Amazingly Simple Source of Life Power

We all want more power in our lives, don’t we? Power to do more, experience life to the fullest, be more present for our loved ones. But the everyday struggles and work sometimes seem to drain us empty. Yet everyone of us has access to this virtually free, generally available source of personal power.

What is it?

It’s simply physical exercise!

Exercise is  just what we need to achieve a whole host of positive results. It reduces stress and gives our body the extra energy it needs to carry
out normal living.

Whether you need more motivation to act and work, more energy to play, or need to improve your blood pressure – physical exercise will give all of that. Even if you are wondering how to grow taller overnight – this, believe me, can also be achieved through exercise!

The best results of exercise are achieved with the use of mixed techniques and forms of activity: weight lifting, cardio, calistenics, swimming, jogging. Additionally, to achieve better and faster results, the right nutrition is of great importance. You don’t want to run on empty batteries!

If you add consistency over time of all those activities, you will reap the benefits of exercise for long long years.

Now, not everyone can afford or has the possibility to take part in all those listed forms of activity. But don;t let that constraint stop you from getting healthier! With a little bit of initiative you can figure out how to do most of those forms of exercise.

How to exercise

There are many forms of exercise and each has its own best way of execution. For example, in weight training there are so called “refined techniques”. They comprise of assuming a correct form of the body in order to isolate specific muscles or to target specific areas of the body. Additionally, to achieve maximum effect, you’ll need to eliminate any type of momentum. That means to move the weights slowly and really make the muscle burn.

One more important factor is to use your full range of motion for a given joint. It makes the muscle to contract for the appropriate amount of time and makes the tendons achieve the correct length.

Another type of exercise is so called “Functional exercise“.  This popular technique will stimulate the core and torso of your body while you work on another muscle group at the same time. For example, when you perform a dumbell press while lying on an exercise ball, or when you swing a kettlebell.

Your abdominal muscles and core muscles will contract to hold your body in position, while your chest and tricep muscles will push the
dumbells up. This type of exercise causes maximum stimulation of your body and keeps the workout interesting and refreshing.

“Cardio” is another exercise that is great for the heart and lungs. It distributes enormous amounts of oxygen all across your body and allows for significant boost in calories burn. The total number of calories you burn is very important along with maintaining the right heart rate. The formula for your heart rate is 220 minus your age times 50% for the lower number, then 220 minus you age and times 70% for the upper number.

This is also known as fat burning zone. We all want it so bad! Cardio will also de-toxify the body and help to strengthen the immune system. The
muscles will contract and pass the lymph along, which will allow the immune system to clear away dead cells and bring new ones in.

Important Detail

Every time, before you exercise, warming up is very important. It will prepare your body for the more demanding form of movement, be it weight lifting or cardio. You should always allow 15 – 30 minutes prior to weight lifting, and 10 – 15 minutes prior to cardio exercises, for a proper warm-up.

Such a warm-up consists of a series of movements that are supposed to target virtually every muscle in your body. Yet you should not overload the muscles. Just let them know they will be used soon. You should feel physically warm, even break a sweat during a good warm-up.

Afterwards you should also stretch as this will help get the blood flowing through your muscles.

Ideal Workout Schedule

An ideal schedule for working out is to warm yourself up then follow that with cardio. You can lift weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday then do cardio only on Tuesday and Thursday.

Even though you may think your schedule is simply too busy to maintain a schedule for working out, you’ll find that adding exercise will actually add
more time, as you’ll have a lot more energy in your normal everyday life. You can think of exercise as the batteries that will help to give your life power.

If you want more detailed gym routine, take a look at this video, it has all the details:

Personally, I work out every day on weekdays and often on weekends as well. And I work full time plus write on this blog. I find myself pretty tired in the afternoon, after dinner. but I still have to sit to write. That’s for me a perfect moment to work out, I’ve found. After half an hour of either cardio or kettlebell – my energy is fully back for another solid 3 hours! So if you have to work late – exercise should become your coffee.

We have not covered yoga here at all – that’s because there will be a whole another series of posts on that highly beneficial form of work out.

Till then – grab your sneakers and go move a little. You’ll thank me later!

Have an amazing day!

3 Scientific Reasons to Meditate Today

Meditation is simply the practice of removing thoughts from our mind while focusing on a thought.

As a beginner this is all you need to do, and all you need to practice to instantly feel and understand its benefits.

As one masters the art of focusing on a thought vs many thoughts one is then able to advance into the level of practicing the state of no thought. This is extremely difficult and only comes to those who have been meditating for many years.

Attaining the level of no thought, is also described by some as loosing the self or becoming one with the universe or even transcending into the state of enlightenment.

