9 Ways to Live Longer

Live healthy, live longer By just making a few changes in your lifestyle, you can help yourself live longer! In a recent study, it was found that four bad behaviours – smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and no eating enough fruits and veggies – can hustle you into an early grave, and in effect, age you by as many as 12 years. The good news is, there is something you can do about it, to correct these and other unhealthy behaviours. Adopting the following nine habits will help keep your body looking and feeling young! Don’t overeat If you want to live to be 100, leaving a little bit of food on your plate may be a good idea. Did you know that studies on longevity round the world found that the oldest Japanese people stop eating when they are feeling only about 80% full. Research has confirmed that eating less helps you age slower. It was found in a study in 2008 that limiting calories lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism – and speeds up the aging process. Overeating is a common and complex behaviour in today’s culture. More people eat more junk food than they should, and there are more people overweight today than five years ago. Get Busy Did you know that having sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life! Regular sex may also lower your blood pressure, boost your immunity, improve your sleep, and protect your heart. So ‘getting busy’ can burn an impressive amount of calories – sometimes...

10 Fun Ways to Burn 200 Calories EASILY

Most of us want to lead an active fun lifestyle, burn those calories, and stay in shape. Right? But when the term ‘staying in shape’ is bantered around, connotations of gym visits, jogging miles, lifting weights…. pops up, and there goes our momentum for staying in shape. Some of us love going to gyms, many of us don’t! Well, I just found a list of 10 fun – yes FUN!! Activities that burn about 200* calories each, without requiring you to hit the weights or step foot in a gym! Now that to me is my type of staying in shape. (*Calories burned vary by individual body type. Calories based on study done by Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.com ) 1. Lace up those shoes. Get a breath of fresh air by hiking. Trekking your favourite trail for 28 minutes will help you get physically fit while allowing you to enjoy nature. Take a friend or family member, and enjoy the hike with someone else. There are some beautiful national parks around, or small mountain climbs – find one that you would enjoy, and go for it. 2. Let the courts do the talking. Playing basketball for a mere 21 minutes will get you through 200 calories in no time. Get a group together or swing by your local community basketball court for a pickup game. This doesn’t mean you have to be good at it, it just means you are enjoying a game with friends. If not basketball, netball, or even squash. 3. Strike it out. Need a slower pace? Try bowling. Don’t worry about your strikes or spares–after 55...

Amazing Weightloss in 90 days…. naturally!

LOSS OF 9.3 KGS  – AND 31 CMS “I had no energy and was heading down the path of having real health issues. I feel more energised, feel healthier, look healthier and have become involved with outdoor activities after many years of being inactive and have regained my life back.  I am so excited with my results and with what this program in 90 days has helped me achieve. I am so thankful and would recommend the program to anyone who is looking for a Weight Management program that is much more than a diet – it has changed my life. I cannot believe the difference in not only my weight and body shape, but my health and attitude.” Stuart W.  Sunshine Coast...

What does Financial Freedom mean to you?

Some of you may be thinking, well, what is financial freedom? When preparing to write this blog, I came across literally hundreds of ‘definitions’ of what others say financial freedom is. Often there is a misconception that having a lot of money gives you financial freedom, but while it is wonderful to have an abundance of income or wealth, there are people who are in this position, who are not happy. On the other side of the coin, there are people with a modest income and home who consider themselves financially free. So you see, financial freedom is more than money. Financial freedom means different things to different people. Some people may want to travel the world and in order to do so, sell all their possessions and travel! To them, they are financially free to do whatever they want. Another person may want to work from home so that he/she can see the family more frequently. Already, just with two examples, you can see that there are so many different ways to have financial freedom. How you define it is up to you. As far as I’m concerned, financial freedom is the ability to do what I love, be my own boss, work from home or anywhere I choose, and have the freedom to live life as I choose. I have a vision, and financial freedom certainly plays a major role in the success of that vision. What does it mean to you? I want you to think about this question. It may take some time for you to answer it clearly and honestly. But, if you are...

Transforming your mind and body …inside out

All programs are not created equal. When it comes to living well and living young, there’s one obstacle that millions of us are trying to overcome. Whether it’s hunger, lack of willpower, or life getting in the way, reaching a healthy weight and shape is a very difficult endeavour. The desire is certainly there, but you need your mind and body working together – and working for you. Transformation is about more than a number on a scale. It’s about redefining your body composition to build a healthier, leaner you. There is no magic pill for weight loss!! No matter what you have read or have been told, it’s simply not true – there is no magic bullet when it comes to weight management and body shaping. What does play an essential role in healthy weight management is lifestyle and dietary factors. All weight loss is not equal, nor is all weight loss beneficial; therefore the number on a scale should not be considered the ultimate measure of success. Diet after diet, fad after fad, we’ve become obsessed with a number on the scale. We weigh ourselves every day hoping the number will go down—and cringing when it goes up. It’s time to lose that dependence on the scale and embrace a better approach to the way we look and feel. The key to a lean and healthy body is not about the number on the scale, but rather about building a healthier, leaner you. With traditional diets, the weight people lose is part water, part fat, and part muscle. Did you know that muscle loss can account for...

