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Support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in Honor of My Friend October 7, 2013

I’ve supported my friend Rainey, Margaret’s (Peggy) daughter who will be walking in Honor of her Mom this Friday to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

They are on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person’s condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.



My First Bodytalk Session October 5, 2013

Filed under: Environment,Health and Fitness,Helpful Tips,Inspiration — Caroline Boyce @ 7:52 pm
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I had an amazing experience today with a “bodytalk” session; my back is feeling much better … my practitioner is awesome!  Click on the picture below to read more …

Healing – The body is designed to be self-healing.

Coordination – If all parts are in communication, we can grow and heal.

Communication Breakdowns – The body adapts, but is less efficient and forgets to work as a team.

Symptoms – Last stage of communication failure. The body is calling out for help; it needs to be heard



Swiss Ball Exercise Workshop! September 5, 2013

If you’re in the Tampa area you won’t want to miss my daughter Raina’s workshop this month! Thanks for spreading the word …




5 Ways to Reduce Stress Fast June 17, 2013

Filed under: Health and Fitness,Helpful Tips,Inspiration — Caroline Boyce @ 7:54 pm
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When you need to reduce stress fast, try the following:

Laughing.  Cracking up relaxes your blood vessels and increases blood flow — the opposite of what happens when you’re tense — so you can reduce stress in a hurry. This is my personal favorite! Watch a good comedy or America’s Funniest Home Videos works for me.

Inhaling. Not that! Try the scent of roses. They, along with lavender, basil, orange, grape, mango, and lemon, contain a compound called linalool, whose scent reduces anxiety.

Chewing gum. Quietly and discreetly, please. A study of more than 2,000 workers found lower levels of stress in those who chewed gum. The caveat: The research was funded by a gum company. But if it works for you, do it.

Drinking black tea. While men who regularly drank black tea still responded to stress, their bodies calmed down and reversed the physical responses to stress faster than did guys who drank fake tea. 

Try a chi-gong move. Chi-gong (qigong), a 2000-year-old series of calming movements and breaths, teaches you how to breathe correctly — from a point 2 inches below your navel. Ideally, do all of the moves regularly. But to sap stress right now, try this one: Stand and focus on a point on a wall, with your chin parallel to the ground. Inhale as you turn your head to the right, and exhale as you come back to the middle. Repeat to the left.

RealAge Benefits: Managing your stress level can make your RealAge up to 1.1 years younger if you’re a woman and 2.4 years younger if you’re a man

Reference: http://www.sharecare.com/health/stress-reduction/article/easy-stress-busters-that-really-work#cmpid=sceml00&eid=1010685586&memberid=31404709&_sid=ddbe54f8-e0ee-412d-aca1-04826a062ee6

The ONE Treatment to Absolutely Avoid When Exercising June 6, 2013

Filed under: Exercise,Health and Fitness,Helpful Tips — Caroline Boyce @ 9:46 am
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I didn’t know this …

sore-musclesRelying on over-the-counter analgesics is not advised, and may not even provide much relief. Taking ibuprofen before a workout in order to reduce muscle soreness has been linked to intestinal leakage and systemic inflammation. When used long-term, it may lead to intestinal permeability, allowing bacteria and digestive enzymes to leak into your bloodstream.

Habitually using ibuprofen before workouts may also reduce your absorption of key nutrients, particularly after exercise, making it harder for your muscles to rebuild. And ibuprofen use has not been shown to reduce muscle damage or soreness. Aspirin fares no better. Research suggests the coating on aspirin, which is there to help protect your stomach, may actually be interfering with its purported benefits. It is a much better approach to treat muscle soreness with a combination of natural measures, which may require a bit of experimentation to see what works best for you.

Five Basic Approaches to Preventing Muscle Soreness

You simply can’t prevent all muscle soreness, but there are some natural ways to decrease its frequency and lessen its severity. Here are my top five approaches, which will be discussed in the remainder of this article:

  1. Optimizing your diet
  2. Exercising correctly
  3. Rest and recovery
  4. Cryotherapy (ice), heat, or even alternating between the two
  5. Tools such as EFT, earthing, and acceleration training
Reference: To read full article by By Dr. Mercola http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/05/31/post-workout-muscle-soreness.aspxe_cid=20130606_WNL_art_1&utm_source=wklynl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130606

Try a Yoga Workout for Joint-Pain Relief May 6, 2013

Filed under: Health and Fitness,Helpful Tips — Caroline Boyce @ 7:46 pm
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186Know those little aches and pains you feel in the morning? You could do something right now to keep them from getting worse when you’re older.

