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Nicole’s Goals for 2014

Strength

I have been thinking about my goals and what I would like to do in 2014.  Honestly?  I’m not 100% percent as there is so much more that I desire to do and adding on moving overseas will make goal setting a little difficult. However, it is not impossible!

A few goals I’ve been thinking of dabbling in:

  • Continuing to write for my blog several times a week.
  • Make new friends by networking with others who have their own blogs and websites. 
  • Find free options to treat my chronic illnesses. 
  • Travel locally around my new hometown, take many pictures, and meet new people.
  • Continue with my exercise weight loss plan. I have lost over 30 pounds so far. 
  • Sign up with a rubber stamping/scrapbooking/craft direct selling company. I’ll be able to craft while I’m in my new home. Also look into other direct selling companies that would be of interest to me.
  • Expand my writing business to various levels and increase my income opportunities.
  • Work on finding my own inner peace and happiness.  This includes doing meditation on a regular basis and daily yoga techniques.
  • Find hobbies that will easily interest me and is inexpensive.
  • Look into trying new things such as zip lining. 

 

So here’s to a successful 2014!

Fibromyalgia and Fitness

Water AerobicsAs a sufferer of Fibromyalgia for over 14 years it has been a continuous fight to stay healthy through eating the right foods and regularly exercising.  Fibromyalgia brings about intense muscle pain, deep aches, stabbing pain, and fatigue. The thought of exercise seems like a far fetched idea with all of the issues the person is suffering through but exercise helps in various ways.  Exercise through movement will keep one’s body fit, improve their mood, and finally relieve pain.  Keep in mind that high-impact cardio exercises isn’t the best approach to start with but low-impact aerobics such as swimming, stretching, water fitness aerobics, Pilates, yoga, walking or tai-chi.  These exercises help with losing weight, reducing overall stress, and releasing endorphins. 

Some of the best exercises that have worked for me are warm water aerobics, walking indoors, yoga, tai-chi, stretching, and Richard Simmons’ exercise DVDs.  I have found that the exercises have helped me to lose weight and bring on a sense of pure relaxation. I enjoy the feelings of relaxation and while I experience a brief reduction of pain that unfortunately comes back, I feel it is well worth the effort. 

Several things to consider:

·         Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program

·         Don’t do any intense workout activities as it can increase soreness

·         Stretch before and after each time you exercise

·         Choose exercise activities you can handle and understand your limitations

·         Start out your exercise in slow increments and then build up the pace slowly

 

water-aerobicsrezAll of these exercises are the perfect options to start out with and get your body in shape.  These exercises assist with relieving stress, improves mood and depression, improving sleep, reducing pain, and bringing forth much needed relaxation. 

 

Health Tips from Acupuncturists by Nicole Leon

922717_338907219545918_1286005277_nAcupuncture therapists serve many functions while guiding their patients to a successful recovery of health problems they battle through. Most people have the desire to heal from them without needing medication, but rather use an alternative technique. Acupuncture therapists not only use a hairline needle to relieve health problems but they use other various eastern techniques including cupping, prescribing herbs, and offer their patients medical advice to increase energy without medicine. Acupuncture specialists want their patients to follow their advice as it will affect their overall healing process.

1. A patient needs to breathe deeply into their stomach, as it will help to increase circulation of Qi within the body. The lungs have a powerful ability to bring peace to the patient. When he or she experience stress, a patient will automatically have shallow breathing, but that causes muscles to contract. Acupuncture should be combined with daily breathing practices. Doing a daily breathing exercise for a minimum of five minutes per day, or 10 breaths per hour, will help to change the previous patterns of the nervous system. It will be as if people have performed acupuncture on themselves when they do breathing exercises and many disorders could reverse and help them feel better.

2.  Exercising regularly by walking briskly in the park or dancing in their living room is another way to improve your overall physical symptoms. It has been shown that too much sitting can injure the spleen, which affects a person’s energy level, digestion, and weight gain. Exercising has numerous health benefits of helping a person to relax more, and reverse many health problems that arise from not exercising regularly.

3.  Stretching before going to bed and stretching before getting out of bed encourages movement throughout the whole body. It also loosens up the muscles that have not been used. Patients who followed this ritual reported they were able to sleep better, experienced less stiffness and pain in the morning. If they need help to become more flexible, an appointment with a chiropractic specialist and perform manipulation on your joints.

4.  Find a spiritual outlet to help you address any concerns in your life such as stress and grief. These strong emotions can cause imbalances in the body and create pain and other health problems.

5.  Go to bed by at least 11pm every night so that you will be sound asleep by at least 1am. In acupuncture, each organ system has a two-hour period that is assigned and liver cleansing begins between 1am and 3am. The liver cleansing normally happens when a person in deep REM sleep.

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