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Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 141



Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 66

Monday is Blog Carnivals Day. A Blog Carnival 141 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.

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Katie Freeman presents 25 Essential Open Courseware Classes to Learn About Health Administration posted at Masters in Health Administration.


Emily Moser presents the Top 10 Medical Movies of all Time posted at Nurse Practitioner Schools.



Tom LP presents Pilates, Yoga, Fitness | posted at, saying, “This is a great post about incorporating yoga and/or Pilates into your fitness lifestyle.”


Heartstrong presents The Top Four Exercises People Do Wrong ? And How to Fix Them! posted at Healthy Hearts with Heartstrong.


Beginner Cycling presents Tips for Buying a Beginner Road Bike posted at Beginner Cycling, saying, “Road bikes are a great way to exercise — here’s how to buy one.”


Martin Andrews presents Muscle Growth Tips For Advanced Muscle Growth posted at Mick, saying, “Discover the Ultimate in bodybuilding health tips, recommended bodybuilding products, muscle growth training techniques PLUS learning how to do steroid cycles safely. Discover Mick Hart.”


Diane Steward presents Top 50 Blogs to Help You Live Healthy posted at BSN Program, saying, “More and more people are seeking a healthier lifestyle. Indeed, recent economic events have served as a wake-up call for more than finances; for some, it is clear that fundamental changes need to be made in how they live.”


Alan Overton presents Conquer The Weight Loss Plateau And Acquire Sixpack Abs posted at Lifetime Fitness 4 Men, saying, “Your goal to lose belly fat is going well. The pounds are burning off at a regular rate. Your wish to flatten your stomach and marvel at your six-pack abs is in sight. You are regularly performing abs workouts. All of a sudden, you cease losing any more weight. You continue faithfully with your weight loss plan, but your weight stays static. What has happened?”


Neven Szary presents Lose 2 lbs Every Week posted at Get Fit Look Great!, saying, “The easiest way to lose 2 lbs every week.”


Sai presents running into the blue posted at and again, saying, “Some tips on running”


Aaron Potts presents Exercise of the Day – Lunges posted at Fitness Destinations.



christopher foster presents Can aging be a blessing? posted at, saying, “We don’t like to think about aging and death — but our latter years give opportunities not only to savor life more deeply but also to experience the truth of ourselves more fully.”


Madeleine Begun Kane presents Super Bowl Sunday Blues posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.


Jennifer Miner presents Wii Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun Review posted at The Vacation Gals – Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips, saying, “My whole family plus their friends – little kids and tweens – all got a lot of exercise incidentally to having tons of fun playing this Wii game. I completely recommend it!”


Roxanne Mcann presents X-Rays and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know posted at XRAY Technician Training.


SouravRC presents Child Vaccinations: Protect Your Child From Illness | Healthmad posted at HealthMad, saying, “Immunisation is the best way to ensure that your child is safe from diseases.”


Martin Andrews presents Stop Drinking Alcohol Now – posted at Stop Drinking Advice, saying, “Discover the real facts about dealing with Alcohol Addiction as revealed in Ed Philips “Alcohol Addiction Guide”, which offers tried and tested alcoholism support which will help an alcoholic quit drinking in 21 days.”


Donald Latumahina presents Building Relationships: 9 Actions to Bond with Others posted at Life Optimizer.



bob simms presents Jacuzzi Shoot posted at X News Now, saying, “ Huge Blog for Paranomal, Ufos, Ghost, Aliens, Monsters and More!”


Alvaro Fernandez presents The Evolution of Empathy posted at SharpBrains, saying, “Empathy’s not a uniquely human trait, explains primatologist Frans de Waal. Apes and other animals also feel it, suggesting that empathy is an essential part of who we are.”


Tim Handorf presents 10 Most Common Embarrassing Habits posted at Best Colleges Online.


Aparna presents Biotique’s Almond Under Eye Cream: Review posted at Beauty and Personal Grooming.



BWL presents Planning a Wedding on a Budget posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “These are a few great ways to have a less expensive wedding that still looks great!”



lisa viger presents January 31, 2010 posted at Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!), saying, “How to Go Raw Without Going Broke! Full day raw menus with recipes and nutritional information.”


