Nov 2, 2004 Volume 1 No. 25

Sow Seeds of Love

Want to experience more of what life has to offer? Sow more seeds ... sow seeds of patience, kindness, gentleness, gratitude and most of all -- LOVE!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

Your Harvest Reflects The Seeds Sown

The sower may mistake and sow his peas crookedly; the peas make no mistake, but come up and show his line.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The harvest you reap reflects the type of seeds planted and the manner in which they were sown. Sometimes when we see the fruit, we are amazed as to how it came into being but careful thought takes us back to the precise moment in time when that particular seed was placed into the ground. The fact remains that the fruit we reap cannot lie – it reflects the work we have done or failed to do.

In this new season of your life to step out of the "victim" zone where everything we encounter is someone else's fault and acknowledge that we have made conscious and significant contributions in shaping our lives. Focus now on sowing the right seeds, being diligent and committed to the seeds sown and patient in watching their development. As you move forward glean the lessons from the past on what you did right and what mistakes you may have made. They all provide valuable insight to living your best life and reaping the desired fruits of your labour. – Happy planting!!

~ Nadia C. Thomas



Preventing Exercise Injuries

If you're an avid exerciser, chances are you have experienced some type of injury throughout your journey. There are some measures that you can take to help you prevent some of the common injuries associated with exercises.

There are many types of exercise-related injuries but the majority of injuries occur gradually from repeated stress on a joint, muscle or tendon. They are know as "overuse injuries" and often appear as tendonitis, stress fractures, pulled or strained muscles and a host of other names. Here are a few tips for preventing overuse injuries.

  • Forget about the "No pain, no gain" philosophy. Pain is a signal to your body that something is wrong and should be given attention.
  • Increase your workouts gradually.
  • Balance is key to any exercise program -- balance upper body with lower body exercises; pushing with pulling exercises; work the posterior muscles (hamstrings, calves, back, and triceps) as much as the anterior muscles (chest, quads. and biceps)
  • Balance the type, intensity and duration of your activities -- include yoga and stretching activities to your running or aerobics program i.e. cross-training is best
  • Change your running shoes regularly -- experts say 300-500 miles
  • Always warm-up by performing gentle exercise such as a 5 minute walk or cycling
  • Build a strong foundation i.e. include exercises for your abdominal and back muscles
  • Stretching is a vital part of any exercise program. It leads to an increased range of movement, which means your limbs and joints can move further which can prevent an injury. -- only stretch when the body is fully warmed up

Now get out there and enjoy your favorite exercises with less chance of injury.



Importance of Touch

Did you know that touch is an important component of good health for everyone. In fact, researchers have started to look at using touch as a treatment for a variety of medical complaints.

The amount of body contact in our lives plays a vital role in our mental and physical development as infants and in our happiness and vigor as adults. Touch influences our ability to deal with stress and pain, to form close relationships with other people, and even to fight off disease.

There are many hands-on therapies that can be beneficial for relieving stress, creating body awareness, fostering feelings of well being and increasing the mind-body connection. These include massage therapy, acupressure, therapeutic touch, reiki and reflexology. However, don't minimize the benefits of a good old-fashioned hug from a loved one!

Sooooooo, have you hugged someone today?


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