You have a passion for fitness, or maybe just a particular niche (like Zumba). You’re so committed that you went ahead and got certified in your fitness love of choice, read regular blogs on the subject and perhaps dream of owning your own yoga studio one day. That’s an admirable goal, but it’s also a highly competitive field. However, there’s not just one type of personality that has the makings for a successful fitness entrepreneur.
It’s going to take more than keeping up with fitness news and your own workouts (although those are both very important factors). You’re going to always be facing people with stronger business skills, those with “better bodies” and gyms that cater to the latest trend. If you’re up for the challenge, you likely have one of these key personalities:
1. The natural coach
Maybe you used to coach your kids’ basketball team or you’ve always been the cheerleader in any groups project. It’s not easy or natural to be a coach for most people, but clients are drawn to it. If you know how to get the best out of people and make sure they enjoy doing it, you’re already a step ahead. It’s the foundation of a successful fitness business.
2. The health guru
Do you have degrees related to fitness or nutrition, have personally tried an abundance of lifestyle changes and tricks (like fasted workouts while sipping BCAA water) and are all about self-education? Even if you’re not a natural coach, clients are going to be after you for that information. You’re basically a walking health degree and that’s in high demand.
3. The motivator
This is different than the coach because you might not have any experience leading groups, but you’re empathetic, passionate, compassionate and a fantastic listener. You’ll attract clients who not only want a coach, but who also want someone who makes them feel their best. You’re naturally a people person, optimistic and bring out the best in everyone you meet.
4. The Type-A
Perhaps the most common of all these personality traits, you can’t run a successful business on a love of fitness alone. You need to buckle down when it comes to wooing investors, writing business plans, researching the best commercial space and basically getting everything done (even the boring stuff). There’s a reason Type-A personalities are often successful.
Ready to get the ball rolling (or tossed)? It’s the era of the entrepreneur and perfect timing for you.
Working out is critical to your health with cardio, balance and flexibility, and strength training all equally important. However, “fitness” doesn’t just belong at the gym and there are many ways to improve it without putting on your Lululemons. Consider your well-being holistically, as a whole, and that fitness encompasses more than just a good workout session. There are a number of ways to up your fitness and well-being without working up a sweat.
For example, staying on top of proper sleep hygiene and maybe investing in a CPAP machine if you have sleep apnea is critical for your health. Saving the right amount of each paycheck is a critical part of your financial fitness. There are thousands of improvements you can make to bolster your fitness levels. Here are a few to consider:
1. Establish a sleep ritual
Avoid looking at a screen or eating two hours before bed, ditch as much light as possible in your bedroom, and check out a sleep app to monitor your nightly activity. These are all great ways to sleep better, which can lead to a stronger immune system, more energy and even a longer life. Sleep is critical, yet going without has become strangely revered. Don’t fall into that entrapment, and instead prioritize sleep just like you do eating healthy.
2. Create a great skin regimen
No matter what your gender or age, taking care of the biggest organ you have is critical. A skin regimen doesn’t need to take long or be expensive, but you do need to find something that works for you (and which involves applying SPF whenever you leave the house). It can be a cue to your body to wake up in the mornings and slow down at night. You only have one face, and it’s your best accessory; take care of it.
3. Donate or volunteer
Your emotional, spiritual and mental well-being is dependent on many things, including charity and philanthropy. Whether you prefer to volunteer at a hospice, donate regularly to a favorite charity or simply practice kindness actively, these are all ways to improve your “karma fitness.” This is something that’s learned and practiced, not necessarily innate, but remember that you should also enjoy whichever option you choose.
“Fitness” can mean just about anything, but don’t forget to sneak in those regular workouts, too. After all, you need a healthy body to complement a healthy mind and spirit.
The subject of pacifiers can be contentious, and quite a few parents worry about whether to provide their child with one. In fact they do have their place, and the Academy of General Dentistry has concluded there are benefits and downsides to using pacifiers to comfort young babies and children.
The main purpose of using a pacifier is to provide comfort to a young child, and a pacifier can do this very effectively. It is also interesting to note that pacifier usage can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, this is because babies who go to sleep with a pacifier tend to sleep more deeply than those without. Babies without pacifiers can more easily be roused from deep sleep, and this could result in them stopping breathing. These can seem like very good reasons for using a pacifier, so what are the cons of pacifier use?