Just jump to it. Okay, you don’t have to literally jump. But do be active. People who pick up their feet and commit to regular aerobic exercise have much less muscle and joint pain as they age.

How Much Less?
A 14-year study that followed a healthy over-60 crowd found that consistent exercise — be it running, biking, swimming, dancing, or brisk walking — led to as much as 25 percent less musculoskeletal pain down the road. Yes, even with the high-impact runners. Researchers aren’t sure why, but they suspect that exercise’s endorphin release may play a role. 

Looking Ahead
Less pain when you’re older means a more active and independent life. Here are a few other ways to lower your risk of chronic future aches:

  • Hit the mat. Yoga boosts endorphins and improves flexibility and joint-supporting strength. 
  • Cross-train. Mixing up your activities helps keep your back in good shape.
  • Have a cup or two . . . of green tea. The EGCG and ECG found in green tea are powerful flavonoids known as catechins. Seems these particular catechins may help fight inflammation, as well as some of the underlying mechanisms at work in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

You don’t have to jump up and down like you’re on a pogo stick to get fit. There are kinder, gentler ways to exercise, and these methods hail from the East.

Yoga_2Many recent studies have shown that certain exercises originating in Eastern cultures can offer just as many physical and psychological health benefits as the more vigorous exercises that often dominate Western workouts. Even better, these Eastern exercises tend to be easier on the body. For example, the gentle art of tai chi exercise not only can help build muscle, but it has been shown to help reduce arthritis symptoms and improve your balance. And studies show that regular yoga practice has a positive effect on breathing capacity and reduces the physical and mental symptoms of asthma sufferers.

Whether your goal is to reduce stress, make your muscles strong and flexible, or boost your weight lossefforts with extra calorie burning, according to recent research you can find what you’re looking for in Eastern-influenced exercise disciplines, such as yoga, tai chi, or chi-gong (qigong).

What’s Your Goal?

Not all Eastern exercises are alike, and it may take some shopping around to find the one that suits you best. The great thing about exercises such as yoga and tai chi, however, is that you can easily tailor the activities to fit your personal fitness needs and abilities.

Some classes even focus on moves that are best for a particular group, such as seniors or children.

Lisa_Yoga_01And you won’t have to twist yourself into a pretzel or chant a mantra if you don’t want to. There are many variations of classes and instructors. Some focus on the spiritual, others are pure workout, and still others balance the two. Some classes closely mirror the original Eastern philosophies and postures, while others are modified to incorporate more Western attitudes and exercise goals. Take your time and sample different varieties until you find a class that you love.

Your first option is to try out some classes at your gym or community center. If you haven’t exercised in a while, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

So which style of Eastern exercise will help you meet your workout goals?

Goal: Reduce Stress and Prevent Disease

Just about any kind of regular exercise can reduce stress levels. However, for extra help, choose Eastern exercises that incorporate meditation. Meditative exercises that significantly reduce stress can bring the added benefit of disease prevention.

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Kundalini yoga: Yoga is a discipline that connects the mind, body, and spirit by requiring you to move through different physical postures while meditating and focusing on breath work. However, there are many different styles of yoga, and Kundalini is a meditative form of yoga. It focuses on breath work and meditation while mixing in classic yoga poses.

Chi-gong (Qigong): Chi-gong is an exercise that focuses on breath work, while incorporating meditation and very gentle, slow physical movements. The focus is on breathing naturally, moving easily, and imagining energy traveling through your body.

Health Benefits
yoga_t658Meditation can calm your nerves while significantly improving your health, and it is an important aspect of many Eastern-based exercises. Just 10 to 20 minutes a day of meditation can lower your respiratory rate and help reduce stress. Reducing stress not only is important to your emotional well-being, but it’s also an important part of disease management and prevention. Stress ages your immune system, but managing chronically high levels can protect your immune system and may help you fend off illness as well as diseases such as metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and depression. According to a study, people who practiced the meditative art of chi-gong daily for one month experienced significant improvements in their immune system function.