Another point I want to clarify is that meditation is not a religious practice. However many religions have the practice of meditation embedded in them, which is probably the reason why many confuse the two.

I have been meditating regularly for about two years now, and the big turning point in my practice came when I decided to attend a 10 days silent meditation retreat in Nepal in the summer of 2014. It has revolutionized my life and my well being in ways I can’t explain.

Here are 3 scientific reasons why you should consider meditating today.

1) The practice of meditation helps preserve the brain from aging. 

A research team from UCLA discovered that the brains of those who meditate long term are better preserved than those who don’t. Click here to read more about the actual studies they conducted.

Long-term meditators were found to have more grey matter volume in their brains compared to the non-meditators.

2) Meditation is as strong as the anti depressant pills for anxiety and depression.

A study at John Hopkins proved that meditation had an effect of 0.3 in reducing anxiety and depression.

0.3 also happens to be the same amount of result caused by taking anti depressant pills.

So why take pills that slowly kill us when we can simply sit and meditate for 20 minutes a day?

So if this is the effect of meditation on patients suffering from depression and anxiety, imagine the positive effect it will have on the average healthy Joe.

3) Only a few days of practicing meditation is required to observe notable improvements in focus and concentration.

We have all heard about how meditation can improve our focus and concentration.

Well now we have science backing this up.

A recent study found that only a few weeks of meditation helped the subjects of the study improve on their over all ability to focus and concentrate by a whopping 16%.

A future article will contain information on how to start meditating.

Send me an email or leave a comment below if you would like to know the precise techniques I use to meditate.

And simply start meditating today. The benefits are overwhelming.

Have an amazing day!

Powerful Lessons from the 14th Dalai Lama

Powerful Lessons from the 14th Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama or Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of Tibet and most of the Buddhist world.

At the tender age of 2, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama the 13th.

During the Tibetan uprising, he fled to India where he has been living ever since as a refugee.

He travels the world investigating the link between Buddhism and Science and teaching the world to be happy through the practice of compassion. 

He was rightly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

 Here are a few Powerful lessons from the 14th Dalai Lama.

 “The true hero is one who conquered his own anger and hatred”  

This sounds fairly straight forward but happens to be extremely difficult to practice. 

  We have scientific evidence today that proves, anger can have a detrimental impact on our physical health and can lead to premature death. 

 To live a happy and healthy, we must learn to let go of anger. 

 Some of us have more of it than others, and this has a lot to do with the way we were raised and conditioned by the elders in our lives. 

 However the amazing fact remains that anger is a mental issue which we can learn to let go of. 

 The practice of meditation and compassion are the main tools that I use to understand and let go of my anger.  

 Following film goes to show that even inmates who are sentenced for life are able to let go of their immense anger through the practice of meditation. 

“The purpose of our life is to be happy.”

Most spiritual leaders preach about the purpose of life. It is a question we tend ask a lot. 

Dalai Lama has his own answer and I find it easy to comply with. 

Our purpose is not to build a great big house or operate a successful business. Our purpose here is simply to be happy. 

But if building a big house or operating a successful business is what makes you happy. Then you should be doing just that.

Even if you have not found your calling yet, always keep in mind that being happy as much as possible, as long as possible should be our ultimate goal life.   

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” 

Having said that the purpose of life is to be happy, how do we become happy?

Here is Dalai Lama’s answer, “practice compassion”.  

Compassion is kindness, sympathy and love for others. 

So when we start to become more human and develop a compassionate side to ourselves by expressing love, it will in turn make us peaceful and happy. 

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of soem hidden treasure.”  

Our true friends are those who are not afraid of losing face and telling you the truth about yourself. 

The people in our life who seem to always have good things to say to us or about us are not necessarily the best people for us. 

The friends who are bluntly honest with us will do more good for us. 

“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.”  

So open up yourself to the world without the fear of being rejected. 

Some will reject you, some will detest you  but others will LOVE you. 

We are taught to be people pleasers from a very young age. 

We go out of our way to only show case the part of us that most people will like. Which ultimately leads us to living for others instead of our selves. 

One of the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying happens to be “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” 

So we must forget about most people and instead present our real selves to the world. 

It will not only allow us to meet the people who should be in our life but it will also allow us to develop our self-confidence.

And most importantly we will become desensitized to the opinions of others which in turn will make us happier.   

I hope you gained some value from these incredible lessons from Dalai Lama the 14th.

If you want to dive deeper into the teachings of this great spiritual leader. Look for farther than the countless gems of books he has written in his lifetime.

Here is a list of his best work.

“The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World (Art of Happiness Book)

“The Dalai Lama’s Book of Awakening

“An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life

I highly suggest you get your hands on these great books. Your life will become better thanks to reading and LIVING them!

Have an amazing day!