Shape of the Child's Teeth and Jaws
The main downside of using a pacifier is the effect it can have on the overall shape and development of the child’s teeth and jaws. Prolonged use can result in changes to the shape of the roof of the mouth. This can prevent the mouth from developing as it should, and may affect the way the teeth are aligned. In addition, some parents dip a pacifier in sweet substances such as honey before giving it to a child. This greatly increases the risk of tooth decay as the pacifier can be left in their mouth for long periods of time. If a child drops a pacifier, there is a huge temptation for the caregiver or parent to clean the pacifier in their own mouth before giving it back to a fretful child. This conveniently passes on all the germs from the adult’s mouth to the baby’s mouth, which again increases their risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
It is best to restrict pacifier use to times when a young child is trying to fall asleep. The pacifier should be meticulously clean and shouldn’t be dipped in anything sweet before being given to the baby. It is best to pick pacifiers that are designed to have ventilation holes in the outer shield, as this makes it easier for the child to breathe, particularly if the pacifier becomes wedged in their throat for any reason.
It is recommended that parents or caregivers stop providing a pacifier by age two. If there have been any changes to their jaw development, these should correct themselves within six months or so of quitting the habit. You’ll find your pediatric dentist can provide lots of helpful tips on how to break the habit with the minimum of fuss and discomfort for both adult and child. There are lots of ways to discontinue use, but generally speaking it is easier to do it sooner rather than later, when a baby is too young to remember having one. Some parents will find it easiest to simply stop completely, while others will paint the pacifier with something that tastes bad, such as anti-nail-biting solution or will dip it in white vinegar. Others suggest to their children that they give away their pacifier to a young baby who needs it more than them. However it is worth noting that in practice an old pacifier should simply be dumped as it is not hygienic to give it away!
Form maintaining digital records to speedy, accurate diagnoses, technology has a big impact on the healthcare industry and your health. This much-needed upgrade of the healthcare industry includes translation tools and mobile apps to help people monitor their numbers and stay active. Advances in technology for doctors and hospitals could improve patient treatment and save money in healthcare costs.
How Computers Improve Treatments
Supercomputers are able to keep track of patient history and compare their symptoms and previous treatments to the latest medical research. They can analyze treatment options and instantly give recommendations to doctors who will see health issues in the early stages and can prescribe treatments and medication. These supercomputers are now beginning to be tested in hospitals.
How Computers Help Communication
There are translation programs for doctors and other healthcare providers that include mobile apps. The doctor can ask a question to the app, and it will translate it into another language. This will greatly speed up consultations that otherwise relied on finding translators or medical assistants who are fluent in other languages to communicate with patients.
Social networking has linked the world, but now a social network type program is available that is exclusively for doctors. It links physicians all over the country, so they can collaborate online on difficult cases.
There are also online services that connect doctors and patients, saving a visit to the Emergency Room. It is estimated that about 70 percent of ER visits are unnecessary because people don’t know what to do. With this service, patients talk to a doctor who directs them to the right place or treatment. The patient connects with top medical specialists. This technology will also help employers save money on health insurance. Doctors are available free-of-charge 24/7 by email or phone.
Technology helps with treatments and diagnoses, and allows doctors to treat more patients that before, but it also works to keep people from requiring doctors. There are mobile apps that monitor activity and record the number of exercises performed, calories burned, sleep required and proper nutrition. They can even monitor the quality of sleep a person has over a period of time and offer suggestions for getting good sleep. These apps provide menus and can aid the diet-conscious. They use different features to motivate users.
As technology finds more and more places where it can improve the healthcare industry, people are getting better treatment, faster. They have access to their physicians, and doctors have access to each other for collaboration with specialists. Computers analyze patient’s data and recommend efficient treatments, giving doctors a much clearer picture of the patient’s issues. There are conferences where the latest healthcare technology is showcased, so it can be tested and understood by physicians, clinics and hospitals. Builders of the technology also attend to listen to suggestions and promote their latest designs. With pill bottles that text patients if they forget to take their medication and 24 hour video chat with nurses, staying healthy is easy.
