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Meaningful quotes with Pooja

Today I´m very excited about this collaboration post with one of my favorite bloggers, Pooja. Pooja is behind Lifes Fine Whine. Among many other things, she uses to post famous quotes. I read quotes on other blogs and I usually wonder which is the blogger´s fav, the most useful, the first one he or she remembers… When she let me suggest topics, so I suggested a post about the most meaningful quotes for us. She liked the idea and here we are.
I didn´t pay attention to quotes, sayings or proverbs until I was in high school. I failed my first philosophy exam. I couldn´t believe it. The exam consisted of three questions, about pre-Socratic authors. I didn´t know the answer to one of them, but I answered it anyway, mixing Anaxímenes with Anaxágoras. I got a miserable 4 (of 10). When the teacher told me my grade, also added: “It´s important to know what you know, but also it´s important to know what you don´t know”. My first thought was “this guy is insane!”. I calmed down days later, but the freaking quote still resonated in my head.
I can´t say it really made sense until next exam: Plato. He asked Plato´s concept of friendship… and I didn´t know a word about it. Here I go again, another 4 – I thought. Reading the other questions I realized that there was no question about Plato´s cave. Five questions, none of them about Plato´s cave. Definitely, this teacher is on meds or something!
I answered the friendship question the last: “I don´t know what Plato said about friendship, but I do know about Plato´s cave which is an important part to understand Plato´s thinking”. The day the teacher came with our grades, I was expecting a good rant. He gave me the exam and said: “I liked your Plato´s cave explanation, I gave you 1 point for it. You got a 9”.
I was astonished! Against all odds, that nonsense quote made sense and it worked in my favor. That was the first time I realized this kind of strange sentences is meant to help. The original quote belongs to Confucius, and it says: “To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge”.
This is, without a doubt, the first quote that I remember made an impact on me. Since then, I faced the exams more calmly, understanding that not knowing a question was not the end of the world. Outside of a classroom, this quote helps me to admit that I don´t know a word about a lot of things so, I listen. Most of the times I learn something new.
Now you know one of my most meaningful quotes and the story behind it. What we don´t know yet is Pooja´s quote. Are you as curious as me? Click here to Pooja´s post.

6 Workouts that Don’t Feel Like Workouts by Paige Johnson

Hello dears,

Our friend Paige, from  Learnfit.org is visiting us again. This time she had found some interesting and unusual ways of exercising.

If you dread going to the gym, getting in those miles, or hitting the saddle for the spin class, today is the day to stop dreading workouts! Here are some unique ways to burn calories without focusing on each passing minute.

It’s true that not all exercises are created equally. For instance, some burn more calories than others, but that shouldn’t be the totality of how you choose workouts. What about having fun? Working on agility, speed, quickness, or balance and not solely on muscle hypertrophy or burning fat?

Really sticking to a healthy lifestyle means finding selections you enjoy. Here are a few to check out if you want to have a blast while optimizing your health:

  1. Skip and jump rope. It really can be that easy. Jumping rope is surprisingly very difficult for most adults upon revisiting the activity for the first time since childhood. However, it’s also a massive calorie burner and there’s a reason it’s a staple in boxing training. It combines cardio with balance, endurance, strength, and agility. It’s very demanding, so alternate it with simply skipping instead of running. Take a cue from the kids on the playground!
  2. Pole dancing. It doesn’t matter if you identify as female or male—really! Pole dancing has gained popularity over the years as a workout, but still many people haven’t tried it for a number of silly reasons. Some don’t think they can be “sexy” (not true), others are scared of the logistics of pole climbing, and some don’t think they’ll fit in. Pole dancing requires amazing strength and balance in ways you’ve never encountered before. Plus, many studios offer non-pole options like burlesque classes. All ages, genders, and abilities are welcome.
  3. Learn to drive a racecar. Racecar driving is definitely a sport, albeit a costly one. However, if your budget is generous or if you’ve souped up your own muscle car, learning how to drive like a pro can also come with a side benefit of a great workout. It takes an immense amount of strength to handle such a machine like an expert, as well as training. It might not be an ongoing workout for everyone, but if it’s on your bucket list you can certainly count your sessions as part of your recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.
  4. Walk a dog. Owning a dog that requires daily walks can be a powerful motivator to get in multiple walks each day. In fact, almost half of dog walkers got an average of 30 minutes of daily exercise at least five days a week, but only a third of those without a dog got that much exercise on a consistent basis. Don’t have a dog or care to get one? Thanks to services like com, you can become a dog walker and get paid to burn calories on the regular.
  5. Hit the slip ‘n’ slide. Summer’s almost here, and that means finding creative ways to cool off. Staples of yesteryear, like running through the sprinklers and gliding down a slip ‘n’ slide double as fun, cool ways to sneak in a workout. If you’re around kids, lead the way and introduce them to the go-to entertainment options before screens were the most popular pick.
  6. Facial yoga. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, but it’s not found in most traditional yoga studios. Fortunately, there are many online videos available, most of which are free. Yoga is about balance, flexibility, and stress release. We hold a lot of tension in our faces. Right now, your tongue is probably pressed against the roof of your mouth! Face yoga helps work very under-worked muscles, and some swear that it can help tighten muscles/skin for a more youthful and relaxed appearance.

