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Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 93



Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog Carnival 66

Monday is Blog Carnivals 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 carnivals are 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 Body Fitness Blog Carnivals category, click here.

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

Brain Power


Alvaro Fernandez presents Michael Merzenich: Brain Plasticity offers Hope for Everyone posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, saying, “”Whatever you struggle with in a sense as it stems from your neurology, the inherent plasticity of the brain gives you a basis for improvement. This is a way underutilized and under-appreciated resource that well all have.””


Ed Biado presents Feed your brain posted at Ed Biado at MST Life | Philippine Lifestyle News.


Jeremy Ulmer presents How To Stay Positive posted at Sales Coaching | Business Coaching | Life Coaching, saying, “positive brain”


NAOMI presents DOODLE YOUR WAY TO A BETTER MEMORY posted at Diary From England.

Terry Hernon MacDonald presents Attracting Men When It Seems There Are No Men to Attract posted at Dating Advice (Almost) Daily.


Katy Allgeyer presents MOVING IN TOGETHER « Feng Shui By Fishgirl posted at Feng Shui By Fishgirl, saying, “Tips for moving in together in a harmonious way.


Jeonard Cook presents Reverse Cell Phone Lookup – A Great Way to Catch Your Cheating Spouse Or Find a Prank Callers Name posted at How to Find Phone Number.



Kara-Leah Grant presents Why you want to start practicing yoga TODAY posted at Prana Flow NZ, saying, “You know you’ve been thinking about starting yoga for ages now… here’s eleven reasons why you want to take the leap and start practicing today!”


PK Shukla presents Daily Exercise posted at Fenny Lopez, saying, “We at Latest Beauty Tips look forward to provide you the best. is a platform to discuss about beauty tips, fashion, health care, weight loss, cosmetic surgery, makeup trick and lot of similar issues. Please feel free to post all feedback, concerns, comments & suggestions here.”


Lara Bross presents Transform Your Body, Part I posted at, saying, “During my transformation from frumpy girl to national-level physique-competitor, I learned how to make a total body transformation. Also, many of the men and women I train with have been through their own transformation. In sharing our experiences, we have have pinpointed the areas that were responsible for the changes we made. This series outlines how you can do it too. Sorry, no magic pills or berries are involved; determination and hard work are required.”


My-Profit presents Easy Tips For Having Six Pack Abs posted at Six Pack Abs Workout, saying, “I’m sure you have ever seen people with rock hard, six pack abs and you of course wish that you have one like that. Honestly, me myself and some of you are would like to have a great body without spending too much time in the gym. Are there easy methods to get the six pack abs body that you need?”


Steve Faber presents The Benefits of Elliptical Trainers posted at Belly Fat Loser.


Mike Robbins presents The Best Way to Lose Abdominal Weight. posted at BODY SOLID FITNESS, saying, “The real truth is weight loss is never easy.

Oh, many programs out there promise you the moon, show you before and after pictures of striking weight loss.”



Sunny Tan presents Why Do Men Lie About Cheating – Is My Man Cheating – Signs Of Cheating Men posted at Cheating Men, saying, “Why can men not just fess up after cheating?”


GP presents You Might Just be from Montana « Manely Montana posted at Manely Montana, saying, “Family makes us who we are”


Jenny Jen presents PhotoLab Reviewed posted at, saying, “Health, Beauty, Software, and As Seen On TV Product reviews by Jenny and friends. Add Your Review for a Chance to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.”


Steve Philips presents The Blog- Botox, Radiesse, Juvederm posted at The Blog, saying, “ supplies orthopaedic and cosmetic injectables, such as Botox, Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Hyalgan, Orthovisc, Synvisc and more. This is the’s blog discussing thigns associated with the industry.”


Cyndi presents A boat called freedom part 1 | Evolution Ezine posted at Evolution Ezine?Evolution Ezine – Collect your free mind power and self growth gifts, saying, “A beautifully written, inspirational fiction highlighting humankind’s current state of consciousness. A piece that makes you think.”


Farid Mostamand presents Skin Beauty Blog posted at Anti-aging Skin care for body, saying, “When most people think of skincare, they think of the products that they are going to use on their face…”



Aparna presents Bajaj Almond Drops Hair Oil : Review posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming.



Mr. Banker presents Banking Online Safety Tips posted at Best Interest Rate Banks.


jim presents Deducting Miles for Charitable Volunteering posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.


Silicon Valley Blogger presents Start an Online Business: Open an eBay Store, Build a Website or Blog posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”


The Smarter Wallet presents Investing In The Stock Market? Rules To Help You Sleep At Night posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”



Dennis Dalton presents Why Do Teens Binge Drink? posted at Simple Personal Development and Growth.


run4change presents Pizza is my friend. How to get your pizza in. posted at My Angle, saying, “Get you pizza and lose weight too!”


Toni presents Sauteed Bitter Gourd Recipe posted at Wifely Steps, saying, “Bitter gourd is a vegetable taken to help prevent diabetes. Here’s a recipe that’s simple and easy to follow.”


PK Shukla presents Nutrition Tips posted at Fenny Lopez, saying, “Nutrition forum is a great place to share your experience in dieting, eating habits or possible disorders. Are your eating habits supporting a healthy lifestyle? Read the questions and answers posted on this forum.”


Jeff Rose presents The Busy Man’s Health Shake posted at Get Fit Slowly, saying, “Looking for the perfect fit to keep you looking fit and energized throughout the day?”


marjorie presents Strawberries Help Reduce Cholesterol Damage posted at Laurel on Health Food, saying, “A recent study at the University of Toronto found that the antioxidants in strawberries help reduce the free radicals that cause oxidation in the body. (In excess, LDL (bad) cholesterol is harmful to our arteries, but it’s even more harmful if it’s oxidized.) Unfortunately, strawberries are known to have some of the highest levels of pesticides. Try opting for organic or better yet…grow them at home.”


Joel Gray presents Summer Tea: Blackberry/ Raspberry Leaf Tea posted at Health Tips 101.




bryan presents I Can’t Get No Satisfaction! posted at Personal Development and Growth.


Heartstrong presents Can Rush Hour Traffic Increase Your Risk for a Heart Attack? posted at Healthy Hearts with Heartstrong.


Gratitude presents Mar 13, De Stress at Work posted at Gratitude’s Personal Development Blog, saying, “In this article I will give you some pointers about reliving stress at work and dealing with difficult co-workers.”


Kathryn presents Yoga is About More than the Physical posted at Diary of a Smart Chick, saying, “Thoughts on how yoga is a great exercise but it’s also about so much more than that in terms of stress reduction and life management.”



Gold Investor presents Gold/Silver Ratio | Gold Investing Info posted at Gold Investing Info, saying, “If you are going to invest in precious metals, it is useful to look at the gold to silver ratio.”


Barry Wright III presents Remarkability posted at 3stylelife.

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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