Treadmill meditation is a way to not only exercise your body, but also simultaneously relax your mind. It may sound a bit strange, but it is a perfect combination to make your treadmill workout timeless.
Before addressing the two together, it is important to fully understand what meditation is.
It is a discipline where the person strives to go beyond the “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Although, meditation has been a core for many religions, it can be done without any religious intent. Some practitioners believe that it is a way of life, and the word “meditation” means “a cessation of the thought process”. Some may misunderstand that meditation is some sort of spiritual practice where the practitioner sits down with their eyes closed and empties the mind of thoughts to gain peace. This is a form of meditation, but being in the moment and focusing on what you are doing without letting your mind wander is also meditation. While on a treadmill, being mindful can really help you get the perfect workout.
This is a form of meditation which focuses on being fully present. This meditation may appeal to those who aren’t looking for a spiritual focus, but a way to truly “exercise” the mind. You walk through life with words and actions flying at you at an unstoppable rate. The mind rants on and on about paying bills, cooking dinner, picking the kids up, meeting the work deadline and so on. But with mindful meditation, you are stopping the ranting and focusing on one thing.
You may hop on the treadmill and sigh. How are you going to get through the next half an hour? Treadmill meditation may be your answer. Instead of drowning your session in TV watching, being aware of every step and help you enter deeply into the present.
So many times, treadmill users miss a step or lose their balance because their mind is lost in a thought, or their attention is on a song or magazine. With treadmill meditation, you can enter a state of flow. You are taking it one step at a time. Think about how your foot touches the treadmill belt and pushes off, or what sound is made when it touches it.
Once you’ve practiced treadmill meditation, you’ll probably notice that your workout is less dreaded. Also, keeping your mind focused will become easier. Treadmill meditation is an interesting twist to any walk, and this type of mind discipline can assist you in other areas of your life.
Forget the sobbing suffering beauty. From Rebecca Halls unlikable newsreader to Jessica Chastains ruthless lobbyist, this is the year of the unsympathetic, deeply flawed femme. Thank goodness for that
The good news is that there are some great female characters coming up in the cinema in 2017. The bad news, if youre looking for inspirational feminist role models, is that you wont always find them in the movies. Lurking behind such obvious audience-pleasing instances of fine upstanding womanhood as Taraji P Henson plotting a course through the cosmos in Hidden Figures, or Rachel Weisz taking antisemitism to court in Denial, lies a monstrous army of deeply flawed femmes perverse, prickly, deluded, depressed, obsessive, venal, scary. Well, I say hurrah for that.
First up, though, is the unfeasibly perfect Natalie Portman in Pablo Larrans Jackie, not so much a biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy as a tone poem evoking its subjects transformation from trophy wife via weeping widow into American icon, a makeover forged by grief. In recreating a historical event made to seem ever more removed from reality by more than half a century of Zapruder, Warhol and conspiracy theorising, the film-maker and his leading lady transport us back to basics: the barely imaginable horror of witnessing your husbands brains being blown out. Portman knocks it out of the park, giving a masterclass in suffering beautifully.
And I mean beautifully. Whereas the likes of Claire Danes and Laura Dern convey excoriating emotional pain by snivelling like you and me, cry-faces scrunched up and shoulders heaving, Portman weeps like a lady, trying to blink back her tears, elegant eyebrows rearing up like rival caterpillars to greet each other across her lightly furrowed brow. She cries cute, a fan comments beneath one of the supercuts of Portmans comely blubbing in everything from Lon to V for Vendetta to the Star Wars prequels to Black Swan. And Larrans camera loves her, whether shes crying in the shower or chaperoning her husbands coffin on Air Force One.
Whether you want to fight the signs of aging, improve an uneven skin tone, reduce dullness, breakouts, or all of the above, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliants go beyond what a scrub can do to reveal radiant skin. Don’t let the “acid” part of their names scare you. AHAs and BHAs can actually be gentler on your skin than a cleansing brush. We’ll explain how.
Why You Should Exfoliate Skin
Your skin naturally sheds millions of skin cells every day, but this shedding process can come to a stop for various reasons. The results are dull, dry, or flaky skin; clogged, enlarged pores; blackheads; wrinkles; loss of firmness; and uneven skin tone.
When you finally gently get rid of the built up skin cells, you can unclog pores, stop breakouts, smooth wrinkles, and make dry, dull skin go away. That’s where AHA and BHA exfoliants are useful.
The Difference Between AHA and BHA
When properly formulated, AHA and BHA have a lot in common in regards to their potential for improving hydration, reducing wrinkles, stimulating collagen production, and firming skin. Both can also reduce discolorations from sun damage and the visible marks left after a breakout is gone.
However, each also has unique qualities you’ll want to consider when deciding which one to use.
- AHAs primarily exfoliate skin in the uppermost layers. They are preferred for those whose chief concern is sun damage
- BHAs have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They are also able to penetrate the oil clogging your pores. For these reasons BHAs are ideal for treating acne-prone skin, blackheads, enlarged pores, milia, and rosacea.
If your skin is sun damaged and you’re also struggling with acne or clogged pores BHA is the ideal choice. Some people find using both an AHA and BHA produces even more dramatic results!
Why Not Just Use a Scrub or Cleansing Brush?
