Saturday, May 5, 2012

Get enough Fresh Air and Oxygen

How are you doing with your new Paleo habits? Are you steadily eating away at that elephant? Remember you need to keep reminding yourself until it becomes automatic.

Here's you're next Lifestyle habit. When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before. Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.

You should work on these habits only once all the 10 easy steps to becoming a Permanent Paleo Eater  are an automatic part of your everyday life.  Don't try to do everything at once or you will feel overwhelmed.

Check the list below. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep doing that until you no longer need to think about them.  Only then are you ready to move on.  Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track.  This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"

. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo eating.


I have incorporated the 10 steps to Permanent Paleo Eating into my everyday life.
  1. I make sure I drink plenty of pure water at home and I carry a water bottle with me when I go out.

Habit # 2 - Get lots of fresh air and Oxygen into your system

Even though most of the time we completely take it for granted, oxygen is our number on requirement to stay alive.  We can go without food for quite a long time and without water for many hours, but without oxygen we will be dead within minutes, that is how important it is.

And, just as with the other basics we need, we have made getting enough oxygen much harder today then it ever used to be.  Many of us live in cities with terrible air quality a lot of the time, and many of us have also forgotten how to breathe properly.

The ideal is to live in a healthy country setting with terrific fresh air available every time you open your window, but many of us don't have that option.  However there are things we can do to make sure we get the best air possible.

Plants, and especially trees, are our best friends in this regard.  They help rid our air of pollutants and make more oxygen available, which is why many cities are now making it a priority to incorporate green areas into their planning, and you should be taking advantage of this whenever possible.

This is why walking, hiking or biking in green and wooded areas is so good for you.  Not only are you getting exercise but you are also filling your lungs with lots of good fresh air.  You should make it a priority to find such an area close to your home and make sure you enjoy it at least once a week.

Having lots of plants in your home works in much the same way.  Not only are they great decoration but they also improve the air quality as well.  Yes, you will need to make sure you get the right ones for your space and you will have to make sure you water them as well, but this is a small price to pay for the benefits they will give you in return. 

Here are a couple of articles that can help you make the right choice for your home

And here are some videos as well

The second topic I want to write about is breathing.  You might think you know how, after all you've made it this far, however there is a difference between breathing enough to stay alive and breathing the right way for maximum effect.

All the cells in our body require oxygen to work properly and the more you give them the better.  I'm going to give you a couple of options for improving the way you breathe so you can also improve your health. 

The first is from personal coach Tony Robbins.  Thousands of people, including myself, have found his teachings to be very inspiring and helpful.  Even if he isn't your cup of tea, you have to admit that he is in terrific shape, and I do believe in learning from those who follow their own advice.  In this video he shares his breathing technique that he claims will change your life.  I think it's worth a try.

The second method I'm going to suggest is even more controversial.  Many years ago I read a terrific book on oxygen and exercise.  The writer made a lot of claims about how she learned this method and how it helped her lose a lot of weight.  She wrote quite extensively about oxygen and all the ways it has been proven to help with various medical conditions.  

She also gave a quick 15 minute workout that she claimed will allow you to lose a ton of inches in a very short time.  Even though she had a lot of supporters she got herself into some hot water regarding her claims and the end result was that she changed her program dramatically which to my mind was a shame.  

I think her original program as laid out in her book was very effective and I suggest you give it a try.  The book is no longer in print but it is still available from sellers through Amazon. By the way, in the picture on the cover of her book the author is in her 50s. Here is the link : Be a Loser!: Lose Inches Fast--No Diet

If you can't get the book there is also a summary of her complete program available online here

I can only talk from personal experience but I found this program very effective personally.  The first time I tried it years ago I dropped a clothing size in one week.  I also suffered from bronco pneumonia as a child which left me with damaged lungs and some difficulty in breathing, but since doing this program faithfully on a daily basis the problems I had in the past have virtually disappeared.  I also have found that as I have gotten older doing this program of stretches has made a huge difference in keeping my body flexible, and flexibility is one of the main things that older people have problems with. 

Lastly, part of this program consists of facial exercises that might make you a subject for ridicule, but if you are at all worried about developing a lot of wrinkles, especially on your neck, as you get older, you should really try this.  I have been following it for many years now and even though many women my age have wrinkled necks, mine has stayed toned and I really believe these exercises have helped keep it that way.  You can see how they are done below.

I know many will look upon this with skepticism, but all I ask is that you try it.  15 minutes a day is not a lot to give for healthy lungs, a flexible body, and an unlined face and neck.  And after all, remember Paleo eating is also not a main stream method of eating so there is proof that alternative methods can and do sometimes have merit.  

So this second step is to make sure you get out to a green place at least once a week for some fresh air and find some breathing exercises to incorporate into your daily routine.  Make taking care of your lungs just as important as any other part of your body and the rewards will astound you.

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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