Goal: Increase Strength and Flexibility

Just about all styles of yoga build strength and flexibility. However, you can focus on forms of Eastern exercise that incorporate stretching, holding poses, and gently exerting yourself for extra power.

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Iyengar yoga: Yoga is a discipline that connects the mind, body, and spirit by requiring you to move through different physical postures while meditating and focusing on breath work. There are many styles of yoga. With Iyengar yoga, you hold your postures for a longer period of time compared to other yoga styles, which increases the strength demands required to complete an Iyengar series. Start with a beginner class.

T’ai Chi: T’ai chi is a meditative exercise that requires you to pay close attention to your breathing while completing a series of choreographed, slow, fluid, and continuous dance-like movements. It is a gentle physical exercise that is easy on the joints.

Chi-gong (Qigong): Chi-gong is an exercise that focuses on breath work, while incorporating meditation and very gentle, slow physical movements. The focus is on breathing naturally, moving easily, and imagining energy traveling through your body.

Health Benefits
yoga_yellowish-backgroundMultiple studies have revealed the ability of yoga to increase flexibility and strength. Being strong and flexible has a host of beneficial effects on your overall health, including helping to maintain your energy levels, improving your ability to accomplish daily tasks, and reducing your risk of injury. Strength and flexibility are vital for balance and minimizing falls. T’ai chi also is used to improve balance and strength, and is particularly effective for older people with strength and flexibility issues. However, t’ai chi may benefit the health of both young and middle-aged participants. And the moderately intense aerobic element of this exercise has been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure.

Chi-gong offers similar health benefits to t’ai chi. T’ai chi may offer a slightly better training effect than chi-gong because it’s slightly more intense. However, if you prefer the gentler chi-gong, it also has been credited with improving strength and flexibility and reducing blood pressure.

Goal: Lose Weight or Maintain a Healthy Weight

Choose Eastern exercises that incorporate a cardio component or that require a higher level of exertion and incorporate meditation.

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Ashtanga yoga: Yoga is a discipline that connects the mind, body, and spirit by requiring you to move through different physical postures while meditating and focusing on breath work. There are many styles of yoga. Some yoga styles are gentle and slow. However, Ashtanga yoga is a style that moves practitioners quickly through a series of fluid, continuous poses, boosting the effort level required to complete the series. Start with a beginner class.

T’ai chi: T’ai chi is a meditative exercise that requires you to pay close attention to your breathing while completing a series of choreographed, slow, fluid, and continuous dance-like movements. It is a gentle physical exercise that is easy on the joints.

Health Benefits
ashtanga-yoga-bannerVigorous yoga styles such as Ashtanga will burn more calories than slower, gentler yoga styles while continuing to enhance your strength and flexibility. Burning excess calories can help you maintain a healthy weight, and a healthful weight can reduce your risk of many serious diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Losing weight also gives your psychological well-being a big boost.

If you are trying to lose weight, balancing out any calorie-burning activities you engage in with meditative exercises could bring quicker results. High blood levels of cortisol — a stress hormone — have been shown to increase body fat in the abdominal area. The stress-reducing quality of a combination aerobic/meditative exercise such as t’ai chi not only may help you burn calories but also help you relax.

Taken from Real Age:  http://www.realage.com/health-tips/yoga-workout-joint-pain-relief?eid=1010682698&memberid=31404709


Aerobic exercise and its impact on musculoskeletal pain in older adults: a 14 year prospective, longitudinal study. Bruce, B. et al., Arthritis Research and Therapy 2005;7(6):R1263-1270.

A randomized, prospective study of the effects of Tai Chi Chun exercise on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. Chan, K., Qin, L., Lau, M., Woo, J., Au, S., Choy, W., Lee, K., Lee, S., Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004 May;85(5):717-22.

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Changes in heart rate, noradrenaline, cortisol and mood during Tai Chi. Jin, P., Journal of Psychosomatic Research 1989;33(2):197-206.

Do stress reactions cause abdominal obesity and comorbidities? Bjorntorp, P., Obesity Review2001 May;2(2):73–86.

Effect of meditation on respiratory system, cardiovascular system and lipid profile. Vyas, R., Dikshit, N., Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 2002 Oct;46(4):487–91.