Make your workouts fun again and sample everything that’s out there. You might be missing out on your favorite exercise.

My top tips to inspire happiness w/ The all of it blog

Hello!

Today I´m very excited about this post. This is my first collaboration post, ever! I´m collaborating with my friend Sareena, the awesome blogger behind The all of it blog. Fortunately, she has more experience than me in this sort of post, and working with her was an absolute pleasure.

She showed up with a lot of topics and we choose happiness. Happiness is a familiar topic for me, not because I am a very happy person, but because I studied philosophy. Back in the day, I decided to study philosophy because I needed to understand what it is needed to be happy. Happiness is a fundamental concept in philosophy and I already had to write about it for several teachers. I never imagined that I would write about happiness again. I really enjoyed writing this post, revisiting old Greek authors, old pieces of advice, realizing which ones worked for me… A million thanks, Sareena!

In philosophy, happiness translates the Greek concept of eudaimonia, and refers to the good life, or flourishing. Aristotle stated that the happy life is the good life, that is, a life in which a person fulfills human nature in an excellent way. Since man is a rational animal, human happiness depends on the exercise of his reason. Happiness is not pleasure, nor is it virtue. It is the exercise of virtue. Happiness depends on acquiring a moral character, where one displays the virtues of courage, generosity, justice, friendship, and citizenship in one’s life. These virtues involve striking a balance or “Mean” between an excess and a deficiency.

From Tales to Adorno, all philosophers have reflected on happiness and good life, so we have a wide variety of opinions on what´s happiness and how to be happy. Exploring philosophical, cultural and historical variation in concepts of happiness is the best way to realize that happiness is a fuzzy concept.

Psychology reduces happiness to a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Since the 1960s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social psychology, clinical and medical research and happiness economics. In my opinion, it´s pretty interesting how science tries to probe and translate to cold scientific language things that philosophers and poets said thousands of years ago.

“The physician heals, Nature makes well” Aristotle

Spend time outdoors. Recent studies show we spend too much time enclosed in buildings and vehicles. Up to 90% of the time, we´re inside.  This is not just unhealthy but unnatural.

By definition, a jail is a place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime. If you haven´t committed a crime, why do you confine yourself? How are you going to be happy if you´re punishing yourself by locking yourself? Happiness is outdoors!

Go outside and enjoy nature, earth and sky, lakes and rivers, beach and mountain. Time outdoors will improve your mood, self-esteem, creativity as well as your vitamin D levels. Also, many studies have found that regular exposure to nature helps to reduce mental fatigue and relieve stress reducing cortisol levels.

Make being outside a ritual, try gardening, find a trail, go to a local park or just sit outside quietly and appreciate the natural beauty around you! Notice the scents, sights, and sounds as you sit quietly and focus on the moment.

“A healthy mind in a healthy body” Juvenal

Exercise. Science can´t explain how it works yet, but exercise brings feelings of euphoria and general well-being. Endorphins, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, it´s not clear what causes these feelings.