Loss of vitality affects any age!

Getting older is a given, but our diet and lifestyle play a huge role in how we look and feel along the way! Aging doesn’t necessarily mean getting sick or feeling less than our best — if we pay attention to a few key factors and make a few important shifts, we can age healthfully and feel as optimal as possible. THE INNER YOU The two biggest complaints we all have about getting older are looking older and feeling older. What I’d like to talk about is feeling younger and what it can mean for you. While everyone accepts that we all age at the same pace as everyone else; that doesn’t mean we want to feel time’s effects. Part of feeling older is feeling that loss of vitality. Of our strength and energy needed to live a good, rewarding, happy and productive life. If we age prematurely, we lose vitality in numerous ways: Phyically – losing vitality in our physical bodies means we quickly lose endurance, stamina, and we get tired much easier. We notice we don’t respond to stress as well; we don’t handle late nights as well as we used to, and certain tasks or even hobbies we enjoyed doing, take just that little more effort. Mentally – As we get older, our mental sharpness begins to decrease, and there are subtle changes in the way we think – we notice it takes longer for us to solve a problem, it becomes more difficult to learn new skills, remember names (sound familiar?), or even find the car keys. In today’s busy and stressful world, we all...

STRESS AGES YOUR SKIN – How to keep that Youthful Glow

We all know that too much stress is bad for our health. But did you know that a recent study found that stress also increases the risk of depression, heart disease and infectious diseases, and increases inflammation throughout the body – which, by the way, increases skin aging as well. I don’t know about you, but my experience is that when I’m stressed, I’m less likely to eat right, get enough sleep, and the exercise routine is pushed aside. These actions not only affect our overall health, but also our appearance. The skin fails to get the nutrients it needs to repair itself. You know, you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and your skin has that inconvenient acne eruption or a skin flare up. While it’s hard to escape stress completely, there are steps that will help your skin resist the negative effects of stress. How Stress Affects Your Skin People who suffer from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea know that stress can trigger embarrassing and uncomfortable flare-ups. But, even people without these skin conditions will feel the effects of stress on their skin. In fact, it has been noted by Dermatologists that stress can aggravate the skin and trigger unexpected flare-ups, which in effect, creates even more stress for the patient. What happens when you are dealing with stress, your body releases the stress hormone – cortisol – into your bloodstream. This causes an increase in oil production, which in turn can lead to oily skin, acne, and rashes. Research has noted that stress has a negative effect on the barrier of the...

Why should I be active

It’s simple really – physically active people are healthier. Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle and there is plenty of scientific evidence that clearly links regular physical activity to a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, and that people who enjoy regular physical activity tend to: Live longer Manage their weight better Be less likely to have a heart attack or stoke Have reduced risk of developing diabetes and some cancers Feel more energetic Have a healthier blood cholesterol level Have lower blood pressure Have stronger bones and muscles Feel more confident and happy Be able to sleep better Now, you may be thinking – I was fit and healthy in my earlier days – played sport every week; jogged on the beach; swam; went to the gym, I should be able to get fit pretty quick! Unfortunately, benefits attained early in life can’t be stored – physical activity needs to be regular, and ideally, taken every day. So what do I mean by 30 minutes a day of ‘moderate activity’? I have some great news – important health benefits associated with physical activity can be gained through moderate intensity activity, such as walking, swimming, gardening or playing golf (yes Golf!). Of course, for those of you who wish to be active in a more vigorous way by participating in activities such as organised sport, aerobics or jogging should continue to do so, as these activities can provide additional health benefits. Medical experts now recommend that adults of all ages do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on all or most...

Eat Well with an effective Eating Plan

So what is an Eating Plan? The specially created eating plan for the 90 day Transformation Weight Management program focuses on helping you learn how to build a healthy meal that gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily protein intake. A healthy eating plan will also lower your risk for heart disease and other health conditions. A healthy eating plan: Emphasises vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy or non dairy products Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts Limits saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars Controls portion sizes A differentiating factor of this amazing 90 day Transformation Weight Management Program’s Eating Plan is that it utilises hand sizes as a guide to food portion sizes. A simple and easy to understand and follow Eating Plan is one of the three integral components of the 90 day program and is clearly outlined in the Program Handbook given to participants once they have registered. No special meals to cook; no difficult recipes to follow; no dramatic changes to the average pantry, and participants have access to handy and family friendly recipe ideas that suits the whole family. No need to make a meal for you, and a meal for everyone else! Simple meal ideas that will suit everyone. Want to know more? It doesn’t cost anything to ask. Connect with us...