Peter Stockwell presents Does Quick and Easy Weight Loss Work? posted at The Senior Walking Fitness Blog.


Lisa Taylor presents 56 Healthy & Natural hacks you should be using in the Kitchen posted at MRI Technician Schools.


Raj presents Chocolate Milk: The New Protein ? posted at Adrenaline One.


NHE presents Advantages and benefits of Organic Food posted at Natural Health Ezine, saying, “These are some good reasons to buy a bit more organic food regularly…”


Ann Margrain presents Mystery of the ‘Lurking Death’ posted at Heroin and Cornflakes, saying, “We’re trying to do everything we can to get levels (arsenic) lower in drinking water at very great cost, and yet we’re deliberately adding it to chicken.”


marjorie presents Power Supplement: Resveratrol posted at Laurel on Health Food, saying, “Recent research found that resveratrol can help the body fight off cancer and heart disease, reduce inflammation, prevent weight gain, expand longevity (anti-aging), boost energy, and even improve athletic endurance.”


Frederick Yarmy presents Top 50 Nursing Assistant Blogs posted at Nurses assistant, saying, “When you are a nursing assistant, it can help to have the perspective of a number of different people involved in the medical world. Nursing can be very rewarding, but also quite difficult.”




christopher foster presents Who truly deserves your love? posted at, saying, “Following the Buddha’s advice is VERY good for our health and well-being. In all the big wide world, no one deserves our love more than we ourselves.”


Sarah Scribe presents More Reason to Pamper Yourself: Health Benefits of Massage Therapy posted at Healthy Revelations Blog.


Dawneright presents Blizzard of Uncertainty- The Unknown and OCPD posted at Bashing Perfect, saying, “Thanks!”


Bruno Vigneault presents How To Treat Migraine Headache And Relieve Pain posted at Stop Migraine Headache Pain Now.


pbmedia presents Intuniv for Treating Tics and Twitches posted at



nissim ziv presents Job Interview Questions and Answers posted at Job Interview Guide, saying, “Anticipating the job interview questions is one of the best ways to get ready for an interview.
Getting ready for an interview requires homework, but the hours of prep time will be worth it.”


Case Ernsting presents Modernizing the Home Office posted at Home and Decor, saying, “A simple, modernized workspace can do wonders for your posture, stress levels, and concentration. Stick to these 5 interior design themes, and shed the negative vibes that lead to health issues over the years.”



Leslie Brown presents 25 Must-Have Kindle e-Books and Subscriptions for Sports Fans posted at Sports Management Degree.


JohnQ Stakes presents 25 Ways the Great Recession Is Affecting Our Health, posted at online MHA degree.


Maureen Fitzsimmons presents Top 50 Medical Technology Blogs posted at mri technician schools.


Frederick Yarmy presents How to: Take Care of a Sick Child Like a Nurse Does posted at Pediatric Nurse Practioner Degrees.


robbskidmore presents Date with an MRI: Welcome to the Machine posted at Robb skid more’s…. This Much is Known: “Having an MRI is an increasingly common thing in healthcare. I have a humorous take on the experience.”


Allison Johanson presents Top 50 Medical Ethics Blogs at Best Masters in Healthcare.


mrs laughton presents 10 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During a Hospital Trip posted at X-ray Technologist Schools, saying, “Nobody looks forward to a trip to a hospital; nobody likes to fall sick. Haven’t met anyone that has relished hospital food, and if your luck is really bad, then you land a matronly nurse or worse, a male nurse.”


Anthony Stewart anthony presents Obese People feel helpless about losing Weight, says Study posted at Breaking News Online, saying, “According to a recent study conducted by the Monash University in Australia, obese people feel uncomfortable when it comes to losing weight. It is reported that they feel powerless and helpless to go for that.”


healthylivinggal presents Obese People feel helpless about losing Weight, says Study posted at Breaking News Online, saying, “According to a recent study conducted by the Monash University in Australia, obese people feel uncomfortable when it comes to losing weight. It is reported that they feel powerless and helpless to go for that.”


That concludes this edition.


Getting the Whole Family Involved



Getting the Whole Family Involved

If you have a family, you may find it difficult to initiate new eating and exercise habits for yourself without changing their habits at the same time.

The least successful diets usually require people to eat in isolation from their families, cooking one meal for themselves and another for the other members.