A recent research shows that while many people started an exercise program to lose weight and improve their appearance, they continued to exercise because of the benefits to their well-being. Physical activity is an elixir of life, not a punishment for bad numbers on the scale. Give yourself 30 minutes a day to take care of your body, and you´ll see awesome improvements in your mood.

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best” Epictetus

Enjoy time with friends. There is no better way to spend our time in this world than doing activities that we like with people we like. Recent studies about friendship and happiness have found:

  1. Friendship is the single most important factor in determining a person’s happiness.
  2. Those who considered friendship very important were more satisfied in every category from their health, their personal achievements, their safety, their relationships and their lives as a whole.
  3. For married people, their level of happiness is significantly dependent upon the intensity of their friendships.
  4. Single people who think of themselves as being extremely happy and who believe friends are important are happier than married people who do not think friends are very important.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” Plato

Not just music, but arts in general. Make more art. In 2010, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself and published the results in the American Journal of Public Health.

From five visual arts studies mentioned in that review (visual arts includes things like painting, drawing, photography, pottery, and textiles), the researchers described the impact that visual art activities had on the patients:

  1. Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness.
  2. Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones.
  3. Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression.
  4. Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions.
  5. Reductions in distress and negative emotions.
  6. Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks.

The impact of art, music, and writing can be seen in your physical body as well. In fact, this study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients found that writing resulted in “improvements of CD4+ lymphocyte counts.” In other words, writing actually impacted the cells and improved their immune system.Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve!

Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve!

“The happy man is the one who has a healthy body, a wealthy soul and a well educated nature” Thales

For many, formal education ends after secondary school or university. Of course, adults learn things outside of formal education such as how to manage their finances and make a success of their personal lives. Many will learn new skills in the workplace, and some do courses as part of their professional development. Continuing to learn well into adulthood is beneficial to health and happiness. Never stop learning!

These are my tips for you: enjoy time outdoors, with friends, take care of your body, express your creativity, and never stop learning. What are Sareena’s?

Are you moving enough?

I work all day, running around on errands. What are the simple ways to make sure I am moving enough for the day?

I am honored to have been invited along with other experts to answer this question at The Diabetes Council.

Are you looking for tips that fit your busy schedule? This article is specifically for you.

https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/experts-share-how-you-can-keep-moving-with-busy-schedule/

 

2000 people following this blog

Hello, dears!

It´s exciting and I feel honored that so many people follow my blog.  We are 2000! Thanks to everyone following this blog. If you think about it, millions of towns around the world have less population! 😀

As I owe you this milestone, I thought a Q&A post would be a good idea. Well, here are your questions and my answers.

PoojaG at Lifes fine whine: What´s your favorite food? 
Anytime, I could eat durums, pizza, tortilla, squids or crabs.
Vikram at Zorba The Budda:  How you been during this time? 
Thanks for asking, my friend! I´ve been good, working, studying, meeting new people…
I´ve had upside downs like everyone else, but I don´t complain.
Pam at K.PhoenixWhat is your life like? 
Well, I work from home and a regular day looks like this:
I wake up, have breakfast and feed my pets. Then we go for a walk. Back at home, I check the emails, client´s workouts and meals, and your blogs.
I take a break, lift some weights and practice some yoga postures trying to meditate and relax. After that, I have what I call the second breakfast and a shower.
Some more work until lunch time, it depends on the day: client´s questions, new workouts, or maybe taking new videos, photoshop, writing a post… I don´t get bored.
After lunch, I love to take a nap. I wake up about 4 pm ready to answer more questions, emails, and messages. Usually, I have time to read some more blogs.
I finish about 7 pm. I go for another walk with my dog, and later I hang out with friends.
In Spain, we use to have dinner very late, 10 or 11 pm. Most of the times these friends meetings turn into dinners.
Dawn Marie at Hugs & Blessings: 1.- What inspired you to begin this blog?
I started an online business because I found a great way to train online, Evernote. I think you already know something about it 😀
I read somewhere that blogging was a good way to get traffic so, I decided to give it a try.
I thought I could write about fitness. But I had no idea what blogging´s about.
There are awards, tag post, guest post, etc. Having a blog on your website is different than being part of the blogging community. I think you know what I mean.
I was blessed with supportive, gentle, and positive bloggers from the very beginning, and I ended up loving this blog thing.
2.- How do you think you were able to attract 2000 followers?
Networking and persistence.
Awards, guest post, meet and greets… all of them are good ways to connect with other bloggers, introduce yourself to new readers, and get new followers.
Posting consistently, daily in my case, I think also helped.
3.- What have been the biggest changes to being a blogger that you have recognized since you have more followers?
I´ve realized that now I play more the host role than the guest role. I like to help others like others helped me, so it´s my pleasure to introduce new bloggers and trainers to my readers, inviting them to write or hosting the meet and greet. It makes my day every time I read a comment like “Hi, I´m a new blogger…”.
Thank you so much for your questions!
Big hugs,
David

