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Blow off holiday stress–literally!

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so says the seasonal song. Yet when winter rolls in, so does holiday stress. That’s what Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found when they randomly surveyed 786 adults (18-years or older) by phone.

According to the study, 67% of lower-middle income people worry about not having enough money during the holidays with 60% pointing to the stress that the commercialism of the season causes. In fact, 44% feel anxious about the impending credit card debt that accompanies gift-giving.

Examining the figures more closely shows women bare the brunt of holiday angst with 69% stressing over both a lack of money and a lack of time, while 55% of men were bothered over a lack of funds and 63% were stressed by a lack of time. At 51%, more than half of the women surveyed also feel pressure when it comes to gift-giving whereas the task only affects 42% men.

Of course, even at less than half, these numbers are still high. And the situation only becomes compounded by the way in which people go about soothing their stress. According to the study, 43% men and 37% women admitted to drinking more alcohol from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. Worse are the figures for stress and comfort eating during the holidays which affect 80% of women and 79% of men.

Fortunately there is a healthy and cost-efficient way to overcome stress. It’s called breathing deeply! This simple yet effective method can also help battle the bulge that comes with holiday binging. It also can give you more energy to tackle all the extra errands that come with the season.

Although breathing is natural, most people don’t do it correctly. Too often they  take short shallow breaths from the mouth instead of long, deep breaths from the nose that moves the abdomen and fills the  lungs with the oxygen it needs. To help re-learn how to breath (the right way) try Breathslim®. This inexpensive breathing device applies metered aero-dynamic resistance during daily, 20-minute exercises to improve your lung capacity, reduce stress, elevate energy, and help make everyday the most wonderful time of the year.

Don’t be afraid—to breath deeply

Halloween Pumpkin On The Beach

Halloween is here, that time of year when ghosts and goblins are celebrated with decorations, costumes, scary stories, horror movies, and haunted houses. Friends may even try to shock you with spiders and snakes and other heart-racing pranks.

While some people get a thrill out of being frightened, many others consider it an unwelcome sensation. When people are afraid, they go into panic mode. This survival instinct magnifies the senses as your mind and body become more attuned to sights, sounds, smells and touch.

Being scared often causes an increased heart rate and rapid, shallow breathing. When your body is charged with anxious energy, you may also feel light-headed, shaky or even sick to your stomach. If this is the case, it’s important to calm yourself in a natural and healthy way.

Start by finding your center. To do this, place both of your hands on your abdomen. Close your eyes and mouth. Relax your jaw and inhale deeply through your nose for five counts. Then exhale for five counts. And repeat. After 10 minutes, you should feel less anxious. After 20 minutes, you’ll feel downright relaxed.

If you need help with these types of exercises, you may want a breathing trainer such as Breathslim. This drug and chemical free breathing aid causes no negative side effects or allergies since it depends on only two elements: water and air. When used for 20 minutes a day, breathing deeply with Breathslim can reduce your anxiety, oxygenate your body, and help chase all the goblins away.

5 Tips to Make Your Holidays Enjoyable

Breathslim   Holidays are often called a period  for weight gain, but for you they don’t have to be.

There’s nothing wrong in a little guilt of eating dishes you love, and here’re some tips for you to keep extra weight off and enjoy the Christmas.

1. You can avoid the consequences of overeating and alcohol consumption with the help of breathing gymnastics, because over 70% of toxins are removed from the body by breathing.

2. Full abdominal breathing helps to reduce weight gain by improving digestion.

3. Slow even abdominal breathing helps to overcome sleep deprivation, which is unavoidable during Holidays.

4. Regular breathing trainings with the Breathslim System provide the body with necessary amounts of oxygen and strength for some holiday activities!

5. If you travel during Holidays, breathing exercises will help you to cope with jet lags and adapt faster.

Holidays, African Elephants, and Obesity

Yes, we eat 3.6% of the Elephant's daily intake!

 


I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays season and a safe New Year.  With that said, many of us are going to be enjoying THE feast of feasts. The holidays are usually marked by family, friends, gifts and thousands of calories. Between  the end of December and New Years, most of us are going to be consuming so much food it would make an elephant blush. How much food? According to an article by webMD, the average holiday meal can be over 2500 calories. Assuming that most people are on a 2000 calorie/day diet, your daily intake on any given holiday can be well over the daily limit…in a single meal. See I told you an elephant would blush. Speaking of elephants, did you know African elephants consume an average of 70,158 calories per day? However, this is mostly grass and nutritious wild food. Ok, so maybe we got a long way to go to get to 70,158 calories…and maybe they won’t be blushing quite yet. I mean, c’mon, we are only eating 3.6% of the total calories per day an elephant eats for a single holiday meal. Unfortunately, for us, these are mostly empty calories unlike the nutritionally (and fiber) dense food the elephant eats. The Holiday foods usually consist of a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, ample deserts, alcohol, and plenty of chocolate. It’s a full days work to prepare such a feast and it only takes a few hours to eat all of it. So what’s the point? We are not elephants nor are we eating grass. The point is because the Holidays are right around the corner, it is important to watch those calories and watch your weight.

I’m sure you have heard, obesity is an epidemic in America. 33.8% of Americans are stricken with the disease. And this only costs us $147 BILLION annually (and that number is growing). The problem with obesity is not that it’s only the fat that’s killing us, it causes a host of other health complications. Just look at this list provided by the CDC:

 Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as “overweight” and “obesity,”* the risks for the following conditions also increases:1

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

 

The simple fact is we eat too much and don’t do enough weight loss activities. We eat empty calories that have low nutrition and consume tons (literally) of fast food. We are eating too much and not burning enough. Unlike elephants, which require 70k calories to move around and keep their systems functioning (not to mention all the rough housing) we are usually sedentary: sitting on the car to work, sitting on a chair at work, coming home eating a large meal followed by more couch grazing at night. All day and all night we sit and barely move. Imagine when we were hunter-gatherers. We barely got enough calories to survive and as a result our bodies took on a more athletic look. We were forced to continue moving and actively chase our food.  Indeed, we are all still supposed to be hunter-gatherers according to our thousands of years of evolution. However, we are not. We are grocery shoppers. 33.8% of Americans don’t get enough exercise and at risk of all the above. Let’s face it, we are a fat culture that loves eating. Especially during the holidays.

So this season, let’s try to be more like hunter-gatherers. No, I don’t mean go hunting, but instead let’s lean up our lifestyles. Let’s lose some weight instead of gaining weight for the holidays.  In fact, losing weight has gotten easier than ever with the help of Breathslim. You simply breathe and your weight will be exhaled. Just 20  minutes a day and you will be able to exhale those unwanted pounds within a few weeks. Try it today risk free for 30 days and let us know what you think! You can drop us a testimonial here or just leave a comment in the blog!