Helping you look younger, act younger, and feel younger…
no matter what your driver’s license says
This issue is going out a half-day early due to Hurricane Sandy, which is not supposed to impact us directly but whose fringe winds and rains we’re already feeling. In an abundance of caution, just in case we do lose power or internet connectivity, I’m launching it Thursday afternoon instead of Friday morning. To those who may find themselves in the still-uncertain path of the storm, stay safe!
The opiinions and advice expressed by the writers herein are solely theirs. The publisher takes no position endorsing them and will not be held liable for any actual or perceived negative outcomes therefrom.
A note from the publisher…
Due to my rushing this issue out half a day early because of the oncoming storm, I did not have time to write anything for this space this week.
My Secret to Looking Younger
by Roberta Budvieta
School holidays. My granddaughter and her parents were visiting. The granddaughter had been with Grandpa in the other room, doing their creative things, when suddenly she rushed into the lounge, where I was talking to my son.
She waited for a break in the conversation (she is the polite one) and then dragged me into the other room to see a picture.
“Grandma, Grandma” she said, pointing to a picture on Grandpa’s computer. “Look at that old man. Grandpa says that he’s his baby brother, but Grandma, he looks so old. Is he really Grandpa’s baby brother?”
I looked at the picture, and I had to agree that he looked much older than my husband. There are nine years between them, but the man in the picture looked nine years older rather than nine years younger.
And that got me thinking about aging and why some people, including my husband and me, look much younger than their chronological ages.
The reason? Passion!
We enjoy living every day, having fun, earning some funds, and staying mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually fit. And we do so with passion.
How do you find passion in your life? How do you follow it?
Passion is not just emotion. It’s about living every moment as if it’s your last. It’s about breathing and keeping your heart beating. It’s the reason you can get up in the morning and spring into each day as if everything you do were critically important to the survival of the world as well as yourself.
Passion stimulates your creativity, and creativity urges us to do more. To do more with our time and more with our resources. It’s not about being locked into ourselves, but about sharing everything we can with the world around us.
Sure, you still have to make a living. You still have to do the mundane chores, and do the “boring” stuff to keep your cash flow working. But it’s about using everything you have, especially your experiences from the past.
The past is where you find the roots of your passion.
The present, the NOW, is where you apply your passion
The future is where your passion bears fruit.
So, the tips for looking and feeling younger:
Look first for and at your passions. You can have more than one, and the more the better! If the passion is real, it can make a difference to your community. Your community is those people you can reach out and touch, whether in your neighborhood or out there in cyberspace. Give freely to them. This giving can take many forms:
- You can give money.
- You can give time.
- You can create something that gives and gives and gives.
- You can make a change locally or globally.
The greatest gift a Baby Boomer can give to others is their support, wisdom, and encouragement. And you can often do this in a format that takes care of your needs too.
Here are some ideas of ways that you can follow your passion and make a difference and feel good!
- Start a community clean-up project.
- Work with executives who are stressed and need support—often just someone to talk to without judgment or fear of exploitation.
- Set up a grandparent drop-in center to share ideas with parents and have a cup of coffee inexpensively.
- Set up a toy or book library to share with others.
- Set up a trade exchange service to upgrade the neighborhood.
- Set up a service to get young people more involved in their community’s needs.
- Teach something
- How to cook
- How to sew clothes or goods
- How to knit, crochet, or do other handcrafts
- How to create a budget and stick to it
- How to eat better
- How to care for children
- How to find a job
- Write your life’s story and share it with others to help them cope with their life.
- Bring people together to play games, exercise, or do something interesting.
- Bring people together to solve a community issue.
- Set up a workshop to learn about health issues and managing them.
- Build a support network for survivors of different medical conditions.
When you are active and learning something new, you will stay young.
Learn something new and then share it with others. The fastest way to know something is to try teaching it to others. And there is so much to learn today. The internet gives us information and ideas, but it fails to really help us learn. That takes application and time.
