Skin Care, Health Care and Obamacare…Avoiding the Pitfalls

Posted by Administrator on 10/23/2013 to Men's Skin Care Opinion
With all the hand-wringing, teeth-gnashing and overall disdain for The Affordable Health Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare) by many Americans, I figure the best way to not be part of the new government health care system (or any health care system) is to stay healthy and out of the damn thing. That includes keeping your skin healthy too.

But skin care is just part of your overall personal health care system called your body, and the government doesn’t run it - you do. Sure, you could use the best men’s skin care nutritional products like Mug, but if you are not eating right, exercising and controlling your mind – all the fancy schmanzy stuff you put on your skin isn’t going to help your entire system. You could end up being the best looking corpse the funeral director has ever seen.

Eating right is hard I know. Even if you do eat right – are you getting enough nutrients?
Recent studies show that our vegetables and other things being grown are not a potent as they have been in the past due to poor soil management and air pollution. Not to mention the additives being placed in our non-veggie food supplies (chicken, pork and dead cows). That’s why I personally believe it is more important than ever to supplement what you eat with supplements like the multivitamin I take (and was the catalyst behind Mug For Men) called: Alive.

Years ago I had the pleasure of working for the Pritikin Longevity Center in Los Angeles and was taught that eating healthy should be looked upon not as a diet but as a life style that encourages eating versus starving oneself.

It simply comes down to eating the right foods and having a healthy snack in between meals (it sends a message to the brain when it’s time to eat your regular meal that you aren’t that hungry, allowing you to eat less). Couple that with exercising and it will result in 10-15 pounds of weight loss per month. As a personal trainer after leaving their employ, I guaranteed those numbers: if you followed my/their course of eating right and exercising three times a week and it didn’t result in the loss I promised, I refunded them all the money they paid. Not once did it fail – because it works.

But exercising was also part of that success equation and I trained each client for 1 hour, three times a week with a half hour doing interval training on the treadmill followed by half hour of weight training.

If you truly care about your body but can’t spare 15-30 minutes a day exercising then you aren’t serious. I hear it all the time – “I don’t have time to work out 3 or 4 times a week.” To me it’s just a lame excuse.

Everyone who works for an employer, by law, gets two fifteen minute breaks a day at work. Too bad the government doesn’t require those 15 minutes to be used for things other than gossiping or taking a smoking break. If you work for yourself then you have time!

Two brisk 15 minute walks have the same effect if not better than running the treadmill for 30 minutes straight. Do that three times a week and you are on your way to a healthier life style. Walking not only works the cardio, but it also allows your eyes to exercise too.

Before the advent of the computer, people alternated more frequently between close-up focus and distant viewing throughout the day. In this way, the eyes were continually being exercised and did not become weak and strained. So, walking outside not only allows you to exercise your body but your eyes, while absorbing vitamin D from the sun.

Walking also gives you time to clear your mind and just be aware of the now without judging it – a practice called Mindfulness …which too me is harder sometimes than doing a 225 pound bench press. But try being mindful of the present while on your walk and try eliminating thoughts about the past or the future…but the now – it has tremendous benefits.

The benefits of mindfulness includes lower blood pressure, reduces chronic pain, depression, eating disorders, anxiety…hopefully by now you get the picture.

For me personally, it’s easy for me to preach all this as I have been a little on the extreme side of health and fitness having been practically eating the same stuff (eggs, veggies, chicken, fish and pasta) while not missing more than a couple of weeks lifting (usually due to injury) in the past 37 years.

But start off slowly, get a walking or training partner to help motivate you (and you them) when you feel like blowing off a workout. If you have any questions – contact me and I’d be more than happy to give you my advice…for whatever it’s worth.

Stay Healthy My Friends!
Kevin Kenneth

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