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Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 81



Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 66

Monday is Blog Carnival Day. A Blog Carnival is a collection of articles or blog posts, all 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 carnival is a great way to see a wide variety of ideas and opinions on a similar subject. To see a list of all previous posts in the Blog Carnival category, click here.

Want to see your article or blog post featured in the Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival?

Brain Power |Blog Carnival 81


Catherine Eagleson presents Crosswords are Great for the Brain posted at Crosswords For Fun, saying, “In an age where Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are becoming more prevalent, there is one thing we can all do to reduce the risk….crossword puzzles! And it’s never too late, or too early to start. Crosswords are great for people of all ages. Discover the many benefits of doing regular puzzling today!”


Peter Murphy presents How to Stay Motivated After Rejection posted at Get Motivated Stay Motivated.


Donald Latumahina presents 47 Most Recommended Books to Read in 2008 posted at Life Optimizer.


Alvaro Fernandez presents Education builds Cognitive Reserve for Alzheimers Disease Protection posted at SharpBrains, saying, “Given the growing media coverage mentioning the terms Cognitive Reserve and Brain Reserve, you may be asking yourself, “What exactly is my Cognitive (or Brain) Reserve?””

Dating |Blog Carnival 81


Shamelle presents Getting Past Your Past, Is It Really Possible? posted at Enhance Life.


Talk Prom Dresses presents How To Choose The Right Prom Date posted at Prom Dresses, saying, “Prom isn’t that far away. Here’s how to lock-in a great date for the big dance.”


Corina presents #1 Reason why relationships fail posted at Blog about love, sex, relationships and more.


Baller King presents How To Date A Stripper posted at Men’s Advice, saying, “Believe it or not, it is quite easy to date an exotic dancer if you know the right moves.”


Cary Anderson presents Improving Your Marriage Resume posted at Find Love, saying, “For many women, the quest to find a husband is just as important as their career. Whether you realize it or not, in the same way you have a career resume, you have a marriage one too!”

Exercise  |Blog Carnival 81


Brandon Gilbert presents The MOST important Yoga Pose you are NOT doing posted at Brandon Gilbert’s blog.


Emma presents Baby Gym – how to exercise your baby @ Baby-Log| Learning to be a Mother, raise a Baby and live as a Family posted at Baby-Log, saying, “Babies need gym too!”


Jeremy Reeves presents Is The Elliptical Fitness Machine Worth The Money? posted at Fitness Product Reviews, saying, “Controversial blog post about whether or not I think ellipticals are worth the money”


Andrew Edgington presents Steroids and your Sperm Count posted at Mick, saying, “Just honest advice on how to do steroid cycles safely as well as other bodybuilding health tips and training techniques.”


Chris presents Trick Your Body Into Losing Weight Faster posted at, saying, “Blog on all things diet,excercise,weight loss,fitness”

Family  |Blog Carnival 81


Gary R. presents Best Hiking Shoes And Why You Want Them posted at Camping Tips, saying, “you’re planning to do a little hiking on your next trip and you’re thinking you’ll just wear a pair of old tennis shoes I’d like to invite you to play a game of pin the tail on the na?ve tourist.”


Katy presents Should You Induce Labor During Your Pregnancy? posted at Katy Meets World, saying, “For many women, the though of inducing labor is frightening. However, it is sometimes required to be sure the baby is born healthy or to prevent complications for the mother.”


Madeleine Begun Kane presents “Dear Son” Letters (Limerick) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.


Peter Crump presents Bottled Water. Is It Clean Drinking Water? posted at Which Is THE Best Drinking Water Filter?.


Aparna presents Ward off frequent colds this winter posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, saying, “Common cold is so common in winter and here’s the reason for it. Moreover if you have a tendency of catching colds too frequently, then you need not worry as there are several ways to stave off this malady. Incidentally there was a brief mention in ‘The Daily Mail’ that there is a sharp rise (up to 50%) in cold and flu infections this week and this is quite likely to blight the Christmas break. So if don’t want the cold/flu bug to ruin your Christmas week, see to it that you follow these precautions scrupulously and yes, prevention is always better than cure.

Frequent Handwashing:


Hand washing has long been touted as a way to prevent a cold during cold and flu season, and experts agree that is wise. But here’s the newest twist: Paying attention to where you put your hands – and scheduling your hand washing around where your hands have been, rather than the clock – appear to be important, too. That’s because cold viruses may linger on surfaces longer than suspected, according to Hendley and other University of Virginia researchers.”


Tonya presents How to Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks posted at My Pregnancy Blog, saying, “Stretch marks are an unfortunate result of pregnancy for many women.”


