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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.


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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