Beauty is in the Soul

It is true that beauty is in the eye of beholder, yet beauty is also equally present in one other very important place.  And that place is inside the opinion of oneself.  If you view yourself as beautiful, you will also see yourself as worthy of care and nurturing.   This view of yourself is not about whether or not you are thin or fat or have blond hair, it is about how you feel in your skin and your overall happiness and opinion of yourself.

Care and Nurturing of yourself has a vast array of applications, some of which are:

  • Feeding your soul with enriching activities.  Taking time to keep your passions alive.  This also not always being the caretaker of others but putting your care first and foremost some of time.  By constantly seeking new passions and expanding on the passions that awaken your excitement in life. This is what happiness is made of.
  • Fueling your body with nourishment to stay healthy and active.  Which also holds equal importance to abstaining from harmful foods and substances because you value the precious vessel which is your body.
  • Being active every day, enough activity to produce sweat and bring your heart rate up to optimum aerobic limits for your age group.

 

 

Anti-Aging and Activity

Being sedentary (inactive) causes changes which accelerated aging at the cellular level.  These changes create a vicious circle.  Being sedentary creates unhealthy cells and which then snowball into creating an even more sedentary lifestyle.

According to  American Journal of Epidemiology, inactivity shortens the telomeres at the ends of chromosomes and shorter telomeres causes aging.

Essentially this inactivity causes older, and therefore unhealthier cells.

“Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle,” said Aladdin Shadyab, lead author of the study, from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

“Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age.”

The most sedentary among the women included in the study were biologically eight years older biologically than the women who had moderate activity for at least 30 minutes a day.

Aging of  healthy cells was slowed in women who got more than 30 minutes a day of moderate activity.

Regular engagement in physical activity increased anti-oxidant activity and may induce anti-inflammatory responses.

We do know that regular physical activity helps to reduce mortality and prolong life, and now we know part of that advantage may be due to the preservation of telomeres.

Take Away Tip: The laziness factor

If you sit at your computer during the day and evening, like most of us, it is wise to get up and take a break.  Try to move every few hours.  For each hour sitting, we recommend at least five minutes of walking or other movement.

Example: For every 8 hours of sitting you will need 40 minutes of walking to counteract the effects of inactivity.   Sleeping (up to 8 hours per night) doesn’t count.  Getting your 8 hours of beauty sleep is just as important as being physically active.

 “The more physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies.”The study found that people who exercise vigorously, women would need to do aerobic activity, jog etc. for 30 minutes – at least five times a week, have younger cells as measured through the length of telomeres.

Telomeres are protein endcaps of our chromosomes. These endcaps shorten as we age because each time a cell replicates, they shorten a tiny bit. Exercise appears to stave this off this shortening.

The shortest telomeres were observed in subjects with a sedentary lifestyle.

 

Revenge Body

Do you want revenge?

  • Can revenge be used as motivation to help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals?
  • Do you want to let Karma handle your revenge or do you want to take it into your own hands?

This is the premise of the new series starring Khloe Kardashian airing on Thursday nights at 8 PM on E.

Khloe asks contestants..Do you want revenge?

Khloe then matches fitness experts and nutritionists with these overweight and out of shape “vengefuls” to help them attain their improved revenge body.

 

 

 

 

 

Although revenge doesn’t cancel out the behaviors that hurt us, it can motivate us at the core of our primal instincts.  The primal instinct I am referring to is social rank and order.

This instinct in humans is subconsciously, fairly or not, based on the ability to successfully reproduce offspring.

Although modern eating and lifestyle behaviors have made many of us overweight, we still have that drive to be healthy and fit.

Health and fitness manifests as a beautiful body which insures our ability to mate and therefore pass on our genes.  It insures the survival of our species.

Our bodies are fighting a constant contradiction: Our brains our telling us to over eat and store up abundant energy in case of famine and yet at the same time, we all have a natural instinct to look better than our rivals.

Khloe Kardashian has a revenge body herself.  Khloe Kardashian began to hit the gym as a coping mechanism after her failed marriage to retired basketball player and incorrigible womanizer, Lamar Odom.  I must say she has successfully retaliated. Touché Lamar.

Living well and being happy is the best revenge, it has been said. However experts suggest that feeling good about how you look can help you be happier and feel more confident in many areas of your life. Although some experts are concerned with the message this is sending, many also believe that retaliation can come in many non-threatening ways which allow one to regain self respect and a sense of healing.

For myself personally, I have been using this concept as a way to keep myself going at the gym and to stop myself from over eating..   Your revenge body starts here.