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Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 111



Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 66

Monday is Blog Carnivals Day. A Blog Carnival 111  is a collection of articles or blog posts relating to a similar subject gathered together for viewing pleasure. You can quickly and conveniently see a list of Article Titles and click on the ones that interest you to read the full post. Blog carnivals are a great way to see a wide variety of ideas and opinions on a similar subject. Click here to see a list of all previous posts in the Blog Carnivals category.

Want to see your article or blog post featured on  Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 111 is here for your reading.

Brain Power


Catherine Eagleson presents Coffee and Crosswords for your Brain posted at Crosswords For Fun, saying, “Coffee and crosswords…the ideal combination for keeping your brain fit and healthy!”


Christopher X. Gerber presents Fighting Physical Ailment ? With Cognitive Help posted at Experiment: Gerbus.


Sara Melone presents What is Brain Therapy? posted at



Gin G. presents Quest of Green Love posted at Sense Scribe, saying, “Learn about the Green dating scene and visit their favorite sites. Read more.”


William Wallace presents 5 Free Places To Take A Date In London That Will Impress The Pants Off Them posted at London Is Cool, saying, “Hi, if you decide to add my article to your carnival, let me know, and I will provide a link back to it, regards William Wallace.”



Steven presents Couch Potatoes Guide to Health and Improvement posted at The Motion Machine, saying, “Get up and off the couch!”


Alan Overton presents The Importance of Physical Fitness | Lifetime Fitness 4 Men posted at Lifetime Fitness 4 Men, saying, “Just what is the importance of physical fitness? Why are we exercising? Undoubtedly, your answers to those questions will vary, but most of you will focus on the physical aspects.”


Billy Preston presents Growth Hormone Choices posted at Growth Hormone, saying, “A really good blog article with links to informative growth hormone websites.”


Elisha Knackwood presents 25 Free iPhone Apps to Help You Live Healthy posted at Masters In Health Care Online. presents 5 Great Weight Loss Motivation Tips posted at



Madeleine Begun Kane presents Empty Nest (Limerick) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.


JJ presents Little Things That Turn Women Off posted at The Aged Male, saying, “Some dating techniques guys use that backfire.”


Patricia Turner presents 100 Charitable Activities You Can Do With Your Family posted at Becoming A Radiologist.


Hal LaPray presents Senate Mulls Social Security Reform Ideas posted at Disability Information & Resources, saying, “While no new bills have been presented to either house of Congress, the U.S. Senate held a Special Committee meeting last month to discuss better ways of implementing the Social Security benefits program for those who need it the most, the fastest.”


Alex presents Printable Birthday Invitations posted at Home Life Weekly, saying, “To make a printable birthday invitation for the family is really easy to make. All you need to do is download the free birthday invitation design which you like, then print and fold.”



Fendrihan Canada presents Of mad men and body hair posted at Perfect Shave Dispatch, saying, “It’s all part of a manscaping trend that started (as far as I’m concerned) with the underarm area and has unmercifully gained terrain since.”


Aparna presents Giveaway:LashMantra-Eyelash Growth Serum posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, saying, “Fabulous Giveaway!! Enter for a chance to covet an amazing Eyelash Growth Serum — LashMantra worth $48. But hurry up, contest ends on July 31, 2009!!!”



Smart Unemployment presents Individual Health Insurance: How To Lower Your Premiums In Three Steps posted at Smart Unemployment, saying, “Three ways to lower the cost of your health insurance premium.”


jim presents How Secured Credit Cards Work posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.


Silicon Valley Blogger presents myFICO To Drop Experian Credit Score and Report: One Less FICO Score posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”


The Smarter Wallet presents Reading Stock Charts Using Technical Analysis posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”


nickel presents Best CD Rates (Updated!) posted at



Lauren presents Best Breakfast: Oatmeal posted at Holiday Honey, saying, “The breakfast of champions.”


Alisha Harmann presents Top 25 Ways You?re Wrecking Your Immune System posted at Masters In Nursing Online.


Scientific Living presents Drug Company Hypnotizes Viewers posted at Scientific Living.


