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Turn Off Your Worries

By: Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen (The YOU Doctors)

Whatever you’re stressing about probably won’t kill you, but worrying about it can. When you cultivate a “this too shall pass” attitude, you boost your health in more than one way:

• It keeps your arteries younger than Beaujolais nouveau. Anxiety is so hard on your heart: Highly anxious people with heart disease are twice as likely as their more mellow-minded peers to suffer a heart attack or die. Give your body anxiety and it snaps into “Uh, oh, is that python going to be my dinner, or do I need to start running now?” kind of thinking. This fight-or-flight response comes complete with a racing heart, shallow breathing, dilated pupils, and increased blood flow to your extremities. Handy when facing the python, not so much when facing the CEO. Over time, this high-alert state causes needless aging of your blood vessels.

• Your memory stays more agile than a 10-year-old gymnast. Obsessive worriers have more than double the risk of cognitive decline compared with their more carefree peers, a problem linked to that artery wear and tear.

Here are some ways to keep yourself younger:

• Knock out your concerns by writing them down (along with potential solutions).

• Talk them out with people you love. Work on decisive plans of action for worries that won’t go away.

• Settle your mind with activities like walking or lifting weights. It won’t take long — recent research suggests that as little as 8 weeks of yoga can drop your anxiety level.

• Bonus: Kicking worries to the curb drives up your motivation and concentration, too.

Short But Intense

This is for the gregarious group of men at the Temple Ahavat Shalom that I spoke to last Sunday.  I’ve had a few requests to post the short but intense workout we did at your meeting.  Many of you had questions about fitness and what to do.  If you have more questions feel free to contact me via info@FitnessBySandyBeach.

  • Bodyweight Squats
  • Pushups on the seat of the chair
  • Lunges-Alternating legs
  • Dips on seat of chair (back facing chair)

We did these exercises for about 30 seconds each and repeated the whole sequence for a second time.  It that becomes too easy for you either repeat again or lengthen the time for each exercise.

Monday's Workout

For the bootcampers who decided to miss Monday’s (5:30am & 7am)workout.  You really missed out.  It was a good one.  It took place on the tennis court and we did a variety of drills.

  • Jumping Jacks-1 minute
  • Plie Squats with a calf raise-1 minute
  • Reverse Lunges with a side kick-30 seconds each side
  • Skaters-1 minute
  • Sit stands-1 minute
  • Plank-2×30 seconds
  • Side Planks-30 seconds each side

Court Drills- back & forth for each exercise

  • Bear crawl with a Pushup (this was a killer full body workout-just ask the girls who were there)
  • High knees
  • Walking lunges
  • Skipping
  •  Then everyone had a turn at picking an exercise to do as a court drill

This wasn’t the exact order as we went back & forth from court drills to 1 minute drills.  It was great!  My body could feel those bear crawl pushups all day Monday(7am class).

See you on Wednesday

Cindy's Testimonial

Cindy Testimonial

Check out Cindy’s Testimonial about Glendale/LA Adventure Boot Camp for Women. She liked it so much she signed up again this month.