bringing about one’s own mortality.

Right at this moment, turn to the person you love. I want you to imagine what life would be like – your life, as your loved one gradually forgets everything about you, eventually not being able to remember who you are, your name even, and your shared life.

 

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Inspired by a man named Reg…….

So, if you are reading this and it has struck a chord within you and you want to keep your loved one for longer then you will find the link to the Blue Print of what to do, where to go and what to ask in the latest publication written & inspired by a man named Reg….News information and solutions for those families affected by Alzheimer’s disease here.

To order your purchase or downlaod your copy visit https://www.justcallmereg.com

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AN EXERCISE CONSULTANT – not your conventional trainer

AN EXERCISE CONSULTANT – not your conventional trainer.

Jane Cooper runs virtual-healthclub which is her own business working in the health care profession as a personal training consultant and is qualified and many areas of health amongst other things.

Working with people and helping them take better care of themselves is only part of her criteria in being useful to her clients.

Client retention being that of over 1o years she definitely has something going on. However, exercise and teaching people how to exercise safely and confidently is what she is all about but make no mistake if you are training for an event or a completion she is the girl who can help you gain the edge over your opponents.

She used to be in international sport herself. She was on Team GB in the sport of Baton Twirling which masters the arts of rhythm, hand eye co-ordination, skill, drill, dedication and determination. She also knows how to prepare you for the performance of your life, bringing to the fore her positive mental attitude and mind training techniques.

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Checking your state of health and why it remains important.

Health Assessment
Staying healthy can delay the onset of chronic disease

HEALTH ASSESSMENT. 

Why it is important and what to expect.

Before embarking on any exercise program it is paramount that you undertake a health assessment whether you are on medication or not.In the world of personal training we are governed by a code of practice and have a “duty of care” to our clients in order to make sure you are safe and as free from risk as possibly.

 The health assessment follows the initial consultation

 What is a health assessment and what does it report?

A health assessment is a measurement of approx 10-12 key indicators of your personal state of health.

They range from blood pressure readings to a variety of tests including body fat measurements, flexibility just to name a few.

The benefit to you is that a health assessment can provide key information and can detect health issues that may prevent the onset of chronic disease such as a stroke.

So, if you are thinking of engaging with a personal trainer this is what you need to know from the health assessment before you start an exercise program.

  •  Blood pressure test

Normal blood pressure for young people 120mmHg/80mmHg and changes with age to approx 140mmHg/90mmHg any higher than that there needs to be referral to the GP

It’s a known fact that exercise raises blood pressure and is linked to stroke. A responsible trainer will never compromise neither you nor them, but will insist on a health check before prescribing or embarking on any exercise program.

  • Peak flow measurement ( tests lung capacity )

This involves blowing thru a tube for a reading three times and averaging for the score and again if the lung capacity is too low exercise may be impaired.

  •  Waist and hip ratio.

Measures waist and hips circumference. Too much weight around the waist can lead to health problems.

  •  Height & weight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the relationship between weight and height that is often associated with health risks.

Note

Some sports specific individuals who have a higher ratio of muscle to fat such as Rugby players have a tendency to fall into the obese category of Body Mass Index scoring when being tested.

  •  Stretch assessment.(tests lower back and hamstring flexibility)

Hamstring flexibility or the lack of it, can affect one’s exercise capacity due to their short length so problems may arise with cardiovascular training. Training adaptations are required.

  • Core strength assessment.(tests the strength of the deeper core muscles which aids postural strength)

The core area is the area of the body which runs from the shoulders to the hips.

  •  Body fat & hydration assessment ( non invasive testing and immediate reporting)
  •  Full range sit up assessment ( if appropriate)

This assessment tests superficial stomach muscles “the one’s you can see- hopefully”

This test maybe inappropriate for some clients, especially those with reduced flexibility, back complaints or have hernia.

  •  Press up assessment ( if appropriate)

This assessment tests the strength of a variety of muscles in your upper body  and core.

  •  Back  Mobility Assessment ( required for mobility and CV, Cardio vascular training).

 (If appropriate) means that if the trainer believes the test is going to impair the training the test can be bought in at a later date once you have acquired the skills for that test. However, much does depend on what you are trying to achieve from the program. The trainer will make a decision. The results of the assessment will give you a base line in terms of a starting place at that given time and date.

Remember, that without testing or measuring you will never know how much you are improving or what is changing in relation to body composition and your own personal health.

Our assessment will show you just that!

 Exercise prescription also available on request and please don’t be offended if I send you to your GP for further testing should the results dictate.

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Love your curves.

Jane believes that it’s ok to be curvaceous, shapely and toned but a change of body shape can come about by a mere change in your job, from being active to a sedentary desk job. But all that aside being active has more benefits than just losing and maintaining you weight.

For all those Jane has worked with who have been on a diet are now fatter than ever, if they worked why are we so fat, apart from being fed up and miserable and put chronic stress it puts on your heart which is un maintainable is a psycological nightmare.

Starving yourself of what you want only increases your desire for it, whether it is food related or another topic. It has been made clear to Jane over a period of time that not all people have the correct understanding regarding the difference between slow release sugars like fruit and refined sugar such as sweets, cakes and biscuits and alcohol which have a direct impact on your waist line that are highly addictive?

The more of these foods you eat the bigger your waist line will become and the more of them you keep eating to get your fix. People choose to wear baggy cloth’s instead of fitted one’s so is it a wonder we lose a sense of this feels tight and I better do something about it.

So the question is

For what reason are you so addicted to sugar and do you know how to change it, address that and be honest with yourself and you might stand a chance?

Healthy is not just defined in terms of body, nutrition and exercise the two missing components are your emotional health and your Psychological health and for some it includes spiritual growth.

Weaning yourself from sugar is like trying to stop smoking, it is really difficult without plummeting into low mood due to nicotine stimulating effects on your brain, the same happens when you try to wean yourself from refined sugar.

In her opinion, rapid diets may be the only option if you have to undergo surgery as the risk of not losing weight prior to a major operation may result in serious consequences but this is usually a directive given by the doctor.

If you lose weight too quickly and the fat in your body falls out of the cell the result you are left with is saggy skin and the only option is surgery – Nip & tuck and at a huge cost, not only to you but a huige financial one to.

Exercise is a part of a healthy life style as is nutritian, spirituality and emotional health.

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Guidelines for Exercising on Prescribed Medication.

Guidelines for Training with medication.

  • Make sure your trainer is qualified
  • Ensure you are happy with your environment and time of day you are training
  • Inform your trainer of your medication, normally taken care of in your consultation/assessment
  • You may be asked to sign a disclaimer from
  • You may be referred to your G.P. before commencing an exercise programme.
  • Once you have engaged in the service at any point you are not feeling well, stop, inform your trainer, refer back to G.P.
  • Listen to the trainer’s guidance and listen to your G.P.

There is no reason why you should not exercise if on prescribed medication unless a medical expert has advised differently.

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