PicktheBrain presents 200+ Health and Medical Accounts Worth Following on Twitter posted at Medical Future.


Christina Crowe presents Surprising Chocolate Benefits and Myths posted at Salad Sticks, saying, “Not only does chocolate taste great, it actually is quite healthy for you. There are a surprisingly good number of health benefits of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, which make it a good treat for everyone. Now with the help of some surprising studies, you have a reason to eat chocolate like never before, granting yourself a taste of that creamy dark chocolaty substance as it drips down your tongue. You can come out of hiding, chocoholics.”


Outshined presents Food, Stress, and Anxiety posted at Personal Web Guide, saying, “This article discusses just how powerful our dietary choices can be when it comes to affecting our mental and psychological well-being. No longer confined to just our physical attributes, our diet plays a huge role in helping us defeat both stress and anxiety, something most individuals far overlook.”


Margaret Garcia presents 55 Tips to Survive a Long Hospital Shift posted at Online Nurse Practitioner Schools.


Trevor Watkinson presents Calorie Restriction Improves Your Health And Longevity posted at Blog, saying, “Solid proof that eating less can add years to your life!”


ChristianPF presents Zero VOC paints posted at Natural Health Ezine, saying, “If you are looking for paint that is not full of toxic chemicals, these are 4 good options worth checking out…”


Wren Caulfield presents Save Money on Food: Grow Your Own! posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking.


FitJerk presents Energy Bars & Protein Bars – Nutritious Mini-Meal Or Glorified Candy? posted at FlawlessFitness, saying, “Health Bars- They’re jam packed with nutrients, minerals and vitamins and come in a million different flavors… BUT, are they really as “healthy” and “nutritious” as they claim to be? Find out…”


Brian presents Iced Green Tea For A Longer Life posted at How To Live a Longer Life, saying, “A nice iced, unsweetened, green tea is a fine beverage to sip on all afternoon. Not only does it provide an unbelievable amount of antioxidants and promote heart health but it is also bitter and refreshing, two things I love in a drink. Here’s how I make Iced Green Tea at home.”


Joel Gray presents Natural Weight Loss Tips posted at Health Tips 101.



Alisha Harmann presents Top 50 Blogs for Positive and Conscious Living posted at Master Of Health Administration.


SmallTownSim presents Facing your demons posted at Joy’s Journey To Wellness.


Katy presents For Your Sanity: Don’t Feed Your Obsessions | Katy Meets World posted at Katy Meets World, saying, “Obsessive thoughts can overtake you and make your life a nightmare.”



Barbara Williams presents 50 Happy Nursing Blogs posted at Nursing


Vincent presents 33 Things You Should Stop Doing To Double Your Productivity posted at Hit Your Goals.


nissim ziv presents Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers posted in Job Interview Guide, saying, “It is a general misconception that entry-level jobs are available freely and the inductions for them are quite simple. It is true that entry-level jobs in any field are available freely. Still, the fact is that the hiring process for an entry-level job is as complicated as the process for a company manager, a secretary, or a team leader.”


Stephen Martile presents 9 Questions to Unlock Your Unique Abilities posted at by Stephen Martile, says, “Hi Brandon,

There are too many people in the world today doing crap they don’t enjoy. I used to be one of those people. By quietly contemplating a variety of questions in my life, I began to see different sides of myself – and with this lens of reality, I began to explore new opportunities.”


Donald Latumahina presents A Simple Tip to Be More Productive posted at Life Optimizer.

Be sure to tune in every Monday for the next Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival, and if you want to submit your own article for inclusion, submit it before midnight (eastern time) on Sunday.


Simple Balance Exercises



Simple Balance Exercises

For a while now, the idea of a work-life balance intrigues me. Some consider it to be an illusion much like true love and while the lifestyles of the rich and famous might be perfect evidence of why life can be so cool if you’ve obtained financial freedom, there no doubt that the effort to get there can take a while.

At another level altogether, doing what you love is another thing that most people give thought to… and sometimes, this takes a while to get there too. But at least, you keep yourself busy in the non-hedonistic manner, at least.

