Posts Tagged ‘health’

Seniors: Improve Your Quality of Life with Simple Changes to Your Day

Reaching your golden years gives you a freedom you’ve never had the opportunity to experience before. Unfortunately, it is not without its downside, and you’ll need to pay extra attention to your health in order to live your best life. From staving off depression to ensuring that you’re enrolled in the right Medicare plan, taking…

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Kids’ Karate Builds Physical Skills Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of my pair of short blogs about the physical skills learned in karate. We will specifically focus on those skills as they affect children. Martial arts training is a fun way for kids to successfully practice and develop physical skills. In addition to the regular developmentally appropriate skills that children learn,…

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Veggies Please! How to Increase Vegetables

Okinawan elders live longer, more physically active lives well into old age. And later they spend less years in nursing homes at the end of life. One of the things that helps them keep robust physical health is their diet. And the most obvious difference in nutrition? Okinawans traditionally eat a lot more veggies than…

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Vegetables of Okinawa: Top 10

The traditional Okinawan diet had over seven times more vegetables than the modern American diet. Why does this matter? Many tout the diet of elders in Okinawa as one of the main reasons they live active, healthy lives to over 100 years old. The biggest difference in nutrition? Okinawans traditionally fill up on vegetables (instead…

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Affirmations for Positive Thinking

As had become my custom, I played my favorite audio of positive affirmations while I did my daily computer work. This took most of the morning. But the rare occurrence was that Kaicho happened to be in the next room doing his insurance work. Mostly, I listened to these phrases to keep my positive attitude…

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4 Lymph Exercises for Immune Health

The wondrous human body works non-stop to heal and thrive. The lymph system is important for fighting off diseases and infections. It transports white blood cells and is constantly at work, basically cleansing your body. As this helpful video illustrates, the lymphatic system works with valves and a little bit of smooth muscle to move…

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Invite Your Buddies to the Karate Path

“In life, it’s not where you go—it’s who you travel with.” –Charles M. Schulz.  There’s no better feeling than having your buddies join you on the path of karate at the dojo. In the early 2000’s, a young man named Brandon LaBorde heard about our dojo from a buddy in his writing class. He tried…

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9 Ways to Live Longer

We can learn a lot from Okinawan elders. Not just awesome karate, but we can all adopt their ways to live longer. Okinawa is known for having the highest population of adults over 100 years old, and more importantly, the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world, meaning they tend to live longer, higher quality…

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Health through Balance

By Jenifer Tull-Gauger We can focus on all the germs that are going around in the world.  Or we can take positive actions to improve our overall health.  With support, our immune systems can combat things we may not be able to avoid. When I think of healthy, I think of the Okinawan elders.  These…

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