Knowledge is more than being able to spout the facts. It is about being able to implement what has been learned.
And in today’s world, baby boomers can combine new learning with old experience to help others implement more. It is always fascinating to see how some trends come around again and again, but slightly more evolved.
Every day you have the opportunity to have fun. Fun is more than playing. Fun is about enjoying what you are doing. Boredom and aging are the result of no fun and no joy. Yes, we can be grateful for what we have, but we also need to have fun doing what we do. And if every day we have fun, we will be younger and healthier.
Today, make a choice to follow your passion. Make the choice to learn something new and share it with someone else. Today, give back to others the wonder of you, and you will feel younger, fitter, and better able to cope with the continued changes.
And if you ever wanted to start your own business, now could be the right time to do that too. Just learn to do it well. You will make a real difference.
Oh—my brother-in-law is an amazing artist but he paints seldom now, and while he enjoys his grandchildren, he seems to be drifting through his retirement. The result? A picture of an old man!
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Roberta Budvietas is a passionate, purposeful presenter who, for over 20 years, has helped people turn their ideas into $$$$S. She is the co-author of Eat the Rhino, Business Idea to Business Plan in 30 Bites” and several other e-books, articles and blogs designed to help people with their ideas, mindset and systems. Roberta is currently COO at Budvietas.com Ltd. Her give-backs include being a mentor with Business Mentors NZ, National President of National Speakers Association of New Zealand, and treasurer and newsletter editor for her Body Corporate.
The Skinny on Belly Fat
by Kristin Gabriel
Have you ever wondered why people tend to get big bellies as they age into their middle years? It’s a known fact that, as we age, the proportion of our fat to body weight usually increases—more in women than in men. For most women, especially during and after menopause, extra pounds pile on around the midsection, causing what is commonly known as the “middle age spread.” Also known as belly fat, in truth, it is essentially the visceral fat around your organs that can be a key component to many health problems—much more so than subcutaneous fat, which is the kind of fat you can pinch or grab.
Visceral fat is the kind of fat tissue that is housed deep within the abdominal cavity. It pads the spaces between your organs, and it is associated with metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. This kind of fat is also associated with the need for gallbladder surgery and even breast cancer.
The good news is that visceral fat diminishes pretty easily with diet and exercise, and at the same time this also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But the bad news is that the subcutaneous fat around the waist is very hard to get rid of, so it may take a lot of work to fit into your favorite jeans! Thankfully, however, this type of fat is generally not considered as much of a health threat as is visceral fat.
Today’s researchers are trying to measure abdominal fat and learn more about the correlation it has with these health risks, along with reviewing any changes that occur with age and overall weight gain. What they have found suggests that fat cells, particularly abdominal fat cells, are biologically active, almost like an endocrine gland. So these fat cells are constantly producing hormones and other substances that can seriously affect our health. Belly fat actually can disrupt the balance and functioning of these hormones such as lepton, normally released after a meal to curb the appetite.
Other researchers suspect that the drop in estrogen levels in women experiencing menopause is also linked to increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that promotes the accumulation of abdominal fat.
Fat cells also produce something known as adiponectin, a hormone that may influence the response of cells to insulin. Insulin is the pancreatic hormone that carries glucose into the body’s cells. Insulin resistance happens when the body’s muscle and liver cells don’t respond adequately to normal levels of insulin.
When glucose levels in the blood rise, the risk for diabetes gets stronger, and when all of these conditions are combined—insulin resistance, bad cholesterol levels (especially high triglycerides), high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and excess abdominal fat—they all create metabolic syndrome, which is a big risk factor for a stroke or heart disease.
The bottom line is that that lifestyle, especially exercise, is the best way to fight any kind of excess fat. But as for visceral fat, there is new research surrounding what we put on our skin, which really does matter, given that it is the largest organ in the human body. Doctors are finding benefits to detoxing the body of chemicals that have accumulated in the skin’s tissues and fat layers, and many now recommend using organic and natural alternatives to chemical and environmental irritants found in most personal care products.