In my estimation, it’s what most people identify as their dreams, and for the lucky ones who do get there, the reality of these dreams often don’t meet the very fantasy that caused them to work towards them. However, for the most part, one can at least the savor the journey that led them there in the first place.

Perhaps, it is only in the second case that one truly achieves balance… for as a Chinese philosopher once said: if you love your work, you wouldn’t work a single day of your life.

And while this is something that one should (and will, sooner or later) give thought to, this whole idea of remaining balanced in the physical world is just as important as well.

The Importance of Maintaining Physical Balance

For starters, perhaps the equilibrium definition describes how balance is achieved, and this has a lot to do with your body weight distribution and, in some cases, provides one with maximum poise that works to their advantage for the most part.

The simplest answer to this question lies in the fact that you need balance for everything, apart from lying on your butt! And it’s almost obvious that this core body function works in the favor of sports athletes as opposed to those who don’t necessarily make it an essential facet of their training routine.

And as one gets older, the abilities that we take for granted (physical balance being one of them) now are not necessarily our strong points anymore, and this can lead to injury and the fear of falling if not being afflicted by injury due to one falling down.

And so does this mean that it’s inevitable that we will lose our balance as we get older… or old. (winky wink)

The Benefits of Simple Balance Exercises

Apart from working on muscular strength, if one also focuses on working out to improve balance… the thing is, this does not play such a debilitating role as one gets older and older. And while the most straightforward benefits of simple balance exercises can be to fortify your body against harm (from falling etc.) as one gets old, the thing is that working towards this can improve your fitness levels by a long shot in the short-term as well.

And since I am not a certified instructor, here’s a link with some of the simplest balance exercises that one can perform to improve their fitness levels.

In Closing

And with all this talk about the work-life balance, one should know that the physical balance is no less important!

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Lower Back Pain Exercises: In finding humor in aphorisms…



Lower Back Pain Exercises: In finding humor in aphorisms…


If you like to read, maxims or aphorisms are not a bad way to spend your time. Plenty of these are available over the internet in the form of several websites, and it’s always interested me to find truths in lines such as “In Life not being fair to everyone, it is being fair to each and everyone of us”.

But, to do so one has to be in a philosophical bent of mind, and one where you tend to take Life a bit seriously while doing your soul-searching in ways that seem to provide you answers.

After a point however, one comes to the conclusion that it is pointless to be so driven and serious, and what the situation really demands is a lot less seriousness and humor that can possibly help one take it easy.

Aphorisms and the region located below your “Lower Back”

And so, one moves on from far more serious versions such as the fabled “Behind every great man is a great woman” to several adaptations such as this one: “Behind every great man is a great woman. And behind every great woman, is a guy looking at her a** (um… the region below your lower back, maybe!) .”

Haha. Gross but realistic… right?

And while there are several men whose wives consider their husbands to be a pain in the a** (Oops, in the region located below your “lower back”), these aches and pains can move to other regions as well for several reasons other than the constant nagging of their wives.

Lower Back Pain

But seriously, lower back pain can be excruciating, and one is better off without the sprain or strain that these muscles in your lower back go through.

However, since almost 80% of people have to experience lumbago at some point of time in their lives or the other, one can safely assume that the causes are several ranging from mechanical to oxygen deprivation and even depression.

The one thing that stops people from becoming active again after is the continuous recurrence of this pain, but it should not deter you from at least making an attempt to be active as much as possible.

What you can do, while choosing to stay active (despite the pain) is to avoid positions that you know strain those lower back muscles while also resorting to medical treatment and nonprescription painkillers just in case, it hurts.

When it comes to exercises for lower back pain, one should know that they aren’t complicated and can be done from home but one should consult with the physician before trying them.

Lower Back Pain Exercises

And which brings us to the next question: So what can one do from an exercise point-of-view when one has lower back pain?

Firstly, you have to find gentle strengthening exercises for your stomach, back and legs, which will not only prevent re-injury but will speed up the process of recovery.

Here’s a sample video that stretches the tight muscles (which cause discomfort and pain in the lower back) around the hips, thus relieving pain with each time you complete the routine. And I say sample because this is a delicate medical matter, and thus this routine has only been provided so as to provide one with an idea as to what kind of exercises are conducted for the same.

