Managing pain

Woman with "pain relief" vice on headEven daily activities can become a real hustle when you’ve got chronic pain. Having to live with chronic pain like aching back, arms or legs pain or intimate problems can really change your life for the worse. Even though unfortunately there are no quick fixes when it comes to relieving these kinds of pain completely (research has shown that they are also influenced by economical and social factors) there are many activities and tricks you can begin doing to ease your daily activities.

  • Relaxation relief

Relaxation exercises can have a real positive effect in releasing pain. They calm your mind down, reduce the stress hormones in your blood flow, relax muscles, and provide you with a comfortable feeling that has positive effects on its own. Foursquare breathing, self-talk, hypnosis and mindfulness meditation can really make a change in a man with chronic pain’s life.

  • Reduce alcohol consumption

This is a tip targeted specifically with people who have problems sleeping because of their pain. Alcohol can worsen sleep problems. Reducing alcohol consumption or cutting back on it entirely can really help with sleep problems.

  • Exercise more

The best way to reduce the pain is to get the endorphins your body gets after exercise. Consulting a doctor about which exercises you are allowed to do is a must. Try to avoid the risk of damaging the painful part of your body even more. Additionally Exercising can have another pain relieving effect – it will strengthen your muscles, help prevent re-injury and further pain. Many more benefits from exercise include keeping your weight down, reducing heart disease risk, and controlling blood sugar levels – especially important if you have diabetes. Again, ask your doctor for an exercise routine that is right for you. This is not only related to back pain or arms and legs pain. Even other chronic pains like diabetes etc need exercising routine that is approved by a professional.

  • Visit a clinic

Like stated above there is no shortcut to reducing the pain. With that being said, there are many professional clinics out there that will help you lessen it. California rehabilitation and pain management have really good treatments for most chronic pains; you might want to start there.

  • Meet others with similar problems

When you have chronic pain you’re with people who have the same problem and understand what you’re going through, you wouldn’t feel alone. You also benefit from their knowledge or experiences in coping with the pain.

Also, consider meeting with a mental health professional. Anyone can develop depression if they’re living with chronic pain. Getting counseling can help you learn to cope better and help you avoid negative thoughts that make pain worse – so you have a healthier attitude. Remember: having the courage to ask for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

How To Run Barefoot On A Treadmill

35970938_640Less than twenty years ago, barefoot running was thought of as something partaken in by a cult-like community of hippies and overzealous yoga enthusiasts. But by the end of the ‘90’s, things began taking off. Many of its advocates formed online communities, spread their message, and began developing some of the very first lines of minimalist footwear. Soon, barefoot running quickly edged its way into the mainstream. Today, most everyone serious about running has an opinion on it. A simple google search for “barefoot running” can unearth a litany of how-to articles, pro-barefoot manifestos, and stern proclamations of the imminent injury facing those who engage in it.

What’s interesting about these articles is that they seem only to focus on the effects of running outdoors. Most writing done on the subject completely ignores the fact that a significant percentage of runners exercise on treadmills, often exclusively. Could barefoot running on a treadmill be a viable option? Are there any inherent risks? Most of the debate so far has managed to effectively skirt these concerns.

Advocates of barefoot running note that it’s natural, and it’s how ancient humans ran. Opponents offer up that the terrain on which we run has long since changed from those ancient times. They point out that modern runner faces running on surfaces that are unnaturally unforgiving, and often littered with dangerously sharp debris.

Since treadmills offer significantly more cushion than concrete or gravel, and are almost never littered with shattered glass (hopefully), it seems that there’s reason to believe you can safely run barefoot on one.

As it turns out, it’s actually very possible to safely take barefoot running to the air-conditioned cool of the nearest treadmill. There’s just a small amount of practical advice you should heed beforehand.

Choose incline over speed:

The motion most central to what makes barefoot running supposedly so healthful is a forward-springing motion from the toes and ball of the foot. However, if the treadmill is running too fast, this is made difficult to accomplish. After you strike the treadmill, your foot may have travelled several feet backward by the time you’re ready to spring forward from it. What results is a gait comprised of far too much “strike” and far too little “spring” which can be harmful to your joints and tendons in the long term.

Pick a speed significantly slower than you would if running with shoes on. Then, hike up the incline dramatically. This’ll ensure that your foot strikes higher up and doesn’t slide back too quickly. If done correctly, it will give the feeling of running up a moderate hill. You body should be at a slight forward lean, and the back half of your feet never even making contact with the treadmill.

Beat the heat:

Treadmills have a tendency to get incredibly hot from both friction and the heat of the motor. If you’ve always worn shoes on the treadmill, you many have never noticed this. Running barefoot oftentimes does a lot more than merely make you take notice of the heat; It can be quite painful, and in some cases lead to the formation of actual burns on the soles.

Start by running slightly closer to one corner of the treadmill. When things get hot underfoot, simply shift your stride to another zone of the belt. Repeat as necessary. By the time you’re forced back into your original corner, it should have cool significantly.

Beware of sharp objects:

While a treadmill’s debris-free terrain is one of their most enticing features, there’s still a small possibility of cutting or otherwise tearing up the soles of the feet. The edge of your treadmill’s band can, in rare cases, leave deep papercut-like wounds in your feet if your foot lands half-off the moving band.

Simply be mindful of the treadmill’s edges when you run to avoid this.

Go slow:

You’re simply not going to be able to run as fast barefoot as you can in shoes. Attempting to can lead to quickly overexerting yourself.

Fashion Tips for Men that Want to Attract Women

gqThere aren’t too many men that are interested in meeting women for fun and romance that don’t have a pretty firm handle on how to go about it. Where to go, who to go with, and how to communicate are things that men work on ceaselessly over time.

