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Top 6 Ways to Stay Healthy as You Age

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Resolve Pain Guru Dec 1, 2020 10:55:55 AM
Top 6 Ways to Stay Healthy as You Age

We’d love to share with you six pillars of health that date back thousands of years and come from the world of Ayurveda known as the medicine of yoga

The Six Pillars are meant to be incorporated into your daily life to help you stay healthy, vibrant, and maintain your independence. After all, this is the time of life to travel, play with grandkids, volunteer in your community, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. 

The human body/mind has some pretty basic requirements to maintain energy, proper elimination, and stress resiliency. These practices are simple and easy and will support you to feel great!

7 Ways to Stay Physically Active in the Winter

Mark Nov 19, 2020 11:31:53 AM
7 Ways to Stay Physically Active in the Winter

As the temperature drops and the snow falls, it can become easier than ever to want to stay inside. The sun rises later, sets earlier, and it is more difficult to do anything outdoors. However, it is essential to get exercise all year, and we can't afford to take several months off. That cold chill shouldn't get in the way of our physical and mental health during the winter season. To help combat that lazy winter feeling, here are a few strategies to make it easier to stay active all year:

     7. Find a Workout Partner

Sometimes it is hard to find the motivation to exercise. A workout partner can help keep you on track. When you are feeling lazy, they can hold you accountable. It can be helpful to have a workout partner to ensure you are doing the exercises correctly and completely. Not only that, but workout partners can make exercising more fun, so it becomes something to look forward to each day, rather than dreading it. Finally, it is safer to exercise with a partner. They can help identify problems and provide help in case of an accident.

10 Health-Boosting Powers of Drinking Tea

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 28, 2020 11:28:42 AM
10 Health-Boosting Powers of Drinking Tea

Behind only water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. But when you take a sip of tea, are you aware of how many gifts you may be giving yourself?

Drinking hot tea can raise your spirit and even help keep your body strong and healthy. With that, the question arises, what types of tea should you be drinking? Teas are not all created equally, and depending on your goals, you should choose the type that best fits your needs. For this purpose, we have created a list of some popular styles of tea and their associated benefits. Let's start with why you should be drinking tea:

Helpful Hydration Tips and 8 Reasons to Drink More Water

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 27, 2020 9:55:23 AM
Helpful Hydration Tips and 8 Reasons to Drink More Water

As we age, it becomes increasingly challenging to remain hydrated. Our bodies begin to store less water, and dehydration indicators are frequently milder, so we may not feel parched until it's too late. That being said, remaining hydrated is a crucial piece of wellness and significantly contributes to our overall health.

Many think that the only way to stay hydrated is by drinking water. While this is the primary and best method, there are other ways to help contribute to your hydration.

In this article, read to learn about the benefits of staying hydrated and how to do it!

6 Foods for a Balanced and Nutritious Breakfast

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Cantissimo Senior Living Oct 15, 2020 10:10:40 AM
6 Foods for a Balanced and Nutritious Breakfast

If the old adage, "well-begun is half-done", is taken to be true for all situations we find ourselves in, then the way we start each day should be of paramount importance. A meal that satisfies and provides the energy necessary for the day is something the body naturally craves, especially as we age and our bodies change. Growing older also means we should pay particular attention to the available options and take only what is best for us. Now is the prime time to care for our bodies and treat them with the proper attention, starting with what we eat. 

The breakfasts listed here promote good health and improve cognitive performance. Perking yourself up with a healthy breakfast ensures you kickstart the day in the best possible way, helping your internal systems stay healthy. This way, your body stays fit, and your mood is elevated.

The Best Foods for a Balanced and Nutritious Breakfast

SomaYoga Nidra: Nervous System Recharge

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Resolve Pain Guru Sep 28, 2020 1:01:33 PM
SomaYoga Nidra: Nervous System Recharge

Resolve Pain Guru has been teaching classes called SomaYoga Nidra. It is a blissful combination of somatic movement re-education (moving meditation) followed by a deeply restful guided Yoga Nidra practice. It really is an intelligent combination to support nervous system recharge.

As mentioned in our recent blog postSix Ingredients to Optimal Healing – it is important to counteract chronic nervous system over-stimulation and the effects of stress in order to stay healthy.

Turning our Attention Inward

The most recent class was on clearing the external clutter and excessive sensory stimulation that occupies our minds, leading to agitation, tension, and pain in our somas. The class practices shifting our sensory awareness from external to internal.

As we practice turning our attention inward, sensing, and feeling (known as Pratyahara in yoga), we begin to release the accumulated sensory impressions that show up in our somas. This process results in a quieting of the mind, a calming of the nervous system, and a release of muscular tension that keeps our brains racing with agitation and dis-ease.

Stress Creates Dis-Ease

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Resolve Pain Guru Sep 22, 2020 12:18:10 PM
Stress Creates Dis-Ease

Our physiology has equipped us with the ability to fight, flight, or freeze in the face of imminent danger. This natural autonomic response served us well in prehistoric times. After the danger was over, we settled back into a rest and digest, nervous system response. But today it’s a different story. Today’s stress creates dis-ease and sickness in mind, body, and spirit. Today, our stress-filled lifestyles, work schedules, poor postural habits, and weakened resiliency mean that the threats to our nervous system health are exponential. This leaves us chronically overstimulated and out of balance, causing tension and pain. Ask yourself these questions:

6 Ingredients for Optimal Healing

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Resolve Pain Guru Sep 16, 2020 1:47:18 PM
6 Ingredients for Optimal Healing

Generally speaking, your nervous system can be in overdrive just from the demands of your busy life and many responsibilities. Then, when an illness or injury occurs, your nervous system is stressed even further. These circumstances are less than ideal for optimal healing. 

A nervous system in overdrive causes anxiety, insomnia, poor digestion, muscles tense up, shallow breath depriving cells of much-needed oxygen. Blood pressure and heart rate increase as the body prepares itself for fight or flight. Stress hormones, adrenaline, cortisol, and noradrenaline are released into the blood system. Also, the brain-gut relationship stress triggers pain and bloating in the digestive tract, causing a foggy mind and lower mood. Stress weakens the immune system and increases blood sugar.

Imagine trying to recover from an illness or injury under these conditions? At a time like that, what the body really needs is time to rest and digest.

Does Your Workout Routine Create Pain in Your Body?

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Resolve Pain Guru Sep 10, 2020 4:03:36 PM
Does Your Workout Routine Create Pain in Your Body?

All movement should make you feel great during, after, and days later. You might feel that you have worked hard, but you really should not be in pain. Keeping your muscles strong is essential. Muscles are meant to be able to contract and release well to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. Does your workout routine create pain in your body?

9 Reasons to Grow a Garden in Retirement

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Cantissimo Senior Living Sep 9, 2020 11:02:26 AM
9 Reasons to Grow a Garden in Retirement

Retirement is the best time for older adults to learn new hobbies and experience new things. Activities that combine both physical and mental exercise give great benefits ranging from lowering depression to building more flexibility and strength.

One practical and popular way to remain active in retirement is gardening. Gardening offers several advantages, including improving health, socialization, and more. Read on to find out why you should pick up gardening as your hobby in retirement.

     1. It's Great Exercise

Gardening might not seem as if it is in the same category as swimming or jogging. Still, it is a fantastic exercise you can do daily to keep your body moving and healthy. In fact, light exercise can help to slow down the aging process. You can add some light stretching before or after spending time in the garden to avoid common injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.