Scrubs and cleansing brushes are another option to exfoliate skin, but they only deal with the very top, superficial layer of skin. Most of the unhealthy, built-up skin cells are beyond the reach of a scrub. Most have a rough, coarse, uneven texture that can cause tiny micro-tears in skin. If you can find a gentle scrub, it’s best thought of as an extra-cleansing step to boost the results from your cleanser. But they don’t replace the benefits possible from a well formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant.
Is it Possible to Exfoliate Skin Too Often?
Exfoliating your skin is great, but it is possible to overdo it, and your skin will tell you if you’ve gone too far. For some people, once or twice works best; for others every other day, or even once a week-experiment to see what works best for you.
Now that you know the many ways an AHA or BHA can exfoliant skin, all that’s left to do is find the one that works best for you.
If you want a fast way to lower blood pressure quickly, your BP reading should not be greater than 139/99. In other words you should be pre-hypertensive not hypertensive to give these ideas a try. If you are hypertensive, these tips will probably help but talk to your doctor first.
The Fastest Way: Exercise. Mild aerobic exercise like walking, swimming and cycling can drop up to 4 points immediately if you do at least 30 minutes a day. The drop will last about 22 hours so this is something you have to make a regular part of your day.
Eat Potassium: Your doctor has probably told you to restrict the salt in your diet. However salt is only half the equation. Your body needs a specific relationship between salt (sodium) and the mineral potassium. Most of the potassium we get comes in a processed form and it’s value is diminished because of the tons of salt that comes with processing. The solution? Eat fresh sources of potassium. The banana is a rich source and has dietary fiber as well. Eat a banana a day and your BP can drop up to 3 points in 2 weeks.
Hydrate: Dehydration is becoming a big problem in this country. Drinking sufficient water is good for a number of ailments but with BP it tends to soften the arteries allowing them to dilate, expels salt, and improves kidney function. Drink 50% of your body weight in ounces each day. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water.
Cold Water Fish: Substitute two red meat meals a week with mackerel, salmon, sardines or tuna. These fish are rich in Omega-3 and good cholesterol, and by substituting them for red meat you are automatically reducing saturated fat and bad cholesterol.
Get Some Sleep: Sleep is the natural way to work off stress which impacts on your high blood pressure. At a minimum get 6 hours but shoot for eight.
If you can follow these tips you can shave 12 to 18 points off your BP in less than 3 two weeks.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – President-elect Donald Trumps pledge to build a U.S.-Mexico wall has touched off a fierce debate in the U.S. border towns that would be most affected with local Democrats vowing to fight Trump tooth and nail if he proceeds.
Mexico is an ally, not an enemy, Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, told FoxNews.com. It is our second-largest trading partner, and building a wall between two countries with such important ties is a senseless and wasteful exercise.”
Vela is a colorful Trump critic. He made headlines after calling the president-elect’s illegal immigrant policies hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful. In a public letter, he also advised Trump to take your border wall and shove it up your ass.
Vela is part of a growing number of Democratic lawmakers bracing for a fight with Trump over his proposed 1,933-mile border wall with Mexico — one of several big immigration clashes on the horizon. Many Democratic officials in “sanctuary cities” also are preparing to battle Trump over his threat to cut their federal funding.
On Wednesday, Trump stood by his promise that the U.S. would begin building the wall immediately after he takes office and force Mexico to pay for it, whether by tax or direct payment.
“It’s not a fence — it’s a wall,” he stressed at a press conference, citing support he heard during his campaign rallies for the plan. “I don’t want to wait.”
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, in an interview with The Guardian, insisted Mexico “absolutely” will not pay for the project.
Stateside, Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar told FoxNews.com he thinks the wall is an antiquated idea.
I think we need to secure our border. I just want to do it in a smart way in a way thats efficient, its effective, its something that works instead of just saying a wall, Cuellar said. Its a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem.
Trumps own pick for secretary of Homeland Security testified Tuesday at his Senate confirmation hearing that a border wall isnt the only answer.
A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly said. He pushed for a layered defense that includes deploying drones to patrol the gaps in the existing wall as well as an increase in Border Patrol agents.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, has indicated hell offer a bill later this month that supports more fencing and resources to prohibit illegal entry into the United States.
In Brownsville, Texas, which shares a border with Matamoros, Mexico, Democratic Mayor Tony Martinez argues Washington is out of touch with conditions on the ground. A trial lawyer by trade, he believes the wall sends the wrong message.
Why dont you go to the source of the problem? Martinez said. Lets address real immigration reform.
Republicans for years have argued that border security should come before other aspects of immigration reform.
Martinez advocates for bi-national talks between the United States and Mexico. The two nations already collaborate closely on security issues and often share intelligence through a partnership forged in 2007 to help stem drug trafficking.
Martinez has been invited to Mexico City in February to discuss options between the neighboring countries. As for the wall, Martinez calls it an illusion.
Trump still has allies in Congress who support his goal of constructing a complete physical barrier, parts of which already exist. GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a FoxNews.com column, urged Trump to follow through on the campaign promise.
Local law enforcement, meanwhile, are waiting to see how the debate shakes out.
In Cameron County, Sheriff Omar Lucio dislikes the wall idea and blames the media for trumping up security fears. Lucio and his staff of around 100 are responsible for securing 60-70 miles on the most southern tip of Texas.
Lucio, who was just elected to his fifth term as sheriff, told FoxNews.com he found it insulting that the majority of Washington lawmakers have never set foot in Texas. He noted his county already has a border barrier in spots and suggested it hasn’t helped.
Perception becomes reality, he said. Come down here and see for yourself.