5 Unique Workouts to Try by Sarah-Beth

Hello dears!

This week Sarah-Beth is visiting us proposing 5 unique workouts! She is the awesome blogger behind The art of fit and nerd, and she shares the refreshing workouts she´s doing. Enjoy the reading and try one of these workouts!

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Need something to spice up your workout routine? Or just looking for a class that makes you excited to show up to? Me too! Nowadays, there is no shortage of options for getting fit and working out. From traditional to unconventional, I love finding new workouts and giving them a try. As a personal trainer, I love learning from practical experience and being as hands on as I can be. About a year ago, I decided to start writing about my experience about trying new workouts because I want to inspire others to find some sort of workout that they really love and wouldn’t dread going too. I hate hearing that someone doesn’t like being physically active, so I want to present as many options as possible to everyone so they can find their exercise sole mate! (Okay, maybe not sole mate, but at least something they find fun!)

After a year of trying different workouts, I’ve definitely found a few great ones! So thanks to Chape, I get to share my favourite with you all! So if you are looking for something new, novel, and unique, here are 5 different styles of workouts I highly recommend trying!

  1. Konga by The Jungle Body

This is one cardio session that feels more like a dance party than a workout. Playing remixes to all your favourite songs, Konga combines simple moves (typically 4 per song) into high-intensity dance sequences that get your heart pumping. And with classes running from 45-60 mins, you are sure to work up a sweat in one fun, supportive, cardio class.

  1. Parkour

Want to bounce off the wall? Or pretend you’re a ninja? Parkour could be your thing! It takes a little bit of fearlessness and a dash of trust, but it feels absolutely amazing when you nail a move! (Even the simple ones!) There is usually a steep learning curve with moves, and it does help to have strength, but a lot of it is practice and learning where your body is in space. From a personal note: be prepared for a few bumps, bruises and scrapes along the way.

  1. Yin Yoga

Looking for something a bit slower paced with a chance to really reconnect with your body? Yin Yoga is worth a try. Unlike the fast pace of Vinyasa, Yin puts you in a pose (many supported by props) and really lets you explore it deeper. Many poses are held for two plus minutes, giving you time to focus on stretching further or as my teacher said: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”. Be prepared to feel “worked” in a completely new way!

  1. EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation)

Want to really work on that mind muscle connection? If you’ve ever had EMS on during rehab exercises, then you know just how much it helps to remind you exactly where each muscle you need to work is. Strapped into a full EMS suit, hitting all the major muscles groups, these quick 20-30 minute long workouts are the perfect solution to those that are time poor but want a solid workout or just those looking to understand muscle activation better. If you can get over the weird tingling feeling and focus on the workout, you’ll not only be sweating within minutes but burning heaps of calories in a very short amount of time. This is my favourite unique workout I’ve tried so far because it is so different from anything else and I really enjoyed how sore I felt post workout!

  1. Pole Dancing

For those that want to feel graceful as they are getting strong, then I highly recommend pole dancing. Not only is it tons of fun just to spin around on the poles, but it’s a great way to work your upper body and grip strength in a very functional way. (It’s up to you to hoist yourself onto that pole!) Most studios offer beginners courses that set up all the basics for you and allow you to build a solid foundation before you get to flipping around on the pole. So start there and build from it!