Money Saver presents How to Save Money during the Economic Downturn posted at Save Money Tips, saying, “Some ways to save money during the current economic downturn”


Matthew presents Allergy to Milk posted at Fast Medical Information, saying, “An allergy to milk is known as lactose intolerance. Those affected with the allergy will have an inability to digest or absorb lactose, which is the sugar in milk. When products containing milk are eaten or drunk then certain gastrointestinal symptoms will appear due to this intolerance.”

Money  |Blog Carnival 81


GP presents The 10 Commandments for Holiday Enjoyment « Manely Montana posted at Manely Montana, saying, “The 10 commandments for holiday enjoyment”


Jim presents Best CD (Certificate of Deposit) Rates posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.


Silicon Valley Blogger presents Blu-Ray DVD Player Review: Pros and Cons posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Should we spend money on a Blu-Ray player?”

Nutrition |Blog Carnival 81


SeanBissell presents Weight Loss Alcohol And Having Fun posted at Yummy Fitness | Fitness For Fun People.


Lazy Man and Money presents Avoiding Inevitable Weight Gain posted at Lazy Man and Health.


Keira presents Retrain Those Taste Buds posted at Weight Ladder.


Ray Burton presents Eating Raw Foods From An Organic Farm posted at Planning Diets Natural Nutrition, saying, “’m going on a 30 day trial of organic-slashy-raw kind of guy and I am going to see how it effects my body, my performance and my spiritual development. Whenever I say eating raw from this point on, I actually mean a semi-raw with organic foods only. This of course with a touch of “take it as it comes”.”


marjorie presents How to Cook Your Veggies posted at Laurel on Health Food, saying, “Last year, a group of researchers from the University of Warwick studied vegetable cooking techniques and the loss of nutrients. The techniques that did NOT cause any significant nutrient loss were steaming (up to 20 min.), microwaving (up to 3 min.), and stir-frying (up to 5 min.).”


Your Life Regained presents Omega-3-Fatty Acids Can Save Your Life posted at Your Life Regained, saying, “A large body of research suggests that daily consumption of supplementation with omega-3-fatty acids can largely decrease your risk to suffer and even die of cardiac conditions.”


Steve Faber presents Belly Fat Loser » Best Thermogenics – Fat Burning Substances posted at Belly Fat Loser.


Helene Zemel presents Introducing GeneWize LifeMap Nutrition™ System posted at Health Plans Plus, saying, “All of us have unique nutritional needs. The GeneWize LifeMap Nutrition™ System is the first scientifically supported nutritional supplement program that utilizes your DNA to create a custom nutritional supplement formula that contains the nutrients your body really needs.”



Peter presents 10 Secrets for Instant Self-Confidence posted at The Change Blog.


Barry Wright III presents Serendipity of Ideas posted at 3stylelife.



banquet manager thatsme presents It’s Time For The Holiday Parties… posted at So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager….


Heather Johnson presents The Ultimate Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- 101 Resources to Help Anyone Learn the Gentle Art posted at e-Justice Blog.


Hot Alpha Female presents Hot Alpha Female: Why I Love Pick Up Artists posted at Hot Alpha Female.


Sarah Scrafford presents 100 Terrific Mindhacks to Make the Most of Your Brain posted at Find Schools


Fiona King presents Coping With Crohn?s Disease: 100 Helpful Resources and Communities posted at Nursing Assistant Central.


Naren Ghimire presents The Joy of Being Yourself | How to be Yourself? posted at Spiritual Pub, saying, “Existence has purposefully made us different from each other – but why? Because no other joys are comparable to the ones by being your own true self. Only through your own originality, you can experience the eternal joy of life. This article highlights some crucial factors behind our inability to accept the way we are, and also presents key remedies to those factors.”


The Beauty Aid presents Oprah’s Acai Berry Diet: Is it for you? posted at The Beauty Aid.


Erika Collin presents 50 Foods That Will Help You Feel and Look More Beautiful posted at National Massage Certification.


Jirel presents Here is HOW to make someone’s day? posted at Positive and Successful Life Style tips.


swapnil warang presents Are Cell Phones are Harmful to Our Health posted at switch2life.


Richard Taylor presents How to Bake the Perfect Sweet Potato or Yam posted at Fun With Living Blog, saying, “Eat tasty, moist sweet potatoes or yams instead of starchy white potatoes.”


JRickG presents Personal Deconstruction, by JE Gonzalez posted at JE Gonzalez.


Kara-Leah presents What can yoga do for me physically, mentally and emotionally? posted at Prana Flow NZ, saying, “What can yoga do for me physically, mentally and emotionally? “Yoga is the science of life. It is thousands of years old, and with regular practice, yoga can bring you back into balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. What does this mean? It means that no matter what issue you are dealing with in your life, yoga can help you manage it.””


nickel presents 36 Ways to Earn Extra Money posted at

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.


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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