For some migraine patients, surgery is a valid treatment, according to Health Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons. The surgery consists of decompressing the migraine trigger site by reaching it from under the scalp down to the eye. This is the commonly used endoscopic approach, which is not suitable for everyone. For sufferers who are not suitable for this method, cosmetic eyelid surgery is the bonus that goes along with getting rid of migraines. Just as with breast lift Miami, this procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery for Migraines
The reason patients may not be suitable for the common treatment is because of their anatomical issues or the surgeon’s lack of access to endoscopes or lack of experience with them. The alternative surgical method for treating migraines reaches the decompression site with the same method used for cosmetic eyelid surgery. The team that conducted the research was from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. They found that for certain patients, an incision through the upper eyelid resulted in an equally effective decompression of the nerves that cause migraines.
All of the patients who participated in the study suffered from chronic nerve compression migraine headache. This was previously confirmed by their response to nerve block or Botox treatments.
The Results of the Research
The positive response rate for participants in the study was 90.7 percent. In 51.3 percent of the patients, migraine headaches were completely eliminated. About one fifth of the participants experienced an 80 percent reduction of symptom, and almost one third had 50 to 80 percent of their symptoms ended.
What Are Migraine Headaches?
Headaches are the third major reason that people look for emergency care. The rate of migraine headaches is higher in women 18 – 44 years where 26.1 percent have severe headaches or migraines every three months.
People who suffer from migraine headaches experience significant pain in one area of the head. The pain is usually accompanied by sensitivity to sound and light as well as nausea. People who have chronic migraines, especially those that are preceded by the sight of an aura, have an increased risk of strokes. The chain of events that trigger migraines is not completely understood, but some triggers have been identified.
Migraine patients can be restored to full, productive lives if they have site decompression surgery. For those who are not able to have the common endoscopic surgery, the path through the eyelid is an alternative that works. It comes with the added bonus of cosmetic eyelid surgery.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a procedure that is performed by a trained, experienced cosmetic surgeon. The aim of the procedure is to improve the appearance of the eyelid. It can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid. It will remove loose or sagging skin, reduce puffiness, and remove bags under the eyes and more. It will rejuvenate the skin around the eyes, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. For those who suffer from migraines, this procedure is a win/win situation.
Most people are aware that sufficient sleep is one of the most important aspects of health. So, why do so few of us get enough of it?
Some regard sleeping as a waste of time, but without sufficient sleep, we’ll waste more time working inefficiently and ineffectively when we’re awake.
Why is sleep important?
Sleep plays a vital role in good health. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, adequate amounts of sleep can maintain and improve your quality of life.
Our lives are profoundly affected by our quality of sleep. As we sleep, our bodies work to support physical health and proper brain function. But what does that look like from a practical standpoint?
For your brain, sleep allows new pathways to form, and that encourages better retention of information the next day. In physical terms, sleep encourages healing and repair of damaged blood vessels, better hormonal balance, and improved immune system functioning.
Emotionally, sleep improves decision-making, while diminishing depression and anxiety.
Our sleepless society
Despite the value of sleep, the American Psychological Association says “[…] at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more.”
Some of these are self-induced, while others are uncontrollable. Among the most frequently reported causes of poor sleep are:
- Not enough time. More than anything else, poor sleeping habits are caused by an ostensible lack of time. The demands of 60-hour workweeks, relationships, parenting, and extracurricular commitments whittle away at our free time, and leave millions of people with only a couple of hours to rest each night.
- Undue stress. Even when people are able to consistently get six, seven, or eight hours of sleep per night, heavy amounts of stress and anxiety can limit the quality of that sleep. Instead of drifting into a deep state of rest, people worry about responsibilities, failures, and commitments.
- Various disorders. For still others, it’s less about time constraints or stress and more caused by actual sleep disorders. These can include sleep apnea, heavy snoring, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, and circadian rhythm disorders.
Tips for getting better sleep
Thankfully, there are solutions for improving your sleep and regaining health. Whether you suffer from lack of time, stress, or a physical disorder, better sleep is attainable.
Here are a few tips from sleep experts:
- Realign your thinking. Millions of people get stuck in the routine of accepting fatigue as a way of life. However, according to Dr. Michael Breus, “Feeling tired should never be considered normal.” Sometimes it takes a simple readjustment to make sleep a priority.