Because low-fat foods control weight and contribute to good health, changing dietary habits is important for the entire family. Aim to change your family’s preferences for high-sugar and high-fat foods and enlist their support for reaching your long-term goals.

But be prepared: You may encounter resistance when trying to work your new lifestyle into your family’s routines. Here are some easy solutions to common excuses:

Excuse: Nutritional needs for children. Your own diet may create unforeseen nutritional problems for your children.

Solution: Because children are still growing, they should not have their calorie intakes restricted, but it is important to introduce them to healthy eating habits while improving your own. By adapting your meals, they get the necessary calcium and other nutrients for growth. Keep a supply of whole milk for the children and low-fat or skim milk for yourself. Add cheese for them to low-fat salads that you prepare for yourself. If you are serving baked potatoes, make fillings more calorie-rich for the children with creamy sauces while you fill your own with water-packed tuna or yogurt.

Excuse: Finicky eating. Your children and perhaps your partner resist or oppose changes to their favorite meals.

Solution: Adjusting your family’s favorite recipes by reducing fat whenever possible is a way of subtly changing habits. Make hamburgers healthier by using extra-lean meat and serving them on whole-wheat buns. Gradually cut down the sugar in desserts you prepare and in other items you buy.

Excuse: Lazy family habits. The family may prefer watching television to sports and other physical activities.

Solution: Gradually wean everyone away from the television. Begin by playing board games, then move on to more active pursuits that are also fun, such as swimming or in-line skating.

Excuse: Your partner doesn’t support your plan. If your partner is overweight, he or she may have a vested interest in keeping you plump. A partner may even sabotage your best efforts by bringing home treats or take-out food to relieve you of the burden of cooking.

Solution: Discuss your goals with your partner. Ensure he or she understands the importance of what you are trying to do and some of the principles of healthy eating and exercise you are attempting to introduce. Get your partner involved with meal preparation and exercise ideas. Perhaps he or she has a favorite sport you could share.

If your partner brings home treats, try to maintain your self-control. Explain that these make your task harder and, though the occasional treat is fine, if this happens on a regular basis, it will undermine your careful eating.
Healthy Eating For Kids
Essential For Your Children’s Wellbeing

Teach your kids to eat healthfully, and they will learn healthy eating habits that will reward them with a lifetime of good health. All kids can be taught to be healthy eaters. The best time to start is when they are infants. But even older children, with the proper encouragement and motivation, can learn to eat healthfully and enjoy healthy food.

  • General Guidelines To Help Get Your Kids Eating Healthfully
  • Get the whole family involved.
  • Choose only fresh whole foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, a little whole grains, and healthy proteins.
  • Sit down with your child and list some healthy foods your child likes and can substitute for the foods you want to eliminate from his or her diet. Encourage your child to suggest healthy foods.
  • Make sure your child agrees to the healthy foods so that he or she will eat them instead of the unhealthy foods. Try to get some healthy foods everyone agrees upon, though they don’t all have to be the same.
  • Make this a healthy eating adventure, exploring new and healthier foods instead of a dull, boring diet.
  • Use the “80-20 Rule.” If you eat healthy food 80% of the time, you can have an occasional “forbidden” treat. However, after eating healthfully for 6 months to a year, depending on how quickly you transition to healthy eating, you’ll probably forget about the “80-20 Rule” because you won’t crave unhealthy foods anymore. If you do, your body isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs.
  • Teach them how to read food labels.
  • Allow them to ask questions about healthy eating and food choices. Use The Reverse Diet book as a Role Model as an educational tool.
    Here are some guidelines for the different age groups to help you get your kids to eat healthfully.


When your baby is ready to start eating solid foods, feed them only fresh whole foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, a little whole grains, and healthy protein, organic if possible. Use a baby food grinder to grind up the same fresh foods you eat. If your child eats only healthy foods, they will have their favorites that they will ask for and eat eagerly without coaxing or bribing.
Do not feed them candy, cookies, ice cream, chips, or sugary, refined, and processed foods. Keep the food additives out of their foods. Let your relatives, friends, and childcare providers know they are only to eat the healthy foods you allow and not give them any “forbidden” treats.

Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

If your child has already tasted sugary, processed, and refined foods, make a game of using the “The Reverse Diet” book with him/her. Help your child choose healthy foods to substitute for unhealthy foods. Cut the fruits and vegetables into different shapes and make pictures with them. There are tons of wonderful ways to make fruits and vegetables appealing- have them help, too.
Use praise generously when they are eating healthy food choices. You may want even to have a reward system for eating healthy foods. Have a special non-food reward for them every time they eat healthy foods. If they stick with it for a whole day, a few days, or a week, have a special non-food treat as a reward, such as a sticker program. Make a weekly chart for their eating times and add different colored stickers for each level of healthiness. Bigger rewards for longer periods of time, like a trip to a favorite place, going to a movie, or something they value but don’t get a chance to do often. Be creative.

School Age

When children get into school, they will be around kids eating unhealthy food and want to eat what the other kids eat. Start talking with them about health and healthy food and what unhealthy food does to your body on a simple level. Even young elementary-age kids can understand this when put in language appropriate to their age.
If they have a hard time thinking of healthy choices, start listing some of their favorite healthy foods they can choose from. Have them write down their choices and let them take ownership of them. Have them write in a personal food journal, too.
When your child goes to school, always pack a healthy lunch unless you have an outstandingly healthy school lunch program. Let them help choose the healthy foods you put in their lunch. If they have a hard time coming up with healthy choices, give them several choices to choose from. And give them a special healthy treat they like as a reward for eating the lunch you pack for them. Also, you may want to send a favorite healthy treat to school with them on special occasions when you know the kids will have refined, sugary treats. As kids age, using my “80-20 Rule” as motivation for eating healthfully is helpful.


Teenagers have a lot of peer pressure and need to do what the other kids do to fit in. With this age group, it is very important to teach them about nutrition and why it’s important to eat healthfully.
Do not be afraid to teach your child what you have learned. Let them read “The Reverse Diet†and be prepared to answer questions or have them send a request to me. I would be more than happy to help in any way.
Make sure the whole family is working on eating healthfully at home and discuss how they can eat more healthfully when they are out with their friends. Talk with them about the consequences of not eating healthfully. Use non-food rewards as appropriate for making healthy food choices. They could be as simple as a dollar store inspirational statue. It just needs to be something for recognition of their conscious efforts for better health.


Healthy eating should be a family affair. Kids eat what they are taught to eat. Teach them to eat healthy food and show them by example. Talk about healthy eating and healthy food at home, the importance of eating healthfully, and the consequences of eating unhealthy food – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and disease in general.
Parents play a big role in shaping children’s eating habits. When parents eat a variety of foods that are low in fat and sugar and high in fiber, children also learn to like these foods. It may take 10 or more tries before a child accepts a new food, so do not give up if your child does not like a new food right away.
Parents have an effect on children’s physical activity habits as well. You can set a good example by going for a walk or bike ride after dinner instead of watching TV. Playing ball or jumping rope with your children shows them that being active is fun.
With many parents working outside the home, childcare providers help shape children’s eating and activity habits. Ensure your childcare provider offers well-balanced meals, snacks, and plenty of active playtime.
If your child is in school, find out more about the school’s breakfast and lunch programs and ask to have input into menu choices, or help your child pack a lunch that includes a variety of foods. Get involved in the parent-teacher association” PTA” to support physical education and after-school sports. I am an advocate and committee member of a wonderful program, in conjunction with the American Heart Association called The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The ever-popular program from the Clinton Foundation.
Your child’s friends and the media can also affect his or her eating and activity choices. Children may go to fast food places or play video games with their friends instead of playing tag, basketball, or other active games. TV commercials persuade kids to choose high-fat snacks, high-sugar drinks, and cereals. When parents help their children be aware of peer and media pressures, youngsters are more likely to make healthy choices outside the home.


Tricia Cunningham

Author of “The Reverse Diet”

“No Excuses, Only Solutions”

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Benefits of Exercise with Muscular Dystrophy



Benefits of Exercise with Muscular Dystrophy

Learning to live with the diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy is a trying road.

According to Medical News Today, a horrible reality that affects hundreds of thousands of men and women is, “Muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal or voluntary muscles which control movement. The muscles of the heart and some other involuntary muscles are also affected in some forms of muscular dystrophy, and a few forms involve other organs as well.” Incredibly frightening, if you have been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, it is sometimes hard to know which way to turn to take control of your life.