Effects of qigong on blood pressure, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and other lipid levels in essential hypertension patients. Lee, M. S., Lee, M. S., Kim, H. J., Choi, E. S., International Journal of Neuroscience 2004 Jul;114(7):777-86.

Effect of rosary prayer and yoga mantras on autonomic cardiovascular rhythms: comparative study. Bernardi, L., Sleight, P., Bandinelli, G., Cencetti, S., Fattorini, L., Wdowczyc-Szulc, J., Lagi, A., British Medical Journal 2001 Dec 22–29;323(7327):1446–9.

Effects of tai chi exercise on pain, balance, muscle strength, and perceived difficulties in physical functioning in older women with osteoarthritis: a randomized clinical trial. Song, R., Lee, E. O., Lam, P. l., Bae, S. C., Journal of Rheumatology, 2003;30(9):2039-44.

Efficacy of naturopathy and yoga in bronchial asthma—A self controlled matched scientific study. Sathyaprabha, T. N., Murthy, H., Murthy, B.T., Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 2001 Jan;45(1):80–6.

Health benefits of Tai Chi exercise: improved balance and blood pressure in middle-aged women. Thornton, E. W., Sykes, K. S., Tang, W. K., Health Promotion International 2004 Mar;19(1):33–8.

Relative exercise intensity of Tai Chi Chuan is similar in different ages and gender. Lan, C., Chen, S. Y., Lai, J. S., American Journal of Chinese Medicine 2004;32(1):151–60.

Tai chi and self-rated quality of sleep and daytime sleepiness in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Li, F., Fisher, K. J., Harmer, P., Irbe, D., Tearse, R. G., Weimer, C., Journal of the American Geriatric Society 2004 Jun;52(6):892–900.

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Do You Run Out of Steam During the Day? May 3, 2013

Filed under: Health and Fitness,Helpful Tips,Inspiration — Caroline Boyce @ 8:37 pm
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8 Energy Boosters to Get You Through the Day

I came across this from RealAge and was compelled to share it ... Reference: http://www.sharecare.com/health/sleep-disorders/article/8-natural-energy-boosters-get-through-the-day?eid=1010684346&memberid=31404709
8 Energy Boosters to Get You Through the DayBack away from the Red Bull! Don’t even think about Rockstar! If you want to short-circuit your slump without feeling wired, you want a smoother, less jolting solution. These eight natural energy lifters are proven to work:

  1. Snap open the shades. A jolt of morning light — scientists call it the dawn signal — activates special cells in your eyes that send a wake-up call to your brain’s internal clock.
  2. Light up your brain at lunch, too. Sitting beside a sunny window for 30 minutes midday makes you more wide awake. In one study, women who did scored better on alertness tests afterward.
  3. Top off your tank. Getting to the point where you’re just starting to feel thirsty — a mere 2.6% drop in hydration levels — can double your feelings of fatigue. It made study volunteers work twice as hard on a set of brain-teasing puzzles. Learn how fruits and vegetables boost your hydration — and your energy.
  4. Squeeze your hand or tap your head. Sounds crazy, but DIY acupressure boosts alertness as effectively as a small cup of coffee, say University of Michigan researchers. Rap your knuckles a few times on the top of your head, squeeze the fleshy pad between your thumb and first finger, or massage the base of your skull and the front of your shins.
  5. Have salad and grilled chicken for lunch. Not the tuna melt, pizza, or meatloaf. High-fat foods are likely to make you moodier and more tired by midafternoon than lower-fat meals are, according to a British study. Digesting fat releases a hormone called cholecystokinin, which seems to provoke a brain drain.
  6. Take a tea break. Black, green, and white teas all contain the energizing amino acid L-theanine. Brits given L-theanine plus caffeine equivalent to several cups of tea and a cup of coffee increased their speed on word and number problems and felt less tired than when they got either substance alone. (Nope, there’s no L-theanine in coffee.)
  7. Catch a cat nap. Close your office door or slip out to your car for a quick snooze. In NASA-funded research, a siesta boosted the performance of long-haul airline pilots by 34%. (Air-traffic controllers lobbying for nap times take note.)
  8. Splash your face. If even a 20-minute nap leaves you groggy, stop in the restroom and splash cool water on your face. Volunteers who did this in one study felt the most awake after a snooze. Surprisingly, having coffee just before your nap and then splashing your face afterward seems to be the perfecta of wake-up calls.



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