- Limit hindrances. What you put in your body matters as much as the external factors around you. For better sleep, try limiting your intake of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and other chemicals that will interfere with natural sleep cycles. These stimulants can keep you awake, or in the case of alcohol, increase the number of times you wake up during the night.
- Stick to a schedule. Your body operates on what is known as a circadian rhythm. This means it likes to adjust to certain timeframes and schedules. When you’re constantly changing your bedtime, it can’t establish a consistency. For best results, maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
- Take care of snoring. Snoring is very common and is usually indicative of larger problems beneath the surface. According to Good Morning Snore Solution, “While [snoring] is certainly a nuisance for bed partners or roommates, it can also inhibit the quality of sleep you get on a nightly basis. Don’t chalk up snoring as a minor annoyance, but rather address the problem head on.”
- Set the mood. Is your environment conducive to sleep? Your room should be dark, quiet, and cool for high-quality slumber. You can achieve this by investing in blackout curtains, earplugs, a quiet fan, and a white noise device. Also try to limit distractions such as watching television while in bed and allowing pets in your room.
- Cautious napping. Napping is a great way to catch up on lost sleep, but be wary of making it a habit. Too much napping can throw off your circadian rhythm and put you into a cycle of insomnia. If you need a nap during the day, try to limit your sleep time to 20 or 30 minutes.
- Establish bedtime rituals. As you’ve probably noticed, the human body responds well to rituals and patterns. Doing the same things at night can help your body understand when it’s time to unwind for the day. This may include taking a hot shower, listening to relaxing music, or reading a book. Find a routine that makes sense for you, and use it to train your body.
With a little practice and determination, sleep can become less of a nuisance and more of a rejuvenating process you enjoy and appreciate.
We all know fitness is essential to our health and well-being. Whether weight loss is on your list of priorities or you’re simply working toward a healthy lifestyle, obstacles may block your process.
As adults, we may be busy with kids, the house, work, and countless other demands of our lives. Many responsibilities are unavoidable and must come first.
Nevertheless, we are not going to be at our best when our diet slips, exercise is infrequent, and we simply have not been taking proper care of ourselves. Self-care is the foundation of success in other avenues of life; if we live well, we can perform well.
A major roadblock
One of the biggest obstacles to a healthy, balanced life is work. Most of us spend at least 2,000 hours a year at our job, if not more.
If your job requires movement, you may experience safety issues or the feeling of being overworked. On the other hand, millions of people working desk jobs may face even greater health risks.
The following tips offer corporate desk job workers some ideas for wellness without having to quit the field.
- Steal movement. You may feel chained to your own desk, constantly entering data into computers, sitting in boardrooms, or working with clients at desks and tables. Combat this by starting and ending your day with extra movement. If you rely on public transportation, walk to the next stop instead of the one nearest your home, and get off one stop early coming back. If you drive, park your car in a distant parking spot to get more steps toward an ideal goal of 10,000 a day.
- Set a timer or watch the clock to ensure you get up from your desk approximately every 30-45 minutes. Visit a colleague’s cubicle or office to chat about an upcoming task, rather than instant messaging or emailing. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Take ten minutes of your lunch break to power-walk a lap around the office or out to your far-parked car.
- Don’t forget to check your posture frequently while sitting at your desk. Avoid rounding your spine or hunching. Engage your abdominal muscles, pin your shoulder blades together, and keep your legs planted flat on the floor. Roll your wrists and ankles and introduce movement into your joints every hour. Stand and bend to the floor or twist your spine to experience the necessary spinal movements to keep your body healthy.
Now a wellness enthusiast, Davis had this to say about his desk job slump: “In my profession, I spend a lot of time sitting. I caught myself in a window reflection during a meeting, hunched over the table, and I decided in that moment to focus on my posture and movement. I feel more confident and look more professional when I consider the way I move during my workday.”
Think about nutrition
If you’re notorious for buying fast food or patronizing restaurants on your lunch breaks, save money and calories by switching to a homemade lunch. This will give you a few extra minutes, which you’d otherwise spend driving and ordering, to add some movement in your day.