Please CONSULT your physician before doing any kind of exercises such as these!

In Closing

Considering the fact that this ‘nagging’ pain is just as excruciating as the aphorism “Behind every great man there is a woman rolling her eyes.”, the truth of it all is that the former is preventable through working out regularly… but the latter (marriage… I mean) is inevitable. You know, there’s someone for everyone… and it doesn’t if they call that person your ‘bitter half’!

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7 Tricks & Tips to Help You Stick to Your Fitness Program



7 Tricks & Tips to Help You Stick to Your Fitness Program

For many of us, exercise or a short-time fitness program is a quick fix for an expanding waistline or to look good on the beach. But after we’ve achieved our goal, it is way too easy to let things slide and turn our backs on physical exercise until the need arises again.

If you care about your health and value your life, physical fitness shouldn’t just be regarded as a quick solution to a weight problem. There are even more powerful benefits to staying fit and healthy.

Regular exercise helps to prevent serious health problems, including depression, some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can also help you feel more confident and less sluggish and give you more energy.

The trouble is we all know that exercise is good for us but motivating ourselves to begin a fitness regime and stick to it is the tricky part.

It wasn’t until I grew older that I realized that a physical fitness regime was essential to my health and well-being. And I too found it difficult to motivate myself, but I found plenty of tips and trick to make sure that I stuck to my fitness plan.

7 Tips and Tricks

1. The 30 Day Rule: Research has shown that any daily activity will become a habit, if you stick to it for 30 days. So getting through the first 30 days of your fitness regime is crucial to your success.

2. Find a Training Buddy: Working out with a colleague or friend can be a great idea, as you can spur each other on when the going gets tough.

Pro: Working out with others can make exercise more fun.

Con: If you are not both truly committed to getting fit, you may influence each other to give up.

3. Hire a Personal Trainer: If you are struggling to get started, it may be worth hiring a personal trainer for a few weeks. A good personal trainer can help you devise a fitness plan and get used to a regular exercise regime.

Pro: A personal trainer will motivate you to work out. And because you’re paying for his time, you will probably take your fitness regime more seriously.

Con: Hiring a personal trainer can be an expensive option. Depending on where you live, expect to pay between $25 and $75 per hour.

4. Choose Something You Have a Chance of Enjoying: This might sound like common sense but you would be surprised at the number of people who choose a particular exercise just because it burns fat faster.

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Pro: You are likelier to stick to a fitness program you enjoy.

Con: You may just become addicted to exercise. I am not joking; exercise addiction is a serious problem for some people. They become addicted to the highs they get from exercise as a result of increased dopamine level.

5. Variety: Instead of plodding away on the treadmill for an hour, choose a workout which includes a variety of different exercises.

Pro: You are less likely to get bored. Also, you are more likely to avoid injury, as you will be exercising various muscle groups instead of putting all the strain on one.

Con: You will need to put a bit more thought and planning into your exercise routine.

6. Use Gadgets: If you are into technology, using fitness-related gadgets and mobile phone applications might motivate you. There are plenty of good ones available if you do a search on Google.

Pro: Applications that record your progress and help you plan your workout will add a fun element to your fitness regime, and inspire you to carry on.

Con: You may be tempted to spend more time playing with gadgets and applications than you spend working out.

7. Protect Yourself Against Injury: Make sure you do not injure yourself when working out by warming up, cooling down, and stretching. Also, take the time to learn the proper exercise techniques.

Pro: You are less likely to put yourself out of action for several weeks if you avoid injuring yourself.

Con: Warm-ups, cooling down, and stretches add additional time to your workout, but they are an essential part of your routine.

In closing

All this may sound like hard work, but the benefits of keeping fit shouldn’t be ignored. You will feel and look healthier if you participate in a regular fitness program, and you may even prolong your life.

Authorís Bio

Derek Carroll enjoys reviewing fitness products such as the p90x nutrition and exercise schedule, and the Bowflex dumbbells 552 adjustable dumbbell set. He also searches the internet for great deals and savings and shares his findings on his blog,

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