But when it comes to appealing to the opposite sex from a fashion and grooming standpoint, it isn’t always as easy to predict what will work.

Here are a few tips that will help you elevate your game:

Chains are Back:

If you are going to accessorize this year, consider adding chains. It isn’t necessary to wear a Mr. T-sized piece of bling or an Olympic Gold Medal replica in order to attract someone, however. Thin chains in a single or double loop configuration around the neck or simple gold chains at the wrist show that you are thinking beyond your basic wardrobe and give your potential mate something else to think about as she sizes you up.

You are in Miami! Or San Diego:

So you work all day in an office and are used to wearing a suit to the bars you hit after work. This year, after work, consider losing the tie and unbuttoning the shirt a few buttons. If you are wearing polos and slacks, think about changing from the polo to a dress shirt and wearing it open-necked without a tie. Long a mainstay of Latin American fashion, it can help you make a simple fashion statement that is tied to the time that you ‘spent’ in exotic climes! It can also allow you to step out and remain fashionable in casual settings without having to change out of your work clothes.

Use a Subtle Aftershave:

One of the first things that women notice when they are close to you is how you smell. In fact, after they check your shoes out, it probably is one of the top criteria that can set the tone for your future that evening. If you read women’s magazines, you can often gather counterintelligence that will show you that a strong aftershave backfires more often that it allows you to connect. Getting and using a subtle offering like The Art of Shaving aftershave for men, will not only ensure that your skin is in top condition, it has also been extensively tested by women to ensure that the scent that you give off will receive a positive reaction. And although the company will not release specific information about the women who were exposed to The Art of Shaving aftershave for men and then asked for their reaction, the rumor is that many of them were very beautiful- always a plus for you.

Getting Rid of the Last Few Pounds

I don’t know about you but if you’re like me I can lose weight pretty easy until I get down to the last few pounds and then it seems impossible to lose the last 5. I have read a lot of stuff on the internet and books and here are 3 great tips that I found and seem to be working for me.

1. Workout at least 3-5 times a week using HIIT. I am not talking about going to the gym and checking out the guys but really working up a sweat. I used to walk on the treadmill for over an hour a day while watching my favorite TV show, and burned what I thought was a decent amount of calories. However I read a lot about high intensity interval training. In 2 weeks I lost 5 pounds when I hadn’t lost that much in a couple months and the best part is I only spend 1 hour at the gym now. 20-30 minutes of a walk/sprint combination and then 20-30 minutes of free weights.

2. Count your calories. I know there are a lot of diets out there but what I learned is that in order to lose 1 pound of fat you need to consume 3500 less calories than you consume and your body needs. I keep a food journal on and write down what I eat every meal and snack. I put in my weight at the beginning and how much I wanted to lose a week. I found out I could consume about 1200 net calories a day in order to lose 2 pounds a week safely.

3.  Change eating habits. I know lots of people who go to the gym and then right after go eat ice cream. They think just because they worked out they can eat whatever they want. This of course isn’t true. I wouldn’t eat ice cream but I would eat more in the day because I thought well I am working out so it is fine. This year has been different. I now eat a green smoothie, with an added booster from for breakfast, a light lunch, and light dinner, with snacks of almonds and other whole foods. I am trying to cut out processed foods. Not only to help lose weight but to feel better and only put good things into my body.

I realized just doing one or two of these things weren’t working but the combination of the 3 has worked wonders. I still want to get a bit more toned but who doesn’t but at least I did get over the hump and started back on the weight loss  path.

Weight-Loss Plateau Combat Techniques

Last month, you were completely dedicated to losing that extra weight. But as the weeks have gone on, you are starting to lose your motivation and are tempted to fall back into your bad habits. STOP RIGHT THERE! Don’t move another muscle! First of all, pat yourself on the back . . . you have done such a great job so far! Don’t quit now just because it’s getting tough.

Rather than giving up and being satisfied with your current weight, or worse, drowning your sorrows by consuming a dozen donuts, try the following combat techniques to reignite your fire for weight-loss:

1. Consider an “Intermittent Fast”

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting. Lucky for you, intermittent fasting (IF) can be done in a number of ways. From daily fasting, by only eating during a 5-hour time period, or setting aside one to three days a week to fast, the combinations are virtually endless. The important thing is to know is what kind of intermittent fasting technique will work best for you and your lifestyle, and this can only be determined by a little experimentation. As long as IF is done correctly, it can kick your body off of its weight plateau in just a matter of days. NOTE: IF is NOT about starving yourself. It’s about eating in a manner that mimics the natural irregularity of Grok’s eating patterns.

2. Write Down Everything You Eat

Everything you eat adds up. But instead of viewing your food log as a negative thing, make a game out of it! Consider having competitions with family members or friends to see who can stay within their allotted calorie intake each day. Have a prize for the winner at the end of the month.

A food diary is an honest look into what you’re actually eating, not what you think you are eating. Need more convincing that you might not be being honest with yourself? According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, those who kept a food diary in a 20-week study dropped double the weight of the dieters who did not chronicle their food choices. Keeping a food diary makes you accountable for what you eat because it forces you to consider your actions before you take them. This is an effective safeguard against mindless snacking or emotional eating.

3. Change Your Workout Routine

If you never change things up, you will likely find yourself dreading the monotony of regular gym sessions and start losing motivation. In addition, your body can become used to to the same caloric burn and muscle exertion as it becomes more efficient at completing regular movements. Give your brain and body the wake up call they need by switching up your usual routine with some new additions.

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