Beat the Stress of Living in Calgary - Calgarian Plans to Save 10,000 Lives in 2008

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Allan H. Fine of The Executive Edge Fitness and Life coaching, Calgary's first Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach wants to save 10,000 Calgary lives in 2008 and offers 10 heart healthy tips to beat the stress of living in Calgary.

February is Heart Healthy month. Give some one you know the best present, The Ultimate gift, A healthy you.

Just like in Michelle Maganan's article in the Calgary Herald on The Boom in Calgary and the Stress associated with it, here from Allan H. Fine are 10 Stress Busting Secrets just for Calgarians:

Top ten stress busters

1. Smile - And Don't Complain for 21 days
Smiling can be the first line of defense against stress. It's quick, easy, and free. There is a website called no complaining for 21 days you will be amazed how your life transforms. When you smile your body releases feel-good hormones, while the stress hormone, cortisol, the mid-section fat retaining hormone is reduced. Smiling helps you feel happy, calm and in control. It lowers your blood pressure and makes you feel good about yourself.

2. Exercise
It's the fountain of youth, look 10 years younger , 100% true. As well as its undoubted benefits for your general health, exercise is highly effective in reducing stress. It improves blood-flow to the whole body, helping you think more clearly. The Best Stress buster ever invented, Exercise is also another great way to release endorphins, the body's natural painkillers and feel-good hormones. There is also evidence that fit people are better able to handle the long-term effects of stress. Don't know how to exercise safely? Hire a Lifestyle Fitness Coach or personal trainer in Calgary.

3. Get enough rest and sleep
We all need 6-8 hours of sleep every day. Taking a rest isn't only about not doing anything. A rest from work can mean the difference from having a heart attack or not. Especially in Calgary. Putting the emphasis on what you do in your leisure time - hobbies, holidays, sport - to counterbalance work or everyday stress. We all need sleep for energy, good concentration and general health. Chronic sleep-deprivation can affect your performance at work, which can be a key factor in raising stress levels. Life balance and taking time for yourself is critical. Like in the movie "Click" with Adam Sandler, don't let life pass you by. Family is the most important thing in life. Cherish it "Live It" .

4. Positive thinking
Changing your thoughts and change you life and is not as difficult as you think. Turn off that little voice in you head that tell you hundreds of negative things every day. It takes practice but every time your little voice tells you something negative, just say "thanks for sharing" and move on. Try to adopt an outlook on life that stops you seeing external events as determining your happiness. Instead, see your thoughts as the determiner of your happiness. You can do this you'll reduce the negative tension that leads to much of the stress in your life. Watch the movie "The Secret".

5. Reach out to others
We as a community in Calgary are pretty isolated from each other. People are generally doing their own things. Reach out to your neighbors and friends. If someone reaches out to you be open to that. When you need to reduce the pressure in your life, you can't always do it on your own. Calgary is a village and help and be kind to each other. Everyone should have a support network of friends, family, co-workers and other people they can call on to help take the strain - whether it's practical help or a sympathetic ear when you feel down. If you don't please contact me, I will help you out.

6. Achieve a good work-life balance
How many hours a day do you work opposed to spending with your family or enjoying life. Add it up on paper. Don't let work dominate your life. No matter how ambitious you are, it's important to make time for relaxation and fun. That might mean reducing the number of hours you work, or changing to a job that's closer to home so your commuting time is reduced. Use time management techniques to ensure you're more productive during your normal working hours, rather than continually staying late at the office.

7. Relaxation
Tonight take a hot bath and turn off the TV, stretch, breathe deeply for 10 minutes or read a book. A good relaxation technique is an anti-stress weapon that you come up with and you can always carry with you, to help you deal with any stressful situation as it arises. Make relaxation a regular part of your daily routine. There are so many relaxation techniques, from deep-breathing and visualization to meditation and self-hypnosis. Find one that works for you - check out the many books, meditation CDs and DVDs that can help.

8. Eat a healthy diet
Stay away from fast food and other high fat foods , Also per capita we in Calgary drink a lot ( I mean a lot of Booze ) Try doing that only once a month. A balanced diet that delivers all the nutrients your body needs to function at its optimum level is essential for dealing with stressful situations. And cutting back on stimulants like caffeine and sugar and stop smoking, its killing you. This will keep your blood sugar levels constant and help you to avoid mood swings.

9. Hugging
When is the last time you gave someone a great Hug. I know our harassment laws are strict now a days so just ask someone before and if someone asks you say yes. Make sure you get and give your fair share of hugs. Not only does hugging feel good, it has been proven to help reduce the stress level, cortisone.

10. Seek professional help if you need it
Hire a life coach, it's Forbes magazines fastest growing profession. Just make sure they are certified. If you feel that despite all your efforts stress is getting the better of you, there are lots of people who can help. The International Stress Management Association provides referrals to stress management professionals, as well as guidance on dealing with stress.

Allan Fine is a certified Life Coach and Certified Lifestyle Fitness coach and Certified Fitness Trainer. He regularly writes articles for fitness magazines and appears on TV.

To contact Allan H. Fine:
Allan Fine / Fitness/ Lifecoach
Phone: 403-246-7386
Mountain Standard Time
Executive Edge FitnessTraining and Lifecoaching and Consulting services


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