A health writer, I also market a revolutionary new belly fat detox cream called BellyStripper, which has shown excellent results in reducing inches and pounds of abdominal tissue in test customers. Formulated to attract, absorb, and cleanse bacteria and metal ions from the fat layers and organs, BellyStripper’s pure, organic, detoxifying ingredients work at night while you sleep and cleanse away buildup to release waste fluids and support healthy lymphatic flow.
Born out of research focusing on detoxing the body of aluminum, the manufacturer, Herbalix Restoratives (www.herbalix.com), is an organic skin care company based in Port Ludlow Washington. The company is currently sponsoring a clinical trial to determine if their detoxification formulas could help prevent breast cancer.
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Kristin Gabriel has been writing since she was a child, culminating in a collection of poems and pieces about nature, animals, ghosts, relationships, and life.
For the last 20 years, Gabriel has been writing professionally about high technology, health, small business, fashion, and beauty. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines through the years and on countless blogs and article websites from high-tech to fashion, beauty, finance and health and beauty,
No Drugs, No Surgery, No Pain
by Kevin M. Cronin, PT, ATC, JSCC
Every year in the United States, musculoskeletal conditions, including trauma, account for more than 150 million visits to physician’s offices, and musculoskeletal diseases and conditions are the number-one cause of disability worldwide (1). A 1990 survey found that 14.4% of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain related to the joints and musculoskeletal system (2).
That percentage is sure to grow, as there are over 76 million baby boomers in the United States, who started to turn 65 years of age in 2011. Many of them have already experienced some of the more common musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back or neck pain, rotator cuff injuries, and arthritis-related joint problems. In spite of the overwhelming prevalence of such painful conditions, the underlying cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain remains, for the most part, a mystery. Immediate-care treatment is usually aimed at alleviating the symptoms, with muscle-relaxing, anti-inflammatory, or pain relieving medication. Longer-lasting solutions can often be found with physical therapy, which includes an exercise program specifically designed for the specific musculoskeletal problem.
A growing number of physical therapists are discovering that a gentle manual therapy technique, originally developed by an osteopathic physician, is providing long-lasting relief for many different painful musculoskeletal conditions. The technique is called Strain/Counterstrain, and it can eliminate the muscle tightness and spasm that is present with nearly all painful conditions. Strain/Counterstrain, sometimes referred to as “positional release technique,” is both an evaluation and a treatment technique, making it easy for a clinician to quickly assess the entire body for areas of pain and dysfunction, and then apply the specific treatmen needed to correct the dysfunction and alleviate the pain.
How does strain/counterstrain work?
Strain/Counterstrain is a manual therapy technique. This means the physical therapist uses only their hands to place the painful body part in a comfortable, relaxed position, which shortens or slackens the tight, painful tissue. Holding the body part in this comfortable, relaxed position for 45 to 90 seconds reduces the underlying muscle spasm by “resetting” tiny receptors in the muscle called “muscle spindles.” When muscle spasm is reduced, muscle pain is relieved, and normal joint function is restored. Retraining the muscles in the area with exercise then helps to prevent the spasm from returning. To see treatment examples and hear real life experiences with Strain/Counterstrain, visit
Who can benefit from strain/counterstrain?
Anyone experiencing pain! Strain/counterstrain has helped improve the quality of life for people with neck and back pain, arthritis, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, headaches, and much more. And because Strain/Counterstrain is so gentle, it is appropriate to use it with an aging population, who may not be able to tolerate more vigorous treatments or strenuous exercise.
Where can I find a practitioner trained in strain/counterstrain?
Not all physical therapists are trained in strain/counterstrain. In Illinois, for example, there are currently only three practitioners certified in strain/counterstrain. There are several more who have had advanced training in the technique. Advanced Rehabilitation Clinics, Inc., a provider of outpatient physical therapy services in the Chicago area, mentors their licensed physical therapists in the strain/counterstrain technique. This one-on-one mentoring ensures that consistent outcomes and great results are achieved for all patients.