Nothing on the list strike your fancy? Try looking for free events on either your local area fitness page on Facebook, ask at your local lululemon athletica store (lululemon is known for hosting a lot of fitness events and not just yoga!), google gyms in your area and see if they offer a free/discounted first class/week, or check out wellness weeks at your local shopping center. All these are ways I find new classes to try while staying budget friendly!

Thank you so much Chape for letting me guest post!

If there is a unique workout I should try, leave it the comments down below!

Happy working out!

-SB

Bio: Sarah-Beth or SB is the personal trainer behind the blog The Art of Fit and Nerd. Originally from Canada, she is now based in Perth, Australia and loves living by the beach. She is constantly looking for unique workouts to try or gyms to go too. When not working out or training clients, she’s a bit of a nerd and can be found creating cosplays, gaming, or watching anime.

Us and our success by Brooke Smitham

Hello dears!

This week I´m pleased to introduce you a good friend and a great blogger, Brooke Smitham. Her blog is fully charged with positive vibes, make sure you follow her for your daily dose of positivity. She here to talk about one of the toughest topics, success. Hope you enjoy the reading as much as I did.

Hello everyone, I have to express to you all, what an honor and pleasure I have in writing this post for my colleague David, who I have now followed for a long time and enjoy his blog each day, thank you for this opportunity, David.

This is a topic I and many other blogger’s write about, but at times the clear message does not seem to be getting through, are we convinced of our own control over our lives? What we always have is total control of the reaction we have in situations that appear in our everyday being, yes it is only you that makes that decision, and we have all made mistakes at times, nobody escapes that, but if we give it some thought and change are thinking a little, if we allow ourselves to open our minds somewhat, we could make more positive decisions, it is also important that we believe in the help that we always have with us, the universe always works with us, guiding us along our life journey, it is the divine power which we store inside of us which we can lean on at anytime we need that support, many people hold this belief and name it God, that choice is yours.When we speak to this power, we are answered, but we have to listen, you may be told many times, and sadly at times we just do not listen and we do not take the advice given, your intuition talks to you, do you listen? When we don’t, things will come tumbling down around us, but don’t panic, nobody likes this but it is an opportunity for us to start again, with this experience now well within us, to guide us on, and we learn to listen, this power will never abandon you, we just need to learn to listen in a better way.

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You, as an individual are here for a reason, it is important that you understand that you are creating on a daily basis with the help of the great creator, what better partner can you wish for in life, the Universe/God it is no accident that you are you, just stop and think what set of sequences had to be in motion in action for you to be here, it is no accident believe me……….

Brooke 2

Do you know your purpose, are you working towards your purpose in life, achieving your dreams and goals? If you are not aware of your purpose I urge you to find this out as soon as possible, without knowing your purpose, it is like driving in the fog with no map, no gps, you could be swimming around a fish bowl looking for a corner to get out, there is no way out, so knowing and finding your purpose is extremely important, the sooner you know the sooner you can act and the sooner the universe can connect with you . You are a citizen of the universe, a very important part, you form part of the universal energy and it becomes part of you, your confidence will flourish when you understand there is something much bigger than you, far greater than you, you cannot do it alone. Everything happens for a reason, when you do not live your life as your true self, you are unable to obtain your personal intent, you are here, you are you, in your uniqueness and that is what matters, you are here and part of all this wonderfulness, when things go wrong and not the way you were expecting, it is experience you need, it is not a failure it is part of a preparation of what is to come, you are always preparing yourself with the help of the universe for what is to come.

Every thought you have, every thought you put out there into the universal energy flow and you put into action, is going to come back to you, when you believe and trust your partner, you will start to feel the flow, you will be in the flow of life, you will no longer be against it, you will be part of it, you will be connected to your inner power you will be aligned with the world that you want.
When you achieve the things you want in your life, you have to give back, your intention rules your life and determines the outcome, never worry about your competition, they will always be there, we all have competition in life, but the time and energy you give this, may give them the opening and opportunity they have been waiting for, you can only control yourself you cannot control others, for everything you put into motion the universal law states, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

Brooke Smithan is a fully qualified Psychologist,Life Coach,Performance Consultant & LOA Practitioner. Since 2013 she blogs at The Utopia Universe, helping lots of people.