Avoid the company vending machines, and keep away from other salty snacks, sugary candies, and sweetened beverages. Power through your day with water, tea, and plain coffee rather than expensive lattes, sodas, or energy drinks that are high in calories.
Diet and exercise are the main two elements of a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to de-stress by leaving your work at the office and enjoying time with family and friends during non-working hours.
Make sure you get the necessary hours of quality sleep at night by winding down for one hour of quiet screen-free time before bed. Finally, be sure to stretch every morning to invigorate your body, and try our tips to conquer your desk-job body blues.
Everyone wants to look and feel young. Since immortality still has yet to be discovered, people have had to resort to other methods to appear younger and live longer and more youthful lives.
However, there are healthy and unhealthy ways to do this. It’s important that you focus on the former and avoid the unhealthy methods in your search for youthfulness. Take a look at some of the good and bad ways to go about this.
Unhealthy ways to preserve youth
Before looking into healthy ways to preserve your youth, let’s examine some of the things you should not try. Here are a few of the things you’ll want to avoid:
- Tanning. Tanning is popular among people of all age groups. While it is not healthy for anyone, it is especially dangerous for older people who hope to stay young. That’s because as you age, your skin loses its ability to retain moisture and firmness. Instead, it begins to dry and sag. Overexposure to sunlight – or tanning beds – will accelerate this process and leave you looking older than before.
- Crash dieting. Weight gain usually comes with age. Your metabolism slows down as time passes and your body isn’t able to burn calories the way it did in the past. With that being said, crash dieting is not a healthy option. Such diets might sound promising, but they can have negative effects on individuals who have weaker immune systems and vitamin deficiencies. Instead, eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet and concentrate on consuming fresh fruits and veggies.
- Risky behaviors. While you may crave the adventure of your youth, engaging in risky behaviors as a way of reliving the past is not wise. Instead, embrace who you are and make the most of what you can do.
- Trying to be a younger version. This goes along with risky behaviors. You shouldn’t try to be younger by changing the way you dress and socialize. Most people see right through these tricks and find them a turn-off. They prefer you to be genuine and true.
Healthy ways to preserve your youth
While the world constantly throws unhealthy habits in your path, there are redeeming ways to preserve your youth. Here are a few of the best:
- Just relax. Stress is known as the silent killer because it has the ability to affect nearly every part of your body. It sneaks up and destroys your body’s functions, emotional health, and overall well-being. Take on the mantra of “Just Relax” and avoid this unnecessary villain.
- Eat healthy. While crash dieting may send you crashing to the floor, a healthy diet can have you soaring. By eating healthy fats, fresh fruits and veggies, and nutrient-packed foods, you can enhance proper body functioning and reduce the presence of aches and pains. The best anti-aging foods include superfruits and protein-rich foods. These help your body maintain the appropriate levels of nutrients and retain muscle mass.
- Exercise. A sedentary lifestyle is not the answer to eternal youthfulness. You need to get up and exercise as much as possible. Depending on personal limitations, you should be getting about 30 minutes of exercise each day. Exercise helps keep your heart healthy, releases pain-killing endorphins, and encourages mobility. Adopt a regular workout routine that consists of cardio and light weightlifting or aerobics.
- Creative thinking. In addition to keeping your body healthy, it’s important to strengthen your mind. Make sure you pursue hobbies and interests that keep you thinking. Solving problems and producing creative ideas are important in the fight against memory loss.
- Sleep well. The older you get, the more sleep you need. Make sure you are getting a minimum of eight hours of sleep every night. This gives your body a chance to rest and lets you rejuvenate and reenergize for the day ahead.
- Stay pampered. The final piece of advice is to pamper your nails, hair, and skin. By taking care of your visual appearance, you will look and feel younger. This is beneficial from both a physical and emotional standpoint. Since it’s your body’s largest organ, your skin should be cared for in a respectful manner. Only use products with fresh, natural ingredients and stay away from any that contain harsh chemicals. L’dara is an example of a solution gaining popularity as a new serum for anti-aging.
While it’s okay to desire youthfulness, you should ultimately be happy with who you are. Avoid dangerous promises of youth, and pursue healthy alternatives that leave you looking and feeling excellent.