Author: Anna Selner

Kayaking for Health, Happiness and Peace of Mind

By Allison Mac Outdoor recreation in general tends to be a great way to keep fit and stay healthy.  I have always loved being outside and being in nature.  I started kayaking roughly twenty years ago and quickly found it to be a sport that I loved.  Not only does kayaking keep me fit and healthy but it also keeps my mind clear, focused and relaxed.  In my opinion, kayaking is an excellent way to not only stay healthy but to stay happy as well. There are many benefits to kayaking but the three that stand out the most for me are: 1.  The core workout – increased strength and stability 2.  The meditation – getting into the zone and chilling out 3.  The elements – enjoying nature at its best Keeping Core Workouts Fun Many people mistakenly believe that kayaking and paddling in general mainly work out the arms and shoulders.  However the truth is that paddling is first and foremost a core workout. Your core, meaning the thirty different muscles located between your ribcage and your hips bridge the connection between your upper body and your lower body.  They are some of the most important muscles of your body as they get used in every single move you make. A strong core will support your entire body and allow for proper bodily functions.  A strong core will...

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6 Ways to Get Happiness from Health

This is a Guest Post by Dan Petraglia The pursuit of happiness in life can sometimes prove to be more challenging than initially expected. Some claim that financial security is the key while others claim that friendships provide all the happiness they could ever need. Sometimes, it isn’t so much an outside influence that can truly give you peace a mind. Many times it’s the things in life that can only affect you and you alone that can make you truly happy. Your health is one of these things. Today let us explore 6 ways where leading healthier lifestyles can translate into happier lifestyles. – Specified Exercise Exercising is a way to not only look healthier, but feel healthier. It is my firm belief that both are of equal importance. Exercising can act as a sort of tension release at times. This release of endorphins and adrenaline through vigorous body movement can help with eating, sleeping, and even your general mood. Its good find a specific workout routine that you are 100% comfortable with, and then sticking to it. You do not want force yourself into types of workouts that you’re not overly fond of, just for the sake of sweating. Instead do what you want to do! – A Kinder Diet Your diet is indescribably important in terms of your health and overall wellness. Ever hear the old...

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Happiness: Is It Achievable These Days?

If there is one thing in this world we want the most that is happiness. Every single day we set off our alarm, wake up, and do our tasks and responsibilities in the hope of finding it. We tread the streets wishing for joy to take speed and come our way. We stare at the endless horizon hoping to see a glimpse of that beautiful promise. We pray earnestly to the Almighty to grant our soul’s desire and own our well-deserved grace. But with all the weight of life on us, we often end up asking ourselves, is happiness still possible? It seems as if such pleasure can never be truly and completely ours. We are too overloaded with the weight of our duties to our family, our career, the fulfillment of our personal goals, and the materialization of our financial plans. The pace, the pressures, and the pains in our life seem to be endless that there is no longer room for a piece of that happiness. We are all worn and exhausted from the race of never falling off our backs. While happiness may sound bleak with the way we are being run by our lives. We can achieve true and complete happiness by changing this state of affairs. All we have to do is to take the reins and follow some of the wise men’s advice...

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What is Supraspinatus Tendonitis?

The Rotator Cuff is a tendon, formed of a system of muscles around the socket joint of the shoulder, and intended to support and stabilise the ball of the humerus while co-ordinating the arm’s movement. Four muscles make up the Rotator Cuff – the infraspinatus, the subscapularis, the teres minor and the supraspinatus. Although all four fulfil a different individual role, their main function is working together to aid in rotation and lifting of the arm. Repetitive strain on the shoulder, often caused by frequent actions as innocuous as throwing a basketball, dusting a high shelf, or weight-lifting, can lead to inflammation of the Rotator Cuff. The muscles spend so much time rubbing against the surrounding bones that it becomes swollen and irritated. As a result, it can cause pain across the top of the shoulder when extending, lifting or rotating the arm. In more extreme cases, wear and tear on the muscles of the Cuff can be so intense that one or more of them tears, causing moderate to severe pain, and often requiring surgery to correct. How do I recognise Supraspinatus Tendonitis? Damage to the Rotator Cuff is characterised by shoulder pain, weakness and loss of movement in the arm. The severity of these symptoms is dependent on the extent of the injury, with minor inflammation causing discomfort only when the arm is lifted above the head,...

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Discovering what you are passionate about

For a long time I kept passing up on opportunities because I felt it wasn’t my passion. Ultimately I think the underlying reason was that I felt I was only allowed one passion. If you find yourself bored, that’s a great time to start dabbling in many different areas to find a new passion. What is a passion? I used to think that a passion was the one thing that made me unique, that made me better than others. I was under the impression that this one thing should be something I get discovered for and am basically worshipped for, or at least highly looked up to. Now I like to use the word interest instead of passion. You see the reason you are bored is because you find no real interest in what you do. The activities that you currently do not fulfill you in the way that you would like. So an interest is something that fully engages you in the activity. When you realize the things in your life that do not engage you, then you will get rid of them. If there are things that already do engage you, then you will do them more. Another way to look at interests is what do you like to get up for early? What leisure time would you give up to engage in this activity? How to...

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