For contact information on strain/counterstrain practitioners anywhere in the United States, go to: www.jiscs.com and click on “Search For Practitioner.”
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Kevin Cronin is the founder of Advanced Rehabilitation Clinics, Inc. (ARC Physical Therapy), recognized as experts in treating chronic pain and spine conditions with natural and painless treatment techniques (strain/counterstrain) that result in long-lasting relief . Mr. Cronin became certified in Jones strain/counterstrain with the first group of practitioners to receive the distinction, in August 2003, and he has conducted workshops on strain/counterstrain for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) and the Illinois Athletic Trainer’s Association (IATA). He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Governor’s State University for the past two years, introducing physical therapy students at GSU to strain/counterstrain evaluation and treatment techniques. ARC Physical Therapy has been a provider of outpatient manual physical therapy since 1996, with locations in the city and suburbs of Chicago.
Look and Feel Well at any Age!
by Rico Caveglia
The average lifespan of Americans is now approximately 80 years. Many affluent Americans are living even longer due to their high standard of living and access to cutting edge medical care. However, the big questions to ask yourself are:
- 1. 1. Is this longer life really enjoyable?
- 2. Am I able to physically to do most of what I want to do?
- 3. Do I have constant aches and pains?
- 4. Am I spending a big portion of my time visiting a variety of doctors?
Just go to any mainstream clinic or hospital, and you will see that they are overflowing. Many of the people you will see there are bent over, moving slowly, and using walkers.
I have been a personal trainer, working with clients of all ages for the past 31 years, and I know that although this is the norm for the majority of people even in their sixties, it does not have to be this way.
Quality vs. quantity of life.
I believe quality of life is more important than quantity, although they can and should go together. Quality means being able to function well both physically and mentally at any age. It is being free from chronic discomfort and dis-ease in your body. It is being well enough to continue to make a contribution to society as well as enjoying the physical pleasures of having a healthy, fit body. In other words, quality of life is about not getting old.
Aging vs. old
“Aging” means reaching your full potential, becoming mature like fine aged wine. To be “old” means to be worn out, unexcited about life. We can’t stop aging—it’s a natural process—but getting old is something we allow to happen. We allow our bodies to deteriorate as a result of our unhealthy lifestyles. So the key is to learn how to properly take care of our physical bodies.
Health and fitness for seniors
I dislike the term “senior.” It puts us each in a box and implies that we have limitations and convinces us each to think and act like an old person.
Everyone at every age needs daily exercise and good nutrition to stay healthy and fit. An effective program is one that is suited to your specific current physical condition, abilities, and lifestyle.
We are all capable of doing much better than we tend to believe. There are numerous examples of very healthy and fit individuals in their eighties and nineties. We just need a moderate, well-rounded program, implemented consistently.
Too much or too little
Most of our physical and mental challenges stem from an excess or a lack of something. Lack of a life purpose or low self-esteem is what keeps most people from taking better care of their bodies. Too much stress, junk food, alcohol, and prescription drugs, and lack of good nutrition, exercise, and rest all contribute to getting old.
The vast majority of bad posture, muscular weakness and stiffness are due to the lack of a proper regular exercise program. In order to have good aerobic capacity, balance, posture, and physical strength, we all need to exercise daily.
Take control of your body and your life.
If your physical limitations stem from physical neglect, I say throw away those walkers and get busy improving your strength, balance, and flexibility. Consult with a qualified personal trainer, or begin a regular yoga practice to start you on the right track. I promise that if you begin to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, you will look and feel much better, and you will be able to live a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
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Rico Caveglia is America’s Anti-Growing-Old Trainer. He is an author, speaker, health, fitness, longevity ,and wellness/life coach. He is the creator of the Ageless Living Lifestyle and author of 15 books on wellness. Get your four free wellness training videos at www.AgelessLivingLifestyle.com
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