One place a person fighting this disease can turn to regain a connection with normalcy is to bring a regular exercise routine into their life. Why does exercise do a person with Muscular Dystrophy good? Here’s a look at five ways exercise helps considerably.

Exercise with Muscular Dystrophy

Exercise slows muscle deterioration. A regular strength routine using Nautilus and free weights and cardio activities is highly beneficial. According to the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, minimal movement with light weights or rubber resistance bands can considerably help a person’s arms, legs, and core. This assistance with strength helps with maintaining a healthy posture, remaining independent, and maintaining a range of motion as well as keeping the joints flexible.

Exercise assists respiration. One of the greatest benefits of cardio exercise for people with Muscular Dystrophy is that it assists the diaphragm and other muscles associated with breathing to remain strong and agile. A common issue for those suffering from Muscular Dystrophy is a decrease in the functioning abilities of the diaphragm. Experts recommend low-impact exercises like walking, yoga, biking, or swimming.

Exercise increases overall energy levels. As with all people, exercising helps the body remain healthy and have more energy overall. In regards to those people with Muscular Dystrophy, the March 2005 issue of Neurology published a study that showed that people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (a condition that affects the arm and face muscles) had less fatigue after having a regular workout plan for three months. Participants worked out on a bike for a little over a half hour five times a week.

Exercise helps boosts happiness. One issue for many people diagnosed with a disease is that they feel that their life has been limited to the illness, which results in depression. A highly beneficial way to counteract depression is to exercise. As little as ten minutes can turn a frown upside down.

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Chest Exercises for Men – A Top 10 List



Chest Exercises for Men – A Top 10 List

Recently I went out with a couple of friends for a couple of drinks to usher in the New Year and came across a few colleagues that knew me during the day when I wasn’t as conscious of maintaining a fitness level as I am today.

So, the first words were: My God! We couldn’t recognize you. Wow, you’ve lost weight.

(Quite frankly, three of the worst words put together from an English dictionary.)

And then the next few words hit me hard: We liked you better when you were plump and funny.

Seriously now?

This is what I get for putting in so much effort. How about that? Yes, I suppose they would love more if they saw my now non-existent man-boobs.

(Trust me – whoever coined the phrase “less is more” damn sure knew what they were talking about!)

If you’re dealing with the same issues, it’s time to start putting some effort into some chest exercises… because it sure will take you a while to get that huge chest that Arnie exemplified during the golden age of bodybuilding.

With that said, this aspect of “less is more” doesn’t apply to women, of course…

An Introduction to Pectoral Muscles

Known as the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor, they consist of all the chest muscles in the human body.

So, why is it important to know more about the human body (and these strange-sounding words) before moving on to chest exercises for men?

For the simple reason: if you look at the diagram of the pectoral muscles at this link, you’ll find that they spread out like a fan when fully developed.

It’s not something that happens by itself, as you might know, but it comes from working on chest exercises for men that can help you get the pecs you want.

Let me reiterate: this takes a lot of work… real hard work to make them look like Arnie’s “fans” in his heyday!

Chest Exercises for Men – A Top 10 List

Now that you are aware of the fact that it is going to take hard work to get pecs that are the envy of every able-bodied male but also the delight of every woman in the vicinity let’s look at some chest exercises for men that can help you do just that.

So, without further ado, here are the top ten chest exercises that have been agreed on by experts and which you can use in your workouts:

#10: Decline Bench Press

#9: Dumbbell Pullover

#8: Incline Dumbbell Flyes

#7: Upper Pec Cable Crossovers

#6: Dumbbell Flyes

#5: Cable Crossovers

#4: Dumbbell Bench

#3: Chest Press Machine

#2: Barbell Bench Press

#1: Incline Barbell Bench Press

You can read more about this compilation of the 10 best exercises at this link. Before you select a few of these exercises for your workout, it’s a good idea to read the tips at this link, as it takes an alternative approach to building pecs.

Because you’re going to need them…

In Closing

So, what chest exercises have you chosen for your workout for building bigger pecs?

Are you finding it hard to develop your pectoral muscles? If so, feel free to share your thoughts about this.


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